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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Delhi-Dehradun Expressway to feature India’s 1st & Asia’s largest 12 Km Wildlife Protection Corridor
First highway with wildlife protection corridori.The upcoming 210 kilometres long Delhi-Dehradun Expressway (Delhi-Saharanpur-Dehradun Economic corridor) is all set to become India’s first highway with 12 km long elevated corridor for the protection of wildlife as it will pass through pristine forest areas. It will also be Asia’s largest wildlife corridor.
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The project will be executed under the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) mode by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).
iii.Notably, this expressway will reduce the distance between the two cities from 235 km to 210 km, and travel time from the current 6.5 hours to just 2.5 hours i.e reduction of 4 hours.
About Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH)
Nitin Gadkari Constituency– Nagpur (Maharashtra)
Minister of State (MoS)– Gen. (Dr) Vijay Kumar Singh
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MSDE launches Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship 2021-23Mahatma Gandhi National FellowshipOn February 13, 2021, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) launched a Two-year Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF) 2021-23 programme during the event ‘Transforming Skilling through Strategic partnerships under SANKALP’.

  • MGNF will be a certificate program in Public Policy and Management offered by IIMs.
  • The fellowship has been rolled out under the World Bank loan assisted programme SANKALP (Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion) and will be hosted by the 9 IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management).
  • MSDE will implement the fellowship in collaboration with State Skill Development Missions (SSDMs).
  • The scheme will be rolled out in more than 660 districts across India.

Participating IIMs:
The 9 IIMs which are participating in the programme are IIM Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Visakhapatnam, IIM-Udaipur, IIM Nagpur, IIM Ranchi & IIM-Jammu for national roll out of MGNF.

  • The scheme will be rolled out in more than 660 districts across India.

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  • Fellows will be given a Stipend of INR 50, 000 per month for the first year & INR 60, 000 per month for the second year.
  • During the first year, the programme will impart academic expertise and technical competency needed to understand the overall skill ecosystem to the fellows.

ii.MSDE’s Partnership with KILA:

  • MSDE has collaborated with Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) for conducting capacity building programmes for District Officials from the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Lakshadweep.

iii.Launch of Skill Training on Gender Sensitisation:
During the event, MSDE also launched ‘Skill Training on Gender Sensitisation and Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) at the workplace’.
About Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE):
Union Minister – Mahendra Nath Pandey (Lok Sabha MP, Constituency – Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh)
Minister of State – Raj Kumar Singh (Lok Sabha MP, Constituency – Arrah, Bihar)
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IETO Signs MoU with Govt of Karnataka for SDGsIETO, Karnataka govt sign MoU for SDGsi.On February 9, 2021 The Indian Economic Trade Organization (IETO) and the Government of Karnataka signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) at Bengaluru, Karnataka to work closely to implement the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) more effectively in the state and to expand the scope of the sustainable future.
ii.Purpose: To implement SDG more effectively in the State
iii.Dr Asif Iqbal, President of IETO and Ms Shalini Rajneesh (IAS), Principal Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka signed the MoU.
About  Indian Economic Trade Organization (IETO):
President– Dr Asif Iqbal
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka
NickName of Karnataka Cities:
Bengaluru– Garden City of India, Silicon Valley of India, Space City of India,  Science City of India, IT Capital of India
Kolar- Golden City of India
Chikmagalur- Coffee land
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2nd Phase of  Vigyan Jyoti Programme CommencedVigyan Jyoti programme spreads to 100 districts in 2nd phasei.The second phase of Vigyan Jyoti programme has been commenced on the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, 2021.
ii.This phase will cover 50 more districts in addition to the existing 50 districts across India.
iiiThe programme encourages girls to nurture their interest in science and build a career in  Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
About Ministry of Science & Technology(MoST):
Union Minister– Dr. Harsh Vardhan(Constituencies- Chandni Chowk,New Delhi)
Departments– Department of Science & Technology (DST),Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR)/Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)
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NeGPA: The Mission of Digital Agriculture
NeGPA Towards the Mission of Digital Agriculturei.National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGPA) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme initiated in 2010-11 as a pilot project in 7 India states viz. Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh. It was then extended for all the remaining States and 2 UTs in 2014-15 for a period of 5 years. Now, this 5 year period was extended up to March 31, 2021.
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The aim of the scheme is to provide timely access to agriculture related information to the farmers through Information & Communication Technology (ICT).
About Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare:
Union Minister– Narendra Singh Tomar(Constituency- Morena, Madhya Pradesh)
Minister of State (MoS) – Parshottambhai Rupala, Kailash Choudhary
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Kerala hosted 2nd International Conference on Gender Equality as its 1st Carbon Neutral Event in KozhikodeKerala host the 2nd Edition of the ICGE 2021i.The 2nd edition of International Conference on Gender Equality (ICGE II) was held at the Gender Park Campus in Kozhikode, Kerala on February 11-13, 2021, which was inaugurated by the Kerala Chief Minister (CM) Pinarayi Vijayan. He also announced the functional launch of Gender Park Campus on February 14, 2021.
ii.The conference was hosted by the Gender Park in association with United Nations (UN) Women on the theme “Gender in Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Business: The Mediating Role of Empowerment”.
iii.The event saw the participation of 90 internationally renowned speakers from over 20 countries.
iv.It was also attended by KK Shailaja, Minister of Health, Social Justice and Women and Child Development of the Government of Kerala.
About Kerala:
Tiger Reserve– Periyar Tiger Reserve, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
Bird Sanctuary– Thattekkad bird Sanctuary, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
About United Nations (UN) Women:
Executive Director– Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Headquarters– New York, United States (US)
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Overview of PM Narendra Modi’s Visit to Tamil Nadu & Kerala on February 14, 2021

