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

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. Bangladesh- India

Why in news?

The Commerce Secretary level meeting between Bangladesh and India was held in Dhaka on 8 March 2021.

Key points are:

– The Bangladesh delegation was led by Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh, Dr. Md. Jafar Uddin and the Indian delegation was led by Commerce Secretary, Government of India, Dr Anup Wadhawan.

– Noting the decision taken by both countries to jointly celebrate Mujib Borsho, the 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh Liberation War and 50 years of India-Bangladesh bilateral ties, the Indian delegation conveyed their greetings on the historic Mujib Borsho.

– Extensive discussions were held on a variety of issues of mutual interest such as streamlining Certificate of Origin procedures, regional connectivity initiatives, anti-dumping duty on Jute products, harmonization of standards, removal of port restrictions, trade infrastructure-related issues, India-Bangladesh CEOs’ Forum, sharing of trade data, up-gradation of border trading infrastructure. Both sides decided to expeditiously move forward on the feasibility study on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

– The meeting was preceded by the 13th meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Trade between the Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India on 16-17 February 2021 virtually.

– Technical discussions were held in detail at the JWG on various areas of mutual interest in trade and commerce.

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

2. Sports Ministry collaborates with the Ministry of Women and Child Development

Why in news?

Sports Ministry collaborates with the Ministry of Women and Child Development to empower women through sports and physical fitness.

In a first-time move, Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju jointly announced a number of initiatives that the two Ministries will be taking together for women and girls, the first of which was launched on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March, 2021.

Key points are:

– Smt. Irani and Shri. Rijiju launched an online training programme exclusively for women Physical Education Teachers and Community Coaches.

– The initiative which is a convergence of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and Fit India programmes, aims to empower women teachers in primary, secondary and senior secondary schools by giving them fitness training so that they can in turn empower students, especially the girl child.

– The programme has registered the participation of 12500 PE Teachers and Community Coaches, who will be imparted training for free. The online program will have a total of 28 sessions (in Hindi and English) i.e., two sessions of 90 minutes each daily and will commence from 8th March 2021 till 26th March 2021.

– Shri Rijiju said, “This online training programme is the first of many projects that the Ministries will organise together. In the second half of the year, when the Covid situation is completely under control, we have planned to organise Girls’ Super Leagues in Kho Kho, Basketball, Kabaddi and Football in association with MoWDC.”

– With this initiative, Fit India and WCD aim to provide an opportunity for women teachers to learn from the best trainers not just in India but from the world over and in the process empower them in the field of physical fitness and health.

– Under this, the government aims to train female teachers of Primary, Secondary and Senior Secondary classes who undertake physical activities in their schools, female PE Teachers and community coaches across the country, and women who aspire to be PE teachers or coaches in the future.

– Besides the online PE teachers and community coaching programme, the Fit India Mission organised an All Women’s Fit India Walkathon on the morning of 8th March 2021 where thousands of NYKS volunteers participated in the event which was held in 1000 locations across India.

– Union Sports Minister flagged off the Walkathon at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.

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3. Environment Minister launches e-book

Why in news?

Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar launches an e-book on Women Forest Officers on International Women’s Day.

Key points are:

– Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar released an e-book titled: “The Green Queens of India – A nation’s pride” at the virtual event which is a compilation of case studies, best practices and life experiences as shared by the woman officers themselves in what may truly be termed as a creative common collective.

– He expressed hope that the e-book will help incentivize and further motivate the young brigade and also motivate scores of young women across the country who aspire to live and work with nature as a forest officer.

– Women IFS officers have been making a significant contribution in all sectors of forestry.  This book is a fitting tribute to this small but strong cadre of Indian Forest Service women officers and the multifarious skills that they bring to the service has now been highlighted through this compilation of case studies.

– From the time when the Imperial Forest Service was created way back in 1865, the Indian forest service has witnessed a sea change in its functioning and structure.

– One major milestone in this being the first induction of 3 women officers in the year 1980. Since then, there has been no turning back and the cadre strength of women IFS officers has grown from a mere handful to over 250 serving officers today.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 5 March, 2021

4. Nutrition, Child Protection & Development and Women Empowerment

Why in news?

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Women and Child Development Government of India and Invest India was signed on 8 March, 2021, to enhance co-operation in the thematic areas of Nutrition, Child Protection and Development, Women Empowerment and convergent capacity building in mission mode.

