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  • Joint Trade Committee Meeting between India and Myanmar

    1 day ago

    The 7th Joint Trade Committee Meeting between India and Myanmar was held through virtual mode on 24th November 2020. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ During the consultation, both sides reviewed bilateral issues, including trade, investment, banking, connectivity, capacity building and border infrastructure upgrades.
    ♦ Both sides reviewed their preparations for the challenge of COVID-19 and expanded cooperation in the pharmaceutical and health sectors including traditional medicines.
    ♦ India-Myanmar relations are rooted in a common history, race, culture and religious ties. As the land of the Buddha, India is a pilgrimage country for the Burmese people. 
    ♦ The relationship between India and Myanmar has stood the test of time. The geographical proximity of the two countries helps to develop and maintain friendly relations and promotes connections between people. 
    ♦ India and Myanmar have a long land border of more than 1,600 kilometres and a maritime border in the Bay of Bengal. Myanmar has a large population of Indian descent (according to some estimates, about 2.5 million).
    ♦ India and Myanmar signed the Treaty of Friendship in 1951. The visit of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 laid the foundation for a stronger relationship between India and Myanmar. 
    ♦ The two countries have signed some agreements to strengthen bilateral cooperation. An institutional mechanism has also been established to promote regular dialogue on a range of bilateral interests.

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  • Mega Food Park Held in Punjab

    1 day ago

    The Union Minister unveiled Mega Food Park (MFP) at Phagwara in Kapurthala district of Punjab.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The construction cost of the Mega Food Park (MFP) is 107,830 crore rupees, spread over 55 acres of land.
    ♦ It is expected to benefit approximately 25,000 farmers and may create employment opportunities for approximately 5,000 people.
    ♦ Mega Food Parks Scheme was launched by the government in 2008. It provides financial assistance up to 50 crores to set up modern infrastructure facilities for food processing called Mega Food Parks.
    ♦ It establishes a mechanism to bring together farmers, processors and retailers and link agriculture production to the market to ensure maximization of value addition, minimization of wastage and improving farmers’ income. 
    ♦ It functions by establishing infrastructures for primary processing and storage near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) and Collection Centres (CCs) and common facilities and enabling infrastructure like roads, electricity, water, ETP facilities etc. at Central Processing Centre (CPC). 

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Lachit Diwas is Celebrated in Assam

    1 day ago

    November 24 is observed as Lachit Diwas in Assam in honour of Lachit Borphukan to commemorate his heroism and the victory of the Assamese army at the Battle of Saraighat.

    About Lachit Borphukan:
    ♦ Lachit Borphukan was the commander of the Ahom Dynasty in present-day Assam.
    ♦ He showed outstanding leadership in the Battle of Saraghart (1671).
    ♦ The Battle of Saraghart was a naval battle between the Mughal Empire and the Kingdom of Ahom.
    ♦ It fought on the Brahmaputra river in Saraighat, Guwahati.
    ♦ This battle is the last major attempt of the Mughals to expand the empire to Assam.
    ♦ The smaller Ahom forces defeated the powerful Mughal Empire by using terrain, diplomatic negotiations, guerrilla tactics, and also by exploiting the weak Mughals navy.
    ♦ The Mughal army is led by King Raja Ram Singh I of Kachhwaha, while the Ahoms are led by LachitBorphukan.

    Category: Important Days
  • ATAL Faculty Development Programmes

    1 day ago

    The Union Education Minister presided over 46 online ATAL Faculty Development Programs (FDP) organized by AICTE.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Around 46 online AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy Faculty Development Programs (FDP) were inaugurated to train teachers from higher education institutions related to the All India Council of Technology Education (AICTE) in key areas and emerging areas of technology.
    ♦ FDP will be conducted in 22 states of India
    ♦ The main goal of ATAL Academy is to provide high-quality technical education in the country, and to promote research and entrepreneurship through training in various emerging fields. 
    ♦ IIT, IIIT, NIT CU and research laboratories are organizing these ATAL FDPs.
    ♦ ATAL Academy strives to establish AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) units in all technical institutions, universities, prospective universities and other technical learning institutions.
    ♦ ATAL Academy has also launched a series of training programs in various emerging fields across the country.
    ♦ Currently, there are 11 ATAL colleges in India, distributed all over the country.
    ♦ ATAL Academy has also been listed in London's "World Records" and trained 100,000 people for more than 1,000 projects under "FDP".

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Aviation Safety Awareness Week was Observed on November

    1 day ago

    The Airports Authority of India (AAI) started the 2020 Aviation Safety Awareness Week (November 23 to November 27, 2020). A week-long celebration will be held at all airports and ANS locations managed by AAI throughout India. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The Airports Authority of India (AAI) holds "Aviation Safety Awareness Week" in the last week of November each year.
    ♦ In order to raise people's awareness of aviation safety, AAI has carried out various employee participation programs at airports and ANS stations, such as reviewing documents and facilities, simulation exercises, preventive maintenance, etc.
    ♦ Various social campaigns will also be launched to raise awareness of this issue. 
    ♦ Slogans and posters will be posted in AAI's offices and operations centres to educate internal and external stakeholders on the importance of Security Awareness Week.

