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Important Current Affairs for CLAT-8th August 2022

Govt Launches: Mission Vatsalya Scheme

The Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing a centrally-sponsored scheme “Mission Vatsalya” erstwhile Child Protection Services (CPS) scheme, since 2009-10 for the welfare and rehabilitation of children.

It’s Objectives:

The objective of Mission Vatsalya is to secure a healthy and happy childhood for each and every child in India, ensure opportunities to enable them to discover their full potential and assist them in flourishing in all respects in a sustained manner, foster a sensitive, supportive and synchronized ecosystem for the development of children, assist States/UTs in delivering the mandate of the Juvenile Justice Act 2015 and achieve the SDG goals. Mission Vatsalya promotes family-based non-institutional care of children in difficult circumstances based on the principle of institutionalization of children as a measure of last resort. Components Of The Scheme: Components under Mission Vatsalya include improvement in the functioning of statutory bodies, Strengthening service delivery structures; Upscale institutional care/services; Encouraging non-institutional community-based care; emergency outreach services; Training and capacity building. All the States/UTs have signed the Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) with the Ministry for implementation of the Scheme. Mission Vatsalya will be implemented as a centrally-sponsored scheme as per the prescribed cost-sharing ratio between the Centre and State/UT Governments.

Indian chess legend Viswanathan Anand becomes FIDE deputy president

Indian chess legend, Viswanathan Anand was elected deputy president of the International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation (FIDE), the sport’s world governing body. While incumbent president Arkady Dvorkovich was re-elected for a second term. Five-time world champion Anand was part of Dvorkovich’s team.

The elections to the world chess body were held during the FIDE Congress which is being conducted here alongside the 44th Chess Olympiad. In the elections held here, Dvorkovich pipped Andrii Baryshpolets, a Ukrainian Grandmaster, by a landslide scoreline of 157-16 votes. A third candidate, French Bachar Kouatly, withdrew his candidature after giving his speech before voting began.

UP Govt Plans to Double Farmers income under ‘Panchamrut Yojana’

Uttar Pradesh government announced that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s ‘Panchamrut Yojana’ will help to achieve the goal of doubling farmers’ income through the introduction of cost-effective technical measures and the promotion of the co-cropping method.

Measures Taken By Govt:

According to an official of the Sugarcane Development Department, the Government has already started taking steps under Panchamrut Yojana to achieve this goal, and would initially select a total of 2028 farmers in the state ahead of the autumn season, to develop model plots so that more and more innovative farmers felt encouraged to join the programme for their own benefit.

As per the press note released by the UP government, the Panchamrut scheme seeks to reduce the production cost of sugarcane, as well as increase productivity and the fertility of the land, through five techniques, including an integrated trench method for sowing of sugarcane, ratoon management and trash mulching, drip irrigation and co-cropping.

The scheme has the combined objective of reducing costs through saving water and maximum use of stubble and the leaves of sugarcane, saving use of fertilisers and pesticides, promoting the cultivation of more than one crop for greater productivity and enhancing the income of farmers as well as controlling pollution as there will be no need to burn leaves in the fields.

Other Encouragement:

The Government will also honour farmers who implement the Panchamrut scheme and are able to enhance the productivity of the land as well as their income with ‘Uttam Sugarcane Farmer’ awards. The Uttar Pradesh government encourages farmers to adopt new techniques of agriculture to reduce the cost of agriculture and enhance their income.

PM Modi Chairs 7th NITI Aayog Governing Council Meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attended the seventh NITI Aayog governing council meeting which took place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s cultural centre in the national capital. The council held discussions over several issues such as crop diversification, urban development and implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP).

Top Points In The Meeting:

1)Among the agendas of the conference are evolving a shared vision of national priorities and strategies with the active involvement of states and union Territories,” the NITI Aayog Governing Council is a key forum for deliberations.

2) With India hosting the G20 Presidency and summit next year, Sunday’s meeting assumes greater significance. Presidency for India for the federal system and the role that states can play in highlighting their progress at the G-20 Platform.

3)Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday, claiming discrimination by centre, said he would not attend the conference, In a statement, the NITI Aayog said it was “unfortunate”.

4)Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is also not present at the meeting.

In Conclusion:

Evolving a shared vision of national priorities and strategies with the active involvement of states and union Territories,” the NITI Aayog Governing Council is a key forum for deliberations, said by Suman Beri, the Vice-Chairman Of NITI Aayog.

Unity SFB named Inderjit Camotra as MD & CEO

The Unity Small Finance Bank (SFB) Limited (Unity Bank) has appointed, Inderjit Camotra as the managing director and chief executive officer (MD & CEO) of the bank. A senior banker with over 25 years of experience across India, Camotra held various leadership positions at Standard Chartered Bank. In January 2022, the bank appointed Vinod Rai, the former CAG of India, as its Chairman.

An IIT-Delhi graduate, Camotra pursued his MBA from Clarkson University in New York. Camotra was earlier an executive director with Centrum Financial Services Ltd, and has played a crucial role in the transitioning of the company into a bank.

About the Unity Small Finance Bank:

Unity Small Finance Bank is a new age, the digital-first bank which was recently elevated to a ‘Scheduled Bank’ and was included in the Second Schedule of the RBI Act. The bank is promoted by Centrum Financial Services Ltd and Resilient Innovations Pvt Ltd as a joint investors. The bank commenced its operation in November 2021.

