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 1. Single Window Clearance System Web Portal

– Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah inaugurated ‘Single Window Clearance System Web Portal’ in Coal Mining sector; also handed over the Charter of letters to the successful bidders in the country’s first Commercial Coal Mining Auction.

– Coal Sector has crossed an important milestone towards fulfilling the dream of Aatmanirbhar Bharat under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

– Coal Sector would play a very important role in achieving the target of a five trillion dollar economy by 2022.

– Commercial coal mining auctions will now facilitate Small and Medium Industries to receive coal supplies easily.

– In 2014, Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi made many changes and today with full transparency in the Coal Sector, equal opportunities are available for all.

– 19 successful bidders allotted mines under the country’s first Commercial Coal Mining Auction; this will provide an estimated revenue of about Rs 6,500 crore to States every year and also create more than 70,000 jobs.

– Commercial Coal Mining Auction process will open the way for development in Central and Eastern tribal areas of the country.

– Rs. 46,000 crore District Mineral Development Fund created for people living near mines; has led to the development of tribal, Dalit, backward and poor people living in these areas.

– Government made several policy changes, taking important decisions in many sectors including Agriculture, Education, Space, Economy and Fertilizers; this scheme launched is also a part of this policy.

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2. First direct flight between Kalaburagi to Tirupati flagged off under UDAN

– Taking another step in boosting the regional aerial connectivity in India, Star Air commenced the direct daily flight operations from Kalaburagi, Karnataka to Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) of Government of India.

– Attesting the dual objectives of the UDAN scheme; making air travel affordable for the people & simultaneously enhance its coverage in the country, 305 UDAN routes & 53 airports including 5 heliports and 2 Water Aerodromes have been operationalized till date.

– Inaugurated under the UDAN scheme, Kalaburagi airport recently completed a successful 1 year of service. The airport has become the fastest growing airport in the country.

– More than 1000 flights have ferried more than 43,000 people from the airport. To celebrate the hard work, commitment, and perseverance of the involved professionals, the officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) were present at the route launch.

–  Tirupati city, also called as the ‘Spiritual Capital of Andra Pradesh’, is home to the most famous and auspicious Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple popularly called ‘Tirupati Balaji Temple’ which has its name in the most-visited shrine across the globe.

– The temple attracts 50,000 to 100,000 devotees every day. Apart from the Tirupati Balaji temple, the place is also famous for other historical temples, Sri Venkateshwara National Park, Deer Park, Tirupati, & Talakona Waterfalls, Tirupati.

– The century-old temples in Tirupati are one of the first choices of the pilgrims of the country. Moreover, the Tirumala Hills in Tirupati is the second oldest rock mountain hills in the world.

– Due to the unavailability of any direct transportation mode between these two cities, people had to travel either by road or had to opt for a rail journey combined with a road trip, which took more than 12 hours by road & more than 20 hours by train & bus to cover the entire journey of 630 km.

– Now, people can opt for a direct flight and cover this long-distance journey in just 70 mins.

– The airline, Star Air was awarded the Kalaburagi – Tirupati route under the RCS-UDAN-3 bidding process last year.

– The airline will be operating three weekly flights on the route and will deploy its 50-seater Embraer-145 luxury aircraft. With the flag-off, there are now 24 routes under the ambit of RCS-UDAN for Star Air.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 11 January, 2021

3. Professor Shashikumar Chitre

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise of Professor Shashikumar Chitre.

– In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Saddened to hear of the demise of Professor Shashikumar Chitre. He will be remembered for his work in astrophysics and subjects like solar physics, gravitational lensing and science education. His valuable work will continue inspiring students in the times to come. Om Shanti.”

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 9 January, 2021

4. ‘National Energy Conservation awards 2020’

– Relentless and continuous efforts to provide clean and green transportation to all its stakeholders and commuters has resulted in Indian Railway bagging 13 awards in three prestigious categories of National Energy Conservation Awards (NECA) for the year 2020, organized by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power.

– Western Railway has been awarded the First Prize, Eastern Railway has been awarded the Second prize, North Eastern Railway & South Central Railway has been awarded Certificate of Merit in the Transport Category.

– In Building Category, Divisional Railway Manager’s offices at Bhavnagar and Rajkot have won the first and second prize respectively.

