19th August, 2021 – Daily News

Topics covered – TAPAS (Training for Augmenting Productivity and Services), SAMVAD programme, Ayushman Mitra scheme , “Reetiyon se Kalakritiyon ka Safar” , Ratification of Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited , advanced short range air-to-air missiles , bilateral maritime exercise , ‘Joint Guidance for the Australia – India Navy to Navy Relationship’ , International Scientific Advisory Group for Origins of Novel Pathogens, ‘UNITE Aware’ , 5th meeting of BRICS Industry Ministers , first bank in India to enter into a Swaption deal , International Bullion Exchange , World Photography Day , National Intellectual Property Awards 2020 to , “Operation Trojan Horse” book , “The Dream Of A Revolution: A Biography of Jayaprakash Narayan” book.

Bulletins

  1. Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr Virendra Kumar, has launched an online portal TAPAS (Training for Augmenting Productivity and Services).
  2. For the first time, Department of Science and Technology has launched three applications that will provide the data collected by the govt (via SOI and NATMO) to citizens for free.
  3. IIT-Madras is collaborating with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on pavement engineering and intelligent transportation systems.
  4. Tata Power Solar Systems has received a contract to build solar PV plant (of 50MWp) with battery energy storage system (50MWh) project at Phyang village in Leh, Ladakh.
  5. Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched the 2nd phase of the SAMVAD programme, after the completion of one year of the programme.
  6. Ayushman Mitra scheme has been launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  7. Ministry of Textiles organized an international exhibition on folk and tribal art paintings “Reetiyon se Kalakritiyon ka Safar” at National Crafts Museum and Hastkala Academy in New Delhi.
  8. Union Cabinet has approved the Ratification of Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
  9. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a Rs 77.45 crore package for the revival of state-run North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC).
  10. India and Bahrain navies conducted the bilateral Maritime Partnership Exercise at Manama, Bahrain in Gulf of Persia.
  11. Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has partnered with MBDA (a European multinational arms manufacturer) to establish a facility for final assembly, integration and testing of advanced short range air-to-air missiles (ASRAAM) at BDL’s facility in Bhanur, Telangana.
  12. India and Vietnam navies have carried out bilateral maritime exercise in the South China Sea.
  13. A ‘Joint Guidance for the Australia – India Navy to Navy Relationship’ document was signed between the Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy.
  14. Union Cabinet has been informed of the MoU between the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Bangladesh’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief in the field of ‘Disaster Management, Resilience and Mitigation’.
  15. Union Cabinet has approved an MoU between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India and the GARDP Foundation on Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Innovation, Switzerland.
  16. Union Cabinet has approved an MoU between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Switzerland for collaboration for scientific and technological research.
  17. Union Cabinet has approved the signing of the MoU between Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the Florida International University (FIU), US for cooperation in field of Geology.
  18. Union Cabinet has approved the signing of an MoU between Permanent Mission of India to the WTO, Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, and Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) within The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
  19. WHO has created the International Scientific Advisory Group for Origins of Novel Pathogens, or SAGO, a new advisory group for WHO.
  20. India, in partnership with UN, has developed and launched ‘UNITE Aware’ platform for enhancing the security of UN peacekeeping forces.
  21. World Trade Organization’s Goods Trade Barometer has shown robust recovery in global merchandise trade from the shock of Covid-19 pandemic.
  22. 5th meeting of BRICS Industry Ministers was chaired by Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal.
  23. SCO Culture Ministers Meeting was hosted by Tajikistan.
  24. Kotak Mahindra Bank, in partnership with Creditas Solutions, has launched the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) portal to allow customers pay their outstanding dues on loans through this platform.
  25. International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group member) has extended $75 million (Rs 557 crore approx.) debt support to IndoSpace’s logistics fund (industrial real estate and logistics parks’ developer).
  26. ICICI Bank has become the first bank in India to enter into a Swaption deal with HSBC Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.
  27. RBI has released new guidelines on locker for banks in order to boost transparency. Revised instructions will come into effect from January 1, 2022.
  28. Shri Injeti Srinivas, Chairperson, International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA), launched the pilot run/soft launch of International Bullion Exchange in IFSC at Gandhinagar.
  29. President of India has approved the appointment of nine new judges to the Supreme Court.
  30. President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, accepted the envoys of Holy See, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Austria and Republic of Korea.
  31. World Photography Day is observed on August 19.
  32. Ministry of Commerce and Industry has conferred National Intellectual Property Awards 2020 to a total of 14 winners in different categories.
  33. “Operation Trojan Horse” book has been authored by senior crime journalist Abhishek Sharan and former IPS officer DP Sinha.
  34. “The Dream Of A Revolution: A Biography of Jayaprakash Narayan” book has been authored by Bimal Prasad and Sujata Prasad.

