25 July 2018: UPSC Exam PIB Summary & Analysis

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Nuclear Power Station

  • There have been sporadic protests by a section of the locals against setting up of the nuclear power plant at Jaitapur.
  • The current status of Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP) is as follows:
  1. Land for the project and residential township has been acquired.
  2. Agreement for Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) package has been signed between Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) and the State Government, and is being implemented.
  3. Statutory Environmental and Costal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances have been obtained from MoEF&CC.
  4. Site infrastructure and technology independent site investigation works are in progress at various stages.
  5. Discussions of NPCIL with EDF on Techno-Commercial Proposal (TCP) for setting up 6 EPR units to arrive at a project proposal, in line with the Industrial Way Forward Agreement (IWFA) are in progress.
  6. Neighbourhood welfare and Public Awareness activities are in progress.

About:

  • Nuclear power is clean and carbon free energy with huge potential that can provide the country long term energy security in a sustainable manner. Considering the huge and growing electricity demand of the country, nuclear power projects including Jaitapur will therefore be pursued.

Seats of Haj 

  • As per the guidelines approved by the Supreme Court of India, the number of seats allocated on the recommendations of the dignitaries are limited to the following:
  1. The President of India    –       100 seats
  2. The Vice-President          –       75 seats
  3. The Prime Minister         –       75 seats
  4. Ministry of External Affairs  –       50 seats
  5. Haj Committee of India         –       200 seats

POSHAN Abhiyaan

  • Month of September to be celebrated as National Nutrition Month every year.
  • The Government of India has set-up POSHAN Abhiyaan (National Nutrition Mission) which was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 8thMarch, 2018 from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.
  • The programme through use of technology, a targeted approach and convergence strives to reduce the level of Stunting, Under-nutrition, Anemia and Low Birth Weight in Children, as also, focus on Adolescent Girls, Pregnant Women & Lactating Mothers, thus holistically addressing malnutrition.

Aim:

  1. To ensure service delivery and interventions by use of technology, behavioural change through convergence and lays-down specific targets to be achieved across different monitoring parameters over the next few years.
  2. To ensure a holistic approach, all 36 States/UTs and 718 districts will be covered in a phased manner by the year 2020. Never before has nutrition been given such prominence at the highest level in the country.
  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development has developed a Caller Tune and Ring Tone to popularize and create a connect with the Abhiyaan’s goal of Sahi Poshan Desh Roshan.
  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development sought assistance from the Ministry of AYUSH for preparing the Yoga guidelines for:
  1. Adolescent Girls
  2. Pregnant Ladies
  3. Lactating Mothers and
  4. Children within 3-6 years of age.

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