Daily Current Affairs:Rajasthan

South Western Command conducts Exercise Vijay Prahar in Rajasthan

  • About South Western Command

The South Western Command of the Indian Army was established in April 2005 and became fully operational on 15 August 2005. It is headquartered at Jaipur, Rajasthan. The command’s operational units include I Corps, formerly under Central Command, and X Corps transferred from Western Command.

  1. South Western Command of Indian Army is conducting ‘Vijay Prahar’ exercise in Mahajan area close to Suratgarh in Rajasthan. In this exercise, over 20,000 troops are participating with fighting equipment for couple of week’s o fine-tunes jointmanship with the Indian Air Force.
  2. About 20,000 troops of strike formation of the Army’s South Western Command (SWC) are carrying out ‘Vijay Prahar’ exercise with cutting-edge equipment and state-of-the-art force multipliers in the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges close to Suratgarh in Rajasthan.
  3. The exercise represents a small section of the overall offensive along our Western front which would be a high tempo joint air land operation involving hundreds of aircraft’s, thousands of tanks and artillery pieces supported by real time intelligence  surveillance reconnaissance and just in time logistic support.
  4. Troops are participating in a month-long exercise to practice penetrative maneuvers across the obstacle-ridden terrain, mainly the heartland Punjab area of our adversary, under a nuclear umbrella.
  5. During the exercise the formations of South Western Command are practicing and operational sing certain innovative concepts of operating in the network-centric environment, integrated employment of modern day sensors with the weapon platforms, employment of attack helicopters in the air cavalry role and bold offensive of application of the Special Forces.
  6. The formations will also refine the drills and procedures for fighting in the nuclear environment during the course of the exercise.
  7. The exercise has a focus on the real time information, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, deployment and using satellite-based surveillance capabilities, drones, electronic warfare capabilities, radars with an aim to have a transparent battle field.

Cabinet approves declaration of Scheduled Areas in respect of Rajasthan under Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India

The Union Cabinet Chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given approval to the declaration of Scheduled Areas in respect of Rajasthan under Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India by rescinding the Constitution Order (C. O.)114 dated 12th February 1981 and promulgation of a new Constitution Order.

The promulgation of new C. O. will ensure that the Scheduled Tribes of Rajasthan will get benefits of protective measures available under the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

The Rajasthan Government has requested for extension of Scheduled Areas in the State of Rajasthan under Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

Beneficiaries:

The Scheduled Tribes residing in Banswara, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh, and partial areas of Udaipur, Rajsamand, Chittorgarh, Pali and Sirohi districts of Rajasthan will get benefits of protective measures available under the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

The areas comprising of 3 complete districts namely,Banswara, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh; 9 complete tehsils, 1 complete block and 46 complete gram panchayats covering 227 villages in district Udaipur, Rajsamand, Chittorgarh, Pali and Sirohi of Rajasthan, would be included in the Scheduled Areas in the State of Rajasthan.

No additional funds are required as to be expended on account of declaration of Scheduled Areas.

This will be part of Tribal Sub-Plan (now renamed as Tribal Sub-Scheme) within existing schemes of Central and the State Government for more focused attention in Scheduled Areas for effecting speedy development.

Background:

The Scheduled Areas were first notified in the year 1950. Subsequently, Constitution Orders specifying the Scheduled Areas were issued for State of Rajasthan in 1981. Due to reorganization/creation of new districts and changes in population of Scheduled Tribes as per 2011 Census, the Government of Rajasthan has requested for extension of Scheduled Areas in the State of Rajasthan.

First mega food park in Rajasthan

Rajasthan’s first mega food park, inaugurated at Roopangarh village near Ajmer earlier this week, will benefit thousands of farmers by providing them with the primary and central processing and storage facilities and enabling them to get remunerative prices for their produce. The park has been set up at a cost of Rs. 113.57 crore, while its annual turnover is likely to be Rs. 450 crore.

Inaugurating the food park, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries said that it would connect the farmers with the e-national agricultural market and enable them to sell their produce directly in 550 mandis.

“This food park will earn an identity for itself within three years by ensuring the growth of food processing industry for the benefit of farmers, growers, processors and consumers.

BrahMos missile successfully tested fired with indigenous seeker

BrahMos missile is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft

India today successfully test fired the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile with an indigenous seeker at Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the missile hit the target with “pin-point” accuracy and the success will further bolster India’s national security.

The test firing comes three months after the Brahmos cruise missile was successfully test fired for the first time from the Indian Air Force’s frontline Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet. “Formidable Supersonic Cruise Missile #BrahMos was successfully flight tested at 8:42 AM today at Pokhran test range, Rajasthan. The precision strike weapon with Indian-made seeker flew in its designated trajectory and hit the target with pin-point accuracy.

The range of the missile, an Indo-Russia joint venture, can be extended up to 400 km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) last year. Brahmos is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia.

The Defence Minister congratulated the DRDO on today successful test firing. Brahmos missile is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft. Work has already begun to integrate the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft which is expected to fulfil the critical needs of the Indian Air Force in the wake of evolving security dynamics in the region.

Jaipur to host 8th Theatre Olympics

The city has geared up to grab the limelight as one of the co-hosts of the 8th Theater Olympics, the largest international theater festival to be held for the first time in India.

The Jaipur chapter of the Theatre Olympics, 2018, will be organised by the National School of Drama (NSD) under the aegis of Union ministry of culture in collaboration with the Ravindra Manch Society and state art and culture department.

