08.02.19 Odisha (OPSC) Current Affairs



  • Odisha budget 2019-2020: Highlights


*KALIA, Flagship cash transfer scheme for farmers: 4461

*Interest subvention to farmers (towards subsidy in interest of farm loans): 800

*PEETHA (sub-scheme of Ama Gaon, Ama Bikash): 400

*Basudha (rural water supply): 2935

*Madhubabu Pension Yojana: 2120

*Mission Shakti: 301

*Mamata (cash for pregnant women): 305

*Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana: 864

*Gopabandhu Grameen Yojana: 500

*Parvati Giri Mega Lift Irrigation: 1777

*Water Sector Infrastructure Development Programme: 1465

*Re 1 kg rice scheme: 1028

*As the state government has launched the State Food Security Scheme, to cover the left out beneficiaries under National Food Security Act, it has made a provision of Rs 1028 crore for supply of rice at Rs 1 per kg

*Odisha government sanctions Rs 5 crore to Shree Jagannath Temple administration, Puri for taking up developmental works

*Budget estimate for 2019-20 fiscal estimated at Rs 1.32 lakh crore (the vote-on-account) is over 40% of total estimates

*Odisha government seeks vote-on-account of Rs 56,922 crore for first four months (April-July) of 2019-20 financial year

*Madhu Babu Pension Yojana, state’s old age pension scheme covering 48 lakh elderly, widows, destitutes gets an allocation of Rs 2,120 crore

*Allocation under state’s own rural water supply scheme-BASUDHA is pegged at Rs 2,935 crore

*Odisha’s economy is expected to grow at the rate of 8.35% in 2018-19 surpassing all India growth rate of 7.2%

*Government allocates Rs 400 crore under ‘Ama Gaon, Ama Bikas’, perceived to be the largest people connect exercise of the Naveen Patnaik government

*Odisha government allocates a whopping Rs 4,461 crore under Kalia scheme for farmers that received nationwide appreciation.



·         India jumps 8 place to 36th on international IP index 2019


  • US Chambers of Commercereleased the annual International IP Index of top 50 economies in the world, in the index, India climbed 8 positions up to the 36th rank and USA, as the lead.
  • 2018, India’s rank was 44th of 50 countries, the increase in the rank is dedicated to the various reforms made to the better alignment of India’s IP environment and one of the reforms, was the agreement with Japan to initiate a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH).


·         UNESCO organised Second Edition of the India Heritage Walk in partnership with Sahapedia


  • Sahapedia in partnership with UNESCO organized the second edition of India Heritage Walk Festival (IHWF) 2019.
  • It is also supported by the National Mineral Development Corporation.
  • The first edition of the festival, went on to receive the PATA Gold Awards 2018 in Heritage and Culture.
  • This festival offers the opportunity to discover the hidden gems linked to history.
  • Heritage Walks of 2019 edition.
  • In the list of heritage walks, Delhi has a new attraction.
  • The heritage walk plans to introduce  Sanjhi- a paper-cutting art by a stencil of Vrindavan and the lanes of Bandra in Mumbai.





·         India becomes Worlds Second Largest Consumer and importer of LPG


  • As per Oil Ministery, India become the second largest importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) after China due to rising demands of cleaner alternatives to the traditional cooking fuels like firewood and cow dung.
  • India surpassed Japan as the imports of LPG grew 12.5% over the last 5 years to 12 million metric tons.
  • The demand of LPG is expected to rise 34% from 2014 to 2025.



·         Centre on data science, AI has been established at IIT M


  • Robert Bosch Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence(RBC-DSAI), a Centre for research on data science and artificial intelligence, has been established at the Indian Institute of Technology- Madras.
  • RBC-DSAI will receive an estimated investment of 20 crore over a period of five years. India is one of the four locations of the Bosch Center for AI. The Centre’s mission was to create societal impact through multidisciplinary interactions with government, academic, research, and industrial collaborators by working on core challenges in data science and artificial intelligence.


·         Indian Coast Guard and AAI signed MoU for maritime search and rescue Operations in Port Blair

  • Indian Coast Guard(ICG)and Airport Authority of India (AAI)signed a MoU with an objective to coordinate the aeronautical and maritime Search And Rescue(SAR) operations in congruence with the International Aeronautical Maritime Search And Rescue(IAMSAR) standards.
  • The MoU enhances Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC),Kolkata and Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Port Blair and AAI’s mutual interactions, interoperability and validating procedures on the occasion of SAR operations.



·         India Army chooses the Go Green option; inaugurates 2MW solar power plant in military station


  • The Go Green initiative, Lieutenant General Surinder Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command inaugurated a2 MW solar power plant at Chandimandir.
  • This is the largest Solar power project within Western Command of the Indian Army, set up at Chandimandir.
  • Considered as one of the largest, the solar power plant in Panchkula (Haryana) was established with an investment of Rs 10 crore.

  • Vidharbha lift Ranji Trophy for second time in a row
  • Vidarbha lifted their second successive Ranji Trophy title with a comfortable 78-run win over Saurashtra.


  • Vidarbha is only the sixth team in the tournament’s long history to have defended the title.


  • The Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship played in India between teams representing regional and state cricket associations.


  • The team that has gained maximum number of Ranji titles is Mumbai (41 titles).



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