Himachal Pradesh economy to shrink 6.2%, tourism 81%
Himachal Pradesh is likely to register a negative growth of 6.2 per cent in the current financial year (2020-21) due to the adverse impact of Covid-19 pandemic, with the tourism sector contracting by over 81 per cent.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who also holds the Finance portfolio, tabled the Economic Survey for 2020-21 in the Vidhan Sahba today. The growth rate this year is expected to plummet from 8.9 per cent in 2019-20 to minus 6.2 per cent. The per capita income at the current price is estimated to drop by 3.7 per cent to Rs 1,83,286 from previous year’s Rs 1,90,407.
While almost all revenue-generating sectors have witnessed a sharp decline, tourism sector is the worst-hit with a contraction of 81.33 per cent. The hotels and restaurants sector is likely to register a contraction of 9.2 per cent in 2020-21. The other badly hit sectors include transport, mining and quarrying, forestry and construction. The agriculture sector is set to register a contraction of 3.1 per cent due to a decrease of 43 per cent in horticulture production. Fiscal deficit is estimated to be 4.65 per cent of the GSDP in 2020-21.
India becomes 1st country in world to identify need for action for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that India has become the first country in the world to identify the need for action for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
He launched the operational guidelines for integration of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease with the National Programme for Prevention & Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke.
The abnormal accumulation of fat in the liver in the absence of secondary causes of fatty liver is a serious health concern as it encompasses a spectrum of liver abnormalities.
The vision of the Government is to move from diagnostic cure to preventive health.
Nitin Gadkari inaugurates 50 artisan-based SFURTI clusters spread over 18 states
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated 50 artisan-based SFURTI clusters spread over 18 States.
In these clusters, over 42 thousand artisans have been supported in the traditional segments of muslin, khadi, coir, handicraft, handlooms, wood craft, leather, pottery, carpet weaving, bamboo, agro processing, tea and others.
These clusters have been inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The MSME Ministry has funded 85 crore rupees for development of these SFURTI clusters.
The Center is implementing the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) to organize traditional industries and artisans into clusters to make them competitive and increase their income.
Highlights of One Nation One Standard Mission
Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal emphasized the need for ” One Nation One Standard ” to achieve uniformity, and said that India’s laboratory testing should meet global standards. The minister said this when reviewing the work of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
The “One Nation One Standard Mission ” was first reviewed in September 2019.
In order to ensure high-quality products in the country, the mission is envisaged as adopting a “One Nation, One Ration Card” scheme.
The purpose is to integrate multiple standards with BIS, which is a recognized national institution for standardization in India.
The strength and characteristics of a country are usually reflected in the standards it sets for the quality of products and services.
Realize national unification and standardization in various public procurement and bidding, and deliver immediately.
A unified national standard will help make it a mandatory standard for more products.
The Ministry Of Agriculture Will Use Drones To Support PMFBY
According to the regulations of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), the Ministry of Agriculture is allowed to use drones for remote sensing data collection.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation have granted conditional permits to use Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).
The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare (MoAFW) will use RPAS to collect remote sensing data in agricultural areas in 100 districts.
It will be used in production estimates at the gram Panchayat level.
This conditional exemption will be valid for one year from the date of publication, or until the Digital Sky Platform is put into operation.
The use of drones still requires permission from the local government.
Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0 Launched
The Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0.
The mission will be divided into two rounds.
The first phase will start on February 22, 2021, and the second phase will start on March 22, 2021.
It will spread across 250 districts or urban areas in 29 States or Union Territories.
In addition, the Minister also launched the IMI 3.0 portal and issued Operational Guidelines for it.
He also launched promotional materials or IEC packages developed under the campagin.
The Central Government initiated the IMI 3.0 program, which aims to provide free immunizations for pregnant women and children in India.
This scheme will strengthen and reinvigorate the immunization programme.
This will help quickly achieve full immunization of children and pregnant women.
This mission also aims to reach the unreached population. It will receive all vaccines available under the Universal Immunization Program (UIP).
Silver Antimony Telluride – A Material That Uses Waste Heat
Scientists at the Jawaharlal Nehru Advanced Scientific Research Center based in Bangalore have discovered a new material, Silver Antimony Telluride (AgSbTe2), which can help utilize waste heat generated by various household appliances and industrial equipment and use it for other useful work.
It is a nano-material compound synthesized from Silver, Copper and Tellurium.
A crystalline solid, which has free electrons that help electricity conduction, but its crystal lattice (arrangement of atoms) is quite inflexible and vibrates very slowly, thereby inhibiting the propagation of heat.
Therefore, it is a good conductor of electricity, but a bad conductor of heat, which is important for the Thermo-electric effect.
There are various potential applications. Industrial processes and power plants and various household appliances will generate a lot of waste heat, which can be used to do a lot of work.
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