Government of India inaugurates the All India Pension Adalat
On 18th September 2018, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the ‘Pension Adalat’.
i. Dr Jitendra Singh also presented the ‘Anubhav’ awards 2018 to 6 pensioners for their contribution to create institutional memory for the departments. The Anubhav scheme was instituted through the idea of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.
ii. He also launched a booklet named “An era of sustained reforms for Central Government Pensioners” with simplification of rules and steps to strengthen the Grievance Portal and make it user friendly.
iii. Pension Adalat is organised by the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW).
iv. Through this scheme, on a single day all the Central Government Ministries will conduct their respective Pension Adalats and on-the-spot resolution will be offered to the grievance holder.
v. Also, a Pre-Retirement Counselling (PRC) was conducted for the Central Government employees who will be retiring in the next 6 months.
vi. 600 retiring Central Government employees took part in this PRC. The PRC Workshop was conducted to create awareness about post-retirement entitlements.
Harsh Vardhan releases draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP)
On 17th September 2018, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, released the draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) and a booklet on ‘Montreal Protocol – India’s Success Story’.
i. An improved website on the Ozone Cell of the Ministry and a Management Information System (MIS) for Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) were also launched.
ii. He also released two handbooks for trainers and technicians on “Good Service Practices and installation of room air-conditioners with HCFC-22 and flammable refrigerants”.
iii. Also, “A Guide for integration of topics related to HCFC Phase out and Energy efficiency in Architectural Curriculum” was released.
iv. ICAP has been prepared by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The process was initiated in July 2017.
v. Some of the major points mentioned in ICAP are:
Mr Ahluwalia launches C-DAC Information Media Server (CIMS)
S.S. Ahluwalia, Minister of State for Electronics and IT has launched C-DAC Information Media Server (CIMS) for improving Good Governance.
C-DAC Information Media Server (CIMS):
i. C-DAC Information Media Server is a dedicated computer appliance with specialized application software that will offer audio and video on demand.
ii. This system is low of cost and affordable. It has been built with single board computer with powerful and energy efficient multi-core processor.
iii. It does not need any special purpose internet service provider or data connectivity. It can be easily configured and deployed at various locations.
iv. The common features are: displaying text, images for viewing, video streaming, e-brochure for viewing or downloading for offline reference.
About Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC):
♦ Director General – Dr Hemant Darbari
♦ Corporte Office – Pune
Indo-German collaboration in vocational education and training
On 18th September 2018, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) in the area of vocational education and training.
i. According to the MoU, students who complete specific training courses in India will receive a certificate that is recognised in India and enables its recognition in Germany.
ii. They will be able to apply for jobs in companies in India and also in Germany, very easily.
iii. German ambassador to India, Martin Ney, was present when the MoU was signed. This idea was initiated in May 2017, by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
About Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship:
♦ Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship – Dharmendra Pradhan
♦ Minister of State – Anantkumar Hegde
Seoul Metropolitan government & Delhi government ink pact to share expertise on 12 fields
On September 15, 2018, state government of Delhi and Seoul Metropolitan Government inked a “Friendship and Cooperation Agreement” pact on cooperation in 12 fields.
i. The MOU include the following fields:
Environment, transport, tourism, solid waste management and public health.
ii. Following are the contents of the pact:
UNESCO Heritage site in Delhi:
♦ Red fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb.
India – Morocco Tourism Bilateral meeting held in New Delhi
On September 17, 2018, a bilateral meeting on Tourism Cooperation between India and Morocco was held in New Delhi.
i. It was held between:
ii. Events of the meeting:
♦ Capital: Rabat.
♦ Currency: Moroccan dirham.
3-day First-ever global India Tourism Mart held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
On September 16-18, 2018, the 3-day ‘first ever’ India Tourism Mart (ITM 2018) was inaugurated by Union Minister for Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal in New Delhi.
i. It was inaugurated in presence of:
To create an annual Global Tourism Mart for India
i. It was organized by Ministry of Tourism in partnership with the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) and State /UT Governments.
ii. It has been coordinated by India Convention Promotion Board (ICPB).
iii. ITM was announced to be an annual event hereafter in line with other International Tourism Marts and will be held in the month of September.
iv. It had a participation of around 225 participants North America, West Europe, East Asia, Latin America, CIS countries etc.