– Electrical Department, DRM Office, North Eastern Railway has been awarded Certificate of Merit.

– In Railway workshops subcategory, Diesel Loco Shed, South Central Railway, Vijayawada has bagged the First prize, Kanchrapara Workshop, Eastern Railway, North 24 Parganas has won the second prize.

– The certificate of Merit has been awarded to Mechanical Workshop, North Eastern Railway, Izzatnagar, Central Railway Workshop, Mysore, Mechanical Workshop, Dibrugarh, North East Frontier Railway and Central Workshop, Ponmalai, Southern Railway, Tiruchchirappalli.

– These awards have been given to Indian Railways’ zones and workshops for significant improvements in energy conservation by adopting various measures to promote energy efficiency.

– Indian Railways is committed to improving performance towards energy efficiency and clean environment in the coming years.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 8 January, 2021

5. Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE)

– Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar released Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Country.

– At present, India has a network of 903 Protected Areas in the country covering about 5% of the total geographic area of the country.

– In order to assess the efficacy of Protected Areas, evaluation of management effectiveness is required.

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– According to Prakash Javadekar, what other countries could not achieve, India has achieved and today has thriving biodiversity. “70% of the global tiger population, 70% of Asiatic lions and more than 60% of leopards population in India is a certificate of India’s thriving biodiversity, as these big cats sit at the top of the food chain and their growing numbers show the well being of the whole ecosystem.”

– He also announced that from this year onwards 10 best National Parks, 5 coastal and Marine parks and top five Zoos in the country will be ranked and awarded every year.

– Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of Protected Areas (PAs) has emerged as a key tool for PA managers and is increasingly being used by governments and international bodies to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the protected area management systems.

– The results of the present assessment are encouraging with an overall mean MEE score of 62.01% which is higher than the global mean of 56%.

– With this round of evaluation, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEFCC) successfully completed one full cycle of evaluating all terrestrial National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of the country from 2006 to 2019.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 7 January, 2021

– MEE is a very important document that provides valuable guidance on various aspects of wildlife and protected area expand MEE of Marine Protected Areas.

– A new framework for MEE of Marine Protected Areas has been also jointly prepared by WII and MoEF&CC and it will be very useful document to implement.

– The Environment Minister also launched the Management Effectiveness Evaluation of Indian Zoos (MEE-ZOO) framework which proposes guidelines, criteria and indicators for the evaluation of zoos of the country through Management Effectiveness Evaluation Process (MEE-ZOO) in a manner which is discrete, holistic and independent.

– The assessment criteria and indicators look beyond the traditional concepts, include issues of animal welfare, husbandry and sustainability of resources and finance.

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1. Joint Trade Committee Meeting between India and Myanmar

– The 7th Joint Trade Committee Meeting between India and Myanmar was held through virtual mode on 24th November 2020.

– The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Than Myint, Union Minister for Ministry of Commerce, Myanmar and Shri Piyush Goyal, Commerce and Industry Minister of India.

– Both sides reviewed various bilateral issues ranging from trade, investment, banking, connectivity, capacity building and up-gradation of border infrastructure.

– They also reviewed their preparedness to meet the COVID-19 challenges and expanding cooperation in pharma and health sector including traditional medicines.

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2. Sahakar Pragya

– Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development, Panchayat Raj and Food Processing Industries, Narendra Singh Tomar unveiled Sahakar Pragya.

– The 45 new training modules of Sahakar Pragya of the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) will impart training to primary cooperative societies in rural areas of the country along with Lakshmanrao Inamdar National Cooperative Research and Development Academy (Linac).

– Sahakar Pragya embodies enhancing NCDC’s training capacity by 18  fold through an elaborate network of 18 Regional Training Centres across the country by the dedicated, Laxmanrao Inamdar National Academy for Cooperative Research and Development (LINAC) set up and fully funded by NCDC.

– Sahakar Pragya is the latest in the series of farmer-focused steps by NCDC.

– These 45 training modules of Sahakar Pragya to be delivered at LINAC and its countrywide network of Regional Training Centres will address the need for training of Primary cooperatives, FPO-Cooperatives and Self Help Groups federating.

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3. RE-Invest 2020

– Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the virtual 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-Invest 2020), on 26 November 2020 at 5:30 PM.

