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IOCL, BPCL, HPCL Signed a Tripartite-Cum-Escrow Agreement for Setting up Ethanol Plants
The Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) – Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) have signed a Long Term Purchase Agreement (LTPA) for upcoming five dedicated ethanol plants across India.
- The first set of Tripartite-cum-Escrow Agreement (TPA) was signed among OMCs, project proponents and Banks of the respective ethanol plant projects of Micromax Biofuels Private Limited, Bihar, Eastern India Biofuels Private Limited, Bihar, Muzaffarpur Bio Fuels Private Limited, Bihar, KP Biofuels Private Limited, Madhya Pradesh and Visag Biofuels Private Limited, Madhya Pradesh.
- The State Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank and Indian Bank are the three banks involved in the tripartite agreement.
i.The TPA was signed in the presence of Sandeep Poundrik IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Industries, Government of Bihar, Ashwani Bhatia, Managing Director, State Bank of India and Sukhmal Jain, Executive Director I/C, Marketing Corporate, BPCL.
i.As per the agreement, the ethanol produced shall be sold to the OMCs for blending with Petrol as per the Government of India’s Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Program.
ii.The Payments received will be directly credited to the escrow account maintained with the financing banks to ensure periodic servicing of Loans granted for setting up of the Ethanol plant.
iii.The five projects signed are likely to contribute to around 23 crore litres of ethanol per annum.
i.India during the Ethanol Supply year 2021-22, has achieved ethanol blending of 9.90 percent amounting to 186 crore Litres of ethanol, saving approx. Rs 9000 crores of foregin exchange reserve.
ii.India requires 1,016 crore litres of ethanol to achieve the Government’s Ethanol 20 (E20) target of 20 percent ethanol blending by 2025. However, a deficit of approx 650 crore litres of ethanol hinders the achievement of E20 target.
i.Ethanol blended petrol produces 38 percent lesser carbon dioxide emission, and supports the rural economy through investment in rural areas and employment generation.
About Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL):
Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi
Chairman – Shrikant Madhav Vaidya
Official brand Mascot – IndianOil Rhino
About Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL):
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman & Managing Director – Arun Kumar Singh
India embarks on the World’s largest film restoration project under National Film Heritage Mission
Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Shri. Anurag Singh Thakur has announced the World’s largest film restoration project under National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM) with a budget of Rs.363 crores .The restoration project is set to begin at National Film Archive of India (NFAI).
- NFAI undertook the restoration of 10 prestigious Satyajit Ray films. Of which, Pratidwandi has been selected to premiere in the Cannes Classics section of the 2022 edition.
- A restored version of G.Aravindan’s 1978 Malayalam film Thampi which will be showcased at Restoration World Premieres in Cannes by the Film Heritage Foundation.
- Films such as ‘Neelakuyil’ (Malayalam) and ‘Do Aakhein Barah Haath’ (Hindi) will also be covered.
i.Approximately 2,200 films will undergo restoration. Language wise shortlisting is carried out by a committee consisting of filmmakers, documentary filmmakers, film historians, producers etc. Eminent film personalities such as Aparna Sen, Shriram Raghavan, Anjali Menon and Vetrimaaran were part of the committees.
ii.Restoration of Indian films will once again give a chance to the current and future generations to relive the glory of these films which have enamored audiences for decades.
iii. Restoration process includes:
- The frame-to-frame digital and semi-automated manual picture and sound restoration from the best surviving source material.
- The source negative/print will be scanned at 4K to .dpx files, which will be then digitally restored.
- The damages including scratches, dirt and abrasions in every frame of the picture negative will be cleaned during the restoration process.
- The sounds are also restored in a process similar to the picture restoration procedure. The numerous pops, hisses, crackles and distortions on the sound negative will be digitally removed.
- After restoration, the digital picture files will be colour graded(DI process) and balanced to achieve the look of the film at the time of the original release.
National Film Heritage Mission
National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM), a Rs 597.41 crore project, was approved by the I&B ministry for restoring and preserving the film heritage of India. National Film Archive of India (NFAI) is the implementing agency for the mission.
