Important Current Affairs for CLAT-9th July 2022

To execute NEP 2020, PM launches Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam

According to a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam on the National Education Policy in Varanasi. The Prime Minister told the audience that “our education system and young generation carry a large role of realising the vows of the “Amrit Kaal.” He bowed to Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya, wishing the Samagam all the best. The Prime Minister opened the Akshay Patra Mid-Day Meal Kitchen at LT College earlier in the day.

KEY POINTS:

  • PM claimed that the high level of talent displayed by the students with whom he interacted is a sign of the work required to develop such talent.

  • The National Education Policy‘s fundamental tenet is to liberate education from constrictive thinking and integrate it with contemporary concepts.

  • The prime minister emphasised that private actors are now opening up a new world for young people in fields like space technology where previously only the government used to do everything. Women are increasingly exhibiting their talent in fields that were previously off-limits to them.

  • The Prime Minister emphasised that the new policy places a complete emphasis on developing children’s skills in accordance with their talents and preferences.

  • The prime minister highlighted that after the policy was prepared, the momentum had not been lost. The Policy’s implementation has been a topic of ongoing discussion and effort.

Shiksha Samagam:

  • The Shiksha Samagam is being put on by the Ministry of Education. Eminent academics, policymakers, and academic leaders will have a forum to deliberate, exchange their experiences, and discuss the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 implementation roadmap.

  • More than 300 Academic, Administrative, and Institutional Leaders from Universities (Central, State, Deemed, and Private), and Institutes of National Importance (IIT, IIM, NIT, IISER) from around the nation are participating in the event as part of improving their capacities.

  • The progress of NEP implementation in each participant’s institution would be discussed, along with notable implementation tactics, best practises, and success stories.

  • Panel discussions on the nine topics chosen for higher education under NEP 2020 will be held during the course of the three-day Shiksha Samagam.

Mission Kushal Karmi: Delhi Govt’s scheme to improve construction workers’ skills

Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, started Mission Kushal Karmi to help construction workers improve their abilities. According to a formal press release, the Delhi government developed this programme with assistance from the Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) and Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.

KEY POINTS:

  • This DSEU programme to increase the skills of construction workers, in collaboration with Simplex, NAREDCO, and India Vision Foundation, is particularly unique. Workers will upskill as part of this 15-day special training programme, which will increase their salaries in the future.

  • This will contribute to an increase in worker salary of up to Rs 8,000. Under this scheme, the government wants to train 2 lakh workers in one year.

  • These skilled personnel will also be advantageous to construction enterprises.

  • The Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University now operates training centres in 3 locations, and more centres will be added soon. At each of these centres, excellent training spaces have also been created for the staff.

  • The program’s goal is to offer over 2 lakh registered construction workers on-the-job skill development training in industry demand-driven job roles in the construction sector each year.

  • As part of the initiative, employees will receive 120 hours (15 days) of training at their places of employment.


Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri launches SVANidhi Mahotsav

On the occasion of second anniversary of the Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbharNidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme, the Housing and Urban affairs Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri launched the ‘SVANIdhi Mahotsav,’ which will be celebrated from 9th to 31st of July. The festival will be organized in 75 cities across all states and Union Territories, and showcase various cultural activities, digital training activities and loan melas. It will also have functions for felicitation of distinguished Street vendors.

The festival aims to celebrate 75 years of independence with the nano-entrepreuners and it is the first of its kind for the financial inclusion of street vendors. He further added that three thousand six hundred crore rupees has been distributed to beneficiaries of the scheme. The PM SVANidhi programme was launched by the modi government in July 2020 to provide financial assistance through loans to street vendors who were reeling under the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rajasthan government will introduce India’s first right-to-health bill

The Rajasthan government is soon likely to introduce in the Assembly the Right to Health Bill, “the first of its kind in India”, which aims to commit to quality and affordable health care services through government and private health care providers. In January, the government had prepared a draft bill that defines the rights of patients, their attendants and health care providers, as well as a system for addressing grievances of the stakeholders.

Important points of the bill:

  • The right to health bill is part of the Rajasthan government’s bid to expand and strengthen medical services in the state.

  • Recently, the chief minister approved Rs 117 crore towards expansion of the facilities in Mahila Chikitsalaya (women’s hospital) at Sanganeri Gate in Jaipur.

  • The state has also ensured health security of every family by providing free treatment up to Rs 10 lakh to the people through Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana.

  • Along with this, an accident insurance of up to Rs 5 lakh is being given to the families registered in the scheme.

  • Also, medicines and tests of the patients coming to government health facilities are being provided free of cost.