Addressing a joint news conference here, NSD registrar Pradeep Kumar Mohanty, along with chief coordinator of the event Laique Hussain and Mamta Mathur, representative of the Ravindra Manch, said Jaipur will stage 15 plays on international, national and folk theatre forms between March 18 and April 1.

The 8th edition of the global theatre fest will cover 17 cities in India with more than 25,000 artists performing 450 shows, 600 ambience performances and 250 youth shows.

  • The 8th Theater Olympics is a great opportunity to highlight the cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

“A number of folk art forms from the state have already been showcased during the festival. We hope that the international festival will give a boost to the folk and theatre performers in the state,” he said.

The desert state has a number of indigenous folk and theatrical art forms, most of which are popular among the people such as puppet dance, Kalbelia, Ghoomar among others.

Some of the folk art forms like Swaang, Gawri among others have been showcased during the theater festival.

Jaipur will witness 15 plays over the fortnight, including six, especially invited plays as well as folk performances and international productions.

The festival  culminate at Mumbai on April 8.

Rajasthan passes bill to award death penalty for those who rape girls under 12 years of age

Rajasthan assembly today passed an amendment bill awarding death penalty for convicts involved in the rape of girls below 12 years of age.

State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria introduced ‘The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018’ today in the assembly, which was passed in the House by a voice vote following a debate.

The new amendment added sections 376-AA and 376-DD to the Indian Penal Code, 1860. The amendment says that a person who is convicted of raping/gang-raping a girl up to twelve years of age will be given a death sentence or rigorous imprisonment, which shall not be less than fourteen years and 20 years, respectively.

Rajasthan home minister GC Kataria said that the amendment bill will award life sentence and life imprisonment to child rapists and will ensure that the convict doesn’t get out of the jail even after completing 14 years of sentence.

“We have made two amendments in the case. Added life sentence and life imprisonment for convicts in offences against girls below 12 years of age, also made a provision that convict can’t leave the prison for life even after completing 14 years of sentence,” Kataria said.

By doing so, it became the second state after Madhya Pradesh to award death penalty to child rapists.

Uma Bharti launches 2nd project of Swajal Yojana in Rajasthan

Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sushri Uma Bharti, today launched the Swajal pilot project at Village Bhikampura, Karauli, Rajasthan. Besides ensuring the availability of clean drinking water to every household round the year, the project would also generate employment.

Sushri Uma Bharti urged the people to own the project that will be started soon. She reminded that it is the death anniversary of Chandrashekhar Azad and the government is trying to fulfil his dream of Swaraj.

She inaugurated the pilot Swajal Project at Bhikampura with a budget of more than 54.17 lakh rupees. Swajal is a community owned drinking water programme for sustained drinking water supply. Under the scheme, 90% of the project cost will be taken care by the Government and the remaining 10% of the project cost will be contributed by the community. The Operations and management of the project will be taken care by the local villagers.

As per the plan, four reservoirs will be constructed in the village and common tap connection will be given to almost 300 households. Bhikhampura village has scarcity of drinking water and villagers have to walk to at least 3 kilometers to collect it. During the lean season, water is supplied by tankers. The new project will ease the lives of the people and ensure that potable water is available for every individual round the year.

She reviewed the progress in 6 key sectors including health, nutrition, education, skill development, agriculture, financial inclusion and basic infrastructure and suggested the officials to take necessary action to expedite for early implementation of the program. MDWS will closely monitor the progress.

Government Inks $100 Million Loan Agreement With NDB For Rajasthan Water Project

The government has signed second Loan Agreement with New Development Bank (NDB) for the financing of Rajasthan Water Sector Restructuring Project for the Desert Areas.

This is the first tranche loan of $100 million was approved by the NDB under Multi-Tranche Financing Facility of $345 million for this project. The objective of the project is to rehabilitate 678 km long Indira Gandhi Nahar Project  built during 1958-63 to prevent seepage.

During the sixth BRICS Summit in Fortaleza (2014), the leaders signed the Agreement for establishing the New Development Bank (NDB).

NDB Headquarters in Shanghai, China.

PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate project commencement of Barmer refinery ​

Prime Minister Narendra Modi  inaugurate the commencement of the work of an oil refinery in Rajasthan’s Barmer district  and also address a public rally there.

“Looking forward to visiting Rajasthan. Sh. Modi attend a programme to mark the commencement of work for the Rajasthan Refinery at Pachpadra, in Barmer and will also address a public meeting.

“The Rajasthan refinery will be the first in the state, which is blessed with immense oil and gas reserves. This refinery will benefit Rajasthan, especially the industrious youth of the state.

The project, a Joint Venture of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation LtdNSE -1.13 %. And Rajasthan government is worth over Rs 43,000 crore.

Rajasthan becomes first state to offer e-mail IDs in Hindi.

Rajasthan has become the first state in India to launch free email addresses in Hindi for its residents. The facility will be available at [email protected] (in Devanagari script). The initiative aims to ensure maximum participation of people towards e-governance and ensure that maximum government facilities are available in vernacular language. Key Facts The project is being implemented by state IT department with partnership in form of in-sourcing with private IT companies. This initiative is small part of ‘Rajasthan DigiKit’ which has seen enrollment of more of more than one crore people from the state. The first e-mail ID from this initiative was created by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje with id [email protected] (in Devanagari). All government personnel in state will soon have an email id in Hindi too. The Hindi email ID will be offered to all the Internet users.

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