UN Approves Czech Republic To Replace Russia On UN Human Rights Council
The U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) elected Czech Republic to replace Russia in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) through voting process, following Russia’s suspension over allegations of horrific rights violations by Russian soldiers in Ukraine.
Replacement Process through Election
i. Russia was suspended from the UNHRC in April 2022 by a vote in the General Assembly due to Russia’s aggression of “”gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” on Ukraine.
ii.So a vacant seat arises in East European Countries Representation in UNHRC.
iii. Followingly, to fill up the vacant representation from East European Countries. Czech Republic came forward as a single candidate. To official elect the sole candidature of Czech Republic:
- UNGA’s 180 members of the 193 members deposited their secret ballot vote.
- The result was 157 countries in favour of the Czech Republic and 23 abstentions.
iv.Though Moscow was suspended from the rights body, it would have been allowed to participate due to its observer status.
v.Russia has already suspended from multiple international organisations such as UN Women and the U.N. children’s agency United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF. It was also suspended from the World Tourism Organization.
About UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
It is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe.
President – Federico Villegas
Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland
UN Member States – 47
WEF Report: Urgent Action Needed to Ensure a Resilient Energy Transition Amid Severe Global Challenges
The World Economic Forum(WEF)’s new report titled “Fostering Effective Energy Transition 2022” indicates that urgent action is required by both private and public sectors to ensure a resilient transition amid the most severe energy crisis since the 1970s.
- The report is built on 10 years of Energy Transition Index, an annual country benchmarking report.
- This special edition report, launched by WEF in collaboration with Accenture, provides detailed key recommendations for governments, companies, consumers and other stakeholders on how to progress the energy transition.
i.According to the report, the urgency for countries to accelerate a holistic energy transition is reinforced by high fuel prices, commodities shortages, insufficient headway on achieving the climate goals and slow progress on energy justice and access.
ii.The report also states that energy transition must address the challenges to environmental sustainability, energy security and energy justice and affordability
iii.The pace of energy transition needs to be enhanced, as demonstrated by the recent increase in fuel prices, challenges to energy security and the slow progress on climate action.
iv.Prioritizing a resilient energy transition and diversification of the energy mix is crucial in responding to energy market volatility.
v.More countries are required to make binding climate commitments, develop long-term visions for domestic and regional energy systems, entice private sector investors for decarbonization projects and assist consumers and the workforce adjust, to accelerate the transition to cleaner energy supply and demand.
i.The report highlights the structural barriers to balancing energy affordability, security and availability with sustainability. This is due to the compounded shocks to the energy system from a post-pandemic surge in energy demand, fuel supply bottlenecks, inflationary pressures and reconfigured energy supply chains as a result of the war in Ukraine.
ii.The countries must pursue diversification on two fronts: domestic energy mix in the long term and also in considering their fuels and energy suppliers in the shorter term, to navigate this challenging situation.
iii.According to the report, among the 34 countries with advanced economies, 11 countries rely on only 3 trade partners for more than 70% of their fuel imports.
About World Economic Forum(WEF):
Founder and Executive Chairman– Professor Klaus Schwab
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
India’s Prasar Bharati and ORTM Madagascar inks MoU on Cooperation & Collaboration in Broadcasting
Prasar Bharati, India’s public broadcaster signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Madagascar’s official ORTM (Office de la Radio et de la Television) in Antananarivo, Madagascar, aims at cooperation and co-production of Programmes, Training and Exchange of Personnel.
- The MoU entered into force on May 10 2022 i.e. immediately after signing.
i.The MoU was signed by Abhay Kumar, India’s Ambassador to Madagascar and Jean Yves Belalahy, Director-General ORTM.
What is in the MoU?
i.According to the MoU, Madagascar National Television (TVM) will broadcast programmes from internal productions of Prasar Bharati in the fields of culture, education, science, entertainment, sports, among others.
ii.Both sides will explore co-production opportunities related to matters of mutual interest.
iii.Also under the MoU training programme will be arranged for TVM personnel in India.
