PM Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Scheme

Recently, the Prime Minister talked about the need to address health issues in a holistic manner and to adopt a four-pronged strategy for a healthy India that includes implementing the PM Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat scheme. Key Points Four-Pronged Strategy for a Healthy India: Prevention of illness and promotion of wellness including measures such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, yoga and timely care and

UNHRC’s New Resolution against Sri Lanka

Recently, Sri Lanka has made an appeal to the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to reject the impending resolution on the island nation’s human rights accountability and reconciliation. Sri Lanka is facing a new resolution calling on it to hold human rights abusers to account and deliver justice to victims of its 26-year civil war

Senkaku Island Dispute

Recently, China called the Japan-USA mutual security pact a product of the Cold War following USA’s criticism of the presence of Chinese coast guard vessels in Japanese-claimed territorial waters. Key Points About: The 1960 Japan-USA mutual security treaty assures the USA would come to Japan’s aid in the event of an outside attack on Japanese forces or territory. The USA criticized

National Hydrogen Energy Mission

The Union Budget for 2021-22 has announced a National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHM) that will draw up a road map for using hydrogen as an energy source.The initiative has the potential of transforming transportation. National Hydrogen Energy Mission NHM initiative will capitalise on one of the most abundant elements on earth (Hydrogen) for a cleaner alternative fuel option. Key Points

National Urban Digital Mission

The National Urban Digital Mission (NUDM) has been launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) along with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). National Hydrogen Energy Mission Several other digital initiatives of MoHUA viz. India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX), SmartCode, Smart Cities 2.0 website, and Geospatial Management Information System (GMIS) have also been launched. These initiatives will further

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


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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