Meghalaya’s ‘Living Root Bridge’ included in UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list

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1.Meghalaya’s ‘Living Root Bridge’ included in UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list

The ‘ Jingkieng Jri or Living Root Bridge ‘ , highlighting the socio-cultural, social and botanical links between people and nature in more than 70 villages of Meghalaya , has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNED). UNESCO) has been included in the tentative list of World Heritage Sites . Villagers develop living root bridges by training the ‘Ficus elastica’ tree on both sides of the water bodies over a period of about 10 to 15 years where the roots form the bridge. At present, there are about 100 known surviving root bridges spread over 72 villages in the state. The villagers, (especially the Khasi and Jaintia tribal communities) build and maintain these bridges for over 600 years. Geoglyphs from the Konkan region of Maharashtra , the Sri Veerabhadra Temple at Lepakshi in Andhra Pradesh and the Monolithic Bull (Nandi) have made it to the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2022. According to UNESCO’s Operational Guidelines, 2019, it is mandatory for any monument/site to be placed in its tentative list for one year before its final inclusion in the list of World Heritage Site.

2.Center decides to de-escalate disturbed areas under AFSPA in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur after decades

After decades, the Center has decided to decongest the disturbed areas in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA ). Union Home Minister Amit ShahThe relentless efforts to reduce areas under AFSPA and several agreements to end extremism and bring about lasting peace have resulted in better security situation and rapid development. The disturbed area notification under AFSPA has been completely removed from Tripura in 2015 and Meghalaya in 2018. Disturbed area notification is in force in whole of Assam since 1990. Due to the significant improvement in the security situation after Modi ji became the Prime Minister in 2014, now 23 districts of Assam are being removed completely and 1 district partially from the effect of AFSPA with effect from 01.04. The Disturbed Area Declaration in entire Manipur (except Imphal Municipality area) is in operation since 2004. Taking important steps under the leadership of Modi ji, 15 police station areas of 6 districts are being excluded from disturbed area notification with effect from 01.04.2022. 3 districts in Arunachal Pradesh in 2015, 20 km from Arunachal Pradesh to Assam. AFSPA was applicable in 16 police station area in ki patti and 9 other districts, which is gradually reducing which is currently applicable in only 3 districts and 2 police station area in 1 other district. The disturbed area notification is in force in the whole of Nagaland from the year 1995. The Central Government has accepted the recommendation of the committee constituted in this regard to remove AFSPA in a phased manner. Disturbed area notification is being removed from 15 police stations in 7 districts in Nagaland with effect from 01.04.2022. AFSPA was applicable in 16 police station area in ki patti and 9 other districts, which is gradually reducing which is currently applicable in only 3 districts and 2 police station area in 1 other district. The disturbed area notification is in force in the whole of Nagaland from the year 1995. The Central Government has accepted the recommendation of the committee constituted in this regard to remove AFSPA in a phased manner. Disturbed area notification is being removed from 15 police stations in 7 districts in Nagaland with effect from 01.04.2022. AFSPA was applicable in 16 police station area in ki patti and 9 other districts, which is gradually reducing which is currently applicable in only 3 districts and 2 police station area in 1 other district. The disturbed area notification is in force in the whole of Nagaland from the year 1995. The Central Government has accepted the recommendation of the committee constituted in this regard to remove AFSPA in a phased manner. Disturbed area notification is being removed from 15 police stations in 7 districts in Nagaland with effect from 01.04.2022.

3.Russia’s decision to reduce military action near Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, but said – this is not a ceasefire

Russia has decided to reduce military action near the Ukrainian capital Kiev , but has said it is not a ceasefire. Russia pledged to withdraw troops from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and the country’s northern region. However, Russia did not say anything about the continuing heavy fighting in areas such as Mariupol, Sumai, Kharkiv in the east and Kherson and Mykolaiv in the south.

4.Linked 313 Centrally Sponsored and Central Sector Schemes of 53 different Ministries on DBT India Portal

Recently 313 Centrally Sponsored and Central Sector Schemes of 53 different Ministries have been linked on the DBT Bharat Portal with the aim of ensuring that the beneficiaries are targeted accurately under the Portal. Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) program was launched on January 1, 2013was launched with the aim of improving the distribution system of the government. Basically this scheme is to stop the misuse of that money, which middlemen and other corrupt are trying to grab even before reaching the beneficiary of any government scheme. The biggest feature of Direct Benefit Transfer is that there is no middleman involved and the scheme is run directly between the government and the beneficiaries. Under this scheme, the central government pays the subsidy given to the beneficiaries under various schemes directly in their bank account. Also, payment is made to the beneficiaries through their Aadhar card.