– The summit is organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and will be held from 26 – 28 November 2020.

About RE-Invest 2020

-The theme for RE-Invest 2020 is ‘Innovations for Sustainable Energy Transition’.

–  It will feature a 3-day conference on renewables and future energy choices, and an exhibition of manufacturers, developers, investors and innovators.

– It is expected to be attended by over 75 international Ministerial delegations, over 1000 global industry leaders, and 50,000 delegates.

–  It aims to accelerate the worldwide effort to scale up development and deployment of renewable energy and connect the global investment community with Indian energy stakeholders.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 24 November, 2020

4. New Chinese Village in Bhutan

–  Chinese media has recently claimed that a new border village built by China near Bhutan was on Chinese territory.

– The village that has been newly built is Pangda and Yadong county authorities of Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region have confirmed that 27 households with 124 people voluntarily moved from Shangdui village to Pangda village in September 2020.

– Since 2017, it is for the first time that a Chinese residential area has been noticed near the Doklam region. It is strategically important for India.

– Pangda is east of the India-Bhutan-China trijunction on the Doklam plateau.

– It was the site of a 72-day stand-off in 2017 triggered by China’s road-building up to where it sees its border.

– However, Bhutan officially denied the presence of any Chinese village in its territory.

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5. Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite

– Recently, Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force base in California aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

– Sentinel-6-Satellite is a part of the mission dedicated to measuring changes in the global sea level. The mission is known as the Jason Continuity of Service (Jason-CS) mission.

– The objective of the mission is to measure the height of the ocean, which is a key component in understanding how the Earth’s climate is changing.

– The objective of the mission is to To measure the height of the ocean, which is a key component in understanding how the Earth’s climate is changing.

– It consists of two satellites, Sentinel-6 and the other, called Sentinel-6B, to be launched in 2025.

– The mission is a Joint Collaboration of the European Space Agency (ESA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Eumetsat), the USA’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Union (EU), with contributions from France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES).

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 23 November, 2020

6. UMANG International

– An international version of the government’s UMANG app has been launched by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs.

– The international version of UMANG app is known as ‘UMANG International’. It was launched to mark three years of UMANG (UMANG App was launched in 2017).

– The international version is for selected countries namely USA, UK, Canada, Australia, UAE, Netherlands, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

– It will help Indian international students, NRIs and Indian tourists abroad, to avail Government of India services, anytime.

– It will also help in taking India to the world through ‘Indian Culture’ services available on UMANG. It also creates interest amongst foreign tourists to visit India.

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1. 5th Joint Working Group on Coal

-5th Joint Working Group (JWG) on Coal between India and Indonesia scheduled to be held on 5th November 2020 through Video conference from New Delhi due to COVID-19 pandemic. India will host it.

– From the Indian side, this will be co-chaired by Shri Vinod Kumar Tiwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India and by Dr Ir. Ridwan Djamaluddin, Director General of Mineral and Coal Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia, from the Indonesian side.

– The meeting will focus on the Indian Coal Policy Reforms – recent updates; Coking Coal Exploration and Commercial Coal Mining in India; Research and Development of CCT in India and Potential of Indonesia – India Business Cooperation on Coal Post Covid-19.

– From both the sides, the B2B session will bring together the industries for discussing the issues that pave an impact on business opportunities in the backdrop of the regulatory framework.

–  Between the two countries, the deliberations will guide the Coal business.

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2. 6th India International Science Festival (IISF)

– The 6th edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 will be held from 22ndto 25th December, 2020.

– Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that it will be a reflection on Indian Science & Technology Innovations for Atmanirbhar Bharat and Global welfare.

– CSIR to spearhead the IISF 2020 with support of all other concerned ministries and departments.

– The first and second IISF was held in New Delhi, the third in Chennai, the fourth in Lucknow, and the fifth IISF were held in Kolkata. All these IISFs had generated a huge response from people in India and also from abroad.

About India International Science Festival (IISF)

– It is an annual event that is organised jointly by science & technology-related Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and Vijnana Bharati (Vibha).

– It is a festival to celebrate the achievements of India’s scientific and technological advancements with students, innovators, craftsmen, farmers, scientists and technocrats from India and abroad.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 20 October, 2020

3. Diamond Jubilee Lecture Hall Complex

– Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually inaugurated the newly built Diamond Jubilee Lecture Hall Complex of National Institute of Technology Jamshedpur.

