Karnataka Current Affairs

Karnataka Government launches Mathru Poorna scheme

The Karnataka Government has launched Mathru Poorna Scheme to meet nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women in rural areas of state.

Under this scheme, pregnant and lactating poor women in rural areas will get one nutritious meal daily for 25 days in a month.

Key Facts

The scheme will be implemented through anganwadis in State. Under it, nutritious food will be provided for 15 months, from start of pregnancy up to six months after delivery. Along with meal, Iron Folic Acid (IFA) tablets will be administered and gestational weight monitoring will be ensured for pregnant women.

The full meal will consist of rice, dal with vegetables/sambar, one boiled egg and 200ml of milk, will be given to pregnant women. Those who don’t eat eggs would be given two varieties of sprouts. This meal will meet 40-45% of daily calorie, protein and calcium requirement per day of pregnant and lactating mothers.

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V-409: Indian Coast Guard’s interceptor boat launched

Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) new interceptor boat V-409 was launched in Mangaluru, Karnataka by Bharathi Defence and Infrastructure Limited (BDIL). The vessel will be inducted into service by mid-October 2017 to give boost to coastal security and national security.

V-409 interceptor boat

The V-409 interceptor boat has length of 28 meters, beam of 6 meters and draught of 1.2 meters. It has aluminium hull. It has Articulate Surface Piercing Propulsion, also called as Arneson Surface Drives (ASD) which is powered by twin MTU Caterpillar marine diesel engines having a capacity of 1630 kW each. These engines enable boat to attain a maximum speed of more than 35 knots.

The vessel has the capability of attaining a very high speed in a very short duration and can operate in shallow waters. The vessels can perform high-speed interception, close-coast patrol, low-intensity maritime operations, search-and-rescue (SAR) and surveillance. The boat has complement of one officer and 12 sailors.

Background

BDIL is constructing 20 vessels for ICG of which six had already been handed over and the remaining vessels would be handed over on the projected time. The boats are being constructed as per Rs. 2.81 billion contract signed between Ministry of Defence and BDIL in March 2009. The remaining vessels will be handed over on the projected time.

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