06July 2023 – Current Affairs
Daily Current Capsules
06 July 2023
Bahu Balli Cattle Fence
- The Road Transport and Highways Ministry is planning to implement the Bahu Balli Cattle Fence along highways in India to prevent cattle from crossing the road and causing dangerous accidents that result in the loss of human life.
- The fence will be 1.20 meters high and will be installed on section 23 of NH-30 as a comprehensive solution.
- The cattle fence, constructed using bamboo, offers a fully effective and environmentally friendly solution.
- The bamboo is treated with creosote oil and coated with HDPE, making it a stronger alternative to steel.
- The fence has a fire rating of Class 1, ensuring safety, and aligns with the principles of AatmanirbharBharat
- The Indian Navy has launched the “Julley Ladakh” outreach programme in Ladakh
- It is a multidimensional outreach program dedicated to strengthening the connect with the Union Territory of Ladakh.
- This program is aimed to enhance greater participation of the youth from Ladakh in the Defence Services, strengthen nation-building and promote maritime consciousness in the region.
JAPAN INDIA MARITIME EXERCISE 2023 (JIMEX 23)
- The seventh edition of the bilateral Japan-India Maritime Exercise 2023 (JIMEX 23) hosted by the Indian Navy, is being conducted at/ off Visakhapatnam from 05 -10 July 2023.
- This edition marks the 11th anniversary of JIMEX, since its inception in 2012.
JIMEX 23 Highlights
- JIMEX 23 will witness the participation of INS Delhi, India’s first indigenously built Guided Missile Destroyer, INS Kamorta, an indigenously designed and built Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette
- JIMEX 23 provides an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices and facilitates operational interactions between IN and JMSDF to foster mutual cooperation and reaffirm their shared commitment towards maritime security in the region.
Scheme for Expansion and Modernization of Fire Services in the States
- The Union Ministry of Home Affairs, has launched a “Scheme for Expansion and Modernization of Fire Services in the States” from the earmarked allocation of Preparedness and Capacity Building Funding Window under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for strengthening fire services in the States with a total outlay of Rs. 5,000 crore.
- An amount of Rs. 500 crore, out of the total outlay, has been kept for incentivizing the States on the basis of their legal and infrastructure-based reforms.
Know! about the scheme
- Objective of the scheme is to expand and modernize Fire Services in the States with a view that activities for strengthening of fire services at the State-level through preparedness and capacity-building component of the NDRF will be ensured.
- For seeking funds for the projects/proposals under the Scheme, the concerned State Governments shall have to contribute 25% (except for the North-Eastern and Himalayan (NEH) States which shall contribute 10%) of total cost of such projects / proposals from their budgetary resources.
- The Scheme finds its origin from the recommendation of the Fifteenth Finance Commission (XV-FC) which allows an allocation of 12.5 percent of each of the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) [10% of the total corpus of the National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) and the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF)] for the Funding Window of Preparedness and Capacity Building.
- The Seventh edition of Indian Navy – US Navy (IN – USN) Salvage and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) exercise, SALVEX was conducted from 26 Jun – 06 Jul 23 at Kochi.
- IN and USN have been participating in joint Salvage and EOD exercises since 2005.
- The exercise saw participation from both the navies which included the ships – INS Nireekshak and USNS Salvor in addition to Specialist Diving and EOD teams.
- Spanning over 10 days, the Diving teams of both the countries shared experiences on Maritime Salvage and trained together in various facets of EOD Operations on land as well at sea.
- SALVEX also saw conduct of joint training exercises towards enhancing interoperability, cohesiveness and gaining from best practices mutually in Maritime Salvage and EOD operations.
- 14 July is celebrated as the Fête Nationale Française, or the National Day in France.
- It is also known as the Bastille Day as this day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille in 1789 during the French Revolution.
- This year, the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi has been invited as the Guest of Honour at the Bastille Day Parade in France.
- The parade will witness a 269 member tri-services contingent of the Indian Armed Forces marching alongside their French counterparts. The contingent has left for France today.
- This year, both countries are celebrating 25 years of Strategic Partnership.
- The armies of both the countries have been participating in joint exercises and sharing their experiences.
- Over the years, India and France have become reliable defence partners.
- The Army contingent is being represented by Punjab Regiment which is one of the oldest Regiments of the Indian Army.
- The troops of the Regiment have participated in both the World Wars as well as the post-independence operations.
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