Daily Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Preparation: 27 October 2017

Coastal Shipping to get a boost as Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Karwar Port get Grants-in-aid under Sagarmala Coastal Berth Scheme

The Ministry of Shipping has sanctioned Rs 25 Crore as Grants-in-aid to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and another Rs 50 Crore to the Government of Karnataka for Karwar Port, for developing their infrastructure, under the Coastal Berth Scheme of its flagship programme Sagarmala.

The Coastal Berth Scheme aims to provide financial support to ports or state governments for creation of infrastructure for movement of cargo and passenger by sea or national waterways.

The project at Jawaharlal Nehru Port involves construction of a coastal berth (270m x 30m) and port craft jetty, reclamation and capital dredging in coastal berth. The estimated project cost is Rs. 170.20 crore and the project would be completed by March 2019.

The proposed berth at JNPT is expected to handle about 2.5 million Tons of the coastal traffic which includes coastal liquid traffic. It will facilitate easy and quick coastal movement of cement and edible oil through green channel, allow for about 45 hectare of storage space in the vicinity of berth and repurpose the existing shallow berth as a container terminal.

The project at Karwar Port in Karnataka involves extension of the existing Southern breakwater by 145 metres and construction of a new North breakwater of 1160 metres. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 215.00 crores and it is expected to be complete in three years.

Karwar Port is situated between New Mangalore Port and Mormugao Port. It is acclaimed as one of the best natural all weather ports on the west coast and provides all weather berthing facilities for ocean going vessels. It is the only port owned and administered by the State Government. At present, the port provides simultaneous berthing of 3 ships of 6.5 metres draft with 510 metres jetty (with 250 metres of Breakwater).

The expansion at both the ports will result in increased shipping activity, employment generation and overall improvement in the socio-economic condition in the hinterland.


Power Minister addresses the 3rd Global Investors’ India Forum

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R. K. Singh addressed the 3rd Global Investors’ India Forum. The theme of the event was Ideate, Innovate, Implement and Invest in Indiaand it was attended by global industry stalwarts.

Addressing the august gathering, Shri Singh said that looking at the future of growing power consumption in India, it is expected that the per capita energy consumption would expand at a breakneck speed, tripling in the next 5-7 years. The Minister assured the members of Industry that the Government would extend all possible support and remove all impediments in the path of investments in the power sector.

The event was organized by the ASSOCHAM and witnessed the participation of Global Industry stalwarts, who engaged in an intense discussion with the Minister; and senior officials of the Ministry.


World’s first 3D-printed bridge opens in Netherlands

Netherlands opened the world’s first 3D-printed concrete bridge, mainly for the use of cyclists in the Dutch town of Gemert.

3D printing is a method of manufacturing an object using a computer by placing layers of material one over the other.

The 8-metre bridge, which has around 800 layers, is made of reinforced, pre-fabricated concrete, and it took about three months to make it. It connects two roads across a water-filled ditch.

One of the advantages of printing a bridge is that much less concrete is needed than in the conventional technique in which a mould is filled. A printer deposits the concrete only where it is needed.


Odisha will be the ‘Focus State’ at World Food India-2017

Odisha will be the ‘Focus State’ in the World Food India (WFI)-2017, a mega international food event to be held at New Delhi from November 3 to 5. More than 200 global companies from 30 countries will be participating in the event. Besides, 450 domestic companies and leading research and development (R&D) institutes along with 95 Indian industry captains are likely to participate in WFI. More than 450 domestic companies and leading R&D institutes besides 95 Indian industry captains will make their presence felt.

Odisha Sea Food Exporters’ Association along with directorate of fisheries will showcase the potential in sea food sector. Similarly, directorate of Horticulture and APICOL along with local industry will showcase the processed agro food items as well as spices that are produced in Odisha. As many as 277 entrepreneurs have registered as entrepreneur delegates from Odisha.

A Seminar on “Potential of Food Processing Sector in Odisha” will also be held during the World Food India on November 3 at Vigyan Bhawan. The business delegates going from the states will have B2B meetings with investors/entrepreneurs of other states and countries.

Japan, Denmark and Germany are partner countries in the World Food India-2017 and Italy, Netherlands are ‘Focus Countries’. Besides, there are official and business delegations coming from Poland, South Korea, Sri Lanka, UK, France, Netherlands etc.