    Category: Indian Affairs

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  • Centre issued draft Merchant Shipping Bill, 2020

    2 days ago
    The Centre has issued a draft Merchant Shipping Bill, 2020 for public consultation. The proposed legislation aims to repeal and replace the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958. The primary aim is to promote the growth of the Indian shipping industry by incorporating the best practices adopted by other advanced countries like the US, Japan, the UK, Singapore, and Australia, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The Bill seeks to introduce for the first-time statutory framework for regulating maritime emergency response against maritime incidents
    ♦ The Bill will improve welfare of Indian seafarers on abandoned vessels and safety of such vessels
    ♦ The Bill has provisions for repatriation of abandoned seafarers have been enhanced, in line with the Maritime Labour Convention regulations.
    ♦ The Bill will promote ease of doing business, the Bill does away with the requirement of a general trading licence for Indian vessels.
    ♦ It will enable the electronic means of registration, and grant statutory recognition to electronic agreements, records, and log-books, in addition to electronic licenses, certificates, and payments.
    ♦ The Bill also aims to increase India’s tonnage and to make the vessel a tradeable asset.
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  • India, Finland signed MoU to develop cooperation in the field of Environment protection and biodiversity conservation

    2 days ago
    India and Finland signed an MoU to develop cooperation in the field of environmental protection and biodiversity conservation. The MoU was signed virtually by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar from the Indian side and Ms. Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Government of Finland from the Finnish side

    Highlights:
    ♦ The MoU is signed to further advance Indian and Finnish partnership and support, exchange best practices in areas like prevention of Air and water pollution.
    ♦ Under the MoU, the countries will work on Waste management, Conservation of Marine and Coastal Resources, Promotion of circular economy, low-carbon solutions, and sustainable management of natural resources including forests, Climate change, etc.
    ♦ Under the MoU, the two countries will work together towards the fulfillment of commitments made under the Paris Agreement.
    ♦ It will also strengthen scientific, technological, and management capabilities and develop bilateral cooperation in the field of environmental protection and biodiversity conservation on the basis of equality, reciprocity, and mutual benefit with due respect to the promotion of sustainable development.
    Category: Agreements MoU
  • UNDP, Invest India launches SDG Investor Map for India

    2 days ago
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Invest India have launched the SDG Investor Map for India with an aim to help India promote Sustainable Development. Under this, it had laid 18 Investment Opportunities Areas (IOAs) in six critical SDG enabling sectors in order to balance commercial returns with catalytic development impact.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The Map will bridge the gap between high-level development targets and the need for commercially viable returns.
    ♦ Investing in opportunities will enhance employment and employability and push forward the inclusion of underserved communities and leverage technology.
    ♦ IOAs will create job opportunities and industrialization needs.
    ♦ It focused on inclusive business models and leverage digital technologies to deliver commercial returns and impact at scale.
    ♦ IOAs include Digital Platforms to service input/output needs of farmers to enable easy access to markets (Agriculture), Online Supplementary Education for K12’ (Education), Access to credit by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Low-Income Groups especially through digital platforms for Income Generating Purposes’ (Financial Services), and Tech-Enabled Remote Care Services (Healthcare).
    Category: International
  • India to host next SCO Heads of Government Council

    2 days ago
    India will host the 19th Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in 30th November. The first such high-level meeting of the eight-member grouping to be organized by New Delhi after its admission to the bloc in 2017. The 18th meeting of SCO’s Heads of Government Council held at Tashkent in November 2020. India was represented by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the summit in Tashkent. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The leaders will hold in-depth discussion and exchange on deepening SCO cooperation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
    ♦ It is expected that they will build more consensus on cooperation and measuresto seek greater synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation and national development strategies and regional cooperation initiatives.
    ♦ Measures to enhance trade, economic, investment, connectivity, production capacity, culture and people to people cooperation, push national economic recovery will also be discussed.

    SCO:
    The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc. SCO, which has its headquarters in Beijing. India and Pakistan were admitted as full members in 2017. Its founding members included China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. SCO has four observer States, namely Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia. It has six dialogue partners, namely Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka.
  • UAE is set to become First Arab Gulf Country to Generate Electricity from Coal

    2 days ago
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to become the first Arab Gulf country to generate electricity from coal with an aim to turn to cleaner fuels. Most of the electricity stations in Dubai run on gas.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Dubai is starting up the $3.4 billion Hassyan coal plant, with capacity being increased from an initial 600 megawatts (MW) to 2,400 by 2023. 
    ♦ Coal will be supplied by Japan’s Jera Co. under a long-term agreement with Acwa Power of Saudi Arabia, which is developing the plant.
    ♦ The standards for pollution will be based on guidelines for natural-gas plants set by the European Union and the World Bank’s International Finance Corp.
    ♦ In this region, Oman launched a tender for a coal project at Duqm in 2018, but it was later shelved.
    Category: International
  • Diego Maradona passed away

    4 days ago
    Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona passed away on 25th November. He died at the age of 60. He died because of heart failure.

    Diego Maradona 
    Diego Maradona was the captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, in which he produced a series of Sublime individual performances. In the match, he scored the two famous goals in one game against England in the quarter-finals. He was considered the greatest soccer player ever. He was signed for 2 world record fees in his career when joining Barcelona and then later Napoli. He was one of the highest-paid players in the world.

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  • India successfully test-fired land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

    4 days ago
    Indian Army successfully test-fired the surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile BrahMos as part of a series of planned trials of the weapon. BrahMos is known for its precision strike capabilities. The land-attack version of the BrahMos missile was test-fired in the Andaman and Nicobar. The IAF is also integrating the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on over 40 Sukhoi fighter jets with an aim to bolster the overall combat capability of the force.

    Land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
    ♦ The missile range was extended up to 400 km. Originally, the range was at 290 km.
    ♦ The speed of the missile is maintained at 2.8 Mach or almost three times the speed of sound.
    ♦ Recently, India has test fired a number of missiles including an anti-radiation missile named Rudram-1 which is planned to be inducted into service by 2022.

    BrahMos:
    BrahMos Aerospace is an India-Russian joint venture. The company produces the lethal weapon that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms. The BrahMos missile provides the IAF a much-desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions.
    Category: Defence
  • President inaugurated All India Presiding Officers Conference at Kevadia, Gujarat

    4 days ago
    Two days All India Presiding Officers’ Conference has been organized at Kevadia, Gujarat. The conference was inaugurated by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind on 25th November. The conference is held on the occasion of Constitution Day.

    Theme
    The theme of the 2020 conference is “Harmonious coordination between Legislature, Executive and Judiciary-Key to a Vibrant Democracy”. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The conference will discuss the important role played by the Presiding Officers in the country. 
    ♦ The Presiding Officers will provide a congenial atmosphere for a healthy debate to the people's representatives in the House and to encourage courteous dialogue and discussion. 
    ♦ A multi-media exhibition has been set up jointly at the Presiding Officers’ Conference by the Bureau of Outreach Communication (BOC), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in collaboration with Parliamentary Museum & Archives. The exhibition traces the journey of democratic tradition in the country, right from Vedic Times through the Lichchavi period to the making of Modern Democratic India.
  • Cabinet Approvals

    4 days ago
    Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the following:

    ♦ Cabinet approved the Scheme of Amalgamation of Lakshmi Vilas Bank Limited (LVB) with DBS Bank India Limited (DBIL) to protect depositors' interest and in the interest of financial and banking stability, on RBI's application under section 45 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

    ♦ Cabinet apprised the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed among BRICS Countries on Cooperation in the field of Physical Culture and Sport. This will help in expanding knowledge and expertise in the area of sports science, sports medicine, coaching techniques, etc. It would result in improvement in performance of the sportspersons in international tournaments and strengthening of bilateral relations with BRICS member countries.

    ♦ Cabinet approved the proposal for equity infusion by Government of Rs.6000 crores in NIIF Debt Platform sponsored by the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), comprising of Aseem Infrastructure Finance Limited (AIFL) and NIIF Infrastructure Finance Limited (NIIF-IFL). Under this:
    • Only Rs.2,000 crore would be allocated during the year 2020-21. However, in view of the unprecedented financial situation and availability of limited fiscal space due to the prevailing COVID-19, the proposed amount may be disbursed only if there is readiness and demand for debt raising.
    • NIIF will take all necessary steps to use the equity investments from Domestic and Global pension funds and sovereign wealth funds expeditiously. 

    ♦ Cabinet approved the MoU signed between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and the Vereniging van Registercontrollers (VRC), the Netherlands. The MoU is aimed to strengthen and develop the Accounting, Financial, and Audit Knowledge Base between the Netherlands and India. It would help to generate greater employment opportunities for Indian Chartered Accountants and also greater remittances back to India.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • PM Narendra Modi chaired 33rd PRAGATI interaction

    4 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the 33rd PRAGATI meeting. This is PM's 33rd interaction through PRAGATI, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving Central and State governments.

    33rd PRAGATI meeting Highlights:
    ♦ In the 33rd PRAGATI meeting, multiple projects of the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), and Power Ministry, grievances, and programmes were reviewed. 
    ♦ These projects were related to ten states and union territories, including Maharashtra, Odisha, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Dadra, and Nagar Haveli. These had an overlay of a total cost of Rs.1.41 lakh crore.
    ♦ The grievances related to COVID-19 and to the PM Awas Yojana (Gramin) were taken up. 
    ♦ PM SVANidhi, agriculture reforms, and development of districts as export hubs were reviewed. Prime Minister also directed the States to develop a State Export Strategy.

    PRAGATI:
    Prime Minister has launched the multi-purpose and multi-modal governance platform PRAGATI on 25 March 2015. PRAGATI is an integrating and interactive platform. It aimed at addressing the grievances of common people. PRAGATI also monitors and reviews important programmes and projects of the Centre and State Governments. 
    32nd interaction through the PRAGATI platform was held on 22 January 2020. PM discussed the Information and Communications Technology, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation. In the previous 32 such meetings, a total of 275 projects worth Rs.12.5 lakh crore have been reviewed, along with 47 programmes/schemes and grievances across 17 sectors have been taken up.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Greenlands Largest Glacier- Likely to Melt Faster Than Expected

    6 days ago

    According to recent studies, the three largest glaciers have enough frozen water to raise the global sea level to about 1.3 meters, namely the Helheim Glacier, Jacob von Isbre and Kenglussuge Glacier. Melted earlier than expected. The current situation shows that until 2000, sea levels have been rising due to the melting of several glaciers. But in the last 20 years, the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica have become the single largest source of sea-level rise.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The study found that Jakobshavn Isbrae (also known as Ilulissat Glacier Greenland) lost more than 1.5 trillion tons of ice between 1880 and 2012. It further shows that between 1900 and 2012, Kangerlussuaq and Helheim glaciers lost 1.4 trillion tons and 31 billion tons, respectively. The researchers pointed out that with this melting, the sea level has risen by 8 millimetres.
    ♦ The Ilulissat Glacier discharges 6.5% of Greenland’s ice sheet. It produces about 10% of Greenland icebergs. Icebergs that burst from glaciers are usually very large, up to 1 km in height. In 2004, the Jakobshavn Glacier has declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ilulissat Glacier is located near the town of Ilulissat, Greenland, and ends at the sea on the Ilulissat Ice Fjord.
    ♦ The Kangerlussuaq Glacier is the largest glacier on the east coast of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Kangerlussuaq flows into the second-largest fjord in eastern Greenland, called Kangerlussuaq Fjord. 
    ♦ The Helheim Glacier is one of the largest glacier outlets in Greenland. It is named after the world of the dead in Norse mythology. Helheim provides water for the Helmil Fjord (a branch of the Sermilik system). Greenland’s largest glacier may melt faster than expected

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  • IBBI has Amended The Regulations For Liquidation

    6 days ago

    The Indian Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Commission (IBBI) amended the liquidation regulations under the Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Act (IBC).

