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PIB Daily – 21st August 2019 – IASToppers

Chandrayaan-2; Mobile Metallic Ramp (MMR); National Workshop Cum Exhibition on Sustainable Sanitation; Van Mahotsava; Baltic states; Location of Lithuania; Location of Latvia; Location of Estonia;
By IASToppers
August 21, 2019

Contents

Bilateral & International Relations

  • VP embarks on three-nation visit to Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia

Defence & Security Issues

  • DRDO hands over design of Mobile Metallic Ramp to Indian Army

Science & Technology

  • ISRO aims for Chandrayaan-2 landing on September 07

Key Facts for Prelims

  • MoHUA to Organize One Day National Workshop Cum Exhibition on Sustainable Sanitation
  • President of India launches Van Mahotsava at Rashtrapati Bhavan

 

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Bilateral & International Relations

VP embarks on three-nation visit to Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia

Vice President of India has embarked on a three-nation visit to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (Baltic countries) to discuss increasing political engagement, as well as intensified trade and commercial ties.

Which are the Baltic states?

Baltic-states

  • The group of countries presently referred by the shorthand Baltic states are: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
  • These countries occupy the largest landform in Europe without mountains.

LOCATION OF LITHUANIA

Location of Lithuania

Location of Lithuania 1

  • Located in Europe, it shares land borders with 4 countries: Belarus, Latvia, Poland, Russia.
  • It is also bordered by the Baltic sea.

LOCATION OF LATVIA

Location of Latvia

Location of Latvia 1

  • Locate in Europe, it shares land borders with 4 countries: Belarus, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia.
  • It is bordered with Gulf of Riga and Baltic sea.

LOCATION OF ESTONIA

Location of Estonia

Location of Estonia 1

  • Estonia shares land borders with 2 countries: Latvia, Russia.
  • It is also bordered by the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Riga and Gulf of Finland.

KEY FACTS

  • The countries that have shorelines along the Baltic Sea: Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden.
[Ref: PIB]

 

Defence & Security Issues

DRDO hands over design of Mobile Metallic Ramp to Indian Army

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over to the Army the design of Mobile Metallic Ramp (MMR).

Mobile-Metallic

ABOUT MOBILE METALLIC RAMP (MMR)

Defence_Research_and_Development_Organisation_Logo

  • The MMR has been designed and developed by DRDO’s Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) laboratory to reduce the Strategic Mobility time of mobilising Armoured Fighting Vehicles.
  • It has load bearing capacity of 70 metric ton (MT).

SIGNIFICANCE

  • As it is portable as well as modular in design it can be easily assembled or disassemble, it can provide the strategic mobility for Armoured and Mechanised units and formations of the Army.
[Ref: PIB, Economic Times]

 

Science & Technology

ISRO aims for Chandrayaan-2 landing on September 07

The second moon mission of India, the Chandrayaan-2 has been precisely inserted in defined lunar orbit.

Chandrayaan-2-3

To know about Chandryaan-2 mission, Refer IASTopper’s Mains Article: Clicl Here:

[Ref: PIB]

 

Key Facts for Prelims

MoHUA to Organize One Day National Workshop Cum Exhibition on Sustainable Sanitation 

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) will be organizing a one-day national workshop cum exhibition at Vigyan Bhawan on 19 August, 2019.

Workshop Cum Exhibition

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

  • The workshop is aimed to bring together stakeholders to strategize on mitigating the risks associated with manual entry into sewers / septic tanks and help eliminate such incidents and fatalities.
  • Wastewater and stormwater management including rainwater harvesting in line with the Government’s focus on water conservation through the Jal Shakti Abhiyan will also form an important agenda of discussion at the workshop.
  • The government will also release the Manual on Stormwater Drainage Systems, 2019, Advisory on Emergency Response Sanitation Unit (ERSU) and the Directory of Sewer and Septic Cleaning Equipment prepared by the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO).
  • It will also see discussions on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) based bio-methanation under Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
[Ref: PIB]

 

President of India Launches Van Mahotsava at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The President of India launched a plantation drive as part of ‘Van Mahotsav’ celebrations.

Rashtrapati-Bhavan

ABOUT VAN MAHOTSAVA

Van-Mahotsava

Van Mahotsava is a week- long annual tree planting festival organized in month of July across India.

  • It was launched in 1950 by M. Munshi, the then Union Minister for Agriculture and Food to create an enthusiasm for the preservation of forest and planting of trees.

OBJECTIVES

  • To provide fuel and thus release cowdung for use as manure.
  • To increase production of fruits
  • To help creation of shelterbelts around agricultural fields to increase their productivity.
  • To provide fodder leaves for cattle to relieve intensity of grazing over reserved forests.
  • To provide shade and ornamental trees for the landscape.
  • To provide small poles and timber for agricultural implements, house construction and fencing.
  • To help conservation of soil and further deterioration of soil fertility.
[Ref: PIB]

 

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