Key points are:

– Invest India Missions/EAP Desk will support the efforts of the Ministry of Women and Child Development in strategic and policy support, international cooperation, convergence, impact assessment, sustained behaviour change communication and in the creation of a participatory ecosystem geared towards creating large-scale impact.

– To formulate, design and conduct strategic research for the Ministry of Women and Child Development, DRISHTI under Invest India will conduct input and output analysis research, and other research as per requirement including coordinating with research agencies for primary, secondary and tertiary research.

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5. All-Women’s Art Exhibition titled ‘Akshya Patra’

Why in news?

On the auspicious occasion of International Women’s Day, the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC) Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the All-Women’s Art Exhibition titled ‘Akshya Patra’ on 8 March, 2021 at Rabindra Bhavan Galleries of Lalit Kala Akademi, India’s National Academy of Art, an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Culture.

Key points are:

– The exhibition will last until March 20 and showcase more than 250 artworks from over 12 countries, including those created by 29 talented female artists that attended the three-day All Women’s National Art Camp at Garhi Studios during the last three days.

– During the opening ceremony, the dignitaries were welcomed with plants to symbolize and celebrate eco-consciousness.

– They then proceeded to address the attendees and shared their deep-rooted love and respect for the Indian art culture and the role of women in it.

– The multi-dimensional art show, exhibiting works of senior, young and budding art practitioners, has both Indian and international participants as it brings to the fore contemporary, tribal, international, and Avante Garde art practices worldwide, themed around the many faces and benefactions of Mother Nature.

About ‘Akshya Patra’

– It is the inexhaustible vessel which provides to all, mirroring the role of contemporary woman as a provider for her family and society.

– The works on display, through their artistic contributions, succinctly portray the feminine journeys, through life’s joys and sorrows.

– Through their heart-touching artworks, these creators also question the equation of power and relegation, the comfort of acceptance, and the soreness of negation, laying bare their emotional landscapes in their work.

– Along with the inauguration, Lalit Kala Akademi presented  #KaroNaSalam curated by Ms. Sayali Kulkarni where she gave a creative tribute to the COVID warriors by Indian Citizens.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 3 March, 2021

6. Sattras

Why in news?

It is common to see politicians often going to different Sattras to seek blessings or extolling the virtues of Sankardeva, especially in the run-up to elections.

Key points are:

– Sattras are monastic institutions created as part of the 16th-century Neo-Vaishnavite reformist movement started by Vaishnavite saint-reformer Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1596).

– These Sattras/Thans were established as centres of religious, social and cultural reforms in the 16th century across Assam.

– Sattras promulgate Sankardeva’s unique “worship through art” approach with music (borgeet), dance (xattriya) and theatre (bhauna).

– Each Sattra has a Naam Ghar (worship hall) as its nucleus and is headed by an influential “Sattradhikar”. Monks, known as bhaktas, are inducted into Sattras at a young age. They may or may not be celibate, depending on the kind of Sattra they are inducted into.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 1 March, 2021

7. Rare diseases

Why in news?

The Delhi High Court has set up a special committee to find a time-bound solution on ways to provide treatment and therapy options to patients suffering from rare diseases.

Key points are:

The committee has been asked to give “immediate concrete proposals for crowdfunding of the costs of treatment for children with rare diseases”.

– The High Court’s direction came while hearing a bunch of petitions filed by patients suffering from rare diseases such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and Hunter’s syndromes seeking direction to the government to provide them uninterrupted free treatment in view of the exorbitant cost of treatment.

– DMD is a condition that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness in the victim.

– Hunter’s syndromes is a rare disease that is passed on in families. It mostly affects boys and their bodies cannot break down a kind of sugar that builds bones, skin, tendons, and other tissues.

About rare disease

– A rare disease, also referred to as an orphan disease, is any disease that affects a small percentage of the population.

– Most rare diseases are genetic, and are present throughout a person’s entire life, even if symptoms do not immediately appear.

– The most common rare diseases recorded in India are Haemophilia, Thalassemia, sickle-cell anaemia and primary immunodeficiency in children, auto-immune diseases, Lysosomal storage disorders such as Pompe disease, Hirschsprung disease, Gaucher’s disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Hemangiomas and certain forms of muscular dystrophies.

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