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Veerangana Sewa Kendra: IA launches Single Window Facility for Welfare & Grievances Redressal of Veer Naris Indian Army launches single window facility 'Veerangana Sewa Kendra'On November 10, 2022, the Indian Army (IA) with a motto of “Taking Care of Our Own, No Matter What” launched a single window facility named Veerangana Sewa Kendra (VSK) for welfare and grievances redressal of veer naris.

  • It was inaugurated by the President Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) at the premises of the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) premises located at Delhi Cantt, Delhi.
  • Under this initiative, Veer naris are employed as VSK staff to maintain inherent connection and empathy with the beneficiaries.

Entities behind the launch of this service:
The project has been driven by DIAV Adjutant General’s Branch  and the technology solution has been developed by Gandhinagar, Gujarat based Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG-N). The Hero MotoCorp has supported the project through their CSR (Corporate and Social Responsibility) initiative.
About Veerangana Sewa Kendra (VSK):
VSK is available as a service to the Indian Army Veterans Portal by utilizing the digital technology as grievances will be registered with the tracking, monitoring and regular feedback to the applicant.
i.Veernaris / Next of Kin (NoK) can approach the VSK through telephone, SMS, WhatsApp, Post, e-mail and walk-ins to seek assistance.
ii.Stakeholders can monitor the status of grievances through a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software.
iii.VSK will collaborate various stakeholders i.e. Record Offices, Officers Record Office, ECHS, AWWA, Canteen Services Directorate, Colonels Veteran, Liaison Officers at PCDA (O) and PCDA (P) on a digital platform.
iv.Non-military stakeholders like Rashtriya Sainik Board (RSB), Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) & Zilla Sainik Board (ZSB) are being linked through e-mail.
The postal address of the facility is DIAV, 104 Cavalry Road, Maude Lines Delhi Cantt 110010.

BEL Signs MoU with Aerosense Tech to Leverage Complementary StrengthsBEL-signs-MoU-with-Aerosense-Tech-to-leverage-complementary-strengthsBharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a Defence public sector undertaking (PSU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aerosense Technologies Private Limited for cooperation in the development and marketing of drones and soft kill aerial anti-drone.

  • This MoU aims at leveraging the complementary strengths and capabilities of both the companies.

Key points:
i.The partnership also enables both the companies to design and develop drones and soft-kill aerial anti-drone systems.
ii.They also explore in the field of marketing and sale of drone-based solutions for applications in defence and civilian domains for the domestic and export markets.
BEL Wins ‘Urban Infra Business Award 2022′ for Transformation of Metro and Rail Communication in India
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has been conferred the ‘Urban Infra Business Award 2022’ in recognition of its contributions, in line with the Government’s ‘Make in India initiative’, for the transformation of Metro and Rail commutation in India.

  • The award was received by Manoj Jain, Director (R&D), BEL, and Mr Anoop Kumar Rai, Chief Scientist (Central Research Laboratory-Ghaziabad), BEL from M C Chauhan, former General Manager, Metro Rail, Kolkata.

Key points:
i.Metro rail in collaboration with the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), completed the Real Time Information System (RTIS), providing real-time train information to the Indian Railway.

  • This increases its operational efficiency, in addition to enhanced passenger safety.

ii.An Intelligent Transportation Lab has been established as a reference set-up at BEL’s Central Research Laboratory, Ghaziabad with specialised Safety Integrity Level 4 compliant hardware to complete various indigenous programmes in rail and metro commutation.
Other MoUs:
i.BEL has signed an MoU with the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) for the developing technology solutions for Indian Railways including Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Centralised Intelligent Kavach Monitoring System (CIKMS), and Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) based Simulator.
ii.BEL has also signed an MoU with DMRC for the development of indigenous Communication Based Train Control (i-CBTC) System and other programmes including Indigenous Automatic Train Supervision System (iATS), Super Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (Super SCADA) and Rolling Stock Driver Training System (RSDTS).

MoRD, Veddis Foundation sign MoU to set up Effective Governance Systems under DAY-NRLM

On November 10, 2022, the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gurugram (Haryana)-based Veddis Foundation to support the setting up of effective governance systems under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM).

  • The time period for this collaboration is 3 years, and is non-financial in nature.

It was signed by Nita Kejrewal, joint secretary, Rural Livelihoods, MoRD, and Murugan Vasudevan, CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Veddis Foundation.
What is in the MoU?
i.Veddis Foundation will establish a Project Management Unit (PMU) in the Rural Livelihood (RL) Division of MoRD for the next 5 years.

