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Daily Current Affairs : 12-Nov-2019

Major Topics Covered :


  1. CNG PORT TERMINAL AT BHAVNAGAR

  2. JAL JEEVAN MISSION (JJM)

  3. New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Law

  4. INTERNATIONAL TREATY OF PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE (ITPGRFA)

  5. ‘Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan’

  6. The Battle Over H-1B, H-4 Visas

  7. Anaemia Among Men

  8. Global Credit Ratings



CNG PORT TERMINAL AT BHAVNAGAR

Part of GS- Economy


Why in news:

  • Gujarat Government has given its nod to the world’s first CNG port terminal at Bhavnagar.


Highlights:

  • According to official release, the U.K. based Foresight group and Mumbai based Padmanabh Mafatlal group joint venture will invest Rs.1900 crore to set up a CNG port terminal at Bhavnagar port.

  • Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board- GIDB under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister has also approved this proposal.

  • The proposed CNG port terminal will have annual capacity of 6 million matric tone, which will increased the total handling capacity of the port to 9 million matric tones.

  • Mammorandum of Understanding- MoU for this project between Gujarat government arm Gujarat Maritime Board and London based Foresight Group was signed during the 2019 Vibrant Gujarat summit.

  • The new facility will be developed in the Northen side of present port, underwhich RoRo terminal, liquid terminal and container terminal will be developed in future.

  • The consortium has proposed an investment of Rs.1,900 crore in two phases with Rs 1,300 crore in the first phase and Rs 600 crore in the second phase through the 'Swiss challenge' method.

  • Studies for pre-feasibility report, cite selection, gas supply agreement and CNG vessel development have also been completed.



Source: PIB


JAL JEEVAN MISSION (JJM)

Part of GS- 1 Geography


Why in news:

  • Union Minister of Jal Shakti has emphasized the urgency to start work on Jal Jeevan Mission. He was speaking at the regional review of Jal Jeevan Mission in Southern States at Hyderabad.


Highlights:

  • The JJM- aims at providing Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTCs) in rural areas by 2024.

  • It was announced by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on 73rd Independence Day,

  • Government of India and State Governments will work in partnership to further this goal.

  • FHTCs provided to the 14.60 crores rural households of the country.

  • The provisional cost estimate for this mission is Rs 3.60 lakh Crores.

  • Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation is the implementing Department for the mission.



Source : The Hindu


New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Law

Part of GS- 3 Environment


Why in news:

  • New Zealand’s Parliament passed The Zero-Carbon Act. The Act is not a separate legislation but is an amendment to the existing Climate Change Responses Act, 2002.


Highlights:

  • According to the New Zealand government, this is the first legislation in the world to make a legally binding commitment to living within 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming.