2nd Bangladesh-India Cotton Fest 2020 held at Dhaka, Bangladesh


On December 12, 2020, the 2nd Bangladesh-India Cotton Carnival 2020 was held at Hotel Radisson Blu Water Orchard in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was together planned by Bangladesh Cotton Association (BCA) Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI), Indian Cotton Association Ltd. (ICAL),

  • Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Counsellor Salman Fazlur Rahman was the principal visitor of the occasion.
  • The occasion showcasing the best practices of Bangladesh cotton business was joined by 30 Indian corporations.
  • Bangladesh is projecting an ingress of around 9 million packages by the year 2021.
  • Bangladesh proposes to dual its export of Ready Made Garments (RMG) over the next 5 years for which a safe and worth cotton resource was its top importance.

Bangladesh is one of the topmost cotton importing countries. It ingresses over 98% of the cotton from nearly 42 nations. In Fiscal Year 2019-20, 61 lakh packages of cotton were traded in.

Other Contributors:

Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, President, BTMA Mohammad Ali Khokon, BCA Sultan Riaz Chowdhury,  President of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Sheikh Fazle Fahim, BCCI President Abdul Matlub Ahmad, President, ICAL, Mahesh Sharda, President were also present.

Recent Associated News:

  • On 19th September 2020, at the 50th Director General (DG) level meeting between India and Bangladesh, both the nations have decided to stake real time acumen on the trafficking groups to control and stop criminal deeds.
  • On September 30, 2020 Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani spoke the inaugural meeting of India-Bangladesh Virtual Meeting on Textiles and Apparel Sector’ planned by Cll and Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of commerce and Industry (FFBCCI).

About Indian Cotton Association Lid. (ICAL):

Establishment- 1962

Headquarter- Bathinda, Punjab



Bharti AXA Life Announced #GotYouCovered Campaign for Forefront Employees; Associates with Primero Skills & Training for this Resourcefulness


Bharti AXA Life Insurance Company Limited proclaimed ‘#GotYouCovered Campaign’, during the observation of Universal Health Coverage Day 2020 on December 12.

The drive is a special edge to escalate the forefront healthcare workers who are working to protect people from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Bharti AXA Life Insurance has partnered with Primero Skills & Training Pvt Ltd for its #GotYouCovered initiative.

Purpose of the Partnership- To back insurer’s healthcare workforces during the epidemic times, by providing masks that will guard them against the life and fitness risks.

Important Info:

1. Bharti AXA, with this movement purposes to reach out about 1 million Indians on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and spread consciousness about the prominence of defending life and health against all uncertainties.

2. As part of the collaboration, Primero Skills & Training will encourage this initiative and also inspires people to distinguish the efforts of the frontline healthcare workers.

About #GotYouCovered Campaign

1. It instructs people to capitalise in life and fitness insurance to build a safe and healthy prospect.

2. It runs on ‘One Share-One Mask’ initiative, i.e., When one part is made about this creativity on social media, Bharti AXA will offer one face mask to each healthcare employee or scholar registered with Primero Skills.

Primero Skills & Training, as part of the movement circulated masks that were offered by Bharti AXA Life Insurance among the newly-trained healthcare workers and scholars at Delhi Police Station at Chittaranjan Park.

Cll Signs MOU with Amazon India to Carry Welfares of e-commerce to MSMEs in 10 States across India


On December 9, 2020 at the 17th Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Global SME Business Summit 2020, CIl contracted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Amazon India to aid assistances of Electronic (e)-commerce. This will boost MSMEs national & global trade.

Cll and Amazon India objects to get a digital revolution for MSMEs for these states, through this firm.

Provisions to MOU:

  1. Amazon India and CII will work collectively with MSME Ministry to support lakhs of MSMEs in these states to influence technology to reach consumers in India and internationally through the implementation of e-commerce.
  2. To assist MSMEs to trade their products online, Amazon India and ClI will conduct drill, workspaces and host masterclasses.

In order to abridge transfers through e-commerce for these MSMEs, Amazon India and CIl will work together to make a special exports component.

The special export module consists of a detailed step by step guide for MSMEs to start export using e-commerce.

