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TNPSC Current Affairs March 2017 16 for Group 1 and Group 2 Mains (ALL)

TNPSC Current Affairs March 2017

1.Union government approves revised pact with Bangladesh to set up Border Haats

The Union Cabinet has given its nod to the revised MoU( Memorandum of Understanding ) and Mode of Operation between India and Bangladesh for establishing Border Haats.

About establishing border Haats
  • Border Haats main objective is to promote the welfare of people living in border area of India and Bangladesh by  promoting traditional way of marketing the local produce items through local markets.
  • It will help to  increase the economic condition of the people reside in Indo-Bangladesh border.
  •  AS of now there are 4 border haats operating in border of India and Bangladesh. ,2 border haats in Tripura and 2 in Meghalaya.
  • It was  established and operationalized under the MoU and Mode of operation of Border Haat signed in Oct 23rd 2010 between India and Bangladesh.
  • Now the MoU has been revised and will  provide a legal framework for establishment and operationalization of additional Border Haats.

2 Union Cabinet approves special assistance measure for Andhra Pradesh.

The Union Cabinet has approved the special assistance measure for Andhra Pradesh. The Union Cabinet which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given nod for special allowances in funding of Externally Aided Projects and irrigation component of Polavaram Project.
About Special Assistance:

  • Special Assistance would compensate additional central share the state might have received during 2015-16 to 2019-20, if the fund of centrally sponsored schemes at the ratio 90:10 between Centre and State.
  • The Special Assistance will be provided to the state towards repayment of loan and interest for the Externally Aided projects signed and disbursed during 2015-16 to 2019-20
  • The Central government will  also funding 100% for the irrigation component of Polavaram project from 1st April 2014.
  • This assistance of repayment of loan for the Externally Aided projects will boost the newly bifurcated Andhra Pradesh’s finance and also promote economic growth.

3.International Atomic Energy Agency satisfied with safety of Kudankulam reactors

Yukiya Amano, Director General, IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) said that IAEA was satisfied with the safety measurement of Kudankulam Reactors.

About the Safety features:

  • Yukiya Amano said that , Kudankulam Reactors has the most modern safety features includes passive heat removal mechanism, in case of emergency no need to use outside power to cool it instead it will cool down using natural air circulation.
  • Also it has hydrogen re- combiners and core catcher incorporated in 1000 MWVVER.
  • It also has 4 diesel generators to supply electricity to cool the reactors during emergency.

4. Union Cabinet approves MoU between India, Bangladesh on Aids to Navigation

The Union Cabinet has given its nod for signing of MoU (Memorandum of Understanding between India and Bangladesh on Aids to Navigation (AtoNs).

The Union Cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The MoU was signed by Directorate General of Lighthouses & lightships , Ministry of shipping, India and the Department of Shipping, Bangladesh.

About MoU:

  • The MoU likely to extend advice on lighthouse and beacons, Vessel Traffic Service and chain of Automatic Identification System .
  • It gives training as per International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities training module to Managers and Technicians.
  • It also provides advice on Aids to Navigation (AToNs) ,Providing training, organizing workshops, conference for enhancement of skills in AtoN filed between both India and Bangladesh.

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