Table of Content

National News

  1. Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr Virendra Kumar, has launched an online portal TAPAS (Training for Augmenting Productivity and Services).
      • Aim – To offer various courses in the field of social defence for the capacity building of stakeholders.
      • National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, has developed the portal.
      • TAPAS is a standard MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform with course material such as filmed lectures and e-study material.
      • Courses – Drug (Substance) Abuse Prevention, Geriatric/Elderly Care, Care and Management of Dementia, Transgender Issues and on comprehensive course on Social Defence Issues.
  2. For the first time, Department of Science and Technology has launched three applications that will provide the data collected by the govt (via SOI and NATMO) to citizens for free.
      • 1st portal – Geospatial Data Dissemination Portal: Developed by Survey of India, the portal will provide services like digital map, political map, physical map, and open series map scale among other map related services.
      • 2nd portal – SARTHI: Web GIS app: It is also developed by Survey of India. It will provide geospatial data related to SVAMITVA scheme.
      • 3rd portal – MANCHITRAN Enterprise Geoportal: It will provide services like map and atlas to students, researchers, industry, policymakers etc. Users can also give their feedback. It is developed by National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO).
  3. IIT-Madras is collaborating with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on pavement engineering and intelligent transportation systems.
      • IIT-Madras will establish a chair in the university on road transport research. It will be the ‘MoRTH Chair’ that will focus on R&D, teaching and training in traffic and highway engineering.
      • The chair professor will act as a strategic advisor to MoRTH in road transport and highways.
  4. Tata Power Solar Systems has received a contract to build solar PV plant (of 50MWp) with battery energy storage system (50MWh) project at Phyang village in Leh, Ladakh.
      • The project value is Rs 386 crore and the commercial operation date is set for March 2023.
      • This will be India’s first co-located large-scale battery energy storage system solution as well as the first large-scale solar PV project to be set up at a high altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level in Ladakh.
      • Tata Power has also won the contract for developing for 400 MW of projects to be built at Dholera Solar Park.
      • Tata Power Solar Systems CEO and MD – Praveer Sinha
  5. Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched the 2nd phase of the SAMVAD programme, after the completion of one year of the programme.
      • SAMVAD stands for Support, Advocacy & Mental health interventions for children in Vulnerable circumstances and Distress.
      • The initiative was launched in 2020 by the Ministry to provide mental health aid to children who are abandoned and orphaned, child survivors of trafficking, or in conflict with law.
      • It is being implemented by National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS).
  6. Ayushman Mitra scheme has been launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
      • These Ayushman Mitra would be volunteers who would assist eligible people in their communities and areas to get Ayushman Cards. These cards would bring people under the ambit of the AB-PMJAY scheme.
      • Volunteers can register themselves at https://pmjay.gov.in/ayushman-mitra to create Ayushman Mitra ID which can then be shared with eligible people.
      • In addition to the Ayushman Mitra, the Ministry also launched two other initiatives – Adhikar Patra and Abhinandan Patra.
      • Beneficiaries will be given the Adhikar Patra (the letter of rights) to make them aware about their rights so that they can claim free and cashless health care services.
      • Abhinandan Patra (a thankyou note) will be given to the beneficiaries at the time of their discharge.
      • All the above-mentioned initiatives were launched at the event of Arogya Dhara 2.0, which was organized to mark the feat of 2-crore hospital admission under the scheme.
      • The Arogya Dhara 2.0 was organized to increase the reach of AB PM JAY programme to the poorest of the poor households in the country and to make the beneficiaries aware about the scheme.
  7. Progress Made under Ayushman Bharat Scheme:

