DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB -16th March 2020- IASbhai

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Man doesnít know what he is capable of until he is asked.-Kofi Annan
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BLUE COLOUR : Important Links/Survey.

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ROPAX Service

      HEADLINES:

Shri Mansukh Mandaviya visits ROPAX Service & terminal at Bhaucha Dhakka in Maharashtra

      WHY IN NEWS:

ROPAX Service from Bhaucha Dhakka to Mandwa commences today

MINISTRY?Ministry of Shipping
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Transport

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS location and the rivers across these places are very important other than the concept of ROPAX.

For MAINS

      ISSUE: 

Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) visited ROPAX service at Bhaucha Dhakka today in Maharashtra. Shri Mandaviya also visited ROPAX terminal and inspected the facilities created for the passengers as the ROPAX Service from Bhaucha Dhakka to Mandwa commences today.
People can now travel in their cars directly on to ROPAX vessel

 

ROPAX

AIM

ROPAX service is a ‘Water Transport Service Project’, under Eastern Waterfront Development.

OBJECTIVE

The benefits of this service include reduction in the travel time, vehicular emission and traffic on the road.

Mumbai Port Trust has developed ROPAX jetty and terminal facilities at Bhaucha Dhakka (Ferry Wharf) at the cost of Rs 31 Crores.

BACKGROUND

ROPAX Vessel M2M -1 was built in Greece in September 2019.

This Vessel is highly manoeuvrable and has a speed of 14knots.

FEATURES:

The features of this Vessel is that it can carry 200 cars and 1000 passengers at a time and  has a ramp on both sides, hence cars can move in  and out of the vessel easily and reduce the turn- around time.

Thus, people can now travel in their cars directly on to ROPAX vessel.

Vessel is capable of operating even in Monsoon season, which is a big boon to commuters from Alibag area.

ROPAX service will help in reducing road traffic , as travellers will certainly prefer a peaceful, novel and time saving journey.

This will also reduce fuel consumption and vehicular emission, a step towards reducing Carbon Footprint.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

The road distance from Mumbai to Mandwa is about 110 kilometres, and gruelling road journey takes three to four hours, whereas by waterway it is about 18 kilometre and journey of just an hour.

     SOURCES:THE HINDU/DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS for UPSC CSE Prelims & Mains

Chaitra Jatra festival

      HEADLINES:

COVID-19: Odisha cancels annual Chaitra Jatra festival

      WHY IN NEWS:

Tara Tarini Development Board has decided not to allow any gathering or mass feast at the foothill

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1:Festivals

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS understand the importance of this festival and its relation with INSV TARINI.

      ISSUE: 

The famous annual Chaitra Jatra festival scheduled to be held on March 17 at Odisha’s Tara Tarini hill shrine was cancelled as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 infection.No mass feast will also be allowed.

DIETY:

Tara Tarini hill shrine, located at Kumari hill on banks of the Rushikulya river, is a major centre of Shakti worship in Odisha.

VISITORS:

More than 1.5 lakh visitors were to arrive for the festival.

Of these, around 50,000 were expected to reach the hill top to offer prayers to the deity, while the rest would have enjoyed the festival at the foothill.

‘KEEP SAFE DISTANCE’

The devotees will be advised to keep a safe distance from among each other and their hands will be sanitised.

Persons with cold and cough will not be allowed to enter the temple premises.

INSV TARINI

Indian Navy’s sailboat INSV Tarini was named after Tara Tarini hill shrine. The first Indian all-woman crew had circumnavigated the globe in INSV Tarini.

Besides, circumnavigating the globe, the crew also collected and updated meteorological, ocean and wave data on regular basis for accurate weather for IMD.

It also reported marine pollution on high seas.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

Tara Tarini hill shrine, located at Kumari hill on banks of the Rushikulya river, is a major centre of Shakti worship in Odisha.

     SOURCES:THE HINDU/DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS for UPSC CSE Prelims & Mains

 

Uneven spread of spending

      HEADLINES:

Labour Ministry yet to spend ₹2,053.59 cr. of 2019-20 Budget

      WHY IN NEWS:

MPs’ panel also worried over uneven spread of spending

MINISTRY?Labour and Employment Ministry
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1:3:Employment

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS we have mentioned NCS portal in this context where the article mentions drawbacks of under utilisation of funds.

      ISSUE: 

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour, in its March 13 report, has flagged the under-utilisation of funds by the Labour and Employment Ministry, which was yet to spend almost 20% of its 2019-20 Budget (revised estimate) as on February 10.

OBSERVATIONS:

The committee, chaired by Bhartuhari Mahtab, wrote in its report on the demand for grants by the Ministry for 2020-21 that it was concerned about the unutilised funds.

The report said the Ministry had utilised 81.64% of the ₹11,184.09 crore allocated to it in the revised estimate.

“The committee is concerned to note that underutilised funds amounting to ₹2,053.59 crore still remain for the fiscal 2019-20.

Utilisation of funds for the National Career Service (NCS) project of the Ministry, which facilitates job-seekers, was the worst compared to other schemes.

NCS

AIM:

​​​​​​​​National Career Service is a Five Year Mission Mode Project launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 20th July, 2015.

The project is being implemented by the Directorate General of Employment, Ministry of Labour & Employment.

OBJECTIVE

National Career Service (NCS) is a one-stop solution that provides a wide array of employment and career related services to the citizens of India.

It works towards bridging the gap between jobseekers and employers, candidates seeking training and career guidance, agencies providing training and career counselling.

FEATURES

The NCS project reaches out to the people of this country through its three essential pillars:

  • ICT based portal
  • Country wide set up of Model Career Centers
  • Interlinkage with all the states through employment exchanges.
The portal is also supported by a multi lingual call center.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

The committee said that while the Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana, which gives employers incentives to generate new employment, recorded 100% utilisation, compared with the revised estimate, in “most other schemes, utilisation percentage has been to the extent of 70% and above, while the NCS recorded a low of 60.88%”

     SOURCES:THE HINDU/DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS for UPSC CSE Prelims & Mains

 Let us ‘Discuss’

 

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

Let us know what you think about this in the comment section.

     SOURCES:THE HINDU/DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS for UPSC CSE Prelims & Mains

 

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