About Prasar Bharati:
Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi
CEO – Shashi Shekhar Vempati
Capital – Antananarivo
President – Andry Nirina Rajoelina
Currency – Malagasy ariary
BANKING & FINANCE
MoS for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra Launches ‘Repco Subhiksham’ Special Schemes of REPCO Bank & App For RFML
Ajay Kumar Mishra, Union Minister of State (MoS), Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), has launched special schemes of Repatriates Cooperative Finance and Development Bank Ltd., (REPCO Bank) and Repco Micro Finance Limited (RFML) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
The schemes include a New Repatriate Welfare Scheme, “Repco Subhiksham”—a special deposit scheme for senior citizens & super senior citizens, a microfinance loan scheme, and an app for Repco Micro Finance Ltd. (RFML).
i.Repco Subhiksham: A Special scheme of Fixed deposits for Senior Citizens (above 60 years of age) and Super Senior Citizens (above 80 years of age) to earn income from their savings. This scheme is valid up to 30.09.2022. The features of the schemes are:
- Eligibility – All Senior and Super Senior Members customers
- Period – 15 Months
- Rate Of Interest – 7.15 % per annum for Senior Citizens & 7.25 % per annum for Super Senior Citizens.
- Interest Payable – Monthly/Quarterly /On Maturity [Simple Interest]
- The scheme offers a loan on deposit, with pre-closure charges similar to fixed deposit charges.
ii.Repatriate Youth Development Scheme: It is open to ‘A’ class repatriate members from Myanmar or Sri Lanka, as well as their family members. The sponsorship amount is capped at Rs. 25,000, and applicants must be aged between 18 years and 35 years.
iii. Repco Mahila Samriddhi Scheme: It is a scheme for Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and it intends to assist income creation for the underprivileged segments. Women with a household income of up to Rs. 3 lakhs will be eligible for a no-collateral loan. The loan amount would range from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 2.5 lakhs.
About Repatriates Cooperative Finance and Development Bank Ltd., (REPCO Bank):
Repco Bank was registered as a cooperative society under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs with the primary objective of rehabilitation of repatriates from Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
MD – R.S. Isabella
Establishment – 1969
Headquarters – Chennai, Tamil Nadu
RBI Extends Validity of Directions on Laxmi Co-Operative Bank & Sri Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank Niyamitha
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the validity of its Directions for two co-operative banks: The Laxmi Co-operative Bank Limited in Solapur, Maharashtra, and Sri Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank Niyamitha in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
While the RBI extended directions on Laxmi Co-operative Bank for three months, the period was extended by six months in the case of Sri Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank.
The Laxmi Co-operative Bank Ltd:
i.In the public interest, the Reserve Bank of India has given directions to the Laxmi Co-operative Bank Limited, Solapur, Maharashtra, in the exercise of powers vested in it under sub-section (1) of Section 35 A read with Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (AACS), from the close of business on November 12, 2021.
ii.Subject to review, these directions are extended to the bank for another three months, from May 12, 2022, to August 11, 2022. The Directions impose certain restrictions and/or a limit on withdrawal and acceptance of deposits.
iii. The Reserve Bank of India’s issuance of directions should not be interpreted as a termination of a banking licence. The bank will continue to conduct banking operations with restrictions until its financial situation improves.
Sri Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank Niyamitha:
i.The Reserve Bank of India had issued directions to Sri Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank Niyamitha, Bengaluru, Karnataka under Section 35 A read with Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 dated January 2, 2022. The validity later was extended from time to time, dated January 10, 2022, up to May 10, 2022.
ii.Furthermore, the RBI has extended the period of restrictions on the bank for another six months, from May 11, 2022, to November 10, 2022, subject to review.
iii. Under the directions, the bank is mandated to maintain ceilings on withdrawals and deposits. The directions are issued in the public interest, and all other terms and conditions of the referenced Directives will remain intact.
About Sri Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank Niyamitha:
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
Worldline India & Bank of India Partners to Digitise E-Challan Collections for MP Police Department
The Bank of India (BoI), a public sector bank and Worldline India, a global leader in payment services, have teamed to digitise e-challan collections for the Madhya Pradesh (MP) Police Department.
