Agartala Current Affairs - 2020

Mobile Kiosk for COVID-19 Sample Testing used in Agartala Smart City

The smart city, Agartala has implemented a mobile kiosk for sample collection. The kiosk makes sure there are no wastages in Personal Protective Equipment and also ensures protection to sample collecting medical professionals.

Highlights

The kiosk running on three-wheeler vehicle enables navigation and helps in collection of samples from the community. There is no need for the patients to reach hospitals to give samples. The kiosk also helps in mass testing.

Austerity Measures

The Tripura Government has announced “austerity measures” to reduce expenditure and focus on optimum utilization of central government resources. The government office expenses were to be reduced by 15%. All the Government offices were instructed to make optimum utilization of their resources. They were strictly instructed to reduce telephone bills, power by 10%.

The Government is also focusing on e-mail usages to reduce paper expenses.

Agartala Smart City

The smart city project of Agartala was implemented at a cost of Rs 357 crores. The Asian Development Bank also funded by providing soft loans. Around Rs 2,000 crores were sanctioned in all by both the central and state governments.

In 2015, Agartala was selected as one of the 100 smart cities in the Smart City Programme of India. The city has a population of around 5.25 lakh people.

ISRO launches Young Scientist Programme

The Indian Space Research organisation (ISRO) has launched the Young Scientist Programme (Yuva Vigyani Karyakram) to impart basic knowledge on space technology, space science and applications to the young ones to arouse their interest in space activities.

Young Scientist Programme

  • For the Young Scientist Programme, ISRO will select over 100 students from across India and give them practical experience of how satellites are built.
  • Three Students will be selected from each state/union territory to participate in the programme each year covering CBSE, ICSE and state syllabus on the basis of their academic performance and extracurricular activities.
  • The Young Scientist Programme will involve a two-week residential training programme held each year during summer holidays for students from across the country who have completed class 8 and are studying in class 9.
  • The students selected under the progranmme will also visit ISRO centres, interact with senior scientists, and will have access to research and development facilities.
  • The students from rural areas will be given special weightage in the selection and all the expenses of travelling and boarding will be funded entirely by ISRO.

ISRO will also launch Six incubation centres will be established in various parts of the country – North, South, East, West, Centre and North-East to allow students to use these centres for R&D purposes. The first such centre was established in Agartala of Tripura.