Recently, the Prime Minister (PM) has chaired the 33rd PRAGATI meeting. Interaction through PRAGATI is held once every month on Fourth Wednesday, known as PRAGATI Day. Key Points Highlights of the Meeting: The PM asked states to develop a state-specific export strategy, and reviewed development projects worth Rs. 1.41 lakh crore spread across 10 states and union territories. Grievances related to Covid-19 and to the PM Awas Yojana (Gramin) were

Scheme for Agro-Processing Cluster

Recently, the Union Minister of Food Processing Industries has attended the Independent Management Advisory Committee (IMAC) meeting to consider the proposals received under the Scheme for Creation of Infrastructure for Agro-Processing Cluster (APC) of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY). Key Points IMAC approved 7 proposals with a total project cost of Rs. 234.68 crore including grants-in-aid of Rs. 60.87 crore in Meghalaya, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh,

Subdued Northeast Monsoon

Rainfall over the southern peninsular region has been deficient so far, indicating that the northeast monsoon has remained subdued this year. Key Points Pattern of Rainfall in India: India receives rainfall during two seasons: About 75% of the country’s annual rainfall is received from the Southwest monsoon between June and September. The Northeast monsoon occurs during October to December, and is a comparatively small-scale monsoon, which is confined to

Protest Against Bru Resettlement

Recently, parts of north Tripura have witnessed violent protests over the proposed resettlement of Bru tribals. Key Points Background: Bru or Reang is a community indigenous to Northeast India, living mostly in Tripura, Mizoram and Assam. In Tripura, they are recognised as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group. In Mizoram, they have been targeted by groups that do not consider them indigenous to the state.

SC: Reservation in Super-speciality Medical Courses

Recently, the Supreme Court (SC) has reserved its order on the state governments providing a 50% in-service reservation for admissions to super-speciality medical courses (Doctorate of Medicine/DM and Master of Chirurgiae/M. Ch.) in government colleges for the academic year 2020-21. Key Points In August 2020, the SC allowed states to grant the benefit of reservation of seats to in-service doctors in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) postgraduate

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