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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

PM Narendra Modi launches PMUY 2.0 from Mahoba, Uttar PradeshPM launches Ujjwala 2-0 from Mahoba Uttar PradeshPrime Minister Narendra Modi virtually launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana 2.0 (PMUY 2.0) Scheme from Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh.

  • Under PMUY 2.0, an additional 10 million LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) connections will be provided to the beneficiaries. Lakhs of Migrant Families are also expected to benefit from the scheme.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)
PMUY is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG). It was launched on 1st May 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

  • Objective – To make clean cooking fuel such as LPG available to the rural and deprived households.
  • Financial assistance of ₹1,600 per household given by the centre to eligible households.

About  Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG)
Union Minister – Hardeep  Singh Puri (Rajya Sabha – Uttar Pradesh)
Minister of state- Rameswar Teli (Lok Sabha – Dibrugarh, Assam)
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IAF builds One of the World’s Highest Mobile ATC tower in LadakhOne of the world’s Highest Mobile Air Traffic Control (ATC) towers has been built by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the Nyoma area of Ladakh at the Advanced Landing Ground.

  • Main purpose of ATC is to control the operation of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters in the East Ladakh region.
  • It will help in controlling China’s activity in the Pangong Tso region of Ladakh and boost surveillance in Line of Actual Control (LAC).
  • India is also planning to develop Airfields in locations of eastern ladakh such as Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO), Fukche and Nyoma.

Strategic locations in ladakh

  • Siachen Glacier – Located in east Karakoram range, it is one of the World’s highest battle grounds. Also called ‘’3rd pole of the world’’.
  • Pangong Tso – World highest salt water lake.

Reported Areas of Stand-Offs between India & ChinaAbout Indian Air Force (IAF)
Founded: 8 October 1932
Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
Chief of Air Staff: Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria

MNRE launched Interest Subvention Scheme for Waste to Energy Biomethanation ProjectsMNRE launches interest subvention schemei.A webinar was held on the occasion of World Biofuel Day i.e. on August 10, 2021 where ‘Organic Waste Streams for Industrial Renewable Energy Applications in India’, a GEF-MNRE-UNIDO project, launched its financial scheme and GIS (Geographic Information System) Waste Mapping tool.
ii.These were launched by Dinesh Dayanand Jagdale Joint Secretary, MNRE.

  • MNRE is acronym for Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
  • GEF stands for Global Environment Facility
  • UNIDO is United Nations Industrial Development Organization

About Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE):
Union Minister– Raj Kumar Singh (Arrah, Bihar)
Minister of State (MoS)– Bhagwanth Khuba (Bidar, Karnataka)
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2021 Census to be India’s 1st-ever digital Census: MHAMinister of State for Home Affairs (MHA) Nityanand Rai stated in the Parliament that the 16th Indian Census (to be undertaken in 2021) will be India’s 1st-ever Digital Census.

  • Data for the Census 2021 will be collected through mobile Apps and will be uploaded on the portal directly.
  • The Data from the census will be made available by 2024-25.
  • Government of India conducts Census every 10 years.The last census was conducted in 2011.

Historical background:  Census of India
The Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India (RGCCI) under MHA has been conducting the Census of India since 1949.

  • The first census of Independent India was conducted in 1951.
  • Censuses are conducted under Census of India Act,1948.

About Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India (RGCCI)
Registrar General and Census Commissioner – Vivek Joshi
1st Census Commissioner of India – W. W. Plowden
Established – 1961
Headquarters – New Delhi
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India, US sign MoU to Improve Weather and Monsoon forecastsweather and monsoon forecastsIndia’s National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) & National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of US have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monsoon data analysis and cooperation to improve weather forecasts in the region.

  • It was signed byA. Ramadass, Director of NIOT & Craig McLean,  U.S. Assistant Administrator for Research and Acting Chief Scientist, NOAA.
  • The MoU will enhance technical cooperation in the development of the Research Moored Array for African-Asian-Australian Monsoon Analysis and Prediction (RAMA) and the Ocean Moored buoy Network in the northern Indian ocean (OMNI).
  • The development of RAMA & OMNI will help in improving weather and monsoon forecasts between NOAA and India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences.
  • The MoU is a follow up to the MoU signed between the Ministry of Earth Sciences and NOAA in October, 2020 for Technical Cooperation in Earth Observations and Earth Sciences.