The BOI and the MP Police Department, Government of India (GoI), inked a Memorandum of Association (MoA) to integrate POS terminals with the police department’s e-challan portal.
- The MoA was exchanged between G. Janardhan, ADG, PTRI, MP Police, GoI and Lokesh Krishna, GM, Bank of India in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
What is E-challan?
An E-challan is an electronically generated challan (Online Generated System Challan) and is handled through the Electronic Challan System.
- A challan is a payment that citizens must make if they violate any traffic rules set forth by the traffic department.
i.The Bank of India has provided the MP Police Department with around 600 Worldline Android Terminals to facilitate e-collection through credit and debit cards.
- This initiative will encompass three zones, namely Jabalpur, Rewa, and Shahdol, covering 12 districts in MP.
ii.This initiative would allow the MP Police to take online challan payments on the go, providing people with convenience. Residents of Madhya Pradesh can also use Bank of India POS terminals powered by Worldline to settle their challan payments instantly.
iii. This initiative will assist the MP police in thoroughly monitoring all collections, ensuring transparency in the ecosystem, increasing resident confidence, and acting as a deterrent to reduce accidents.
iv.The Bank of India plans to provide all types of banking services through this collaboration with the MP Police Department by leveraging its extensive presence of over 500 bank branches in MP and Chhattisgarh.
About Bank of India (BoI):
MD & CEO – Atanu Kumar Das
Establishment – 7 September 1906
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tagline – Relationship Beyond Banking
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Boeing Inks Pact With Air India Engineering Services For Maintenance Of Naval, VIP Aircraft
Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) entered into an MoU with Boeing for maintenance of its critical equipment on key defence platforms used by the Navy and VVIP aircrafts operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF)including the P-8I operated by the Indian Navy and the 777 VI.
- Both organisations had joined hands to maintain the two VVIP Boeing 777s used by the President, Vice President and Prime Minister for their medium and longhaul international flights.
Utility of the MOU
i.The Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility of AIESL, an Air India subsidiary in Mumbai, is the country’s largest DGCA approved facility which is soon to be privatised, has passed the Boeing quality test.
ii.This collaboration would provide support to the Boeing India Repair Development and Sustainment (BIRDS) hub initiative
iii. This collaboration would strengthen our MRO capabilities and give us an opportunity to contribute towards the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative for promoting the domestic defence industry.
iv.The MOU is a fallout of the US-India 2+2 Joint Declaration held in April 2022 at Washington which states working closely in “co-production, co-development, cooperative testing of advanced systems, investment promotion, and the development of Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities in India.”
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Nobel prize-winning Theoretical Physicist Dr Frank Wilczek Receives Templeton Prize 2022
American Theoretical physicist and author, Dr Frank Wilczek, who won the Nobel Prize (Physics) in 2004, has been awarded the Templeton Prize 2022, the world’s largest individual lifetime achievement award, valued at over USD 1.3 million.
- He became the 6th Nobel laureate to receive the Templeton Prize since its inception in 1972.
- As a 2022 Templeton Prize laureate he will participate in several virtual and in-person events, including a 2022 Templeton Prize event
About Templeton Prize:
i.John Templeton established the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion (now known simply as the Templeton Prize in 1972.
ii.This was investor Sir John Templeton’s first major philanthropic venture.
iii.The inaugural Templeton Prize (1973) was presented to Mother Teresa.
About Dr Frank Wilczek:
i.Dr Frank Wilczek is a distinguished Professor in Arizona State University’s Department of Physics.
ii.He continues to pioneer new concepts in physics, naming and developing the theories of anyons, time crystals and axions
iii.He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of strong interaction. He shared the prize with David J. Gross and H. David Politzer.
iv.He has authored several books which include, “A Beautiful Question” (2015); “The Lightness of Being” (2008); “Fundamentals” (2021)
Indians who have won the Templeton Prize: Pandurang Shastri Athavale (1997); Baba Amte (1990); Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1975).
