Kolkata Current Affairs - 2019

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5th India International Science Festival held in Kolkata

The 5th India International Science Festival (IISF) is being held in Kolkata, West Bengal from 5-8 November 2019. The four-day festival was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conference.

About 5th India International Science Festival (IISF)

IISF Objective: To instill scientific temper among people, showcase India’s contribution in field of Science and Technology as well as encourage translation of its benefits to people. It also aims to build a strategy for inclusive advancement of Science and Technology.

IISF 2019 theme: RISEN- Research, Innovation and Science Empowering the Nation.

The 5th edition of annual event is jointly organized by Union Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences and Vijnana Bharati (or VIBHA). More than 12,000 school and college students from across India are expected to attend event.

Four world records would be attempted at IISF includes- the largest astrophysics lesson and assembly of stereotypes by more than 1750 students, assembling Radio kits by more than 400 students, largest electronics lesson and assembly of optical media communication units at a single location with participation of over 950 students and largest human image of a human chromosome formed by more than 400 students.

Vigyanika– International Science Literature Festival and International Science Film Festival (ISFFI) would also be showcased at the festival.

Background

The IISF was first started in 2015 with the vision of promoting science and technology by showing public how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) provides us solutions to improve our lives. The first IISF was held at IIT Delhi in December 2015, in which India had set world record with 2000 school students performing two experiments.

Container Cargo Movement first time in River Brahmaputra

A landmark container cargo consignment will sail on inland waterway from the Haldia Dock Complex, Kolkata to the Inland Waterways Authority of India terminal at Pandu in Guwahati. It is to begin on November 4, 2019. The main objective of the waterway is to improve connectivity to the North Eastern Region. The containers will carry edible oil, petrochemicals, beverages, etc.

About the voyage

  • The voyage will sail for a 12 to 15 days. It is 1425 km long.
  • It is expected to establish technical and commercial viability of the IWT (Inland Waterway Transport) route.
  • The water way is to be integrated with National Waterway-1 (river Ganga), NW-97 (Sunderbans), NW-2 (River Brahmaputra), Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route.

India-Bangladesh

  • The Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) between India and Bangladesh will allow mutually beneficial arrangements for the use of waterways for movement of goods between the countries.
  • Two stretches of Bangladesh waterways Sirajganj-Daikawa and Ashuganj-Zakiganj are being developed on the IBP route at a total cost of Rs 305.84 crores. 80% of the project cost is being borne by India. These two routes will provide seamless navigation to and from North East India.