States Current Affairs - 2019

Current Affairs 2019-2020 of all States with latest updates. Current Affairs will list latest developments, issues in all states and may be useful for State PCS / Civil services examinations of various states of India.

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Tamil Nadu fishermen get NavIC-powered ISRO Gadgets

The Tamil Nadu government has distributed 200 NavIC- powered satellite-enabled communication devices developed by ISRO to 80 fishing boat groups in Tamil Nadu. These gadgets will help the Tamil Nadu fishermen to get cyclone and weather updates on a real-time basis.

These Tamil Nadu government rolled out these devices after Chief Minister K Palaniswami distributed the gadgets to seven fishermen engaged in deep sea fishing in Chennai.

These gadgets, which are of the size of a soapbox, are basically ‘receivers’ which will produce a beep when alerts are received by the device. These are Bluetooth enabled and the alerts received can be read on the NavIC App which can be downloaded on an android phone. The alerts will be in the Tamil language so that the fisherman find it easy to understand. These gadgets have been given free of cost and there is no recurring cost associated with these devices.

What is NavIC?

  • NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) can be understood as the Indian version of the American GPS (Global Positioning System).
  • The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System constellation consists of eight satellites.
  • NavIC provides accurate real-time position, navigation and timing services over India and region extending 1,500 km around Indian borders.

Last year several fishermen went missing in the cyclone Ockhi and Tamil Nadu government had to face severe criticism for not providing timely weather alerts to fishermen. For this reason, the Tamil Nadu government had declared giving these gadgets free of cost to fishermen in this year’s state budget.

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Factbox: Mekedatu Project

The tussle between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the issue of River Cauvery has got a new addition. The proposal of Karnataka to build dam at Mekedatu is opposed fiercely by Tamil Nadu.

About the Project

  • The Government of Karnataka is planning to build a dam across river Cauvery near Mekedatu in Ramanagara district.
  • The proposed capacity of dam is 48 TMC (thousand million cubic feet).
  • The objective of the dam is to supply drinking water to Bengaluru and recharge the groundwater table in the region.

Why Tamil Nadu is opposing the project?

  • Tamil Nadu’s main argument is that the project violates the final award of the Cauvery River Water Tribunal.
  • Tamil Nadu argues that the construction of the reservoir would result in impounding of the flows in the intermediate catchment below the Krishnaraja Sagar and Kabini reservoirs, and Billigundulu in the common border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
  • Tamil Nadu also suspects that with the proposed project Karnataka intends to extend the area under irrigation.

Karnataka’s Arguments

  • Karnataka argues that Mekedatu project will not come in the way of releasing the stipulated quantum of water to Tamil Nadu, nor will it be used for irrigation purposes.
  • Karnataka is willing to hold talks with Tamil Nadu on this issue.
  • Karnataka has again made it clear that the reservoir is only for storing water meant to generate electricity and provide drinking water to Bengaluru as well as its neighbouring areas.

The feasibility study of the dam is cleared by the Central Water Commission (CWC). The CWC has conditioned that water supply to Tamil Nadu from Cauvery must not be hampered. Now Karnataka can go ahead and prepare Detailed Project Report. The Government of Tamil Nadu had moved to Supreme Court seeking to prohibit Karnataka from proceeding with its Detailed Project Report. Supreme Court has refused to give the stay as of now.

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