– According to Ramesh Pokhriyal, India will become a leader in the educational field and students in future from different countries that would come to India for higher education like in the past era of Nalanda & Takshshila Universities.

– The Minister also said that Institute has adopted various local villages under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan.

– There are several facilities provided namely state-of-the-art facilities in the Lecture Hall Complex like Ultra HD Projectors, Virtual Class Rooms, Smart Class Rooms, facilities for differently-abled students, proposed Griha rating, use of energy-saving LED and Electrical fixtures etc.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 17 October, 2020

4. CSIR partnered clinical trials website “CUReD”

– Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology, Health and Family Welfare and Earth Sciences, launched a website that provides comprehensive information regarding the numerous COVID-19 clinical trials that CSIR is engaged in a partnership with Industry, other government departments and ministries.

-The name of the website is CuRED or CSIR Ushered Repurposed Drugs.

– The following information will be provided by the website including drugs, diagnostics and devices which further include the current stage of the trials, partnering institutions and their role in the trials and other details.

– For clinical trials of AYUSH drugs including AYUSH-64, CSIR is also working with the Ministry of AYUSH.

– Five clinical trials involving Withaniasomnifera, Tinosporacordifolia + Piper longum(in combination), Glycyrrhizaglabra, Tinosporacordifolia & Adhatodavasica (individually and in combination) and AYUSH-64 formulation are undergoing safety and efficacy trials.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 16 October, 2020

5. Australia has agreed to join the Malabar Exercise

–  On India’s request, Australia has agreed to join the Malabar Exercise. The exercise is scheduled to be held in November 2020.

– It is expected that the 2020 Malabar Exercise will be held in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.

– The exercise in 2019 was conducted off the coast of Japan.

– The exercise had been planned in a ‘non-contact – at sea’ format, due to Covid-19 pandemic.

– Its purpose is to enhance safety and security in the maritime domain.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 15 October, 2020

6. “Ghar Tak Fibre” scheme

– ‘Ghar Tak Fibre’ scheme is off to a slow start in Bihar as per the Government data.

–  Bihar is the first state that aims to connect all its 45,945 villages by March 31.

– For connecting all villages by March 31, the state would need to dig trenches, lay cables, and provide connectivity to an average of 257 villages daily, or a monthly average of over 7,500 villages.

– The project will be jointly executed by the Department of Telecom (DoT), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology and Common Service Centres (CSC).

7. Country’s first multi-modal logistic park

– Country’s first multi-modal logistic park will be built in Assam.

– It will provide direct connectivity to air, road, rail and waterways to the people.

– Under the ambitious BharatmalaPariyojana of the Government of India, the park will be developed.

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1. India – Kazakhstan Defence Cooperation

– A webinar between India and Kazakhstan was held on 15/10/2020.

– The Theme of the webinar was “Make In India For The World, India – Kazakhstan Defence Cooperation: Webinar and Expo”.

– This webinar is the part of the series of webinars which are being organized with friendly foreign countries in order to boost defence exports and achieve defence export target of $5 billion in the next five years.

– The webinar was attended by more than 350 participants and 39 virtual exhibition stalls, which includes 7 stalls from Kazakh companies have been set up in the Expo.

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2. Plenary Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the IMF

– Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman attended the Plenary Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the ministerial-level committee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)through video-conference.

– The discussions at the meeting were based on IMF Managing Director’s Global Policy Agenda titled “Catalyzing a Resilient Recovery”.

– The members of the IMFC updated the committee on the actions and measures taken by member countries to combat COVID-19 and its adverse impacts.

– The IMFC meets twice a year, once during the Fund-Bank Spring Meetings in April, and again during the Annual Meetings in October.

– The Committee discusses matters of common concern affecting the global economy and advises the IMF on the direction of its work. This year, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, both the Spring and the Annual meetings took place through video-conference

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 15 October, 2020

3. Mahila Kisan Diwas

– The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare organized Mahila Kisan Diwas through Video Conferencing on 15th October, 2020.

– This event was held under the guidance of Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare which was graced by Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary (AC&FW) and other senior officers of the Department.

– A series of activities were undertaken on this occasion.