PM Modi’s visit to Kerala and Tamil NaduOn February 14, 2021, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi visited Tamil Nadu & Kerala. During the visit he inaugurated, laid the foundation stone for various projects in the two states.
PM Modi’s Visit to Tamil Nadu:
During his visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated & Laid Foundation Stones for several Projects from Chennai. They are

  • Inauguration of Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I Extension
  • Laid Foundation Stone for Extension, Renovation & Modernization of the Grand Anicut Canal System
  • Foundation Stone for Discovery Campus of IIT Madras
  • Handed over the Indigenously Developed Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Indian Army.

PM’s Visit to Kerala:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for various projects in Kochi, Kerala. They are

  • Inaugurated Propylene Derivative Petrochemical Project (PDPP) of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)
  • Launches 2 Ro-Ro Vessels to be operated between Bolgatty & Willingdon Island
  • Inaugurated India’s 1st Full-fledged International Cruise Terminal – ‘Sagarika
  • Inaugurated Cochin Shipyard ‘Vigyana Sagar’ Marine Engineering Training Institute, the only maritime training institute in India functioning within a Shipyard.

About Tamil Nadu:
Dams – Sathanur Dam (on river Thenpennai), Mettur Dam (on river Cauvery)
About Kerala:
Ports – Cochin Port, Kollam (formerly Quilon) Port
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Jammu & Kashmir’s Chenab Valley Celebrates 3 Day Kanchoth Festival Age-old Kanchoth festival celebratedThe 3 day Kanchoth festival, a symbol of ancient Nag culture is observed annually across Chenab valley region of Jammu and Kashmir during the ‘Shukla Paksha of Magh month’ in January or February. It is mainly celebrated by Nag followers. Kanchoth festival 2021 begins from February 14, 2021.
Reason for the Celebration: It is believed that on Gouri Tritiya( February 14 ), Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married.
Note:  Kanchoth festival is like ‘Karva Chouth’ that is being celebrated in other parts of the country. The festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon, in the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Kartik.
Recent Festivals Celebrated in other States:
i.Bihar’s 1st Migratory Birds Festival held in Bhagalpur, Bihar
ii.Odisha celebrates Raja Parba – Festival of Menstruation and Womanhood

Central Government raises Upper Ceiling for Family Pensions to INR 1, 25, 000 per monthFamily pensions upper ceiling raisedDr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions stated that the upper Ceiling for 2 Family Pensions has been increased to INR 1, 25, 000 per month from INR 45, 000 per month.

