Engineer’s Day observed by the Digital India Corporation
On Sep 15, 2020, and online interaction was conducted between Visvesvaraya PhD Fellows working in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI)& Analytics under Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme for Electronics & IT, with MD & CEO Digital India Corporation (DIC). The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology initiated by Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme with the approval of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in 2014. The objective behind this was to enhance the number of PhDs in ESDM & IT/ITES sectors. 908 full-time, 304 part-time PhD candidates and 158YFRFs are enrolled at 97 institutions including IITs, NITs, Central & State Universities etc. 170 PhD Candidates have submitted their theses through the PhD portal.
Hon’ble PM greets the engineers
On the occasion of the Engineer’s day, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi greeted the engineers of this country and remembered Sir M. Visvesvaraya on his Jayanti. He also said that India is proud of the contribution of our engineers towards nation building.
AICTE Visvesvarya Best Teacher Awards 2020
On the occasion of Engineer’s Day, Shri Ramesh Pokhariyal ‘Nishank’ presented one of its kind, the first-ever AICTE Visvesvarya Best Teacher Awards 2020 to 12 faculty members of AICTE approved institutes. The event was organised in virtual mode and the faculty members were felicitated by the Minister through online interaction. Speaking on the event, Shri Pokhariyal remembered the pioneer of Engineering in India, the most eminent Engineer and Statesman in India, SirMokshagundamVisvesvaraya. Highlighting the AICTE Visvesvarya Best Teacher Awards 2020, the Minister said that the Awards has been introduced for the first time to identify extraordinary teachers and recognize their excellence, best practice and innovativeness in the field of higher technical education at national level for Degree and Diploma institutions.
Loan disbursement Details by World Bank to India Released
Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today said that, the Government of India seeked support from the World Bank to fight the COVID pandemic, in response to which, the World Bank has so far provided three loans worth $2.5 billion to Government of India. $1 billion was provided for health, $0.75 billion for social protection and $0.75 billion for economic stimulus. This loan was accrued to all states and Union territories.
Implementation of DAPSC
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Ramdas Athawale in a written reply in Lok Sabha today informed that the concept of Development Action Plan for SCs (DAPSC – earlier known as Allocation for Welfare of SCs or SCSP) has been introduced as a part of the socio-economic and financial inclusion strategy of the Government. This is being implemented with a vision to accrue targeted financial and physical benefits to the Scheduled Castes. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has developed an online-web portal (e-utthaan.gov.in) for monitoring the progress against financial, physical and outcome targets under the DAPSC.
Support to establish r-VSV vaccine
The National Biopharma Mission has been launched for the first time in India to support COVID-19 vaccine development through the establishment of the r-VSV vaccine manufacturing platform by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), set up by Department of Biotechnology (DBT). This support to establishing r-VSV vaccine manufacturing platform is being extended to Aurobindo Pharma Limited which is developing a vaccine for SARS COV-2 (COVID-19).
Launch of Binational Centres
The Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today informed that the Dept. of Science and Technology have three binational centres namely Indo-French Centre for Promotional of Advanced Research (IFCPAR)established with France in 1987, Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) established in 2000 with USA and Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) established in 2010 under inter-governmental agreements.
Inauguration of projects in Bihar
Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated various projects under ‘Namami Gange’ Yojana and ‘AMRUT’ Yojana in Bihar. The projects include sewerage treatment plans at Beur and Karam-Leechak, water-related projects in Siwan and Chhapra, along with water supply projects in Munger and Jamalpur and River Front Development Scheme.
Shri Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha
Shri Harivansh Narayan Singh has been elected as the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha for the second time. Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi wished him on behalf of the entire house and all the countrymen. He also recognised the honest identity of Shri Harivansh in the world of social work and journalism, his working style and his role in the House that strengthened democracy.
Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project approved by the Cabinet
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project from Palwal to Sonipat via Sohna-Manesar-Kharkhauda. This Rail Line will start from Palwal and end at the existing Harsana Kalan station (On Delhi-Ambala section).
AYUSH systems’ integration of modern and traditional systems of Medicine
The Ministry of AYUSH is taking various initiatives to integrate the modern and traditional systems so as to facilitate a meaningful, cross learning and collaboration between two systems. The highlights of this initiative are: joint take-up of a project on National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer Diabetes Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) by three research councils, CCRUM has undertaken several collaborative projects with modern allopathic hospitals, to integrate Yoga in the mainstream medical care.
Policy on promotion of City Compost with Market Development Assistance (MDA)
Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri D V Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today informed that the Govt. has been encouraging the Urban Local Bodies to regulate municipal solid waste in a scientific way, involving waste-to-compost as well as other methods. The Government has implemented a programme to encourage the City Compost, which provides for the Market Development Assistance (MDA) of Rs. 1500/-MT in the way of subsidies to increase the production and use of municipal compost produced from urban waste.
India’s Foreign Trade- For the month of August 2020
India’s overall exports (Merchandise and Services combined) in April-August 2020-21 are estimated to be USD 182.13billion, exhibiting a negative growth of (-)19.32per cent over the same period last year.
Introduction of legislation to amend the powers of the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor
A bill is likely to be introduced to amend a 1991 Act pertaining to the powers and function of the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to “bring ease in implementation of certain provisions of the Act” is among more than 20 Bills proposed to be introduced in this Parliament session.
India’s role in Afghan talks welcomed
On Saturday, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar spoke via video-conference at the inaugural session of the Intra-Afghan Negotiations (IAN) in Doha, the first time that an Indian official has addressed a gathering that included the Taliban.
During the talks, both sides stressed on the need for regional support for the Afghan peace process, that could see the Taliban being brought into the political mainstream in Kabul, and on the importance of ending transnational terrorism from Afghan soil.
UAE and Bahrain’s deal with Israel
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Tuesday will become the latest Arab states to break a longstanding taboo when they sign agreements toward normalising relations with Israel. The deals make them the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps to normalise ties.
The shrink of Indian economy
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) predicted that India’s economy will shrink 9% in the AY 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as, the prolonged outbreak of the pandemic or a resurgence of cases makes the growth outlook highly vulnerable.