Top 5 Current Affairs: 5 August 2017
Bengaluru is going to become the first city in the country to launch a helicopter taxi service to beat the city’s bumper to bumper traffic.
Bangalore launches India’s first ever Heli-taxi service
Bengaluru has launched a helicopter taxi service connecting its International airport (Kempegowda International Airport, KIA) to Electronics city, becoming the first in the country to do so.
The main aim of the move is to ease the commuting process for people in the city, beat the city’s extreme traffic scene and save precious time. The service, operated by Thumby Aviation Private Limited, is expected to begin in three months. It would reduce an otherwise over-two hours-long travel time by cab to just about 15 minutes.
The company has deployed one helicopter for now, Bell 407 chopper that has the capacity to seat 6 passengers. The service is expected to eventually expand to other areas including Whitefield and the HAL airport.
Maharashtra Government launches online portals MahaDBT, MahaVASTU
Maharashtra Government on 3 August 2017 launched MahaDBT and MahaVASTU, two online portals to streamline the process of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). The portals were launched with an aim to bring in more transparency in construction sector and to provide direct benefits with 'Aadhaar' authentication.
MahaDBT portal is an Aadhaar-authenticated electronic mechanism that will enable direct transfer of benefits for over 40 schemes currently implemented by state’s various departments. MahaVASTU on the other hand, is an Online Building Permission Management System with an electronic workflow for sanctioning building approvals with full transparency.
L&T bags Rs 3375-crore Mauritius metro order
Engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro in August 2017 announced Rs 3375 crore (18.8 Bn MUR) worth metro order from the Mauritius government. The projects will be fully funded through a grant by Union Government and line of credit.
In a press statement, the company said, “L&T has won the order from Metro Express Limited which is owned by the Government of Mauritius to design and build an Integrated Light Rail-based Urban Transit System in the African island nation.”
India signs USD 329 million loan pact with AIIB for Gujarat road project
India has signed a loan agreement worth USD 329 million with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) for financing of Gujarat Rural Roads Project.
The information was shared by the Finance Ministry, which said in a statement that the agreement was signed between Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Sameer Kumar Khare and Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, AIIB, D J Pandian.
The main aim of the project is to improve the rural road connectivity and accessibility to more than one thousand villages in all the 33 districts of the state benefiting about 80 lakh people.
Assam govt all set to distribute 13 lakh Soil Health Cards among farmers
The state government of Assam government has decided to distribute 13 lakh Soil Health Cards among farmers. The information was shared by the state’s Agriculture minister Atul Bora who said that about 1 lakh 41 thousand cards have already been distributed between April 2016 and June 2017.
Bora stated that 214 soil test kits are operational for this purpose and that the government would soon be announcing a State Agriculture policy. He further said that emphasis has been given to successfully implement Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichai Yojna in the state.
The state government has also released a sum of Rs 7.54 Cr as subsidy to farmers under crop insurance. The move follows recent flood situation that damaged over 2 lakh hectares of agricultural land in Assam.