Odisha Current Affairs

Union Government approves NIMZ in in Kalinganagar, Odisha

The Union Government has given its final approval to setting up of National Investment & Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) in Kalinganagar, Odisha.

It will come up on a massive area of 163 square kilometres and on completion will be the third NIMZ of India.

For execution NIMZ project, Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry has approved fund of Rs. 4241 crore. Of this total amount, estimated Rs. 3816 crore will be invested for the first phase of the project which will be completed by 2020.

NIMZ in Kalinganagar will create employment opportunities for around 1.5 lakh people. It will help Odisha grow as a manufacturing hub and also help Paradip port’s growth.

About National Investment & Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ)

Under National Manufacturing Policy (NMP), Union Government in 2014 had announced to set up 16 NIMZs to boost manufacturing sector.

Till 2013-14, 16 NIMZs were set up, 8 of them are along the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). NMP aims to enhance the share of manufacturing sector in GDP to 25% and create 100 million employment opportunities over a decade.

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Odisha Governor promulgates ordinance for official use of Odia

Odisha Governor Dr SC Jamir has promulgated Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 to ensure use of Odia in all government systems.

The ordinance was promulgated as per provisions of the Article 213 of the Constitution.

It empowers the state government to formulate laws to implement Odisha Official Language Act, 1954.

It will amend the Language Act and use Odia in the official businesses of the Government including in writing files, letters and all other official documents.

Constitutional provision of Official Language

Article 345 of the Constitution deals with Official language or languages of a state which  empowers state legislature to adopt ‘any one or more of the languages in use in the State or Hindi as the language or languages to be used for all or any of the official purposes’ of the concerned State.

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Nuclear Capable Prithvi-II missile test fired from Odisha

Indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile was successfully test-fired from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha.

Missile test: It was carried out by Strategic Force Command (SFC) from a mobile launcher at launch complex-3 from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.

About Prithvi-II Missile

  • Prithvi-II is a tactical short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) developed by indigenously by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • It is the first missile indigenously developed by DRDO under India’s prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP).
  • Powered by: Can operate with both liquid and solid fuel twine engines.
  • Warheads: Capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of nuclear as well as conventional warheads.
  • Strike Range: It has strike range of 350 km.
  • It has the ability to dodge enemy missiles and uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.
  • It has advanced inertial navigation, control and guidance system. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvering trajectory.
  • The missile was inducted into Indian armed forces in 2003.
  • Variants: Prithvi-I for the Indian Army; Prithvi-II for the Indian Air Force; and the Dhanush for the Indian Navy.

The last user trial of Prithvi-II was successfully conducted on February 16, 2016 from the same test range in Odisha.

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