Aspirational skills campaign 

About: This program to connect the aspirational districts to the mainstream through skill development was started by Hon’ble Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship on 03 October 2018.  The program will be implemented in 117 districts in all 28 states. This program involves identifying challenges for skill development and designing customized solutions to help

Swachhta Udyami Yojana (SUY)

About: The “Swachhta Udyami Yojana” is for extending financial assistance for Construction, Operation & Maintenance of Pay and Use Community Toilets in Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode and Procurement & Operation of Sanitation related Vehicles.   The Scheme has been launched on the 2nd October, 2014, birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by Hon’ble Minister of State

INSPIRE (INNOVATION IN SCIENCE PURSUIT FOR INSPIRED RESEARCH) SCHEME

About: Generation and nurturing of a human talent pool capable of utilizing and developing first principles in science is both a pre-condition and integral part of such an innovation infrastructure.  An India specific model for attracting talent with an aptitude for research and innovation, for a career in Basic & Natural sciences is required.  Department

Major Ports Authorities Bill 2020

Rajya Sabha has passed the Major Ports Authorities Bill 2020 with 88 votes for and 44 against it. The Bill was passed in Lok Sabha in September last year. The Bill provides for the regulation of major ports and will replace the Major Port Trusts Act of 1963, and a board of Major Port Authority

Seaweed Mission

TIFAC has unveiled a Seaweed Mission for commercial farming of seaweeds and its processing for value addition. The Mission envisages the following activities: establishing model demonstration farms over one hectare for the cultivation of economically important seaweeds in nearshore and onshore along the Indian coast Kappaphycus all over Indian coast Gracilaria dura in Gujarat Gracilariaverrucosa

SAKSHAM Portal

The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) has launched SAKSHAM, a dynamic job for mapping the skills of Shramiks. SAKSHAM is an acronym for Shramik Shakti Manch. The portal with the demand and supply data uses an algorithm and AI tools, for geospatial information on demand and availability of Shramiks, and also provides analysis

National Coal Index

Recently, the Ministry of Coal has started commercial auction of coal mines on a revenue share basis using the National Coal Index (NCI). NCI was rolled out in June 2020. Key Points About: It is a price index which reflects the change of price level of coal in a particular month relative to the fixed base year. The base year for the NCI is Financial Year 2017-18. Compilation:

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

New research from ‘The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change’ highlights the benefits to health if countries adopt climate plans – Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – that are consistent with the Paris Agreement aim of limiting warming to “well below 2°C”. The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, published annually, is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration, dedicated to monitoring the evolving

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