    Highlights:
    ♦ The liquidator of the company can allocate or transfer the assets that are not easily realizable to anyone to ensure that the company cannot find the offeror under the IBC quickly.
    ♦ The aforementioned transfer or transfer of assets must be negotiated with the stakeholder committee.
    ♦ The definition of "non-liquidate assets" includes any assets of the company's debtors that cannot be sold through available options.
    ♦ The liquidator can sell any or all of the assets of the company in liquidation, and these assets are facing some disputes or involved in some fraudulent transactions.

    IBBI:
    IBBI was established in 2016 under IBC. It is responsible for the implementation of IBC. It supervises bankruptcy professionals and professional institutions, professional bankruptcy entities and information utilities. It prepares and implements rules for the bankruptcy settlement and bankruptcy processes of companies and individuals under the Code.

  • Loan For Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System Project was Signed

    6 days ago

    The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the National Capital Region Transport Co., Ltd. (NCRTC) and the New Development Bank (NDB) signed a loan agreement to provide 5 Billion dollars in loans.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The Project is an 82.15 km long semi-high-speed railway corridor under construction, connecting Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut.
    ♦ It is one of the three rapid rail corridors planned for the first phase of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project of the National Capital Region Transportation Corporation (NCRTC).
    ♦ The MRT system will provide a fast, reliable, safe and comfortable public transportation system in the national capital area.
    ♦ High-speed connections will lead to the balanced economic development of the entire region, thereby bringing economic benefits to the entire social class and many development nodes, rather than all economic activities occurring in one place.
    ♦ This will help reduce traffic congestion and total emissions in the NCR transportation sector.

    New Development Bank:
    It is a multilateral development bank. The four BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) were co-founded at the 6th BRIC Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil in 2014. Goal: Support the infrastructure and sustainable development of the BRICS and other emerging economies with insufficient service levels to achieve faster development through innovation and cutting-edge technologies. Headquarters: Shanghai, China. In 2018, the New Development Bank was granted observer status in the United Nations General Assembly.

  • RCS UDAN - Second Direct Flight Commenced Operations

    6 days ago

    Driven by the Government of India’s RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Program – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik), India has taken another big step in improving regional air connectivity. The second direct flight will start from Hyderabad in Telangana. Fly to Nashik in Maharashtra.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) was launched in 2016 as a regional connectivity plan under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
    ♦ Developing the regional aviation market is an innovative plan. The aim is to create affordable but economically viable and profitable flights on regional routes so that ordinary people can afford to fly even in small towns.
    ♦ The plan envisages the revitalization of existing runways and airports to provide connectivity to the country’s unserved and underserved airports.
    ♦ According to the plan, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) was designated as the implementing agency.
    ♦ UDAN 2-Under UDAN 2.0, the helipad is preferentially connected to the Northeast and Hilly States.
    ♦ UDAN 3-Include a tourist route in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, including a seaplane connected to a seaplane.
    ♦ UDAN 4-78 new routes under UDAN Round 4, as well as helicopter and seaplane operations, have also been included.

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Space Agencies of India And Australia Were Working Together

    6 days ago

    As part of the steps to deepen cooperation in civil space activities, the Indian and Australian space agencies are working together to temporarily locate Indian tracking facilities in Australia. This will support India’s planned human space flight program-Gaganyaan.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Narendra Modi) announced in 2018 the Gaganyaan (Gaganyaan) plan, which is India’s first human space flight program (HSP) costing Rs 10,000 crore and is scheduled to be completed by India in 2022 On the occasion of 75 years of independence.
    ♦ It is designed to allow 3-7 crew members to stay in space for 3-7 days in a 400-kilometre orbit (low earth orbit or LEO).
    ♦ In this way, India may become the fourth country to send personnel to space after the Soviet Union, the United States and China. (Denmark also plans to conduct a manned space flight in 2022)
    ♦ The first of the two previous flights of the humanoid robot in Gagagna will be launched soon with some of the six shortlisted microgravity experiments.
    ♦ GSLV Mk III is a three-stage heavy-lift vehicle that will be used to launch Gaganyaan because it has the necessary payload capacity.
    ♦ Four pilots from the Indian Air Force (IAF) were shortlisted for the training of Gaganyaan astronauts.
    ♦ The selected astronauts have started a 12-month training at the Gagarin Research and Test Astronaut Training Center (GCTC) in Moscow.
    ♦ ISRO launched the first female robot "female" astronaut "Vyomamitra". It is a semi-human animal.
    ♦ Vyommitra will fly in space during the first test flight of the human space mission Gaganyaan. This humanoid will simulate the human functions needed in space before real astronauts take off before August 2022.

    India and Australia:
    In 2012, the two countries signed a formal memorandum of understanding to provide support for India and Australia's space cooperation. The two countries have been cooperating since 1987 to support data calibration and laser-firing of Indian satellites, launch Australian satellites and conduct joint research. At the virtual summit in June, the two countries upgraded their bilateral relationship to a "comprehensive strategic partnership" and reached practical agreements on cybersecurity, emerging technologies and important minerals.

