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Ayodhya Temple Trust to Accept Foreign Donations: FCRA Registration Allows Contributions
Ayodhya temple trust to accept foreign donations after FCRA registration in November. NRIs and foreigners can contribute before the temple’s formal opening. The trust receives monthly contributions from pilgrims and locals but hasn’t been able to accept donations from outside the country. The trust expects permission by November 30 and will open an NRI or FCRA account at SBI’s main office in Delhi. Funds received before the temple’s completion in January 2024 will be used for pilgrim facilities.
SECI Signs Power Sale Agreement with GRIDCO Odisha for 600 MW Wind Power Supply
Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has signed a Power Sale Agreement (PSA) with GRIDCO Odisha, where GRIDCO Odisha will buy 600 MW of wind power from SECI. The agreement allows for the transmission of renewable energy from states with abundant resources to states with a deficiency. The capacity of 600 MW will be installed by developers in Gujarat, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. SECI, a central public sector enterprise under the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, is responsible for implementing renewable energy schemes in India. GRIDCO Odisha is involved in the purchase and sale of power within Odisha and trading with neighboring states.
First ACTCM Barge, LSAM 15, Delivered to Indian Navy: Promoting ‘Make in India’ and Enhancing Operational Capabilities
First ACTCM Barge, LSAM 15, has been delivered to the Indian Navy. The barge was constructed by M/s Suryadipta Projects Pvt Ltd, following the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” initiative. It was built under the classification rules of the Indian Register of Shipping, with a service life of 30 years. The barge promotes the “Make in India” initiative and will aid in the transportation of articles and ammunition to Indian Navy ships.
Paddy Straw Management Workshop: Strategies to Eliminate Stubble Burning and Utilize Biomass
A workshop on paddy straw management in Ludhiana, India, focused on strategies and solutions to eliminate stubble burning. The Chief Guest emphasized the importance of farming and proposed increasing baler capacity, deploying more machinery, and involving cooperative societies. The PAU Vice-Chancellor called for synergy among various stakeholders and promoted conservation agriculture.
The Joint Secretary highlighted a scheme supporting crop residue management and discussed the reduction in straw burning. Measures like crop diversification and strategic mapping of villages were recommended. PAU presented machines and technologies for straw management, and state officials shared their strategies. Initiatives for biomass utilization were also discussed during the workshop.
Indian Army Procures ‘Tactical LAN Radio’ through iDEX for Enhanced Communication in Remote Areas
Indian Army signs contract with M/s Astrome Tech Pvt Ltd for procuring indigenously developed ‘Tactical LAN Radio’ through Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX). The radio provides secure and reliable communication in remote areas, with features like enhanced range, frequency hopping, and 48-hour continuous operation. iDEX aims to foster innovation and technological development in defense by engaging various stakeholders. Currently, 42 Indian Army projects are part of iDEX, with handholding support provided to 41 start-ups. More contracts are expected to be finalized soon.
Hamari Bhasha, Hamari Virasat: Celebrating India’s Linguistic Diversity and Gilgit Manuscripts at National Archives of India
National Archives of India organized an exhibition titled “Hamari Bhasha, Hamari Virasat” to celebrate the 75th International Archives Day. The exhibition showcases the Gilgit Manuscripts, the oldest surviving manuscript collection in India. The exhibition aims to highlight India’s linguistic diversity and make these manuscripts accessible to the younger generation. The National Archives of India houses a vast collection of records, including rare manuscripts and oriental records in languages like Sanskrit, Persian, and Arabic.
Air India Express Makes History with All-Women Haj Flight
Air India Express achieved a historic milestone by operating India’s first all-women Haj flight. The flight, led by an all-women crew, carried 145 female pilgrims on their sacred journey. The initiative aligns with Air India Express’s commitment to gender equality, as the airline has a workforce consisting of 50% women.
Trilateral Naval Exercise in Gulf of Oman: India, France, and UAE Strengthen Maritime Security
India, France, and the UAE completed their first trilateral naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman. The exercise focused on improving maritime security and interoperability through various naval operations. The participating countries exchanged best practices and achieved their objectives. This exercise marks a significant milestone in the cooperation between the three nations and aims to address threats in the maritime environment while ensuring safe trade and freedom of navigation.