– Interaction between Shri Parshottam Rupala and successful women farmers and women entrepreneurs was held during the event.

– The e-book on ‘Inspiring Stories of Progressive Women Farmers’ was released and two short video films on ‘Mahila Krishak and her Contribution in Agriculture’ and ‘Global Examples of Successful Women Farmers’ were launched during this event.

– Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister of State stated that women farmers and women Self Help Groups (SHGs) play an important role in agriculture development with their significant contribution to boost the rural economy.

– It is also emphasised that the women farmers may avail the benefits of all farmer-centric schemes especially the Kisan Credit Card and Farmer Producer Organizations.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 14 October, 2020

4. India and Bhutan

Significant achievement has been registered in bilateral trade relations between India & Bhutan.

– Opening of new market access for agricultural commodities between India and Bhutan.

– Close coordination between the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan and Embassy of India in Bhutan has resulted in the notification, opening market access for Apple, Potato, Mandarin, Ginger and Arecanut from Bhutan to India and Tomato, Onion and Okra from India to Bhutan.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 13 October, 2020

5. ‘KAPILA’ Kalam Program

– Union Education Minister virtually launches ‘KAPILA’ Kalam Program for IP Literacy and Awareness Education campaign that will bring awareness towards the patenting of inventions.

– According to Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Patent of Inventions will lead India towards Self-Reliance.

– He further stated that under the campaign, students will be given information about the system and technology of patenting.

– Institution Innovation Council (IIC 2.0) Annual Report presented, launching of IIC 3.0 was announced.

– It has also been decided to celebrate the week of October 15th to 23rd as ‘Intellectual Property Literacy Week’. The IIC 3.0 website was also launched.

– So far, IICs have been established in about 1700 higher educational institutions. IIC will be established in 5000 higher educational institutions under IIC 3.0.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 12 October, 2020

6. Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna

– 2nd phase of “Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna” was launched by the Union Health Minister.

– The scheme was launched in 2017.

– This scheme is a Coal India CSR funded Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) program.

– It aims to provide a one-time cure opportunity for Haemoglobinopathies like Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Disease for patients who have a matched family donor.

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1. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Australia

An MoU between India and Australia has been approved by the Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, for collaboration in capacity building, research and development and making an impact for sustainable groundwater management.

This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is inked between Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga rejuvenation, and Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater use through village-level intervention (MARVI) PARTNERS, Australia.

The objective behind this MoU is to promote cooperation in surface and groundwater training, education and research to achieve water security for agricultural, urban, industrial and environmental purposes.

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2. Biofortified varieties of 8 crops

Under the objective of transforming Indian thali into Nutri-thali, the National Agricultural Research System under the leadership of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) recently developed biofortified varieties of 8 crops.

This development will have up to a 3.0-fold increase in nutritional value. The rice variety CR Dhan 315 has high zinc;  wheat variety HI 1633 rich in protein, iron and zinc, HD 3298 rich in protein and iron and DBW 303 and DDW 48 rich in protein in wheat; Ladhowal Quality Protein Maize Hybrid 1, 2 and 3 rich in lysine and tryptophan; CFMV1 and 2 of finger millet rich in calcium, iron and zinc; CLMV1 of little Millet rich in iron and zinc; Pusa Mustard 32 with low erucic acid; Girnar 4 and 5 of groundnut with enhanced oleic acid and yam variety Sri Neelima and DA 340 with enhanced zinc, iron and anthocyanin content.

These varieties have been developed by utilizing the local landraces and farmer’s varieties. The high zinc rice has been developed from landraces of Assam rice collected from Garo hills and those of finger millets from Gujarat collections of Dang district.

The producing of bio-fortified crop varieties will be expanded and linked with government programmes of mid-day meal, Anganwadi etc. to turn down malnutrition and build India Kuposhan Mukta through naturally enriched food ingredients. This will also guide in the higher income of farmers and will open new avenues of entrepreneurship development.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 14 October, 2020

3. Project STARS

For improving school education, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project. For the implementation of the project, Government has approved 5718 crore with the financial support of World Bank amounting to the US $ 500 million (approximately Rs. 3700 crore).

The STARS project would be set up as a new centrally sponsored scheme under the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education (MoE). Initially, the project will cover 6 States namely; Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha.