Key Info:

Cll and Amazon will publish regular reports that includes, market analysis and insights for MSMEs about the categories, marketing, and branding of their products, logistics, success stories of MSME and also the information about the top performing products.


Amazon India completed 3 key announcements in January 2020: Digitizing 10 million MSMEs, Allowing $10 billion in ecommerce transfers and Generating 1 million jobs- by 2025.

Cll’s other tie up for MSMEs

Recently, Mastercard, National Institute for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) come into into partnership to launch ‘Digital Saksham’, a capability building inventiveness to effort responsiveness about digitalization for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in India.



Aerospace scientist Narasimha passes away


Famous aerospace researcher and Padma Vibhushan awardee Roddam Narasimha passed away here on 14-12-2020. He was 87. He died around 8.30 p.m. on 15-12-2020. A notable scientist, Mr. Narasimha held countless positions at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He is the administrator of the National Aerospace Laboratories. Mr. Narasimha was an associate of the space Commission, Bureau of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Counselling Group of Eminent Senior Scientists, Government of India.



What is Digital Voter ID Card?


Digital voter ID card is the electric form of EPIC or Elector’s Photo Identity Card. This would make the voter ID card accessible on people’s phone. It can be downloaded through OTP authentication. This will help the Election Commission cut costs need for printing and distribution of the hard copies. Currently, EPIC is available only as a hard copy and has to be made by the voters on voting day.

How can a Voter gain Digital Voter ID card?

A voter has to provide his or her mobile number to the Election Commission equipment at the time of putting on for registration in the voters list. After the name of the voter is involved in the electoral roll, he or she will be intimated via email or SMS. The novel voter card can then be taken through OTP authentication. The existing voters can also gain the facility by providing their phone number and e-mail ID.

Why a Digital Voter ID?

The Digital Voter ID will support the Election Commission to save expenses on printing and dispensing the hard copy of EPIC.  Also, having the voter card on phones will do away with the requirement of generating a voter’s slip on the day of voting.

About the Digital Voter Card

The Digital Voter Card will not be dissimilar from its physical system. The Digital Voter Card will have a QR code that will carry details such as name, address and date of birth of the elector. The Digital Voter Card and its issuance is still a suggestion. It wishes to be accepted by the Election Commission. In other words, it needs to be agreed by the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and the Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Sushil Chandra.

The Digital Voter Card might come up for deliberation in 2021 elections. The states such as Assam, Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are to enter assembly polls early summer 2021.

What is Vigyan Yatra?


Vigyan yatra is an advertising activity to encourage scientific temper. It is being carried out as a portion of the India International Science Festival.                 

About Vigyan Yatra

The Vigyan Yatra is a promotional activity of the sixth edition of India International Science Festival. The festival is scheduled by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Vans, that support as mobile science displays, are flagged off from numerous cities as part of this initiative. It will cover all local schools and universities. It also helps take the culture of science to the masses. About 30 locations across the country have been identified for such Vigyan yatras.

India International Science Festival

It is a festivity to encourage science and technology. It determines how science can lead India to development in short period of time. The Ministry of Science and Technology accompanied by Vijnana Bharati called VIBHA has made a unique platform to inspire inquisitiveness and make education more satisfying. The number of events under IISF has augmented from 28 to 41 covering STI (Science, Technology and Innovation) elucidations to tackle new challenges. In 2020, 12 new events on energy, scraps, clean air and hygiene has been added.

This year, the festival is celebrated under the theme: Science for Self-Reliant India and Global Welfare.

Objectives of IISF

  • To inspire young geniuses to find answers to burning issues of the world
  • To involve public with science and rejoice the joy of science
  • To demonstrate ways how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics shall offer solutions to mend the lives of the people.


The Science festivals and advancement yatras are significant to express the status of science and technology of a nation. It provides discoverers, scientists and investigators a chance to cooperate closely with citizens and scholars. The main goal of these festivals is to involve citizens with science in ways that are empowering and motivating.



Vision 2035: Public Health Surveillance in India                                                         

NITI Aayog lately released a whitepaper Vision 2035: Public Health Surveillance in India. It is share of its effort to toughen fitness structures in India. The paper calls for addition of the 3 stages of healthcare system in India (primary, secondary and tertiary) into Ayushman Bharat. It also calls for improved lab capacity and extended referral network. It suggests the use of a new data sharing machinery involving the use of analytics, healthiness informatics and data science visualisation.