  • The amount of 2 family pensions that a child can draw has been restricted to INR 1, 25, 000 per month after taking into account the changes after the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations, in which the highest pay has been revised to INR 2, 50, 000.
  • According to the sub-rule (11) of rule 54 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules 1972, in case both wife & husband are Government servants and are governed by the provisions of that rule, on their death, the surviving child is eligible for 2 family pensions in respect of the deceased parents.
  • Reflecting the recommendations of the 7th CPC, the amount prescribed in CCS (Pension) Rules has also been revised to INR 1, 25, 000 per month (50% of 2, 50, 000) & INR 75, 000 per month (30% of 2, 50, 000).

The clarification was provided by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW).
About Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions:
Union Minister – Narendra Modi (Lok Sabha MP, Constituency – Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh)
Minister of State – Dr Jitendra Singh (Lok Sabha MP, Constituency – Udhampur, UT of Jammu & Kashmir)
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ESIC Partners with NHA to Upgrade Medical Infrastructure Available under AB PM-JAY in MaharashtraESIC join hands with the National Health Authorityi.The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has partnered with National Health Authority (NHA) to upgrade the medical infrastructure available under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) in the state of Maharashtra.
ii.Purpose: To ensure better access to medical facilities for the beneficiaries of ESIC.
About Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC):
It is under the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.
Director General–  Anuradha Prasad I.D.A.S.
Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi
About National Health Authority (NHA) :
i.It is the successor of the National Health Agency, which was functioning as a registered society since 23rd May, 2018
ii.National Health Agency was reconstituted as the National Health Authority on 2nd January 2019.
CEO– Dr. Ram Sewak Sharma(Replaced Indu Bhushan)
Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi
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Agri Minister Narendra Singh Tomar: India Contributes Around 24% To Global Pulses Output

On 13th February 2021, Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare virtually addressed the International conference “Global virtual Ceremony” in Rome on World Pulses Day.
He stated that India has contributed to around 24% of the global pulses production. The pulses production of India has increased to 240 lakh tonne which was around 140 lakh tonne in the past 6 years.
Highlights:
i.He also stated that India has been working toward increasing the production of pulses to reduce the gap between the demand and supply chain.
ii.India is the largest producer of pulses in the world, and India has become almost self-sufficient in pulses production.
iii.During April to December 2020, India recorded an increase in the export of agricultural goods including pulses with 26% increase in pulses production.
Initiatives of Indian government:
i.The government is promoting farming with high priority. Therefore, the agricultural budget of the country has been increased by more than 5 times, which is now about Rs 1.25 lakh crore.
ii.The government of India has been promoting Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO’s) to provide assistance to the small and marginal farmers (86%) of India.
iii.In 5 years the Government of India is set to build 10,000 new FPOs in the country with an outlay of Rs 6,850 crore.
Key People:
Pope Francis, QU Dongyu, Director General of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Tang Renjian, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Republic of China, Julien Denormandie, Minister of Agriculture and Food, Government of France, Luis Eugenio Basterra, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Argentina, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Food System’s Summit along with other dignitaries participated in the virtual event.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

With 1% of World’s Vehicles, India accounts for 11% of Global deaths in Road Accidents: World Bank reportIndia tops the world with 11% of global death in road accidentsAccording to the report ‘Traffic Crash Injuries and Disabilities:The Burden on Indian Society’ released by the World Bank with 1% of World’s vehicles, India accounts for 11% of Global Road Accident deaths & 6% of total road crashes.
i.In India, annually around 4.5 Lakh road crashes take place out of which 1.5 Lakh people die.
ii.The World Bank report was prepared in association with Save LIFE Foundation (SLF).

