Daily : April 9, 2018

The mantra of 3R

Question: The Eighth  Regional  3R  Forum  in  Asia  and  the  Pacific is being organizing in  Indore from  9  to  12  April  2018. For what the The mantra of 3R” stands as given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi? 
(a) Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
(b) Rebuilt, Reuse and Reform
(c) Reduce, Reform and Recycle
(d) Rebuilt, Reform and Recycle
Answer: (a)
Related Facts:

  • The Eighth  Regional  3R  Forum  in  Asia  and  the  Pacific is all set to commence in  Indore from  9  to  12  April  2018.
  • An  overall  theme  of  the forum is “Achieving  Clean  Water,  Clean  Land  and Clean  Air  through  3R  and  Resource  Efficiency  –  A  21st Century  Vision  for Asia-Pacific  Communities”.
  • The forum will kick start on 9th April with a pre event ceremony welcoming more than 500 delegates from across India and the world.
  • The event will be inaugurated by Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of the Lok Sabha and Sh. Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on 10th April 2018.
  • The Eighth Regional 3R Forum will see participation of around 40 mayors of cities around the world and mayors of more than 100 cities across India.
  • The Eighth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific is hosted by the Ministry of  Housing  and  Urban  Affairs,  Government  of  India,  and  co-organized  by the  Ministry  of  the  Environment,  Government  of  Japan,  and  the  United Nations  Centre  for  Regional  Development  of  the  Division  for  Sustainable Development /United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
  • The highlight of the event will be a series of sessions with mayors focusing on sustainable urban development and forging of inter-municipal partnerships and cooperation at the national and international level.
  • The signing and subsequent adoption of the ‘Indore 3R Declaration on Achieving Clean Water, Clean Land and Clean Air’ in cities by mayors and city authorities is the major expected outcome of the event.
  • Apart from a series of plenary sessions to be spread over three days, the Forum will also host the International 3R Exhibition and various technical cum cultural field visits for its delegates.
  • The Forum will also recognize and reward industries and civil society organizations carrying out exceptional work in the area of 3R for waste management through the 3R Awards scheduled for April 12.

Reference:             
http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/080418/reduce-reuse-recycle-golden-principle-for-sustainability-modi.html
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=178528

Second Mega Food Park in Uttarakhand

Question: A new second Mega food park was inaugurated in Udham Singh Nagar district, Uttarakhand. In which district the first mega food park of Uttarakhand was established?
(a) Almora
(b) Champawat
(c) Haridwar
(d) Mussoorie
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • On April 8th, 2018, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the second mega food park in Uttarakhand at Mahuakhera Ganj village, Kashipur in Udham Singh Nagar district.
  • The park- M/s Himalayan Mega Food Park Private Ltd has been set up at a cost of Rs 99.96 crore.
  • Park will benefit around 25,000 farmers in this as well as neighbouring districts.
  • The Mega Food Park in this district was inaugurated by the Union Food Processing Industries Minister.
  • The first Mega Food Park in the state located at Haridwar has already become operational.
  • The mega food park, which has been set up in in an area of 50.14 acres, would have a central processing centre as well as well as three Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) at Ram Nagar, Ramgarh and Kaladungi.
  • Park would not only benefit farmers of Udham Singh Nagar but also those of nearby districts of Nainital, Garhwal, Almora and Champawat.
  • The facilities being created at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include Multi-Purpose Cold Storage of 1,250 MT, Aseptic Brick Filling Line of 7,500 pack per hour, Dry Warehouse of 6,000 MT, Fruit & Vegetable Processing Line input capacity 7 MT/Hr for Tomato Paste, 8 MT/Hr for Apple, 10 MT/Hr. for Carrot, 5 MT/Hr. for fruit pulp, QC & Food Testing Lab and other related food processing facilities.
  • the mega food park would leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crore in 25-30 food processing units in the park and would eventually lead to a turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crore annually.
  • “The Park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas”.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=178512

First Meeting of the NITI Forum

Question: Where will the first meeting of NITI forum be held on April 10th, 2018?
(a) Kohima, Nagalland
(b) Agartala, Tripura
(c) Guwahati, Assam
(d) Shilong Meghalaya

  • On April 10th 2018, the first meeting of newly constituted NITI Forum for North East will be held in Agartala, Tripura.
  • The meeting will be chaired by the Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog, Rajeev Kumar and the co-Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Development of
  • North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh. Chief Ministers of NE States and leading lights from the region will attend the deliberations.
  • Shri Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog and Shri Jitendra Singh, MoS (IC), Ministry of DoNER addressed a press conference at NITI Aayog in the capital today ahead of departure to Agartala.
  • Emphasizing the need to identify constraints, streamline resources and add renewed focus on the NER, the Vice-Chairman and the Minister spoke about Moving towards a prosperous North East Region, the theme for the first meeting.
  • Strategies for improving Road, Rail and Air Connectivity in the North East Region
  • Realizing the Hydel Dream – Way Forward for utilizing existing potential for hydro-power in the NER.
  • Agriculture and allied sectors.
  • Water Management.
  • Promotion of Tourism.
  • Identifying and targeting early bird projects in areas of connectivity, agricultural productivity and industrial development to give fillip to growth in the NER.
  • It is noteworthy that The ‘NITI Forum for North East’ was constituted in February 2018 with an aim to ensure sustainable economic growth of the North Eastern Region (NER) of the country and periodically review the development status in NER.

Reference:                                     
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=178528

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