06th October, 2021 – Daily News

Topics covered – Prabal, ‘Guidelines for sustainable Ecotourism in forest and wildlife areas’ , first Indian city to use ropeway services , “Waste to Wealth” web portal , the ‘Buddhist Circuit Train FAM Tour and Conference’ t, Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme , 7 Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (MITRA) parks, ‘Good Samaritan’ scheme, “High Resolution Aquifer Mapping & Management in Arid Regions of North Western India” project , Electronic Pension Payment Order (EPPO) with Digi Locker, the Mental Health Awareness Campaign Week, black fungus management , Mihidana, India-Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise , MoU with Ministry of Food Processing , Farmer Producer Organizations , Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency , zircon hypersonic cruise missile , 2nd edition of Industrial Park Ratings System report, 2021 State of the Education Report for India: No Teacher, No Class., ‘Supreme’, a current account product for Non-Resident Indians, Emirates NBD, GDP growth rate for India , global merchandise trade volume growth, new country head for India, World Teacher’s Day , UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2021, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021 , the 2021 Global Leadership Humanitarian Awards , FIH Hockey Star Awards 2021 , Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank , Economist Gandhi

Bulletins

  1. Ministry of Defence’s Defence Accounts Department has developed an IT-enabled payment and accounting system named as Prabal.
  2. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has released the ‘Guidelines for sustainable Ecotourism in forest and wildlife areas’ to promote a better understanding of nature and wildlife conservation.
  3. Varanasi will become the first Indian city to use ropeway services in public transportation.
  4. Central govt has launched “Waste to Wealth” web portal to enhance cooperation for sustainable development through economy and community participation.
  5. Ministry of Tourism has organized the ‘Buddhist Circuit Train FAM Tour and Conference’ to promote Buddhist tourism.
  6. Ministry of Textiles has approved continuation of Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme till March 2026.
  7. Union Government has approved setting up of 7 Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (MITRA) parks.
  8. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has launched ‘Good Samaritan’ scheme under which anyone who saves the life of a road accident victim by rushing them to a hospital within the “golden hour” (1 hr. from accident) will get a cash reward of ₹5,000.
  9. “High Resolution Aquifer Mapping & Management in Arid Regions of North Western India” project has been launched in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Haryana for groundwater management, in the first phase.
  10. Central Govt has integrated the Electronic Pension Payment Order (EPPO) with Digi Locker for benefitting over 23 lakhs defence pensioners.
  11. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Chemical and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya has launched the Mental Health Awareness Campaign Week from October 5 to 10.
  12. National Health Authority has added the black fungus management under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) scheme.
  13. Causis E-Mobility and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) have signed an MoU to ease manufacturing of electrical vehicles and achieve a zero-emission target.
  14. The first consignment of GI-tagged sweet dish Mihidana, from Bardhaman, West Bengal has been exported to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  15. 5th edition of the India-Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise (JIMEX) will be conducted in the Arabian Sea from October 6-8.
  16. FSSAI has signed an MoU with Ministry of Food Processing to support micro-level food entrepreneurs and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs).
  17. FSSAI has signed an MoU with Ministry of Food Processing to support micro-level food entrepreneurs and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs).
  18. Russia has successfully tested the zircon hypersonic cruise missile from submarine.
  19. Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has released the 2nd edition of Industrial Park Ratings System report.
  20. UNESCO has launched 2021 State of the Education Report for India: No Teacher, No Class.
  21. ESAF Small Finance Bank has launched ‘Supreme’, a current account product for Non-Resident Indians.
  22. RBI has permitted Emirates NBD, the government-owned bank of UAE, to open two more branches in India.
  23. World Bank has forecasted a 8.3% GDP growth rate for India for 2021-22.
  24. World Trade Organization has forecasted global merchandise trade volume growth of 10.8% in 2021—up from 8% forecasted in March.
  25. World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) has appointed Wendy Werner as the new country head for India.
  26. World Teacher’s Day is observed on October 5 by UNESCO.
  27. Jeel Albena Association for Humanitarian Development (JAAHD), a humanitarian organization providing emergency services to internally displaced people in northern Yemen, has won the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2021.
  28. Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021 has been won by Benjamin List (Germany) and David W.C. MacMillan (UK).
  29. Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021 has been won by Benjamin List (Germany) and David W.C. MacMillan (UK).
  30. FIH Hockey Star Awards 2021 have been announced.
  31. Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank has won “APY Big Believers” and “Leadership Capital” awards from Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority.
  32. “Economist Gandhi” book has been written by Jaithirth Rao.
  33. A team of Indian scientists has developed a non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and biodegradable polymer using guar gum and chitosan.

