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TNPSC Current Affairs December 20, 2019

www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs Dec 20, 2019 (20/12/2019)

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Topic: Public Awareness and General Administration

Tripura gets its first SEZ

Recently, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has notified setting up of Tripura’s first ever Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

It will be developed by Tripura Industrial Development Corporation (TIDC) Ltd. for the industries based on rubber, textile and apparel, bamboo and agri-food processing.

What are SEZs?

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are geographically delineated ‘enclaves’ in which regulations and practices related to business and trade differ from the rest of the country and therefore all the units therein enjoy special privileges.

The basic idea of SEZs emerges from the fact that, while it might be very difficult to dramatically improve infrastructure and business environment of the overall economy ‘overnight’, SEZs can be built in a much shorter time, and they can work as efficient enclaves to solve these problems.

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Topic: Awards and Honours, Persons in News

UN medal for Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan

Indian peacekeepers have received the United Nations Medal for their dedication and sacrifice serving so far away from home to protect civilians and build durable peace in South Sudan.

Contributions of India Peacekeepers:

The soldiers were particularly praised for their efforts to support peace talks between Government and Opposition forces in the Upper Nile region and establishing the first-ever UNMISS base on the west bank of the Nile at Kodok.

Outside of their duties, the peacekeepers have also supported local communities by building veterinary hospitals at Kodok and Malakal, training cattle-keepers to better care for their livestock and provided life-saving medical assistance to people in need.

Background:

India has been the largest troop contributor to UN missions since inception. So far India has taken part in 49 Peacekeeping missions with a total contribution exceeding 2,45,000 troops and a significant number of police personnel have been deployed.

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Topic: Public Awareness and General Administration

Kaleswaram project

Telangana State government has requested the Centre to treat Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) as a National Project.

Why? National Projects are provided Central grant of 90% of the estimated cost for their completion in a time bound manner.

What’s the project? The Kaleshwaram project is an off-shoot of the original Pranahitha-Chevella Lift Irrigation Scheme. It is on the Godavari River.

The Centre under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 is mandated to support programmes for the development of backward areas in the successor States, including expansion of physical and social infrastructure.

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Topic: Awards and Honours

Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize

Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced that first year’s prize will be dedicated to animal welfare as Mahatma Gandhi always said that the greatness of any country can be evaluated by the way animals are treated.

The Gandhi Education Prize will be given out every year inspired by the thoughts and quotes of Mahatma Gandhi.

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Topic: Indian Army and Defense activities

Pinaka Guided Weapons

The indigenously developed Pinaka Guided Weapons System was successfully test fired at Pokhran desert in Rajasthan. Pinaka rocket systems are developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The rocket system was named after Pinaka, the bow of Lord Shiva. It was initially a 30 to 40 km range rocket. Its range was increased 70 to 80 km with Pinaka Mark II.

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Topic: New Economic Policies in India, Latest Diary of Events

Operation Twist

RBI to carry out US-style ‘Operation Twist’ to bring down interest rates. ‘Operation Twist’ is when the central bank uses the proceeds from sale of short-term securities to buy long-term government debt papers, leading to easing of interest rates on the long term papers.

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Topic: New Economic Policies in India, International Events

India’s first ever fresh vegetable export to Dubai by Sea Route

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) sent its first trial shipment of fresh vegetables from Varanasi to Dubai by sea route. APEDA is the organization under Ministry of Commerce and Industry that promotes export of agricultural and processed food products from India.

Key facts:

APEDA sent 14 Metric Tons (1 container) of fresh vegetables from Varanasi. The vegetables were processed and packed by laboratories in Varanasi to keep them fresh. The entire process till shipment from procurement was monitored by a committee under the chairmanship of commissioner of Varanasi.

 

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