  • According to WHO, India topped the world in road crash deaths with more than 400 fatalities per day and witnesses 53 road crashes every hour.
  • In the last decade (2011-20), road crashes were the cause of death of 1.3 million people & has injured around 5 million in India.
  • 76.2% of people who are killed in road crashes are in the prime working-age i.e 18-45 years.
  • The report puts the total value of Crash costs due to accidents at INR 5.96 Lakh Crore or 3.14% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

iii.Road Traffic Injuries (RTIs) is the 8th leading cause of death globally.
iv.Male road-users of working age (18-45) represent the category of Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) in India.They are prone to large number of road crashes & account for more than half of all road crash deaths & serious injuries in India.
Click here to read the full report
About World Bank:
Headquarters- Washington, D.C., United States
President- David R. Malpass
About Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH):
Union Minister – Nitin Gadkari (Lok Sabha MP, Constituency – Nagpur, Maharashtra)
Minister of State – Vijay Kumar Singh (Lok Sabha MP, Constituency – Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh)
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BANKING & FINANCE

RBI Tightens Norms for Investments in NBFCs from 17 Non-FATF CountriesRBI-tightens-norms-for-investments-in-NBFCs-from-non-FATF-nationsi.The 17 countries (or jurisdictions) flagged by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) under its publications of ” High-risk jurisdictions subject to a Call for Action “, and “jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring” will face restrictions on the fresh investments in India’s Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs).
ii.The restrictions put in force by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will not treat the FATF-flagged countries at par with the compliant jurisdictions.
iii.Countries under High-risk jurisdictions subject to a Call for Action:
Albania, Barbados, Botswana, Cambodia, Ghana, Jamaica, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Syria, Uganda, Yemen, and Zimbabwe
iv.Countries under Increased Monitoring:
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and Iran
About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, and M Rajeswar Rao)
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Kotak Mahindra Bank Launches  Kotak Remit, its Outward Forex Remittance ServiceKotak Remit on mobilei.On February 15, 2021 Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd launched its outward forex remittance service, Kotak Remit. In an industry-first move, Kotak Remit is live on the Kotak Mobile Banking App.
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With this the Kotak Mahindra Bank’s customers for the 1st time can transfer the money internationally to their beneficiaries from their mobile.
About Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited:
Founder, MD & CEO– Uday Kotak
Head Office– Mumbai,  Maharashtra
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Mastercard Launched “Priceless™ India”, to Provide the Rich Heritage of India to Domestic & Global Travellers

On 11th February 2021, Mastercard launched its Flagship ‘Priceless’ program – “Priceless India”. The Priceless India will enable the mastercard holders both domestic and global travellers to get exclusive access to various experiences in the iconic cities of India. The program will be executed in 2 phases:

  • Mastercard will launch 16 short films which showcase the unique aspects of the iconic cities.
  • The card holders can get the experiences in real time through selected packages over online.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Ministry of Tribal Affairs wins Award of Appreciation at the 18th CSI SIG eGov Awards 2020Ministry-of-Tribal-Affairs-bags-Award-of-Appreciation-in-the-18th-CSI-SIG-E-Governance-Awards-2020i.On 12th February 2021, the Ministry of tribal Affairs won the Award of Appreciation under Project Category Award in the 18th Computer Society of India (CSI) Special Interest Group on e-Governance(SIGe-Gov) Awards 2020 for its Performance Dashboard Empowering Tribals Transforming India through various ICT initiatives.
ii.The Gopan Department, Govt of Uttarakhand and the National Informatics Centre, Uttarakhand State Unit won the award of Excellence for the initiating the e-Cabinet (e-Mantrimandal), an initiative in the field of e-governance.
iii.CSI SIG EGovernance Awards is a series of awards instituted by the Computer Society of India (CSI) to recognise the contributions towards e-governance by the State, Departments, Districts and Project level.
About Computer Society of India (CSI): 
CSI is a non profit society of computer professionals from across India.
CSI is involved in research, knowledge sharing, supporting the student community for career enhancement and to work in the activities that use the benefits of advances in IT to all the sectors of the society.
President– Gautam Mahapatra
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Formed in 1965
About CSI-SIGe-Gov:
The Special Interest Group on e-Governance(SIGe-Gov) is a part of the CSI which is responsible for organising the CSI SIG e-Gov.
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India’s Rishabh Pant & South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail Won ICC Player of the Month for January 2021Rishabh-Pant-and-Shabnim-Ismail-voted-ICC-Player-of-the-Month-for-January-2021Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant won the The International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s Player of the Month award for January 2021 and South African cricketer Shabnim Ismail won the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for January 2021. This is the first edition of the ICC Player of the Month Awards.
Points to be Noted:
ICC introduced the awards in January 2021, where The ICC Voting Academy that comprises former players, broadcasters, and journalism from across the world and fans will vote to select the winner of the award.
Reason of the Award:
Rishabh Pant– The wicket keeper and batsman led India to win in 2 tests against australia by scoring, 97 at Sydney, Australia and 89(unbeaten) at Brisbane, Australia.
Shabnim Ismail- For her performance in 3 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 2 Twenty20 International (T20I) in January 2021. The bowler took 7 wickets in ODI series against Pakistan and also took 5 wickets in the; 2nd T20I against Pakistan.
About Rishabh Pant:
i.He became the first batsman for India to get off the mark in Test cricket with a six
ii.In January 2019, during the fourth Test against Australia, Pant became the  wicket-keeper 1st India to score a century in a Test match in Australia.
About Shabnim Ismail
i.She becomes the1st  player, across men’s and women’s cricket to take 100 wickets in T20Is.
ii.She is named as one of the fastest female bowlers in the world, with her top recorded speed reaching 128 kilometres per hour (80 Miles per hour-mph).