Table of Content

National News

  1. Ministry of Defence’s Defence Accounts Department has developed an IT-enabled payment and accounting system named as Prabal.
      • The PRABAL Project will make the Indian defence sector more competitive as their cash flow will increase and their financing will strengthen.
  2. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has released the ‘Guidelines for sustainable Ecotourism in forest and wildlife areas‘ to promote a better understanding of nature and wildlife conservation.
      • A field guide was also released for monitoring of “Ganges and Indus river dolphins, associated aquatic fauna and habitat”.
      • Through the field guide, a standardized monitoring protocol has been made for dolphins for the first time.
      • The monitoring of dolphins will be undertaken in the states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab.
      • The field guide is a part of the “Project Dolphin”.
  3. Varanasi will become the first Indian city to use ropeway services in public transportation.
      • It is proposed to be constructed from Cantt Railway Station (Varanasi Junction) to Church Square (Godauliya in Varanasi) to ease the traffic congestion.
      • The ropeway will improve accessibility between Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Dashashwamedh Ghat.
      • It will be world’s third and India’s first public transport ropeway. India will be the third country in the world after Bolivia and Mexico to use ropeway for public transport.
  4. Central govt has launched “Waste to Wealth” web portal to enhance cooperation for sustainable development through economy and community participation.
      • The web portal will bring together technology providers, government stakeholders and urban local bodies to find solutions to India’s waste problems, mainly plastic waste.
      • The portal has been launched by the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser and inaugurated by the Principal Scientific Advisor K. Vijay Raghavan.
  5. Ministry of Tourism has organized the ‘Buddhist Circuit Train FAM Tour and Conference’ to promote Buddhist tourism.
      • Buddhist Conclave is organised by Ministry of Tourism every alternate year.
      • The Ministry is also proposing to organize the 7th International Buddhist Conclave in November in Delhi.
  6. Ministry of Textiles has approved continuation of Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme till March 2026.
      • Purpose – To create world-class infrastructure that caters to the business needs of the local artisans & SMEs to boost production and export
      • Total Outlay – Rs.160 Crore
      • Components
        • Technology upgradation
        • Physical infrastructure
        • Product diversification
        • Raw material bank – For availability of raw materials
        • Common facility centres – It will comprise State of the art machines which normally an individual cannot buy on his own.
        • Market development and exports
        • Human resource and skill development
        • Margin money for working capital – Rs.4000 per artisan
  7. Union Government has approved setting up of 7 Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (MITRA) parks.
      • The scheme is based on 5Fs – Farm to fibre; fibre to factory; factory to fashion; fashion to foreign.
      • Total outlay – Rs.4445 Crore for a period of 5 years
      • Area – 1000 Acre
      • Funding support
        • For development of infrastructure – 30% of the project cost will be provided by the centre
          • Greenfield PM MITRA – Rs.500 Crore (maximum)
          • Brownfield PM MITRA – Rs.200 Crore (maximum)
        • Competitiveness incentive support
          • 300 Crore for each PM MITRA Park to incentivize manufacturing units to get established.
          • Up to 3% of turnover of a newly established unit in PM MITRA Park
      • Special Purpose Vehicle which will be owned by State Government and Government of India in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode.
  8. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has launched ‘Good Samaritan’ scheme under which anyone who saves the life of a road accident victim by rushing them to a hospital within the “golden hour” (1 hr. from accident) will get a cash reward of ₹5,000.
      • The ministry also said there will be 10 national-level awards each year for the worthiest Good Samaritans, who would be selected from all those who have been awarded during the whole year and they would be given an award of ₹1 lakh each.
      • In the beginning, Central govt would provide ₹5 lakh as an initial grant to the transport department of all states and Union territories for rewarding the Good Samaritans.
  9. “High Resolution Aquifer Mapping & Management in Arid Regions of North Western India” project has been launched in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Haryana for groundwater management, in the first phase.
      • Under the project, the Heli-borne survey technology has been developed by the CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) Hyderabad, in Jodhpur.
      • The state-of-the-art Heli-borne geophysical mapping technique will provide high-resolution 3D image for sub-surface up to a depth of 500 meters below the ground level and map potential groundwater sources.
      • Total Outlay – Rs 150 crores
      • Phases – Two
      • Scheme – To implement the project, CSIR has collaborated with the Ministry of Jal Shakti under the “National Aquifer Mapping Project”.
      • Collaboration – The Ministry of Jal Shakti has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with CSIR-NGRI for executing this project.
      • With an annual rainfall in the range of less than 100 to 400 mm, these areas face acute shortage of water throughout the year.
  10. Central Govt has integrated the Electronic Pension Payment Order (EPPO) with Digi Locker for benefitting over 23 lakhs defence pensioners.
      • This will enable all Defence Pensioners to obtain instantly a copy of the latest copy of the PPO from Digi Locker.
      • This initiative will create a permanent record of PPO in Digi Locker and at the same time eliminate delays in reaching the PPO to new pensioners as well as the necessity of handing over a physical copy.
  11. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Chemical and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya has launched the Mental Health Awareness Campaign Week from October 5 to 10.
      • October 10 is the World Mental health Day.
      • Theme for 2021 – Mental health in an unequal world
      • The #breakthestigma hashtag campaign was launched as part of this campaign.
      • As part of this week, UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Report was released. The report focusses on the mental health of children.
The State of the World's Children 2021:
• Title - The State of the World's Children 2021: On My Mind: Promoting, protecting and caring for children’s mental health
Facts Related to India:
• As per report, children with mental health disorders in India are mostly undiagnosed and hesitant in asking for help or treatment.
• 50 million children in India were affected by mental health issues, before the pandemic. Out of them, 80 – 90% children have not asked for support.
• As per survey conducted across 21 countries, 14% of respondents aged 15 to 24 years in India reported feeling depressed.
  1. National Health Authority has added the black fungus management under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) scheme.
      • In addition to this, NHA has revised the rates of around 400 procedures under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY).
      • The AB PM-JAY scheme has raised the rates of packages by 20% to 400%. For e.g., the rates of ICU with ventilator support has been revised by 100 % and without ventilator by 136 %, among others.

