1.National Affairs

PM Modi launches Three High Throughput COVID testing facilities

The three high throughput COVID testing facilities will increase the testing capacity by almost 10,000 daily tests

The Facilities will be located in Noida, Kolkata and Mumbai

Higher testing capacity would support early detection and treatment of COVID-19

2.Geography

“Mausam” app launched for weather forecasts

The mobile application will be India’s indigenous app for weather forecast.

It has been designed and developed by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune and the India Meteorological Department (IMD)

It was released on the occasion of the 14th foundation day of Ministry of Earth Sciences

3.Miscellaneous

New Book Release: Quest for Restoring Financial Stability in India by Viral V Achary

Quest for Restoring Financial Stability in India has been written by Viral V.Acharya who was the former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deputy governor.

The book is about his quest to restore financial stability in India and offers a concrete plan for sustained improvement

It will be published by SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd.

4.Miscellaneous

New Book Release: The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World by Dr. S Jaishankar

S. Jaishankar is a former diplomat, and the current Minister of External Affairs

His book is about India’s struggles to gain influence in a domain due to three major burdens in its past foreign policy

The book has been published by the HarperCollins India publications.

5.Miscellaneous

Kashmiri Saffron gets GI Tag

GI certification guarantees specific geographical origin and certifies unique qualities of the product, enabling right to use to only certified producers

With the certification of Kashmiri saffron:

  1. It will gain more prominence in the world’s export market
  2. Help farmers in getting a more remunerative price
  3. Curb bad practices like adulteration and give quality assurance to customers

6.Economy

Financial Management Index for Rural Development to rank performance of states

The  ‘Financial Management Index for Rural Development Programmes’ has been released to rank the performance of States

It will rank states on the basis of planning measures like annual plans, optimum implementation of Public Financial Management System (PFMS), DBT, Internal Audit and Social Audit.

It aims to promote competitive, cooperative federalism amongst Indian states