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NATIONAL AFFAIRS - October 2021

Oct 2021

Feb 28, 2024

CAA Likely to be Issued before Model Code of Conduct for Lok Sabha Polls

  • As per reports, the rules for the implementation of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) for fast-tracking citizenship to undocumented non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are likely to be issued before the Model Code of Conduct for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections comes into effect.
  • The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) gets enforced immediately after the election schedule is announced.
  • The Model Code of Conduct is a set of guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India for the conduct of political parties and candidates during elections mainly with respect to speeches, meetings, processions, polling day, polling booths, observers, party in power, election manifestos, and general conduct.

PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone for Sikkim's First Railway Station at Rangpo

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi ceremonially laid the foundation stone for Sikkim's inaugural railway station in Rangpo, marking a significant moment in the state's history. The design of the Rangpo railway station will draw inspiration from the rich culture, heritage and architecture of Sikkim. Sikkim Governor Lakshman Prasad Acharya was present at Khanikola in Rangpo where a function was held.
  • The Rangpo railway station is part of a larger initiative to enhance rail infrastructure nationwide. With over 2,000 projects valued at approximately Rs 41,000 crore, this ambitious endeavour aims to revolutionise transportation networks, fostering connectivity and economic development.

Government Launches 'Mera Pehla Vote Desh Ke Liye' Campaign in Higher Educational Institutions

  • The government has announced the initiation of the 'Mera Pehla Vote Desh Ke Liye' campaign in higher educational institutions nationwide. This campaign aims to foster active participation among the youth in the electoral process, emphasising the significance of voting for the betterment of the nation.
  • The initiative signifies the paramount importance of elections and the pride associated with voting in the world's largest democracy.
  • By encouraging young voters to participate, the campaign aims to instill a sense of responsibility and ownership in shaping the nation's future.

Feb 27, 2024

South Boost for BJP, Tamil Maanila Congress Joins NDA

  • The Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar), led by former Congress leader and Union Minister G. K. Vasan, formally announced its decision to go with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for the Lok Sabha elections.
  • This announcement is first such development in Tamil Nadu's NDA unit, especially since the AIADMK, a key ally, exited the alliance last September (2023). Another partner, the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) led by Anbumani Ramadoss, is likely to join the AIADMK's alliance.

Feb 26, 2024

PM Modi Dedicates NTPC's 1600MW Lara Thermal Plant

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates NTPC's 1,600 MW Lara Super Thermal Power Station and lay foundation stone for another 1,600MW of the plant under Stage-II in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh. While Stage-I of the station is built with an investment of approximately Rs. 15,800 crore, the Stage-II of the project will be constructed on the available land of Stage-I.
  • Stage-II will entail an investment of Rs. 15,530 crore.

PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates India's Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge, 'Sudarshan Setu'

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest cable-stayed bridge in Gujarat's Dwarka.
  • The 'Sudarshan Setu', connecting Okha and Beyt Dwarka island, has been constructed at the cost of Rs. 979 crore. PM Modi had laid the foundation stone of the 2.3 km-long bridge in October 2017, saying that it will serve as a link between old and new Dwarka.
  • Sudarshan Setu boasts a unique design, featuring a footpath adorned with verses from the Bhagavad Gita and images of Lord Krishna on both sides.
  • The bridge, earlier known as the 'Signature Bridge', has been renamed as 'Sudarshan Setu'.
  • The Prime Minister also inaugurated Gujarat's first All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rajkot.

S. P. Singh Baghel Inaugurates National Public Health India Conference 2024

  • Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare S. P. Singh Baghel inaugurated the first National Public Health India Conference (NPHICON-2024) in the presence of V. K. Paul, Member NITI Aayog. This three-day long conference was organised from February 23 to 25, 2024 by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) under the Directorate General of Health Services.
  • Addressing the gathering, Minister SP Singh Baghel praised the NCDC for its leadership and dedication in organizing the event, foreseeing its crucial role in the development of resilient health policies. The conference brings together experts, doctors, and researchers to discuss ongoing health research and advancements.

Feb 25, 2024

Govt Appoints A. S. Rajeev as Vigilance Commissioner

  • The government appointed Bank of Maharashtra MD and CEO A. S. Rajeev as Vigilance Commissioner.
  • In view of the above, Rajeev was relieved from the bank. The bank's board and management committee entrusted two Executive Directors to look after financial and administrative powers and functions of the bank till such time regular MD & CEO is appointed by the government.
  • Under the CVC Act, the Central Vigilance Commission was expanded to three members: the Central Vigilance Commissioner and two Vigilance Commissioners.

Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Launches Annual Capacity Building Plan

  • To strengthen capacity building and holistic development, Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw launched an annual capacity-building plan to provide citizen-centric behavioural training to Indian Railways officials and frontline workers of the ministries under him.
  • The Annual Capacity Building Plan for the Ministry of Railways is intended to enhance the skills and knowledge of railway employees to increase efficiency and improve service delivery.
  • It focuses on the development of organisational capabilities, including the implementation of new technologies, improving customer service, and promoting a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. 

Feb 24, 2024

Election Commission of India Assigns New Symbol to Sharad Pawar's NCP Faction

  • The Election Commission allotted a new symbol for Sharad Pawar's faction of the Nationalist Congress Party.
  • Sharad Pawar's faction of the NCP was allotted the symbol of 'Man Blowing Turha'.

Japan Commits Rs. 12,800 Crore for Diverse Projects in India

  • The Japanese government committed a loan of 232.209 billion yen (about Rs. 12,800 crore) for nine projects related to various sectors in India.
  • The projects included North East Road Network Connectivity, Project for Promoting Start-up and Innovation in Telangana, Project for the Construction of Chennai Peripheral Ring Road, Project for Promoting Sustainable Horticulture in Haryana and Project for Climate Change Response and ecosystem Services Enhancement in Rajasthan.
  • The road network connectivity projects aim to improve infrastructure development in India's north-east region, while the Chennai peripheral ring road project aims to alleviate traffic congestion and strengthen connections to the southern part of the state.
  • The agreement to this effect was signed between Vikas Sheel, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, and Suzuki Hiroshi, Ambassador of Japan to India.
  • The project in Nagaland will help develop tertiary level medical service delivery by developing a medical college hospital contributing towards universal health coverage. A unique project in Telangana will help discover entrepreneurial skills with focus on women and rural population and support business expansion of MSMEs.

ADB Funds $23 Million for Fintech Advancement in Gujarat

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) sanctioned a USD 23 million loan aimed at bolstering fintech education, research, and innovation within the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) in India.
  • GIFT, a state-owned enterprise, serves as a hub for nurturing fintech ecosystems and financial services in India, being the nation's premier international financial services centre.
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