National Youth Festival was celebrated with the theme: ‘YUVAAH – Utsah Naye Bharat Ka’
24th edition of the National Youth Festival has been celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda (12th January). The closing ceremony (16th Jan) was addressed by the Union Minister Smriti Irani (Textile & Women and Child Development).
The theme of the festival was: ‘YUVAAH – Utsah Naye Bharat Ka’.
Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Kumar on a 3-day visit to India
Foreign Minister of Nepal Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali was on a 3-day visit to India. The foreign minister is the senior-most political leader to visit India after border-related issues occurred with Nepal. Nepal published a political map claiming three Indian territories – Limpiyadhura, Kalapani, and Lipulekh.
Overview of the visit:
– The foreign minister participated in the 6th Indo-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting.
– He met External Affairs of India Minister S. Jaishankar.
– Participated in the discussion held on border disputes, energy, bilateral trade, COVID-19 Assistance, etc.
India’s assistance to Nepal:
– India will provide grant assistance and construct important cultural heritage projects in Nepal – Pashupatinath Riverfront Development and Bhandarkhal Garden Restoration, Patan Durbar.
– Rail connectivity between Jaynagar (Bihar) and Kurtha will be extended up to Bijalpur. The 34 km rail project will now be 50% extended.
Prime Minister: KP Sharma Oli
International Labour Organization Call for new policy for Home-based workers
International Labour Organization recently released a report named ‘Working from home from invisibility to decent work’. The report highlights the need to adopt Global Labour Standards and improve national-level labor registries for ‘work from home’ workers. In 2019, before the pandemic, there were 260 million home-based workers. 56% of them were women. Due to the ‘work from the home policy’ during the pandemic, the number of people working at home is expected to show a drastic increment.
The report classifies three types of homeworkers:
1) Industrial based home workers
3) Home-based digital platform workers
International Labour Organization
– Director-General: Guy Rider
– HQ: Geneva, Switzerland
First Bird festival of the state Bihar ‘Kalrav’ has been inaugurated by the Bihar Chief Minister
Bihar’s first bird festival has been inaugurated at Nagi-Nakti Bird Sanctuary (Jamui District, Bihar) by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The aim of the festival was to spread awareness about birds (especially migratory birds) and protect them from hunters. During the festival Bird Awareness Centre has also been inaugurated at the sanctuary.
Nagi-Nakti Bird Sanctuary:
– Spread across 2.1 square kilometers.
– 133 Bird species can be found
– It is a home to different species of Dragonflies, Damselflies, Butterflies, etc.
Delhi Deputy CM First of its kind Fellowship scheme for artists
“Street Theater And Performing Arts Fellowship” Scheme has been launched by the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia. It is the first of its kind fellowship scheme for Artists. The initiative will help artists to spread the taste for art and culture and to showcase their craft among the people of the National Capital.
The scheme was started by the ‘Sahitya Kala Parishad’ which works under the Department of Arts, Culture and Languages. 1000 artists will be selected for the fellowship scheme.
Central Vigilance Commission asked ministries and departments to strictly adhere to the time limits
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has recently asked all Ministries/Departments of the Central govt. to firmly adhere to the time limits for different stages of the disciplinary proceedings in vigilance cases as delays were resulting undue advantage or harassment to the charged officials.
- According to the CVC, despite clearing guidelines on the number of occasions, investigators are not adhering to it that is resulting in investigations taking a much longer time.
- Except exceptional cases Supreme Court has also asked for limited time frame of stay granted by a law court to six months.
- Along with above mentioned reasons, a case kept in abeyance due to the absence of official (terminated from service).
Why delay should not be allowed?
- Any delay can provide many opportunities to a corrupt official to indulge in illegal activities by using the power of position.
- A delay in the procedure stigmatizes an honest public servant who has not committed anything wrong.
- A delay may also lead to public servant losing in the system.
- A corrupt official having substantial proof against it, still working on the position creates the feeling of injustice.
Central Vigilance Commission:
Central Vigilance Commission works under the central government. It plans, executes, reviews and reforms the vigilance work of institutions that comes under the Central Government. But it is free of control from any executive authority. After the recommendations of the Committee headed by K. Santhanam, the CVC came into existence in the year 1964. But the statutory status was provided to the commission in the year 2003 after the parliament enacted the Central Vigilance Commission, Act. Any institution that belongs to central government and Lokpal can approach to CVC. Whistle blowers from any department can also reach to CVC to bring corruption or misuse of power in the limelight.
Note: Central Vigilance Commission is not an investigative Agency. The investigative operations are done by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or Chief Vigilance Officers (CVO) in government offices. All departments/organization possesses a post of Chief Vigilance Officers.