Important Current Affairs for CLAT-13th July 2022

AAI Leh Airport is being built as nation first carbon-neutral airport

The Airports Authority of India, Leh airport is being built as a carbon-neutral airport, a first in India. A “Geothermal system” in hybridization with Solar PV Plant will be provided in the New airport Terminal Building for heating and cooling purposes. This system works by exchanging heat between the air and the ground as its heat pumps are used for space heating and cooling, as well as water heating.

The main feature of this process is that naturally existing heat is concentrated and used. It is estimated that 900 tons of carbon emissions per year will be reduced after adopting the Geothermal system at the Leh Airport Terminal Building project.

NIFT, Panchkula officially inaugurated by Union Minister Piyush Goyal

The 17th campus of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Panchkula was officially opened by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who referred to it as the “fulcrum of development of the textile sector in the state.” According to Khattar, 20% of seats at this institute will be earmarked for people from Haryana in accordance with NIFT rules. He said that this campus’ foundation stone was set on December 29, 2016, by Smriti Irani, who was the Union Textiles Minister at the time.

KEY POINTS:

  • The CM stated that the institute building, which was constructed across 10.45 acres of land in cooperation with the textile ministry, cost Rs 133.16 crore to build.

  • The new NIFT campus will launch three online hybrid courses in photography for e-commerce, social media marketing, and digital designing for textiles.

  • As part of the comprehensive training, developing co-curriculum with organisations like the National Institute of Design and the National Institute of Packaging can be considered.

  • Similar to how IIM is known for management and IIT for engineering, NIFT has been recognised for fashion technology for the past 36 years.

  • The Institute will provide two-year master’s degree programmes in fashion technology, design, and management in addition to four-year degree programmes in apparel production and fashion design/textile design.

  • Additionally, there will be certificate programmes with durations of one year and six months.

Jonny Bairstow & Marizanne Kapp named ICC Players of the Month for June

International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the ICC Player of the Month awards for June 2022. England’s in-form batter Jonny Bairstow bagged the Men’s Player of the Month title while South Africa’s power-hitting batter Marizanne Kapp was awarded with Women’s Player of the Month.

Why this award is given to Jonny Bairstow:

Jonny Bairstow received the title after his remarkable performances last month against New Zealand. He defeated his team-mate Joe Root and New Zealand batter Daryl Mitchell in the race of receiving the “Player of the Month” award.

Why this award is given to Marizanne Kapp

South African batter Marizanne Kapp’s last month was also full of solid and powerful performances. Kapp’s classic stroke play got her more votes than her teammate Shabnim Ismail and England’s Nat Sciver. With this feat, Kapp has become South Africa’s first ICC Women’s Player of the Month winner since Lizelle Lee, who was crowned in March 2021.


PM inaugurated Deoghar Airport and several other development projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially inaugurated and set the cornerstone for a number of construction projects totaling more than 16,800 crores of rupees in Deoghar. At a public event held on the grounds of Deoghar College, the prime minister declared that the government is funding religious institutions in order to preserve our culture and faith for future generations.

Key Points:

  • According to PM Modi, all religious sites that have been built with modern amenities have drawn an increased number of visitors and followers.

  • Under the PRASAD programme, modern amenities have also been increased in Baba Baidyanath Dham.

  • The development of Varanasi, the prime minister said, has helped small vendors, sellers, and artisans do more business. He used the Varanasi-Kashi corridor as an example.

  • The prime minister reaffirmed the motto Sabka Saath, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Vikas, stating that our government has been working hard to promote development in all of the nation’s underdeveloped regions.

  • The country has been working with the idea of national growth through state development for the past eight years.

  • The same thought and spirit have been crucial during the past eight years in the attempts to connect Jharkhand by highways, railways, airways, and waterways. All of these amenities will have a favourable effect on the state’s economic growth.

About Deoghar Airport:

The inauguration of flights to Ranchi, Delhi, and Patna, as well as the trip from Deoghar to Kolkata, made the prime minister happy. He revealed that work was ongoing on the airports in Bokaro and Dumka.

