Current Affairs – October, 2019

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Gandhinagar becomes Gujarat’s first kerosene free district.

On October 25, 2019, Union Minister Amit Shah allocated 1000 LPG connections to women in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat. This makes Gandhinagar first district in Gujarat to become kerosene-free.

Highlights

  • The cooking gas was allotted to the women as a part of Ujjwala Yojana. The scheme has covered more than 75,000 beneficiaries at a cost of 6.13 crore rupees
  • The home minister also handed over 480 middle income group houses in the same event
  • Also, drinking water schemes were launched locally for the areas like Kudasan, Raysan, Sargasan in the district
  • The minister laid foundation stones for development projects that includes underpass and two roads.
  • A control center was inaugurated by the minister. The center will distribute beneficiary cards for the schemes of old age persons, widow women and Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries.

Kerosene free states

Chandigarh became the first city to become kerosene free. Government has been making plans since 2016 to reduce the usage of kerosene all over the country. The subsidies to kerosene will be completely removed by 2020. By 2018, over 8 states and Union Territories in the country became kerosene free namely Puducherry, Daman-Diu, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.

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PM Modi to meet Germany’s Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit India on November 1, 2019 for the fifth biennial Inter Governmental Consultations. She will meet PM Modi during her visit. The leaders will have separate engagement with the CEOs and business nations of both nations. The countries will discuss deepening of cooperation in traditional sectors like skill development, energy and transport

Significance

  • The Chancellor will be accompanied by several ministers and state secretaries of Federal Government
  • Germany is India’s largest trading partner in Europe. In 2018-19, the Indian exports were 8.9 billion USD. The imports from the country in the same year were 15.16 billion USD.
  • There are more than 1,700 German companies working in Germany
  • There are over 600 Indo-German joint ventures in operation
  • The German investments in India are predominantly in the sectors of electrical equipment, transportation, metallurgical industries, chemicals, trading, construction activity, automobiles and trading.

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