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Ministry of Ayush and ICMR sign MoU to Promote & Collaborate on Integrative Health Research Ministry of Ayush and ICMR sign an MoU to promote and collaborate on integrative health researchOn May 11, 2023, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to promote and collaborate on integrative health research, explore possibility to work on public health research, and take initiatives for addressing diseases of national importance.
MoU was signed by Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of Ayush and Dr. Rajiv Bahl, Director General, ICMR and Secretary, Department of Health Research (DHR), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).
Key People:
The MoU was signed in the presence of Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Ministry of Ayush; Union Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, MoHFW; Minister of State Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, MoHFW, among others.
What is in the MoU?
i.The MoU aims to focus on identified areas of national importance in healthcare to promote high impact research to generate evidence using the modern scientific methods.
ii.The MoU between AYUSH and ICMR will help traditional Knowledge to create a niche and support the development of Ayurveda as evidence based science.
iii.Under this MoU, Both sides will jointly establish Ayush-ICMR Centers for Advanced Research in Integrative Health at all AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) with co-funding.
iv.It will explore the possibility of inclusion of research on Integrative Medicine in the National ethical guidelines for biomedical and health research involving human participants by ICMR-DHR.
v.There will be formation of a joint working group which will meet quarterly to hunt for further areas of collaboration, formulate and implement joint research projects/programs and allow joint supervision of the activities.
v.The research capacity will be led by ICMR for Ayush researchers. It will develop a curriculum; facilitate the development and delivery of training modules.

  • The Ministry of Ayush and ICMR will also design and conduct conferences/workshops/seminars jointly with active participation of researchers interested in the field of Integrative healthcare.

Note: On May 11, 2023, the 5th inter-ministerial convergence meeting was also held to further augment the cooperation between the Ministry of Ayush and MoHFW. It was co-chaired by Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, and Union Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya.

  • Issues related to synergy and cooperation were discussed and both sides agreed upon important matters.

About Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR):
Director– Rajiv Bahl
Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi

Highlights of Israel Foreign Minister Eli Cohen’s Visit to India – May 9 to 11 2023Israel Foreign Minister Eli Cohen arrives in India on 3-day visit-May 9 to 11Foreign Minister of Israel Eli Cohen has arrived in New Delhi, Delhi, for his first official three-day visit to India from May 9 to 11, 2023.

  • Under the meeting, both ministers signed an agreement that will allow 42,000 Indian workers to work in the Jewish state of Israel in the fields of construction and nursing.
  • Israel Foreign Minister Eli Cohen launched the project World on Wheels (WoW) Bus, by the Embassy of Israel in India.
  • New agreements were also signed by both nations in the area of mobility, water, and agriculture.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met with the Israeli delegation, led by Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, in New Delhi, Delhi to affirm the continued cooperation of Israel in India’s endeavour for indigenisation and conveyed the willingness to cooperate and partner in advanced defence technologies.

About Isreal:
President – Isaac Herzog
Prime Minister – Benjamin Netanyahu
Currency –  Israeli Shekel
Capital – Jerusalem
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KIRF: Kerala becomes 1st state to launch Institutional Ranking FrameworkKerala launches KIRF_ India’s first state to launch its own institutional frameworkOn 3rd May 2023, R. Bindu, Minister of Higher Education of Kerala, formally launched the Kerala Institutional Ranking Framework (KIRF), modelled on the lines of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), to assess the quality of higher education institutions in Kerala.

  • With this launch, Kerala become India’s 1st state to establish a State-specific ranking framework for its higher education institutions.

KIRF will be annually implemented by the  Kerala State Higher Education Council (KSHEC).
Note: NIRF for higher educational institutions in India by the Ministry of Education (MoE), then Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), in 2015
i. The KIRF is a set of metrics for ranking of academic institutions, based on the parameters agreed upon by the Executive of the KSHEC.
ii.The ranking framework will classify the participating institutions as universities, colleges, engineering, management, architecture, medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, law and teacher education institutions.