      • The scheme was launched in 2018 to provide free treatment of up to Rs 5 lakh to beneficiaries in the empanelled hospitals.
      • The scheme has crossed the 2-crore mark in hospital admissions, so far.
      • Treatment worth Rs 25,000 crore has been provided under the scheme.
      • At present, there are 23,000 hospitals empanelled under the health insurance scheme across 33 States/UTs.
      • The government has identified 53 crore potential beneficiaries to be covered by the scheme. So far, the government has provided Ayushman cards to 12 crore people.
  8. Ministry of Textiles organized an international exhibition on folk and tribal art paintings “Reetiyon se Kalakritiyon ka Safar” at National Crafts Museum and Hastkala Academy in New Delhi.
      • Organizers – It is organised by office of development commissioner, handicrafts in collaboration with Odi Art Centre.
  9. Union Cabinet has approved the Ratification of Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
      • It was adopted by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in October 2016 at 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol held at Kigali, Rwanda.
      • The Kigali Amendment was proposed to phase down the production and consumption of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
      • India will complete its phase down of HFCs in 4 steps from 2032 onwards with cumulative reduction of 10% in 2032, 20% in 2037, 30% in 2042 and 80% in 2047.
  10. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a Rs 77.45 crore package for the revival of state-run North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC).
      • NERAMAC is a central public sector enterprise under the administrative control of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Regional (MDoNER).
      • NERAMAC was set up to support farmers/producers of North East getting remunerative prices for their produce and to enhance the agricultural, procurement, processing and marketing infrastructure of the North-eastern Region of India.
      • The authorised capital of NERAMAC is Rs 1,000 lakhs and the paid-up capital is Rs 762 lakhs.

Defence News

  1. India and Bahrain navies conducted the bilateral Maritime Partnership Exercise at Manama, Bahrain in Gulf of Persia.
      • INS Kochi participated in it.
  2. Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has partnered with MBDA (a European multinational arms manufacturer) to establish a facility for final assembly, integration and testing of advanced short range air-to-air missiles (ASRAAM) at BDL’s facility in Bhanur, Telangana.
      • As per the agreement, MBDA will transfer equipment and knowledge to BDL for the facility.
  3. India and Vietnam navies have carried out bilateral maritime exercise in the South China Sea.
      • Participants – INS Ranvijay and INS Kora from India and Vietnam People’s Navy frigate VPNS Ly Thai To.
  4. A ‘Joint Guidance for the AustraliaIndia Navy to Navy Relationship’ document was signed between the Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy.
      • The document is aligned to the ‘2020 Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ agreed by the Prime Ministers and aims to ensure shared approached to regional and global security challenges.
      • The highlights of document include close cooperation in regional and multilateral fora, including Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and Expert Working Groups subordinate to the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus framework.

Memorandum of Understanidng

  1. Union Cabinet has been informed of the MoU between the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Bangladesh’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief in the field of ‘Disaster Management, Resilience and Mitigation’.
      • The MoU was signed in March this year.
      • The MoU provides for the exchange of relevant information, remote sensing data and other scientific data and supporting the training of officials in disaster management.
  2. Union Cabinet has approved an MoU between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India and the GARDP Foundation on Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Innovation, Switzerland.
      • Purpose – to strengthen relations within the framework of the international scientific and technological collaboration and to promote cooperation in fields of mutual interest.
      • The agreement was signed in March 2021.
  3. Union Cabinet has approved an MoU between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Switzerland for collaboration for scientific and technological research.
      • The MoU was signed in February 2021.
      • As part of the MoU, ICMR will provide funding of USD 100,000 and FIND will provide USD 400,000 funding to local partners and researchers identified through a request for proposal (RFP).
      • FIND has an office in India too.
  4. Union Cabinet has approved the signing of the MoU between Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the Florida International University (FIU), US for cooperation in field of Geology.
      • FIU has signed the MoU on behalf of its Department of Earth and Environment, College of Arts, Sciences and Education, United States of America.
  5. Union Cabinet has approved the signing of an MoU between Permanent Mission of India to the WTO, Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, and Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) within The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
      • The MoU will provide valuable academic and research opportunities to the employees of CTIL and the Department of Commerce in the field of international trade and investment law.
      • In addition, capacity-building programmes or activities will be carried out for personnel of Dept of Commerce and CTIL in the field of international trade and investment law.
      • The collaboration is academic in nature. The MoU will remain in force for three years