5.Allowed access to ‘Matlab’ software for educational users

For the first time in the country academic users in India will be able to access the Matlab software suite at no charge through the Indian Science Technology and Engineering Facilities Map (I-STEM) portal . Matlab is a trademarked multi-paradigm programming language and numerical computing environment developed by MathWorks . Matlab is used by over 4 million users globally. It allows matrix manipulation, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages. I-STEM’s cloud servers to software group to provide user convenience access from anywhere in Indiahas been placed on. This arrangement is expected to help many students and researchers in the country, especially those who live in remote areas and are associated with less privileged institutions. This will enhance learning outcomes and boost R&D efforts across India. I-STEM is a national web portal for sharing research and development (R&D) facilities.

6.Ministry of Information and Broadcasting merges various film media units with National Film Development Corporation

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has entrusted the responsibility of production of documentaries and short films, organization of film festivals and protection of films to National Film Development Corporation-NFDC.handed over to. This corporation is a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Ministry informed that this decision has been taken to bring all the activities under the purview of single management and to ensure efficient use of public resources. The decision will give a boost to the production of feature films, documentaries, children’s films and animation films and will increase the activities of organizing domestic film festivals. The ownership of the assets of these units will continue to be with the government. The Central Government has fixed a budget of more than one thousand 304 crores for all these activities till 2026. The production of the documentary, which was earlier handled by the Films Division, has been completely transferred to NFDC. The organization of the film festival which was the authority of the Directorate of Film Festivals, He has been transferred to NFDC. The conservation activities carried out by the National Film Archives have also been transferred to NFDC. The National Film Heritage Mission with the objective of digitization and renewal of films and documentaries will now be completed by NFDC.

7.FedEx appoints Indian-origin Raj Subramaniam as new CEO

FedEx , the world’s largest express transport company , has announced that its new Chief Executive Officer will be Indian American Raj Subramaniam . He has over 30 years of global experience in strategy and operations and has led the company through a period of tremendous growth. The American multinational courier delivery giant was previously operated by Frederick W Smith. President and CEO Smith will step down on June 1. He will now be its working president. In his new role, Smith said he looks forward to the board’s governance as well as focusing on issues of global importance, including sustainability, innovation and public policy. Smith founded FedEx in 1971.

8.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrives in New Delhi on a two-day visit to India

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in New Delhi on a two-day visit to India. He will have a bilateral meeting with External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar . This is the high level visit of Russian Foreign Minister to India after Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine on 24th of last month . Mr. Lavrov has come to India after completing a two-day visit to China.

9.Ms. Elizabeth Truss, UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development, on a one-day visit to India

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held delegation level talks with UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Truss in Delhi. During the talks, Dr Jaishankar said that a lot of progress has been made in the 2030 roadmap for India-UK relations. Ms. Truss arrived in Delhi on a one-day visit to India. India-UK ties were elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership at the India-UK Virtual Summit on May 4 last year between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

10.IFS officer Renu Singh became the director of Forest Research Institute (FRI)

Dr Renu Singh has been appointed as the next Director of Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF). She will be the second woman director of the institute . AS Rawat, Director General, ICFRE, has handed over the additional charge of Director of FRI to Singh.

11.Sariska forest fire almost brought under control

The forest fire in the Sariska Tiger Reserve of Alwar district in Rajasthan has almost been brought under control. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that the Sariska fire has been brought under control to a large extent. The Chief Minister said that he also spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone and apprised him of the situation. More than 400 forest workers and villagers are continuously cooperating in this work. A fire broke out in the Akbarpur range of Sariska Tiger Reserve on Sunday. Which spread further till Monday. Two helicopters of the Indian Air Force started the operation to douse the fire from Tuesday. Sariska Tiger Reserve is located in the Aravalli Hills and is a part of Alwar district of Rajasthan. Sariska was converted into a wildlife sanctuary in 1955.It was declared and later declared a tiger reserve in 1978 , making it a part of Project Tiger of India . The Kankarwadi fort is located in the center of the reserve and is said to have been imprisoned by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in this fort in the struggle for succession to the throne by his brother Dara Shikoh . The reserve also has a famous temple of Lord Hanuman at Pandupol belonging to the Pandavas .

12.Government’s emphasis on promoting sunflower area and production in the country

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare , Government of India is focused on promoting the area and production of sunflower in the country. In this regard, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar held detailed discussions with the State Governments and concerned experts in a meeting. In the meeting, Shri Tomar said that the way pulses-oilseeds and National Oil Palm Mission have been started in the country under the guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, sunflower will also be promoted in a planned manner.