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS
Deepika Padukone 1st Indian to become Louis Vuitton House Ambassador
Louis Vuitton Malletier, commonly known as Louis Vuitton(LV), is a French luxury fashion house that has appointed Indian Actress Deepika Padukone as its House Ambassador. She becomes the first Indian to hold the position of House Ambassador for Louis Vuitton.
- The Other Louis Vuitton House Ambassador includes Hollywood’s Emma Stone and China’s leading actor, Zhou Dongyu.
Note: Louis Vuitton is owned by Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, commonly known as LVMH or Louis Vuitton.
i.The announcement comes timed with the launch of the Louis Vuitton Dauphine bag campaign.
ii.In 2020, Deepika Padukone became the first Indian actor to feature in Louis Vuitton’s pre-fall 2020 campaign.
iii.In April 2022, she was chosen to be part of the 9-member jury presided by French actor Vincent Lindon for the 75th Festival De Cannes (75th Cannes Film Festival).
2022 IWF Junior World Championship: Harshada Sharad Garud Becomes 1st Indian to win Gold Medal; India Won 3 Medal
The International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF) 2022 Junior World Weightlifting Championships was held at Heraklion Indoor Sports Arena, Heraklion, Greece, from May 2 to May 10 2022.India’s Harshada Sharad Garud bags first Gold Medal for India. She won the gold medal in 45 kilogram (kg) Women’s Category.
- The Indian Weightlifters Gyaneshwari Yadav and V Rithika bagged Silver and Bronze medal respectively in 49 kg Women’s Category.
Harshada Sharad Garud Won India’s First-Ever Gold Medal :
The Indian Weightlifter, Harshada Sharad Garud won India’s first Gold at 2022 IWF Junior World Championships by lifting a Total weight of 153 kg in 45 kg women’s category, which includes 70 kg in Snatch and 83 kg in Clean and Jerk (C&J).
i.Before Harshada, only two Indians won medals in IWF Junior World Championships they are – Mirabai Chanu won Bronze medal in 2013 and Achinta Sheuli won Silver medal in 2021.
Gyaneshwari Yadav Won Silver & V Rithika Won Bronze in 49 kg Women’s Category
The Indian weightlifters Gyaneshwari Yadav and V Rithika bagged Silver and Bronze medal in the 49 kg Women’s category at the 2022 Junior World Weightlifting Championships.
i.The Gold Medal was won by the Tokyo Olympics Bronze medalist Windy Cantika Aisah of Indonesia by lifting 185 kg which includes 83 kg Snatch and 102 kg Clean and Jerk (C&J).
ii.The Silver Medal was bagged by India’s Gyaneshwari Yadav by lifting 156 kg which includes 73 kg Snatch and 83 kg C&J.
iii.The compatriot V Rithika, bagged the Bronze Medal by lifting 150kg (Snatch- 69kg; C&J- 81kg).
Results of 2022 IWF Junior World Championship:
|45 KG Category – Women’s|
|Harshada Sharad Garud (India) – 153 kg||Cansu Bektaş (Turkey) – 150 kg||Teodora Luminita Hîncu (Moldova) – 149 kg|
|49 KG Category – Women’s|
|Windy Cantika Aisah (Indonesia) – 185 kg||Gyaneshwari Yadav (India) – 156 kg||V Rithika (India) – 150 kg|
International Nurses Day – May 12 2022
International Nurses Day(IND) is annually celebrated across the globe on 12th May to acknowledge the selfless contribution of the Nurses across the globe and to highlight the sacrifices they make.
The International Nurses Day 2022(IND2022) recognises the selfless service of the nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic and those living in conflict zones around the world, including Ukraine.
- The day is observed to mark the birth anniversary of British Nurse and statistician Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing. She was born on 12th May 1820 in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany(Italy).
The theme of IND2022 is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health”.
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International Mother’s Day 2022 – May 8
International Mother’s Day is annually celebrated across the globe on the second Sunday of May to commemorate the efforts of mothers and honour their value in our lives. The day also honours motherhood and maternal bonds.
International Mother’s Day 2022 falls on 8th M ay 2022.