  • Indo-Thai CORPAT Was Conducted

    7 days ago

    30th edition of the Indo-Thai CORPAT (Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol) was conducted in November 2020. This is a cooperative exercise between the Indian Navy and the Thai Navy.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The Indian navalshipKarmuk, which is a native missile "Corvette" participated in the exercise.
    ♦ CORPAT establishes understanding and interoperability between navies and promotes measures to prevent and stop illegal and unreported illegal fishing, drug trafficking, maritime terrorism, armed robbery and piracy.
    ♦ By exchanging information to prevent smuggling, illegal immigration and maritime search and rescue operations, it further enhances business synergy.

    About the Indo – Thai CORPAT:
    ♦ This is a cooperative exercise between the Indian Navy and the Thai Navy.
    ♦ It has been conducted twice a year since 2003.
    ♦ This exercise reflects the joint commitment of the two militaries to the peaceful Indian Ocean and international maritime security and cooperation. 

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  • Ethanol Blended Programme in India

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    Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme was launched in January, 2003. The programme sought to promote the use of alternative and environment-friendly fuels and to reduce import dependency for energy requirements.

    Highlights:
    ♦ In a normal sugar season, domestic consumption is 260 LMT, while sugar production is approximately 320 LMT.
    ♦ The remaining 60 LMT of surplus sugar has not yet been sold, reducing the sugar mill’s funds by about 190 billion rupees each year, which affects the sugar mill’s liquidity position and causes farmers’ sugarcane price arrears to accumulate.
    ♦ In order to deal with the excess inventory of sugar, the government encourages sugar factories to export sugar, and the government has been providing financial assistance.
    ♦ However, India is a developing country. According to WTO regulations, sugar cannot be exported until 2023 by extending financial assistance for marketing and transportation to 2023.
    ♦ Therefore, as a long-term solution to deal with surplus sugar to improve the sustainability of the sugar industry and ensure timely payment of sugar cane fees to farmers, the government has been encouraging the conversion of surplus sugar cane and sugar to ethanol for supply to oil. A marketing company that blends with gasoline.

    The benefits of transferring excess sugar cane and sugar to OMC for ethanol blending:
    ♦ Help reduce dependence on crude oil imports.
    ♦ Help promote ethanol as a native and pollution-free fuel.
    ♦ Help increase the income of sugarcane growers.

    Targets under the programme:
    ♦ Earlier, the government set a target of 10% mixing ratio of fuel-grade ethanol and gasoline by 2022 and 20% mixing ratio by 2030, but now the government is making plans to achieve the 20% mixing ratio target.
    ♦ However, since the blending goal cannot be achieved only by converting sugar cane/sugar into ethanol, the government also encourages distillation plants to produce ethanol from other raw materials (such as grains, etc.), which are currently not sufficient for distillation.
    ♦ Therefore, the government is also working to improve the country's distillation capacity.

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Awas Diwas and Awas Week Was Celebrated on 20 November

    7 days ago

    Awas Diwas and Awas Week celebrated. The Prime Minister launched the Rural Housing Project, Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G) in Agra, Uttar Pradesh on November 20, 2016.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The Prime Minister launched the Rural Housing Project, Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G) in Agra, Uttar Pradesh on 20th November 2016.
    ♦ To commemorate the launch of PMAY-G, which aims to provide "Housing for All" by 2022, it is decided to celebrate "AwaasDiwas" on November 20 every year.
    ♦ The program envisages the completion of all the basic facilities of 2.95 million square meters PMAY-G house by 2022.
    ♦ Under PMAY-G, through the implementation of certain implementation reforms, the government aims to maintain transparency and speed up housing construction, maintain quality, and ensure timely release of funds to beneficiaries through direct revenue transfer (DBT), and to provide beneficiaries with technology Assistance provided the beneficiaries with a series of housing designs in specific areas, which were strictly monitored through MIS-Awaas Soft and Awaas App.

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • National Newborn Week Was Launched

    7 days ago

    The Union Minister of Health has launched the 2020 National Newborn Week. The theme is ‘Quality, Equity, Dignity for every newborn at every health facility and everywhere’.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The National Newborn Week will be held from 15th to 21st November is to emphasize the importance of newborn health as an important priority area of the health sector and reaffirm the highest level of commitment.
    ♦ The theme of National Newborn Week 2020 is ‘Quality, Equity, Dignity for every newborn at every health facility and everywhere’.
    ♦ In 2014, India became the first country to publish the Indian Newborn Action Plan (INAP), consistent with the Global Every Newborn Action Plan, to eliminate preventable newborn and stillbirth deaths.

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • World Fisheries Day is Observed on 21 November

    7 days ago

    Every year 21st November is observed as World Fisheries Day. The Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India will award the best performing states in this sector on this day.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India will award the best performing states in this sector for 2019-20.
    The winners are:
    ♦ Orissa (Marine State category)
    ♦ Uttar Pradesh (inland state category)
    ♦ Assam (hills and northeastern states category)
    ♦ In addition, the government will also reward the best-performing fishery companies, cooperatives, individual entrepreneurs, etc. in recognition of their achievements and contributions in this field.

    About World Fisheries Day:
    ♦ World Fisheries Day is celebrated on 21st November every year to express solidarity with all fishermen, fish farmers and related stakeholders around the world 
    ♦ It started in 1997, when the "World Forum of Fishermen and Fish Farmers" was held in New Delhi, which led to representatives from 18 countries forming the World Fisheries Forum and signing a declaration advocating for the development of sustainable fishing practices and policies.
    ♦ This event aims to draw attention to overfishing, habitat destruction and other serious threats to the sustainability of our marine and inland resources.
    ♦ The focus of the celebration is to change the way the world manages global fisheries to ensure sustainable populations and healthy ecosystems.