  • It has already established PMUs in the SRLMs of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Rajasthan.

ii.There will be an annual report on the State of SRLMs (State Rural Livelihoods Missions) in which various SRLMs will be evaluated on the basis of a Governance index.
iii.The MoU will also strengthen state capacities, establish innovative models and implement the national strategy for Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) and SHG (Self Help Groups) convergence.
It is a flagship poverty relief program of the Central Government and is aimed at creating institutional platforms for the rural poor, mainly women, enabling them to increase household income through sustainable livelihood enhancements.

  • Its annual budget outlay is over Rs 13,000 crore. It covers 7.15 lakh villages in 723 districts, and has brought more than 8.6 crore rural households under its fold.

About Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD):
Union Minister – Giriraj Singh (Constituency – Begusarai, Bihar)
Ministers of State (MoS)– Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Constituency- Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh); Faggan Singh Kulaste (Constituency- Mandla, Madhya Pradesh)

Indian Biological Data Center: India’s 1st National Repository for Life Science Data set up at Faridabad, HaryanaUnion Minister Dr Jitendra Singh dedicates to the nation, India’s first national repository for life science data-‘Indian Biological Data Center’ at Faridabad, HaryanaOn November 10, 2022, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh dedicated the nation ‘Indian Biological Data Center’ (IBDC) at Regional Centre of Biotechnology (RCB), Faridabad, Haryana.

  • It is India’s first national repository for life science data which is supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology.

IBDC’s Disaster Recovery site is set up at National Informatics Centre (NIC), Bhubaneshwar (Odisha). It has a data storage capacity of about 4 petabytes along with ‘Brahm’ High Performance Computing (HPC) facility.
Entities behind the development of IBDC:
The Centre is formed through collaboration between RCB, National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi (Delhi), and the International Centre for Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering (ICGEB), New Delhi, with help from the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
Key Points:
i.As per the BIOTECH-PRIDE (Promotion of Research and Innovation through Data Exchange) guidelines of the Government of India, IBDC is mandated to archive all life science data generated from publicly-funded research in India.
ii.The researchers interested in performing computational-intensive analysis can utilize the computational infrastructure at IBDC by submitting their requests at [email protected]
iii.IBDC has started nucleotide data submission services via two data portals viz. the Indian Nucleotide Data Archive (INDA) and Indian Nucleotide Data Archive – Controlled Access (INDA-CA) and has accumulated over 200 billion bases from 2,08,055 submissions from more than 50 research labs across India.
iv.It also hosts an online Dashboard for the genomic surveillance data generated by the INSACOG labs (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium).

  • It provides customized data submission, access, data analysis services, and real-time SARS-CoV-2 variant monitoring across India.

v.The data sharing of IBDC is premised upon the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles.

India Hosts 2nd BIMSTEC Agriculture Ministerial Meeting; Chaired by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar 

India hosted the 2nd BIMSTEC Agriculture Ministers meeting India hosted the 2nd Agriculture Ministerial-level meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in New Delhi, Delhi.

  • The meeting was presided over by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW), and Agriculture Ministers from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand attended the event.

Notable Events at the 2nd BIMSTEC Agriculture Ministerial Meeting
i.The Action Plan for Strengthening BIMSTEC Agricultural Cooperation (2023–2027) was adopted at the 2nd BIMSTEC Agriculture Ministerial Meeting.
ii.The BIMSTEC Secretariat and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
iii.An approval has been granted to bring the Fisheries and Livestock sub-sectors under the Agricultural Working Group.
iv.India has made efforts to improve agricultural research and development collaboration by awarding six scholarships for postgraduate (PG) and PhD programmes in agriculture.
Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)
i.BIMSTEC is a regional organisation founded in 1997 with the signing of the Bangkok Declaration.

  • It was formerly called BIST-EC (Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand Economic Cooperation), but it is now known as BIMSTEC and has 7 member countries.

ii.It consists of 5 South Asian countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) and 2 Southeast Asian countries (Myanmar and Thailand).

  • Myanmar joined the group in 1997, followed by Bhutan & Nepal in 2004.

iii.BIMSTEC Secretariat is situated in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Key Points:
i.The member countries were urged to collaborate in formulating a comprehensive regional strategy to deepen cooperation for agricultural transformation.
ii.During the International Year of Millets (2023), India is promoting millet as a nutritious food and making efforts to promote millet and its products.