About National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT)
An Autonomous body under Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)
Established in November 1993
Director – G.A.Ramadass
Headquarters – Chennai, Tamil Nadu
About National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Administrator – Richard W. Spinrad
Headquarters – Washington DC, US

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Presided the Release of GYTS-4 India 2019Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya presided over the release of National Fact Sheet Global Youth Tobacco Survey – 4th round (GYTS-4), India, 2019.

  • Objective: The survey was formed to provide awareness and receptivity to tobacco marketing. It also gives data on tobacco use, second-hand smoke, access and availability, exposure to anti-tobacco.
  • Age of Initiation of Tobacco: 38 percent of cigarette smokers, 47 percent of bidi smokers and 52 percent of smokeless tobacco users initiated the use before their age of 10.

Current use of Tobacco: 

  • The average current tobacco usage percent among students 13-15 years in India was about 8.5 percent

The States/Union Territory (UT) wise current Tobacco usage among students:

Category State Tobacco Usage %
 

Highest

Arunachal Pradesh 57.9%
Mizoram 57.9%
Lowest Himachal Pradesh 1.1%
Karnataka 1.2%

About International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS):
Establishment – 1956
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairperson – Rajesh Bhushan
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GoI grants Sanctions to Team CLAW to scale Siachen Glacier

The Government of India has accorded sanctions to Team CLAW (Conquer Land Air Water) to lead a team of people with disabilities to scale Siachen Glacier. It is being undertaken as part of ‘Operation Blue Freedom’.

  • It will be the new World Record for the largest team of people with disability.
  • Operation Blue Freedom was launched by CLAW Global in 2019. It is a team of former Special Forces Operatives of the Indian Army and the Indian Navy.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India ranked 122nd in Global Youth Development Index 2020, Singapore tops: Commonwealth ReportIndia ranked 122nd in 2020 Global Youth Development IndexThe Commonwealth Secretariat released its triennial rankings of Global Youth Development Index (YDI) 2020, it measures the progress in 181 countries across 6 factors of youth development. In the country wise ranking, India ranked 122nd out of 181 countries. Singapore topped the Index for the 1st time.

  • The rankings are based on 27 indicators across the 6 domains (over the period 2010-18) – Health and Wellbeing, Education, Employment & Opportunity, Political & Civic participation, Peace & Security and Equality & Inclusion.
  • The 2020 YDI highlights that the global average youth Development Score improved by 3.1% between 2010 and 2018 period with 156 out of 181 countries recording improvements in their scores.

Rank Country Overall Score
122 India 0.626
1 Singapore 0.875
2 Slovenia 0.866
3 Norway 0.862

About Commonwealth Secretariat
Headquarters – London
Secretary General – Patricia Scotland
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PM Narendra Modi Chaired UNSC Open Debate on Maritime Security; UNSC Adopted PRST on Maritime SecurityIn August 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually chaired the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) High-level Open Debate on ‘Enhancing Maritime Security – A Case for International Cooperation’.

  • As India holds the presidency of the UNSC for the month of August 2021, Narendra Modi presided over the maritime security debate.
  • Narendra Modi was the 1st Indian PM to preside over a UNSC Open Debate.
  • PM’s Remarks: He outlined 5 principle frameworks to preserve and use the common maritime heritage, and to frame a global roadmap of maritime security cooperation.
  • The 15-member body, UNSC unanimously adopted the Presidential Statement (PRST) on Maritime Security, which was given by Narendra Modi.
  • This is the 1st comprehensive UNSC document on maritime security.

About United Nations Security Council (UNSC):

  • UNSC is the only U.N. body that can make legally binding decisions like imposing sanctions and authorizing use of force.
  • India is the non-permanent member of the UNSC.

Establishment – 1945
Headquarters – New York, United States
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN – TS Tirumurti
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BANKING & FINANCE

NABARD Signed MoU with SBI, JKGB for JLG FinancingOn August 10, 2021, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Bank of India (SBI) and Jammu and Kashmir Gramin Bank (JKGB) in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and the UT of Ladakh.

