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Current Affairs 01 March 2022

CONTENTS

  1. Quad grouping is a diplomatic arrangement: U.S.
  2. PM Gati Shakti
  3. Core sector growth
  4. Land protests over Deocha Pachami coal block 
  5. IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report
  6. International Court of Justice

Quad Grouping is a Diplomatic Arrangement: U.S.


Context:

Terming the Quad grouping as a “diplomatic arrangement”, visiting U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Samuel J. Paparo said that strategy always follows policy and the four Navies have embarked upon an effort to increase the “total sum of our collaboration at sea with particular focus on information sharing, maritime patrol, undersea domain awareness” and all the elements a Naval power can bring upon to bear.

Relevance:

GS II: Groupings & Agreements Involving India and/or Affecting India’s Interests

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD):
  2. Purpose of Quad
  3. Significance of Quad

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PM Gati Shakti


Context:

Prime Minister urged State governments as well as private sector to adopt the Gati Shakti portal to plan infrastructure projects and develop special economic zones.

  • Portal would be set up to bring 16 Ministries together for integrated planning and implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects. The portal is expected to be ready by March end.
Relevance:

GS-III: Industry and Infrastructure (Industrial Policy, Government Policies and Initiatives), GS-III: Indian Economy (Growth and Development of Indian Economy)

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. About PM Gati Shakti Yojana 2021
  2. Significance of PM Gati Shakti

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Core Sector Growth


Context:

India’s output from all eight core infrastructure sectors surpassed pre-pandemic production levels this January, even as the pace of growth slowed marginally to 3.7% from a 4.1% uptick recorded in December 2021.

Relevance:

GS-III: Indian Economy (Growth and Development of Indian Economy, Inflation)

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. What is Index of Industrial Production (IIP)?
  2. About Index of Eight Core Industries:
  3. Significance of IIP:

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Land Protests Over Deocha Pachami Coal Block 


Context:

The West Bengal government’s ambitious Deocha Pachami coal block mining project despite the announcement of a relief and rehabilitation package, saw widespread protests which resulted in the arrests of nine people.

Relevance:

GS III- Indian Economy (Energy)

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. What is the Deocha Pachami coal block mining project?
  2. Why are locals upset?

What is the Deocha Pachami coal block mining project?

  • The State government is planning to start mining at the Deocha Pachami coal block, considered to be the largest coal block in the country with reserves of around 1,198 million tonnes of coal and 1,400 million cubic metres of basalt, spread over an area of 12.31 sq. km, which is around 3,400 acres.
  • There are around 12 villages in the project area with a population of over 21,000, comprising Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
  • However, the ₹35,000 crore Bengal government project is facing protests over land acquisition.
  • The government owns 1,000 acres, of which 300 acres is forest land, but needs to acquire the rest to begin coal mining.

Why are locals upset?

  • Villagers have been organising protests and rallies against the project, with activists claiming that there is a “misleading propaganda” that locals are willing to “give land voluntarily”.
  • Locals, mostly Santhal tribals, have close affinity with the land, with forests and waterways, and rely on it for their needs.
  • The project is facing protests over land acquisition of which a significant part is forest land.
  • The tribals were harassed and had been arrested under false and serious charges for protesting.
  • Also, the project details have not yet been made public; and the environment clearance is awaited.

-Source: The Hindu


IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report


Context:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second part of its sixth assessment report. The first part was released in 2021.


Relevance:

GS III- Environment (Climate change)

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. About the IPCC
  2. IPCC Assessment Reports
  3. Highlights of the recent report

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International Court of Justice


Context:

Ukraine has filed an application before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), instituting proceedings against the Russian Federation concerning “a dispute relating to the interpretation, application and fulfilment of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” (the “Genocide Convention”).

  • Ukraine has accused Russia of falsely claiming that “acts of genocide have occurred in the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts of Ukraine”, and of using that as a pretext to recognise the independence of these regions and of going to war against Ukraine.
Relevance:

GS II- International Relations

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. About  International Court of Justice
  2. Seat and role of ICJ
  3. Judges of the court
  4. India at the ICJ

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