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PM Modi announced ‘Panch Pran’ goal for the next 25 years
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the time has come to cleanse the country of corruption and nepotism and asked people to have ‘nafrat’ (hatred) for these twin evils that go beyond politics, as he set a ‘Panch Pran’ (five resolves) target to make India a developed nation in 25 years.
Panch Pran: India’s developed standards
- Cleanliness campaigns, vaccinations, electrical connections, the elimination of open defecation, and the usage of solar energy are all examples of established India standards according to the Panch Pran.
- A prime illustration of “liberation from the concept of servitude” is the New National Education Policy.
- Women’s rights, gender equality, and India First are national emblems of solidarity and unity.
- India would advance if its citizens carry out obligations like saving power, practising chemical-free agriculture, and making the most of the available irrigation water.
Centre unveils ‘Manthan’ platform for better industry, R&D collaboration
Government unveiled a platform to drive collaboration between the industry and research institutes to implement technology-based social impact innovations and solutions in the country.
- The launch of Manthan, a platform that promises to augment our efforts to build and nurture industry participation in R&D, is also a testimony of our commitment to the UN’s SDG goals, the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the government, Ajay Kumar Sood, said.
- Powered by NSEIT, the Manthan platform will help scale up interactions among stakeholders, facilitate research and innovation, and share challenges in various emerging technologies and scientific interventions, including those that make a social impact.
National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM) achieves target of training 1 million students on Intellectual Property (IP) awareness
National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM) achieved target of imparting Intellectual Property (IP) awareness and basic training to 1 million students on 31st July 2022, ahead of the deadline which was 15 August 2022.
- The National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM) was launched by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on 8th December 2021.
- The National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM) aims to provide awareness and training on Intellectual Property (IP). On 31st July 2022, the scheme met its goal of training one million students before the deadline on 15th August 2022.
- The number of students or faculty trained under the Intellectual Property Awareness Mission is 10,05,272 and 3663 educational institutions have been covered.
Rajnath Singh hands over new weapons system F-INSAS to Army
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh handed over the long-awaited Future-Infantry-Soldier-as-a-
- Modelled on soldier modernisation programmes around the world, the F-INSAS system has three components — weapons, protective gear and a modern communication system — which would be upgraded later to provide the soldier with real-time connectivity. When armed with such equipment, a soldier’s combat ability increases manifold.
- The first sub-system of F-INSAS is a modern state-of-art assault rifle (AK 203 with a range of 300 mt) along with day and night holographic and reflex sights. The sights are mounted on the weapon and also on the helmet to enable 360-degree visibility and accuracy in operational conditions.
Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme Corpus increased by ₹ 50,000 Crore
The Union Cabinet approved the enhancement in the limit of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) by Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 5 lakh crore, with the additional amount being earmarked exclusively for enterprises in hospitality and related sectors.
- Addressing a press conference after a meeting of the union cabinet, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said the increase has been done on account of the severe disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitality and related enterprises.
- ECLGS is a continuing scheme and the additional amount of Rs. 50,000 crore would be made applicable to enterprises in hospitality and related sectors till validity of the scheme in March 31 next year.
India gifts Dornier aircraft to strengthen maritime security of Sri Lanka
India gifted a Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft to Sri Lanka which will enable the island nation to tackle multiple challenges like human and drug trafficking, smuggling and other organised forms of crime in its coastal waters more effectively.
- Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe was present at the impressive handover ceremony which took place on a day when India celebrated its 75th Independence Day and a day before a high-tech Chinese missile and satellite tracking ship docks at the island nation’s strategic Hambantota port.
- The aircraft would act as a force multiplier, enabling Sri Lanka to tackle multiple challenges such as human and drug trafficking, smuggling and other organised forms of crime in its coastal waters more effectively.
Medicine from sky: Arunachal gets drone-based healthcare services
The Arunachal Pradesh government successfully launched a drone-based healthcare network called ‘Medicine from the sky’ from Seppa to Chayang Tajo in the East Kameng district on Independence Day.
- The pilot project funded by USAID and executed by Redwings Labs shall provide a clear picture on operational issues, financial feasibility and regulatory issues, based on which our govt shall make a policy and take steps for phased adoption of this emerging technology.
Indian, Chinese troops to take part in Vostok-2022 military exercises in Russia
India is likely to take part in the multinational military exercise ‘Vostok 2022’ in Russia, which will also be attended by China. This will be the first such large-scale joint military exercise being conducted in Russia since the conflict with Ukraine started in February this year.
- Sources said the army will send a delegation for the exercise after an invitation was received from Moscow. An official statement on the participation is likely to be issued at a later date.
Shiprocket raises $33.5 million, becomes India’s 106th unicorn
Zomato-backed logistics technology platform Shiprocket became India’s 106th unicorn after raising $33.5 million (about Rs 270 crore) in a funding round co-led by Temasek and Lightrock India.
- Shiprocket was valued at around $1.2 billion with the fresh round of funding.
- The fresh funds will help Shiprocket extend its operating system by building newer software and intelligence products along with deepening its capability on the fulfilment and same-day delivery experience.
India’s IT Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma appointed to high-level UN internet panel
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed India’s Electronics and Information Technology Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma to a panel of eminent experts on internet governance. The panel was set up under the mandate of the IGF and the recommendations in Guterres’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation.
- Internet pioneer Vint Cerf and Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Reesa were also appointed to the 10-member Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Leadership Panel, Guterres’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.
- In addition, Guterres’ envoy on technology, Amandeep Singh Gill, will also be on the panel.