Besides this project, there is also some similar Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded project in 5 states namely; Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Assam.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 13 October, 2020

4. The G20 Meeting

Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman participated in the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting under the Saudi Arabian Presidency.

In this video conference meeting, the Ministers and Governors of G20 countries have gathered together and discussed the current global economic outlook and G20’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with other G20 Finance Track priorities for the year 2020.

One of the main outcomes of the G20 Action Plan has been the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) which provides time-bound suspension of debt service payments for the low-income debtor countries that request forbearance. The initiative was initially in force till the end of 2020.

In the backdrops of the continued liquidity pressures, the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors agreed to extend the DSSI by 6 months, and also they will examine the DSSI by the time of the 2021 IMF/WBG Spring Meetings if the economic and financial situation requires a further extension of the DSSI.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 12 October, 2020

5. The Government of India allows additional borrowing by 20 States

The Finance Ministry has permitted 20 States to raise ₹68,825 crore through open market borrowings. These 20 States had conveyed their acceptance of the first borrowing option offered by the Centre to meet GST compensation shortfalls.

Under this scheme, the States could borrow ₹1.1 lakh crore from the market with principal and interest payments to be paid out of GST cess collections whose levy has been extended beyond 2022.

Articles 293(3) and 293(4) of the Constitution of India requires states to obtain the Centre’s consent in order to borrow in case the state is indebted to the Centre over a previous loan and this consent can also be granted subject to certain conditions by virtue respectively.

In practice, the Centre has been exercising this power in accordance with the recommendations of the Finance Commission.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 10th October, 2020

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1. Festival Special” services

– To clear the festive rush, Ministry of Railways has approved 196 pairs (392 trains) of “Festival Special” services over Indian Railways to be operated from 20th October 2020 and 30th November 2020.

– The fare for these Festival Special services shall be that applicable for special trains.

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2. Student’s residential complex and pilot food processing plants

– Virtual Inauguration of Students Residential Complex and other Facilities at IIFPT.

– Foundation Stone Laid for New Infrastructure Development in Newly Purchased Land.

– Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Panchayati Raj and Food Processing Industries has said that the prosperity of agriculture and farmers is must for achieving the objective of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat.

– Tomar said that the institute commenced as a paddy quality testing laboratory in 1967, and has evolved across years.

– He further stated that this Institution was renamed as the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology to signify its up-gradation and broadening of scope and services to all areas of food processing, including milk, meat, fish and poultry.

About IIFPT

– Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Thanjavur is a national R&D and educational institute under Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India.

– The institute undertakes research and offers academic programmes in food processing.

– The institute is equipped with hi-tech research facilities, business incubation centre and accredited food testing lab. IIFPT has forged strong links with the industrial community in India and abroad.

– The institute has recently acquired 14.50 acres of land adjacent to its existing location for the creation of infrastructure for expanding its research and academic activities.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 13 October, 2020

3. Vivekananda Lecture Theatre Complex

– Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhiyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated the Vivekananda Lecture Theatre Complex that has been constructed in the campus of Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur.

– According to the Union Education Minister, Vivekananda Lecture Theatre Complex is one of the largest lecture theatre complexes in entire Asia with a capacity to teach 6792 students at a time through its 48 classrooms.

4. Healing touch of Homoeopathy for Skin Diseases

– A case study published recently in AYUHOM, the Research Journal of North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy, Shillong illustrates that Homoeopathy can do wonders in cases of skin related viral diseases.

– The author of the case study is Sangita Saha, Reader, Department of Organon of Medicine and Mahakas Mandal, Post Graduate Trainee, Department of Practice of Medicine, the Calcutta Homeopathic Medical College &Hospital along with Koushik Bhar, Post Graduate Trainee, the National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata.

– Treatment of five patients suffering from five different skin diseases with Homoeopathy has given notable results which give a boost to the conviction of the positive effects of Homoeopathic medicine on such skin disorders.

– Skin diseases are numerous and frequently occurring health problem affecting all ages not only India but globally also.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 12 October, 2020

5. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

– On 16th October, 2020, 7th Justice Ministers’ Meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) the Member States to be hosted by Union Law Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad.

– Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a permanent intergovernmental international organisation.

– On 15 June 2001, it’s creation was announced in Shanghai (China) by the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan.

