Water cess will not attract any financial burden on general public, clarifies HP Govt
The water cess has been imposed only on the state’s hydro-power projects, the Himachal Pradesh Government clarified that the move will not put any financial burden on the common people.
The Government’s official spokesperson said that the implementation of water cess was aimed to increase the state’s revenue and strengthen its economy, so that sufficient funds would be available for welfare schemes.
The State Government has implemented the Himachal Pradesh Water Cess on Hydropower Generation Ordinance on March 10, 2023, and the Himachal Pradesh Water Cess on Hydropower Generation Bill, 2023, would also be brought in the upcoming assembly session, for which the state Cabinet has already given its approval, added the official.
The clarification from the government assumes significance as it is being apprehended that the burden of cess on the water being used to generate hydro power in the state would finally be passed onto the common people.
Notably, the Congress-led State Government has decided to impose water cess on the power projects established in the State to increase its financial resources. The water cess has been imposed up to a maximum of 50 paise per cubic metre.
The Hydroelectric project with head up to 30 meters will have to pay 10 paise per cubic meter cess; hydroelectric project with head above 30 meter and up to 60 meter will have to pay 25 paise per cubic meter cess; hydroelectric project with head above 60 meter to up to 90 meter will have to pay 35 paise per cubic meter cess; and hydroelectric project with head above 90 meter will have to pay 50 paise per cubic meter cess.
Bola Tinubu elected as the new President of Nigeria
Nigerian electoral officials announced on 1 March 2023 that the ruling party’s candidate in the presidential election, Bola Tinubu, has been elected as the country’s new president. Bola Tinubu has been associated with the ‘All Progressive Congress Party’ from which he has been winning elections. He will become Nigeria’s fifth president since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999, emerging as winner for the country’s top job on his first attempt.
Main opponents Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi are likely to challenge the decision again in court. Because Abubakar had finished second in the 2019 election as well and challenged the result in court. However, his suit was dismissed.
Indo-US developed NISAR Satellite Reached ISRO
As per the India and US collaboration, NISAR Satellite has been built jointly by NASA and ISRO and is set to take off by 2024.
The satellite has been rendered to ISRO Space Agency which is intended to observe and measure land and ice masses on Earth among various other activities.
NASA asserted that this radar imaging satellite will use dual frequencies to assess complex issues such as melting glaciers, ecosystem disruptions, etc.
India’s bullet train to run by August 2026: Railway Minister
According to railways and telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, the first bullet train in India will begin service in August 2026. The project will stimulate the economy because several of the suppliers to the project have begun receiving export orders. The government intends to start operating the first bullet train in August 2026. The goal is to run the bullet train on a larger section in 2027.
The Indian railways is building the country’s first bullet train from Ahmedabad, Gujarat to Mumbai, Maharashtra over 508-kilometer route. The high-speed train will run at top speed of 350 kms per hour, covering the distance in three hours. The ministry of railways updated the progress of the Bullet Train project and informed that the whole project has progressed by 26.33%. It also stated that 32.93% of the project’s overall Gujarat leg had been completed and that the state’s surrounding civil works had advanced by about 54.74%.
Yuva Utsava-India@2047 pan-India launched by Anurag Singh Thakur
Yuva Utsava-India@2047 launched by Anurag Singh Thakur, the Union Minister for Youth Affairs, Sports, Information, and Broadcasting, from IIT Ropar in Punjab. On this occasion, Shri Anurag Thakur also unveiled the Yuva Utsava Dashboard.
In addition to Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Haridwar in Uttarakhand, Dhar and Hosangabad in Madhya Pradesh, Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, Saraiekela in Jharkhand, Kapurthala in Punjab, Jalgaon in Maharashtra, Vijayawara in Andhra Pradesh, Karimnagar in Telangana, Palakhad in Kerala, and Cuddalore, all simultaneously hosted Yuva (Tamil Nadu).
To recognise the influence of youth, Yuva Utsava will be held in 150 Districts nationwide by March 31st, 2023
India’s First Indigenous Aircraft INS Vikrant Joins Indian Navy
The first edition of the Naval Commanders’ Conference was held today i.e. March 06, 2023. Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant dispatched.
Top naval officers initiate various Navy activities and are briefed upon the Agnipath Scheme.
The conference is a programme which aims to address important security issues in the military. Navy Chief Admiral H Hari Kumar and other naval commanders will conduct a probe into Logistics, Human Resource Department, etc.
INS Trikand in Bahrain for Maritime Exercise
The Indigenous Frigate, INS Trikand arrives in Bahrain. For the first time, the Indian Warship will be participating in the International Maritime Exercise/Cutlass Exercise 2023.
This exercise is led by the US Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a naval partnership or group including 34 nations.
INS Trikand is designed using stealth technologies. There will be participants from more than 50 countries in the maritime exercise.
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