About other Government Projects:

  • PM Modi emphasized that the PM Urja Ganga Yojana is transforming the status quo. We are making a number of historic decisions to turn hardship into opportunity.

  • In 11 districts in Jharkhand and Odisha, the Bokaro-Angul segment of GAIL’s Jagdishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra pipeline would increase the city gas distribution network.

  • According to the prime minister, spending money on infrastructure is opening up new opportunities for growth, employment, and self-employment.

1st Webb Telescope image reveals earliest galaxies formed after Big Bang

US President Joe Biden has released one of the James Webb Space Telescope’s first images in a preview event at the White House in Washington. This first image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date.

Key points:

  • Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail. Thousands of galaxies including the faintest objects ever observed in the infrared have appeared in Webb’s view for the first time.

  • This slice of the vast universe covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground.

  • This deep field, taken by Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), is a composite made from images at different wavelengths, totalling 12.5 hours achieving depths at infrared wavelengths beyond the Hubble Space Telescope’s deepest fields, which took weeks.

On October 1st, this year, Paper Import Monitoring System to go in Action

The Paper Import Monitoring System (PIMS) was established by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) by changing the import policy for major paper products from “free” to “free subject to mandatory registration under PIMS.” According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the new rule will take effect on October 1, 2022. However, the ministry announced in a statement that the online registration option will be available as of July 15, 2022.

KEY POINTS:

  • The PIMS must be used when a Domestic Territory Area unit imports a variety of paper products, including newspaper, handmade paper, coated paper, uncoated paper, Litho and offset paper, tissue paper, toilet paper, cartons, labels, and more.

  • These products fall within 201 tariff lines. Paper goods including bank bond and cheque paper, security printing paper, and others have been exempt from the requirement to register.

  • According to PIMS, an importer must pay a registration fee of Rs 500 no earlier than the 75th day and no later than the 5th day prior to the anticipated date of arrival of the import consignment in order to receive an automatic registration number.

  • Multiple consignments Bill of Entry (BoEs) may be submitted under the same registration number within the registration’s validity term for the allowable quantity. The automatic registration number is valid for 75 days.

  • A Unit in a Special Economic Zone/Free Trading Warehousing Zone or an Export Oriented Unit must register under the PIMS at the time of import of the items covered by the scheme.

Pratik Pota hired by Advent International to head Eureka Forbes

Pratik Pota was appointed by PE firm Advent International to run Eureka Forbes, one of its portfolio companies. Pratik will join Eureka Forbes as Managing Director & CEO. Pratik will guide the management group in continuing to grow the company and produce cutting-edge goods. Pratik will start at Eureka Forbes on August 16.

Key Points:

  • The CEO of Jubilant Foodworks Ltd. was Pratik. The JFL expanded into new areas under his direction, including Turkey and Bangladesh.

  • Over the course of his more than 30-year career, Pratik has held executive positions with PepsiCo, Airtel, and Hindustan Unilever Ltd. before JFL.

About Eureka Forbes:

  • Eureka Forbes, formerly a member of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group and currently a portfolio company of Advent International, offers products for cleaning, air purification, vacuuming, and home security.

India’s 1st elevated urban expressway “Dwarka” to be operational by 2023

The Dwarka Expressway, which is being developed as the first elevated urban expressway in India, will be operational in 2023, said Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. Dwarka Expressway will reduce pressure on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway (part of the Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai arm of the Golden Quadrilateral) and arterial roads that experience severe traffic congestion, primarily from the commuters of West Delhi.

About the Dwarka Expressway:

  • It will be a 16-lane access-controlled highway with the provision of a minimum three-lane service road on both sides.

  • The Expressway connecting Dwarka in Delhi to Gurugram in Haryana is being developed at a total cost of Rs 9,000 crores. It has a total length of 29 km, out of which 19 km falls in Haryana and the remaining 10 km is in Delhi.

  • The expressway begins from Shiv-Murti on NH-8 (Delhi-Gurugram expressway) and ends near Kherki Daula Toll Plaza, through Dwarka Sector 21, Gurugram border and Basai.

  • It will have four multi-level interchanges, including India’s longest and widest road tunnel which will be 3.6 km in length and have eight lanes.



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