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India & UAE signed MoU on scientific and technical cooperation
The Union Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on scientific and technical cooperation between the Ministry of Earth Sciences and the National Centre of Meteorology of the UAE, according to a statement.
The MoU provides for sharing of knowledge, data and operational products for meteorological, seismological and oceanic services such as radar, satellite, tide gauges, seismic and meteorological stations.
APEDA’s efforts to prepare action plan to boost millet exports
Agri export body APEDA is making efforts to prepare an action plan to increase export of millet and millet products for five years between 2021 and 2026.
Millet is a common term to categorize small-seeded grasses that are often termed nutri-cereals, and includes Sorghum, Pearl Millet, Ragi, Small Millet, Foxtail Millet, Proso Millet, Barnyard Millet, Kodo Millet and other millets.
CollabCAD Software for CBSE affiliated schools and released e-Book
National Informatics Centre (NIC), MeitY and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Ministry of Education along with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, provided the CollabCAD Software and released a comprehensive e-book on CollabCAD 3D modeling.
CBSE under the leadership of Chairman, Shri Manoj Ahuja, IAS will introduce CollabCAD Software for Engineering Graphics (Subject Code 046) at the Senior School Level for Class XI and XII. CollabCAD software will be used for Practical assignments as part of the subject curriculum for making different types of 3D designs and 2D Drawings.
Smart water supply measurement and monitoring system
An ICT Grand Challenge for development of a ‘smart water supply measurement and monitoring system’ is underway.
It was launched on the 15th of September, 2020 by National Jal Jeevan Mission in partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
Jal Jeevan Mission would be the user agency of the Grand Challenge and C-DAC, Bangalore is the implementing agency, providing technical support for the challenge. Total 218 applications were received, from various sectors like LLP Companies, Indian Tech start-ups, Individuals etc.
SEBI’s Mutual funds risk-o-meter
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has made it mandatory for mutual funds to assign a risk level to schemes, based on certain parameters. In its circular issued on October 5, the regulator made it mandatory for mutual fund houses to characterise the risk level of their schemes on a six-stage scale from “Low” to “Very High”.
All mutual funds shall, beginning January 1, assign a risk level to their schemes at the time of launch, based on the scheme’s characteristics. The risk-o-meter must be evaluated on a monthly basis.
Yellow grub becomes EU’s first insect food
Mealworms may soon find their way into Europe’s pasta bowls and dinner dishes, after becoming the first insect approved in the region as a human food.
Mealworms are the larval form of the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, a species of darkling beetle. Despite their name, mealworms are beetle larvae rather than worms. Like all holometabolic insects, they go through four life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
Festival of harvest being celebrated across the country
Celebrations have begun for the festival of harvest across the country. The festival is referred to by different names in different parts of the country such as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti in Northern India, Gujarat, West Bengal, and Karnataka and Bihu in Assam. Makar Sankranti is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, in reference to deity Surya (sun).
Makar Sankranti is observed according to solar cycles. It is held normally on the 14th of January, or a day before or after. In certain regions celebrations can go on for even four days and vary a lot in the rituals.
83 Tejas fighter jets at a cost of ₹45,696 crore
The Cabinet approved procurement of 73 LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas Mk-1A fighter aircraft and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 Trainer aircraft at a cost of ₹45,696 crore, along with design and development of infrastructure sanctions worth ₹1,202 crore.
Light Combat Aircraft Mk-1A variant is an indigenously designed, developed and manufactured state-of-the-art modern 4+ generation fighter aircraft.
RBI forms working group on digital lending
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted a working group on digital lending including online platforms and mobile apps to study all aspects of digital lending activities in the regulated financial sector as well as by unregulated players.
The working group consists of both internal and external members and is chaired by Jayant Kumar Dash, Executive Director, RBI.
Adultery can’t be decriminalised for armed forces
The Supreme Court admitted a petition filed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) seeking to exempt armed forces personnel from the ambit of a Constitution Bench judgment of 2018 that decriminalised adultery.
A three-judge Bench led by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman said the plea had to be considered by a Constitution Bench because the original verdict, striking down Section 497 (adultery) of the IPC, was pronounced by a five-judge Bench in September 2018.
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