ADOPT A HERITAGE SCHEME

Adopt a Heritage Scheme is a recently launched scheme to improve the present state of the national monuments. About: • Bodies involved: The ‘Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’ scheme is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Archaeological Survey of India. • Background: It was launched in…

UN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SURVEY OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC 2018

In May 2018, the UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2018 was released. Report Summary: South and Southwest Asia are the fastest growing sub-region of the Asia-Pacific region. For less developed countries, the role of external sources of finance, such as official development assistance, South-South cooperation, and global development partnerships remains…

PAKALDUL POWER PROJECT

In May 2018, PM Modi laid the Foundation Stone of the Pakaldul Power Project. About: Location: It is a proposed concrete-face rock-fill dam on the ‘Marusadar River’, a tributary of the Chenab River, in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir. Project detail: The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation. It will divert…

KISHANGANGA PROJECT

The Kishanganga Hydropower Station was  dedicated the  to the nation by PM Modi, recently. About Location: It is located 5 km north of Bandipore in Jammu and Kashmir, India. Project details: It is a run-of-the-river project that includes a 37 m tall concrete-face rock-fill dam designed to divert water from the Kishanganga River through a tunnel…

ZOJILA TUNNEL

In May 2018, PM Modi inaugurated the construction of Zojila tunnel project, which will provide all-weather connectivity to Srinagar, Kargil and Leh. The 14.15 km long tunnel between Baltal and Minamarg will be India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel. Key Features : The longest bi-directional single tube road tunnel in Asia. Length:14.15km…

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR DAY

Recently, International Labour Day – 2018 was observed with the theme “Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement”. About: International Labour Day/international Workers Day, often referred to as May Day, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes. It is observed on May Day (1st May), an ancient European spring festival. The date was…

DRAFT CODE ON WORKING CONDITIONS

In April 2018, the Ministry of Labour and Employment released the draft Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions, 2018. About: The draft Code will apply to establishments employing ten or more workers. It consolidates 13 labour laws relating to safety, health and working conditions. These include the Factories Act, 1948, the Mines Act,…

NSCI SAFETY AWARDS – 2017

In April 2018, Santosh Gangwar gave away NSCI Safety Awards – 2017. About: The NSCI Safety Awards are much coveted national level Awards in the field of occupational safety, health and environment. These are given in recognition of excellent safety & health performance by the organizations in Manufacturing, Construction and MSME Sectors. These Awards are…

COAL INDIA LIMITED (CIL)

In May 2018, Anil Kumar Jha was appointed as the Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of Coal India Limited. About: CIL is a state-owned coal mining company which contributes to over 80% of the coal production in India. Administration: Government of India owns CIL and controls the operations of CIL through Ministry of Coal. Status: In 2011,…