State News

  1. Causis E-Mobility and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) have signed an MoU to ease manufacturing of electrical vehicles and achieve a zero-emission target.
  2. The first consignment of GI-tagged sweet dish Mihidana, from Bardhaman, West Bengal has been exported to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
      • Mihidana received the GI tag in 2017.

Defence News

  1. 5th edition of the India-Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise (JIMEX) will be conducted in the Arabian Sea from October 6-8.

Memorandum of Understanding

  1. FSSAI has signed an MoU with Ministry of Food Processing to support micro-level food entrepreneurs and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs).
      • It aims to support Self Help Groups (SHGs) and producers cooperatives to improve the standard of their food businesses.
      • There will be two areas of collaboration between FSSAI and Ministry of Food Processing Industries — food safety training and registration of micro enterprises.
  2. Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has signed an MoU with North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) to assist in developing renewable projects and raising funds.
      • Under the MoU, IREDA will provide technical and financial assistance to NEEPCO.
      • Earlier, IREDA has signed MoUs with SJVN, NHPC and TANGEDCO.

International News

  1. Russia has successfully tested the zircon hypersonic cruise missile from submarine.

Reports & Indices

  1. Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has released the 2nd edition of Industrial Park Ratings System report.
      • Participants – All the States of India and 51 SEZs, including 29 Private SEZs
      • Ratings
        • 41 industrial parks – Leaders
        • 90 industrial parks – Challenger
        • 185 industrial parks – Aspirer
  2. UNESCO has launched 2021 State of the Education Report for India: No Teacher, No Class.
      • This is the 3rd edition of the report. It is focussed on the theme of teachers, teaching and teacher education, underscores that the work of teaching is complex.
      • Results
        • The availability of computing equipment in schools in India has been found to be only 22% and only 19% out of them have an internet facility.
        • Total 97 lakhs teachers are employed in India, which indicates an improvement in the student-teacher ratio in schools to a great extent.
        • There are around 1.2 lakh single-teacher schools in India.
        • It accounts for 7.15% of 11.51 lakh schools. Out of this, 89% are in rural areas.
        • India requires 11.16 lakh additional teachers to meet the current shortfall.
        • States with high percentage of single-teacher schools – Arunachal Pradesh (18.22%), Goa (16%), Telangana (16%), Andhra Pradesh (14%), Jharkhand (14%), Uttarakhand (14%), Madhya Pradesh (14%) and Rajasthan (10%).

