1) Rourkela Steel Plant is located in Odisha.
2) Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited, a company under Ministry of Finance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) for supporting Badminton sport. Under the MOU, IIFCL shall contribute Rs. 30 Crores (Rs. 10 crore each year for 3 years) to the Target Olympic Podium Scheme “ TOP Scheme” under its initiatives for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
3)The Water Storage available in 85 important reservoirs of the country as on March 31, 2015 was 53.97 BCM which is 35% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This storage is 84% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 108% of storage of average of last ten years. The present storage position during current year is less than the storage position of last year but is better than the storage of average of last ten years.
Central Water Commission monitors live storage status of 85 important reservoirs of the country on weekly basis. These reservoirs include 37 reservoirs having hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW. The total storage capacity of these reservoirs is 155.046 BCM which is about 61% of the storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country.
4) The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee participated in the celebration of the 100th year of the advent of the Divine Adya Mata organized by Dakshineswar Ramakrishna Sangha Adyapeath at Kolkata.
5) Mumtaz Ali has written a book ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master (A Yogi’s Autobiography) ‘, under the name “Shri M.” He is now travelling the country on foot, for the cause of the “oneness of humanity.”
6) The state of Gujarat has led others in the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission during 2014-15. Out of the 2,70,069 household toilets constructed during the last financial year, Gujarat alone accounted for 60% of them having built 1,65,376 household toilets. Madhya Pradesh has constructed 99,151 household toilets followed by Karnataka with 4,697.
7) Speaking during a healthcare meet, President said a healthcare system, which is universally accessible, affordable and effective, is crucial for a developing country like India. To build such a system, we require robust healthcare infrastructure, trained and motivated personnel, and better access to medicines and equipments. There are 7 hospital beds per 10,000 population in India, compared to 23 in Brazil, 38 in China and 97 in Russia. In terms of healthcare professionals, we again lag behind the other BRIC countries. There are 7 physicians per 10,000 population in India, compared to 19 in Brazil, 15 in China and 43 in Russia. Though schemes like the National Health Mission have improved service delivery, health services in India still suffer from lack of reach and constraints of quality.
8) The National Geoscience Awards earlier known as National Mineral Awards were instituted in the year 1966 by the Ministry of Mines, Government of India. The objective of these awards is to honor individuals and teams of scientists for their extraordinary achievements and outstanding contributions in the field of fundamental/applied geosciences, mining and allied areas to provide incentive for striving towards excellence.
Geo-science is a comprehensive branch of science that deals with the planet Earth. The phenomena that make Earth the most magnificent spectacle of nature are diverse. The study of geo-sciences enables mankind to decipher the interplay of various forces of nature. This important science stream helps us to unravel the mystery of the origin and dynamism of the earth, the oceans, earthquakes, volcanoes, river systems and the like. It also contributes to our growing understanding of the evolution of life on this planet
India has a rich heritage of geological research work. The Geological Survey of India, established in 1851, is the second oldest amongst such organizations in the world. Over the years, it has developed a huge depository of knowledge in diverse fields of geo-science.
9) Mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, known for conquering peaks all over the world was found dead during one of his expeditions.
10) The Prime Minister witnessed a tripartite agreement between the Union Ministry of Textiles, the Government of Maharashtra and the National Textile Corporation, for transfer of 12 acres of land adjacent to the Chaityabhoomi in the Indu Mills Compound in Mumbai, where the last rites of Babasaheb Ambedkar were performed.
The agreement paves the way for resolving the long-pending issue of transfer of land from the National Textiles Corporation to the Government of Maharashtra to enable construction of a befitting memorial for Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.
11) The Prime Minister, said good infrastructure for the Judiciary was a priority for the Government, and an amount of Rs. 9749 crore had been earmarked for strengthening the Judiciary under the 14th Finance Commission. He said that under the Digital India Programme, technology should be deployed to bring about a qualititative change in the Judiciary. He stressed that quality manpower was required for the Judiciary. He was as concerned about the Human Resource, as he was about the physical infrastructure, the Prime Minister added.
12) General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, on behalf of the Hon’ble President of India, Shri PranabMukherjee, presented the “President’s Colours” to 20 MADRAS and 21 MADRAS Battalions of the Madras Regiment.
This rare honour has been bestowed upon these two battalions in due recognition of their dedicated and meritorious service rendered to the nation since raising.
13) The Government of India has released more than Rs.37,420 crore to all the States for Financial Year 2015-16 as the First Installment of devolution as per the 14th Finance Commission (FFC).
14) India is hosting the 5th meeting of the SAARC Health Ministers at New Delhi.
