Government issues SOP for IX-XII students

Union Health Ministry issues SOP guidelines for partial re-opening of schools outside containment zones. Classes will be arranged and conducted for the senior standard students of IX-XII on a voluntary basis, from September 21 onward. However, online classes will be continued, as usual, these special classes for the senior students are meant for guidance and mentoring from their teachers. Students are to attend school with parent’s consent.


Predicted GDP shrinks for 2020

American brokerage Goldman Sachs revising earlier predictions of 11.8%, says that India will hit 14.8% contraction for FY21. Analysts at the brokerage believe that economy will contract 13.7% for the September quarter, and 9.8% for the December quarter, compared to last year’s 10.7% and 6.7% respectively. The estimate is being considered to the most pessimistic, as compared to the analysts’ of the nation.

Global Economic Outlook (GEO) Fitch Ratings project global GDP ratings to contract 4.4%. The account is mainly because of India’s huge downward revision of 23.9% in the June quarter. On the other hand, China’s GDP growth forecast is estimated at 2.7%, from 1.2% in June.


‘Hunar Haat’ to be restarted, with the theme of Local to Global for indigenous toys

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announces the resumption of Hunar Haat, being organized at Prayagraj from 9 to 18 October, 2020, with the theme of Local to Global. Following PM Modi’s boost for exquisite indigenous toys – Vocal for Local toys – the traditional and ancient legacy of toys is aimed to be spread all across the globe. More than 30 per cent stalls will be for artisans who prepare indigenous toys, and external organizations will aid with the attractive packaging of these Swadeshi Toys. The event, launched in 2015, has provided employment and employment opportunities to more than 5 lakh Indian artisans, craftsmen, culinary experts and other people associated with them.


Gadkari confident on bringing down the accident rates by 2025, from the initial target of 2030

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari and MSME have confidently expressed their aim of bringing down the fatality rate caused due to road accidents by the year 2025, a reduction from their initial target of 2030. Ample of initiatives are being taken by the Ministry to reduce the rate, including identification of blackspots on highways and expressways, as majority of the road accidents take place in these areas. World Bank and ADB are providing Rs 7000 crore each to remove black spots from national highways. Gadkari also calls upon the Members of the Parliament for identification of blackspots in State and Municipal roads.



PM to hold ‘Svanidhi Samvaad’ with street vendors from Madhya Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to hold Svanidhi Samvaad with street vendors from Madhya Pradesh, on September 9, 2020. The PM Svanidhi scheme launched on June 1, 2020, by the Government of India aids to the poor vendors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to resume livelihood activities. The highest number of registrations have been submitted from Madhya Pradesh, around 4.5 lakhs. The programme is to be telecasted through webcast from the MyGov website, and arrangements of LED screens in 378 municipal bodies have been made, for beneficiaries of the scheme in the state to watch the program in public places.


Cabinet approves monetization of assets of POWERGRID

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, headed by PM Modi has approved POWERGRID, a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under Ministry of Power, monetization of it’s assets through Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) model. It is for the first time in Power Sector PSU, that asset recycling by monetizing its assets through the InvIT model is happening and the proceeds to be deployed to fund the new and under-construction capital projects. The assets mainly include High Voltage Transmission lines and substations, held in form of Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs).


HIL (India) Limited dispatches last batch of DDT order to Zambia

HIL (India) Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking of Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, has dispatched it’s last batch of DDT out of 307 MT order received from Ministry of Health, Zambia, for their Malaria control programme. WHO recommends DDT as one of the efficient IRS chemical to curb malaria mosquito infestation. HIL is the sole manufacture of DDT globally, and has also executed supplies of 20.6 MT to South Africa recently and in progress of supplies of 129 MT to Zimbabwe – strengthening bilateral relationship with South Africa while providing DDT at low cost.


22 bamboo clusters launched in 9 states

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Shri Narendra Singh Tomar virtually inaugurates 22 bamboo clusters in 9 States, along with the release of a logo for the National Bamboo Mission. The mission was launched to connect farmers to markets so as to enable farmer producers to get a ready market for the bamboo grown and to increase supply of appropriate raw material to domestic industry. The aim is to take India’s handcrafted and engineered products in the global market, in accordance to the PM’ Vocal for Local.



Interest free loan agreement between Department of Fertilizers and HURL

Government of India has approved a grant of Interest Free Loan (IFL) to Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Limited (HURL) to revive fertilizer projects at Sindri, Gorakhpur and Barauni. The agreement was signed between Shri Niranjan Lal, Director, on behalf of Department of Fertilizers (DoF) and By Shri Arun Kumar gupta, MD, on behalf of HURL. The repayment of IFL – Rs. 1257.82 crore is to be done in 8 years, beginning 2022-23. The approval of the IFL is parallel to the PM’s vision to enhance domestic production of urea and reduce import dependency for meeting urea requirements of farmers in India.


Ministry of Education celebrates 54th International Literacy Day

In a virtual conference with Minister of State for Education, Director General of UNESCO, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, the Union Ministry of Education celebrates the 54th International Literacy Day, with Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Minister of Education as the Chief Guest. The conversation had also specifically included a talk on ‘Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond’ by Prof. J.P. Dubey, Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, University of Delhi in order to determine the future measures to be taken to eradicate illiteracy of the nation, also highlighting the changing pedagogies.

Home Minister Amit Shah also takes up the opportunity to applaud education reforms of the government, namely – NEP, Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, etc.


ADB and India Sign $500 Million Loan for Delhi-Meerut RRTS Corridor

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India ink a loan of $500 million to build a modern, high-speed 82-kilometer Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor which is to improve regional connectivity and mobility in India’s national capital region (NCR). The project will provide better connectivity to allow other towns in the NCR to develop while easing pressure on Delhi. The 82-km corridor connecting Sarai Kale Khan, Delhi to Modipuram in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh is expected to reduce the journey time to about 1 hour from the present 3–4 hours.