  • KIRF will rank the participating institutions in categories like overall, universities, colleges, engineering, management, architecture, etc.

iii. The Government of Kerala announced that higher education institutions would be evaluated using state-specific standards and metrics.
Eligibility for Participation in KIRF:
i. All the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Kerala can participate in the ranking irrespective of the discipline.
ii. The affiliating universities should not include details of their affiliating colleges.
iii. Institutions that have graduated at least 3 batches of students in full time Undergraduate (UG) or Postgraduate (PG) programs, where the duration is not less than 3 years for the UG programs and 2 years for the PG programs are eligible to participate.
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About Kerala:
Chief Minister (CM)- Pinarayi Vijayan
Governor- Arif Mohammed Khan
Seaport- Kochi Port or Cochin Port
Bird Sanctuary- Chulanur Peafowl Sanctuary; Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary

India Semiconductor Mission signs MoU with Purdue University in USA

On 9th May 2023, the India Semiconductor Mission (ISM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Purdue University, Indiana, United States of America (USA) in the presence of Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MoE&IT), for capacity building, research and development (R&D), and industry participation.

  • Purdue’s partnership with the ISM is the 1st of its kind under the framework of a USA-India governmental partnership.
  • The MoU between Purdue and India and ISM is valid for 5 years with the option of extension.
  • This partnership aligns with ISM’s mission of driving India’s strategies for developing a comprehensive semiconductors and display ecosystem.


Union Minister Piyush Goyal co-chaired 6th India-Canada MDTI in CanadaPiyush Goyal in Canada Union Minister discusses bilateral trade between India, CanadaOn 8th May 2023, Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, co-chaired the 6th India-Canada Ministerial Dialogue on Trade and Investment (MDTI) along with Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, Government of Canada, in Ottawa, Canada.

  • During the meeting, the Ministers highlighted the trade and economic relationship between Canada and India and recognised the significant opportunity to deepen bilateral ties and economic partnership.

i.Union Minister Piyush Goyal visited Toronto, Canada from 9th to 10th May 2023 and participated in various events to promote trade and investment.
ii.He was accompanied by a delegation of Indian CEOs led by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).
iii.He also inaugurated the Indian Pavilion at SIAL CANADA-2023, The largest food innovation trade show in North America.
CII Report: Indian companies invested CAD 6.6 billion in Canada creating 17k jobs
According to the report titled “From India to Canada: Economic Impact and Engagement” 30 Indian companies have invested more than 6.6 billion Canadian dollars(CAD) in Canada creating 17000 jobs across 8 provinces of Canada. These companies have also spent over CAD 700 million in research and development (R&D) expenditures.
About Canada: 
Prime Minister– Justin Trudeau
Capital– Ottawa
Currency– Canadian Dollar (CAD)
About the Ministry of Commerce and Industry:
Union Minister– Piyush Goyal (Rajya Sabha- Maharashtra)
Minister of State– Som Parkash (Constituency- Hoshiarpur, Punjab); Anupriya Singh Patel (Constituency- Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh)
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RBI provided license to Profectus Capital for Factoring Services to MSMEs; Mandates INR settlement of fees for Certain CardsProfectus Capital gets RBI license to provide factoring services to MSMEs

On 10th May 2023, Profectus Capital Private Limited, a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) backed by Actis, received the Certificate of Registration (CoR) under the Factoring Regulations Act, 2011 from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to provide factoring services to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). 

  • Factoring is a financial tool that provides the seller of goods (client) with an advance against the accounts receivable.

Key Points:
i.Now, Profectus Capital plans to offer timely and efficient factoring services to improve their working capital management, boost their businesses, and receive short-term finance to fund operations.
ii.Profectus will continue to focus on select manufacturing and service sectors based on its cluster-based lending approach.
 iii.It will focus on BBB- and above rated corporate buyers.
RBI mandates rupee-only settlement of fees for certain cards
RBI also mandated Rupee (INR)-only settlement of fees  charges levied by Authorised Persons’ on International Debit Cards, Store Value Cards, among others, and payable in India.

