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NATIONAL AFFAIRS - October 2021

Oct 2021

May 16, 2022

Hardeep Singh Puri Launched Bharat Tap Initiative & Nirmal Jal Prayas On The Inaugural Day Of PLU...

  • The Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs & Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri launched the BHARAT TAP initiative at the 'Plumbex India' exhibition. This exhibition is aimed for products and services related to the plumbing, water and sanitation industry.
    • Shri Puri said that this exhibition caters to a fundamental service in the development of the nation – water and sanitation and there is no progress or growth without adequate sanitation, which is foundational in the hierarchy of basic services that citizens expect.
    • Shri Puri also launched NARDECO MAHI's 'Nirmal Jal Prayas' initiative which will work for saving of 500 crore litres of water per year.

Manik Saha appointed Tripura chief minister after Biplab Deb resigns

    • Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb stepped down from his position after meeting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president J.P. Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a two-day trip to New Delhi.
    • Manik Saha, the BJP State unit president and lone Rajya Sabha MP from Tripura, was elected as legislature party leader at a meeting held at the Chief Minister's official residence. Senior BJP leaders Bhupender Yadav and Vinod Tawde were present as observers at the meeting. After being named the next Chief Minister of the State, Dr. Saha told reporters that he "was a common worker of the party and will continue to be so".
    • Mr. Deb now became the fifth Chief Minister to be replaced in a BJP-ruled State after B.S. Yeddyurappa in Karnataka, Trivendra Singh Rawat and Tirath Singh Rawat in Uttarakhand, and Vijay Rupani in Gujarat. Mr. Deb had been appointed the Chief Minister after the BJP stormed to power in 2018, ending 25 years of Left Front rule in the State.

NSIC - MSME Ministry organizes 'Enterprise India- Mega Job Fair'

  • More than 30 companies participate providing employment opportunities to skilled workforce. The major objective of Mega Job Fair was to provide employment opportunities to the students who are passing out from different courses being conducted in the Centre. More than 30 companies including renowned companies like LG Electronics, Munjal Showa (Hero Honda Group), JBM Group, Maxop, SPM Auto Comp, were present with Various job offers.
    • Addressing the inaugural Event, Shri B. B Swain, Secretary, MSME  congratulated everyone especially to NSIC - NTSC Okhla team for organizing the 'Enterprise India Mega Job Fair' after pandemic period to facilitate the trainees of the Centre for their employment .
    • The NSIC Centre organizes job fairs periodically  to fulfil the requirement of skilled manpower for industry. During last 6-7 years more than 70,000 trainees have been trained by the Centre and many of them have been successfully placed in the industry through campus placements.

NITI Aayog Launches The National Data & Analytics Platform

  • NITI Aayog launched the National Data & Analytics Platform (NDAP) for open public use . The platform aims to democratize access to public government data by making data accessible, interoperable, interactive, and available on a user-friendly platform. It hosts foundational datasets from various government agencies, presents them coherently, and provides tools for analytics and visualization. This public launch follows a beta release of the platform in August 2021 that had provided access to a limited number of users for testing and feedback.
    • NDAP follows a use-case based approach to ensure that the datasets hosted on the platform are tailored to the needs of data users from government, academia, journalism, civil society, and the private sector. All datasets are standardized to a common schema, which makes it easy to merge datasets and do cross-sectoral analysis.

May 15, 2022

75 Indian Villages to be Shaped with Israeli Cooperation

  • Taking to the "next level" the Indo-Israel cooperation in the field of agriculture, 75 Indian villages will be shaped with Israeli cooperation to mark the country's 75th Independence anniversary, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. Tomar, who was in Israel on a four-day official visit met his Israeli counterpart Oded Forer at the Knesset (Israel's Parliament).
  • They discussed various issues related to modern agro techniques, capacity building, transfer of knowledge know-how and support in the fields of agriculture, water management, environment and rural development, keeping in view the scope and potential of agriculture development in both the countries.

PM Narendra Modi Addresses 'Utkarsh Samaroh' in Bharuch

  • Modi addressed "Utkarsh Samaroh" in Gujarat's Bharuch via video conferencing to mark the 100 per cent saturation of four key state government schemes in the district which will help provide timely financial assistance to those in need.
  • "Utkarsh Initiative", carried out by the district administration from January 1 to March 31 this year, was aimed to ensure the complete coverage of schemes providing assistance to widows, elderly and destitute citizens. According to the the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), a total of 12,854 beneficiaries were identified across the four schemes.

May 14, 2022

India Contributes $800,000 for Public Outreach of UN in Hindi Language

  • India contributed USD 800,000 to the United Nations as part of the initiative to enhance public outreach of the organisation in Hindi. Country's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, R. Ravindra handed over a cheque for the UN project launched by India in 2018 to disseminate information about the UN to the Hindi-speaking population across the world.
  • India has been partnering with the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC) since2018 by providing an extra-budgetary contribution to mainstream and consolidate news and multimedia content of DGC in Hindi.
  • Since 2018, the UN News in Hindi is disseminated through the UN's website and social media handles and a UN Facebook Hindi page.

