This article summarises Rajasthan Current Affairs for December 2020. Kindly note, that this page does not list news & other information related to Covid 19, as for that, we have created a dedication section on Corona Virus situation in Rajasthan. Current Affairs Summary will be updated on weekly basis.
Longest recorded flight of a demoiselle crane
A demoiselle crane tagged in Mongolia’s Khurkh Valley has reached Khichan in Jodhpur after covering a distance of 4,032km in 151 days. As per the experts, this is the longest recorded flight of a demoiselle crane (identified as T-54).
The bird was tagged under the 1,000-Crane Project, a multi-country initiative that extends over years, tracking multiple migrations and species and populations of cranes, following routes, resting sites, the impact of climate change and even social structures among birds.
CAZRI innovates STP Plant
The Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI) has innovated an environment-friendly sewage treatment plant (STP) based on the principle of plant-microbe interactions, aiming to recycle 90% of the waste water in the arid and semiarid regions of the country.
75 EV Stations to come up at Jaipur
Electric vehicles’ (EVs) charging infrastructure will soon be available at 75 locations in Jaipur. A total of 54 stations will be established by the Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd (REIL) and remaining 21 stations will be set up by the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL). The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) will identify locations for setting up these EV stations.
More than 400 relics found in Excavations at Kalibangan
Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) excavation that started in 2019 on the outskirts of Kalibangan site has collected over 400 relics which date back to 1700 BC to 2500 BC. The relics can be categorised into kilns, the structure of mud bricks, beads of semi-precious stones, etched carnelian beads, terracotta bangles, fragment of seal, figurine and pottery. Earlier, excavations were limited to the well-defined limits of the city. This is for the first time that existence of settlement was found outside the city.
Automated Banknote Processing Centre (ABPC) to come up in Jaipur
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to set up an Automated Banknote Processing Centre (ABPC) in Jaipur for receipt, storage and dispatch of currency notes. The functions of the ABPC will also include processing of banknotes received from currency chests (CCs) and bank branches, and destruction of soiled banknotes in an automated manner.
Control rooms to curb wildlife crime
Control rooms have been set up in Ranthambore National Park (RNP) and Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) to control the wildlife crime in the state’s tiger reserves. The villagers and wildlife lovers can contact these control rooms to report crimes or illegal activities occurring in forest areas. People can report at 07462- 220530 for activities related to Ranthambore & 9662881277 for activities related to Sariska Tiger Reserve.
Embryo technology for Rajasthan cows
In December 2020, Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bikaner has signed an MoU with the National Dairy Development Board for the production of calves using embryo implantation techniques in native cows. The embryo implantation technique is an important step towards improved germ plasm cultivation in four indigenous cows of the state — Gir, Sahiwal, Tharparkar and Rathi breeds.
Rajasthan HC stays RAS 2018 Interviews
On 4th December 2020, the Rajasthan High Court restrained the RPSC from conducting interview for RAS and allied services recruitment 2018 beginning on December 7.
The court will hear the case on December 10. The single bench of Justice S P Sharma gave the direction on a petition by Amit Sharma and others who alleged that the RPSC had included ineligible candidates in the quota of departmental candidates as they had not verified the documents of candidates before publishing the merit list for interview but only during interview.
Jodhpur implements “Corona-Free Ward” Strategy
Jodhpur’s district collector Inderjeet Singh is spearheading the ‘corona-free ward’ campaign. Teams of auxillary nurse midwives, ASHA and anganwadi workers along with sanitation inspectors, police beat constables and public representatives will reach out to each and every household in Jodhpur.
Under the campaign from Monday, super-spreader and high-risk patients will be identified, focus will be on contact tracing, identifying the areas where containment zones will be created, regular monitoring of patients under home isolation, municipal ward-wise surveillance committees will be formed and corona-free ward strategy will be implemented with the help of public representatives.
e-file tracking system
Chief secretary Niranjan Arya has given directions to implement e-file tracking system in all departments to enhance transparency and accountability.
Facebook Page to Help Consumers
On the National Consumers Rights’ Day (24th December), chairman of the state consumer disputes redressal commission Kamal Kumar Bagdi inaugurated a facebook page for redressal of grievances and problems of the consumers. Through this page, notices can be issued for the complaints that are registered.
NGT orders to relocated electricity wires underground in GIB habitat
Taking serious note of the Great Indian Bustards (GIBs) getting killed after hitting electricity wires, the NGT Delhi has ordered that the power lines of renewable energy schemes be laid underground in the GIB habitat. The order applies to five states (Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh).
Pura Kaam, Pura Daam
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot launched ‘Pura Kaam, Pura Daam’ campaign under MGNREGA, that seeks to motivate and mobilise MGNREGA workers to complete work assigned to them so that they can get full wages. It will be ensured by improving worksite management. The campaign will continue in the state for two months, which started on the field on December 16.
5 new Abhay Command Control Centers launched
In December 2020, Rajasthan Chief Minister has launched five new Abhay command control centres in five districts – Sawai Madhopur, Jhalawar, Churu, Chittorgarh and Rajsamand.
Twitter Handle & Whatsapp number launched to seek Police Help
In December 2020, Chief minister Ashok Gehlot launched the Twitter handle of Rajasthan police help desk on social media and also initiated a WhatsApp helpline number on his which complainant can send their grievances.
The Twitter handle is @RajPoliceHelp while the Whatsapp number is +91-1412922272 on which the complainants can get in touch with police for redressal of their complaints.
Why Gadisar not declared as lake: HC Question Government
In December 2020, the Rajasthan High Court has asked State government over delay in declaring Jaisalmer’s Gadisar pond as lake under Rajasthan Lake Authority Act, 2015. Rajasthan Lakes Development Authority, Jaipur, is empowered to take steps for protection of Gadisar lake as per Rajasthan Lakes (Protection and Development) Authority Act, 2015. Gadisar pond is an ancient drinking water source in Jaisalmer.
Maharishi Valmiki Bhawan inaugurated in Tribal University
In December 2020, CM Ashok Gehlot virtually inaugurated the Maharishi Valmiki Bhawan in Govind Guru Tribal University in Banswara.
Govind Guru Tribal University is the first state university in the heart of the tribal area covering three districts — Banswara, Dungarpur and Pratapgarh. It has 150 colleges affiliated with it with 1.50 lakh students enrolled in the three districts.
Top Ranking Police Station
In December 2020, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) released best performing Police Stations across the country. Accordingly, 16,671 police station across the nation were surveyed and MHA shortlisted 75 police stations.
Nongpok Sekmai, Police station from Thoubal district in Manipur ranked first across the country. From Rajasthan, Mahajan Police Station from Bikaner came in first position.