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Top Current Affairs of the Week
- Report on ‘Household Social Consumption: Education in India’ released
- DRDO successfully test fired HSTDV
- Tamil Nadu Government Releases Electronics Hardware Manufacturing Policy, 2020
- Indira Gandhi Peace Prize conferred on Sir David Attenborough
- Three labour Codes approved in the Union Cabinet
- Matsya Sampada Yojana launched
- India, France, Australia hold first trilateral dialogue
- Postal Department launched ‘Five Star Villages’
- India-Japan inks mutual military logistics agreement
1. Report on ‘Household Social Consumption: Education in India’ released
The report on ‘Household Social Consumption:Education in India’ has been released by National Statistical Office(NSO). The report is a part of 75th round of National Sample Survey -from July 2017 – June 2018. It provided state-wise detail of literacy rate among the persons aged seven years and above.
According to the report, Kerela tops the literary rate percentage in the country at 96.2 % followed by Delhi‘s 88.7 %, Uttarakhand’s 87.6%, Himachal Pradesh‘s 86.6 % and Assam’s at 85.9 %.
Top 10 States with highest literacy rate
2. DRDO successfully test fired HSTDV
India successfully flight tested the indigeneously -developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle(HSTDV) for the first time on September 7, 2020. The test was conducted from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam testing range in Balasore, Odisha.
The HSTDV is an unmanned scramjet demonstration aircraft based on hypersonic propulsion technology. It has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO). The Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle(HSTDV) operates on scramjet engines which can attain the speed of around Mach 6 which is considered far better than ramjet engines. It can move up to an altitude of 32.5 km in 20 seconds.
The HSTDV can be used for long-range cruise missiles of the future. Besides this, the dual-use technology will have multiple applications. The vehicle can be used to launch satellites at low cost.
3. Tamil Nadu Government Releases Electronics Hardware Manufacturing Policy, 2020
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K. Palaniswami released the the Tamil Nadu Electronics Hardware Manufacturing Policy 2020 on August 7, 2020.
Aim of the Policy
The aim of the policy is to transform Tamil Nadu into an innovative and a globally competitive Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) destination.
- Tamil Nadu targets
- to increase it’s electronics industrial output to USD 100 billion by 2025.
- to contribute 25% of India’s total electronics exports by 2025.
- to undertake skill training for more than 1,00,000 people.
- to increase the level of value addition.
- to undertake a focused research and development programmes.
- to foster a conducive environment for ESDM Start-ups.
- to attract at least two major FAB investments to Tamil Nadu in the next three years.
- Under the policy the Government of Tamil Nadu a special package of incentives for ESDM Units in MSME sector.
- The Government will provide capital subsidy based on investment ranges and location for new and expansion manufacturing units.
- Training subsidy of Rs 4000 and Rs 6000 for men and women respectively per first time employee per month up to six months will be provided.
- All new and expansion electronic manufacturing unit will be give electricity tax exemption for a period of 5 years from the date of commercial production.
4. Indira Gandhi Peace Prize conferred on Sir David Attenborough
On 7 September, 2020 Sir David Attenborough was awarded with the prestigious Indira Gandhi Peace Prize-2020 . The award was conferred on him by former Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh at a virtual event held on 7th September.
Indira Gandhi Peace Prize
The Indira Gandhi Peace Prize or the Indira Gandhi Prize or the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development is a prestigious award accorded annually by Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust to individuals or organisations in recognition of creative efforts toward promoting international peace, development and a new international economic order.
The award was instituted in the memory of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1986. It consist of a monetary award of Rs 25 lakh and a citation.
5. Three labour Codes approved in the Union Cabinet
On 8 September, 2020 the Union Cabinet approved three labour codes on occupational safety, health and working conditions, social security, and Industrial Relations.
The Code on Industrial Relations, 2019 bill, aims to streamline industrial relations by consolidating three laws – the Trade Unions Act, 1926, the Industrial Employment(Standing Orders) Act, 1946, and the Industrial Disputes Act 1947.
So 44 central labour laws are codified into four codes by simplifying, amalgamating and rationalising relevent provisions of the legislations as per the recommendations of the second National Commission on Labour. Out of these four codes the Code on Wages has already been approved by Parliament and the remaining three were referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour for scrutiny.