  • The instruments also include Charge Cards/Smart Cards or any other instrument that can be used to create a financial liability as ‘currency’.
  • Authorised Persons include banks authorised to deal in foreign exchange, full-fledged money changers, etc.

World Bank approves USD 82mn for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in India World Bank approves USD 82 mln for zoonotic disease prevention in IndiaOn May 10, 2023, the World Bank’s (WB) Board of Executive Directors has approved USD 82 million loan for Animal Health System Support for One Health Program (AHSSOH) that will support India’s Livestock Health and Disease Control Program, which seeks to control animal diseases by adopting global best practices for animal health management and to prevent, detect, and respond to endemic zoonotic diseases.

  • The loan has a maturity of 11.5 years with a grace period of 4.5 years.
  • The loan will be disbursed from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and uses the Program-for-Results (PforR) financing instrument that links disbursement of funds directly to the achievement of specific program results.

Note: AHSSOH is implemented by the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying.
Key Points:
i.A infection or disease that is transmissible from animals to humans under natural conditions is called zoonotic.
ii.The program will address food safety in livestock value chains by supporting evidence-based policies on animal disease and zoonoses management.

  • The programme will also enhance food quality and safety in animal products, especially in livestock and wet markets.

iii.It will also strengthen India’s One Health approach, which recognizes that people and animals are connected with their shared environment
iv.India has the largest livestock population in the world, and 68% of the Indian workforce relies on farming and remains in close contact with domestic animals and poultry, therefore, foot and mouth disease alone costs more than USD 3.3 billion annually for India.

  • Thus, this program will help reduce the risks of animal disease outbreaks by improving disease surveillance and veterinary services in the livestock and wildlife sectors.

v.With this, at least 2.9 million livestock farmers will have increased access to improved animal health services in the participating states of Assam, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh (MP).
vi.Through state-of-the-art laboratories, the program will also strengthen collaboration and data sharing with the human health sector.
About World Bank (WB):
President– Ajay Banga (became 14th president from June 2023)
Headquarters– Washington DC, United States of America (USA)
Member Nations– 189

Kotak Bank unveils “Privy League” an Exclusive Premium Banking Programme; offers India’s 1st LED Debit Cards Kotak Bank `privy league’ premium banking customers to get country’s first LED debit cardsKotak Mahindra Bank Limited (KMBL) has launched a premium banking programme, Privy League targeting High-Net-Worth Individuals (HNI). The program offers lifestyle privileges and bespoke financial solutions.
The Privy League is the Kotak Mahindra Bank’s flagship premium banking program, designed to celebrate its customers’ achievements.

  • It include Signature LED Debit Card, designed for Privy League Platinum tier, which is India’s first LED card. It offers 75% discount on Priority Pass.
  • It also offer Premium Metal Debit Card, designed by artist Arunanshu Chowdhury for the Privy League black tier, offering luxury deals and complimentary airport lounge access, among many other benefits.

Key Points:
i.Privy League provides access to customized portfolios and investment solutions from specialists based on the customer’s risk profile and financial goals.
ii.It also provides access to a robust 3-in-1 integrated account featuring a bank, demat and trading account. Members will get preferential rates on loans, locker rentals, brokerage, and other specialized products.
iii.It will create experiences across health and wellness, culinary experiences, knowledge-based sessions, and more.
iv.The initiative provides a variety of Business Banking solutions, as well as advantageous rates on loans, locker rentals, brokerage, and other specialised products.
under this programme the customers will have access to a 3-in-1 Integrated Account, which includes a bank account, a demat account, and a trading account. They will also have access to personalised investment insights and research reports.
v.It includes travel benefits as well as a complimentary MMT Black Elite Annual Membership.

About Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (KMBL):
Managing Director & CEO– Uday Kotak
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tagline– We Mean Business

ADB Announces IF-CAP Program for Climate Change Financing in Asia&Pacific ADB announces new programme to accelerate billions in climate change financingIn May 2023, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced the launch of a significant financing program, the ‘Innovative Finance Facility for Climate in Asia and the Pacific (IF-CAP), to support Asia and the Pacific region in the battle against climate change.

  • The announcement was made by Masatsugu Asakawa, President of ADB on the first day of the ADB’s 56th Annual Meeting in Incheon, South Korea.

What is IF-CAP?
i.As Asia and the Pacific is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as hurricanes, droughts, heat waves, floods, and sea-level rises. There is an immense climate financing gap that must be filled to win the battle against climate change.
ii.ADB has developed the innovative financing program, IF-CAP program to bridge the financing gap needed to combat climate change.
iii.IF-CAP will use guarantees from partners for leverage to accelerate billions of dollars in much-needed climate change investment.
iv.Initial Partners: IF-CAP’s initial partners are Denmark, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Financing Program
i.With a model of ‘US$1 in, US$5 out’, the initial ambition of US$3 billion in guarantees could create up to US$15 billion in new loans for much-needed climate projects across Asia and the Pacific.

  • This is the first-of-its-kind guarantee mechanism i.e. a leveraged guarantee mechanism for climate finance has never before been adopted by a multilateral development bank.

ii.IF-CAP financing will contribute to ADB’s raised ambition for $100 billion from its own resources for climate change for 2019–2030.
iii.ADB is also discussing with bilateral and multilateral sources, the private sector, and philanthropies, including the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet for climate investments.

RazorpayX Introduces Automated ESCROW+ Solution Powered by Axis Trustee ServicesRazorpayX launches new solution to provide escrow accounts to merchants for easy money transfersRazorpayX, the business banking platform of Razorpay, introduced an automated ESCROW+ solution, powered by Axis Trustee Services Ltd, RBL Bank, and ICICI Bank to support merchants and enables Instant & Secure Money Transfers for Businesses.
Prevailing Issue:
i.In certain industries, 100% of the money in the account doesn’t belong to the business and receiving funds in a current account is not an ideal solution for a business.
ii.Hence, those businesses either receive funds either on behalf of others or operate under a partnership model in which funds from another business entity are in their current account to manage operations.
iii.This complicated money flow could lead to a compliance issue causing penalties for businesses.
ESCROW+ solution:
i.The RazorpayX’s ESCROW+ solution addresses such issues by providing an Escrow trustee who is vetted and on-boarded by RazorpayX.
ii.It also offers merchants an Escrow account to route funds they are receiving on behalf of end beneficiaries, ensuring the right tax treatment and reporting.
iii.The automated processes facilitated by Escrow+ assure higher success rates and seamless payouts, enhancing overall payout performance.
iv.Currently, the solution will cater to digital-first businesses in Gaming, Marketplace & eCommerce, Co-lending, and P2P-lending industries. RazorpayX plans on expanding the solution to other industries also in future.
Recent Initiatives of RazorpayX:
i.Recently RazorpayX forayed into Forex Service for Startups, in the three months since its beta launch, the service enabled 15 firms to bring Rs 350 crore in annualised run rate (ARR) to India.
ii.It also launched RazorpayX Digital Lending 2.0, a digital lending solution for NBFCs (Non-Banking Finance Companies) and Fintechs to assist them in complying with digital lending guidelines.
About Razorpay Software Private Limited:
Establishment – 2014
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
CEO and Co-founder – Harshil Mathur

Sebi grants Final Approval for Proposed Change in Control of HDFC AMC

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), through its letter dated 10 May 2023 to HDFC Asset Management Company (HDFC AMC) Limited, a subsidiary of HDFC Ltd, and the investment manager of HDFC AMC AIF (Alternative Investment Fund) II, has granted its final approval for the proposed change in control of HDFC AMC.

