1. Which of the following true about O-Smart?
1)The scheme specifically deals with the Smart Cities Project in North East Circuits in Swadesh Darshan Scheme. 2)Implementation of O-SMART will help in addressing issues relating to Sustainable Development Goal-14.
c)Both 1 and 2
d)None of the above
➢The scheme encompasses a total of 16 sub-projects addressing ocean development activities such as Services, Technology, Resources, Observations and Science.
➢The services rendered under the O-SMART will provide economic benefits to a number of user communities in the coastal and ocean sectors, namely, fisheries, offshore industry, coastal states, Defence, Shipping, Ports etc. Currently, five lakhs fishermen community are receiving this information daily through mobile which includes allocation of fish potential and local weather conditions in the coastal waters. This will help in reducing the search time for fishermen resulting savings in the fuel cost.
➢Implementation of O-SMART will help in addressing issues relating to Sustainable Development Goal-14, which aims to conserve use of oceans, marine resources for sustainable development. This scheme (O-SMART) also provide necessary scientific and technological background required for implementation of various aspects of Blue Economy.
➢The State of Art Early Warning Systems established under the O-SMART Scheme will help in effectively dealing with ocean disasters like Tsunami, storm surges.
➢The technologies being developed under this Scheme will help in harnessing the vast ocean resources of both living and non-living resources from the seas around India.
The important deliverables during the next 2 years envisage include:
➢(i) strengthening of Ocean Observations and Modelling ‘
➢(ii) Strengthening of Ocean Services for Fishermen
➢(iii) setting up Marine Coastal Observatories for monitoring marine pollution in 2018
➢(iv) setting up Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant (OTEC) in Kavaratti
➢(v) acquisition of 2 Coastal Research Vessels for Coastal research
➢(vi) Continuation of Ocean Survey and Exploration of Minerals and Living Resources
➢(vii) Technology Development for Deep Ocean Mining- Deep Mining System and Manned Submersibles and setting up Six Desalination Plants in Lakshadweep
2. Which of the following is true about Global Environment Facility?
1)It is a financial mechanism established under the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.
2)It involves an international partnership of various countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues
3)It is managed by UNEP.
a)Only 1 and 3
b)Only 1 and 2
c)Only 2 and 3
d)Only 1,2 and 3
➢the Sixth GEF Assembly summit took place in Da Nang, Viet Nam in June 2018.
➢Environmental Conventions under GEF financial mechanism
➢ Convention on Bio diversity (CBD)
➢ Convention to combat desertification (UNCCD)
➢ Framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC)
➢ Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
➢ Minamata Convention
3. From our test series
With reference to Konark Temple, Consider the following statements :
1) It was built by King Narasimhadeva I,ruler of Chola dynasty
2) It is the third link of Odisha’s Golden Triangle.
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d)Neither 1 and 2
➢Konark Temple Built in the 13th century, the Konark temple was conceived as a gigantic chariot of the Sun God, with 12 pairs of exquisitely ornamented wheels pulled by seven horses.
➢ It was built by King Narasimhadeva I, the great ruler of Ganga dynasty.
➢The temple is included in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its architectural greatness and also for the sophistication and abundance of sculptural work.
➢The temple is perfect blend of Kalinga architecture, heritage, exotic beach and salient natural beauty.
➢ It is protected under the National Framework of India by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act (1958) and its Rules (1959).
➢The Konark is the third link of Odisha’s Golden Triangle.
➢The first link is Jagannath Puri and the second link is Bhubaneswar (Capital city of Odisha).
➢This temple was also known as ‘BLACK PAGODA’ due to its dark color and used as a navigational landmark by ancient sailors to Odisha.
➢ Similarly, the Jagannath Temple in Puri was called the “White Pagoda”.
➢ It remains a major pilgrimage site for Hindus, who gather here every year for the Chandrabhaga Mela around the month of February.
4. UPSC QUESTION
‘ Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres)’, often in the news, is:
a) a division of World Health Organization
b) a non-governmental international organization
c) an inter-governmental agency sponsored by European Union
d) a specialized agency of the United Nations
5. ‘’ Which of the following is true about Project Navlekha ?
a)The portal will link all the stakeholders of EXIM, domestic trade and movement and all trade activities on a single platform
b)Designed for helping students to prepare for JEE Advanced Exam; will be extended and made available through the SWAYAM portal.
c)The mission aims at sensitizing all railway employees about the need to adhere to good ethics and to maintain high standards of integrity at work.
d)None of the above.
➢Understanding the importance of regional languages in India, search giant Google has announced a new program that will empower offline newspapers and magazines in India to bring their content online. Announced during the fourth edition of ‘Google for India’ event, the Project Navlekha claims to bring offline content online in just a few clicks.
➢Google is using its expertise in artificial intelligence for Project Navlekha, using which, it will quickly render any PDF with Indian language content into editable text, overcoming issues that usually occur when you try to copy text in Indian languages from a PDF.
➢Google is starting Navlekha to support publishers in India, and help bring more Indian languages content online. Easy to use, Navlekha has already started on-boarding publishers from Delhi, and Google aims to bring many more publishers from other regions in September this year. Registered Indian language publishers who are working on their online presence can sign up for the program at g.co/navlekha.
➢The registered publishers on Navlekha will also be provided with free web hosting, along with a branded domain for three years. They’ll also have AdSense support to begin monetising their content.
➢To be available initially in Hindi language, Google will not charge the publication for the publication tools and the domain name for the first three years.
IIT – PAL:
➢ Designed for helping students to prepare for JEE Advanced Exam; will be extended and made available through the SWAYAM portal
National Logistics Portal:
➢The portal will link all the stakeholders of EXIM, domestic trade and movement and all trade activities on a single platform.
➢The mission aims at sensitizing all railway employees about the need to adhere to good ethics and to maintain high standards of integrity at work.