CM Hemant Soren announces new Tourism policy
The JMM/Congress coalition Government headed by Chief Minister Hemant Soren on the Government’s second anniversary bash gifted a slew of soaps and schemes to people of State. Projects and schemes worth Rs 12,558.50 crore were announced, while at the same time projects and schemes worth Rs 3,195.30 crore were handed to people.
However, more importantly the second anniversary of Soren’s Government marks the announcement of key policies, which have been framed keeping in mind the long termdevelopment of the State. The announcement of the State Tourism Policy is one such policy which has been announced to explore the untapped tourism potential of the State.
Governor Ramesh Bias and Chief Minister Hemant Soren announced the State Tourism Policy 2021. The State Government with the announcement of new Tourism policy is of firm belief that development of the tourism sector would not only generate immense employment opportunities directly or indirectly, but also contribute to accelerated economic development. Under the Tourism Policy, 2021 focus has been given on development of basic infrastructure such as better road, rail, air connectivity of tourist areas, improvement of infrastructure such as hotels, restaurants and recreation places for tourists and more importantly safety of tourists reaching these destinations.
As per the Tourism Policy 2021, thrust areas have been given on development of religious tourism such as Deoghar, Basukinath, Rajrappa, Parasnath and other areas. As Jharkhand is bestowed with lush green jungles, waterfalls, terrain, moderate climate, rich wildlife, Jharkhand Tourism policy also focuses on developing Eco Tourism.
The New policy also focuses on Cultural Tourism with the Government to promote various fairs and festivals, traditional lifestyles and customs, dress and food habits of people of State.
The Tourism policy also mentions in view of large investments required in the tourism sector and the need for maintaining high quality standards in services, tourism related industries have been included in the priority list of industries for foreign investment. Export house status has been accorded to hotels, travel agents, tour operators and tourist transport operators. Also, the State Government would extend all possible assistance and support to attract foreign direct investment in building and maintaining the tourism infrastructure and facilities in the State.
Rare Pink Handfish
After 22 years, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) discovered a rare pink handfish near the Tasmanian coast. The last time the fish was seen was in 1999.
In February 2021, Australian marine researchers used an underwater camera to photograph the seabed in Tasman Fracture Marine Park. They discovered the pink handfish later while reviewing the footage.
The Taman Fracture Marine Park is known for its deep crack in the earth’s crust, which allows scientists to study marine life up to 4,000 meters below the surface.
Pink handfish was previously thought to only live in shallow waters. This time, however, it was discovered at a depth of 150 meters.
India Aids Mozambique
The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kesari arrived in Maputo, Mozambique, on December 25 with 500 tonnes of food aid as part of the SAGAR Mission.
500 tonnes of food aid were sent to Mozambique to aid the government’s efforts to combat the ongoing drought and the covid-19 pandemic.
India is also committed to assisting Mozambique’s Armed Forces in their capacity-building efforts.
INS Kesari also carried two Fast Interceptor Craft and self-defense equipment, which will be handed over to the Mozambican Armed Forces.
In accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of SAGAR, aid was extended to Mozambique for the eighth time.
Indian Armys In-house Messaging app
The Indian Army has launched ASIGMA, a modern messaging app that stands for “Army Secure IndiGeneous Messaging Application.”
The AWAN (Army Wide Area Network) messaging application will be replaced by ASIGMA. For the past 15 years, AWAN has been in operation.
On Army-owned hardware, the ASIGMA app has been distributed. It will serve the army from now on, and it will be able to provide lifetime support with future upgrades.It has been designed to meet all future requirements for the Indian army while also providing a better user experience.
The app includes a number of modern features, such as multi-level security, message prioritization and tracking, a dynamic global address book, and options to meet the army’s current needs.
It will meet the Army’s real-time data transfer and messaging needs, especially given the current geopolitical security environment.
INS Khukri Decommissioned
The INS Khukri (P49), India’s first indigenously built missile corvette, was decommissioned on December 24, 2021, after 32 years of service at Visakhapatnam.
The national flag, decommissioning pennant, and naval ensign were all lowered at sunset during the decommissioning ceremony.
On August 23, 1989, the Mazagon Dock shipbuilders completed the INS Khukri.
It was unique in that it served in both the Western and Eastern Fleets.
The ship was commanded by 28 commanding officers during her service with the Indian Navy.
It traveled over 6,44,897 nautical miles, which is the equivalent of 30 times around the world or three times the distance between the Moon and the Earth. The ship was assigned to the Indian Army’s Gorkha Brigade.
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