  • The United Nations designated the year ‘2023’ as the International Year of Millets at the proposal of the Government of India in order to raise awareness and promote production and consumption of millets.

iii.India pledged to strengthen regional cooperation with BIMSTEC nations for the region’s food security, peace, and prosperity during the 5th BIMSTEC Summit, which was held in Colombo (Sri Lanka) in March 2022.

Cabinet Approves Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Satellite Television Channels in India, 2022Cabinet Approves “Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Satellite Television Channels in India, 2022”On November 9, 2022, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi approved the ‘Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Television Channels in India, 2022’ w.e.f. November 9, 2022 by replacing those that have been operational since 2011.

  • The new guidelines are aligned with the technological advancements, and follows the Cabinet decision taken on September 28, 2022 regarding amendments in the Policy Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Television Channels
  • The guidelines were first introduced by the Central Government in 2005.

What are these guidelines envisaged?
i.To ease issues regarding permissions to the companies/ LLPs (Limited Liability Partnership) registered in India for uplinking and downlinking of TV Channels,
Setting up of Teleports/ Teleport Hubs
ii.Use of Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG)/ Satellite News Gathering (SNG)/ iii.Electronic News Gathering (ENG) systems,
iv.Uplinking by Indian news agencies and temporary uplinking of a live event
Benefits of these guidelines:
New Guidelines ease compliance for Television Channels
No prior Permission for Live Telecast of Events
Key Highlights from the new guidelines:
i.The programs of national interest and national importance will be given a 30 minutes time slot for the broadcast. These programs are classified under 8 themes:

  1. Education and spread of literacy
  2. Agriculture and rural development
  3. Health and family welfare
  4. Science and technology
  5. Welfare of women
  6. Welfare of the weaker sections of society
  7. Protection of the environment and of cultural heritage
  8. National integration.

ii.A channel can be uplinked by using facilities of more than one teleport/ satellite as against only one teleport/satellite at present.
iii.The TV Channels uplinking in frequency bands other than C band are mandatorily required to encrypt their signals.
iv.Indian Teleports may uplink Foreign Channels. It creates employment opportunities and makes India a Teleport-hub as it will allow TV channels from the neighboring countries of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal to uplink from India. Currently, these countries’ preferred uplinking hub is Singapore.

  • Currently only 30 out of the 897 registered channels are uplinked from India.

v.A news agency can get permission for a 5 year period as against one year at present;
vi.Separate nature of penalties have been proposed for different types of contraventions(uniform penalty at present).
vii.The use of DSNG/SNG is permitted to News and Current Affairs channels uplinked from India for live news.
viii.Prior permissions are not required for changing the language or conversion of mode of transmission from Standard Definition (SD) to High Definition (HD) or vice versa. Such changes can be made after prior intimation.
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Govt to Launch World’s Longest River Cruise of 4,000 km from Varanasi to Dibrugarh 

Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, announced that the Government of India (GoI) plans to launch world’s longest river cruise between Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Dibrugarh in Assam in January 2023.
The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has signed an MoU with Antara Luxury River Cruises and JM Baxi River Cruises for this.

  • The Antara “Ganga Vilas” cruise, which  is expected to run on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model, will cover a distance of 4,000 km during its 50-day journey, and also pass through Bangladesh.
  • The cruis will sail from Varanasi to Dibrugarh in a longest river journey of 50 days covering 27 river systems and visit over 50 tourist sites including world heritage sites.

MoRTH issues award for 1st Multi-Modal Logistics Park in India

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued award for 1st Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) in India.

  • Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has been awarded the work to develop the 1st Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) at Mappedu in Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu.
  • MMLP Chennai at Mappedu is being developed in an area of 27 acres. The estimated project cost is Rs 1,424 crore.
  • It is estimated to a cater to 17 Million Metric Tonne (MMT) cargo in horizon period of 45 years.


ICICI Lombard Launches New Range of Products for Insurance Solutions

ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Private Limited has launched 14 new products for Insurance solutions across Health, Motor and Corporate segments.

  • The new offerings come under the recently launched ‘Use and File’ framework from Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) and new types of risks emerging in all circumstances including pandemic, climate change or data privacy.

