National News-Daily Digest: 5 Key updates
1. India commits $1.4 billion for solar energy worldwide
At the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance, India announced one of the world’s largest investment plans in solar energy. India will extend $1.4 billion line of credit to countries in the alliance. This line of credit will support around 27 projects in 15 countries. The conference was co-chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron. France will provide €700 million in loans and support by 2022 to emerging economies for solar energy projects. France’s total monetary contribution to the alliance stands at 1 billion euros.
2. Bengal tops in rural job scheme, Tamil Nadu is second
West Bengal has become the best performing State both in terms of allotting jobs and utilising funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
West Bengal generated more than 28.21 crore work days under the scheme so far in 2017-18 and spent more than ₹7,335.31 crore for it. Tamil Nadu occupied the second spot with 22.17 crore work days and spent ₹5,981.75 crore. Andhra Pradesh was third with 18.16 crore work days, and funds worth ₹5054.17 crore.
Goa is ranked at the bottom of the list with 94,000 work days and spent funds worth ₹2.47 crore. Gujarat generated 2.93 crore work days and spent funds worth ₹793.50 crore, while Uttar Pradesh generated 15.6 crore work days and utilised funds worth ₹3701.54 crore.
3. India’s first coastal policing academy to start from next month
The Union home ministry sanctioned the launch of the National Academy of Coastal Policing (NACP) from a campus of Gujarat’s Fisheries Research Centre located in coastal Okha in the newly created Devbhoomi Dwarka district.
It will be India’s first national academy to train police forces in effectively safeguarding the Indian shoreline.
This development comes nearly a decade after threats to coastal security was magnified during the 26/11 terror attacks.
The first-of-its-kind institution of the country will be created and run by a multi-agency team of paramilitary and defence forces and sharpen the response and skills of the marine forces of multiple states which have sea lines.
The Union home ministry’s policing think tank-the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD)-will pilot the establishment and running of the academy, the Border Security Force (BSF), that guards the Indian frontier in Gujarat with Pakistan, the navy and the Coast Guard will form the core to run the academy.
The BSF will also provide security to the campus which on the Arabian Sea coast and is at a flying distance from the Pakistan coast.
The navy and the Coast Guard will help design “the training curriculum, providing skilled trainers and ensuring access to jetties and boats” for the trainees of the academy.
The academy, that will have faculty from the Navy, Coast Guard and the BSF, will train police personnel and other security agencies staff in maritime laws, seamanship, boat work, navigation, weapons handling, usage of sea guidance and surveillance gadgets and survival skills for long haul operations on the sea or during distress times when they may get stranded in these waters running up to 12 nautical miles from the shore.
There is no institute in the country that trains marine or coastal police forces in these subjects in a professional manner. That is why the academy will be first-ever and the best practises of various agencies like the navy, the BSF and the Coast Guard will be borrowed by it for teaching purposes. The academy will run temporarily for about three years from the fisheries department campus at Okha. In the meantime, a new permanent campus will be created for the academy in Devbhoomi Dwarka district.
The initial period and a budget of Rs 1 crore has been allocated by the home ministry for taking over of these assets.
India has a vast coastline of 7,516 kms touching 13 states and union territories (UTs). It also has around 1,197 islands.
4. Floating Lab Set Up To Monitor Manipur’s Loktak Lake
The Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Laboratory (IBSD), Imphal, set up a floating laboratory in northeast India’s largest freshwater lake, Loktak to constantly monitor its water quality and eventually improve it.
5. NCRB celebrates its 33rd Inception Day & releases “Citizen Services” Mobile APP
National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) celebrated its 33rd Inception Day, on March 11, 2018 in their newly constructed Complex at Mahipalpur, New Delhi and released “Citizen Services” Mobile APP.
NCRB is the Nodal Agency for authentic source of Data on crime, accidents, suicides, and prisons for policy matters and research. Bureau is implementing & monitoring agency for implementation of Crime & Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS), a Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan of Government of India. The project aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in the country.
NCRB also imparts training in Information Technology (IT) and Finger Print Science for Indian Police Officers as well Foreign Police officers. Areas covered during the training are Cyber Crime Investigation & Digital Forensics, CCTNS, Advanced Fingerprint Science, Network & e-Security, Coloured Portrait Building System, etc. Four Regional Police Training Centres (RCPTCs) in Hyderabad, Gandhinagar, Lucknow and Kolkata also conduct similar courses for lower functionaries of Indian Police. These courses at RPCTC’s are sponsored by NCRB in term of honorarium and study material to facilitate capacity building at regional levels.