13.The 20th edition of Naval Exercise Varuna- 2022 between India and France

The 20th edition of the bilateral naval exercise ‘ Varuna ‘ between the Indian and French Navies is being conducted in the Arabian Sea from 30 March to 03 April 2022 . The bilateral naval exercise between the two navies started in the year 1993. The exercise was named ‘Varuna’ in the year 2001 and has become an important part of Indo-French strategic bilateral relations. Various contingents including ships, submarines, maritime patrol aircraft, fighter jets and helicopters of both the navies are participating in the exercise.

14.Lt Governor Manoj Sinha launches MyGov, a comprehensive citizen engagement platform for J&K

The Lieutenant Governor of J&K Shri Manoj Sinha launched MyGov J&K to take forward the idea of ​​citizen engagement and achieve the goal of “ Good Governance ” in the Union Territory . Jammu and Kashmir is the first union territory in the country to launch MyGov . MyGov was launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 26 July 2014 with the idea of ​​bringing Government closer to the common man by creating an interface for healthy exchange of ideas and opinions towards social and economic transformation of India. Taking forward the idea of ​​participatory governance, MyGov has initiated the implementation of MyGov State Editions and has been implemented in 15 states .– Successfully implemented these for Haryana, Maharashtra, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. MyGov Jammu & Kashmir has been launched, which is the 16th MyGov instance in MyGov’s journey of over seven years and the first MyGov instance for any Union Territory.

15.MNREGA wage rate increased

New wage rates for the financial year 2022-23 by the central government under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA)have been notified. Of the 34 union territories and states, 21 have received a hike of less than 5%. 10 states have been given a hike of 5%. No increase has been made in Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura. This change in wage rates has been notified by the Ministry of Rural Development. These revised rates have been notified under sub-section (1) of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005, Section 6. These changes will come into effect from April 1. MGNREGA wages are determined by the changes observed in the Consumer Price Index-Agriculture Labor, which reflects the inflation rate of rural areas. Goa has fixed the wage rate at Rs 315 per day in 2022-23 with the highest growth of 7.14% from Rs 294 per day in 2021-22. Lowest increase in Meghalaya 1. It has increased by 77% to Rs 230 per day from Rs 226 per day earlier. Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh also saw an increase of less than 2%. The increase was 2 to 3% in Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry. Odisha, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli have shown an increase of 3 to 4%. Wages have been increased by 4 to 5 percent in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Telangana. Wages have been increased by more than 5 percent in Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Goa and Karnataka. Among the five union territories and states with the highest wages, Haryana Rs 331 per day, Goa Rs 315, Kerala Rs 311, It is Rs 309 in Karnataka and Rs 308 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The five lowest union territories and states are Tripura at Rs 212, Bihar at Rs 210, Jharkhand at Rs 210, Chhattisgarh Rs 204 and Madhya Pradesh at Rs 204.

16.Cabinet approves $808 million program to improve and accelerate the performance of MSMEs

The government on Wednesday approved the World Bank for USD808 million to aid and improve the functioning of the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) .Supported program authorized. The government, in an official statement, said it will support various COVID-19 pandemic-related resilience and recovery interventions of enterprises and this will begin in funding at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which envisions a program The government said it is called ‘Raising and Accelerating MSME Performance’ (RAMP) and is supported by a World Bank-assisted central sector scheme. According to the statement, the loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development of the World Bank will amount to USD 500 million, with the remaining $308 million coming from the Centre. The loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development of the World Bank will be for 18.5 years, with a grace period of 5.5 years.

17.schengen area

The Schengen Area is an area comprising 26 European countries that have abolished all passport and border controls on their mutual borders . The area is named after the Schengen Agreement of 1985 upon which Schengen, Luxembourgwas signed in. The region serves as a single jurisdiction for international travel with a unified visa policy. 22 of the 27 member states of the European Union are included in the Schengen Area. More than 400 million EU citizens, as well as non-EU citizens, tourists, businessmen, or other persons legally present in EU territory, are allowed free movement through the region. The agreement not only allows for passport-free travel, but also demands that nations adopt certain general rules relating to migration, thus, allowing refugees and others to move around freely on visas. Under this agreement, Police have been allowed to chase all suspected criminals across the borders of member states as well as access databases relating to stolen items and wanted people to be shared among members. Under the agreement, states are also allowed to restore border checks for a period of up to 10 days for reasons of national security and “public policy”.

18.Max Life Insurance ties up with PhonePe to provide financial protection to consumers

Max Life Insurance Company Limited has announced the launch of Max Life Smart Secure Plus plan through PhonePe App , a non-linked non-participating individual pure risk premium life insurance plan aimed at providing digitally savvy customers. is for. Customers can choose a sum insured up to Rs 10 crore and get their policies renewed through the PhonePe app. Max Life will offer PhonePe users an inbuilt terminal illness benefit and a special exit option within the life insurance category. IRDAI has granted PhonePe, a digital payments platform, a direct broking license, allowing them to offer insurance through its app.