- International Mother’s Day 2021 was observed on 9th May 2021 and the International Mother’s Day 2023 will be observed on 14th May 2023.
- Anna Jarvis, an American activist, founded the observance of Mother’s Day to honour her and “all mothers” in 1908.
- She celebrated the first Mother’s Day on 12th May 1908 and held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia.
MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan Launches Ladli Laxmi Yojana 2.0
The Madhya Pradesh (MP) Chief Minister (CM) Shivraj Singh Chouhan has launched Ladli Laxmi Yojana 2.0 in an event organised at Lal Parade Ground, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (MP) where approx. 7,500 Ladli Laxmi daughters were present.
i.Under the Scheme the State Government would pay the entire fee of Ladli Laxmi who take admissions to Medical colleges, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT’s), Indian Institute of Management (IIM’s) or any institute and a sum of Rs 25,000 in two instalments will be paid if a girl child joins college after 12th Standard.
ii.Under the Ladli Laxmi scheme a approx. 42 Lakh girls have been registered till April 2022.
iii.He also announced the celebration of Ladli Laxmi Utsav in MP from May 2nd to 12th May every year.
iv.He also emphasised that Ladli Laxmi Panchayat Status will be awarded to those panchayats which work for the betterment of girls on various socio-economic parameters.
v.CM also launched the Ladli e-Sawad App, through which the girl child can directly talk to the CM if necessary.
i.The Ladli Laxmi Yojana was launched on April 1 2007 with a view to have positive thinking among the public towards girl child birth, improving sex ratio, improving the educational level and health condition of girls and laying the foundation for their good future.
ii.The Sex Ratio of Madhya Pradesh was also increased to 956 from 931 (Census 2011) due to Ladli Laxmi Yojana.
About Madhya Pradesh:
Governor – Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel
Festivals – Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival, Bhagoria Haat, Karam Festival
Stadium – Abhay Prashal Indoor Stadium, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Aishbagh Stadium
Indian Army to set up Coaching Centre in Manipur for underprivileged students
Indian Army is set to establish the “Red Shield Centre for Excellence and Wellness” a Centre for Excellence and Wellness for coaching and making underprivileged students of Manipur eligible for admission to the best colleges and universities in India.
- The Centre will be located in the Bishnupur district, Manipur.
- This is expected to become fully functional for the first batch of 50 students by July 2022.
This is a part of the sustained initiatives of the Indian army to secure a better future for the youths of Manipur.
Signing of MoU:
The Red Shield Division under the aegis of Spear Corps of the Indian Army signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with corporate partner, the State Bank of India Foundation(SBIF) and training partner, National Integrity and Educational Development Organisation(NIEDO) to establish the coaching centre to provide year-long fully residential coaching for competitive examinations including National Eligibility cum Entrance Test(NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination(JEE).
- The MoU signing ceremony was held at the Leimakhong in Kangpokpi District, Manipur,
La Ganesan Governor of Manipur; General Officer Commanding(GOC) Red Shield Division Major General Naveen Sachdeva were present during the MoU signing ceremony.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Introduced Nutritious Breakfast Scheme For Primary School Student
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin(M.K.Stalin) announced five new development schemes including all Government primary school students from First to Fifth standards will be provided nutritious breakfast on all working days in assembly at Chennai, Tamilnadu.
Five New Development Schemes are :-
- Free nutritious breakfast for class I to V in Government primary schools.
- Scheme to eradicate nutrition deficiency,
- Setting up of schools of excellence,
- Setting up of primary health centres in urban areas ,and
- Expansion of ‘CM in Your Constituency’, a public grievances redress system, to all 234 constituencies.
Nutritious Breakfast Scheme in Tamil Nadu
i.In the first phase, the scheme would be implemented in a few corporations, municipalities and remote villages. It would be extended across the state in a phased manner.
ii.The nutrition scheme would be rolled out for children below the age of six years.
iii. The scheme is to address the existing nutritional deficiency among the school going children in the state of Tamil Nadu.
About Tamil Nadu
Governor: Dr Ravindra Narayana Ravi (R.N.Ravi).