  • Objective: To finance 1000 Joint Liability Groups (JLGs) and to enhance the flow of credit to tenant farmers, oral lessees, sharecroppers, Small and Marginal farmers (SF/MF), etc.
  • The MoUs on JLG financing were signed and exchanged between NABARD J&K Regional Office, SBI, and JKGB.
  • The people who are suffering from reverse migration under COVID-19 will be provided credit facilities through the JLG formation.
  • The formation and credit linkage of 1000 JLGs will benefit around 5000 households in J&K.
  • Participants: The MoU was presided over by A.K Sood, CGM, NABARD; Surender Singh, General Manager, NABARD, Ajitav Parashar, Deputy General Manager SBI, and Sudhir Gupta, Chairman, JKGB, have participated and represented NABARD, SBI, and JKGB in the MoU.

About National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD):
Establishment – 1982
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman – G.R. Chintala
About State Bank of India (SBI):
Establishment – 1st July 1955
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman – Dinesh Kumar Khara
Tagline – The Banker to Every Indian

SIDBI Launched ‘Digital Prayaas’ App to Offer Loans to Entrepreneurs; SIDBI Tie-up with BigBasketSIDBI launches Digital PrayaasSmall Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has launched the programme ‘Digital Prayaas’ an App based end to end digital lending tool platform to sanction loans to entrepreneurs from low income group(especially the people at the bottom of the pyramid) by the end of the day.

  • The process of – onboarding borrowers’ e-KYC (Know-Your-Customer) and sanctioning loan through credit score and analytics will get executed on an end-to-end basis digitally.
  • The post sanction documentation such as e-signing and e-stamping of the documents will also be done digitally through the App.
  • SIDBI-BigBasket Initiative: SIDBI also partnered with a major aggregator BigBasket to on board its delivery partners across the country and provide loans to the youths of the urban areas at an affordable interest rate for the purchase of environment friendly e-vehicles (e-Bikes and e-Vans).

Note – Debasish Panda, IAS and Secretary, Department of Financial Services has launched the above two initiatives of SIDBI.
About Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI):
Establishment – 1990
Headquarters – Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Chairman & Managing Director – Sivasubramanian Ramann

PPBL Became the 1st Bank to Cross 1 Crore FASTags 

Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) became the 1st bank in India to achieve the milestone of issuing 1 crore FASTags. It has ~28 percent share as FASTag issuer bank.

  • As per the data of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), around 3.47 crore FASTags were issued by all banks together till the end of June 2021.
  • PPBL also exists as India’s largest acquirer of toll plazas under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) program. As per PPBL data, out of the total 851 toll plazas across the national and state highways 280 were using PPBL payment gateway to collect toll charges digitally.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

West Bengal Government gets 4 SKOCH awards for various schemes

The West Bengal Government has been honoured with 4 SKOCH Awards for various schemes under Ease of Doing Business Initiatives. The awards are given by Skoch Foundation to recognize top performing government organisations.

  • Platinum Award – to ‘Silpasathi’ – the online single window portal
  • Gold Award – Scheme for Auto Renewal of Enlistment through online system for urban Areas
  • Silver Award – Scheme for Online issuance of Trade licences in rural areas and the E-Nathikaran  : the online system for registration, preparation and submission of deeds.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

BD Mishra & Ganga Prasad Given Additional Charge As Governor of Mizoram & ManipurBrigadier (Dr.) B. D. Mishra (Retd), governor of Arunachal Pradesh has been given additional charges as the Governor of Mizoram.

  • In addition to his duties, Mishra will discharge the function of the Governor of Mizoram, Dr Hari Babu Kambhampati, during his absence.

Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad given additional charge of Manipur:
Ganga Prasad, Governor of Sikkim has also been given additional changes as the Governor of Manipur.

  • In addition to his duties, Ganga Prasad will discharge the function of the Governor of Manipur, Dr Najma A Heptulla, during her absence.

These appointments are with effect from the dates they assume charge in their respective offices at Mizoram and Manipur.
About Mizoram:
Chief Minister- Pu Zoramthanga
National Park- Murlen National Park; Phawngpui National Park
Wildlife Sanctuary- Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary; Ngengpui Wildlife Sanctuary
About Manipur:
Chief Minister– Nongthombam Biren Singh
National Park- Keibul-Lamjao National Park
Wildlife Sanctuary- Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary; Khongjaingamba Ching Wildlife Sanctuary
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JK Tires Appoints India’s 1st F1 Racer Padma Shri Narain Karthikeyan as Brand AmbassadorJK Tyre & Industries Limited has appointed India’s first Formula One (F1) racer, Padma Shri  Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan as its brand ambassador. As the brand ambassador of JK Tyres, he will be the face of the brand and highlight the company’s efforts to promote innovation and excellence in the industry.
About Narain Karthikeyan:
i.Narain Karthikeyan hails from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
ii.He was the first Indian racing driver to participate in F1 racing, he made his debut as an F1 racer in 2005 for the Jordan team.
iii.He has competed in more than 48 races and has won multiple races in A1 Grand Prix (A1GP), British F3, World Series by Nissan, AutoGP, Formula Asia, British Formula Ford & Opel series.
Honours:
The government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, in 2010 for Sports.

