1. Country’s first Tribal Tourism Circuit to be launched in Chhattisgarh
- The country’s first tribal circuit tourism project under the Swadesh Darshan scheme will be inaugurated at Gangrel in Chhattisgarh.
- The project covers 13 sites in Chhattisgarh which are Jashpur, Kunkuri, Mainpat, Kamleshpur, Maheshpur, Kurdar, Sarodadadar, Gangrel, Kondagaon, Nathiya Nawagaon, Jagdalpur, Chitrakoot and Tirthgarh.
- Swadesh Darshan scheme was launched in 2014 -15 and it is one of the flagship schemes of the Ministry of Tourism, for development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritized manner.
- Under the tribal circuit theme of the scheme, the Ministry has sanctioned 4 projects to Nagaland, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh for Rs. 380 crore.
- Major components sanctioned in the tribal circuit theme include eco log huts, craft haats, souvenir shops or kiosk, tourist reception, and facilitation centers etc.
2. India’s first missile tracking ship is readying for sea trials
- Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is gearing up to undertake sea trials of India’s first missile tracking ship.
- The keel of the ship, which was laid on June 30, 2014, is being built for the National Technical Research Organisation, the technical intelligence agency working directly under the supervision of the PMO and the National Security Adviser.
- Considered a “topmost secret project”, a lot of confidentiality is being maintained in executing the project costing about ₹750 crore.
- It will be named after its induction into the Indian Navy. For now, it is simply referred as VC 11184.
- The ship was built inside the covered dry dock.
- It has the capacity to carry 300-strong crew with hi-tech gadgets and communication equipment, powered by two diesel engines, and a large deck capable of the helicopter landing.
Source- The Hindu
3. Centre provides ₹ 440 cr to National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)
- Agriculture Minister provided over ₹ 440 crore cheque to the NDDB from the Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF), marking the formal launch of the fund set up to provide soft loans to modernize and raise the capacity of dairy cooperatives.
- NABARD has set up the DIDF with a corpus of ₹ 8,004 crores to bring more dairy farmers into organized milk marketing through cooperatives.
- The fund is implemented through the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and National Cooperative Development Corporation(NCDC).
- The DIDF is aimed to create at additional milk processing capacity of 126 lakh liter per day, milk drying capacity of 210 million tonnes (MT) per day and milk chilling capacity of 140 lakh liter per day.
- India is the largest milk producer in the world with an estimated production of 176.35 MT.
- The vision 2022 document has pegged the country’s milk production at 254.5 MT.
Source- The Hindu Business Line
4. INMAS develops India’s first indigenous anti-nuclear medical kit
- Scientists at a central research institute claim to have developed India’s first indigenous medical kit that may ensure protection from serious injuries and faster healing of wounds resulting from nuclear warfare or radioactive leakage.
- Developed in India for the first time, it’s a potent alternative to similar kits that were till now being procured from strategically advanced nations such as the US and Russia at much higher prices.
- The contents include an advanced form of Prussian blue tablets, highly effective in incorporating Radio-Cesium (Cs-137) and Radio Thallium, among the most feared radioisotopes in nuclear bombs that destroy human body cells.
- The tablet provides 100 percent absorption from the gut and other portals of entry to the human body.
- The kit has been developed for the armed, paramilitary and police forces only as they are the first ones likely to get exposed to radiation — be it during nuclear, chemical and biomedical (NCB) warfare or a rescue operation after a nuclear accident.
- The kit also has an Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) injection that traps uranium in the guts and blood of victims during a nuclear accident or warfare.
- The kit also has Ca-EDTA Respiratory Fluid, which is the inhalation formula for chelation, or grabbing, of heavy metals and radioactive elements deposited in lungs through inhalation at nuclear accident sites.
Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS)
- It is a laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- Located in New Delhi, it is involved in Nuclear medicine research and responding to nuclear accidents and explosions.
Source- The Hindu Business Line
5. National Health Mission Director Manoj Jhalani bags prestigious UN award
- National Health Mission Director Manoj Jhalani has been conferred the prestigious UN Interagency Task Force Award for his outstanding contribution towards the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF)
- The United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) on the Prevention and Control of NCDs coordinates the activities of relevant UN organizations and other inter-governmental organizations to support governments to meet high-level commitments to respond to NCD epidemics worldwide.
- The commitments were made by Heads of State and Government in the 2011 Political Declaration on NCDs.
- The task force was established by the UN Secretary-General in June 2013 and placed under the leadership of WHO.
Source- Business Standards
6. Nuakhai Festival
- The festival of Nuakhai is celebrated in Odisha.
- During this harvest festival of western Odisha, new produce Nabannis offered to presiding deities.
- After offering the Nabann, people relish different types of delicacies prepared from the newly harvested crop.
- The Nuakhai Juhar is a major ritual of the festival, during which greetings are exchanged with friends, relatives and well-wishers.