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Egypt’s President invited as chief guest for Republic Day 2023
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi will be the chief guest at the Republic Day in January 2023, the Ministry of External Affairs said.
- Mr. Sisi will be the first such guest since 2020, as plans for guests in 2021 and 2022 were cancelled due to COVID-19.
- This is the first time that the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt will be the Chief Guest at our Republic Day. Both countries are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year.
India forms panel to revamp only govt job guarantee scheme
Centre has formed a panel to revamp the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
- The panel set up by the Rural Development Ministry, will recommend institutional mechanisms for more effective utilisation of funds of the scheme.
- The panel will examine expenditure trends across various states and identify reasons for variations.
Railways plans to export Vande Bharat trains by 2025-26
The Ministry of Railways is readying a roadmap to start export of the indigenously manufactured Vande Bharat trains by 2025-26, a senior railways official said.
- The Ministry is also working to increase production of these trains as well as introduce newer versions with sleeper coaches.
- The railways expects to cumulatively run the 75 new Vande Bharat trains for 10 to 12 lakh kilometres before aggressively pursuing the export markets.
India wins Vice Presidency of International Electrotechnical Commission
India has won the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Vice Presidency and Strategic Management Board (SMB) Chair for the 2023-25 term.
- Vimal Mahendru will be the IEC Vice President representing India.
- By securing over 90 per cent of the votes cast by full members of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) during its General Meeting held recently in San Francisco, the US, India’s representative, a member of the Indian National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and various technical committees of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS-India), was elected.
BANKING & FINANCE
IDFC First Bank launches sticker-based debit card, FIRSTAP
IDFC First Bank has rolled out a sticker-based debit card, called FIRSTAP. The launch is in association with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), to facilitate transactions by simply tapping the sticker on a Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled point-of-sale terminal.
- As a customer-first bank, we are committed to using contactless technology for frictionless digital transactions. With sticker as the form factor in the wearable category, the debit card is convenient to carry around and enables fast check-out.
- The sticker-based debit card is one third the size of a regular debit card, thus, making the sticker applicable on a wide range of devices and objects, and significantly enhancing customer convenience.
GoI named Deepa Malik as ambassador of Nikshay Mitra
Union Health Ministry designated the President of the Paralympic Committee of India Dr. Deepa Malik as Nikshay Mitra ambassador in New Delhi. It is an initiative under Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan.
- Ms. Malik said, she herself is a Tuberculosis survivor. She said that the treatment of TB is a long process and to eliminate it the patients must not feel demotivated to continue the treatment.
- Ms. Malik, who bagged 23 international sports medals at various events, said she herself is an example of not giving up in spite of various health issues for the past 23 years.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first male player to score in five FIFA World Cups
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo became the first male footballer in the history of World Cups to score in five different editions.
- Ronaldo started for Portugal in the opening match of what will likely be his fifth and final World Cup campaign, against Ghana at Stadium 974. He won and scored a penalty in the second half to create the milestone.
- In Fifa Women’s World Cup history, two players have achieved this feat – Brazilian legend Marta and Canada veteran Christine Sanchar.
IIT Delhi Ranks in top 50 of Times Higher Education Employability Rankings
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi is the only Indian educational institution among top 50 in the Global University Employability Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE).
- The Global Employability University Ranking and Survey (GEURS) reveals the world’s top 250 universities for producing employable graduates according to recruiters. It is produced and owned by the higher education HR consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by THE.
- Among Indian institutions, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru is at the second spot (58), improving its ranking by three positions, followed by IIT-Bombay at 72, up from 97 in 2021. The latest THE Rankings have five Indian institutions in top 200 and a total of seven in top 250.
- Except IIT-Delhi, the remaining institutes improved their rankings with IIT-Bombay doing so by 25 positions. IIM-Ahmedabad (154) and IIT-Kharagpur (155), the other two Indian institutions in top 175 too improved their rankings by eight and 15 places respectively. The other two Indian universities are Amity University (225), Noida and Bangalore University (242).
39 schools across country awarded Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar for 2021-22
Thirty-nine schools from across the country have been awarded the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar for the 2021-22 academic session, the Ministry of Education announced.
- The schools selected from among the total 8.23 lakh entries are 28 government and aided while 11 are private schools.
- The awarded schools include two Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas, one Navodaya Vidyalaya and three Kendriya Vidyalayas.
- The Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar not only honours the schools that have taken exemplary work in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene but also provides a benchmark and roadmap for schools to make further improvements.
PM Modi remains world’s most popular leader with approval rating of 77 %
Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains the world’s most popular leader with an approval rating of 77 percent. This was revealed in a Global Leader Approval Ratings released by a US based consulting firm Morning Consult.
- Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stands at second position followed by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
- In the approval rating, US President Joe Biden is placed at 9th position followed by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak among the 22 world leaders.
- The latest approval ratings are based on data collected from 16th to 22nd of this month. It is based on a seven-day moving average of adult residents in each country, with sample sizes varying by country. In the earlier rating too, Prime Minister Modi had topped the ranking.