Bvlgari Appoints Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Global Brand Ambassador:
Italian luxury brand Bvlgari has appointed Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas as its Global Ambassador. As the brand ambassador, she will be promoting the brand across the globe with a focus on themes of women empowerment, diversity and inclusion.
About JK Tyre & Industries Limited:
Chairman & Managing Director– Dr Raghupati Singhania
Managing Director– Anshuman Singhania
Head Office– New Delhi

KM Birla Steps Down as Non-Executive Chairman & Director of Vodafone Idea ;Replaced By Himanshu Kapania

Kumar Mangalam Birla(KM Birla) has stepped down as the Non-Executive Chairman and  Non-Executive Director from the board of Vodafone Idea with effect from 4th August 2021.

  • The board of Vodafone Idea has elected telecom veteran Himanshu Kapania as a non-Executive Chairman. He is currently serving as the non-Executive Director.
  • He was nominated by the Aditya Birla Group which has around 27% stake in Vodafone Idea.

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

CCI Approves Acquisition of Bikaji Foods International by Lighthouse Funds The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the acquisition of Bikaji Foods International Limited by the Lighthouse India Fund III Limited (Fund III) and Lighthouse India III Employee Trust (Lighthouse Employee Trust) under section 31(1) of the Competition Act 2002.
Bikaji is involved in the manufacture and sale of Indian ethnic snacks and sweets.
About the Acquisition:
i.The CCI has approved the acquisition of 2.727% of equity shareholding of Bikaji foods by Fund III and Lighthouse Employee Trust.
ii.The proposed combination is the acquisition of shares under Section 5(a) of the Competition Act 2002.
iii.At present Lighthouse Funds has a 7.472% equity shareholding in Bikaji Foods.
Additional info:
i.The Lighthouse Funds is a United States-based company that acts as a sponsor and controls the private equity funds that invest in Indian consumer companies.
ii.At present, the Lighthouse Funds has raised 3 private equity funds based in Mauritius.
iii.Fund III is one of these funds based in Mauritius and Lighthouse Employee Trust is a trust in India.
About Bikaji Foods International Limited:
Managing Director– Shivratan Agarwal
Head Office– Bikaner, Rajasthan
About Competition Commission of India (CCI):
Chairperson– Ashok Kumar Gupta
Headquarters– New Delhi
Established on 14th October 2003.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

SATNAV Policy 2021 drafted for Effective Development of India’s satellite Navigation SectorSATNAV Policy – 2021i.As a part of Department of Space’s (DoS) space reforms, the draft Indian Satellite Navigation Policy – 2021 (SATNAV Policy 2021) was uploaded on DoS website seeking public consultation till August 29, 2021.
ii.The key objective of this policy is to achieve self-reliance in satellite-based navigation and augmentation services while ensuring availability & quality, enhancing usage, and promoting research & development.
iii.Under this, DoS will also push global usage of Indian Navigation systems viz. NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) on the lines of Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
About Department of Space (DoS):
Establishment– 1972
Secretary– Kailasavadivoo Sivan
Headquarter– Bengaluru, Karnataka
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CJI NV Ramana Launches Mobile App of NALSA, Vision & Mission Statement  CJI National Legal Services Authority legal services app and vision statementChief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana launched the Mobile App of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) to provide Free Legal aid to the poor and needy people, and to seek victim compensation.
Features of the Legal Services App
i.The Mobile App of NALSA has features for seeking legal assistance, legal advice, and other grievances.
ii.Using the app, Beneficiaries can apply for mediation, track the application and apply for Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism.
CJI NV Ramana’s Vision Statement
The Vision & Mission statement launched by CJI contained the vision of NALSA,
About National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) 
Established in November 1995 under the Legal Services Authorities Act of 1987
The patron-in -Chief – CJI N V Ramana
Executive Chairman – Justice U.U Lalit
Headquarters – New Delhi
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BOOKS & AUTHORS

VP Venkaiah Naidu Released a Book Titled ‘Accelerating India: 7 Years of Modi Government’ Vice President (VP) M Venkaiah Naidu released the book titled “Accelerating India: 7 Years of Modi Government” during the event held at the Upa-Rashtrapati Niwas, New Delhi. He presented the first copy of the book to Arif Mohammad Khan, Governor of Kerala.

