- Parliament passes Sports University Bill
- The bill seeks to establish a National Sports University in Manipur to promote education in sports sciences, technology, management, and coaching.
- The bill was a major step towards developing a world-class 360-degree sports ecosystem in India.
- The government will focus on each and every need of budding sportspersons and will enhance their stipends and food and supplement allowances.
- The varsity Chancellor will be from the sports field and even its Academic Council, as well as academic activities, will have members from the sports field.
- Its key objectives would be research, development and dissemination of knowledge in physical education and sports sciences, strengthening training programmes, generating knowledge capabilities and training talented athletes.
- ‘Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds’ (SWAYAM)
- The Ministry of HRD has embarked on a major and new initiative Project called ‘Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds’ (SWAYAM), which will provide one integrated platform and portal for online courses.
- This covers all higher education subjects and skill sector courses.
- The objective is to ensure that every student in our country has access to the best quality higher education at the affordable cost.
- The programmes Swayam and Swayam Prabha — for making education more accessible — and the depository were conceived and executed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
- Swayam Prabha would tap into the potential of Direct to Home Service wherein a person can install a dish antenna for about Rs 1,500 and have access to 32 digital educational channels run by the HRD Ministry.
- PM Modi to address World Bio-Fuel Day conference
- World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and to highlight the various efforts made by the Government in the biofuel sector.
National Policy on Biofuels
- Under Ministry of New & Renewable Energy
- The Policy categorises biofuels as “Basic Biofuels” viz. First Generation (1G) bioethanol & biodiesel and “Advanced Biofuels” – Second Generation (2G) ethanol, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to drop-in fuels, Third Generation (3G) biofuels, bio-CNG etc. to enable the extension of appropriate financial and fiscal incentives under each category.
- The policy has the objective of reaching 20 per cent ethanol-blending and five per cent biodiesel-blending by the year 2030.
- Global Innovation Index, GII- 2018 launched in India
- India’s rank on the Global Innovation Index (GII) has improved from 60th last year to 57th this year.
- Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the United States of America, Finland and Denmark lead the 2018 rankings.
Global Innovation Index
- The Global Innovation Index (GII) is an annual ranking of countries by their capacity for, and success in, innovation.
- It is published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, in partnership with other organisations and institutions.
- The index was started in 2007 by INSEAD and World Business, a British magazine.
- The GII is computed by taking a simple average of the scores in two sub-indices, the Innovation Input Index and Innovation Output Index.
- Ease of Living Index
- The Ease of Living Index will be launched along with an Ease of Living Index dashboard by Shri Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (I/C), Housing & Urban Affairs.
- Apart from presenting the overall national ranking of 111 cities, the dashboard will present ranking of the cities across pillars, category, geographical zone and population classifications.
- Ease of Living framework comprises four pillars namely Institutional, Social, Economic and Physical which are further broken down into 15 categories and 78 indicators. The dashboard will also have a comparison feature that will allow users to analyze the performance across cities on various liveability parameters.
- The Ease of Living Index is an initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to help cities assess their liveability vis-à-vis global and national benchmarks and encourage cities to move towards an ‘outcome-based’ approach to urban planning and management.
Source- Economic Times
- Swachh Manch web portal
- Shri Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (I/C), Housing & Urban Affairs will launch Swachh Manch web portal.
- Swachh Manch web portal, a web-based platform which aims to bring together every stakeholder contributing to the Swachh Bharat Mission under a common platform.
- It is going to be launched as part of Swachh Survekshan 2019.
- The platform will allow stakeholders to create/invite/participate in volunteering opportunities around neighbourhoods.
- Swachh Manch will enable uploads of pictorial evidence of citizens and organizations participating in the initiatives, as well as record the number of hours volunteered, as an acknowledgement of citizens’/ organizations’ efforts and contributions to the cause of ‘Swachhata’.
- ICAR sounds alarmed with the discovery of deadly foreign maize pest in Karnataka
- The Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) has sounded the alarm after the invasive agricultural pest Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) was discovered in Karnataka this July.
- A major maize pest in North America, the Fall Armyworm arrived in Africa in 2016. Since then, it has threatened the continent’s maize crop.
- The Karnataka finding is the first report of the pest in Asia. The discovery is more worrisome because the pest feeds on around 100 different crops, such as vegetables, rice, and sugarcane.
Important ICAR institutions
|Indian Agricultural Research Institute||New Delhi|
|Indian Veterinary Research Institute||Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh|
|National Dairy Research Institute||Karnal, Haryana|
|Central Institute of Fisheries Education||Mumbai, Maharashtra|
|Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes||Hissar, Haryana|
|Central Institute of Cotton Research||Nagpur, Maharashtra|
|Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute||Avikanagar, Rajasthan|
|Indian Institute of Horticultural Research||Bengaluru, Karnataka|
|Indian Institute of Spices Research||Calicut, Kerala|
|Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research||Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh|
Source- The Hindu
- Delhi High Court decriminalizes begging in the national capital.
- The act of begging in the national Capital was made a criminal offence after the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, was extended to Delhi by a Central government amendment in 1960.
- The law prescribes a penalty of three years of detention in beggar homes in case of first conviction for begging and the person can be ordered to be detained for 10 years in subsequent conviction.
- In India, 20 States and two Union Territories have either enacted their own legislation or adopted the legislation enacted by other States.
Source- The Hindu
- Cabinet approved construction of New 4 – Lane Bridge on Kosi river at Phulaut, Bihar
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, approved the project for construction of 6.930 km long 4-lane bridge at Phulaut in Bihar.
- There is a 10 km long-missing link between Phulaut and Bihpuro in NH-106 and falling in the catchment area of Kosi River.
- The Kosi river has its source in Tibet that includes the world’s highest upland it then drains a large part of Nepal before emerging onto the Gangetic plains.
- Its three major tributaries, the Sun Kosi, Arun and Tamur meet at one point just upstream of 10 km gorge cut through the Himalayan foothills.
- The Koshi is 720 km long and drains an area of about 74,500 km2 in Tibet, Nepal and Bihar.
- The Koshi River is known as the “Sorrow of Bihar” as the annual floods affect about 21,000 km2 of fertile agricultural lands thereby disturbing the rural economy.
- It meets in Ganga near Kursela, Bihar, India.