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Evening News Digest 30 July 2018

 

States agree to supply milk under Mid-Day Meal, Anganwadi schemes

 

  • Farmers are in distress in key milk-producing states like Maharasthra because of fall in the procurement rate amid surplus milk production.
  • Most states, including Rajasthan, have agreed to supply milk for two days a week through Mid-Day Meal and Anganwadi schemes in order to absorb surplus stock and ensure better prices to farmers.
  • There were farmers’ protest in parts of Maharashtra.
  • Currently, the country has a stock of 2.30 lakh tonnes SMP(skimmed Milk Powder) and 60,000-70,000 tonnes of white butter.
  • Import of whey milk powder has been hiked to 40% from 30% and also incentives have been provided to boost export of dairy products.
  • Though the per capita consumption in India, the world’s largest milk producer, is above the global average of 330 grams, there is a scope for increasing the intake level to ensure nutritional security
  • As per the official data, milk production is estimated to have increased by 6.6% to 176.35 million tonnes during the last financial year.
  • The government expects milk production to touch 254.5 million tonnes by 2021-22.

 

  • What is Whey milk powder
  • Whey is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. It is a byproduct of the manufacture of cheese or casein and has several commercial uses.
  • Sweet whey is a byproduct produced during the manufacture of rennet types of hard cheese, like Cheddar or Swiss cheese.

 

High Level Empowered Committee constituted to address issues of Stressed Thermal Power Projects

 

  • The government constituted a high-level empowered committee headed by the cabinet secretary to address the issues faced by stressed thermal power projects.
  • The panel will comprise officials from ministries of railways, finance, power and coal, and lenders having major exposure to the power sector.
  • It would look to maximise the efficiency of investment including changes required to be made in the fuel allocation policy, regulatory framework, mechanisms to facilitate sale of power, ensure timely payments.

 

What the issue is all about :

 

  • Power generation companies had challenged the Reserve Bank of India’s Feb. 12 circular that laid down stricter timelines for initiating insolvency proceedings.
  • It also mandated that banks classify even a one-day delay in debt servicing as default.
  • For accounts with an exposure of Rs 2,000 crore or more, banks will have to ensure that a resolution plan is in place within 180 days after a ‘default’.
  • Private power producers feared that the RBI’s new regulations would push projects with a capacity of about 60,000-70,000 megawatts towards bankruptcy and sought more time

 

       Meghalaya Milk Mission in Shillong launched

 

  • Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh has announced a Rs 215-crore project through the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) for Meghalaya Milk Mission.
  • It will be utilized for various training under dairy farm, chilling centre and purchase of cattle.
  • The minister said it would facilitate in achieving the Centre’s goal of doubling farmer’s income by 2022 through promotion of milk business in the state.
  • The project consists of 2,000 dairy farm units each with a provision for five cows, sheds, storage room, animal insurance, 79 bulk milk coolers of 500 litre capacity and 13 milk tankers of 3,000 litre capacity.
  • The mission aims at plugging the demand-supply gap in the per capita milk availability, which is much lower than the Indian Council of Medical Research’s recommendation of consumption per person.
  • There are cooperatives in only 97 villages out of the 6,449 villages of Meghalaya while there can be cooperative societies in 60 per cent of the total villages. .
  • Governor of Meghalaya Ganga Prasad said the mission is a comprehensive one, with essential components that cover both induction of new cows and development of indigenous cattle by selective breeding.
  • The Milk Mission will help in addressing the problem of unemployment in the state to a great extent and that it will facilitate self-employment.

 

  • About National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC)

 

  • It was established by an Act of Parliament in 1963 as a statutory Corporation under Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
  • It was formed in 1963 with Headquarter in New Delhi and its Managing Director is Sundeep Kumar Nayak, IAS (2017-incumbent)

 

PM Modi launches projects worth ₹ 60,000 cr in Lucknow

 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched various projects worth 60,000 crore rupees at the ground-breaking ceremony in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.
  • The ceremony was held to implement 81 of over 1,000 MoUs signed at the Uttar Pradesh Investors' Summit organised earlier in 2018.
  • UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, the state is now among Top 5 in Ease Of Doing Business.
  • Mr Modi had attended the concluding session of the two-day ‘Transforming Urban Landscape’ convention.
  • The event marked the third anniversary of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban); the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation of Urban Transfornation (AMRUT); and the Smart Cities Mission.
  • Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) is an initiative by Government of India in which affordable housing will be provided to the urban poor with a target of building 20 million affordable houses by 31 March 2022
  • It has two components: Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) (PMAY-U) for the urban poor and Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) (PMAY-G and also PMAY-R) for the rural poor