Few Product offerings by ICICI Lombard:
i.Health AdvantEdgePre- and post-hospitalization costs are covered under this product, both domestically and internationally along with emergency help services, air ambulances, and electronic consultations.
ii.Motor Floater Insurance – Customers will have a single policy, single premium, and single renewal date for all motor policies.
iii.Pay-How-you-Use plan – This is an add-on coverage for the motor insurance plan, under which, the premium is based on the insurer’s driving habits and also the policyholders who drive safely may be eligible for savings off the policy’s base price.
iv.Voyager Travel Insurance – This policy covers expenses for self-driven holiday or cruise to accommodate changing lifestyle and preferences of travellers.
About ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Private Limited:
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Bhargav Dasgupta
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra


Moody’s lowers India’s growth forecast for 2022 to 7%Moody's-cuts-2022-growth-forecast-for-IndiaMoody’s Investors Service reduced India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth forecast for 2022 to 7% from 7.7% in September 2022 in its Global Macro Outlook 2023-24.

  • This can be attributed to tighter monetary policy, rising inflation, uneven distribution of monsoon and slower global economy.

Moody’s has also lowered its growth projection for 2023 from 5.2% to 4.8%, with a recovery to 6.4% anticipated in 2024.
Key Points:
i.According to Moody’s, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would raise the repo rate by another 50 basis points in order to stabilize inflation expectations and support rupee exchange rate.
ii.The RBI increased the repo rate by a cumulative of 190 basis points (bps) between May – September 2022, reaching a 3-year high of 5.9% in an effort to minimize inflation risk.
About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Bhopal Railway Station awarded a 4-star rating for ‘Eat Right Station’ by FSSAI 

Bhopal Junction Railway Station of West Central Railway was awarded a 4-star rating for ‘Eat Right Station‘ for providing high-quality, nutritious food to passengers by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

  • In November 2021, Indian Railways’ Chandigarh Railway Station has been awarded a 5- star ‘Eat Right Station’.
  • The certification given to Bhopal Railway Station is valid up to 1st November 2024.

Eat Right Station:
The ‘Eat Right Station’ certification is awarded by FSSAI to railway stations that set benchmarks in providing safe and wholesome food to passengers.

  • Stations receive a certificate after completing an independent audit commissioned by FSSAI with a score of 1 to 5.
  • The 4-star grade signifies that the station is fully compliant in providing passengers with safe and sanitary meals.

Key Points:
i. The certification is part of the FSSAI’s larger initiative (Eat Right India), which aims to transform the country’s food system to ensure safe, healthy, and sustainable food for all Indians.
ii. Eat Right India employs a strategic mix of regulatory, capacity-building, collaborative, and empowerment approaches to ensure that the food is good for both people and the environment.
Other Railway Stations that have received ‘Eat Right Station’:

  • Anand Vihar Terminal Railway Station (Delhi),
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Mumbai),
  • Mumbai Central Railway Station (Mumbai),
  • Vadodara Railway Station (Gujarat),
  • Chandigarh Railway Station (Chandigarh).       


C Anandharamakrishnan appointed as Director of CSIR-NIIST

Chemical engineering and food processing technology expert and leading scientist C Anandharamakrishnan has taken over as Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research(CSIR)-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

  • Prior to this appointment he has served as the Director of the National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM-T), formerly known as the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu since 2016.
  • His research areas include design of engineered nano and micro-scale delivery systems for controlled and targeted release of food bioactive compounds, 3D food printing, and engineered human dynamic gastrointestinal system.


Adani Power inks pact to sell 100% stake in SPPL to ACX for Rs 1,556 cr

Adani Power Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to sell its 100% equity stake in its wholly-owned subsidiary Support Properties Private Limited (SPPL) to AdaniConnex Private Ltd (ACX), a 50:50 joint venture between Adani Enterprises Limited, which is a promoter group company, and EdgeConneX.

  • The enterprise valuation of SPPL is Rs 1,556.5 crore subject to adjustments on closing date.
  • The proposed transaction,  done on an arm’s length basis, falls within the ambit of related party transactions.       


NASA to Launch Psyche Asteroid Mission to Explore the ‘Golden Asteroid’ in October 2023

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is set to launch its Psyche Mission, a mission to investigate a previously unexplored metal-rich 16 Psyche asteroid orbiting the Sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in October 2023.

  • 16 Psyche asteroid, the “Golden Asteroid”, is made up of gold, nickel and iron deposits and is worth nearly USD 10,000 quadrillion.

