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NATIONAL AFFAIRS - August 2022

Aug 2022

Nov 27, 2022

Centre Appoints Three Indian Foreign Service Officers in PMO

  • Three Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers were appointed to different posts in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
  • Deepak Mittal, a 1998-batch IFS officer, was appointed as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the PMO. Vipin Kumar and Nidhi Tewari were appointed as Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary, respectively in the PMO.
  • Kumar is a 2013-batch IFS officer and Tewari belongs to the 2014 batch.

Odisha Launches Anaemia Eradication Programme 'AMLAN'

  • In a bid to ensure complete eradication of anaemia problem among women and children in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched AMLAN- 'Anaemia Mukta Lakhya Abhiyan' in the state.
  • The state formulated a multi-pronged approach for accelerated reduction of anaemia among targeted groups.
  • The programme will be implemented with joint efforts of several departments including Health and Family Welfare, School and Mass Education, Women and Child Development, Mission Shakti and ST and SC Development Department.

Nov 25, 2022

UIDAI Asks State Governments, Entities to Verify Aadhaar before Accepting It

  • Unique Identification Authority of India asked state governments and entities to verify Aadhaar before accepting it either in the physical or electronic form to check its misuse.
  • Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said that it maintains that verification of the Aadhaar number following the consent of the Aadhaar holder is the right step to establish the genuineness of any form of Aadhaar -- Aadhaar letter, e-Aadhaar, Aadhaar PVC card, and m-Aadhaar, presented by an individual.
  • UIDAI has also issued circulars to emphasise the necessity of verification and specify the protocol to be followed.

Nov 24, 2022

Vinit Kumar Assumes Charge of CEO of KVIC

  • Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVlC) under Ministry of MSME appointed Vinit Kumar as CEO of KVIC Central Office, KVIC Mumbai.
  • He is an IRSEE officer of 1993 batch and has served as the Chairman of Syama Prasad Mukherjee Port, Kolkata (erstwhile Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Port, Kolkata) and was welcomed by Manoj Kumar, Chairman, KVIC.
  • Previously he also worked as Chief Electrical Engineer in Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd. and looked after World Bank funded MUTP project before joining as CEO, KVIC.

Nov 23, 2022

IIT-Guwahati Director, T. G. Sitharam Appointed as New Chairman of AICTE

  • IIT Guwahati Director, T. G. Sitharam has been appointed chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for three years or till he attain the age of 65, whichever is earlier. 
  • He will replace UGC chairman, Jagadesh Kumar, who was holding the interim charge of the AICTE chairman after the retirement of Anil Sahasrabuddhe on September 1, 2021. 
  • Sitharam's tenure as an IIT director will expire in July 2024. AICTE HQ is in New Delhi.

C. V. Ananda Bose Takes Oath as West Bengal Governor

  • Governor designate of West Bengal C. V. Ananda Bose on Tuesday arrived in Kolkata.
  • The new West Bengal governor will be administered the oath on Wednesday by the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other dignitaries, including assembly Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay and Leader of Opposition Suvendhu Adhikary, will be present at the programme.

Ayush Ministry Announces Setting Up of Academic Chair at Western Sydney University

  • The Ministry of Ayush announced to establish the Ayurveda Academic Chair at Western Sydney University's NICM Health Research Institute for a period of three years. 
  • The Ministry has selected All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi's Associate Professor Dr. Rajagopala S. for the post of Academic Chair in Ayurvedic Science at Western Sydney University. 
  • Its aim is to strengthen India's collaborations in promoting academic and collaborative research activities in Australia.

25th National Conference on e-Governance

  • The 25th National Conference on e-governance will be held in Katra, Jammu & Kashmir from 26th of November. 
  • The theme of the two-day Conference is Bringing Citizens, Industry and Government closer. The Conference will be inaugurated by the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Minister of State of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh.

UP CM, Yogi Adityanath Inaugurates UNESCO-India-Africa Hackathon

  • Uttar Pradesh CM, Yogi Adityanath has inaugurated the UNESCO-India-Africa Hackathon event at the Gautam Buddha University (GBU) campus in Greater Noida. 
  • Its aim is to conceptualise innovative technology-based solutions for the daunting problems faced by humanity. 
  • The students from 22 counties will engage themselves in coding to find technology-based solutions for issues in education, agriculture, health, energy and drinking water, among others. UNESCO's headquarters is in Paris, France.

Nov 22, 2022

Shahjahanpur (Uttar Pradesh) Tops in Jal Jeevan Mission Rankings

  • The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday cited the latest rankings released on the Jal Jeevan Mission website as proof of its commitment to ensuring tap water in all rural homes soon.
  • Several Uttar Pradesh districts have done well in the rankings, especially Shahjahanpur that has topped across the country in the "aspirant districts as well as best performing district" category in October.
  • Principal secretary (Namami Gange and rural water supply) Anurag Srivastava said ranking data of districts on the website of the Jal Jeevan Mission was proof of the success of the initiatives being taken to ensure tap water connections to all households.

India Launches Official Website and Theme of SCO 2023

  • India has launched the official website of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as it will host the next SCO summit as a chairman of organisation in 2023. The website highlights the events that will be undertaken under the chairmanship of India next year.
  • The theme of the event is "For a SECURE SCO". Prime Minister Narendra Modi had floated the concept of SECURE at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in China in 2018. 
  • Explaining the SECURE concept, the Prime Minister said 'S' for security for citizens, 'E' for economic development, 'C' for connectivity in the region, 'U' for unity, 'R' for respect of sovereignty and integrity, and 'E' for environment protection.

'Rozgar Mela': PM Modi Gives Appointment Letters to 71,000 Recruits

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to distribute about 71,000 appointment letters to newly inducted recruits in November 2022 under the flagship Rozgar Mela scheme as part of the Centre's efforts to abate unemployment in the country.
  • "The Rozgar Mela is a step towards the fulfilment of the commitment of the Prime Minister to accord the highest priority to employment generation. The Rozgar Mela is expected to act as a catalyst in further employment generation and provide meaningful opportunities to the youth for their empowerment and participation in national development directly", said a government release.
  • Under the Rozgar Mela scheme, 71,000 vacant posts of teachers, lecturers, nursing officers, nurses, doctors, radiographers, pharmacists, and other technical and paramedical posts would be filled. The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) would fill a significant number of posts in various Central Armed Police Forces.
  • PM Modi will also launch the Karmayogi Prarambh module, an online orientation course for all appointees in various government departments. The instructive module would provide a code of conduct for government servants, including directives on workplace ethics and integrity.
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