The following are the vision of the document:

  • To make the public health surveillance system more prognostic and receptive and augment the readiness for action at all stages.
  • To progress data sharing mechanism between centre and States.
  • To deliver local and global leadership in management events that purposes to develop Public Health emergency systems of world-wide concerns.
  • To guarantee individual confidentiality and privacy.

Present Scenario in India

Rendering to the whitepaper, the following are the current conditions of health area in India.

75% of recurring or evolving diseases are zoonotic.

61% of mortality and 55% of incapacity were produced by the Non-Communicable diseases.

The commonness and difficulty of Anti-Microbial Resistance is rising. Between 2008 and 2019, the anti-microbial resistant gene has been initiated in more than 100 nations. In April, 2017, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare propelled the National Action Plan on Anti-Microbial Resistance.

Challenges in Public Health Surveillance:

Conferring to the white paper of NITI Aayog, the following are the challenges in Public Health Surveillance of India.

The key implementation test is the system design matter. The data on the citizen utilization of facility for treatment of sicknesses is dissimilar to that of the notification mechanisms for illness outbreaks.

Similar data is composed by several governments. There are no common platform or mechanism for the amalgamated use of the data collected.

The participation of private sector in the scrutiny is limited.

Insufficient linkage of illness with death data.

Partial usage of social, digital and print media in scrutiny

Partial focus on non-communicable infections in the scrutiny.



INS Viraat: Key Facts


INS Viraat is an aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy that is presently being broken distant at Alang ship-breaking yard, Gujarat. It is renowned for its involvement in Operation Jupiter and Operation Parakram. It was decommissioned in 2017. There have been proposals to renovate it into a maritime gallery. But the warship has been retailed for scraps as the centre hasn’t issue a ‘no objection certificate’.   Lately, the Maharashtra government presented to collaborate with the defence ministry to refurbish the historic warship.                                       

Key Facts of INS Viraat

It is a Centaur class aircraft carrier of Indian Navy.

INS Viraat aided in the British Navy for 27 years before being commissioned in Indian Navy in 1987 and it was the flagship of the Indian Navy afore INS Vikramaditya was commissioned in 2013.

Between 1958 and 1970, INS Viraat aided as one of the four strike carriers of the Royal Navy.

Also, INS Viraat served in Falkland wars.

In 1986, it was proclaimed in the Indian Parliament that HMS Hermes will be accepted from the Royal Navy at 63 million Euros.

Aircrafts operated by INS Viraat

The ship operated Seaking 42B (anti-submarine helicopters), Chetak (Angles-SAR Helicopter) and Sea Harrier (fighter aircrafts).

Global Joint Exercises

INS Viraat joined in the following combined exercises:

Malabar Exercise with the US Navy.

Varuna Exercise with the French.

Naseem-Al-Bahr exercise with the Oman Navy.

TROPEX: Annual Theater Level Operation Exercise.


The Indian Navy decommissioned INS Viraat due to its high working cost and repairs cost.

In 2015, it was proclaimed that it would be shifted to Government of Andhra Pradesh for transformation into a museum at a cost of Rs 20 crores. Though, the plans were eventually dropped.

In 2018, the Maharashtra Government accepted the conversion of INS Viraat into India’s first maritime museum. However, the suggestion did not attract proposals because of its high cost and the plan was dropped in 2019.

In July 2020, GoI decided to scrap the aircraft carrier in an online auction.

Centaur Class Aircraft Carriers

They were the jet carriers of the Royal Navy premeditated during the closing years of World War II.

Operations of INS Viraat

INS Viraat was positioned in two chief acts namely Operation Parakram, Operation Jupiter.

Under Operation Jupiter, INS Viraat was positioned as part of Indian Peace Keeping Operations in Sri Lanka. This was done subsequent  to the breakdown of Indo-Sri Lankan Accord of 1986.

During the India-Pakistan Standoff in 2001-2002, India propelled Operation Parakram. Under the operation amidst calls from Russia, United Nations and the United States India installed its troops to Indian Punjab and Kashmir. This was India’s biggest military deployment since the 1971 conflict.