Delay in the launch:
i.Earlier, this mission was set to launch in August 2022 and reach the asteroid in 2026.
ii.Due to some software issues and mission development problems, the launch has been delayed and the mission is targeted to launch no earlier than October 10, 2023, and consecutively arrive at the asteroid in August 2029.

About Psyche Mission:
i.In 2017, NASA selected Psyche as the 14th mission of its Discovery program of low-cost robotic space missions.
ii.The Psyche spacecraft will use its 3 science instruments to make measurements of the asteroid:

  • a magnetometer to measure the asteroid’s magnetic field.
  • a multispectral imager to capture images of its surface and data, about what its made of, and its geological features.
  • spectrometers that analyze the neutrons and gamma rays coming from the surface to reveal what the asteroid is made of.

About 16 Psyche Asteroid:
i.The asteroid Psyche was discovered by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis on March 17, 1852.
ii.He named the asteroid after Psyche, the Greek goddess of the soul who was born mortal and married Eros (Roman Cupid), the god of Love.
iii.According to a recent study by the Hubble Space Telescope, the 140 miles/226 kilometres wide asteroid looks to be extremely dense and metallic.

About National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):
Administrator – Bill Nelson
Headquarters – Washington D.C, United States

ISRO delivered Flight Termination System (FTS) packages to Agnikul 

On 7 November 2022, Agnikul Cosmos Pvt. Ltd, an aerospace startup based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu received its first flight termination system (FTS) from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), with the support of the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe).

i.This also marks the first time that a system that has been used for ISRO’s vehicles is being supplied for supporting a private launch vehicle built in India. The package will be used for their fully controlled sub-orbital launcher, scheduled to launch from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.


Uttar Pradesh to Host Khelo India National University Games in 2023-24

The government of Uttar Pradesh (UP) is set to host the Khelo India National University Games in 2023-24 in four cities –  Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Varanasi and Noida. This is the first time for UP to host the National University Games. The games will see the participation of athletes aged below 26 years.

  • Around 4,500 athletes, representing 150 universities across India are expected to participate across 20 disciplines, including rowing, basketball, judo, kabaddi, wrestling, swimming, boxing.
  • It has been decided that the disciplines like kabaddi, judo, archery, and fencing will be organised in Noida, rowing will be held in Gorakhpur and events of wrestling, malkham and yoga will be held in Varanasi, whereas the rest of the events will take place in Lucknow.
  • 12 former athletes who have made a mark at the international level, as coaches in different disciplines for the state government-run sports hostels.


“Subodh”: The 1st edition of NMDC’s Vigilance Magazine released

The vigilance department of the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), released the first edition of its in-house vigilance magazine “Subodh” at the Head Office in Hyderabad, Telangana To reinforce the NMDC’s commitment to fostering honesty and transparency among all stakeholders.

i. Sumit Deb, Chairman & Managing Director(CMD) of NMDC, released the magazine in the presence of Director (Finance), Amitava Mukherjee, Director (Production), Dilip Kumar Mohanty; Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), B Vishwanath and Head of Departments.


World Usability Day 2022 – November 10World-Usability-Day---November-10-2022World Usability Day (WUD), also known as Make Things Easier Day, is annually observed across the globe on the 2nd Thursday in November to promote the values of usability, usability engineering, user-centred design, universal usability, and every user’s responsibility to ask for better things.
World Usability Day 2022 falls on 10th November 2022.

  • World Usability Day 2021 was observed on 11th November 2021.
  • World Usability Day 2023 will be observed on 9th November 2023.

The Theme of World Usability Day 2022 is ’Our Health’.

  • This theme seeks to explore healthcare systems in various forms, including virtual, electronic health records, healthcare goods, and other digital health-related solutions.

i. World Usability Day was established by the Usability Professionals Association, which is now known as the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) in 2005.

  • The day was founded to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use.

ii. The 1st World Usability Day was observed on 10th November 2005.
About the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA):
President & Director of Marketing & Communications- Sara Mastro
Establishment- 1991
In 2012, the Usability Professionals’ Association changed their name as “The User Experience Professionals Association” (UXPA).
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National Education Day 2022 – November 11 National-education-day-November

National Education Day is annually observed across India on 11th November to celebrate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India.

  • The day commemorates the contributions of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad towards education.
  • The day also aims to highlight the importance of education.

