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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

Western, Northern and North Eastern Borders

13th Oct 2020

Source:  PIB/the Hindu

Topics:  GS II (Pre & Main)

Why in News?

Rash Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has rcently dedicated 44 major permanent bridges to the nation connecting the roads and bridges in sensitive areas close to Western, Northern and North Eastern Borders.

  • He also laid the foundation stone of Nechiphu tunnel to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The tunnel is expected to shorten the travel time to Tawang, which lies 448 km northwest of state capital Itanagar and bordering China.


About Border Roads Organization (BRO):

The Border Roads Organization was established on 7 May 1960.

  • The Border Roads Organization is a major road construction agency under the Ministry of Defense.
  • This organization is playing a leading role in providing road connectivity in border areas.
  • It undertakes road construction and maintenance in the eastern and western border areas to meet the strategic needs of the army.

The organization is responsible for 53,000 km of roads. The Border Roads Organization has also constructed roads in friendly countries like Bhutan, Myanmar, Afghanistan etc.

  • in peacetime – Development and maintenance of General Staff operational roads in the border areas and contribute to the economic and social uplift of the border states.

Development and maintenance of the road for the Line of Control in reincarnated areas during the war. Also perform other additional tasks specified by the government during the war.


Source:  PIB/the Hindu

Topics:  GS II – Welfare Schemes (Pre & Main)

Why in News?

A total of about 32 crore mandays employment has been provided and more than Rs.31,500 crore spent so far under Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan.

A large number of structures have been created; 2,123 Gram Panchayats provided internet connectivity, 21,595 waste management works undertaken, and 62,824 candidates provided skill training.

About The Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan:

GKRA was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20 June 2020, keeping in mind the employment problem posed to the migrant laborers due to COVID-19 epidemic.

  • The campaign will be launched by the Prime Minister through video-conference from village Telihar in Khagaria district of Bihar.
  • Under the ‘Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan’, the government will invest about 50 thousand crore rupees.
  • It will be a 125-day campaign, which will be operated in mission mode.
  • Six states Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha have been included in this campaign.

A total of 116 districts with more than 25,000 migrant workers from six districts have been selected for this campaign, including 27 aspirational districts.

  • 116 districts of six states involved in this program will be involved through Common Service Centers and ‘Krishi Vigyan Kendras‘.

The campaign will coordinate 12 different ministries, including Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Road Transport and Highways, Mines, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Environment, Railways, Renewable Energy, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Border Roads, Telecom and Ministry of Agriculture.



Skal International Asia Area (SIAA):

Why in News?

UT of Jammu & Kashmir will host the 50th annual Skal International Asia Area (SIAA) congress in 2021.

Key points:

Founded in 1934, Skål International is the only professional organization promoting global Tourism and friendship, uniting all sectors of the Tourism industry.

  1. It is the world’s largest global network of Tourism Professionals promoting Tourism, Business and Friendship worldwide.
  2. Its members are Directors and Executives of the Tourism sector who relate to each other to address issues of common interest, improving a business network and promoting destinations.
  3. It is an Affiliated Member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
  4. Skål International holds an annual World Congress each year in a different country.


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