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BREAKFAST IN SCHOOLS PLAN FACES DELAY

About: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education has recommended that all government schools start providing free breakfast in the coming academic year as part of an expansion of the mid-day meal scheme envisaged by the National Education Policy. However, Education Ministry officials say a severe funding crunch is likely to delay the initiative. Fund …

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PRADHAN MANTRI SWASTHYA SURAKSHA NIDHI (PMSSN)

The Union Cabinet has approved the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi (PMSSN) as a single non-lapsable reserve fund for share of Health from the proceeds of Health and Education Cess levied under Section 136-b of Finance Act, 2007. Salient features of the PMSSN A non-lapsable reserve fund for Health in …

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MSME

Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises inaugurated two technology centres at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, three extension centres of big technological centres and seven mobile Udyam Express. Important points: The Ministry of MSME has rolled out the Technology Centres Systems Programme to develop the …

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ARBITRATION AND CONCILIATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2021

The Parliament gave its nod to the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 with Rajya Sabha passing it. The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill last month. About: The legislation seeks to amend the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. The Act contains provisions to deal with domestic and international …

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VACCINE PASSPORTS

Governments around the world are exploring the potential use of vaccine passports as a way of reopening the economy by identifying those protected against the coronavirus. Vaccine Passports: A vaccine passport is an e-certificate that stores and records jabs and Covid-19 test status. It can be kept in a smartphone app or …

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UIGHUR MUSLIMS

Recently, several hundred Uighur Muslim women in Turkey staged an International Women’s Day march against the extradition agreement of Turkey with China and demanding the closure of mass incarceration camps in China’s Xinjiang Province. Earlier in 2020, the United States House of Representatives approved a legislation calling for sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for oppression of Uighur …

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Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

GS-2 JANAUSHADHI DIWAS The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) celebrated the 3rd JanaushadhiDiwas (7th March 2021) to spread awareness about quality generic medicines, available at low prices. Theme of JanaushadhiDiwas was “SevaBhi – Rozgarbhi”. The Janaushadhi week was celebrated across the country from 1st-7th March 2021. As a part of celebrations, the Prime Minister inaugurated the 7,500th Janaushadhi Kendra at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong. Important points: Janaushadhi …

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Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

GS-2 PUSH FOR CHABAHAR PORT IN INSTC CORRIDOR India expressed its intent to include Chabahar port in the 13-nation International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) that extends from India to Russia, and to expand INSTC membership by including Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, at a “Chabahar Day” event organised as part of Maritime India summit. This Summit saw …

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