Jagdeep Dhankhar Elected as the 14th Vice-President of India

Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected as the 14th Vice President of India. Jagdeep Dhankhar was the candidate nominated by the NDA from BJP. He will be administering the oath to the office on August 11, just after the tenure of incumbent Vice President Venkaiah Naidu ends. Jagdeep Dhankhar was serving as the Governor of West Bengal before getting nominated for the Vice President Elections 2022. The Opposition of Vice President Elections 2022 was Margaret Alva who is an ex-Union Minister and former five-times Congress MP.

A total of 725 MPs registered their votes, and 63 skipped the Vice President Elections 2022. 710 votes were found valid, and 15 were invalid out of 725 votes. Jagdeep Dhankhar secured 528 votes, which is higher than the minimum of 363 votes that were required for the victory. Jagdeep Dhankhar had the support of more than 425 lawmakers. Parties like Biju Janata Party (BJD), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Shiv Sena, and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) were there to extend their support to Jagdeep Dhankhar. The Opposition Margaret Alva received the votes of 208 MPs.

Jagdeep Dhankhar: About

Jagdeep Dhankhar was born on 18th May 1951. He was born in an Agrarian household in a remote village located in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district. He completed his schooling at Sainik School, Chittorgarh. He pursued his law degree from the University of Rajasthan.

Jagdeep Dhankhar: Previous Positions

  • 1993-98: Member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Kishangarh

  • 1989-91: Lok Sabha MP from Jhunjhunu

  • 1990-91: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs

  • 2019-22: Governor of West Bengal

FAQs related to Vice President of India

1. Who is the 14th Vice President of India? Ans. Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar is the 14th Vice President of India.

2. When was Jagdeep Dhankhar appointed as governor of West Bengal? Ans. On 30th July 2019, Jagdeep Dhankhar was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal by the then President Ram Nath Kovind.

3. How many votes did Jagdeep Dhankhar secure? Ans. Jagdeep Dhankhar won 528 votes out of 725 votes in the Vice President Elections 2022.

4. Who is Jagdeep Dhankhar? Ans. Jagdeep Dhankhar is an Indian politician, who was elected for the Vice President Elections by the NDA from Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). He served as the governor of West Bengal previously. He was elected as the 14th Vice President of India.

5. When was Jagdeep Dhankhar nominated for the Vice President Elections 2022? Ans. On 16th July 2022, Jagdeep Dhankhar was nominated as the candidate for Vice President of India.

SpaceX Launches South Korea’s First Moon Mission, Danuri

South Korea launches its first ever lunar mission or it can also be called its first ever mission beyond low Earth orbit. The mission was formerly called the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO), which is now known as Danuri, a play on the Korean words for “moon” and “enjoy”. The mission is managed by the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). The goal of Danuri is to test South Korea’s lunar spacecraft technology.

Key Points

  • Danuri was launched from SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

  • The Danuri spacecraft is now on a circuitous route to the moon.

  • Before coming back to its destination, it will fly towards the sun, and arrive in the lunar orbit in mid-December.

  • This route is generally considered a longer route, also known as a Ballistic lunar transfer which uses a gravity assist by the sun.

  • After reaching the moon, stationed in a 62-mile-high orbit, Danuri will perform research with its six science instruments.

  • Six Science Instruments of Danuri are A magnetometer, a gamma-ray spectrometer, an experimental communications system, and three cameras.

  • Out of three cameras one is designed by NASA, sensitive enough to see inside the moon’s permanently shadowed crates which contain water ice.

  • If South Korea successfully executes this lunar mission, it will become the eighth political body to execute a moon mission after the United States, the former Soviet Union, China, Japan, India, Luxembourg, and the European Union.

ISRO’s launched tiniest rocket to display the Tricolor in Space

A tiny satellite launch vehicle will be sent from Sriharikota by the Indian Space Research Organization on 7th August 2022. It is a three-stage vehicle, and each step of propulsion uses solid fuel. The goal of the project is to place an Earth observation satellite called EOS-02 into low earth orbit along with a satellite called “Azaadi SAT.” The satellite will be launched from Sriharikota.

Key Points:

  • 750 female students from government schools in remote areas from Kashmir to Kanyakumari created the “Azaadi Satellite.

  • Srimathy Kesan, the founder of Space Kidz India, said that the opportunity for the girls to participate in the programme was fantastic.

About the AzaadiSAT launch:

  • In order to mark India’s 75th anniversary of independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared on August 15 that this spacecraft would be launched.

  • A co-passenger satellite called “AzaadiSAT” will be aboard SSLV in honour of India’s festival of “Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

  • It was designed specifically for the 75th anniversary of Independence Day.

  • Young females will have options to choose “space research” as their job because it will foster their scientific temperament.

About AzaadiSAT:

  • AzaadiSAT has 75 payloads in total.

  • 750 young female students from 75 Indian rural government schools built these payloads.

  • It is the outcome of ISRO’s efforts to encourage girls to pursue “Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)”.

  • The CubeSat weighs 8 kg. The 75 payloads weigh around 50 grammes each.

  • Femto-experiments will be carried out by the mission.

  • In addition, AzadiSAT has a long-range transponder and a solid-state PIN diode-based radiation counter that will measure the ionising radiation in its orbit.

  • To connect and interact with AzadiSAT in orbit, ISRO will employ a ground system created by Space Kidz India.


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