OBITUARY

Carlos Menem Former President of Argentina Passed Away at 90Former-Argentine-President-Carlos-Menem-dies-at-90On 14th February 2020, the former president of Argentina Carlos Menem, passed away at the age of 90 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was born in 1930 in Anillaco, Argentina.
About Carlos Menem:

i.Carlos Menem was elected governor of La Rioja in 1973
ii.He was elected as the 44th President of Argentina and served from 1989 to 1999.
iii.He promoted the law to reform the government and the economy of Argentina following the resignation of Raúl Alfonsín, his predecessor.
iv.Carlos MenemJusticialist Party became the senator representing La Rioja province from 2005 to 2019.
v.With the Peronist coalition “Front of All” Carlos was re-elected as the senator for a term which ends in 2023.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

New Book Titled ‘Tipane Kashmirchi (Notes on Kashmir), Untold Stories’ Authored by Arun Karmarkar

On 14th February 2021, Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir released the book titled ‘Tipane Kashmirchi (Notes on Kashmir), untold stories’ authored by Arun Karmarkar. The book features the researched facts about Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Manoj Sinha, stated that the new industrial development scheme of Rs.28,400 has been introduced which will attract investment to J&K and it will also create various opportunities to the youngsters.
  • He also noted that more than 70% of the population of J&K are below 35 which ensures the abundant manpower and resources of J&K.
  • Various measures through initiatives like Mission Youth are planned to harness the demographic dividend and ensure constructive engagement of youth, contributing to the development of J&K.

IMPORTANT DAYS

Safer Internet Day 2021 – February 9 Safer-Internet-Day feb 9i.The safer internet is annually observed across the globe on the 2nd day of the 2nd week(i.e. 2nd Tuesday) of February to create awareness about the emerging new online issues and current issues like cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity,
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The Safer Internet Day 2021 observed on 9th February 2021 marks the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day.
iii.The theme of the 2021 Safer Internet Day is “Together for a better internet”. 
iv.The day was first initiated in 2004 as a part of the SafeBorders project funded by the European Union and the day was taken up by Insafe, the network of Safer Internet Centres.
v.The first Safer Internet day was observed on 6th February 2004. 
About European Commission:
President– Ursula von der Leyen
Members– 27
Headquarters– Brussels, Belgium & Luxembourg
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STATE NEWS

Maharashtra Govt Launched Online Application Through Aaple Sarkar MahaDBT Portal

The Government of Maharashtra launched an online application, for the first time, through the Aaple Sarkar MahaDBT Portal (Direct Benefit Transfer). The Portal provides the benefits of various schemes of the Department of Agriculture on a single application by the Farmers.