  • The book published by OakBridge Publishing Private Limited is a collection of 25 essays covering the 25 sectors of Indian governance and the contribution of 28 authors.
  • The book is edited by KJ Alphons, retired IAS and a former union minister and the foreword is written by NSA Ajit Doval.

Note:
The government of India has targeted to provide tapped water connections to around 20 crore households by 2024.
About the book:
i.The book provides the documentation of the developments over the past 7 years under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
ii.The book explains various initiatives launched by the Modi government in the past 7 years.
Authors:
The 28 authors of the book include Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Ayog; Mohan Kumar, the former defence secretary; LC Goyal, former home secretary; Shakti Sinha, former chief secretary Andamans;  Vrinda Sarup, former secretary of education; Ashish Bahuguna, former secretary of agriculture; Preeti Sudan, former secretary, health and family welfare and Anantha Nageswaran, member economic advisory council to the PM.

IMPORTANT DAYS

AFI to Celebrate August 7th as National Javelin Throw DayThe Athletics Federation of India(AFI) has declared the 7th August of every year, starting from 2022, as the National Javelin Throw Day. The day will commemorate the feat of Indian athlete(javelin) Neeraj Chopra, who won the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
He became the first Indian athlete in the country’s independent history to win an athletics medal at the Olympics.
About National Javelin Throw Day:
Objective: to promote javelin throw across India.
i.The first National Javelin Throw Day will be celebrated on 7th August 2022. 
ii.The AFI affiliated units will observe the day by organising state-level javelin competitions.
About Athletics Federation of India(AFI):
President– Adille J Sumariwalla
Secretary General– Ravinder Chaudhry
Founded– 1946
Headquarters– New Delhi
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STATE NEWS

Punjab to introduce online payment of water supply bills in villages partnering with HDFCThe State Government of Punjab is all set to introduce an online payment system for water supply bills in all of its villages in a phased manner. The information for the same was provided by Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Razia Sultana who launched an online billing and revenue monitoring system (RMS) for online payment of water supply bills in the villages of district SAS-Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (Mohali).

  • This system is being implemented in collaboration with HDFC (Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd) bank which has provided a technological and banking platform

Key Points:
i.After successful completion of a pilot project for seven months, an online billing system would be introduced in all districts of Punjab.
ii.Under this, rural people will get their water supply bills through SMS (Short Message Service) on their registered mobile numbers and online bill payment option will be provided through a link in the SMS.

  • Also, the department’s revenue collectors will also carry POS (Point of Sale) machines to the doorsteps.

About Punjab:
Chief Minister– Captain Amarinder Singh
Wildlife Sanctuaries– Bir Moti Bagh Wildlife Sanctuary, Bir Gurdialpura Wildlife Sanctuary, and Bir Bhunerheri Wildlife Sanctuary

NABARD approves INR 188.81 crore Loan to Goa under RIDFNational Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned loans worth INR 188.81 crore under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for the construction of Super Speciality Block Hospital in Bambolim and Enhancement of Solid Waste Treatment plant in Saligao in the state of Goa. 

  • These projects will lead to better improvement in the standard of living of the people of Goa and contribute to Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • NABARD has allocated a total of INR 217.72 Crore to the Government of Goa during the FY 2021-22 (including the current allocation of INR 188.81 crore).

Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF)
RIDF was introduced in 1995-96 to support state governments and State owned corporations by giving low cost funding support for projects related to Medium and Minor Irrigation, Soil conservation and other Rural/Social Infrastructure related projects.
About National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) 
NABARD was established on the recommendation of the Sivaraman Committee (by Act 61, 1981 of Parliament) to implement the NABARD act of 1981.
Establishment – 12 July 1982
Chairman – Govinda Rajulu Chintala
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
About Goa
Governor – Sreedharan Pillai
National Park (NP) – Mollem NP (Bhagwan Mahavir)
Wildlife Sanctuaries (WLS) – Bondla, Chorao Island (Dr. Salim Ali )

TRIFED & Assam Collaborate to Establish a Network of VDVKCs & 5 TRIFOOD Tribal Food Parks in Assam

Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister (CM) of Assam held a meeting with a delegation of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) led by Pravir Krishna, Managing Director(MD) of TRIFED, to identify the possibilities for establishing a network of Van Dhan Vikas Kendra Clusters(VDVKCs) across Assam.

