Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) 2.0

Context To supplement the efforts of Jal Shakti Ministry, NITI Aayog has prepared the second Round of Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0).The Report was launched today by Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti, and Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.  Scientific management of water It is Read More …

Sabka Vishwas – Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme

Context In the Union Budget 2019-20, the Finance Minister announced the Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme, 2019. The Scheme has now been notified and will be operationalized from 1st September 2019 and would continue till 31st December 2019. Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme This Scheme is introduced to resolve and settle legacy Read More …

Navroz festival

It is a Parsi New Year festival celebrated to mark the beginning of the new Iranian calendar. While the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Middle Easterns celebrate the festival on March 21, the first day of the Zoroastrian calendar, in India there is another version of the festival that is followed according to the Shahanshahi calendar and falls during the Read More …

Four New Products get GI Tag

Context The Geographical Indication (GI) under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has registered 4 new GIs.  They are: PalaniPanchamirtham from Palani Town in Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu State. Tawlhlohpuan and Mizo Puanchei from the state of Mizoram. Tirur Betel leaf from Kerala. GI is an indication used on products that Read More …

Time Release Study (TRS)

Context The Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance is conducting India’s first national Time Release Study (TRS) this week. Time Release Study (TRS) The TRS is an internationally recognized tool advocated by World Customs Organization to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of international trade flows. This initiative for accountable governance Read More …

KUSUM Scheme

Context: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved launch of Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) Scheme with the objective of providing financial and water security to farmers. Aout KUSUM Scheme The scheme would provide extra income to farmers, by giving them an option to sell additional power Read More …

Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)

Context: For the overall empowerment of Divyangajan, a Regional Conference on Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) was organized by the Dept. of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. About Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)  The umbrella Central Sector Scheme called the “Scheme to Promote Voluntary Read More …

Cabinet Approves Proposal to Align with Global Trademark System

Context:  Recently Cabinet approves proposal for accession of India to: The Nice Agreement on the International classification of goods and services for the purposes of registration of marks. The Vienna Agreement for setting up an International classification of the figurative elements of marks. The Locarno Agreement for establishing an International classification for industrial designs. Significance and Read More …

National Knowledge Network

Context:  India has decided to extend its National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh. About NKK: NKN is a multi-gigabit pan-India network which facilitates the development of India’s communications infrastructure, stimulates research and creates next generation applications and services. With its multi-gigabit capability, NKN aims to connect all universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, Read More …

Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP)

Context: The World Bank, the Government of India and representatives of 5 States of Government of India and Implementing Agencies signed here in New Delhi today the Loan Agreement for Additional Financing of $137 Million for the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) that will help rehabilitate and modernize over 220 selected large dams in Read More …