– It was preceded by the Shanghai Five mechanism.

– In June 2002, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Charter was signed and entered into force on 19 September, 2003.

– The official languages are Russian and Chinese.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 10th October, 2020

6. 2020 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

– The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, 2020 to Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson for their work on commercial auctions.

About Sveriges Riksbank Prize

– Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, 2020 is given in memory of Alfred Nobel and is popularly known as Nobel Prize for Economics.

– It includes 10 million Swedish kronor award money.

– It is officially titled the “Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel”.

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Daily news will speed up the preparation for the Civil Services Examination and it also plays a crucial role to grasp the current affairs topic comprehensively. Here we have covered most of the topics related to various categories including National, International, Sports, Science and Technology, and so on.

1. The SVAMITVA Scheme
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the physical distribution of Property Cards under the SVAMITVA Scheme on 11th October through video conferencing.
– The launch will enable around one lakh property holders to download their Property Cards through the SMS link delivered on their mobile phones.
– It would be followed by physical distribution of the Property Cards by the respective State governments.
– These beneficiaries are from 763 villages across six States including 346 from Uttar Pradesh, 221 from Haryana, 100 from Maharashtra, 44 from Madhya Pradesh, 50 from Uttarakhand and 2 from Karnataka.
– Within one day, beneficiaries from all these states except Maharashtra will receive the physical copies of the Property Cards.

About SVAMITVA

– SVAMITVA is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj. It was launched by the Prime Minister on National Panchayati Raj Day (24th April 2020).
– The purpose of the scheme is to provide the ‘record of rights’ to village household owners in rural areas and issue Property Cards.

2. New Aqueous Suspension formulation technology

The institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology (IPFT) under the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers in collaboration with ICAR- National Research Center on Seed Spices (NRCSS), Ajmer, Rajasthan.

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– It has successfully developed new Aqueous Suspension formulation technology of bio pesticide based on entomo-pathogenic fungus Verticillium lecanii.
– It controls several insects in seed spice crops like fenugreek, cumin, and coriander. T
– The formulation has good shelf life, safe to user & environment.
– It may be effectively used for controlling different agricultural insects especially in seed spice crops.

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3. Indigenous variety of ‘Calcium Nitrate’ & Boronated Calcium Nitrate;

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– Union Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers and MoS for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya launched indigenous variety of Calcium Nitrate’ & Boronated Calcium Nitrate manufactured by Gujrat State Fertilizers and Chemicals -GSFC India Ltd through video Conference.

– For the first time in India, Calcium Nitrate’ & & Boronated Calcium Nitrate is being manufactured. Till now, it was imported from other countries.- GSFC launched these two products in the retail market for the first time from Solan in Himachal Pradesh and Bhavnagar in Gujarat.

– Calcium nitrate is used as a water-soluble fertilizer in agriculture and is also used in wastewater treatment. It is also used to increase the strength of cement concrete.

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4. 180th Year of Establishment of Postal Services in Goa

– On the occasion of World Post Day, Goa Postal Division released a Special cover & Special cancellation on “180th Year of Establishment of Postal Services in Goa”, Permanent Pictorial Cancellation on “Basilica of Bom Jesus” and Maximum Card (1st Day Issue) on “Basilica of Bom Jesus” in the hands of Chief Guest, Dr. N. Vinodkumar, Postmaster General, Goa Region, Panaji on 09th October 2020.

– Dr. Sudhir G Jakhere, Sr Supdt. of Post offices, Goa Division, Dr. M. R. Ramesh Kumar, President and Shri. Aslesh Kamat, Secretary, Goa Philatelic and Numismatic Society [GPNS] Goa and Postal Officials were present for the Function held at Tapal Bhavan, Panaji.

– The Special cover and Special cancellation on “180th Year of Establishment of Postal Services in Goa” will be available for sale at Panaji Head Post Office w.e.f. 09.10.2020.

– This Special Cancellation will be available in Copper Cancellation. The sale prize of the Special cover is Rs.30/ each.

– The Permanent Pictorial Cancellation on “Basilica of Bom Jesus” will be provided at Velha Goa Post Office on all articles posted/booked w.e.f. 09.10.2020.

