Current Affairs – 29-04-2019

Why in news?

  •  According to recent media reports, not much progress has been made under Safe City Programme. • The report highlights the poor guidelines and improper utilisation of fund.

About Safe City Programme:

  •  It was launched with a focus on increasing safety features of women in public places.
  •  The programme is implemented by Ministry of Home Affairs in consultation with Ministry of Women and Child Development  (MoW&CD), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Information Technology (MeitY)
  •  The funds for this programme are derived from the Nirbhaya fund.

About Nirbhaya Fund:

  •  Nirbhaya Fund was announced by the Finance Minister in his 2013 budget speech, with Government contribution of Rs.1000 Crores for empowerment, safety and security of women and girl children.
  •  The Fund is administered by Department of Economic Affairs of the finance ministry.NH 1D opened for traffic

In news:

The 434-km strategic Srinagar-Leh National Highway (National Highway 1D), connecting the Kashmir Valley with the Ladakh region, was thrown open for traffic after being closed for over four months due to heavy snowfall.

In brief:

  •  The two highest passes on NH 1D include Fotu La at 4,108 m elevation and Zoji La at 3,528 m elevation.
  •  It was one of the only two roads that connected Ladakh with the rest of India, the other being Leh-Manali Highway.
  •  Snow clearance operation was undertaken by the Border Road Organisation under Project Beacon from Gagangir to Zero Point (33 km from 75 km marker to 108 km).
  •  Under Project Vijayak, the road was cleared from Drass to Zero Point (39km from 108 km marker to 147 km).
  •  Border Road Organisation was involved in the snow clearance operation.

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