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Insights Daily Current Events, 27 November 2015

Insights Daily Current Events, 27 November 2015

Paper 3 Topic: indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

India successfully test-fires N-capable Prithvi II missile

Indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile was successfully test fired recently by the army. The missile test was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.

About the missile:

  • Prithvi-II is indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface missile with a strike range of 350 km.
  • The missile is thrusted by liquid propulsion twine engines.
  • It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvering trajectory.
  • It is the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India’s prestigious IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Program).
  • The missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads.
  • It was inducted into India’s armed forces in 2003.

sources: pib.

 

Paper 2 Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability.

Delhi Assembly Passes Bill to Penalise Officials for Delay in Providing Services

The Delhi Assembly recently passed the Delhi (Right of Citizen to Time Bound Delivery of Services) Amendment Bill.

  • The amendments seek to rectify the current Act which has put the “entire onus” of getting compensation, fixing the responsibility for delayed services on the citizen.
  • This legislation will automatically deduct salaries of government officials in case there is a delay in delivering government services by them.

Details:

  • The Bill seeks to ensure that every government department puts out comprehensive citizens charter, within 30 days of its notification and that the responsibility is fixed with Head of Departments.
  • The Bill also encourages government departments, local bodies to adopt the e-governance platform to deliver their respective citizen related services in a prescribed time period through electronic means aimed at bringing transparency.
  • The Bill envisages entrusting a ‘Competent Officer’, a person not below the rank of Deputy Secretary, with the purpose of effecting payment of compensation to an individual and recovery of the compensation from the officer or person responsible.
  • It also keeps aside a service performance incentive fund to encourage officials by offering them rewards for ensuring timely service delivery.

Presently, there are a total of 371 services, covering almost all departments, under the ambit of the legislation.

sources: the hindu.

 

Paper 3 Topic: indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

Anti-submarine corvette handed over to the Navy

Kadmatt , the second of the four indigenously built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) corvette, has been formally handed over to the Navy by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).

  • The Corvette is named after an island in the Lakshwadeep archipelago.

About ASW corvette Kadmatt:

  • It is indigenously developed with special grade high-tensile.
  • The hull of the ship has bulk of sensors and weapon system.
  • It has advanced stealth features and is likely to be commissioned with the Navy in January.
  • It can accommodate 17 officers, 106 sailors and can carry a helicopter onboard. It has a maximum speed of 25 Knots.
  • The ship’s main role is to protect the nation’s maritime interests against possible submarine attacks and the ship is a potent platform for neutralising enemy submarines with an array of weapons like torpedoes, rocket launchers and helicopter.
  • The ship is also equipped with total atmospheric control ventilation system making it fully capable to fight in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare environments.

The first ship of the series INS Kamorta was inducted into the Navy in August 2014. Two remaining corvettes of the series Kiltan and Kavaratti will be delivered to the Navy in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

sources: the hindu.

 

Paper 2 Topic: e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential.

I-T department launches PAN-based litigation management system

The Income Tax department has activated a PAN-based online system which enables the taxman to access cases in their jurisdiction on a click, amongst a building database of over 5 lakh appeals and 1.50 lakh judgements.

  • This facility is part of the National Judicial Reference System (NJRS).
  • The new measure will drastically cut down time in appeal and litigation management in the department.
  • The system is the first of its kind in the country for comprehensive litigation management in any government department.
  • The facility will be maintained by the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL).

The National Judicial Reference System (NJRS) is a project of Indian Income Tax Department to streamline its tax litigation system. It aims to be a comprehensive repository of all Appeals and Judgments related to Direct Taxes in India. NJRS will help the IT department in decongesting and streamlining the huge backlog of litigation in various courts and Tribunals related to direct tax cases.

sources: et.