  • The 7 Members of Parliament(MP) of the region were also present during the meeting.

Objective of the meeting:
To identify the contours of establishing a comprehensive network of 7000 Van Dhan Self-Help Groups under 350 VDVKCs, 5 TRIFOOD Tribal Food Parks and a digital marketing network
Key Points:
i.The TRIFED and Government of Assam will develop an Enterprise model for Van Dhan Yojana that incorporates the components of forward linkages like setting up of Common Facilities at District HQs for Handling / Packaging, Testing, Demonstration centres for Minor Forest Produces/ Silk/ Lac/ Agri produces cluster level Tertiary processing units, marketing and branding.
ii.This will be implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs(MoTA), TRIFED, the government of Assam, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises(MSME), Ministry of Food Processing Industries(MoFPI) and Ministry of Rural Development(MoRD).
iii.TRIFED has also proposed to develop a Marketing and Logistics Plan for promoting Tribal Products from North-East Region and identify tribal products which can be registered under Geographical Indication(GI) having a proposed budget of Rs 150 crore.
Van Dhan Model of Tribal Development:
i.Under the MSP for MFP scheme the total procurement of Assam is Rs 34.79 lakh, the key produces are Thatch, bamboo, cane, hill broom, medicinal plants, Ahoi and Koroi.
ii.Under the Van Dhan Yojana, TRIFED has established around 128 VDVKCs.
iii.At present Assam along with the Ministry of MSME has identified 100 trainings and under the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI scheme), 2 proposals are under development.
About Assam:
Governor- Jagdish Mukhi
National Park– Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park; Kaziranga National Park
Wildlife Sanctuary- Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary; Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary
About Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED):
TRIFED functions under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs(MoTA).
Managing Director- Pravir Krishna
Established- 1987
Headquarter- New Delhi

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S.no Current Affairs 12 August 2021
1 PM Narendra Modi launches PMUY 2.0 from Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh
2 IAF builds One of the World’s Highest Mobile ATC tower in Ladakh
3 MNRE launched Interest Subvention Scheme for Waste to Energy Biomethanation Projects
4 Census 2021 to be India’s 1st-ever digital Census: MHA
5 India, US sign MoU to Improve Weather and Monsoon forecasts
6 Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Presided the Release of GYTS-4, India 2019
7 Operation Blue Freedom: Team Of Special Forces Veterans
8 India ranked 122nd in Global Youth Development Index 2020, Singapore tops: Commonwealth Report
9 PM Narendra Modi Chaired UNSC Open Debate on Maritime Security; UNSC Adopted
10 NABARD Signed MoU with SBI, JKGB for JLG Financing
11 SIDBI launches ‘Digital Prayaas’ app for providing loans
12 Paytm Payments Bank crosses 1-cr FASTags mark
13 West Bengal receives four SKOCH awards for its schemes under Ease of Doing Business initiative
14 BD Mishra & Ganga Prasad Given Additional Charge As Governor of Mizoram & Manipur
15 JK Tires Appoints India’s 1st F1 Racer Padma Shri Narain Karthikeyan as Brand Ambassador
16 KM Birla steps down as director of Vodafone Idea
17 CCI approves acquisition of Bikaji Foods International Limited by Lighthouse India Fund III, Limited (Fund III) and Lighthouse India III Employee Trust
18 SATNAV Policy 2021 drafted for Effective Development of India’s satellite Navigation Sector
19 CJI NV Ramana Launches Mobile App of NALSA & Vision & Mission Statement
20 VP Venkaiah Naidu Released a Book Titled ‘Accelerating India: 7 Years of Modi Government’
21 AFI to Celebrate August 7th as National Javelin Throw Day
22 Punjab to introduce online payment of water supply bills in villages partnering with HDFC
23 NABARD approves INR 188.81 crore Loan to Goa under RIDF
24 TRIFED & Assam Collaborate to Establish a Network of VDVKCs & 5 TRIFOOD Tribal Food Parks in Assam