23.02.21 Daily HPPSC Current Affairs

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

 

Shimla tops Ease of Living Index

 

Shimla is most liveable among the cities having less than 10-lakh population across the country. The Queen of Hills has been bestowed this distinction in the Ease of Living Index (EoLI) survey, the results of which were announced today by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Out of the 114 competing cities in this category, Shimla has been placed at the top.

 

To assess the progress being made in the cities, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs had launched two assessment frameworks in 2019 – Ease of Living Index (EoLI) and Municipal Performance Index (MPI). Both these indices were designed to assess quality of life of the citizens in 100 Smart Cities and 14 other cities having population less than 10 lakh.

 

The Ease of Living Index ranking is based on the assessment of four parameters – Quality of Life, Economic Ability, Sustainability and Citizen Perception. Out of 100 marks, Shimla logged a total of 60.90 to top the EoLI rankings. The MPI was assessed on five parameters – services, finance, technology, planning and governance. In Municipal Performance Index, Shimla has been placed 24, with a total of 43.71.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Space X Announced First All-Civilian Mission to Space

 

The SpaceX of Elon Musk has recently announced to launch its first all civilian mission to space.

SpaceX is planning to launch Inspiration4 on Falcon 9.

This will be the world’s first fully commercial astronaut mission.

The spacecraft will begin orbiting in the fourth quarter of this year.

The mission will be launched from the 39A Launch Complex at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

 

NATIONAL

Sandes – An Instant Messaging Platform

An instant messaging platform called Sandes was recently launched on WhatsApp.
Launched by: National Informatics Centre

Anyone with a mobile number or email ID can use Sandes for all kinds of communications.

Its interface is similar to other applications currently available.

Species in news – Leatherback Sea Turtle

Some conservationists worry about the fate of Giant Leatherback turtles. NITI Aayog made recommendations for tourism and port development in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

NITI Aayog’s tourism vision includes a proposal to establish a mega-shipment port in Galathea Bay on Greater Nicobar Island.

 

In addition, the Little Andaman Plan also proposes to develop tourism in stages on this undeveloped island, which may lead to the cancellation of protection of more than 200 square kilometers of rainforest and approximately 140 square kilometers of Onge Tribal Reserve.

 

Pey Jal Survekshan – Jal Jeevan Mission

The Government conducted drinking water surveys in 10 cities under Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban).

 

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry initiated a survey to collect drinking water data in 10 cities under the Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban).

As part of “Pey Jal Survekshan” survey, data on wastewater management and the condition of urban water bodies will also be collected.

The mission will be monitored through a technology-based platform where beneficiary’s response will be monitored.

Initially, the survey was conducted as a pilot in ten cities, namely Agra, Badlapur, Bhubaneswar, Churu, Kochi, Madurai, Patiala, Rohtak, and Surat and Tumkur.

 

SWAMIH Fund – Recent Development in Housing Projects

 

All SWAMIH Funds will deliver the first batch of finished apartments in 2021. This is a 2500 crore fund established by the Indian government. The fund was established to complete stalled housing projects. The fund provides a solution that hinders the savings of home buyers and bankrupt developers.

 

 

In the 2021-2022 financial year, the fund will hand over 16 projects, including more than 4,000 houses.

The SWAMIH Fund was announced in November 2019.

The SWAMIH stands for “Special Window for Completion of Construction of Affordable and Mid-Income Housing Projects”.

 

Dalai Lama pens new book ‘The Little Book of Encouragement’

 

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has come out with his new book titled  ‘The Little Book of Encouragement’, in which he has shared quotes and words of wisdom to promote human happiness.

The Little Book of Encouragement contains 130 quotes related to how to deal with the new realities of the panic-stricken world, combat rising extremism, polarity and climate change besides Dalai Lama’s views on Tibet.

The book has been edited by Renuka Singh and published by Penguin Random House.

 

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