  • The merger of HDFC with HDFC Bank, which is expected to be completed by the 3rd quarter of this Fiscal year 2023-24 (FY24), will benefit from this approval.
  • Thus HDFC Bank will have a combined asset base of around Rs 18 lakh crore.
  • Once the deal is effective, HDFC Bank will be 100% owned by public shareholders, and existing shareholders of HDFC will own 41 per cent of the bank.

Bank of Baroda launches Electronic Bank Guarantee on its BarodaINSTA Platform

On 10th May 2023, Vadodara (Gujarat)-based Bank of Baroda (BOB), an Indian public sector bank, announced the launch of Electronic Bank Guarantee (e-BG) on its BarodaINSTA platform, in partnership with the National E-Governance Services Limited (NeSL).

  • The new facility will enable BOB to issue electronic bank guarantees on its online platform BarodaINSTA.
  • An e-BG can be offered with a faster turnaround time than the traditional paper-based process of issuing inland bank guarantees.
  • Following issuance, the beneficiary can immediately access the final digital BG on the NeSL portal. Such an e-BG eliminates the need for a separate authentication from the BG issuing Bank.

Note: NeSL is the 1st and only Information Utility in India, and it is governed by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) under the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC).


Overview of IBLA 2023: CNBC TV18 honours the best in businessIBLA 2023 Highlights CNBC TV18 honours the best in businessIndia Business Leader Awards’ (IBLA) 2023, the 18th edition of the annual awards hosted by CNBC-TV18, was held at Jio World Convention Centre at BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex), Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The India Business Leader Awards (IBLA) was instituted to recognise exceptional leaders, high achievers, and true visionaries in the Indian corporate world.
i.TV Narendran, Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Tata Steel has been named the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year at IBLA 2023.
ii.Infosys Limited, an Indian multinational information technology company, has been named the Outstanding Company of the Year at IBLA 2023.

  • Salil Parekh, CEO of Infosys, received the award on behalf of Infosys.
  • Titan, Apollo Hospital, Mahindra, Hindalco, and Cipla were nominated for the award under this category.

iii.Azim Premji, Founder and former Chairman of WIPRO Limited and one of India’s leading business tycoons has been honoured with the Hall of Fame Award during the event.
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Badminton legends Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei to enter 2023 BWF Hall of FameChong Wei and Lin Dan elected to BWF Hall of FameOn 2nd May 2023, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced that the Badminton legends Lin Dan from China and Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia have been elected to the BWF Hall of Fame for 2023.
They will be inducted into the hall of fame at a ceremony on 26th May 2023 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan both began their senior international career in early 2000’s had dominated the men’s singles for two decades until their retirements in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Note: Badminton doubles legends Liliyana Natsir from Indonesia and Zhao Yunlei from China were inducted as the 2022 BWF Hall of Fame.
About Lin Dan’s Badminton record:
i. Lin Dan won 2 Olympic Golds in Men’s singles. He was the first player in the men’s singles to retain an Olympic gold medal. He won his first gold in Beijing 2009(China) and his 2nd in London 2012(the United Kingdom).
ii. He won five golds (Madrid 2006, Kuala Lumpur 2007, Hyderabad 2009, London 2011 and Guangzhou 2013) and two silvers (2005 Anaheim and 2017 Glasgow) in World Championships.
iii.He is the first and the only player to have completed the “Super Grand Slam” by winning nine major titles in the badminton circuit – Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Super Series Masters Finals, All England Open, Asian Games, and Asian Championships.
About Lee Chong Wei’s Badminton record:
i. Lee Chong Wei finished with 47 BWF Super Series and World Tour titles and was ranked world No. 1 for 349 weeks (the most in the badminton circuit to date).
ii. He won 3 Olympic Silver medals in 2008 Beijing, 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro(Brazil).
iii. After his retirement in 2019, Chong Wei continues to play an active role in sport in his native Malaysia, serving as his country’s chef-de-mission at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 held from 23 July – 8 August in Japan.
Additional Info:
Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei faced each other 40 times in their career, (including 2 Olympic Games finals in 2008 and 2012) with Lin Dan leading the head-to-head record 28–12.      