Bird Sanctuaries – Karaivetti Birds Sanctuary, Sakkarakottai Tank Bird Sanctuary, and Theerthangal Bird Sanctuary
President of India Appoints Nongmeikapam K Singh as Acting CJ of Gauhati HC
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, has appointed Justice Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh (N Kotiswar Singh), the senior-most judge of the Gauhati High Court(HC), as the acting Chief Justice(CJ) of the Gauhati HC in Assam.
The appointment was made by the President in the exercise of the power conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution of India.
- Justice N Kotiswar Singh succeeds Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia, who has been appointed as Supreme Court Judge.
- Justice N Kotiswar Singh will perform the duties of CJ of Gauhati HC with effect from the date Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia relinquishes the charge as CJ of the Gauhati HC.
About Justice Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh (N Kotiswar Singh):
i.Justice N Kotiswar Singh, hailing from Imphal, Manipur.
ii.He was designated as Senior Advocate by Gauhati HC in 2008 and as Advocate General of the State of Manipur from 2007 till his elevation to the Bench in 2011.
iii.He was made an Additional Judge of Gauhati HC in 2011 and a Judge in 2012.
iv.He served as the Judge of the Manipur High Court from 2013 and was later appointed to perform the duties of the office of CJ of the HC of Manipur from July 2017 to May 2018.
v.He was appointed to perform the duties of CJ of Gauhati HC from September 2020 to January 2021.
Appointment of Judges of Supreme Court of India:
i.On 9th May 2022, Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Gujarat High Court judge Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala were sworn in as the Judge of the Supreme Court.
ii.Chief Justice of India(CJI), Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana (N.V. Ramana) administered the oath of office to Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala.
iii.The appointment was notified on 7th May 2022.
Supreme Court’s 5-member collegium headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana recommended the elevation of Justices Sudhanshu Dhulia and Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala as Supreme Court Judge.
iv.With the addition of two judges, the Supreme Court will start functioning at its full strength of 34(including CJI) from 9th May 2022.
Sanctioned strength of Supreme Court of India:
i.In August 2019, The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha.
ii.The bill amends the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Act, 1956, which fixes the maximum number of judges in the Supreme Court at 30 judges (excluding CJI).
iii.The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Bill, 2019 increases this number from 30 to 33 (excluding CJI).
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|1||IOCL, BPCL, HPCL Signed a Tripartite-Cum-Escrow Agreement for Setting up Ethanol Plants|
|2||India embarks on the World’s largest film restoration project under National Film Heritage Mission|
|3||UN Approves Czech Republic To Replace Russia On Human Rights Council|
|4||WEF Report: Urgent Action Needed to Ensure a Resilient Energy Transition Amid Severe Global Challenges|
|5||India’s Prasar Bharati and ORTM Madagascar inks MoU on Cooperation & Collaboration in Broadcasting|
|6||MoS for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra Launches ‘Repco Subhiksham’ Special Schemes of REPCO Bank & App For RFML|
|7||RBI Extends Validity of Directions on Laxmi Co-Operative Bank & Sri Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank Niyamitha|
|8||Worldline India & Bank of India Partners to Digitise E-Challan Collections for MP Police Department|
|9||Boeing Inks Pact With Air India Engineering Services For Maintenance Of Naval, VIP Aircraft|
|10||Nobel prize-winning Theoretical Physicist Dr Frank Wilczek Receives Templeton Prize 2022|
|11||Deepika Padukone 1st Indian to become Louis Vuitton House Ambassador|
|12||2022 IWF Junior World Championship: Harshada Sharad Garud Becomes 1st Indian to win Gold Medal; India Won 3 Medal|
|13||International Nurses Day – May 12 2022|
|14||International Mother’s Day 2022 – May 8|
|15||MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan Launches Ladli Laxmi Yojana 2.0|
|16||Indian Army to set up Coaching Centre in Manipur for underprivileged students|
|17||Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin Announces Nutritious Breakfast Scheme For Primary School Student|
|18||President of India Appoints Nongmeikapam K Singh as Acting CJ of Gauhati HC|