Daily Current Affairs For UPSC 05 January 2023: We bring to you ”Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam” on the principle of updating UPSC CSE aspirants with Most Important Daily UPSC Prelims Specific Current Affairs. These Daily Current Affairs are prepared by our team in Bit Form/Abridged Form to save the precious time of UPSC Aspirants. In Today’s Prelims Bits we are covering Current Affairs Bits for the below mentioned topics: Sri Siddheshwar Swami, National Green Hydrogen Mission, Indian/Mamallapuram Dance Festival, Siyom Bridge.
Sri Siddheshwar Swami
Why In News?
Recently, Sri Siddeshwar Swami, the seer of the Jnanayogashrama, and known as ‘Walking God of North Karnataka’, passed away.
Who Was Sri Siddheshwar Swami?
- Jnanayogi Shri Siddheshwar Swami, who is often referred to as the ‘Walking God of North Karnataka’, was born and brought up in Bijjaragi, Vijayapura in Karnataka.
- He was also fondly called as Buddiji.
- He was ordained as a math seer by his guru, Vedanta Kesari Sri Mallikarjuna Mahashivayogi.
- According to Jnanayogashrama, at a very young age of 14, Swamiji got his spiritual calling and soon came under the discipleship of Shri Mallikarjuna Swamiji.
- Notably, in 2018 Siddheshwar Swami had written to PM Modi refusing to accept the Padma Shri award which was conferred upon him. “I don’t need titles, I am a sanyasi,” Siddheshwar’s letter read.
- Swamiji has written several books on the Upanishads, Gita, Sharana philosophy and general spirituality. Some of his major works are Siddhanta Shikhamani, Allamaprabhu’s Vachana Nirvachana, and Bhagavad Chintana (Reflections of the Divine). He has also written books in English.
National Green Hydrogen Mission
Why In News?
The Union Cabinet on January 4 approved the National Green Hydrogen Mission, which is aimed at making India the global hub for the production of green hydrogen.
- The National Hydrogen Mission was launched on August 15, 2021, with a view to cutting down carbon emissions and increasing the use of renewable sources of energy.
- The Mission aims to aid the government in meeting its climate targets and making India a green hydrogen hub.
- This will help in meeting the target of production of 5 million tonnes of Green hydrogen by 2030 and the related development of renewable energy capacity.
Prelims Bits on National Green Hydrogen Mission
- The National Green Hydrogen mission seeks to promote the development of green hydrogen production capacity of at least 5 MMT (Million Metric Tonnes) per annum with an associated renewable energy capacity addition of about 125 GW in the country by 2030.
- The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will formulate the scheme guidelines for implementation.
What is Green Hydrogen?
- Hydrogen and Ammonia are envisaged to be the future fuels to replace fossil fuels.
- Production of these fuels by using power from renewable energy, termed as green hydrogen and green ammonia, is one of the major requirements towards environmentally sustainable energy security of the nation.
- Green hydrogen is hydrogen gas produced through the electrolysis of water — an energy-intensive process for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen— using renewable power to achieve this.
- The government of India is taking various measures to facilitate the transition from fossil fuel/fossil fuel-based feedstocks to green hydrogen / green ammonia.
Analysis of Sansad TV Discussion: Green Hydrogen
Why In News?
On Jan. 03, 2022, The Defence minister Sri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Siyom bridge in Arunachal Pradesh, along with 27 other infrastructure projects completed by the Border Roads Organisation.
Prelims Bits For Siyom Bridge
- The Siyom bridge on the Along-Yinkiong Road – a 100-meter ‘Class-70’ steel arch superstructure.
- The Siyom river is a tributary of the Brahmaputra.
- It flows through the west Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Reports say that the new bridge over the river would improve connectivity to upper Siang district and beyond via Along (Aalo)
- The Siyom Bridge will facilitate faster induction of troops, heavy equipment like howitzers and mechanised vehicles to forward areas of the Upper Siang district, Tuting and Yinkiong regions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Strategic Importance Of Siyom Bridge To Tackle China
Indian/Mamallapuram Dance Festival 2022-23
Why In News?
The Indian Dance Festival 2022-23 is being held at the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram from December 23rd, 2022, to January 12th, 2023.
- When it was first organized in 1992, the festival was called the Mamallapuram Dance Festival; afterwards, it was renamed as the Indian Dance Festival.
- Famous professional classical dance performers from all over India gather to perform at this premier event.
- The Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, organizes the festival every year.
- Traditional folk art forms such as Mayilattam, Karagam, Kavadi, Thappattam and Oyilattam, as well as classical arts such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak are featured at the festival.
- This festival celebrates the glory of various dance forms and instills a seed of passion in all who join.
- The festival is held in the vicinity of “The Arjuna Penance,” a historic sculpture at the Shore Temple that traces its origins back to the mid-seventh century.
- It is one of the city’s most marvelous monuments. Every evening, prominent artists from across the country take the stage to bestow an electrifying experience for the audience.