Current Affairs -30th December 2022

1 ) Atal Incubation Centre (AIC) signs agreements with MSMEs to hasten commercialisation of new products

Atal Incubation Centre (AIC) at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra signed an agreements with Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for incubation of newer technologies into commercial products. The agreement was signed to commemorate tha launch of the AIC at the BARC to speed up to conversion of products from research labs to markets. Under the framework of AIC-BARC, The scientists at the BARC will mentor the incubatee industries for further improvisation and development of market-ready products.

Key points:

• The incubation agreements were signed for technologies in line with the global commitments of India to achieve net zero (carbon neutrality) like, access to access to safe drinking water, and growth of potential import substitutes for advanced and affordable healthcare.
• The technologies includes,
– Alkaline Water Electrolyser for Green Hydrogen production,
– DC Accelerator for Wastewater Treatment,
– novel Gamma Monitoring,
– X-Band LINAC-based X-ray source for radiotherapy machines.

2 ) G20 India: IISc to be Secretarat for Science 20 (S20)- G20 science working group

Indian Institutie of Science (IISc) based in Bengaluru, Karnataka is set to be the secretariat of the S20 – Science 20, the science working group of the Group of Twenty (G20). The Science 20 (S20) 2023 will work towards resolving common global-level challenges like poverty.

Key points:

• IISc stated that, discussions in various regions of India on this wide issue will take place throughout the year.
• Three issues will be discussed at the discussions in Agartala(Tripura), Lakshadweep, and Bhopal(Madhya Pradesh):
– universal holistic health
– clean energy for a greener future
– bridging science and society.
• In addition to the discussions, there will be an inaugural conference in Puducherry and a summit meeting in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

3 ) Kerala’s Dharmadam Becomes First Complete Library Constituency in India

Dharmadam, the constitution of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan became first in India to achieve the position of complete library constituency.. Out of the total 138 wards in the constituency, there were no libraries in 63 wards and Dharmadam reached the achievement with the opening of libraries in all wards in the constituency.

Key points:

• The constituency has made libraries available with complete librarianisation was made possible with the support of all sections of the people of the constituency.
• The People’s Mission for Social Development, a people’s organisation, has taken up the work of establishing libraries and expanding the existing ones in Dharmadam constituency.
• The District Library Council and local self-governing bodies became active participants in these activities

4 ) National Health Authority release beta version of HMIS

National Health Authority (NHA) has released a beta version of the lightweight, robust, and Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission-compliant Hospital Management Information System (HMIS).

Key points:

• The goal of this HMIS solution is to give healthcare professionals a digital platform, particularly focusing on private clinics and small health facilities.
• The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), which aims to build the foundation for India’s digital health infrastructure, is being implemented by NHA as the nodal agency.
• The beta version of this HMIS offers ABDM compliant, Facility Management, Digital Services, and eprescription Services.
• The NHA also invites healthcare providers to participate in its beta-testing based on the trusted Cowin Platform. The virtual beta-testing workshop is scheduled on 4th January 2023.

5 ) MahaMetro to Raise Rs 3,586 crore for Nagpur Metro phase-II from ADB & EIB

The Mahametro Corporation has finalised its debt arrangement and raised a loan of Rs. 3,586 crore from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the second phase of its Metro project in Nagpur. Around 630 million Euros was arranged during the first phase of the project and was funded by France’s AFD and KFW, a German agency.

Key points:

• The Phase II of the project will extend the existing 4 corridors of Phase-I covering a total distance of 43.8 km. The second phase will be completed by 2026.
• The 43.8 km of the corridor will extend to Kanhan in North, Butibori MIDC in South, Transport Nagar (Kapsi) in East and Hingna in West.
– MIHAN – MIDC ESR (18.6 km)

– Automotive Square – Kanhan River (13.0 km)
– Prajapati Nagar – Kapsi (5.5 km)
– Lokmanya Nagar – Hingna (6.7 km)
• It comprises 1.2 km at-grade with 2 stations and 42.6 km elevated with 30 stations and will also connect the satellite cities like Transport Hub at Kapsi, Industrial areas of Hingna and Butibori and Mining areas at Kanhan, with only one interchange at Sitabuldi.

6 ) Benjamin Netanyahu Sworn in as Israel’s new Prime Minister

Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired the extended range version of BrahMos air launched missile against a ship target from a SU-30MKI aircraft. The missile achieved the desired objectives in the Bay of Bengal region. This successful test firing was a joint effort by the Air Force, Indian Navy, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and the BrahMos Aerospace (BAPL).

Key points:

• Benjamin Netanyahu received the support of 63 lawmakers in the 120-member Knesset (Israeli parliament). In the house, 54 lawmakers voted against his government.
• The lawmakers support the new government of all right-wing, including Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party supported by the ultra-orthodox Shas, United Torah Judaism, the far-right Otzma Yehudit, the Religious Zionist Party, and Noam.
• His coalition of nationalist and religious parties won a parliamentary majority in an election on 1st November 2022.
• Benjamin Netanyahu announced the appointment of 31 ministers and 3 deputy ministers. His appointment includes Itamar Ben-Gvir, convicted in 2007 of incitement against Arabs and support for a Jewish militant group, as the Minister for Police.

7 ) IAF successfully test-fires extended range version of BrahMos air missile

President of India Droupadi Murmu has signed a notification to amend the Allocation of Business (AOB) Rules to place online gaming under the Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology (MeitY). According to the 377th amendment of AOB rules, MeitY becomes the nodal agency of online gaming and its intermediaries. For e-sports, the Department of Sports, under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), has been notified as the nodal agency

Key points:

• The range of the missile is ~450-km, and travels at a speed of 2.8 Mach or almost thrice the speed of sound.
• In 2017 the first live launch of the aerial version of this missile was tested successfully from the frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. With this, IAF became the first Air Force in the world to have successfully fired an air launched category of missile on a sea target.

8 ) Home Minister Launches Mobile App ‘Prahari’ and Manual of Border Security Force

Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah launched the Mobile App ‘Prahari’ and Manual of Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi.

Key points:

• The BSF ‘Prahari’ app is a great example of Proactive Governance. Jawans can get personal information and information related to accommodation, Ayushmann-CAPF and leaves on their mobiles.
• They can also get all the information regarding General Provident Fund (GPF), Bio Data or grievance redressal on ‘Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System’ (CP-GRAMS) or information on various welfare schemes through the app.
• This app will also connect the jawans with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) portal.

9 ) Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurates the new Zuari bridge in Goa

Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, inaugurated the new Zuari bridge in Goa, which links North and South Goa. Zuari bridge is India’s 2nd largest Cable Stayed bridge, located on NH-17/NH-66 on the Panjim (Goa)-Mangaluru (Karnataka) section in the state of Goa.

Key points:

• The 13.20-kilometre cost 2530 Crores and the 8-lane bridge connecting Bambolim and Verna over the Zuari River will greatly improve transportation between North and South Goa.
• Strengthening the connection for Mormugao Port Trust will cut the travel time between North Goa and South Goa by 30 minutes.

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