11th November 2022 marks the 134th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Awardee Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, he was born on 11th November 1888 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
i.Ministry of Human Resource Development (now Ministry of Education) declared the 11th of November of every year as National Education Day.
ii.The first-ever National Education Day was observed on 11th November 2008.
Significance of National Education Day:
The Government of India is committed to securing the future of the nation by focusing on building a strong and effective education infrastructure catering to the holistic development of students and youth.
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Jharkhand Cabinet Approves Four Schemes & 34 Agendas for Students & YouthsJharkhand-Cabinet-approves-four-ambitious-schemesOn 10th November 2022, the Jharkhand Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren approved four schemes to promote the education and skill development of students and youths and 34 other agendas.

  • These four schemes will be officially launched by President Droupadi Murmu on 15th November 2022, Jharkhand’s Foundation day
  • This includes the Higher and Technical Education department’s Mukhya Mantri Shiksha Prothsahan Yojana (MMSPY), Eklavya Prasikshan Yojana (EPY) and Guruji Student Credit Card Yojana (GSCCY), and the Labour department’s Mukhya Mantri Sarathi Yojana (MMSY).

About the schemes:
Mukhya Mantri Shiksha Prothsahan Yojana (MMSPY):
i.Under the MMSPY, students who passed class 10 are provided with free coaching at Jharkhand-based institutions of national repute for entrance examinations of engineering, medicine, common law admission test, mass communication, fashion designing, hotel management and chartered accounting.

  • In addition, a provision of Rs 2,500 scholarship per month will also be provided for their lodging and other expenses of students.

ii.Eligibility – The only eligibility condition to qualify for the scheme is that the student’s parents should not come under the income tax criteria.
iii.The department targets to provide benefit for around 8,000 students in a year.
Eklavya Prasikshan Yojana (EPY):
Under EPY, job-oriented free coaching will be provided for various competitive examinations including Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC), bank PO, bank clerk, railways and staff selection commission.

  • The department targets to provide coaching to 2,700 students in a year.

Guruji Student Credit Card Yojana (GSCCY):
i.Under GSCCY, students are provided with financial support for higher education, engineering, medical and others.
ii.Students will be provided with a credit card, with a maximum limit of Rs 15 lakh and interest rate of 4 percent, out of which 30 percent can be spent on non-institutional expenses such as lodging, food, books, laptops and such others.

  • The EMI for paying back the credit card balance will start one year after completion of the course.

Note – The cabinet also approved Rs 461 crore for the construction of 3.5 km high-level bridge over the Swarnreka river from Sakchi to Mango and Azad Basti.

  • It has also sanctioned Rs 4.40 crore for the construction of Palash Mart at Kanke Road in Ranchi.


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S.noCurrent Affairs 12 November 2022
1Veerangana Sewa Kendra: IA launches Single Window Facility for Welfare & Grievances Redressal of Veer Naris
2BEL Signs MoU with Aerosense Tech to Leverage Complementary Strengths
3MoRD, Veddis Foundation sign MoU to set up Effective Governance Systems under DAY-NRLM
4Indian Biological Data Center: India’s 1st National Repository for Life Science Data set up at Faridabad, Haryana
5India Hosts 2nd BIMSTEC Agriculture Ministerial Meeting; Chaired by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar
6Cabinet Approves Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Satellite Television Channels in India, 2022
7Govt to Launch World’s Longest River Cruise of 4,000 km from Varanasi to Dibrugarh
8MoRTH issues award for 1st Multi-Modal Logistics Park in India
9ICICI Lombard Launches New Range of Products for Insurance Solutions
10Moody’s lowers India’s growth forecast for 2022 to 7%
11Bhopal Railway Station awarded a 4-star rating for ‘Eat Right Station’ by FSSAI
12C Anandharamakrishnan appointed as Director of CSIR-NIIST
13Adani Power inks pact to sell 100% stake in SPPL to ACX for Rs 1,556 cr
14NASA to Launch Psyche Asteroid Mission to Explore the ‘Golden Asteroid’ in October 2023
15ISRO delivered Flight Termination System (FTS) packages to Agnikul
16Uttar Pradesh to Host Khelo India National University Games in 2023-24
17“Subodh”: The 1st edition of NMDC’s Vigilance Magazine released
18World Usability Day 2022 – November 10
19National Education Day 2022 – November 11
20Jharkhand Cabinet Approves Four Schemes & 34 Agendas for Students & Youths