Daily Current Affairs (MCQ) | Date 11.02.22

Daily Current Affairs (MCQ) | Date 11.02.22

Daily Current Affairs (MCQ) | Date 11.02.22

Q1. Consider the following statements about the KenBetwa Link Project

1. It will benefit Madhya pradesh and Bihar
2. It will affect Panna Tiger Reserve

Which of the above is/are correct?

a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer : b

Why is the Question ?

Implementation of the Ken-Betwa Link Project, at an estimated cost of ` 44,605 crore will be taken up. This is aimed at providing irrigation benefits to 9.08 lakh hectare of farmers’ lands, drinking water supply for 62 lakh people, 103 MW of Hydro, and 27 MW of solar power. Allocations of ` 4,300 crore in RE 2021-22 and ` 1,400 crore in 2022-23 have been made for this project.
It is the first project under the National Perspective Plan for interlinking of rivers. It envisages transferring water from the Ken river to the Betwa river, both tributaries of the Yamuna. The Ken-Betwa Link Canal will be 221 km long, including a 2-km long tunnel.

The project has two phases, with mainly four components. PhaseI will involve one of the components — Daudhan Dam complex and its subsidiary units such as Low Level Tunnel, High Level Tunnel, Ken-Betwa Link Canal and power houses. Phase-II will involve three components — Lower Orr Dam, Bina Complex Project and Kotha Barrage. According to the Jal Shakti Ministry, the project is expected to provide annual irrigation of 10.62 lakh hectares, supply drinking water to about 62 lakh people of MP and UP, and generate 103 MW of hydropower and 27 MW of solar power.

Q2. The Damanganga-Pinjal (D-P) river linking projects concerns with states of

a. Gujarat and Maharashtra
b. Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra
c. Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh
d. Gujarat and Rajasthan

Answer : a

Why is the Question ?

Draft DPRs of five river links, namely Damanganga-Pinjal, ParTapiNarmada, Godavari-Krishna, Krishna-Pennar and PennarCauvery have been finalised. Once a consensus is reached among the beneficiary states, the Centre will provide support for implementation.
The Damanganga-Pinjal (D-P) link independently to augment Mumbai’s water supply.
The D-P link envisages transfer of surplus flows from the Bhugad reservoir and the Khargi Hill reservoirs in the Damanganga basin to Mumbai via the Pinjal river in the Vaitarna basin.
The project, likely to cost Rs 2,800 crore, involves construction of two dams and building of three gravity-run tunnels to ensure that the surplus water from the reservoirs is emptied in the Tansa reservoir in Vaitarna basin, which already caters to Mumbai’s domestic water supply.
One of the dams that needs to be built falls in Gujarat. It will come up in Valsad’s Kaprada taluka.
Officials said about 55 per cent of the area to be submerged due to the dam project is also situated in the Gujarat taluka. The original feasibility report drawn by the Centre’s National Water Development Agency for the joint interlinking project had stated that families residing in 14 villages of Gujarat will be affected by the project.

Q3. Consider the following statements about the Atma Nirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping (ASEEM) portal

1. It seeks to improve the information flow and bridge the demand-supply gap in the skilled workforce market
2. It will be identifying major skills gaps in the sectors
3. It provides guaranteed employment to those who register on the portal

Which of the above statements are correct?

a. 1 and 2 only
b. 2 and 3 only
c. 1 and 3 only
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer : a

Why is the Question ?

Udyam, e-Shram, NCS and ASEEM portals will be interlinked. Their scope will be widened. They will now perform as portals with live, organic databases, providing G2C, B2C and B2B services. These services will relate to credit facilitation, skilling, and recruitment with an aim to further formalise the economy and enhance entrepreneurial opportunities for all.

ASEEM Portal:
In an endeavour to improve the information flow and bridge the demand-supply gap in the skilled workforce market, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has launched ‘Atma Nirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping (ASEEM)’ portal to help skilled people find sustainable livelihood opportunities.

Apart from recruiting a skilled workforce that spurs business competitiveness and economic growth, the Artificial Intelligencebased platform has been envisioned to strengthen their career pathways by hand holding them through their journeys to attain industry-relevant skills and explore emerging job opportunities especially in the post COVID era.
Benefits of ASEEM portal
1. Envisaging the rapidly changing nature of work and how it impacts the workforce is crucial in restructuring the skilling ecosystem with the new normal settling post-pandemic.
2. Besides identifying major skills gaps in the sectors and providing review of global best practises, ASEEM will provide employers a platform to assess the availability of a skilled workforce and formulate their hiring plans.
3. Atma Nirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping (ASEEM) refers to all the data, trends and analytics which describe the workforce market and map demand of skilled workforce to supply.
4. It will provide real-time granular information by identifying relevant skilling requirements and employment prospects.

Q4. Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) seeks to provide credit amid pandemic to

a. Street vendors
b. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
c. Banks affected by stressed assets

d. States having high fiscal deficit

Answer : b

Why is the Question ?

Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) has provided much-needed additional credit to more than 130 lakh MSMEs. This has helped them mitigate the adverse impact of the pandemic. The hospitality and related services, especially those by micro and small enterprises, are yet to regain their pre-pandemic level of business. Considering these aspects, the ECLGS will be extended up to March 2023 and its guarantee cover will be expanded by ` 50,000 crore to total cover of ` 5 lakh crore, with the additional amount being earmarked exclusively for the hospitality and related enterprises.

Q5. Consider the following statements about the one classone TV channel announced in the budget 2022-2023

1. It seeks to eliminate need of teachers in the government schools
2. This will enable all states to provide supplementary education in regional languages for classes 1-12
3. It will benefit children, particularly in the rural areas, and those from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and other weaker sections

Which of the above is/are correct?

a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. 2 and 3 only
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer : c

Why is the Question ?

Due to the pandemic-induced closure of schools, our children, particularly in the rural areas, and those from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and other weaker sections, have lost almost 2 years of formal education. Mostly, these are children in government schools. We recognise the need to impart supplementary teaching and to build a resilient mechanism for education delivery. For this purpose, ‘one class-one TV channel’ programme of PM eVIDYA will be expanded from 12 to 200 TV channels. This will enable all states to provide supplementary
education in regional languages for classes 1-12.
In vocational courses, to promote crucial critical thinking skills, to give space for creativity, 750 virtual labs in science and mathematics, and 75 skilling e-labs for simulated learning environments, will be set-up in 2022-23.
High-quality e-content in all spoken languages will be developed for delivery via internet, mobile phones, TV and radio through Digital Teachers.
A competitive mechanism for development of quality e-content by the teachers will be set-up to empower and equip them with digital tools of teaching and facilitate better learning outcomes.