  • The farmers can register their application online from anywhere at any time and they can view and track the status of their application in the system.
  • At the various stages of the application process, the farmers will be notified through SMS and emails. Click here to know more about Aaple Sarkar MahaDBT Portal

J&K’s AC approved Integrated Solid Waste Management Project by NAFED at Kot BhalwalNAFED-to-develop-Integrated-Solid-Waste-Management-Project-at-Kot-Bhalwal-in-2-yrsi.On February 13, 2021, the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) Administrative Council (AC) was met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha. During the meeting the AC has approved the following proposals:

  • AC has approved the Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) project by National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) with an estimated outlay of the project is 74.41 crore and project timeline is 2 years.
  • The AC also approved the proposal to register the Mission Youth as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 to maintain organizational and administrative structure for purposeful engagement of the youth.
  • The AC approved the proposal of the Animal, Sheep Husbandry & Fisheries Department to wind up the J&K Sheep & Sheep Products Development Board.

About Jammu & Kashmir:
National Parks-3: Kazinag National Park, Dachigam National Park, Kishtwar High Altitude National Park
Hydro Projects– Ratle Hydroelectric project (River Chenab), Kiru hydro-electric project (River Chenab), Pakal Dul (Drangdhuran) Hydroelectric Project (River Marusudar) State
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UP CM Yogi Adityanath Launches ‘UP Mukhyamantri Abhyudaya Yojana 2021’UP-CM-Yogi-Launches-Abhyudaya-Scheme-To-Help-Students-In-Competitive-Exams-Like-JEE,-NEETOn February 15, 2020, Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath launched ‘UP Mukhyamantri Abhyudaya Yojana 2021’. Under the scheme, Free-of-cost coaching centres will be established across the state, through which students can prepare for competitive exams like IAS, PCS, NDS, CDS, NEET & JEE.

  • In the First Phase, coaching centres will be set up at the divisional level & during the Second Phase at the district level.
  • The scheme will be implemented under the supervision of UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

Objective:
To provide assistance to students who want to prepare for various competitive examinations but are unable to prepare due to their financial conditions.
About Uttar Pradesh (UP):
Dams – Rihand Dam (also known as GovindBallabh Pant Sagar) (on Rihand River) Largest Dam of India by volume, Matatila Dam (Betwa River)
Nuclear Power Plant – Narora Atomic Power Station (NAPS)
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S.no Current Affairs 16 February 2021
1 Delhi-Dehradun Expressway to feature India’s 1st & Asia’s largest 12 Km Wildlife Protection Corridor
2 MSDE launches Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship 2021-23
3 IETO Signs MoU with Govt of Karnataka for SDGs
4 2nd Phase of  Vigyan Jyoti Programme Commenced
5 NeGPA: The Mission of Digital Agriculture
6 Kerala hosted 2nd International Conference on Gender Equality as its 1st Carbon Neutral Event in Kozhikode
7 Overview of PM Narendra Modi’s Visit to Tamil Nadu & Kerala on February 14, 2021
8 Jammu & Kashmir’s Chenab Valley Celebrates 3 Day Kanchoth Festival
9 Central Government raises Upper Ceiling for Family Pensions to INR 1, 25, 000 per month
10 ESIC Partners with NHA to Upgrade Medical Infrastructure Available under AB PM-JAY in Maharashtra
11 Agri Minister Narendra Singh Tomar: India Contributes Around 24% To Global Pulses Output
12 With 1% of World’s Vehicles, India accounts for 11% of Global deaths in Road Accidents: World Bank report
13 RBI Tightens Norms for Investments in NBFCs from 17 Non-FATF Countries
14 Kotak Mahindra Bank Launches  Kotak Remit, its Outward Forex Remittance Service
15 Mastercard Launched “Priceless™ India”, to Provide the Rich Heritage of India to Domestic & Global Travellers
16 Ministry of Tribal Affairs wins Award of Appreciation at the 18th CSI SIG eGov Awards 2020
17 India’s Rishabh Pant & South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail Won ICC Player of the Month for January 2021
18 Carlos Menem Former President of Argentina Passed Away at 90
19 New Book Titled ‘Tipane Kashmirchi (Notes on Kashmir), Untold Stories’ Authored by Arun Karmarkar
20 Safer Internet Day 2021 – February 9
21 Maharashtra Govt Launched Online Application Through Aaple Sarkar MahaDBT Portal
22 J&K’s AC approved Integrated Solid Waste Management Project by NAFED at Kot Bhalwal
23 UP CM Yogi Adityanath Launches ‘UP Mukhyamantri Abhyudaya Yojana 2021’