PASSEX Exercise: India and US Navy in Bay of Bengal conducted a PASSEX exercise
A 2-day PASSEX Ex has been conducted by the navies of the largest and biggest democracies of the world.
About the Exercise:
It has been the second PASSEX exercise between both countries within a year.
However, the latest version of the exercise was different as it witnessed the participation of fighter jets of the Indian Air Force.
From the Indian Navy, INS Shivalik has participated along with the US origin P8i Maritime Surveillance Aircraft.
From the US side, the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group had participated.
The participation of the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces provided air warriors of IAF an opportunity to have experience of air interception and air defence with the US Navy.
Similar Exercises in recent Past:
In July 2020, USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Corp has also conducted PASSEX Ex in Indian Ocean Region (IOR) near Andaman and Nicobar Island Groups.
In June 2020, the Japanese Navy has also conducted a similar exercise in the Bay of Bengal.
French Navy becomes the first European country to have participated in such an exercise with the Indian Navy.
Recent News of Indian Navy:
Navies of India and Bangladesh have conducted 7th Staff level talks amidst the Swarnim Vijay Celebration Divas.
Indian Navy to participate in La Perouse Exercise conducted by the French Navy. This will be the first occasion when the Indian Navy will be a part of such an exercise. Along with India, QUAD countries, Australia, the USA, and Japan will also participate.
7th Annual Summit of NATHEALTH 2021 was addressed by the Health Minister
The Union Minister of Health and Family and Welfare Harsh Vardhan has addressed the 7th edition of NATHEALTH. The summit was organized by the NATHEALTH – Healthcare Federation of India.
Theme: ‘Indian Health System Expansion in Post – COVID Era’.
To attract investment to build 21st Century Universal Healthcare in India
Highlights of Health Minister’s Address:
Healthcare is the 6th pillar to drive growth.
The budget was increased by 137% in the Financial Year 2021-22.
As per the recommendation of the 15th Finance Commissioner’s recommendation govt is looking forward to spending 2.5% of the GDP on health, govt is planning different Action plans.
Competency-Based Assessment: CBSE
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has launched a new framework for the Central Board of Secondary Education students of Class 6th to 10th.
About the Framework:
As per the recommendation of the National Education Policy. The framework was designed by the British Council Along with Alpha Plus.
The framework will to an assessment of competencies of the student to solve the problem on day to day basis.
Mainly three subjects: Maths, English, and Science have been focused on in the framework.
It aims at benefitting 20 million students CBSE.
Chairperson: Manoj Ahuja
HQ: New Delhi (1962)
Indian Forest Range Officer won the International Ranger Award
A Forest Range Officer from Rajaji Tiger Reserve become the only ranger from Asia to have won the prestigious International Ranger Award.
He awarded for his contribution towards recusing human-animal conflict in and around the tiger reserve he serves. Also, he has played a key role while traversing tiger from Jim Corbett National Park to Rajaji Tiger Reserve
The award was given by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).
The Union Environment Minister congratulated the ranger and expressed his joy as the officer is the only Asian officer who achieves the fit in this year.
About International Ranger Award:
The award was first presented for 2020, to recognize the extraordinary field work of rangers to protect and conserve wildlife areas across the globe and to minimize the human-animal conflict.
The Awarded Rangers will be given a special badge to decorate their uniforms along with $ 10,000 for the organization associated with them.
Director General – Dr Bruno Oberle
HQ – Gland, Switzerland
Electoral Bond Scheme challenged in Supreme Court
The Apex Court has dismissed the petition to stay the sale of new electoral bonds ahead of the assembly elections of different states in the country.
What the petition seek?
It challenges the constitutionality of the electoral bonds.
It asks to bring all political parties under the RTI scanner by making them a public office and compel parties to disclose their income and expenditure.
What are electoral Bonds?
Any person who wishes to donate money to political parties has to buy electoral bonds and donate it instead of direct. It is an interest-free instrument used to donate money to political parties anonymously.
Donors have to buy bonds from the State Bank of India in multiples of Rs. 1000. Rs 10000, Rs. 100000. Rs. 1 Lakh, Rs. 1 Crore.
There’s no limit on buying or purchasing bonds
If the bond is not encashed by any political parties then the money is transferred to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
Bihar Special Armed Police Bill, 2021
The Bihar State Assembly has passed a billing name Bihar Special Armed Police Bill, 2021 to boost security and will have limited scope as it is applicable only in a certain specified area.
Aim of the Bill:
The bill aims to build Bihar Police a developed, well-equipped, and well-trained armed police force with different and multiple domains of expertise which will help development and the larger interest of the state.
Highlights of the bill:
It changes the Bihar Military Police to Bihar Special Armed Police.
It provides power to the Bihar Police on the lines of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a Central Armed Police Force (CAPF).
It allows police officers to carry out searches and arrests without warrant.