Rajya Sabha Poll to 57 Seats on June 10

  • The Election Commission announced holding polls on June 10 to fill 57 Rajya Sabha seats from 15 states falling vacant due to the retirement of members on different dates between June and August, which include two seats each from Punjab and Haryana.
  • Prominent leaders, who are retiring during the period include Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh and Kapil Sibal, and BSP's Satish Chandra Misra. All these members are retiring between June 21 and August 1.
  • While 11 seats are falling vacant in Uttar Pradesh, six members each are retiring from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, five from Bihar and four each from Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka. The notification for the polls will be issued on May 24 and voting will be held on June 10. According to established practice, counting will take place an hour after the conclusion of polling.

May 13, 2022

LS Speaker Om Birla Launches Kalam Website to Encourage Vernacular Literature

  • Lok Sabha (LS) Speaker, Om Birla launched the one-of-its-kind literary initiative Kalam website of the Prabha Khaitan Foundation (PKF) to support and encourage vernacular literature. The aim of Kalam is to popularize Hindi literature and provide a platform for veteran and young authors and poets to talk about their writings and love for vernacular literature.
  • Prabha Khaitan Foundation is the custodian of the jewels of literary creations in the Hindi language and Kalam scripts successful sessions enriching the literary heritage of the nation. The hallmarks of Kalam, one of the prized literary verticals of Prabha Khaitan Foundation have a nationwide reach, global identity, and a niche audience. It is a non-profit trust founded by the Late Dr. Prabha Khaitan in the early 1980s. Based in Kolkata, West Bengal, it is dedicated to promoting performing arts, culture, education, literature, gender equality and women's empowerment.

Rajiv Kumar is New Chief Election Commissioner

  • The government appointed senior-most Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar as Chief Election Commissioner. He succeeded Sushil Chandra. Rajiv Kumar took charge as the Election Commissioner of the Election Commission of India (ECI) on September 1, 2020. Prior to assuming charge in the Election Commission, Kumar had been the chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board. He joined as the PESB chairman in April 2020.
  • Kumar, an officer of the 1984 batch of the Indian Administrative Service of the Bihar/Jharkhand cadre, superannuated from the IAS in February 2020.
  • He has been credited for being instrumental in conceiving and implementing mergers and acquisitions in the financial sector. Streamlining of the National Pension System (NPS) was also effected under him benefitting approximately 18 lakh central government employees.

May 12, 2022

Taking Different Stands does Not Help: SC to Centre on Identification of Minorities

  • As per the Supreme Court, the issue of identification of minorities, including Hindus, at the state level needs a resolution and observed that taking different stands doesn't help. In supersession of its earlier stand, the Centre told the apex court that the power to notify minorities is vested with the Union government and any decision in this regard will be taken after discussion with states and other stakeholders.
  • A bench of Justices S K Kaul and M M Sundresh said these are matters which require resolution and everything cannot be adjudicated. The apex court had earlier granted four weeks to the Centre to respond to a plea, which has sought directions for framing of guidelines for the identification of minorities at the state level, contending that Hindus are a minority in 10 states.

Govt. Will Set up 33 New Domestic Cargo Terminals by 2024-2025

  • The government will establish 33 new domestic cargo terminals by 2024-2025 which will allow India's cargo sector to flourish and grow. Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said this while addressing the annual event of Air Cargo Forum India. Talking about the reforms in Cargo Sector, the Minister said that industry players need to focus on transportation of smaller cargo loads from Tier II and III cities to metros to achieve the target of 10 million metric tons in cargo. This can be achieved by acquisition of smaller size aircraft. To facilitate this, 33 new domestic cargo terminals will be established by 2024-2025. He also stressed the need to work on ease of doing business in cargo sector by making processes paperless, adapting automation, and digitalization which can make cargo processing swift.

Prasar Bharati, ORTM Sign MoU on Cooperation and Collaboration in Broadcast

  • A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation and collaboration in broadcasting between Prasar Bharati and ORTM (Office de la Radio et de la Television) was signed in Madagascar's capital Antananarivo. It was signed by India's Ambassador to Madagascar Abhay Kumar and ORTM Director-General Mr. BELALAHY Jean Yves. The ceremony was graced by the Director of Cabinet of the Ministry of Communication and Culture and representatives of the Government of Madagascar.
  • Madagascar National Television (TVM) will broadcast programmes from internal productions of Prasar Bharati in the fields of culture, education, science, entertainment, sports, news as well as other areas of mutual interest. Both sides will explore co-production opportunities related to matters of mutual interest and will arrange training for TVM personnel in India. The MoU enters into force on the date of its signature.

India's First Khadi Centre of Excellence Opens in Delhi

  • The Ministry of MSME created a Centre for Experimentation, Innovation, and Design for the Khadi Village and Industries Commission (KVIC) with the goal of empowering Khadi Institutions across the country. The Center's mission is to create clothing, home goods, and fashion accessories that appeal to individuals of all ages. The goal of the Khadi Centre of Excellence (CoEK) is to make Khadi a worldwide, classic, and value-driven brand.
  • Narayan Rane, the Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, opened the first Khadi Centre of Excellence in New Delhi. Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Minister of State for Textiles Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles U P Singh, and Secretary, Ministry of MSME B.B. Swain also attended the event.
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