Tourism Ministry reached the ambitious goal of US$100 billion FTA receipts/year within 5 years.
i. Morocco has relaxed new e-visa regime which is now open to 166 countries.
ii. The FAITH and State Governments also offered a pre and post event FAM trips (Familiarization trips) for the buyer delegates from overseas.
♦ FAITH is the apex organization of all the important trade and hospitality associations of the country with all the 10 major Tourist organizations like FHRAI, HAI, IATO .
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi.
2 unique projects including Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse project inaugurated by S&T minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Delhi
On September 18, 2018, Union Science & Technology minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated 2 projects at Sun Dial Park in New Delhi .
To re-convert waste water to clean water and contribute in cleanliness drive of Swachh Bharat
i. The 2 projects are:
Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR) project and
2 bio toilets supported by DBT-BIRAC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
About the projects:
Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR) project
i. It is a joint initiative of Indian and Dutch scientists.
ii. Functions of the LOTUS project:
iii. Thus in this process it would convert 10 lakh litre of sewage into clean water and generate 3 tonnes of biofuel.
DBT-BIRAC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supported bio toilets
i. It aims to meet the goals set by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan .
ii. It has been developed by Department of Biotechnology, the Ministry of Science and Technology.
First-ever ‘dial-FIR’ scheme launched by Uttar Pradesh Police
On September 17, 2018, the UP police launched the ‘e-FIR’ or ‘dial-FIR’ scheme for the first time in the country.
To help the citizens lodge a report and FIR online
i. It would be made possible by the collection of photographic data of 1 lakh small and big criminals through the new 22,000 ipads.
ii. It would contain 22 types of complaints such as:
iii. A pilot project of the e-FIR has been successfully conducted in Ghaziabad region.
i. Additionally, the UP police will train 100 fresh commandos including a fresh batch of women police force for anti-terror combat.
ii. A special police operations team (SPOTs) will be further inducted for combating terror like incidents in various metro cities like- Lucknow, Meerut, Allahabd, Kanpur etc.
♦ Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath.
♦ Governor: Shri Ram Naik.
Dams in UP:
Rajghat Dam, Rihand Dam, Matatila Dam, Parichha Dam, Ganges Barrage, Sharda Barrage.
National Parks in UP:
♦ There is 1 National park in UP and 25 Wildlife Sanctuaries in UP.
♦ Dudhwa National Park.
MOU between Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir on the Shahpur Kandi project
On September 8, 2018, the governments of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir signed an agreement for renewing work on Rs. 2793 crore Shahpurkandi dam project.
i. Punjab government would pay Rs.115 crore for land acquisition and the project would be completed by 2021.
ii. It will be irrigating 37,173 ha of land and would provide 206MW of electricity to Punjab and J&K.
iii. Jammu and Kashmir 20 per cent of the total power generated at the fixed rate of Rs. 3.50 per unit.
iv. It would provide benefits worth Rs. 850 annually and utilize the water of Ravi River as per Indus water treaty.
♦ Chief Minister: Amarinder Singh.
♦ Governor: V.P Singh Badnore.
♦ National Parks: Abohar WLS, Bir Aishvan WLS, Bir Bunerheri WLS, Bir Bhadson WLS, Bir Dosanjh WLS, Bir Gurdialpura WLS, Bir Mehaswala WLS, Bir Motibagh WLS, Harike Lake WLS, Jhajjar Bacholi WLS, Kathlaur Kushlian WLS, Takhni-Rehampur WLS, Nangal WLS.
Cyclone-30 became operational at Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata
On September 18, 2018, Cyclone-30, the biggest cyclotron in India for medical application became operational in at VECC, Kolkata.
i. It is under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and will be commissioned in 2019.
ii. This facility will provide for affordable radio isotopes and related radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic and therapeutic use for cancer care.
iii. It will also have export potential for isotopes used for breast cancer diagnosis and prostate cancer treatment, respectively.
♦ Airports: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Cooch Behar Airport, Bagdogra Airport, Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport.