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’

2.Economy

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

4.Economy

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

5.International Affairs

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.

6.National Affairs

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.

7.Government Schemes

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)