Odisha Current Affairs - 2019

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India successfully test-fires two Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missiles

India has successfully test-fired two indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM) from a test range off the Odisha coast.

QRSAM was test fired from a rotatable truck-based launch unit at Chandipur in Odisha’s Balasore district. The two missiles tested for different altitude and conditions successfully demonstrated robust control, aerodynamics, propulsion, structural performance and high manoeuvring capabilities

Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missiles

  • The missile is an all-weather, all-terrain missile with electronic countermeasures against jamming by aircraft radars.
  • QRSAM uses solid-fuel propellant and has a range of 25-30 km.
  • QRSAM has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in association with Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited as a replacement to Osa-AK and Kvadrat missile systems.

This was the third test firing of QRSAM. The first test firing was done on June 4, 2017, and the second on July 14, 2018.

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Government Approves Construction of more than 5 lakh Affordable Houses

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of another 560,695 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). The approval was given by the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. The details of the projects approved are listed below:

  • Total of 1,243 projects with a project cost of Rs 33,873 crore with central assistance of Rs 8,404 crore has been approved.
  • The approval of 560,695 more houses takes the cumulative number of houses sanctioned under PMAY(U) to 79,04,674.

State wise Allocation

  • Uttar Pradesh: 179,215
  • Andhra Pradesh: 110,618
  • Maharashtra: 101,220
  • Karnataka: 48,729
  • Madhya Pradesh: 26,587
  • Gujarat: 25,861
  • Manipur: 13,715
  • Tamil Nadu: 12,174
  • Bihar: 10,084
  • Odisha: 7,472
  • Chhattisgarh: 7,067
  • Kerala: 4,194
  • Haryana: 4,019
  • Rajasthan 3,601
  • Jharkhand 2,165
  • Assam: 1,419
  • Meghalaya: 1,397
  • Puducherry: 1,158

The allocation is part of the government’s commitment to ensure housing for all by 2022.

Month: Categories: Government SchemesUPSC

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