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GS Paper II-Governance, Polity.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Dedicates New Bridge Connecting Bhubaneswar And Cuttack To The Nation.

Background

  • A second bridge connecting Bhubaneswar and Cuttack was unveiled by Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on 19th July, 2017.  A number of outlying areas of Cuttack district will now have direct access to Cuttack city.
  • The 2.81 km bridge, named after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Setu, is the longest in the state. Built at an approximate cost Rs 114 crore, the bridge was completed over a period of six years.
  • A substantial traffic load will now be diverted to this route because people commuting to the High Court and CDA areas can now use the new bridge.

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Key Points Of The Development-

  • With the new bridge open, the State’s two biggest stadiums – Barabati in Cuttack and Kalinga in Bhubaneswar – are now located on the same axis.
  • This bridge is also significant as it reduces travel time to Sambalpur.
  • Naveen, who took a walk on the bridge before officially dedicating it to the nation said, the new bridge will be a milestone in the state’s infrastructure development.
  • Naveen said that Netaji was born in Cuttack and he is glad to have dedicated the state’s longest bridge to a great son of soil. Earlier, the bridge over river Mahanadi was the longest in the state and measured about 2.6 km.
  • The Netaji Setu, built on Kathajodi river, a tributary of Mahanadi, will not only lessen the distance between Bhubaneswar and Cuttack by 12 km, it will also help divert traffic and ease commute. It connects Bhubaneswar to the side of Cuttack where the Orissa High Court and Barabati Stadium are located.
  • Construction on another bridge over Mahanadi is underway and is expected to be ready by 2019. Once complete, it will act as a ring road to the existing Cuttack-Sambalpur National Highway 55, which takes a circuitous route through the Millennium City.  The two bridges will directly connect traffic to the national highway at Bali Chhaka.

Sources- Newindianexpress.

 

GS Paper III- Technology, Economic Development.

Cabinet Clears IRDAI Signing Pact For Information Exchange.

 

Background

  • The Cabinet on 19th July, 2017 gave ex-post facto approval for regulator Irdai’s admission as a signatory to IAIS Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding amid increasing integration of financial markets.
  • International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) is a global framework of cooperation and information exchange between insurance supervisors.
  • The MMoU is a statement of its signatories’ intent to cooperate in the field of information exchange as well as procedure for handling information requests, as per the official statement released after the Cabinet meeting.
  • With increasing integration of financial market and growing number of internationally active insurance companies there is an increased need for mutual cooperation and information exchange between insurance industry supervisors.

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Key Points Of This Development-

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for IRDAI’s admission as a signatory to International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MMoU).
  • In this background the Irdai had become a signatory member of the MMoU.
  • In the absence of any bilateral agreements the IAIS, MMoU provides a formal basis for cooperation and information exchange between the signatory authorities regarding the supervision of insurance companies where cross-border aspects arise.
  • The scope of the IAIS MMoU is wider than the existing agreements as it also provides for supervision of other regulated entities such as insurance intermediaries under Anti Money Laundering, (AML) and Combating the Finance of Terrorism (CFT).
  • One of the main objectives of the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (Irdai) is to protect the interest of and secure fair treatment to policyholders.

Sources- Outlookindia.

 

GS Paper IV- Ethics, Integrity.

Telengana Launches ‘Janahitha’ For Speedy Redressal Of Public Grievances.

Background

  • The Telengana Government launched a special portal called ‘Janahitha’ to receive complaints from the public on 19th July, 2017.
  • The programme was inaugurated in Suryapet district on a pilot basis by Telengana Energy minister G Jagadish Reddy. Reddy said that the state government was maintaining transparency in all aspects and putting all out efforts to resolve the issues of people living in the state’s remote areas.

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Key Points Of This Development-

  • Developed by the State Information Technology, E&C department, ‘Janahitha’, an integrated grievance redressal management system aims at expediting complaint resolution through continuous monitoring at a centralised cell. The portal also serves information on the various schemes the users could avail.
  • A call centre set up for the purpose will act as the support station and receives grievances from complainants in simpler forms – an SMS, e-mail or a call after the user completes a one-time registration.
  • The users also have an option to send photos through WhatsApp supporting their grievances, and their complaints can be tracked using a Grievance Unique Number (GUN) till its resolution. Both, the officer concerned and the complainant would receive message alerts on the complaint lodged.
  • The system will ease filing of complaints and also make the officers accountable, according to Minister for Energy and SC Development G. Jagadish Reddy, who was formally launching Janahitha at the Collectorate complex.
  • Officials also felt the new mechanism will cut down operational costs and give them their work status reports every day.
  • Speaking at the launch, District Collector K. Surendra Mohan said he was happy that Suryapet was selected to pilot run the system in the State. Adding, a feedback system would also be developed and the best performing officer in complaint resolutions will be rewarded while the low performers will earn a negative score.
  • The District Revenue Officer will head the monitoring cell, he added.
  • Complainants can reach the call centre every day, Monday to Saturdays (excepting 2nd and 4th) between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 9494181920 and by e-mail on janahitha @telangana.gov.in.
  • The one-time registration can be done on the portal www.janahitha. telangana.gov.in.

Sources- The Hindu.Page 1