Maharashtra government launched ‘Mission Kavach Kundal’


1.Prime Minister to launch the first National Infrastructure Master Plan Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti Yojana on 13 October

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the first National Infrastructure Master Plan Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti Yojana on 13 October . Gati Shakti Yojana was announced this year by Shri Modi on the occasion of Independence Day. This scheme will bring 16 ministries on one platform.Will bring The scheme will bring on a single platform 16 ministries including seven core infrastructural areas to coordinate the scheme across all stakeholder ministries for timely avoidance of duplication, speedy disposal and avoidance of errors. Gati Shakti Manch will provide instant information for better coordination. The scheme focuses on achieving three basic objectives. This includes seamless connectivity to facilitate free movement of goods and people, enhanced prioritization, optimal utilization of resources, timely capacity building and resolution of issues such as unbounded planning, standardization and acceptance. The Gati Shakti Master Plan will provide the framework for the National Infrastructure Pipeline Plan. The scheme focuses on making Indian products more competitive by cutting logistics costs and streamlining supply chains.

2.Maharashtra government launched ‘Mission Kavach Kundal’

The state government of Maharashtra has launched a special COVID-19 vaccination campaign called Mission Kavach Kundal with a target to vaccinate 15 lakh people daily . The week-long campaign has been organized from October 08 to October 14, 2021. This campaign is in line with the Centre’s target of reaching the 100 crore vaccination mark by 15 October 2021. Meanwhile, 22,431 new cases were reported in the country in the last 24 hours. The active caseload currently stands at 2,44,198, the lowest in 204 days. According to the state health department, Maharashtra has recorded 2,876 new coronavirus positive cases, 90 deaths and 2,763 people have recovered.

3.Railways successfully run two long goods trains Trishul and Garud on South Central Railway route for the first time

For the first time, the Railways has successfully run two long goods trains Trishul and Garud on South Central Railway route . These freight trains are twice or even longer than the normal freight trains and will solve the capacity issues on important railway sections. According to the Ministry of Railways, Trishul is the first long freight train of South-Central Railway with 177 coaches . This train was started on 7th October from Kondapalli station of Vijayawada Division to Khurda Division of East Coast Railway. Then South Central Railway started similar Garud goods train on 8th October which will run between Raichur in Guntakal Division and Manuguru Station of Secunderabad Division.

4.Bangladesh government plans to set up second nuclear power plant in southern region

The Bangladesh government is planning to set up its second nuclear power plant in the southern region of the country . Initiating the installation work of the reactor pressure vessel at the Rupur Nuclear Power Plant , Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the second power plant would be set up after the completion of the ongoing plant. The government is looking for a suitable location for this plant. Rupur is Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant to be built with financial and technical assistance from Russia . 2400 MW Rupur Nuclear Power Plant by 2024Hope to be active. India is assisting Bangladesh by securing a special concessional line of credit of about USD 1 billion for construction of transmission line and power evacuation facility from Rupur nuclear power plant. The foundation stone for the infrastructural development of power extraction facilities from the Rupur Nuclear Power Plant was laid during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Bangladesh in March this year.

5.Astronautical Society of India honored Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, DDR&D and Chairman, DRDO with Aryabhata Award

Dr G Satheesh Reddy , Secretary, Department of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and Chairman, Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has been conferred the prestigious Aryabhata Award by the Astronautical Society of India (ASI).Awarded for his outstanding lifelong contribution to the promotion of astronautics in India. The award ceremony was held on 09 October 2021 at U R Rao Satellite Center Bangalore in which participants from ISRO, DRDO and other educational institutions participated through virtual medium. Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy is a pioneer in the field of R&D of advanced aeronautical, navigation and missile technologies. He has contributed immensely to missile systems of strategic and strategic importance and has helped the country become self-reliant in critical defense technologies.

6.According to the Ministry of AYUSH, the use of Giloy is completely safe.

According to the Ministry of AYUSH , Giloy or Guduchi , a popular herb, is completely safe to use . However, other similar plants like ‘Tinospora crispa’ can be injurious to health. ‘Tinospora crispa’ is a medicinal plant, which belongs to the ‘Menispermaceae’ botanical family and is widely found in South-East Asia and North-Eastern region of India. Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) is a shrub growing on the support of trees. It is an essential herb in Ayurvedic medicine and all its parts are considered beneficial for health. It is used to treat a wide range of problems including fever, infection, diarrhea and diabetes.

7.Guidelines for PM-CARES Scheme for Children

On October 7, 2021, the Ministry of Women and Child Development launched the “ PM-CARES for ChildrenIssued detailed guidelines for the scheme. The guidelines were issued in the backdrop of the announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 29, 2021 regarding comprehensive support for children who have lost both their parents amid the COVID-19 pandemic. PM Cares for Children scheme has been launched with an aim to ensure comprehensive care and protection of children who have lost their parents due to the pandemic. The scheme will enable their well-being by providing them health insurance, empower them through education and equip them with financial assistance for a self-sustaining existence till the age of 23 years. The scheme will provide assistance through convergent approach and gap funding to ensure health, education, monthly stipend to these children from the age of 18 years. At the age of 23, he will also be given a lump sum amount of Rs 10 lakh.