    Category: Important Days
  • World Bank, GoI and Meghalaya Govt. signs Meghalaya Integrated Transport Project

    8 days ago

    The government of India, the government of Meghalaya and the World Bank signed a $120 million project to improve and modernize the transportation sector in Meghalaya.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The project will improve approximately 300 kilometres of strategic road sections and independent bridges through the use of innovative, climate-resilient, nature-based solutions.
    ♦ It will support innovative solutions, such as precast bridges, to reduce construction time and costs.
    ♦ MITP will help Meghalaya develop reliable, climate-resistant and safe roads, which are vital to the state’s economic development.
    ♦ About half of the state's 5,362 residential areas lack transportation links.
    ♦ The operation will also support the state government's "Restart Meghalaya Mission" to revive and promote development activities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • India and Bhutan to Launch Rupay Card Phase-2 in Bhutan

    8 days ago

    The Prime Ministers of India and Bhutan will virtually launch the second phase of the RuPay card in Bhutan in November 2020.

    Highlights:
    ♦ During the visit of the PM of India to Bhutan in August 2019, the two prime ministers jointly initiated the first phase of the project.
    ♦ The implementation of the first phase of the Bhutan RuPay card enables Indian tourists in Bhutan to access ATMs and point-of-sale terminals in Bhutan.
    ♦ Now, the second phase will allow Bhutanese cardholders to access the RuPay network in India.

    Category: International
  • First-Ever India-Luxembourg Virtual Summit Was Held

    8 days ago
    The first-ever India-Luxembourg Virtual Summit was held. In 1948, India established diplomatic relations with the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Three important agreements were signed at the virtual summit:
    ♦ Memorandum of Understanding between India International Exchange (India INX) and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: Provide cooperation in the financial services industry, maintain an orderly securities market, ESG (environmental, social and governance) and green finance in the local market.
    ♦ Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Bank of India and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange: Provide cooperation for financial services in the local market, industry maintenance of orderly securities markets, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and green finance.
    ♦ Memorandum of Understanding between Invest India and Luxinnovation: Support and develop mutual commercial cooperation between Indian and Luxembourg companies, including the promotion and facilitation of or proposed inbound foreign direct investment from Indian and Luxembourg investors.
     
  • APEC Meeting was Held Virtually

    8 days ago

    Recently the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Vision Leaders Meeting was held recently. APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to take advantage of the growing interdependence in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The goal of APEC is to create greater prosperity for the people in the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and safe growth and accelerating regional economic integration.
    ♦ APEC is a cooperative, multilateral economic and trade forum.
    ♦ The APEC secretariat is located in Singapore and is the core support mechanism of the APEC process.
    ♦ There are currently 21 member economies. It includes Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People's Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Filipinos; Russian Federation; Singapore; China Taipei; Thailand; United States; Vietnam; India is a non-member.

  • Fly Ash to Replace Natural Aggregates

    8 days ago

    National Thermal Power Corporation has developed geopolymers made from fly ash to replace natural aggregates used in construction.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Fly ash is a fine powder, a by-product of the combustion of pulverized coal in power plants. Fly ash is a pozzolan, a substance containing aluminium and siliceous substances, which forms cement in the presence of water. When mixed with water and lime, fly ash can form compounds similar to Portland cement.
    ♦ Fly ash can be used as the main material for many cement-based products, such as poured concrete, concrete blocks and bricks. One of the most common uses of fly ash is in Portland cement concrete pavement or PCC pavement.
    ♦ Road construction projects using PCC can use a large amount of concrete, and replacing it with fly ash can bring significant economic benefits. Fly ash is also used as embankment and mine filling.
    ♦ As part of the concept of optimal waste utilization, the fly ash from thermal power plants can be fully utilized.
    ♦ The aggregates of soil polymers can not only improve the utilization rate of fly ash, but also save the environment. In addition, the land demand for ash ponds is negligible. Geopolymers are inorganic materials, usually ceramic materials, that can form long-distance, covalently bonded amorphous (amorphous) networks.
    ♦ In fact, geopolymer mortar based on fly ash will act as a binder. Geopolymer aggregates will help reduce carbon emissions and have great potential to reduce water consumption.
    ♦ According to one estimate, the country’s total annual demand for infrastructure development is about 2 billion tons.
    ♦ The aggregate developed by NTPC using fly ash will meet the demand to a large extent and will also reduce the environmental impact of natural aggregates that require quarrying.

  • GoI and NDB Signs Agreement for USD 500 Million

    9 days ago

    The New Development Bank (NDB), headquartered in Shanghai, has approved a US$500 million loan fund for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project to further improve the public transport system and ease the national capital area. Crowding took a step forward. The Ministry of Urban Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the National Capital Region Transportation Corporation (NCRTC) and multilateral banks signed loan agreements.