15) The Chief Justice of India Justice H.L.Dattu said efforts are on to see that no court case would be pending for more than five years. He said efforts are also on to see that the maximum life of a case is not beyond two (2) years. Justice H.L. Dattu said the idea of Morning as well as evening courts, uniform policy for the selection of Judges across the country and provision of uniform retirement benefits for the retired judges of High courts were all discussed. In addition the speedy judicial process cases relating to women harrasment, juveniles, disabled persons and senior citizens also came up for discussion. He called for increase in number of judges to tackle the problem of pendency. Almost 96% of the district and subordinate courts have been computerised and are providing case information to litigants and lawyers online through the district court websites.
16) Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences and Vice-President, CSIR Dr Harsh Vardhan, has said that Aerospace and Defence have been identified to be at the heart of ‘Make in India’.
Dr Harsh Vardhan complimented the scientists and staff on the numerous spin-off products developed including India’s largest Autoclave for Airworthy Composite Processing, the first indigenous transmissometer (DHRISTI) for measuring runway visibility, the first indigenous Electronic target (DHVANI) for the Indian Army, Active noise control, smart materials and surface modification.
17) The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Conference of State Environment and Forest Ministers said, India, which has had a long tradition of living in harmony with nature, should lead the global fight against climate change.
18) Union Agriculture Minister emphasised the need for bringing Green Revolution to Eastern Region of the country.
For the first time, soil health card is being implemented in Mission Mode and every farmer of the country will be provided with Soil health card in next three years and they will be empowered with complete details about soil nutrient for effective crop management.
Two more ‘Indian Agricultural Research Institute’ are planned to be established, one each in Jharkhand and Assam to enhance the educational and Research opportunities.
19) Ministry of Culture takes over the management of Lalit Kala Akademi.
20) Kalvari, first of the Indian Navy’s Scorpene class stealth submarines being built under the Project 75, under collaboration with M/s DCNS, France, achieved a major milestone today with her ‘undocking’ at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL).
21) Minister of State – Labour & Employment launched the portal Digital India Initiative: NCVT-MIS Portal a digital platform that will help in improving the market function of vocational training delivery in India. The platform, developed by the Ministry’s Directorate General of Employment & Training(DGE&T), will scale up the infrastructure that can help realise Prime Minister’s Skill India mission, as well as significantly improve government’s process efficiencies, increase transparency and reduce leakages and corruption by the use of technology.
The Minister also awarded e-certificates from the first set of e-certificates generated from portal for candidates who had successfully completed trainings from various Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the past.
22) Major Indian Steel Companies, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Ministry of Steel for setting up of Steel Research & Technology Mission of India (SRTMI).
The SRTMI is an industry-led initiative in association with the Steel Ministry to promote collaborative research programmes in steel sector, which aims at increasing investment on Research & Development in the steel sector from present level of 0.2-0.3 % of turnover progressively towards the international benchmark of 1-2 % of turnover.
SRTMI will carry out R&D in priority areas of national importance covering best usage of available raw materials & conservation of natural resources, optimum energy conservation & minimum emissions, innovations and in-house development of design, engineering & manufacturing facilities of key steel plant equipments.
Presently, SAIL, Tata Steel, JSW Steel, JSPL, RINL, NMDC & MECON are the participating companies who have signed the agreement today with the Ministry of Steel. The initial corpus for setting up of SRTMI is to the tune of Rs. 200 crore wherein Rs. 100 crore will be contributed from the Steel Development Fund of the Ministry, and Rs. 100 crore will be provided by these participating companies.
23) The President congratulated Prince Aga Khan on the Padma Vibhushan Award being conferred on him and said this reflects the admiration and respect India has for him and for the valuable public service being done by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
24) Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Ltd. (MUDRA) – a new bank to be set up through a statutory enactment, would be responsible for developing and refinancing through a Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana, all Micro-finance Institutions (MFIs) which are in the business of lending to micro / small business entities engaged in manufacturing, trading and service activities.
MUDRA would also partner with State/Regional level coordinators to provide finance to Last Mile Financiers of small/micro business enterprises. Further, the approach goes beyond credit only approach and offers a credit – plus solution for these enterprises spread across the country. These measures to be taken up by MUDRA are targeted towards mainstreaming young, educated or skilled workers and entrepreneurs including /women entrepreneurs.
25) The Law Commission of India has submitted its Report No. 256 on “Eliminating Discrimination Against Persons Affected by Leprosy” to the Union Minister of Law and Justice today. The report also provides a model draft law to eliminate discrimination faced by Persons affected by Leprosy.
In 2014, India had the largest number of new Leprosy cases globally (58%). From 2005 till 2014, the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) recorded a rate of 1.25 to 1.35 lakh new cases every year. A majority of these are children, who are threatened with isolation and discrimination at a young age.
Although Leprosy may cause irreversible disabilities, with medical advances, it is now a completely curable disease. However, a major obstacle is the social stigma associated with Leprosy, and many persons affected by Leprosy continue to be outcast from society. Another problem is that of Indian laws, which continue to directly and indirectly discriminate against Persons affected by Leprosy.