‘’Paper 3-GS-II, Topic: Important aspects of e-governance – Less than 3% of projects under mission completed

The remaining projects are in various stages of implementation

    What you need to know:

  • Nearly two years after the Smart Cities Mission was launched, less than 3% of the projects proposed under the Mission have been completed, as per information shared by the Union Urban Development Ministry.
  • The remaining projects are in various stages of implementation. Launched on June 25, 2015, the Smart Cities Mission covered 60 cities in the first two rounds, with a total of 2,313 projects being proposed at a total cost of Rs.96,336 crore.
  • But of these, only 57 projects had been completed as of June 16, 2017. Of the remaining unfinished projects, work has started on 116, tenders have been floated for 182, detailed project reports (DPRs) were completed for 439, and DPRs for 1,519 were in progress, according to the Ministry.
  • June 25 will also mark the second anniversary of two other Central government schemes for urban development, the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
  • Speaking about the Smart Cities Mission, AMRUT and PMAY (U), Mr. Naidu said that his Ministry had approved a total investment of Rs.3,15,964 crore for the three schemes.
  • He added that 11,705 projects had been approved, and of these, 5,493 were in the process of being executed.

   Massive investment:

  • These projects account for an investment of Rs.1,12,904 crore, which is 36% of the total investment approved.
  • Such a high rate of project conversion is quite significant, given the past record of urban planning and implementation,” he said.
  • According to data from the Ministry, under AMRUT, Rs.77,640 crore had been approved for 4,672 projects. As of June 16, work had started on 982 projects worth Rs.15,980 crore and the tendering process had begun for 1,365 projects.

    Source: The Hindu


‘’Paper 4-GS-III, Topic: Awareness in the field of Space – ISRO puts 31 satellites in space

29 of them belong to 14 foreign countries, including the U.S. and the U.K.

    What is important to know:

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched 31 satellites — 29 of them belonging to foreign countries — on board the PSLV-C38 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here on Friday.
  • The PSLV, in its 40th flight, carried the Cartosat-2 series satellite, the main payload, weighing 712 kg and another Indian satellite, NIUSAT, an Indian university/academic institute satellite from Noorul Islam University, Kanyakumari. Delegates from foreign agencies that were sending their satellites watched from Mission Control as the satellites were placed into orbit.
  • The PSLV-C38 took off from the first launchpad at 9.29 a.m. The Cartosat-2 series satellite was placed in orbit at 16 minutes after launch and the final satellite was injected into orbit at 23 minutes.
  • The total payload weighed 955 kg at lift-off. The Cartosat satellite launch will provide remote sensing services for about five years.
  • The other 29 nano satellites belonged to 14 nations — Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the U.K., and the U.S.

   Remote sensing satellite:

  • The Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite, and is the sixth in the series. It was placed in a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous orbit.
  • It will be used for cartographic applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, Land Information Systems (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications, ISRO said.
  • The Cartosat satellite separated 16.43 minutes after launch, as planned, following which the remaining satellites separated over the next seven minutes. With the launch of the PSLV-C38, B. Jayakumar, Mission Director said, ISRO now had the confidence to put a number of satellites into different orbits, in a single mission. Sun Synchronous orbit or low inclination orbit, carrying multiple satellites; Everything has been established. I’m sure this will be a major attraction for foreign customers,” Mr. Jayakumar said.

   Credible launch vehicle:

  • ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said the PSLV was emerging as a credible launch vehicle for anybody across the globe, “because of the frequency at which the launch is happening and also the access and timeline within which their satellites can be put into orbit.”

   Source: Indian Express

‘’Paper 3-GS-II, Topic: Important Bilateral & Global groupings effecting India’s interest – Brexit is an opportunity for Netherlands-India ties

Amsterdam aspires to be India’s biggest partner in Europe


  • Netherlands is aspiring to emerge as India’s biggest partner in Europe following the Brexit-related changes taking place in Europe.
  • Ambassador of the Netherlands Alphonsus Stoelinga said that during the working visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 27, both countries will conclude two deals on water and cultural relations and firm up cooperation for multilateral diplomacy.
  • There were a lot of questions over the EU’s (European Union) future after Brexit. But now the EU is relatively better and the Eurosceptics are under control.
  • Prime Minister Modi will have a personal experience that post-Brexit Europe is good for India-Netherlands ties,” said Mr. Stoelinga, explaining that India is the fastest-growing member among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries and the Dutch remain highly interested in increasing investments into India.
  • 20% of India’s $45 billion trade with the EU passes through the Netherlands. After Brexit, there is a good possibility that Indian investments in our country will increase and the Netherlands can possibly emerge as an alternative hub of Indian exports and capital in Europe,” said Mr. Stoelinga, speaking to a small group of journalists at his official residence.
  • During the visit, Prime Minister Modi will meet Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and will have a working lunch on 27 June.
  • The Dutch leader will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Trade and Development Cooperation and other high-level officials of his team.
  • PM Modi will have an audience with His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Maxima.
  • Mr Stoelinga also indicated that his country’s support to India’s attempts for export control regimes will continue.

    Source: News United