CJI DY Chandrachud launches ‘E-filing 2.0’ & “e-Sewa Kendra”

On 12th May 2023, D Y Chandrachud, Chief Justice of India (CJI), launched “E-filing 2.0” and told lawyers that the facility for filing cases electronically will be now available around the clock.

  • CJI D Y Chandrachud, who has been advocating for e-courts and e-filing of cases across the country, also inaugurated an “e-Sewa Kendra” on the Supreme Court’s premises.
  • The “e-Sewa Kendra” aims to provide litigants and lawyers with a one-stop solution for all their needs related to filing cases and accessing information on cases pending or disposed of in any court across India.
  • The lawyers could also use the e-Sewa Kendra to know the case status from any court or tribunal across India.


International Nurses Day 2023 – May 12International Nurses Day - May 12 2023International Nurses Day (IND) is annually observed across the globe on May 12 to honour the contribution of nurses to society and acknowledge their role in the overall healthcare system.

  • The day commemorates 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).

International Nurses Day 2023 was observed on 12th May 2023.

  • The theme/campaign of the IND 2023 is “Our Nurses. Our Future”.

i. Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the United States (US) Department of Health, Education and Welfare, proposed to Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States of America (USA) to declare “Nurses Day” in 1953.
ii. The 1st ever International Nurses Day was observed on 12th May 1965 by the ICN.
About the International Council of Nurses (ICN):
President- Pamela F Cipriano
Headquarters- Geneva, Switzerland
Establishment- 1899
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Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma dedicates ‘Digitising Asom’ to the publicCM Himanta Biswa Sarma dedicates ‘Digitizing Asom’ to publicOn May 11 2023, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister (CM) of Assam dedicated ‘Digitising Asom‘, a community project aimed at the digitisation of rare Assamese journals and books published between 1813 and 1970 for public use at an event organised at Janata Bhawan in Guwahati, Assam.

  • Digitising Asom is initiated by Nanda Talukdar Foundation, a Non-Government Organisation in Assam & supported by Assam Jatiya Bidyalaya Educational and Socio-economic Trust.
  • Digitising Asom aimed to preserve the remarkable works of Assamese Literature for ages digitally, regardless of their location, and make them available to the public for free of cost through the website

Phases of the project:
i. Phase 1:

  • In the first phase of the project, journals published between 1840 and 1970 have been included encompassing 3,071 editions of as many as 161 journals with a total of 2,45,680 pages.
  • A large number of literary works have not been digitised under this phase of the project as many such journals, books are no longer available in the public domain.

ii. Phase 2:

  • The second phase of the project, under processing, shall cover books published between 1813 and 1962. All the rare collections of books can be digitalised in this phase.

For Digitizing Asom, all the necessary support will be provided by the Government of Assam including financial support.
Additional Info:
i. Efforts have already been taken by the Government of Assam at using digitization for efficient delivery of public services such as Mission Sadbhavna (an initiative to dispose-off all pending files in the state secretariat), among others.
ii. From June 1 2023, all files in the offices of the Deputy Commissioner and the Directorates set to be processed only in digital format
About Assam:
Capital– Dispur
Chief Minister– Himanta Biswa Sarma
Governor– Gulab Chand Kataria
Festivals– Bohag Bihu festival is celebrated in the month of April when the farmers start sowing and it is marked as Assamese New Year.
Magh Bihu festival is celebrated in the month of January-February, which celebrates the season of harvesting of grains.

