Kolkata Current Affairs - 2019
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The second edition of India International Mega Trade fair (IIMTF) was inaugurated on 15 June at Bidhannagar (or Salt Lake) city in Kolkata. It is a 10-day-long event which will continue till June 23.
Objective: The event seeks to promote business and trade around the region as well as to encourage joint ventures, tie-ups and investment in the country.
It is Kolkata’s largest and most popular retail event. It also works as a platform to promote Indian brands for international markets.
Participants: IIMTF showcases foreign products and sees participation from Central Government, State Government, various other Ministries, Departments & Public Sector Units (PSU), Ministries of Foreign countries etc. Various countries have set up pavilions in fair including participants from Bangladesh, Thailand, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
Organiser: The event is jointly organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I) and G S Marketing.
The fair supports variety of industries such as Food and Beverages, Home Supplies, Personal Care Products, Lifestyle, Electronics, Electricals, Food, Jute, Handicrafts, Handlooms, Cosmetics, Tourism, IT, Finance, International Products, furniture, etc.
Significance: Donning its multiple roles as service provider, catalyst, initiator, facilitator and business partner, Chamber has helped Governments (both at Centre and State) in crafting pioneering and significant legislations.
About India International Mega Trade Fair
Background: IIMTF was first founded in 1994. Since its inception it has evolved as a major event for business community throughout the country. From past 25 years the fair is organised by Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and GS Associates.
It first took place at Kolkata but adapting to growth of visitors in fair the exhibition now takes place in different cities such as Visakhapatnam, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, etc.
It is a B2B (Business to Business) and B2C (Business to Customer) exhibition.
The Indian Army has commissioned a “Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System” (CAAQMS) at its Eastern Command headquarters in Fort William Military Station, Kolkata in West Bengal. The commission of air quality monitor is part of Army’s countrywide ‘Go Green’ initiative, which was started in April 2019.
Key Features of The CAAQMS
- It will monitor air pollution of city on real time basis and its readings will be considered a benchmark of quality. This recent installation will be sixth CAAQMS facility in Kolkata.
- Measures: The CAAQMS installed at William Military station will measure air pollution continuously throughout the year. It includes measuring pollutants like SO2, NO, NO2, NH3, CO, O3, VOC and particulate matters (PM 10 and PM 2.5). It will also display relative humidity, ambient temperature, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure and rain gauge.
- Usage: The data so collected can be remotely monitored on internet and can also be published into various desired formats for public awareness. The CAAQMS data can also be used by West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) or any other local or international weather monitoring bodies.
- Significance: The installation of CAAQMS is special because it will act as the ‘control station’ (i.e. it will monitor air quality at an ideal situation) and its readings will be considered a benchmark of quality.
Tags: CAAQMS • Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System • control station • Fort William Military Station • Go Green Initiative • Indian Army • Kolkata • PM 10 • PM 2.5 • West Bengal • West Bengal Pollution Control Board