Banking & Economy

  1. ESAF Small Finance Bank has launched ‘Supreme’, a current account product for Non-Resident Indians.
      • The exclusive service for NRI’s are available at 277 branches across Kerala out of the total 550 branches pan India.
  2. RBI has permitted Emirates NBD, the government-owned bank of UAE, to open two more branches in India.
      • This announcement was made by Trade Minister Piyush Goyal during the 9th meeting of the High Level Joint Task Force on Investments in Dubai.
      • Emirates NBD has maintained a representative office in India since 2000 and got permission from RBI to open its first bank branch in Mumbai in 2017.

GDP Forecasts

  1. World Bank has forecasted a 8.3% GDP growth rate for India for 2021-22.
      • India is witnessing an increase in public investment and incentives to boost manufacturing.
      • For 2022-23, GDP growth rate would be 7.5% for India.
      • The forecast was announced in the World Bank’s South Asia focused report titled “Shifting Gears : Digitization and Services-Led Development”.
Real GDP Growth at constant market prices (percent) Revision to forecast from june 2021(percentage point)
Calendar year basis Country fiscal year 2020 2021(e) 2022(f) 2023(f) 2021(f) 2022(f)
South Asia region -5.4 7.1 7.1 5.4 0.3 0.3
Maldives January to December -33.6 22.3 11.0 12.0 5.2 -0.5
Sri Lanka January to December -3.6 3.3 2.1 2.2 -0.1 0.1
Fiscal year basis FY20/21 FY21/22(e) FY22/23(f) FY23/24(f) FY21/22(f) FY22/23(f)
India April to March -7.3 8.3 7.5 6.5 0.0 0.0
FY19/20 FY20/21(e) FY22/23(f) FY23/24(f) FY21/22(f) FY22/23(f)
Bangladesh July to June 3.5 5.0 6.4 6.9 1.4 1.3
Bhutan July to June -0.6 -1.2 3.6 4.3 0.6 -1.4
Nepal mid-July to mid-July -2.1 1.8 3.9 4.7 -0.9 0.0
Pakistan July to June -0.5 3.5 3.4 4.0 2.2 1.4
  1. World Trade Organization has forecasted global merchandise trade volume growth of 10.8% in 2021—up from 8% forecasted in March.
      • For 2022, the forecast is 4.7%.
      • Global GDP will grow 5.3% in 2021, and 4.1% in 2022.
      • Regional disparities will remain large. Imports of Asia in 2021 are expected to rise 9.4% compared to 2019, while imports of Least-Developed Countries (LDCs) will fall 1.6%.
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021(p) 2022(p)
Volume of world merchandise trade 4.8 3.1 0.1 -5.3 10.8 4.7
Exports
North America 3.4 3.8 0.3 -8.6 8.7 6.9
South America 2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -4.7 7.2 2.0
Europe 4.1 1.9 0.6 -7.9 9.7 5.6
CIS 3.9 4.1 -0.3 -1.5 0.6 8.5
Africa 5.3 3.6 -0.7 -8.8 7.0 6.0
Middle East -2.2 4.8 -2.2 -11.6 5.0 9.6
Asia 6.7 3.7 0.8 0.3 14.4 2.3
Imports
North America 4.4 5.1 -0.6 -6.1 12.6 4.5
South America 4.4 5.6 -2.6 -9.9 19.9 2.1
Europe 3.9 1.9 0.3 -7.6 9.1 6.8
CIS 13.9 4.0 8.5 -5.6 13.8 -0.8
Africa -1.7 5.3 2.8 -11.1 11.3 4.1
Middle East 1.2 -4.1 2.4 -13.9 9.3 8.7
Asia 8.5 5.0 -0.5 -1.2 10.7 2.9
World GDP at market exchanging rates 3.2 3.1 2.4 -3.5 5.3 4.1
North America 2.3 2.8 2.0 -4.0 5.6 3.7
South America 0.7 0.3 -0.5 -7.5 4.9 2.9
Europe 2.7 2.0 1.5 -6.4 4.3 4.0
CIS 2.3 3.1 2.6 -2.7 3.9 3.4
Africa 3.1 3.0 2.9 -2.8 3.5 4.1
Middle East 0.7 0.4 0.0 -4.6 2.9 4.5
Asia 5.0 4.7 3.9 -0.9 6.1 4.7
Memo: Least developed countries(LDCs)
Volume of merchandise exports 4.3 4.0 2.1 -2.0 5.3 4.7
Volume of merchandise Imports 4.9 5.3 7.6 -6.7 5.5 8.6
Real GDP at market exchange rates 3.1 3.2 3.8 0.3 2.2 4.4