6. Matsya Sampada Yojana launched
On September 10, 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Matsya Sampada Yojana’ for the sustainable development of the fisheries sector of India.
About Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana(PMMSY)
The PMMSY is a scheme that intends to address the critical gaps in fish production and productivity, quality, technology, post-harvest infrastructure and management, modernisation and strengthening of value chain, traceability, establishing a robust fisheries management framework and fishers’ welfare.
The scheme has been approved at a total estimated investment of Rs 20,050 crores to be implemented over a period of five years.
Aims and Objectives of Matsya Sampada Yojana
(a)Harnessing of fisheries potential in a sustainable, responsible, inclusive and equitable manner.
(b)Enhancing of fish production and productivity through expansion, intensification, diversification and productive utilization of land and water
(c)Modernizing and strengthening of value chain post-harvest management
and quality improvement.
(d)Doubling fishers and fish farmers incomes and generation of employment.
(e)Enhancing contribution to Agriculture GVA and exports.
(f)Social, physical and economic security for fishers and fish farmers.
(g)Robust fisheries management and regulatory framework.
- PMMSY will be implemented as an umbrella scheme having both Centrally Sector Components and Centrally Sponsored Scheme Components.
- The scheme will create a conducive environment for private sector participation, development of entrepreneurship, business models, promotion of ease of doing business, innovations and innovative project activities including start-ups, incubators etc. in fisheries sector.
- Well structured implementation framework will be created for effective implementation right up to district or sub-district level.
- Enhancing exports to Rs 1 lakh Crore by 2024-25 is one of the key objectives of PMMSY.
- Under the scheme Insurance coverage for fishing vessels will be introduced for the first time.
- Thrust on organic aquaculture promotion and certification.
- Thrust on Seaweed and ornamental Fisheries to generate huge employment.
7. India, France, Australia hold first trilateral dialogue
The first India-France-Australia Trilateral Dialogue held virtually on September 9, 2020. The focus of the dialogue was on enhancing the cooperation in the Indo-pacific Region that has been witnessing increasing Chinese military assertiveness.
- In the meeting the three sides agreed to hold the dialogue on an annual basis.
- The three sides discussed economic and geo-strategic challenges and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific particularly in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.
- The three countries had an exchange on the priorities, challenges and trends in regional and global multilateral institutions including the best ways to strengthen and reform multilateralism.
- Cooperation on marine global commons and potential areas for practical partnership at the trilateral and regional level were also discussed.
8. Postal Department launched ‘Five Star Villages’
The Department of Posts launched a scheme called the ‘Five Star Villages’ on September 10, 2020. The scheme was launched in order to bridge the gaps in public awareness and reach of postal products and services in interior villages. The scheme will ensure universal coverage of flagship postal schemes in rural areas of the country.
Schemes covered under ‘Five Star Villages’
The schemes covered under the ‘Five Star Villages’ includes-
- Savings Bank accounts, Recurring Deposit Accounts, NSC/KVP certificates.
- Sukanya Samridhi Accounts/PPF.
- Funded Post Office Savings Account linked India Post Payments Bank accounts.
- Postal Life Insurance Policy/Rural Postal Life Insurance Policy.
- Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana Account/Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana Account.
A village attaining universal coverage for four schemes from the above list gets four-star status and a village completing three schemes gets three-star status and so on.
9. India-Japan inks mutual military logistics agreement
On September 10, 2020 India-Japan inked a landmark Logistic agreement on “Reciprocal Provision Supplies and Services” to allow their militaries to access each other’s bases for logistics support. The acquisition and cross-servicing pact was signed be Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Japanese Ambassador Suzuki Satoshi.
- The agreement is expected to facilitate the smooth and prompt provision of supplies and services between the Self-Defense Forces of Japan and the Indian Armed Forces.
- The pact will enhance the interoperability between the armed forces, resulting in further expansion of bilateral defense engagement under the Indo-Japan special strategic and global partnership.
- The agreement establishes the enabling framework for closer cooperation between the armed forces of India and Japan in reciprocal provision of supplies and services.