    Highlights:
    ♦ These funds will be used to finance rolling stock, signalling systems, operating structures, operating personnel's residences, train control and telecommunications systems.
    ♦ The loan term of the China Development Bank is 25 years and the grace period is 8 years. The lack of effective public transportation options and the rapid increase in vehicle traffic have made the National Capital Region one of the most polluted areas in the world. 
    ♦ The Ministry of Finance stated that by 2030, NCR is expected to become the most populous urban area in the world, which will increase the pressure on housing, water supply, electricity and transportation facilities.
    ♦ The purpose of the express rail project is to establish a high-speed commuter rail network connecting Delhi with adjacent cities. The 82-kilometer Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS will be implemented in phases between cities. The train will reduce the time of travel from Delhi to Meerut from the current 3-4 hours to less than one hour
    ♦ Funds from the New Development Bank will also be used to purchase signal, telecommunications and train control systems with advanced functions, such as automatic train operation, automatic train protection, automatic train supervision and integration with platform screen doors.
    ♦ The project can serve as a demonstration of the development of high-capacity rapid urban transport corridors in other urban areas of India.

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  • India ranked 77th In Global Bribery Risk Matrix Of TRACE

    9 days ago

    In 2019, India ranked 78th with 48 points. By 2020, India will perform better than China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Bhutan is the only neighbour who ranked higher than India. Bhutan is ranked 48th.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The ranking is prepared by TRACE International. It is the world's leading anti-bribery standard-setting organization. The TRACE Bribery Risk Matrix (2020) measures bribery in 194 jurisdictions. 
    ♦ The jurisdictions are ranked based on scores. The score is calculated based on four parameters. They are the transparency of the government and the civil service system, business dealings with the government, the ability of civil society to monitor, and the deterrence and law enforcement capabilities of anti-bribery. 
    ♦ Although jurisdictions are weighed based on these four parameters, their role must also be considered when scoring the media. When a country gets the highest score, it means that the country is at higher risk of commercial bribery. The smaller the score, the less bribery the country has.
    ♦ India's overall score is 45. In the field of interaction with the government, India scored 50 points. In the field of anti-bribery deterrence and law enforcement, India scored 53 points. 
    ♦ In the field of government and civil service transparency, India scored 36 points. India’s opinion poll scored 40. This shows that compared with other major parameters, India’s civil servants are highly transparent. Civil servants have always been regarded as the pillars of Indian governance.
    ♦ Denmark tops the list, followed by Norway, Finland, Sweden and New Zealand. At the bottom are North Korea, Turkmenistan, South Sudan, Venezuela and Eritrea.

    Category: Index / List
  • Deemed Forests in the State of Karnataka

    9 days ago

    Karnataka has announced that it will declassify 6.64 billion hectares (nearly 67%) of the state’s 994,000 hectares of forest and hand it over to the tax bureau. In Karnataka, the recognized forest issue is a controversial issue, and cross-party legislators often allege that large amounts of agricultural and non-forest land are “unscientifically” classified as such issues.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Deemed forests, comprising about 1% of India’s forest land, are a controversial subject as they refer to land tracts that appear to be a “forest”, but have not been notified so by the government or in historical records.
    ♦ The concept of deemed forests has not even been clearly defined in any law including the Forest Conservation Act 1980.
    ♦ Areas included in Karnataka: The expert committee formed by the state government determined the "deemed forest" as:
    -    Regardless of ownership, land with forest characteristics.
    -    The densely wooded area of the tax bureau has not been handed over to the forest department.
    -    It is recommended that densely forested areas be handed over to the Ministry of Forestry.
    -    The dense woodland is allocated to the transferee, but there is no cultivation.
    -    Dense plantation in the forest department.
    ♦ The Expert Committee identified 4.318 million hectares of forest land in Karnataka in its 1997 and 2002 reports, including 33.23 billion hectares of reported forest area based on forest records and 994 million hectares of "deemed forests. ".

    Category: Environment
  • G20 Leaders Summit to be On 21 November

    9 days ago

    At the invitation of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will be attending the 15th G20 Summit chaired by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 

    Highlights
    ♦ The theme of the 15th G20 Summit is "Realizing the "Opportunities for All in the 21st Century" meeting to be held from November 21 to  November 22, 2020. 
    ♦ The summit is to be held in a virtual format. 
    ♦ The upcoming summit will be the second G20 summit in 2020.
    ♦ Following the telephone conversation between the Prime Minister and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the last G20 Special Leaders Summit was held in March 2020, and the leaders kept pace with the times. 
    ♦ The Group of 20 (G20) countries helped to contain the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic and form a globally coordinated response.
    ♦ The aim of the upcoming G20 summit will be the inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery from COVID-19.
    ♦ During the G20 summit, leaders will discuss pandemic prevention and ways to resume work. 
    ♦ Leaders will also share their vision for building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.
    ♦ India will enter the G20 Troika, along with Saudi Arabia when Italy will take over the Presidency of the G-20 on 1st December, 2020.

  • Getting MGNREGS Wages Harder than the Labour

    9 days ago

    The problems faced by rural workers who rely on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Program (MGNREGS).

    Highlights:
    ♦ According to a study by the Indian company LibTech, many workers are forced to go to the bank multiple times, increasing travel costs and loss of income, and face the trouble of repeated refusal to pay, biometric errors and misinformation, just to make their own wages.
    ♦ The study found that almost 40% of workers must go to bank branches multiple times to withdraw money.
    ♦ The branch is usually located at the block headquarters, far from home. The time at the bank is three to four hours. Workers also lose their wages when they try to withdraw money.
    ♦ This effectively solves the situation where one-third of the weekly salary is spent.
    ♦ Studies have also found that only one in ten workers will receive a text message stating that their wages have been recorded. One-third of workers must visit bank branches to find out whether their wages have been credited.
    ♦ It was also discovered that although they were told that the salary was credited, they found that the money was not credited to the account.
    ♦ The challenge of the last mile makes it difficult for workers to get their wages in time. 
    ♦ During the COVID-19 pandemic, this situation has worsened as transportation has become more difficult.

