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In the ”UPSC Prelims Bits For Today” article, we focus on UPSC Preliminary exam-oriented current affairs covering various sections from leading National Newspapers, PIB, and other various official sources.
Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL)
Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL): Why In The News?
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and BBNL (Bharat Broadband Network Limited) merger has been approved by the Cabinet.
Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL): Impact Of the Merger?
- Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and BBNL (Bharat Broadband Network Limited) merger will boost the fibre assets under BSNL.
- The state-run telco has an optical fibre cable network of over 6.83 lakh kilometres.
- Because of this merger, BSNL will get an additional 5.67 lakh kilometres worth of optical fibre laid across 1.85 lakh village panchayats of India.
- One big benefit that this will give to the BSNL is that it will help in boosting 4G performance in rural areas.
Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL): About BBNL
- Bharat Broadband Network Limited is a Special Purpose Vehicle set up under Companies Act by Government of India.
- It has been mandated to create the National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) in India.
- A total of around 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats spread over 6,600 Blocks and 641 Districts are to be covered by laying incremental fiber.
- The timeline for this ambitious project is two years. The project cost is estimated to be about 20,000 Cr which will be funded by the USO fund.
Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022
Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Why In The News?
- Birmingham Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held from July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, England.
Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Key Points
- India will be one of 72 Commonwealth Games Associations that will be participating in the Commonwealth Games 2022 (also known as Birmingham 2022), scheduled to be held from July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, England.
- The appearance in Birmingham 2022 will be India’s 18th at the CWG and among the 20 sports/discipline, the country’s athletes or players will take part in 9 sports including cricket, which will make it’s debut at the games.
- More than 5,000 athletes representing 72 nations and territories are set to compete in 19 sports and 280 medal events over a packed 11 days.
- Women’s T20 cricket, 3×3 basketball and 3×3 wheelchair basketball will all make their Games debuts.
- This year’s event features the largest number of events for women (136) and Para-sport athletes (42) in Games history.
Mission 2024 for FRA
Mission 2024 for FRA: Why In The News?
- Odisha is about to launch Mission 2024 for FRA by granting all kinds of forest rights whether it is for the individual, community or habitat.
- The mission, currently under Finance Department and Planning and Convergence Department scrutiny, aims at granting the tribal people their rightful ownership.
Mission 2024 for FRA: What is it?
- The Odisha government is chasing an ambitious target of completing the implementation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA) by granting all kinds of rights mandated under the historic Act by 2024.
- All tribals will be granted their rightful ownership.
- By 2024, we would be able to achieve the mandate given to the State government under the FRA,” said Ms. Chopra.
- The State government has set a target to convert 587 forest villages into revenue villages in targeted time. As of now, only 15 forest villages have been recognised as revenue villages.
- With this mission, the journey which started in 2006 would hopefully conclude on a happy note by 2024.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Why In The News?
After proclaiming over 16 months the disengagement of the United States from West Asia, U.S. President Joe Biden made his first trip to the region on July 13-16 since taking office.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): About GCC
- The GCC was formed in May 1981 against the backdrop of the Islamic revolution in Iran and the Iraq-Iran war.
- Its members – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain – share similar political systems and a common social and cultural outlook. They are autocratic monarchies or sheikhdoms, with limited or non-existent political participation.
- Collectively, GCC countries possess almost half of the world’s oil reserves. Saudi Arabia is the most powerful member of the alliance.
- In 1984, the GCC created an embryonic collective defence force – the Saudi-based Peninsula Shield. But the GCC has failed to expand the force; Oman’s 1991 proposal to set up a 100,000-strong joint military body was turned down.