19.Mirabai Chanu wins ‘BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year’ award 2021

Olympic silver medalist weightlifter, Mirabai Chanu won the third edition of BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year Award 2021 . Chanu last year became the first Indian weightlifter to win a silver medal at the Summer Olympics . Chanu won a gold medal in the 48kg category at the 2017 World Championships Anaheim followed by a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. BBC Emerging Player Award 18 year old cricketer Shafali VermaShe is currently playing in the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand. In 2021, Verma became the youngest Indian cricketer, male or female, to play in all three formats for the national team. In 2000, former weightlifter Karnam Malleswari , the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Olympics, was presented with the ‘ BBC Lifetime Achievement ‘ award. Olympians and Paralympians of the Tokyo Games were also honored in this edition of BBC ISWOTY.

20.Canada reached the Football World Cup for the first time since 1986

Canada qualified for the Qatar 2022 Football World Cup for the first time in 36 years after beating Jamaica 4-0 in Toronto . The North American nation has made it to the final for the first time since Mexico in 1986. Canada top the CONCACAF qualifying group and have now secured their place in the World Cup final tournament for the first time since 1986. Canada became the 20th team to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will see 32 nations fight for the final prize in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December. The remaining 12 teams will be decided in the coming days to determine the eight groups ahead of the draw on April 1.

21.International Drug Testing Day 2022: 31 March

International Drug Testing Day is celebrated on 31 March every year since 2017 to educate people about drugs and their effects. The day aims to promote drug harm reduction initiatives and reduce drug-related risks. Simultaneously, it is also a symbol of promoting harm mitigation actions of drugs and mitigating drug-related risks. On March 31, they aim to raise public awareness of the availability of drug testing services and companies from around the world.

22.International Transgender Day of Visibility 2022

International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is observed annually on 31 March to raise awareness of the discrimination faced by transgender people around the world, while also celebrating their contribution to society. The day is dedicated to celebrate transgender people and their contribution to society along with raising awareness about the discrimination faced by transgender people around the world.

23.World Backup Day 2022: 31 March

World Backup Day is celebrated every year on 31 March . This day let us protect our precious digital documentsAs we become more dependent on technology. It is a day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups. Originally, World Backup Day began as World Backup Month by a hard drive company called Maxtor, which was later acquired by Seagate Technology. The purpose of the day is simple, to introduce people to the 3-2-1 strategy, to raise awareness about backing up data securely. This strategy leads to a backup campaign and it’s a solid tried-and-true approach that’s easy for anyone to customize. 3-2-1 Backup is all about keeping three copies of your data, one on your computer, one on an external storage device, and the other on a cloud storage solution.

24.Shyamji Krishna Varma’s death anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to freedom fighter Shyamji Krishna Varma on his death anniversary on March 30, 2022 . Shyamji Krishna Varma was born on October 4, 1857 in Mandvi town of Kutch district of Gujarat . He was an expert in Sanskrit and other languages. He was accompanied by Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Swami Dayanand Saraswati and Herbert Spencer.were inspired by. He founded the Indian Home Rule Society, India House and The Indian Sociologist in London. Shyamji Krishna Varma became the first president of the Bombay Arya Samaj. He inspired Veer Savarkar who was a member of India House in London. Varma also served as the Diwan of several states in India. He was a barrister in London, in 1905 his practice was barred by the Inner Temple on charges of treason for writing articles against the colonial government. After being criticized by the British, he transferred all his work from England to Paris and continued his movement. After World War I (1914–18) he moved to Geneva, Switzerland and spent the rest of his life there. He died on March 30, 1930 .

25.Former Sikkim CM B B Gurung passes away

The third Chief Minister of Sikkim, Bhim Bahadur Gurung passed away at his residence in Lumsui in Gangtok, Sikkim. B Gurung worked as a teacher and a staff reporter at Amrita Bazar Patrika , a newspaper in Calcutta (Kolkata) and also edited Kanchenjunga , Sikkim’s first news-based Nepali journal. Gurung began his political career with the Sikkim State Congress Party in 1947 and was later appointed General Secretary in 1958. He served as the third Chief Minister of Sikkim from 11 May to 24 May 1984 , the shortest term in the history of Sikkim.Was. Between 2014 and 2015, he served as the political advisor to the CM of Sikkim.

26.Belgian footballer Miguel Van Damme dies

Belgian footballer Miguel Van Damme has died at the age of 28. The Belgian club said that the goalkeeper of Cirque Brugge , Miguel Van Damme, was suffering from leukemia . He has died at the age of 28. Van Damme was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016 during a routine medical check-up.