Jharkhand Current Affairs

Union Cabinet approves raising of 17 Indian Reserve Battalions

The Union Cabinet has approved proposal of raising of 17 Indian Reserve Battalions (IRBs) in Jammu & Kashmir and 4 Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states.

Decision in this regard was taken by Union Cabinet Meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Key facts

  • 17 IRBs includes 5 battalions in J&K, 4 in Chhattisgarh, 3 each in Jharkhand and Odisha and 2 in Maharashtra.
  • The major thrust in raising these IRBs will be by recruiting local youths. State Government can relax age and educational criteria if required.
  • In case of 5 IRBs of J&K, 60% of the vacancies for the posts of constables and class IV will be filled from the state’s border districts.
  • In case of LWE states, 75% of the vacancies of constables will be filled up from 27 core districts under Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme.

About Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme

  • The Union Government had introduced scheme of Indian Reserve Battalions in 1971. It is a non-plan scheme.
  • The objective of the scheme is to supplement the efforts of the states to deal with the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) i.e. naxalite problem effectively.
  • Under it, so far government has sanctioned 153 IRBs in the various states of which 144 IRBs have been raised.
  • 1 IRB in Jharkhand has been converted into Specialized Indian Reserve Battalion (SIRB) which is having 2 engineering companies and 5 security companies.

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India’s largest and tallest tricolour hoisted at Ranchi

India’s largest tricolour was hoisted atop the tallest pole at Pahari Mandir in Ranchi,  by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

This flag will remain hoisted for 24 hours and shall be illuminated with the help of twenty sodium vapour lights at night. It is world’s largest and the highest hoisted Indian flag.

Dimensions of flag: It measures 66 feet in height and 99 feet in width in the proper ratio 2:3. It was hoisted on pole with height of 293 feet. It weighs 80 kg.

Earlier Record

Until now, Faridabad (Haryana) had raised the world’s tallest national flag raised at a height of 246 feet in March 2015. It was unfurled by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) President Amit Shah. The unfurling event was organised by Nav Chetna Trust which is formed to work on social issues like beti bachao and swachh bharat.

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CCEA approves six-laning of NH-2 in Bihar and Jharkhand

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved development of the six laning of National Highway-2 from Aurangabad-BarwaAdda section in Bihar and Jharkhand.

Decision in this regard was taken in the CCEA meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Key facts

  • The six laning work approximately length of 222 kms will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-V.
  • It will be undertaken on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis with an estimated cost of Rs.4918.48 crore.
  • Project’s main object is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in Jharkhand and Bihar and also in reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic.
  • The development of this stretch will also help to increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities and uplifting the socio-economic condition of the concerned regions.

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