International News

  1. WHO has created the International Scientific Advisory Group for Origins of Novel Pathogens, or SAGO, a new advisory group for WHO.
      • SAGO will develop a global framework to study pathogens with pandemic potential.
  2. India, in partnership with UN, has developed and launched ‘UNITE Aware’ platform for enhancing the security of UN peacekeeping forces.
      • The platform will help in providing sound information and intelligence to the peacekeeping forces. So that, attacks on them can be reduced and efficiency of the forces can be increased.
      • India, as the President of UNSC, called for investment in capacity building and training of peacekeepers with regard to technology.
      • India and UN signed an MoU for supporting the “Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping” initiative and the UN C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations (UNCAP).
      • UNCAP is the academy of UN that trains the peacekeeping force personnel.
  3. World Trade Organization’s Goods Trade Barometer has shown robust recovery in global merchandise trade from the shock of Covid-19 pandemic.
      • The latest barometer reading of 110.4 is the highest on record since the indicator was first released in July 2016, and up more than 20 points year-on-year.
      • The rise in the barometer reflects both the strength of current trade expansion and the depth of the pandemic-induced shock in 2020.
  4. 5th meeting of BRICS Industry Ministers was chaired by Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal.
      • Theme of BRICS 2021 summit – BRICS@15: Intra BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus
      • India expressed the desire to expand the horizon of New Development Bank and resources be utilized for strengthening of social infrastructure besides promotion of Industrial sector.
  5. SCO Culture Ministers Meeting was hosted by Tajikistan.
      • It was attended by MoS, Culture Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal.
      • At the end of the meeting, the Regulations on Gala Concert of the Arts Festival of SCO Member States was agreed upon and signed by all Heads of Delegations of SCO Member States.

Banking & Economy

  1. Kotak Mahindra Bank, in partnership with Creditas Solutions, has launched the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) portal to allow customers pay their outstanding dues on loans through this platform.
  2. International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group member) has extended $75 million (Rs 557 crore approx.) debt support to IndoSpace’s logistics fund (industrial real estate and logistics parks’ developer).
      • Purpose – to develop logistics and industrial parks with an objective to enhance warehousing and supply chain infrastructure in India.
      • In late 2020, IndoSpace partnered with KoolEx, a leading pharma cold chain logistics service provider, to build three temperature-controlled pharmaceutical distribution centers across India.
      • The first one, near Mumbai, will be India’s largest stand-alone temperature-controlled warehousing facility.
  3. ICICI Bank has become the first bank in India to enter into a Swaption deal with HSBC Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.
      • A swaption contract gives the buyer the right, but not the obligation, to enter into an interest-rate swap deal.
      • In June, 2019, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued guidelines for ‘swaption’ deals.
  4. RBI has released new guidelines on locker for banks in order to boost transparency. Revised instructions will come into effect from January 1, 2022.
      • Banks shall maintain a branch wise list of vacant lockers as well as a wait-list in Core Banking System (CBS) or any other computerized system compliant with Cyber Security Framework issued by RBI.
      • The lists will be used for the purpose of allotment of lockers and ensure transparency in allotment of lockers.
      • Customers, who are fully compliant with the CDD (Customer Due Diligence) criteria, will get lockers. However, they cannot keep any illegal or any hazardous substance in the Safe Deposit locker.
      • Banks shall have a Board approved agreement for safe deposit lockers.
      • In case of death of locker-hirer, banks shall release the items of the locker to the nominee, in accordance with the board approved policy.
      • Banks shall settle the claims and shall release contents of the locker to survivor(s) / nominee(s) within a period not exceeding 15 days from the date of receipt of the claim subject to the production of proof of death of the depositor.
  5. Shri Injeti Srinivas, Chairperson, International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA), launched the pilot run/soft launch of International Bullion Exchange in IFSC at Gandhinagar.
      • The Exchange is scheduled to go live on October 1, 2021.
      • Benefits of the International Bullion Exchange – all the market participants will be brought at a common transparent platform for bullion trading and provide an efficient price discovery, assurance in the quality of gold, enable greater integration with other segments of financial markets and help establish India’s position as a dominant trading hub in the World.
        • International Bullion Exchange shall be the “Gateway for Bullion Imports into India”, wherein all the bullion imports for domestic consumption shall be channelized through the exchange.
      • An MoU between National Stock Exchange, Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX), India INX International Exchange (IFSC) Limited, National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL), Central Depository Services (India) Limited (CDSL), was signed to create India International Bullion Holding IFSC Ltd. (IIBH).
      • IIBH is the holding company of International Bullion Exchange, Bullion Clearing Corporation and Bullion Depository in IFSC, GIFT City.