  • Dalai Lama’s Visit to Leh After 4 years can Fuel the Fumes between India-China

Dalai Lama’s Visit to Leh After 4 years can Fuel the Fumes between India-China

It has been four years since Dalai Lama has been to Leh including the Covid-19 times. The pandemic put a halt on the travel and tourism of Leh and Ladakh. Dalai Lama used to visit Leh every year and hold big religious ceremonies in the cold desert. The Buddhist population used to enjoy the rituals and the ceremony peacefully before the pandemic. After four years, Dalai Lama will visit Leh for a month from 15th July this year. However, there may be some disputes from China, as they have earlier objected to the presence of the Dalai Lama in Ladakh.

Key Points

  • In 1959, the Chinese were not happy with the remarks of the Dalai Lama questioning their complete annexation of Tibet. Since, then the Dalai Lama has escaped to India, where he continues to advocate for the middle-way approach with China to peacefully resolve the issue of Tibet.

  • However, both the Indian and Chinese armies had irregular border issues which often led to fierce attacks. There Dalai Lama only approached the Chinese, so that the Tibetans can have maximum autonomy in the hilly region and continue with their day-to-day activities.

  • China has claimed that there is no fully settled area on the Line of Actual Control. India’s support of the Dalai Lama’s remark on China is due to the difference in the perception of the boundary through dialogue and diplomacy.

  • Earlier, India objected to and questioned China about occupying the Aksai Chin areas that were gifted by Pakistan. India claimed that it was part of the Ladakh region.

  • In the past years, there has been a lot of tension between both India and China over the Line of Actual Control.

  • The visit of The Dalai Lama is expected to increase the tension between the two armies again.

  • 2-Day training on Disaster Management of Museums held at Rashtrapati Bhavan

2-Day training on Disaster Management of Museums held at Rashtrapati Bhavan

At the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum, Rashtrapati Bhavan has organised a workshop on “Disaster Management of Museums and Heritage Buildings” in collaboration with the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM). The President’s Secretariat announced today that the goal of this training is to raise knowledge of disaster management among Rashtrapati Bhavan staff and other stakeholders, with a special focus on heritage buildings, museums, and cultural heritage.

KEY POINTS:

  • Participants will take part in various sessions over the course of the two-day workshop to learn about the different facets of the Disaster Management Act, the Disaster Management framework and guidelines, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Agenda on Disaster Risk Reduction, etc.

  • On the first day, speakers emphasised the importance of raising awareness about disaster management and teaching participants how to minimise loss in the event of a disaster.

  • Additionally, they emphasised the significance of catastrophe management in historic structures and the need for developing efficient policies and response systems.

National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM):

The National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) is India’s top training and capacity-building organisation for dealing with natural catastrophes on a national and regional level. The Disaster Management Act 2005, which was approved by the President of India on January 9, 2006, renamed the National Centre of Disaster Management (NCDM), which was established by an Act of Parliament in 1995, to give it the current name of National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM).

Amit Shah virtually unveils ‘Statue of Peace’ of Swamy Ramanujacharya

Union home minister, Amit Shah virtually unveiled the ‘Statue of Peace’ of Swamy Ramanujacharya in Srinagar, located in a temple in the Sonwar region. Saint Ramanujacharya, also known as Ramanuja, is considered to be a great thinker, philosopher and social reformer, a south Indian Brahmin born in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur.

About the Ramanuja:

  • Ramanuja is known to have revolted against the discrimination of untouchability and played a role in bringing a big change in society. He is a follower of Vaishnavism and taught people the principles of salvation.

  • He wrote many books, including Sri Bhashya, Vedartha Sangraha and Bhagavad Gita Bhasya, based on his belief that is different from the teachings of Adi Shankaracharya. The saint is known for judging people not by their caste at birth, but by their character.

  • He is believed to be the first Hindu acharya to initiate women into ‘sanyasa’ (renunciation of the world). He is also known for blending Vedanta methodology with ‘bhakti’. After Ramanuja’s demise, the female community of ‘sanyasinis’ faded away.

  • Western Railways opened longest skywalk connecting Mumbai’s Bandra Terminus to Khar station

Western Railways opened longest skywalk connecting Mumbai’s Bandra Terminus to Khar station

The Western Railway’s (WR) longest skywalk from the Khar Road railway station to the nearby Bandra Terminus has been opened for the passengers to reach the platforms to board trains easily. The skywalk spans 314 meters long and is 4.4 meters wide. Western Railway’s noted that the skywalk will allow passengers to reach Bandra (T) directly by deboarding at Khar station & taking south Foot Over Bridge.

About the skywalk:

  • This skywalk has made travelling very convenient as earlier passengers travelling by suburban trains had to get down at Bandra or Khar Railway station to reach Bandra Terminus by walking.

  • The new skywalk was built at an estimated cost of Rs 14 crore. Around 510 MT structural steel, 20 MT Reinforcement steel and 240 cum of concrete was used for the construction. This skywalk will connect all foot over bridges of Bandra Terminus.