Current Affairs – August 2016

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Madhukar Gupta Committee: Recommendations on border protection

The Madhukar Gupta Committee on border protection has submitted its report to the Union Ministry Home Affairs (MHA).

The Committee was constituted to suggest recommendations for strengthening border protection and addressing the issue of gaps and vulnerability in border fencing along India-Pakistan Border. It was headed by former Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta.

Key Facts

  • The committee has examined security mechanisms of all four Indian states sharing border with Pakistan keeping in mind challenges of different climate and topography.
  • It has given separate recommendations for four states as each of them has different topography and problems.
  • It has flagged gaps and vulnerabilities in border fencing and suggested use of technology and heightened vigil on riverine frontiers.
  • It has expressed displeasure over not installing laser walls in many infiltration-prone areas due to treacherous and marshy terrain.

Note: 4 Indian states share 3,323-km-long border with Pakistan. Of this 1,225 km falls in Jammu and Kashmir (including Line of Control), 1,037 km in Rajasthan, 553 km in Punjab and 508 km in Gujarat.

Background

The MHA had constituted this committee in April 2016 to suggest ways to address the issue of gaps and vulnerability in border fencing. It was constituted three months after the terror attack on Pathankot IAF base in January 2016 by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists from Pakistan. These terroritst had infiltrated into India by beaching the India-Pakistan border (through porous border) in Punjab especially from the riverine stretch.

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PM Narendra Modi launches first phase of SAUNI project in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the first phase of SAUNI (Saurastra Narmada Avataran Irrigation) Yojana at Sanodara of Jamnagar district of Gujarat.

SAUNI Yojana is multipurpose project that aims to solve the water problems of a parched Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

Key Facts

  • Technically, SAUNI is a ‘linking’ project where the water will be filled in irrigation dams that are already equipped with canal network.
  • Under this project, 115 dams in the Saurashtra region will be filled with excess water from the Sardar Sarovar dam.
  • In the first phase, around 10 dams and reservoirs of Rajkot, Jamnagar and Morbi districts will be filled with water from Narmada River for irrigation and drinking purposes.
  • SAUNI project involves making pipe canals instead of the conventional open canals which has led to no acquisition of land for the project.
  • This network of canals will comprise 1,125-km network of pipelines that will help to channel water into farms.

Background

Saruashtra region of Gujarat comprises 11 districts. These districts faces drought like situation often and has been reeling under severe water scarcity due to scanty rainfall. The SAUNI Yojana was announced in 2012 when PM Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

SAUNI Project

Map Source: Indian Express

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Second unit at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant connected to Southern Grid

The second 1,000 MW capacity reactor of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) was successfully synchronised to the southern power grid.

This marks the generation of electricity and its supply to the grid by the second reactor of KKNPP. The plant had attained criticality in July 2016.

Besides with this synchronisation, the total atomic power generation capacity of Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) crossed 5,000 MW.

Key Facts

  • The KKNPP is located in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu, around 650 km from Chennai. It is built under India-Russian Nuclear agreement of 1988.
  • KKNPP is India’s first nuclear power plant to use imported pressurised water reactor (PWR) technology for generation of electricity.
  • It has VVER (Water-Water Energetic Reactor) type light water reactors. The reactors were built by the NPCIL and Russia’s Atomstroyexport Company, a subsidiary of Rosatom.
  • The first unit of KKNPP had attained criticality after it began the fission process in July 2013. Subsequently it was connected to the southern grid in October 2013.

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