– The Maximum Card (1 st Day Issue) on “Basilica of Bom Jesus” will be available for sale at Panaji Head Post Office w.e.f. 09.10.2020. It consist set of 06 Pictures of Church in a Maximum card for sale price at Rs.180/- each.

5. Goa: Har Ghar Jal State

– Goa becomes first  Har Ghar Jal  State across the country by providing tap water connection to every rural household as it successfully provides 100% Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTCs) in the rural areas covering 2.30 lakh rural households.

– Harnessing the immense benefits of efficiently utilizing the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) which aims to improve the quality of life and bring ease- of-living; to rural communities.

Daily news will speed up the preparation for the Civil Services Examination and it also plays a crucial role to grasp the current affairs topic comprehensively. Here we have covered most of the topics related to various categories including National, International, Sports, Science and Technology, and so on.

1. Brand & Logo for Cotton

– Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Textiles and Women & Child Development launched the 1st ever Brand & Logo for Indian Cotton on 2nd World Cotton Day on 7th October, 2020 through Video Conferencing.

– India gets its first-ever Brand & Logo for its Cotton on 2nd World Cotton Day.

– Now India’s premium Cotton would be known as ‘Kasturi Cotton’ in the world cotton trade.

– The Kasturi Cotton brand will represent Whiteness, Brightness, Softness, Purity, Luster, Uniqueness and Indianness.

– India is the 2nd largest cotton producer and the largest consumer of cotton in the world.

– India produces about 6 million tons of cotton every year which is about 23% of the world cotton.

– India produces about 51% of the total organic cotton production of the world, which demonstrates India’s effort towards sustainability.

– Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) has opened 430 procurement centres in all cotton-growing states and payments are being made digitally to farmers’ account within 72 hours.

– Further, leveraging the technology, a mobile app, “Cott-Ally” has been developed by CCI for providing latest news regarding weather condition, Crop situation and best farm practices.

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2. Jan Andolan for COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign by way of a Tweet on Jan Andolan for COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour.

– It is launched in view of the upcoming festivals and winter season as well as the opening up of the economy.

– The aim is to encourage People’s Participation (Jan Andolan). It endeavours to be a Low-Cost High-Intensity Campaign with the Key Messages of ‘Wear Mask, Follow Physical Distancing, Maintain Hand Hygiene’.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 7 October, 2020

3. Additional Tier-1 bonds

– Securities and Exchange Board of India has tightened its regulations of additional tier-1 bonds or AT-1 bonds.

– They ensured that these risky instruments are less accessible to retail investors.

Changes introduced are:

  • Only on an electronic platform, Banks can issue these bonds.
  • Only institutional investors could subscribe to them.
  • There shall be a minimum allotment size and trading lot size of ₹1 crore.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 6 October, 2020

4. 2020 Nobel Prize in physics

It has been awarded to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for furthering the understanding of black holes.

5. 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 was awarded jointly to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna “for the development of a method for genome editing.”

6. 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 5 October, 2020

7. USA Aircraft Refuelling at A&N Islands

– Recently, a USA Navy P-8A long-range Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) landed at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands for refuelling under the bilateral logistics support agreement.

– This is the first time the USA got access to A&N under the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA).

8. Apex Council for Krishna and Godavari River Water Dispute 2nd Meeting

It was announced at the Apex Council Meeting that the Centre will determine the jurisdictions of the Krishna and Godavari river management boards (KRMB and GRMB), Union Jal Shakti Ministry (MoJS).

– Apex Council has been constituted by the Central Government under the provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act (APRA), 2014 to supervise the functioning of the Godavari River Management Board and Krishna River Management Board.

– Apex Council Meeting was the second meeting since 2016 which aims to resolve the conflict between the two States over executing irrigation projects and sharing water from the Krishna and Godavari rivers.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 1 October, 2020

9. National Startup Awards 2020 announced

– It is conceived by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

– The first edition had invited applications across 12 sectors further sub-classified into 35 categories.

– 12 sectors included Agriculture, Education, Enterprise Technology, Energy, Finance, Food, Health, Industry 4.0, Space, Security, Tourism and Urban Services.

– The winning Startups will get cash prizes of Rs 5 lakh each, along with opportunities to present their solutions to relevant public authorities and corporates, for potential pilot projects and work orders.

– One exceptional Incubator and one Accelerator each will get a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh.

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