Telangana CM Chandrashekhar Rao launched Geeta Karmikula Bima Scheme

On May 2 2023 Telangana Chief Minister (CM) K Chandrashekhar Rao announced a special scheme named Geeta Karmikula Bima, for the Toddy Tappers community of Telangana, to provide life insurance cover of Rs.5 lakh to toddy tappers.

  • “Geeta Karmikula Bima” Scheme is on the lines of the existing scheme of “Rythu Bheema”, which was designed by the Telangana Government for the farmer families.

Key people involved in the Scheme:
Thaneeru Harish Rao, Minister of Medical Health and Finance Department of Telangana, and V. Srinivas Goud, Minister of Prohibition & Excise of Telangana, to formulate guidelines for the scheme; A. Santhi Kumari, Chief Secretary of Telangana to initiate immediate steps of the scheme.
Objective of the Scheme:
i. The main objective of this scheme is to provide financial support to the family members of Toddy Tapper, who accidentally or unfortunately fall from the trees while collecting toddy.
ii. Telangana government wants to cover all toddy tappers of the state under this insurance scheme.
The eligibility criteria for the Geeta Karmikula Bima Scheme are:

  • The person should be a permanent resident of the Telangana state.
  • He must be a toddy tapper.
  • He should belong to an economically backward section of society.

i. The insurance amount of Rs.5 lakhs will be sent directly to the bank account of the family member within 3-4 days of the

  • Even though the state government is giving Ex-gratia payments to the families of the victims, there was a significant delay in the process, but under this Karmikula Bima scheme, the insurance to the family members will be provided within 7 days of the victim’s death.

Note: Ex-gratia payment is made to an individual by an organisation, government, or insurer for damages or claims, but it does not require the admittance of liability by the party making the payment.
i. Through the development of this scheme, Lifestyle changes will be provided to people from the economically backward section of society.
ii. Financial benefits will be provided to the whole family if the only job holder of the family died accidentally.
iii. Families that do not have insurance coverage can benefit from the Geeta Karmikula Bima insurance scheme.

Note – In a separate announcement, the CM also assured farmers hit by unseasonal rains that the State government would procure the entire crop, including paddy stocks exposed to rainwater at the same price.
About Telangana:
Capital– Hyderabad
Chief Minister– K. Chandrashekar Rao
Governor– Tamilisai Soundararajan
Tiger Reserve– Amrabad Tiger Reserve


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1Ministry of Ayush and ICMR sign MoU to Promote & Collaborate on Integrative Health Research
2Highlights of Israel Foreign Minister Eli Cohen’s Visit to India – May 9 to 11 2023
3KIRF: Kerala becomes 1st state to launch Institutional Ranking Framework
4India Semiconductor Mission signs MoU with Purdue University in USA
5Union Minister Piyush Goyal co-chaired 6th India-Canada MDTI in Canada
6RBI provided license to Profectus Capital for Factoring Services to MSMEs; Mandates INR settlement of fees for Certain Cards
7World Bank approves USD 82mn for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in India
8Kotak Bank’s launched ‘Privy League’ Premium Banking Customers offering India’s  1st LED debit cards
9ADB Announces IF-CAP Program for Climate Change Financing in Asia&Pacific
10RazorpayX Introduces Automated ESCROW+ Solution Powered by Axis Trustee Services
11Sebi grants Final Approval for Proposed Change in Control of HDFC AMC
12Bank of Baroda launches Electronic Bank Guarantee on its BarodaINSTA Platform
13Overview of IBLA 2023: CNBC TV18 honours the best in business
14Badminton legends Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei to enter 2023 BWF Hall of Fame
15CJI DY Chandrachud launches ‘E-filing 2.0’ & “e-Sewa Kendra”
16International Nurses Day 2023 – May 12
17Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma dedicates ‘Digitising Asom’ to the public
18Telangana CM KCR launched Geeta Karmikula Bima Scheme