1.Person in News
IARI-Jharkhand’s building to be named after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee
A new building of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Jharkhand will be named after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee
Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was the founder of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh
One of his major calls for India was ‘One nation-one law’
Microsoft partners with NSDC to provide digital skills
Amid the corona crisis, the company Microsoft has partnered with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to offer digital skills to India’s youth
As part of the program, ‘Microsoft Learn’, Microsoft’s learning resource center, will be integrated with the eSkill India digital platform
This will create a digital skills ecosystem and skill Indian youth in jobs for the future.
Quick Fact: Manish Kumar is the CEO and MD of National Skill Development Corporation
3.India and the World
SDG index 2020: India ranks 117th
UNDP’s SDG index 2020 has ranked 166 nations on 17 sustainable development goals
With a score of 61.92, India has ranked 117
Sweden, Denmark and Finland are top three countries in the index
Quick Fact: SDGs were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly
First time for Finance Commission: An entire chapter on Health Financing
The 15th Finance Commission will devote an entire chapter on Health Financing for the first time
For this, all members will study the need and aspects of health sector along with government spending on the sector via centrally sponsored schemes
A meeting between the 15th Finance Commission and World Bank, Niti Aayog and High level group (HLG) on the health sector was also held for the same
Quick Fact: NK Singh is the chairperson of the 15th Finance Commission
Sri Lanka, Maldives: First two south-east Asian countries to eliminate rubella and measles
World Health Organization (WHO) has announced elimination of rubella and measles from Sri Lanka and Maldives
In doing this, they have successfully become the first two south-east Asian countries under WHO to eliminate both rubella and measles
Quick Fact: The 11 countries in WHO’s South East Asia region are India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Maldives, Myanmar, North Korea, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and Nepal.
Odisha: First Indian state to use space tech and AI for monitoring government lands
Bhubaneswar Land Use Intelligence System, BLUIS, has been launched to monitor government land in the state using high-resolution satellite imagery
The need arose due to lack of transparency related to encroachment on government land
By nature, BLUIS is a web and mobile-based geo-tagged repository.
ARHCs to be developed for Urban Migrants/Poor under PMAY-U
Cabinet has given approval for development of Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs)
The ARHCs will provide affordable and hygienic housing to urban migrants and poor who have lost their houses in the pandemic.
ARHCs will be a sub-scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U)