Appointments

  1. World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) has appointed Wendy Werner as the new country head for India.

Important Days

  1. World Teacher’s Day is observed on October 5 by UNESCO.
      • Theme – Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery
Teacher's Day

Awards

  1. Jeel Albena Association for Humanitarian Development (JAAHD), a humanitarian organization providing emergency services to internally displaced people in northern Yemen, has won the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2021.
      • The organization was founded by Ameen Jubran in 2017.
      • The award was instituted in 1954 to honour individuals, groups and organizations who go above and beyond the call of duty to protect refugees, as well as displaced and stateless people.
  2. Regional Winners of the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2021:

      • Asia – Dr Saleema Rehman (obstetrician and gynecologist living and working in Pakistan)
  3. Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021 has been won by Benjamin List (Germany) and David W.C. MacMillan (UK).
      • Reason – for their work on building molecules that are mirror images of one another.
      • Nobel Prize in Literature 2021 has been won by Abdulrazak Gurnah (nationality Tanzania; presently living in UK, writes in English). He has written several short stories and published ten novels.
      • He became the fifth African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, after Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka (1986), Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz (1988), and South African writers Nadine Gordimer (1991) and John M Coetzee (2003).
  4. The US-India Business Council presented the 2021 Global Leadership Humanitarian Awards to CEOs of Accenture, IBM and Microsoft in recognition of their strong leadership and contributions towards the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response (GTF).
      • Winners – Julie Sweet, CEO and chair, Accenture; Arvind Krishna, chairman and CEO, IBM; and Brad Smith, president and vice-chair, Microsoft,
      • The awards were presented during India Ideas Summit.
      • Julie Sweet, Arvind Krishna and Brad Smith coordinated a group of 40+ CEOs to assemble corporate resources to aid relief efforts in India during the second wave of corona and formed the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response (GTF).
  5. FIH Hockey Star Awards 2021 have been announced.
      • Captain of Indian Men’s Hockey Team – Manpreet Singh
      • Captain of Indian Women’s Hockey Team – Rani Rampal
Category Winner
ST OBC (NCL)
Player of the Year Harmanpreet Singh Gurjit Kaur
Goalkeeper of the Year PR Sreejesh Savita Punia
Rising Star of the Year Vivek Sagar Prasad Sharmila Devi
The Best Coach Award Graham Reid (India’s hockey team coach) Sjoerd Marijne (India’s hockey team coach)
  1. Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank has won “APY Big Believers” and “Leadership Capital” awards from Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority.
      • Reason – for significant enrolment under the Atal Pension Yojana.

Miscellaneous

  1. “Economist Gandhi” book has been written by Jaithirth Rao.
  2. A team of Indian scientists has developed a non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and biodegradable polymer using guar gum and chitosan.

Start Quiz of 06th October 2021

Q.1) What is the name of the portal developed by Defence Accounts Department for conducting payment and accounting via this platform?
Q.2) What is India’s GDP forecast for 2021-22 by World Bank?
Q.3) Who among the following has won the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2021?
Q.4) In which category has David W.C. MacMillan won Nobel Prize 2021?
Q.5) Who has won the Nobel Prize in Literature?
Q.6) Who among the following has won 2021 Global Leadership Humanitarian Award?
Q.7) Who has won the FIH Rising Star of the Year 2021 award?
Q.8) Who is the author of “Economist Gandhi” book?
Q.9) Which bank has won “APY Big Believers” and “Leadership Capital” awards from Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority for significant enrolment under the Atal Pension Yojana?
Q.10) Who has been appointed as the new country head for India by World Bank’s International Finance Corporation?
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