- National and International Issues on
- Economic Development
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- Industrial Development
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- Information and Communication Technology
Topic 1:Economic development
NPCI plans international remittance on UPI platform
National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is planning to open up UPI as a mode of transaction for international inward very soon.
- The settlements that were happening with the beneficiary bank account through IMPS or NEFT can now also happen through UPI.
- The Virtual Payments Address (VPA) of the consumer is connected to an underlying bank account, therefore inward international remittance transfers can now also be settled through UPI
- the next version of UPI is expected to come with collect mandate for consumers who will now be able to pay their recurring payments through UPI.
- The biggest benefit for UPI is that it needs only a payment address, thereby removing the need for the full account number and the IFS code
- NPCI is still awaiting the final RBI approval for the new version of UPI.
Read more at: ET
Topic 1:Social development
Robots may play a role in elder care
Robots have the run of Tokyo’s Shin-tomi nursing home, which uses 20 different models to care for its residents.
- The Japanese government hopes it will be a model for harnessing the country’s robotics expertise to help cope with a swelling elderly population and dwindling workforce.
- More people live alone these days, and a robot can be a conversation partner for them. It will make life more fun.
Read more at: The Hindu
National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
The Union Cabinet has given its approval for restructuring of National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to strengthen governance, implementation and monitoring framework.
- The approval would lead to restructuring of composition of Board of NSDF and the NSDC to strengthen governance, implementation and monitoring framework.
- To strengthen governance, implementation and monitoring framework.
National Skill Development Corporation India (NSDC), established in 2009, is a not- for- profit company set up by the Ministry of Finance.
- NSDC aims to promote skill development by catalyzing creation of large, quality and for-profit vocational institutions.
- It also provides funding to build scalable and profitable vocational training initiatives.
- Its mandate is also to enable support system which focuses on quality assurance, information systems and train the trainer academies either directly or through partnerships.
About National Skill Development Fund:
The National Skill Development Fund was set up in 2009 by the Government of India for raising funds both from Government and Non Government sectors for skill development in the country.
Read more at: PIB
Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme
The NITI Aayog has launched the baseline ranking for the Aspirational Districts based on published data of 49 indicators. All the states — except West Bengal and Kerala — are on board in this ranking initiative.
- From April 1, these 101 districts will start entering data and from May onwards, they will be ranked based on progress made (delta ranking) on a real-time basis.
- As per the baseline ranking, Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh is ranked highest with score of 48.13% while Mewat in Haryana tails at the end with 26.02%.
- This program will focus on the strength of each district, identify low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measure progress, and rank districts.
- Under the programme, identified districts are prodded and encouraged to first catch-up with the best district within their state, and subsequently aspire to become one of the best in the country, by competing with, and learning from others.
Read more at: ET
Topic 1:Industrial development
Rajasthan’s first mega food park
Food Processing Industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal will inaugurate the first mega food park at Roopangarh Village in Ajmer
- The facilities being created at central processing centre (CPC) of this mega food park include cold storage, deep freeze dry warehouse for raw materials and for finished goods etc.,
- The park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC catchment areas.
- It is a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state of Rajasthan
Read more at: ET
Topic 3 : ICT
GSLV Successfully Launches GSAT-6A Satellite:
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08) successfully launched GSAT-6A Satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
- This is the fifth consecutive success achieved by GSLV carrying indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage.
- GSAT-6A is a communication satellite built by ISRO to provide mobile communication services through multi beam coverage
- It is equipped with S and C band transponders.
- A key feature of the satellite is providing mobile communication to India through multi beam coverage facility.
- Two improvements — induction of high thrust Vikas engine and electromechanical actuation system — have been made in the rocket’s second stage this time around.
- It provide a platform for developing technologies such as demonstration of 6 m S-Band Unfurlable Antenna, handheld ground terminals and network management techniques that could be useful in satellite based mobile communication application
Read more at: ET