Appointments

  1. President of India has approved the appointment of nine new judges to the Supreme Court.
      • The total required strength of Supreme Court is 34 (including Chief Justice of India).
      • After this appointment, only 1 vacancy is left.
      • Among the new judges, three are women. Out of them, Justice B V Nagarathna (from Karnataka High Court) is in line to be the first woman Chief Justice of India (CJI) in September 2027.
        • She will have a tenure as an apex court judge till October 29, 2027 and may have a tenure of over one month as the first woman CJI after September 23, 2027.
      • The other two women judges are Justice Hima Kohli (Telangana) and Justice Bela M Trivedi (Gujarat).
      • The retirement age of Supreme Court judges is 65.
  2. President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, accepted the envoys of Holy See, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Austria and Republic of Korea.
      • These envoys will work in India. Names of the envoys:
        • H.E. Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See.
        • H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sule, High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
        • H.E. Mrs. Katharina Wieser, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria.
        • H.E. Mr. Chang Jae-bok, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea.

Important Days

  1. World Photography Day is observed on August 19.
      • On this occasion, a biopic of acclaimed photographer-photo journalist, Raghu Rai will be streamed by Films Division on its website and YouTube channel.
World Photography Day

Awards

    1. Ministry of Commerce and Industry has conferred National Intellectual Property Awards 2020 to a total of 14 winners in different categories.
        • Some important categories:
          • Top Indian Individual for Patents & Commercialization And WIPO Medal for Inventors – Viswesh Srinivasan
          • Top Indian Academic Institution for Patents & Commercialization – Amity University, Noida
          • Top Public Limited Company / Private Limited Company for Patents & Commercialization in India – (Others) And WIPO IP Enterprises Trophy – Engineers India Limited
          • Top Indian MSME for Patents & Commercialization – Ideaforge Technology Pvt Ltd.

Note: the complete list of awardees can be accessed here – https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/specificdocs/documents/2021/aug/doc202181741.pdf

Miscellaneous

  1. “Operation Trojan Horse” book has been authored by senior crime journalist Abhishek Sharan and former IPS officer DP Sinha.
      • The book is inspired by real events including the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and several other LeT operations.
  2. “The Dream Of A Revolution: A Biography of Jayaprakash Narayan” book has been authored by Bimal Prasad and Sujata Prasad.

Start Quiz of 19th August 2021

Q.1) Which of the following initiatives has been launched by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to allow citizens of India to volunteer in the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana and spread awareness about the scheme, in addition to increasing the number of beneficiaries under the scheme?
Q.2) Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved an MoU between the Indian Council of Medical Research and the GARDP Foundation on Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Innovation to strengthen relations within the framework of the international scientific and technological collaboration and to promote cooperation in fields of mutual interest. Which country does the latter belong to?
Q.3) Which country does the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) belong to, with which the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has signed an MoU for collaboration for scientific and technological research?
Q.4) Identify the technological platform launched by India and UN for enhancing the security of UN peacekeeping forces?
Q.5) Which is the only public sector undertaking to receive the National Intellectual Property Awards 2020 from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry?
Q.6) Who is the author of “Operation Trojan Horse” book?
Q.7) Who are the authors of “The Dream Of A Revolution: A Biography of Jayaprakash Narayan”?
Q.8) Which of the following is the direct objective of the TAPAS portal?
Q.9) SARTHI portal of the Survey of India aims to provide geospatial data under which of the following schemes?
Q.10) Which company is developing India's first co-located large-scale battery energy storage system solution as well as the first large-scale solar PV project to be set up at a high altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level in Ladakh?
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