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Oct 2021

Sep 17, 2023

Uttarakhand's Global Investor Summit Curtain Raiser Held in New Delhi

  • A Global Investor Summit 2023 is to be organised in Uttarakhand on December 8-9 on the tagline of 'Peace to Prosperity'. On the occasion of the curtain raiser of the summit in New Delhi, ITC proposed an investment of Rs. 5,000 crore to the Uttarakhand government. An MoU for investment of Rs. 1,000 crore was signed with Mahindra Holidays and Resort India Limited and Rs. 1,600 crore was signed with e-Kuber.

Sep 16, 2023

ED Director Sanjay Kumar Mishra Step Down

  • Enforcement Directorate (ED)'s director Sanjay Kumar Mishra stepped down. The Centre had sought from Supreme Court of India that Mishra's tenure be extended till October 15, which the top court granted, albeit reducing a month from the demand.
  • The Supreme Court in July had noted that S. K. Mishra's tenure as the ED chief was extended till September 15 in view of 'national interest'. The court had clarified that no further application seeking an extension would be entertained.
  • Sanjay Mishra had become an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer in 1984. Prior to his stint as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) stint, Mishra was posted as chief commissioner of Income Tax in Delhi.

Haryana Govt Appoints Actress Mita Vashisth as Chair of Entertainment Policy Council

  • In a significant development for the entertainment industry in Haryana, the state government appointed renowned film actress Mita Vashisht as the chairperson of the governing council tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Haryana Film and Entertainment Policy. This appointment follows the untimely demise of the beloved actor, director, and producer Satish Kaushik, who previously held the position. Mita Vashisth's extensive experience in the world of entertainment and her dedication to the craft make her a fitting choice for this prestigious role.
  • Mita has also served as visiting faculty at esteemed institutions such as the National School of Drama (NSD), the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), the National Institute of Design (NID), and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). Her contributions to the development of young talent have been invaluable, and she continues to inspire the next generation of artists.

Sep 15, 2023

VP Jagdeep Dhankhar Inaugurates International Conference on Dam Safety

  • Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar inaugurated International Conference on Dam Safety at Jaipur in Rajasthan. Professionals from across the nation and about fifteen countries participated in the conference. Jal Shakti Ministry said that there are over six thousand dams in India and it is ranked third globally in terms of large dams. Approximately 80 per cent of these dams are over 25 years of age.
  • The conference aimed to provide a major platform for experts to come together and debate cutting-edge topics in dam safety and management. Dams have been essential to civilization's development, and have played a multifaceted role in meeting the increasing demand for drinking water, irrigation, hydropower and flood protection.

Assam Governor Launches 'Sarpanch Samvad' App

  • Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria launched the 'Sarpanch Samvad' app.
  • The launch ceremony, held at the Raj Bhavan, was attended by over 30 sarpanchs from different parts of the country.
  • The app has been developed by the Quality Council of India (QCI).
  • QCI chairperson Jaxay Shah said that the objective of this initiative is to provide comprehensive support to sarpanchs and foster their growth as leaders.
  • The app is aimed at connecting approximately 2.5 lakh sarpanchs across India, and serves as a holistic platform for networking, knowledge dissemination, and collaboration.
  • The app not only ensures a single platform for idea-sharing, but also reinforces QCI's commitment to empower grassroots leaders.

Sep 14, 2023

Bhupesh Baghel Launches 'Largest Wholesale Market'

  • Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel laid the foundation stone of three projects — commercial hub, aerocity and Shaheed Memorial — during an event in Raipur.
  • This day marked the foundation stone laying of the country's largest wholesale commercial market which is expected to generate employment opportunities for lakhs of people.
  • With the aim of promoting investment, settlement, and commercial activities in Nava Raipur, a commercial hub will be developed on 1,083 acres.

Fourth G20 Sustainable Finance Working Group Meeting in Varanasi

  • The fourth and last meeting of the G20 Sustainable Finance Working Group (SFWG) under India's G20 presidency was held in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi.
  • The two-day meeting brought together over 80 delegates from G20 member countries, special invitee countries and international organisations.
  • The meeting focused on finalising the 2023 G20 sustainable finance report.
  • The key highlight of the 4th SFWG meeting reflected and shared experiences by G20 members on the progress made in the implementation of the G20 Sustainable Finance Roadmap.
  • SFWG aims to help scale up private and public sustainable finance and in doing so, accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • The Paris Agreement is an international treaty on climate change adopted in 2015. The agreement covers climate change mitigation, adaptation, and finance.

Sep 13, 2023

President Droupadi Murmu Inaugurates First Global Symposium on Farmers' Rights

  • The President of India, Droupadi Murmu inaugurated the First Global Symposium on Farmers' Rights in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the farming fraternity of the world is its foremost conserver and they are the true guardians of crop diversity. She further said that the farmers are bestowed with exceptional power and responsibility. She emphasised that we all must appreciate farmers' endeavour to protect and revive many varieties of plants and species whose existence is crucial to all of us.
  • This Symposium was organised by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (International Treaty) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome and hosted by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in collaboration with Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights (PPVFR) Authority, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), and ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR).

Gopal Baglay Appointed India's High Commissioner to Australia

  • Senior diplomat Gopal Baglay was appointed as India's High Commissioner to Australia.
  • A 1992-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Baglay was India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.
  • Prior to serving as India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Baglay served as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office.
  • He served in various capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, including as the official spokesperson of the Ministry, joint secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran) Division, director in the External Affairs Minister's Office and in the United Nations Division and deputy secretary looking after Eastern and Central Europe.
  • Baglay has also served as the deputy high commissioner of India in Pakistan, counsellor for Press, Information and Culture in the Embassy of India, Nepal and in other diplomatic capacities from 1994-2002 in Ukraine, Moscow and London.

India and Saudi Arabia Sign Agreement on Cooperation in Energy Sector

  • India and Saudi Arabia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of energy to develop a stronger partnership between India and Saudi Arabia in the field of energy.
  • The MoU was signed by Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy and Power R. K. Singh who represented the Indian side and Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud present in the meeting for the Saudi side.
  • As per the MoU, India and Saudi Arabia will cooperate in the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Hydrogen, Electricity and Grid Interconnection between the two countries, Petroleum, Natural Gas, Strategic Petroleum Reserves and Energy Security.
  • The agreement will also encourage bilateral investment in the field of Renewable Energy, Electricity, Hydrogen and Storage; and Oil and Gas and will promote digital transformation, innovation and cyber-security and artificial intelligence in the field of Energy.
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