1. India offers USD $1 million aid to Tonga
India has contributed USD one million for the rehabilitation efforts in Tonga after the Tropical Cyclone Gita caused massive destruction in the Pacific island nation. India has allocated USD 500,000 in the India-UN Development Partnership Fund for the rehabilitation efforts while USD 500,000 will be provided for immediate relief assistance.
About the India-UN Development Partnership Fund:
What is it? The India-UN Development Partnership Fund was set up as a partnership between India and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).
What is it for? Managed by UNOSSC, the fund will support Southern-owned and led, demand-driven, and transformational sustainable development projects across the developing world. Focusing on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States, United Nations agencies will implement the Fund’s projects in close collaboration with partnering governments.
Focus areas: Reducing poverty and hunger, improving health, education and equality, and expanding access to clean water and energy.
2. Mass nesting of olive ridleys begins in Odisha
Starting the mass nesting this year, more than 3,100 female olive ridley turtles have come out of the sea to the sandy beach of the Rushikulya rookery coast in Ganjam district of Odisha.
The Rushikulya coast is considered to be a major nesting site in the world and lakhs of olive ridleys come here every year to lay eggs.
About Olive Ridley turtles:
For Prelims: Olive ridley turtles, Rushikulya coast.
3. Restructured Funding Mechanism of NRDWP
Why in news?
Union Government has given its nod to restructure funding mechanism of National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP).
What is NRDWP?
What are the challenges with the programme?
What is the new approach introduced in funding mechanism?
1. Reimbursement mode – Funds released by the Centre are being done on a reimbursement basis, with the states having to pre-finance implementation.
2. Challenge mode – if a state does not pre-finance, its notional funding envelope under the second instalment goes into a common pot to be shared among other “performing” states (that is, those who successfully pre-finance and implement).
3. Sustainability mode – Funds will be distributed among states based on their performance with respect to the functionality of their completed rural drinking water schemes as assessed through an independent, third party survey.
• This reform agenda is expected to lead to speedier implementation and better and more sustainable rural drinking water services across the country