 

International Tiger Day: July 29

 

  • Global Tiger Day, often called International Tiger Day, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held annually on 29 July.
  • It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit.
  • The goal of the day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.
  • In 2010, the 13 countries where wild tigers still roam, came together to commit to Tx2 – the global goal to double the number of wild tigers by the next Chinese Year of the Tiger in 2022.

 

Imran Khan to be sworn-in as Prime Minister of Pakistan

 

  • Imran Khan will be sworn in as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister before the country’s independence day on August 14.
  • Though the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the July 25 elections, the party is still short of numbers to form its government on its own.
  • According to the complete preliminary results announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan, the PTI has obtained 115 general seats — 12 short of a simple majority — while the PML-N and PPP have won 64 and 43 seats, respectively.
  • Pakistan’s National Assembly — the lower house of Parliament — comprises a total of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected. A party can only form the government if it manages to secure 172 seats in total.

 

 

Tiger population in Mudumalai Tiger reserve doubles to 60 from 30

 

  • In Tamil Nadu, the tiger population in the reputed Mudumalai Tiger reserve has doubled to 60 from 30, due to intensive conservation efforts.
  • Awareness programmes regarding the importance of preserving the tiger population in the country, were held in various schools.
  • Forest officials and nature enthusiasts, in and around the Annamalai, Mudumalai and Sathyamangalam tiger reserves in the state are also engaged in a door to door awarneness programme for tiger conservation.

 

Bajrang, Pinki win gold at Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul

 

  • Bajrang Punia won his second consecutive international gold while Sandeep Tomar had to be content with a silver medal at the Yasar Dogu International.
  • Indian wrestlers returned with 10 medals, including seven by women, from the ranking event in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • In the women’s competition, Pinki was the lone gold medallist in the 55kg category with her 6-3 win over Ukraine’s Olga Shnaider in the final
  • But Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik endured a disappointing result as she failed to reach the medal round in the 62kg category.
  • CWG champion Bajrang, who won a gold at the Tbilisi Grand Prix in Gerogia early this month, did not have to break a sweat as his gold medal opponent Andriy Kvyatkovskyy from Ukraine withdrew from the 70kg final due to an injury.
  • Yaşar Doğu (1913 – 8 January 1961), was a renowned Turkish World and Olympic champion sports wrestler in Greco-Roman and Freestyle.

 

Baker breaks 100m backstroke world record

 

  • Kathleen Baker sliced more than half a second off her personal best to win the women's 100m backstroke at the US swimming championships in a world record of 58.00sec.
  • Baker had been gunning for the Kylie Masse's world record of 58.10 ever since she finished runner-up to the Canadian at the World Championships in Budapest last year.
  • This was the first world record of the five-day championships, which serve as a qualifier for both the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo and the World Championships in South Korea next year.

 

Egypt wins boy's title at WSF-World Junior Squash team championship

 

  • Czech Republic and USA finished third and secured the bronze medal.
  • Host India finished 11th overall.
  • Egypt’s domination in the world junior squash championships.
  • In the final, it inflicted a 2-0 defeat over England to claim its sixth boys' team title.
  • The World Junior Squash championships are the official junior tournament in the game of squash conducted by the World Squash Federation (WSF).[1] Entry is open to individuals aged 19 and below
  • In 2018,it was held in Chennai,India.

 

Sourabh Verma lifts Russian Open Badminton trophy

 

  • Ace Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma today lifted the Russian Open Badminton trophy at Vladivostok.
  • In the title clash, Sourabh came back from a game behind to beat Japan's Koki Watanabe, 18-21, 21-12, 21-17, and win his first title of the season.
  • Sourabh had won the Chinese Taipei Masters in 2016, and finished runners-up at Bitburger Open the same year.
  • Sourabh Verma was the Indian National Badminton Champion in the senior singles category in 2011. In 2011, Sourabh Verma won his first international title by winning the Bahrain International Challenge.

 

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