India Open to FTA Negotiations with African Countries: Minister Piyush Goyal Explores Economic Cooperation and Trade Relations
India is open to negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs) with African countries, according to Union Minister Piyush Goyal. During interactions with African ambassadors, Goyal emphasized the potential for strong economic cooperation and trade relations between India and Africa. The meeting involved 15 ambassadors from key African nations, providing a platform for discussions and the strengthening of bilateral ties. India recognizes the importance of Africa’s growth and progress and aims to act as a trusted partner to expand trade, commerce, and investment opportunities. The trade between India and Africa has increased significantly, reaching USD 89.5 billion in 2021-2022. India also expresses a commitment to work with African nations to promote regional security and enhance defense capabilities.
India’s ‘Blue Economy’: Unlocking Opportunities for Sustainable Coastal Development
India’s ‘Blue Economy’ aims to utilize maritime resources for sustainable development of coastal areas, covering various sectors like tourism, ocean energy, and more. The government has prepared a draft policy framework to optimize the use of marine resources and enhance the contribution of the blue economy to India’s GDP. Initiatives in the fisheries sector, such as the ‘Blue Revolution’ and ‘Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana,’ have shown impressive growth. With its extensive coastline and abundant resources, the blue economy holds significant potential for India’s economic growth.
India’s Economic Growth Expected to Reach 6.5-7% with Digital Infrastructure Investment
India’s economic growth is expected to reach 6.5-7% in fiscal year 2023-24 due to increased investment in digital infrastructure and the inclusion of more people in the formal economy. The estimate of 7.2% growth for FY22-23 may actually be an underestimate. Improved corporate balance sheets and investments by both private and public sectors contribute to the positive outlook for India’s economic growth in the coming years.
India All Out for 296, Trails Australia by 173 Runs in World Test Championship Final
India all out for 296, trailing Australia by 173 runs in the World Test Championship final. Ajinkya Rahane scored 89. Australia at 89 for 3 in their second innings. India lost the previous WTC final to New Zealand.
BAI Announces Indian Junior Squad for Badminton Asia Junior Championships 2023
The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has announced the Indian junior squad for the upcoming Badminton Asia Junior Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Key players include Tara Shah and Ayush Shetty in the singles categories. Lakshya Sharma, Rakshitha Sree S, Nicholas Nathan Raj, Tushar Suveer, Radhika Sharma, and Tanvi Sharma have also secured positions in various categories. The team was selected based on their performances in the Final Selection Trials (Junior) held in New Delhi. The selected players will participate in a two-week national camp before the championships.
India’s First Cannabis Research Project: Potential Medicine for Neuropathies and Cancer
India’s first Cannabis Research Project, conducted by CSIR-IIIM Jammu, has the potential to produce medicine for neuropathies, cancer, and epilepsy. Union Minister Jitendra Singh highlighted the project’s significance and its potential to attract investments to Jammu and Kashmir. He emphasized the need for collaboration between institutions like CSIR-IIIM, IIM, IIT, and AIIMS in the region. The project adds to the prestigious scientific research conducted by CSIR-IIIM, known for its history of discoveries.
‘Har Ghar Jal’ Program: Transforming Health and Savings, Says WHO Report
The WHO report highlights the positive impacts of India’s ‘Har Ghar Jal’ program on health and savings. It states that the program has averted millions of Disability Adjusted Life Years from diarrheal diseases, leading to cost savings of up to $101 billion. The report praises the speed and scale of the program, noting that a new connection is added every second. Ensuring safe drinking water for all households could prevent thousands of diarrheal disease deaths.
The report emphasizes the program’s direct impact on improving lives physically, mentally, and financially. It also discusses the challenges faced before the program’s launch, including a lack of access to improved drinking-water sources. Unsafe drinking water contributes to millions of deaths globally. The provision of tap water has saved time and effort for women and girls, eliminating the need for daily water collection.
India’s Digital Health Revolution: Bridging Gaps and Promoting Innovation in the Healthcare Sector
India is prioritizing digital health in the G20 and making efforts to bridge the digital health divide. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for digitization in healthcare, enabling access to remote areas through telemedicine and mobile applications. The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission and National Health Digital Mission are driving the development of digital health infrastructure. Initiatives like the Co-WIN platform and e-Sanjeevani are contributing to India’s digital health ecosystem, fostering the growth of health tech startups.
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