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MANAGE Awards Recognize Best Agricultural Extension Research in India
The National Institute for Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) in Hyderabad awarded the Best Post-Graduate Thesis, Best Ph.D. Thesis, and Best Books in Agricultural Extension. Samuel Praveen Kumar, Joint Secretary (Extension) at the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, emphasized the need for research in agricultural extension to focus on national priorities and applied solutions. MANAGE received numerous submissions and selected winners based on field-level agricultural challenges. The awards aim to motivate students, researchers, and academia to address these challenges through high-quality thesis and books in Agricultural Extension.
Launch of ‘Anjadip’ Ship: Indian Navy’s ASW SWC Project Progresses with Indigenous Shipbuilding
The third ship of the ASW Shallow Water Craft (SWC) Project, named ‘Anjadip’, was launched on June 13, 2023. The shipbuilding project is being carried out by M/s GRSE and M/s L&T Shipbuilding. The ships are designed for anti-submarine operations and will replace the existing Abhay class ASW Corvettes. The launch of three ships in six months reflects India’s commitment to indigenous shipbuilding. The ASW SWC ships will have a high percentage of indigenous content, contributing to defense production and generating employment in the country.
MSDE Certifies 98 Trainers in Cluster-Based ToT Project under SANKALP Program
The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) certified 98 trainers in the cluster-based Training of Trainers (ToT) project under the SANKALP program. The trainers received dual certification from the Automotive Sector Development Council and IGCC. The program covered trades such as Advanced Welding, CNC operations, Robotics, Quality Control, and Advanced Automotive Technology. The initiative aimed to upgrade the skills of trainers in line with industry 4.0 requirements and involved public-private partnerships. The CEO of Automotive Skills Development Council emphasized the importance of upskilling in the automotive sector. The ToT model was initially piloted in Aurangabad and is now being implemented in Pune. The Training of Trainers programs are a priority for the Skill India mission to build a competent workforce across sectors.
TRAI Directive: Deploy AI-Based UCC_Detect System for Unsolicited Commercial Communication (UCC)
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has instructed all Access Providers to deploy an AI and Machine Learning system called UCC_Detect. This system will detect and take action against senders of unsolicited commercial communication who are not registered under the Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulations, 2018 (TCCCPR-2018). The TRAI aims to curb unsolicited communication, which causes inconvenience and financial loss to customers. The current detection systems are not fully effective against evolving techniques used by unregistered telemarketers (UTMs). The TRAI wants access providers to implement an AI and Machine Learning-based system that can adapt to new patterns and techniques used by UTMs. Providers must also share intelligence with each other using the DLT platform. Compliance with these directives is mandatory, and providers must report their actions within thirty days. For more information, contact Shri Jaipal Singh Tomar, Advisor (QoS) at TRAI.
SAI20 Summit in Goa Strengthens Collaboration and Accountability Among G20 Audit Institutions
The SAI20 Summit, organized under India’s G20 Presidency, concluded in Goa, emphasizing collaboration and accountability among the Supreme Audit Institutions of G20 countries. The summit resulted in the adoption of the SAI20 Communique, which focuses on auditing national priorities and promoting an action-oriented approach. The event included discussions on the Blue Economy and featured insights from experts in the field. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India highlighted the significance of SAIs in good governance and their independent role within the G20 structure. Various national and international delegates, as well as engagement groups, participated in the two-day summit.
Launch of ‘Sanshodhak’: Fourth Ship of Survey Vessels (Large) Project
The fourth ship of the Survey Vessels (Large) Project, called ‘Sanshodhak’, was launched at Kattupalli, Chennai on June 13, 2023. The ship is being built by L&T/GRSE for the Indian Navy. The Survey Vessels Large are designed to collect oceanographic data and will replace the existing Sandhayak Class survey ships. They will also have secondary roles in defense and emergency situations. The launch emphasizes India’s commitment to indigenous shipbuilding and the vision of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’.
Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSITI) Receives Accreditation for Excellence in Earth Science Training
The Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSITI) in Hyderabad has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) for its high standards in earth science training. The institute offers various courses and training programs to professionals, researchers, and students in the field of geology. It has regional training divisions and field training centers across the country and is recognized internationally, having trained professionals from 75 nations. The institute focuses on domain-specific and terrain-specific training in mapping techniques, exploration methods, remote sensing, and more. It also includes courses to upgrade functional and behavioral competencies of employees.
Special Lecture on Child Labour: Addressing Issues and Challenges | DLSA Tripura
The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Tripura, in collaboration with the Pro Bono Club of ICFAI Law School, organized a Special Lecture on Child Labour on 12 June 2023. The lecture aimed to address the issues and challenges related to child labour. The event was held in observance of the World Day Against Child Labour. The Nyaya Bandhu initiative, under the Department of Justice, focuses on providing pro bono legal services and has developed a mobile application for connecting advocates with marginalized beneficiaries.
PM Modi Distributes 70,000 Appointment Letters to New Recruits in Government Departments: Highlights of Rozgar Mela and Employment Opportunities
Prime Minister Narendra Modi distributed 70,000 appointment letters to new recruits in various government departments. He emphasized India’s political stability and the government’s progressive policies. The recruits will join departments such as finance, education, defense, health, and railways. The Prime Minister highlighted the opportunities for employment and self-employment, mentioning initiatives like Mudra Scheme and Startup India. He also discussed India’s growing economy, foreign investments, and employment opportunities in the private sector. The Prime Minister mentioned infrastructure development, including the Jal Jeevan Mission for safe drinking water. The National Rozgar Mela aims to prioritize employment generation and youth empowerment in national development.
Ram Mandir in Ayodhya: 3,600 Hindu Shastra-Based Sculptures and Grand Construction Updates
The Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will have 3,600 sculptures based on Hindu Shastras. The construction of the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Ram will be completed by December 2023. The temple complex will cover 110 acres, and it is expected to cost Rs 1,000 crore. The walls of the temple will feature religious motifs, and copper joints will be used for their durability. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the temple in August 2020, and the complex will also include a museum and research facility.
Capacity Building Program for Maldives Civil Servants at NCGG: Enhancing Skills in Public Administration and Governance
The National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) has started a capacity building program for civil servants from Maldives. The program aims to enhance their skills in public administration and governance. The Director General of NCGG, Shri Bharat Lal, emphasized the importance of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and called for universal access to basic facilities. The program aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and focuses on strengthening bilateral ties. The participating officers were urged to embrace the digital revolution and utilize IT innovations for effective governance. The program includes exposure visits to observe developmental projects and institutions. Dr. B. S. Bisht and Dr. Sanjeev Sharma are leading the coordination of the program.
ADB Approves $400 Million Loan for Sustainable Economic Recovery in Bangladesh
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $400 million loan to Bangladesh for sustainable economic recovery. The loan will support reforms in domestic resource mobilization, improve public spending efficiency, and provide low-cost financing to small businesses, particularly those led by women. The program aims to enhance tax collection, strengthen public procurement systems, and facilitate bank lending to marginalized groups and women entrepreneurs without fixed collateral.
India and UAE Aim to Double Trade to USD 100 Billion by 2030: Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement Progress
India and the UAE have agreed to increase their trade to USD 100 billion by 2030, more than doubling the current amount. The countries have reviewed their bilateral trade agreement and plan to establish committees for its implementation. They will exchange trade data regularly and address any obstacles that may arise. Additionally, they will focus on trade in services and collaborate on economic linkages for MSMEs and start-ups. The ministers of both countries have participated in events to strengthen their partnership, and the trade between India and the UAE has been growing significantly.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Advocates Multilateralism at G20 Meeting
Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Dr. A K Abdul Momen, attended the G20 Development Ministers meeting in Varanasi. He emphasized the importance of multilateralism and sought support from developed countries on implementation, financing, and capacity building. The meeting focused on SDGs, Green Development, and bilateral relations. The G20 unanimously agreed on an action plan for SDGs and principles for sustainable development, addressing the concerns of the Global South.
