Island Development Agency meeting
The Union Home Minister has chaired the sixth meeting of the Island Development Agency. It was held to review the progress made towards the programme ‘Holistic Development of Islands’.
Holistic Development of Islands programme –
- For the first time in the country, under the guidance of IDA, an initiative of sustainable development in the identified Islands within scientifically-assessed carrying capacity has been taken-up.
- Development Plans with focus on creation of jobs for the islanders through tourism promotion as well as export of seafood and coconut-based products made in the Islands have been prepared and are being implemented in four islands of Andaman & Nicobar and five islands of Lakshadweep.
- In the second phase, suitable sites in 12 more islands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and 5 islands in Lakshadweep have been covered.
About Island Development Agency –
- The Union Government constituted the Island Development Agency on 1st June, 2017 for the development of islands.
- It is chaired by the Union Home Minister.
- Members of the agency include Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, Secretary (Environment, Forests and Climate Change), Secretary (Tourism) and Secretary (Tribal Welfare).
Uttar Pradesh government has approved the commissionerate system of policing for Lucknow and Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida).
What is commissionerate system?
- In the commissionerate system, the Commissioner of Police (CP) is the head of a unified police command structure and he/she is responsible for the force in the city, and is accountable to the state government.
- The office also has magisterial powers, including those related to regulation, control, and licensing.
- The CP is drawn from the Deputy Inspector General rank or above, and is assisted by Special/Joint/Additional/Deputy Commissioners.
- The state government can make such declarations regarding the introduction of commissionerate system. It does not need the concurrence of either the Union Home Ministry or the Parliament of India.
The sixth National Police Commission report (1983) recommended the introduction of a police commissionerate system in cities with a population of 5 lakh and above, as well as in places having special conditions. Presently, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai have commissionerate system.
Statue of Unity
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has included the Statue of Unity among the ‘Eight Wonders’ of the SCO.
About Statue of Unity –
- The height of the statue is measured to be 182 metres
- It is 23 metre taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue and almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty (93 metre tall) in US.
- It is located on the Sadhu Bet island, near Rajpipla on the Narmada river.
- It is located between the Satpura and the Vindhya mountain ranges.
The Eight Wonders of the SCO –
- India — the Statue of Unity.
- Kazakhstan — the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly.
- China — The Daming imperial palace complex.
- Kyrgyzstan — Lake Issyk-Kul.
- Pakistan — The Great Mughals’ heritage at Lahore.
- Russia — The Golden Ring cities.
- Tajikistan — The Palace of Nowruz.
- Uzbekistan — the Poi Kalon complex.
Indian Road Accident Database
The database has been launched by the government.
- It has been developed by the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M).
- It will be implemented by the National Informatics Centre.
- The project costs ₹258 crore and is being supported by the World Bank.
- The system will be first piloted in the six States with highest fatalities from road crashes — Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
World’s fastest growing cities
As per the latest survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), three Indian cities have been listed as the world’s fastest-growing urban areas.
- The survey has based its data on the basis of expected population increase in urban agglomerations between 2015 and 2020.
- The list is based on data from the United Nations Population Division.
- Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kollam were the only three cities to make it to the top 10 of the world’s fastest-growing cities.
- Malappuram was ranked No. 1 in the world rankings with a 44.1 per cent change between 2015 and 2020.
- While Kozhikode was ranked fourth with 34.5 per cent change and Kollam was at number 10 with 31.1 per cent.