January 8 Current Affairs

1. Cabinet approves MoU between India, Nepal for bridge construction over Mahakali river 

The construction of the bridge will help people living in Dharchula in Uttarakhand and in the territory of Nepal .

Both India and Nepal have been working together on different regional forums i.e. SAARC, BIMSTEC as well as global fora

2.Hyderabad gets India’s first Open Rock Museum 

Minister of State for Science and Technology Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated India’s first Open Rock Museum in Hyderabad, displaying around 35 different types of rocks from different parts of India with ages ranging from 3.3 billion years to around 55 million years of the Earth’s history.

These rocks also represent the deepest part of the earth, up to 175 kms from the surface of the earth

3. Dr Jitendra Singh releases Earthquake Risk Maps of Lucknow and Dehradun Cities 

CSIR-NGRI has made earthquake risk maps for Lucknow and Dehradun cities which are vulnerable for future earthquakes in the Indo-Gangetic plains area.

The risk maps were prepared by characterising the hazard and its uncertainty, to serve as input for risk assessment and earthquake-resistant design for different applications – ranging from private homes to multi-storied buildings and critical infrastructures such as bridges or dams.

Both the maps were shared with Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh State Disaster Management authorities who are the main stakeholders.

They agreed to use the outcome for revising land use maps with revised hazard components and revise building bye-laws to outlaw unsafe and vulnerable typologies of houses in both the cities.

4. Water Atlas 

Water Atlas has mapped all the water bodies in the tiger bearing areas of India.

Landscape wise information has been outlined in the Water Atlas which include the Shivalik Hills, the Gangetic plain landscape, central Indian Landscape, Eastern Ghats, Western Ghats landscape, North-Eastern Hills, Brahmaputra flood plains, and the Sundarbans.

5.Govt approves Green Energy Corridor Phase-II 

Second phase will be implemented during 2021-22 to 2025-26 fiscal years .

Total outlay of ₹12,031 crore to facilitate grid integration and power evacuation of about 20 GW of renewable energy projects in seven states.

The scheme will facilitate grid integration and power evacuation of about 20 GW of renewable energy (RE) projects in seven states — Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

6.19th Meeting of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) held 

The 19th Meeting of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) was held here today under the chairmanship of Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Shri Bhupender Yadav.

14 Tiger Reserves have been accredited under CA|TS and NTCA is working on getting other Tiger Reserves evaluated for CA|TS accreditation .

The union minister also released a Water Atlas, mapping all the water bodies in the tiger bearing areas of India.

7. Internet Of Things 

The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the network of physical objects—“things”—that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet.

8.Dr Jitendra Singh launches theme of National Science Day (NSD) 2022: Integrated Approach in S&T for Sustainable Future 

National Science Day (NSD) is celebrated every year on 28 February to commemorate the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’. Government of India designated 28 February as National Science Day (NSD) in 1986.

On this day Sir C.V. Raman announced the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’ for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930. On this occasion, theme-based science communication activities are carried out all over the country..

9. Telangana tops in highest number of ODF villages 

As many as 13,737 out of 14,200 villages in the State are in the ODF Plus list, which is 96.74%. This was followed by Tamil Nadu with 4,432 villages (35.39%) and Karnataka with 1,511 villages (5.59%). Gujarat took the 17th position with only 83 villages (0.45%).

10. ‘IHU’ Variant Of Coronavirus 

Called the IHU variant, or B.1.640.2, it was first detected in southern France .





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