    Category: Schemes
  • Veermamunivars 140th birth anniversary was celebrated on 8 November

    10 days ago

    The 140th anniversary of Veermamunivar’s birth was celebrated on November 8, 2020. Veeramamunivar, a Jesuit priest, is famous in the Tamil literature circle for his epic Thembavani. Christian missionaries also composed small literary works including Thevaram based on hymns sung by the Saivaite saints.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Veermamunivar was attracted by the bhakti movement that thrived in Tamil Nadu and the singing of hymns by the Nayanmar and Azwar people.
    ♦ The Bhakti movement refers to the trend of spiritual spirituality that appeared in Hinduism in the Middle Ages, which later became the de facto catalyst for the formation of Sikhism.
    ♦ It originated in southern India (now Tamil Nadu and Kerala) in the eighth century and spread northward. From the 15th century, it swept across the east and north of India, and reached its peak in the 15th to 17th centuries CE.
    ♦ The movement began with Saiva Nayanars and Vaisnava Alvars, who lived between the 5th and 9th centuries AD. Their efforts eventually helped spread Bhakti’s poems and ideas throughout India from the 12th to the 18th century.
    ♦ The movement was inspired by many poets and saints, who advocated a wide range of philosophical positions, from the dualism of Devata theology to the absolute monism of Advata Vedanta.
    ♦ The Bhakti movement began with the purpose of reforming Hinduism.

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  • TRIFED has Expanded Tribes India Product Range

    10 days ago

    TRIFED expanded the Tribes India product range. New initiatives include products produced by prisoners in Jagdarpur Central Prison. Tribal India Electronics Market is committed to enhancing the capabilities of tribal enterprises, providing a larger handicraft market for tribes, product production and helping them to self-reliant and build Atmanirbhar Bharat.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India) was established in 1987. It is the highest national organization operating under the administration of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
    ♦ TRIFED is headquartered in New Delhi and has a network of 13 regional offices throughout the country.
    ♦ is engaged in the procurement and marketing of tribal art and handicrafts through its 40 retail outlets called TRIBES INDIA. TRIBES INDIA provides a series of tribal products.
    ♦ The ultimate goal of TRIFED is to promote the socio-economic development of the tribal nation by marketing tribal products such as metal crafts, tribal textiles, pottery, pottery, tribal paintings and pottery in most of the country's markets.
    ♦ TRIFED acts as a facilitator & service provider for tribal products.
    ♦ The TRIFED method aims to equip tribal people with knowledge, tools and information bases so that they can conduct business in a more systematic and scientific way.
    ♦ It also involves building the capacity of tribal people by raising awareness, establishing self-help groups (SHG) and providing them with training in specific activities.

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • World Toilet Day is observed on 19th November

    10 days ago

    Every year, November 19th is World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is the United Nations Day of Remembrance, which aims to celebrate toilets and raise awareness of the 4.2 billion people who do not have safe sanitation facilities.

    Highlights:
    ♦ World Toilet Day involves taking action to respond to the global health crisis and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
    ♦ The theme of World Toilet Day 2020: Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change. 2013 is the first official World Toilet Day.
    ♦ One-third of the people on this planet still cannot use clean and safe toilets; 1,000 children die every day due to poor sanitation; better sanitation can improve nutrition and health, especially for women and children In terms of.
    ♦ In India, Jal Shakti (Jal Shakti) Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS) led the "Swachi Bharat Mission-Glayen (SBMG)" commemorative event to improve people’s safety Awareness of sanitation and promotion of the major contributions of various regions to Swachhata.

    Category: Important Days
  • East Asia Summit Held in Vietnam

    10 days ago

    The 15th East Asia Summit was held in Hanoi, Vietnam on November 14, 2020.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The East Asia Summit is a major forum in the Asia-Pacific region, covering issues related to security and defence.
    ♦ Since its establishment in 2005, it has been playing an important role in East Asia's strategy, geopolitics and economic development.
    ♦ The East Asia Summit is regarded as a forum led by leaders to exchange views on strategic issues and compliance with international law, respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty, and promote a rule-based global order.
    ♦ It includes 10 ASEAN member states, as well as India, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Russia.

  • World Philosophy Day is Observed on 3rd November

    10 days ago

    Every year 3rd Thursday of November is celebrated as World Philosophy Day. Philosophy denotes the study of the nature of existence and reality, what may be known, and right and wrong behavior. It comes from the Greek phílosophía, which means "love of wisdom".

    Highlights:
    ♦ It is one of the most important areas of human thought, because it aspires to understand the true meaning of life.
    ♦ UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization established World Philosophy Day in 2002 with the following goals:
    - Update national, sub-regional, regional and international commitments to philosophy;
    - Strengthen philosophical analysis and research on major contemporary issues in order to more effectively deal with the challenges faced by mankind today;
    - To increase the public's importance to philosophy and its critical use in many societies' choices from the influence of globalization or entry into modernity;
    - Assess the state of philosophy teaching around the world, with special emphasis on unequal opportunities;
    - Emphasize the importance of popularizing philosophy education for future generations.
    ♦ The 2020 edition invites the world to reflect on the meaning of the current pandemic and emphasizes that more than ever, it is necessary to resort to philosophical reflection to deal with the multiple crises we are experiencing.
    ♦ The health crisis has brought into question all aspects of our society.
    ♦ Philosophy helps us to walk the necessary distance to better advance by stimulating critical thinking about issues that already exist but have been pushed to the forefront by the epidemic.

    Category: Important Days
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