It is a matter of criticism for experts engaged in ocean mapping work that we know less about our ocean surfaces while we know more about Moon and Mars. The role of the map is important in maintaining any place or doing any work in that area.

Important point

  • The sea world, its depth, its mountain ranges, the boundaries of the earth are all very wide, and the whole world is still unaware of them.
  • In order to overcome this ignorance, a UN-supported project called ‘Seed 2030’ has been making continuous efforts.
  • Under this scheme, to fulfill the goal of mapping the entire surface of the ocean by 2030, CEED 2030 is gathering data from countries and companies of the world. This mapping will be available free of cost to everyone.
  • Many philanthropic institutions that support this initiative believe that there will be a great need for mutual cooperation and coordination to complete this work.
  • The estimated cost of this scheme, launched in the year 2017, is 3 billion dollars.
  • This plan includes the Nippon Foundation and GEBCO and the non-profit association of experts.
  • If this plan is successful, then we can get the following results-

Why in the discussion?

Shipping Ministry has approved the proposal to develop a Freight Village at Varanasi near the inland waterway terminal on river Ganga at a cost of Rs. 156 crores .

key points

  • Varanasi Freight Villages will be developed by Indian Inland Waterways Authority.
  • It will work as a cargo hub and will also be a center for collecting and enriching goods. This will also encourage development of a professional logistics industry in Varanasi.
  • Land of Freight Village will be owned by the IWAI (Inland Waterways Authority of India), but part of it will be leased on logistics companies and waterways related to manufacturing and trading companies according to market conditions, fixed prices and fixed conditions so that they establish their business Can.
  • It can provide its services to a variety of cargo profiles, including freight village containers, bulk and brake-bulk cargo, liquid bulk and bag carriage.

What happens to Freight Villages?

  • Freight Villages is a specified area where various means of transportation, distribution of goods and other logistics facilities are widely available in a synchronized manner.
  • The main work of Freight Villages is to ensure the management and utilization of various means of transportation, to co-ordinate them and to reduce the congestion in existing transport.
  • Freight Villages is basically a cargo aggregator which offers various logistic options to the shipper / cargo owner i.e. rail-road, rail-waterway, road-waterway etc.
  • This preferred logistic option is based on the low optimum / lowest logistic cost that can be recovered from the shipper / cargo owner.
  • Various activities related to freight are available under one roof and coordination with them ensures business facilitation. Along with this it is possible to make good use of truck capacity for carriage of goods and improve business activities and economic efficiency.

Why Varanasi?

  • A pre-feasibility study of the World Bank found that Varanasi is a suitable place for freight villages.
  • This city is also strategically located at the appropriate place and it is the middle point of the logistics chain of the Eastern Transport Corridor, from where National Waterways-1, Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), National Highway-7 and National Highway-2 pass.
  • With the launch of the Multi-Modal Terminal under the water route development project, Varanasi’s inland waterway is expected to increase traffic.

Source: PIB

1. India-Tajikistan Agreement for Peaceful Use of Outer Space: This agreement is based on Earth’s telecommunication, satellite communications, satellite-based navigation, space science and planetary discovery, space science and space systems and ground systems, space science technology including space science technology. And it will be helpful in the possibility of cooperation in applications. This agreement will form a joint working group which will prepare an action plan including the time limit and measures to implement it. The working group will be a member of DOS / ISRO and Tajikistan’s Land Management and Geodesy State Committees. (Such agreements have also been done with India, Uzbekistan, Morocco, Algeria etc.)
2. Indo-Zimbabwe Agreement in the area of ​​geology, mining and mineral resources: This agreement will provide institutional system for cooperation in selected areas between India and Zimbabwe. Exchange of information based on resources, laws and policies; organizing seminars for exchange of ideas on strategies related to development; promoting transfer of technologies between the two sides; promoting value addition in the mining sector. And to create investment opportunities are the objectives of this agreement.
3. India-Japan Agreement for Health Care and Health: This Agreement will promote bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of traditional medicine system. The expenditure on research, training, conference, meeting and appointment of experts will be met from the budget of the Ministry of AYUSH.
4. India-Japan cooperation agreement for cooperation in the postal sector: This agreement will improve postal services between India and Japan and increase cooperation in the postal sector. Regarding postal policy, the two sides will share the information based on their experiences.
5. Cooperation between India and Japan in the field of Environmental Cooperation: With this memorandum, keeping in mind the appropriate laws and legal provisions of both the countries, in the field of management of natural resources and environmental protection on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit. Will increase cooperation. It also includes exchange of information and technology between the two countries.
6. India-France Agreement for Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation: This is a Science and Technology Agreement, in which only exchange of knowledge and cooperation is involved in technical assistance. This Memorandum of Understanding will encourage energy sharing and information sharing on policies, programs and technology related to demand management. This agreement will create awareness about energy efficiency. This will develop mechanisms for the collection, utilization and analysis of data for monitoring carbon emissions and global emissions.
7. Indo-Russian Agreement on Joint Activities Under Human Space Flight Program: This Agreement will strengthen cooperation between India and Russia, and strengthen the Radiation Shielding, Life Sport System, Crew Module, Meeting Point and Docking System, Space Room, Astronauts For training such as human space flight program, the work of developing technology and advance systems will accelerate.
8. Indo-US Agreement on Scientific and Technical Cooperation in Earth Sciences:  Under this, it will help in sharing the expertise available with the organizations of both countries and adopt state-of-the-art technology in the field of Earth Science. Special areas of cooperation include eco systems, climate instability and land use changes, energy, mineral wealth, environment, natural crises, risk and assessment persistence, water resources, informatics and areas of data integration.
9. India-Armenia Agreement on Issue of Postage Stamps: Under this, the Postal Department of the Ministry of Communications and the National Post Operator of Armenia (‘HayPost CJSC) agreed to issue joint stamps on mutually exclusive dance topics. In memory postal stamps, Manipuri dance of India and Hob Errek dance of Armenia are shown.

Source: PIB


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