Read about the Munak canal issue, the new operation by ISRO in Karnataka, the new Scheme launched by PM Modi and more …
1) Munak canal issue: SC issues notices to Centre, Delhi and Haryana govts:
- The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and the governments of Delhi and Haryana with regard to what steps all three were taking to restore operations of the strategically located Munak Canal, which supplies water to the national capital.
- The counsel representing the Haryana Government reportedly informed the Supreme Court that water from the Munak Canal would reach Delhi by 5 p.m. this evening.
- The apex court stricture came even as the army announced that it has taken control of the Munak canal in Haryana’s Sonepat district, and restored movement of traffic along the busy National Highway 1 between Delhi and Ambala.
- Delhi has been facing a water crisis following cut in its supply from Haryana due to the ongoing stir on jat reservations, prompting the city government to order closure of all schools today and rationing of water.
- The Centre had last night asked the army to help the local administration in clearing national highways running through Haryana and getting essential services restored.
- The Munak canal, which carries 543 million gallons of water per day from the Yamuna to the city, was besieged by Jat protesters demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.
2) ISRO to map villages to find water resources in Karnataka:
- Karnataka Government today said that ISRO would map villages to identify availability of water resources to tide over water problems in the state.
- Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister HK Patil today informed that ISRO would map villages and find out availability of water resources to tide over the water problems in state.
- He said a systematic database of villages generated using space technology will help government take appropriate steps to conserve and augment water resources in villages.
- The Minister said he and his team had already met noted scientist and honorary professor at ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) Sivathanu Pillai and held discussions in this regard.
- In the next round of talks, he would meet ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar.
- Last month, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) had inked a pact with India to provide a loan worth USD 31 million for sustainable water resource management in river basins in Karnataka.
3) PM Modi launches ‘Rurban Mission’:
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday launched the National ‘Rurban Mission’, seeking to develop 300 villages across the country as growth centres.
- The Prime Minister said that the ‘Rurban’ scheme was an antidote to the problem of overcrowding of cities, adding that population in urban centres was constantly on the rise without an adequate increase in facilities available.
- He added that under the ‘Rurban Mission’ 300 rural centres, catering to at least four adjoining villages each, would be developed as urban clusters with all modern facilities.
- These village clusters will witness development in different sectors, including economic standards, electricity, health and education facilities and employment opportunities.
- Modi also took a swipe at previous governments and said that their programs were largely unveiled in Delhi with “300-400 people” in Vigyan Bhavan.
- At the function, Modi declared two blocks of Chhattisgarh as “open defecation-free”, and lauded an elderly woman, 104-year-old Kunwar Bai, for selling her goats to build a toilet.
4) Railway officer Vinay Kumar Singh to head NCRTC.
- Railway officer Vinay Kumar Singh has been chosen for appointment as Managing Director of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC).
- While about 30 senior officials in the government had shown interest for the post of MD of the newly formed NCRTC, about 15 were interviewed by the search and selection committee for the job.
- The committee comprises Urban Development Secretary, Railway Board Member (Staff), an official from the DoPT and an expert from World Bank among others.
- Currently Singh is with the RVNL, a railway PSU, and is involved in the study of high-speed rail corridors.
- NCRTC will execute three rapid rail corridors to Panipat, Meerut and Alwar from the capital at an estimated cost of Rs 72,170 crore. The corridors are expected to considerably reduce the travel time.
- Detailed Project Reports (DPR) of the 111 km-long Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat corridor, 90 km-long Delhi-Ghaziabad- Meerut route and 180 km Delhi-Rewari-Alwar route are being prepared.
- The speed on the RRTS corridors will be higher than the current Delhi Metro service and the distance separating two stations will also be longer.
5) India’s TEJAS wins hearts at the Bahrain Air Show:
- In a milestone for India’s Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), two Tejas fighters travelled from India to perform aerobatics at the Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS-2016) from January 21 to January 23.
- This official account comes from the Indian Air Force (IAF), which is overseeing the flight test programme of the Tejas; and from the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the Defence R&D Organisation body responsible for the Tejas programme.
- The proposal for this outing was initiated by the Kingdom of Bahrain, which invited the defence ministry in September 2015 to display the Tejas in BIAS-2016. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar quickly gave the go-ahead for the Tejas, and also the Embraer-mounted Airborne Early Warning System (AEWS), to travel to Bahrain.
- TEJAS, India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) together with its variants, is the smallest and lightest Multi-Role Supersonic Fighter Aircraft of its class.
- This single engine, Compound-Delta-Wing, Tailless Aircraft is designed and developed by ADA with HAL as the principal partner along with DRDO, CSIR, BEL, DGAQA, IAF & IN to meet diverse needs of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy (IN).
- Tejas is an amalgamation of contemporary concepts and technologies such as relaxed static-stability, fly-by-wire Flight control, advanced glass cockpit, integrated digital avionics systems and advanced composite materials for the airframe.