Odisha [OPSC] Current Affairs - 2020

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Odisha Government launches Adarsh Vidyalaya Project

Odisha Government has launched Adarsh Vidyalaya (AV) project to provide modern schools facilities on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalayas in the underdeveloped rural areas of the state.

It was launched by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Sasan Ambagaon village in his home constituency Hinjli in Ganjam district.

Key features of the project

  • Schools under AV project will provide free education to students the classes from VI to XII along with free uniforms and other study materials.
  • These schools will be affiliated under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and shall have hostel facility in future.
  • Under this project, one Adarsh Vidyalaya will be set up in each of the 314 revenue blocks of the state.
  • They will be managed by the Odisha Adarsh Vidyalaya Sangathan (AVS) and will be formed on the lines of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS).
  • In these schools, English will be the first language and Odia will be the second language as medium of instruction.
  • The project will be implemented in phases and in the first phase 100 such schools will start functioning on 5 April 2016.
  • The teacher-pupil ratio of these schools will be 1:25 and classroom-student ratio of 1:40. 50 per cent of total seats will be reserved for the girls and scheduled categories.

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Nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-I ballistic missile test fired

Indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-I was successfully test-fired off the Odisha coast.

Test: It was conducted as part of training exercise by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of Indian Army. The missile was fired from mobile launcher at launchpad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) off the Odisha coast.

About Agni I Missile

  • Agni-I is the first missile of the Agni series launched in 1983 by the DRDO as part of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) in India.
  • Developed by: Advanced Systems Laboratory, the premier missile development laboratory of DRDO in collaboration with Defence Research Development Laboratory, Research Centre Imarat and was integrated by Hyderabad based Bharat Dynamics Limited.
  • Powered by: Both solid and liquid propellants and can be fired from road and rail mobile launchers.
  • Features: It weighs around 12 tonnes and is 15-metre-long.
  • Payloads: Designed to carry both conventional and nuclear payload of about 1000 kg.
  • Speed and Range: It can travel at a speed of 2.5 km/s and can destroy targets ranging between 700 and 1250 kms away.
  • Advance Technology: It is equipped with sophisticated navigation system which helps to navigate missile to hit the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.
  • Induction: The Agni I missile already has been inducted into armed forces and claimed to be a part of the India’s minimum credible deterrence under No first to use policy.
  • The first trial of Agni-I was conducted in 1989 and the last user trial was conducted in November 2015 from Dr. Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island.

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