Odisha Current Affairs

Long range surface-to-air Barak-8 missile successfully test fired

India and Israel jointly developed most advanced long range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM)  Barak-8 was successfully test fired off the Odisha coast.

The missile was test fired from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore district in Odisha.

About Barak-8 missile

  • Barak-8 (Lightning 8 in Hebrew) is long-range nuclear capable ballistic missile, developed jointly by Israel and India.
  • It has been designed and developed by DRDO, Israel Aerospace Industries and Israel’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure.
  • It is 4.5-meter long and weighs around 3 tonnes can carry a payload of 70 kilograms. It has a speed of Mach 2.
  • It has the capacity to identify and neutralize various forms of aerial threats such as rockets, UAVs, planes, helicopters in a single flight.
  • Barak-8 missile’s most technologically advanced aspect is its ability to intercept missiles aimed at sea-bound vessels.

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India’s first international conference on cooking gas begins in Odisha

India’s first international conference on cooking gas has started in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

The 2-day conference was inaugurated by Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu. It was also attended by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Key Facts

  • The conference has been organised by state-owned petroleum companies. It will deliberate on the need for an LPG-enabled household and use of traditional cooking fuels.
  • It will focus on the need for an LPG enabled household, problems arising due to absence of cooking gas, the usage of traditional bio mass cooking fuels and their impact on both health and environment.
  • The delegates from developing countries, such as Brazil, Ghana, Nigeria, Nepal and Sri Lanka are participating in this event.

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Odisha Government launches Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana

The Odisha Government had launched Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana, a special assistance scheme for elderly weavers.

The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the occasion of the second National Handlooms Day (observed on 7th August).

Key Facts

  • The scheme aims at improving the financial condition of over 8,000 weavers in the state.
  • The beneficiary must have been worked in this field at least preceding 20 years.
  • Under it senior weavers above the age of 60 years would get a monthly pension of 500 rupees and those above 80 years would get 700 rupees.
  • The pension amounts would be directly sent to the beneficiaries bank accounts.

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