The Daily Brief – 20th September 2018

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  1. Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has appointed renowned scientist Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas as chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and secretary of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). He will have tenure till he attains the age of 64 years, i.e. till May 2021. He will succeed Shekhar Basu. Vyas at present is Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). He is Mechanical Engineering graduate from MS University, Vadodara. He has been conferred several awards including Indian Nuclear Society Outstanding Service Award 2011, Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award 2006, DAE Awards in years 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013.

    Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas
  2. India and Germany have singed Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on skill development, which will provide dual vocational education and training to Indian youth. It was signed between Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC). Joint body called German Indian Institute of Vocational Education and Training (GIIVET) that has been set up will look after this programme.
  3. Union government (Agriculture and Environment ministries) along with UN body Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched agriculture project that seeks to bring transformative change in farm sector through conservation of biodiversity and forest landscapes. It will be implemented in five states viz. Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. The project is being funded with US $33.5 million grant from Global Environment Facility (GEF).
  4. Union Government has inked US$74 million loan agreement for International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) Credit for Uttrakhand Workforce Development Project (UKWDP). The objective of this project is to improve quality and relevance of training at priority Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and increase number of labor-market-relevant workers through short term training in Uttrakhand. For this project, 25 ITI’s have been selected – 13 located in District Centers and 12 ITI’s linked to industries.
  5. Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has launched e-Sahaj portal to facilitate individuals and private companies in seeking security clearance for setting up businesses in certain sensitive sectors. The portal aims to bring greater transparency in according security clearances to business proposals relating to sensitive sectors and geographical locations.
  6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly launched the construction of India-Bangladesh Friendship Product Pipeline Project through video conferencing. It is first such pipeline through which refined diesel will be supplied to Bangladesh from India. The project involves construction of 130-kilometre long pipeline that will connect Siliguri in West Bengal and Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh. Of the total stretch, six-kilometre will be in Indian side and remaining 124 kilometres will in Bangladesh. The pipeline has capacity of 1 million metric tons per annum.
  7. Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman given approval to Indian Army for inducting upgraded variant of indigenously developed Akash short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) system. Under this proposal two new two regiments of this missile system will be procured under ‘Buy (Indian)’ category from Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). Indian Army already has inducted two Akash regiments. Induction of upgraded variants will increase total count to four regiments.

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Today’s Quiz

1. Who has been appointed as chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and secretary of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)?





2. Which among the following state doesn’t come under the agriculture project that seeks to bring transformative change in farm sector launched by Union government along with FAO?





3. Union Government has inked ____ loan agreement for  IBRD Credit for Uttrakhand Workforce Development Project (UKWDP)?(in US $)





4. How many ITI’s have been selected for Uttrakhand Workforce Development Project (UKWDP)?





5. Who launched e-Sahaj portal?





6. What is the length of the pipeline through which refined diesel will be supplied to Bangladesh from India?









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