21.01.22 HPPSC Daily Current Affairs

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

 

 6.35 lakh persons benefiting under Social Security Scheme in HP

 

Himachal Government is providing social security pension to 6.35 lakh persons in the state.

About 4,15, 993 senior citizens, 125343 widows, single women and destitute women, 1482 leprosy patients and about 150 transgender are being covered under the social security scheme in Himachal, said an official spokesman of the State Government.

He said that the State Government is giving utmost priority to the upliftment of senior citizens, women and specially abled persons. Under the various initiatives of the State Government towards welfare of this section of the society, the government laid special emphasis on expansion of social security schemes.

The expenditure on social security pension has been enhanced upto Rs 1037 crore in 2021, which was Rs 436 crore in 2017.  The State Government reduced the age limit of the old age pension scheme from without any income limit from 80 years to 70 years. The age limit for availing the old age pension for women, has also been lowered to 65 years.  These decisions of the government have benefited several senior citizens of the state, the spokesman said. The present State Government has sanctioned 1,95,003 new applications under social security pension, providing economic and social security to the people of the state, he said.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Five-Alarm Global Fire

 

According to the United Nations, the globe will confront five big threats in 2022. Five–alarm global fire is the name given to these dangers.

Highlights:

COVID-19, lawlessness in cyberspace, climate change, a bankrupt global financial system, and degraded peace and security are the five alarms.

The pandemic, as per the United Nations, benefits the wealthy while punishing the poor. The international financial system is insolvent.

In fact, a strong and stable financial system should be able to help countries cope with financial shocks.

Regrettably, this is not the case right now. Investments are being made that are lopsided. As a result, the recovery is lopsided. The term “lopsided” refers to the fact that one side is larger than the other.

Debt relief is denied to middle-income countries. Poorer countries are experiencing the slowest or no growth at all.

 

India: First UNDP Youth Climate Champion

 

Prajakta Koli, a content creator, and artist has been named India’s first UNDP Youth Climate Champion.

Highlights:

She was awarded the honor as a result of her collaboration with the UNDP.

Her title was bestowed to her in recognition of her contributions to mental health, female child education, and women’s rights through different international social movements.

 

India-Denmark R&D – Green Fuels

 

At a recent virtual meeting, India and Denmark agreed to begin cooperation research and development on green fuels, including green hydrogen.

Highlights:

At a virtual meeting in January, the agreement was signed as part of the previously established “Green Strategic Partnership – Action Plan 2020-2025.”

Aside from the agreement, the India-Denmark Joint Committee examined national strategic priorities and advancements in both countries’ Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI).

Green investment plans in green research, technology, and innovation received special attention.

Chinese bridge at Pangong Tso

 

Amid the ongoing standoff between India and China in eastern Ladakh, China is building another bridge on the Pangong Tso. Construction of new bridge was spotted in satellite images.

 

China is building the bridge near to friction points on north bank of Pangong Tso and Chushul sub-sector on south bank. The bridge is around 400 m long and 8 m wide.

 

This bridge is being constructed at around 20 km east of Finger 8 on the north bank.

 

In India’s perception, the Line of Actual Control lies at Finger 8.

Site of the bridge is within India’s claim line. However, this area has been under Chinese control since 1958.

Pangong Tso is a 135-km-long landlocked lake. Around two-thirds part of the lake are under Chinese control. This bridge is near the halfway mark.

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Star Rating System Of Environment Ministry

 

The “Star Rating System” was just created by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Climate Change. The mechanism clears the surroundings in a short amount of time.

Highlights:

With this new method, the Environment Ministry will rate and incentivize the states.

The ministry will identify states that efficiently provide environmental clearances in a short period of time. It will then provide incentives for such states.

The star rating system assigns states points on a scale of one to seven for this. For completing a project in less than 80 days, the states gain two points.

One point for clearing in less than 105 days. If you clear more than this amount of time, you’ll get a zero.

 

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