8.World Bank releases report ‘Shifting Gears: Digitization and Services-Led Development’

According to the World Bank report “ Shifting Gears: Digitization and Services-Led Development ”, Indian economy to grow by 8.3% in the financial year 2021-2022is expected to be. According to this report, India’s economic prospects in the next financial year will be determined by the pace of vaccination against COVID-19 and the successful implementation of agricultural and labor reforms. India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 20.1% in the first quarter (April-June quarter) of fiscal year 2021-22 on the backdrop of “a significant base effect, limited damage to domestic demand and strong export growth”. In the first quarter of the financial year 2020-21, India’s GDP decreased by 24.4% due to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. According to the World Bank report, the economic recovery has been uneven in various sectors in India. The manufacturing and construction sectors improved rapidly in 2021. But low-skilled individuals, self-employed people, women and small firms were left behind.

9.Pusa has developed a new variety of mustard, the eaters will not be at risk of heart disease

Indian Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR) Pusa has developed such a variety of mustard , from which the risk of heart disease will be greatly reduced by consuming the oil extracted from it. The income of farmers will also increase with Pusa Mustard 0033 variety. This variety was recently released by PM Modi. Mustard usually contains up to 45 percent erucic acid, a fatty acid that is dangerous for the heart. This increases the chances of heart attack. But Pusa has developed a variety of mustard in which erucic acid is less than 2 percent. The health of those who eat it will be good. The Government of India has notified it. The seeds will be available to the farmers from next year.

10.UNESCO launches 2021 State of the Education report for India

World Teachers’ Day ( 5 October on the occasion of), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( United Nations Educational, Scientific And Cultural Organization – UNESCO ) launched its India 2021 State of the Education Report ( Report State Of The Education – SOER ) : Launched ” No Teacher, No Class “. This publication is the annual flagship report of UNESCO New Delhi and is based on extensive research. This third edition of the State of Education report focuses on the subject of teachers, teaching and teacher education. Internet penetration in schools across India is 19 percent. Key points of the report:

  • High proportion of female teachers: Chandigarh, Delhi, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu
  • Low proportion of female teachers: Tripura, Assam, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar.
  • Increase in the number of teachers and improve working conditions in North Eastern States, rural areas and ‘Aspirational Districts’.
  • Increase in the number of physical education, music, arts, vocational education, early childhood and special education teachers.
  • To provide meaningful Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training to teachers.
  • To develop teaching governance through consultative processes based on mutual accountability.

11.IFSCA Launches Global Fintech Hackathon Series ‘i-Sprint’21

International Financial Services Center Authority ( International Financial Services Authority Centres – IFSCA ) global Fintech Hakthon series ” i-Sprint 2l ( I-Sprint’2l)’ is launched. The first sprint in the series is “Sprint01: BankTech”, which focuses on FinTechs for the banking sector. Sprint01: Banktech is jointly organized by IFSCA and GIFT city in association with NITI Aayog. The hackathon partners are ICICI Bank, HSBC Bank, iCreate, Zone Startup and Invest-India. The hackathon will be held virtually and is open to all eligible fintechs around the world. The cost of this hackathon is Rs 24 lakh. IFSCA was established by the Ministry of Finance on 27 April 2020 as the unified regulator of all financial products, financial services and financial institutions in International Financial Services Centers (IFSCs) in India. Its headquarter is in GIFT city in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

12.Sports Minister Anurag Thakur launches Delhi Hockey Weekend League 2021-22 at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium

Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anurag Thakur at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in Delhi Hockey Weekend League 2021-22launched. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Thakur said that Tokyo Olympic Games has given new energy to men’s and women’s hockey in India. He said that there is no dearth of talent in the country. Congratulating Delhi Hockey, Shri Thakur said that this initiative will bring forth talented players from the villages. He said that the aim of the government is to bring rural talent to the global level by nurturing it. Training and the spirit of the competition boost the morale of the athletes and hence both are essential. The Hockey League is being organized jointly by the Sports Authority of India and the Delhi Hockey Federation. A total of 36 teams will participate in this and later some more teams can also join it. Starting today, four matches will be played every weekend in this competition.

13.World Migratory Bird Day 2021: 09 October

Since its inception in 2006, every year the World Migratory Bird Day ( World Migratory Bird Day – WMBD ) is officially celebrated twice a year. First it is held on the second Saturday of May and then on the second Saturday of October . In 2021, WMBBD is observed on May 08, 2021 and October 09, 2021 . World Migratory Bird Day 2021 ” Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird”The day is observed to spread awareness about the need for conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. The day is celebrated by two United Nations treaties namely Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and African- Organized in partnership by the Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Colorado-based non-profit organization, Environment for the Americas (EFTA).