CCI Approves Daiwa International’s Acquisition of Ambit Private Limited Shares
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved Daiwa International Holdings Inc.’s acquisition of certain shares in Ambit Private Limited. Daiwa will acquire shares through primary subscription and secondary purchases from existing shareholders. Daiwa International Holdings Inc. is a management holding company based in Japan, while Ambit Private Limited is an Indian company providing financial services. The CCI will release a detailed order regarding the acquisition.
PLI Schemes: Boosting Production, Employment, and Exports in India
India’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Schemes have led to increased production, employment, economic growth, and exports. The Manufacturing sector witnessed a 76% rise in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) due to the PLI Schemes. The schemes have transformed India’s export basket by promoting high-value products. So far, 733 applications have been approved across 14 sectors with expected investments of Rs. 3.65 Lakh Crore.
The PLI Scheme for Food Processing has positively impacted the income of Indian farmers and MSMEs. The PLI Scheme has also contributed to the localization of smartphone manufacturing and a 20% value addition in mobile manufacturing within three years. Import substitution has been achieved in the Telecom sector, and the Pharma sector has experienced a reduction in raw material imports and technology transfers.
Secretary of Food and Public Distribution Takes Steps to Cool Down Wheat Prices and Ensure Transparency
The Secretary of Food and Public Distribution held a meeting with state officials to address the decreasing prices of wheat. The meeting discussed the implementation of the Wheat Stock Limit Order and emphasized transparency in disclosing stock levels. Wholesalers, retailers, big chain retailers, and processors are required to declare and update their wheat stock regularly on a designated portal. The government also announced plans to sell wheat and rice through the Open Market Sale Scheme to stabilize prices.
India’s Retail Inflation Hits 25-Month Low at 4.25% in May 2023 | Positive Growth in Industrial Production
Retail inflation in India dropped to a 25-month low of 4.25% in May 2023 due to lower prices of food and fuel. This marks the fourth consecutive month of decline and is within the Reserve Bank of India’s desired range. The fall can be attributed to a decrease in international prices of LPG and kerosene. Additionally, the Index of Industrial Production for April 2023 shows positive growth in the mining, manufacturing, and electricity sectors.
Olympic and Commonwealth Medalists Mirabai Chanu and Bindyarani Devi Approved for Training in St. Louis, USA
Mirabai Chanu and Bindyarani Devi, Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalists, have received approval from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to train in St. Louis, USA. They will be training at SQUAT University under Dr. Aron Horschig for their rehabilitation and strength training, in preparation for the upcoming Asian Games. The government will cover their expenses for air travel, accommodation, medical insurance, transportation, gym, and doctor’s consultations during their 65-day training camp.
Indian Team with 198 Athletes Heads to Berlin for Special Olympics – Summer Games
The Indian team, consisting of 280 members, including 198 athletes, is heading to Berlin for the Special Olympics – Summer Games. They received financial support of Rs. 7.7 Cr from the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. The team had a preparatory coaching camp in Delhi and will compete in 16 sports disciplines at the event, which will involve over 7000 athletes from 190 countries.
SAI NCOE Bengaluru Felicitates Junior India Women’s Hockey Team for Asia Cup Win
The Sports Authority of India’s National Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru honored the Junior India Women’s Hockey Team for their victory in the Junior Women’s Hockey Asia Cup. The team displayed exceptional skills and teamwork throughout the tournament. The felicitation ceremony took place at the SAI NCOE premises in Bengaluru. The team’s success highlights the training and support provided by the Sports Authority of India. Additionally, the Junior Men’s hockey team also won the Asia Cup 2023 in Oman, securing their fourth title.
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