20.11.21 Daily APSC Current Affairs

 

ASSAM

 

Assam to upgrade 5 colleges to universities

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that five colleges in the state will soon be upgraded to universities in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. He said that key decisions regarding the timely implementation of the NEP in the state will be taken at the next weekly Cabinet meeting.

 

The chief minister said that in the next state Cabinet meeting, scheduled for November 25, the structure for the educational institutions under the NEP will be approved, determining which institutions will be for fundamental, primary or senior secondary levels.

He maintained that the NEP has been adapted to the times by incorporating the new scientific thinking of the 21st century and is also synchronised with the basic tenets of India’s civilisation, which is based on the foundation of knowledge and wisdom.

 

The chief minister hoped that the conclave would result in finalising a roadmap for implementation of NEP in the North East region to convert the policy into action and set timelines to realise the dream of a new India.

 

 

NORTH-EASTERN STATES

Swachh Survekshan: Assam’s Tezpur named cleanest city in the northeast

 

Tezpur in northern Assam has been ranked as the cleanest city in the northeast in the population category of 50,000 to 1 lakh in the Swachh Survekshan ratings announced on Saturday.

In the 1 to 10 lakh population category, under which major cities and capitals of NE comes, Dibrugarh is the cleanest in the region ranking 311 followed by Guwahati (312), Nagaon (334), Silchar (346). Out of the 372 cities ranked in this category, Shillong’s ranking is 371. Aizawl is at 359 and Imphal is 365. Agartala has been ranked 356, whereas Dimapur is ranked 322. State capital Guwahati has inched up to 312 from 403 scored last year.

Among the states with less than 100 urban local bodies in the northeast, Nagaland is the cleanest, ranking 6th. Interestingly, another tribal-inhabited state Jharkhand topped the list in the same category in India. However, Meghalaya is ranked at 14. Mizoram and Manipur are in the top 10 occupying 9th and 7th positions respectively.

Nine towns from Assam——Tezpur, Golaghat, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Tinsukia, Hailakandi, Haflong, Jorhat and Lakhipur (Cachar) have been able to secure ranks in the Swachh Survekshan League 2021 in different categories.

Golaghat in upper Assam has been adjudged the cleanest city in the northeast in the 25,000 to 50,000 population group. On the other hand, lower Assam’s Bongaigaon is the best city in innovation and practices in the 50,000 to 1 lakh population group.

 

Swachh Survekshan League was introduced with the objective of sustaining the on-ground performance of cities along with continuous monitoring of service level performance when it comes to cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Japan’s PM announces a $490 billion stimulus program

 

Fumio Kishida, Japan’s Prime Minister, launched a record-breaking stimulus plan of over 56 trillion Japanese yen.

Highlights:

 By the end of 2021, the Japanese government will additionally create an additional budget to support the stimulus programme and provide needed assistance to the people.

 For those under the age of 18, the plan includes payments of 100,000 yen.

 It also includes financial assistance for struggling companies, as well as Kishida and other lawmakers.

 The bundle also includes enough content and scale to provide individuals with a sense of security and optimism.

 This stimulus defies a worldwide trend of reducing crisis-mode stimulus. It also adds to Japan’s already precarious financial situation.

 Because of large payouts to people and businesses affected by the covid-19 epidemic, the scale of spending was projected to be larger than 30-40 trillion yen by markets.

 

NATIONAL

 

Narayan Rane, Union Minister for MSME Launched Special Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (SCLCSS)

 

On the second day of the MSME North East Conclave, Union Minister for MSME Narayan Rane announced the Special Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (SCLCSS) for the services sector.

Highlights:

♦Senior authorities from the Ministry of MSME in Guwahati were also in attendance.

♦The scheme would assist companies in the services sector in meeting their technology-related requirements by providing a 25% capital subsidy for the purchase of plant and machinery, as well as service equipment, through institutional credit to SC-ST MSEs without any sector-specific limits on technology upgradation.

♦The Minister also congratulated North-eastern SC/ST entrepreneurs and encouraged young people to pursue entrepreneurship in order to become employment creators rather than job seekers. Shri Rane promised the youngsters that the Ministry of MSME will leave no stone unturned in their quest to become successful entrepreneurs.

 

After A Year Of Protests, Three Farm Laws Were Repealed

 

In his address on November 19, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the federal government will abolish all three agriculture laws.

Highlights:

♦ Farmers who are protesting were also asked to return to their houses.

♦ Farmers around the country began protesting the agricultural rules a year ago, and the decision to abolish them was made one year later.

♦ These laws will be repealed during Parliament’s Winter Session.

 

♦ Farmers’ main fear was that these regulations would eliminate the Minium Support Price (MSP), which is guaranteed by the government on certain crops.

♦ Farmers will soon be at the mercy of large corporations.

♦ In India, the majority of farmers are small-scale farmers, according to the Prime Minister.

♦ To assist these farmers, the central government uses a multi-faceted approach that includes everything from seed technology to crop insurance plans.

♦ The three farm bills were introduced to help small farmers by empowering and strengthening them.

♦ The government, on the other hand, was unable to persuade a group of farmers who were protesting. The laws were repealed in light of this.

 

The Reserve Bank of India has approved NSDL e-Governance as an Account Aggregator.

 

As an account aggregator, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has certified the “NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure.”

Highlights:

♦ The NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure is a provider of IT-enabled services.

♦ It received RBI’s in-principle clearance to start an account aggregator business through NSDL e-Governance Account Aggregator Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary.

♦ Account Aggregator (AA) model The Account Aggregator (AA) model, with its unique architecture for consent-based data exchange, has the potential to alter the way financial services are delivered.

♦ It’s a financial data-sharing system that has the potential to transform investing and lending.

♦ The Account Aggregator is a key component in enabling data democracy. It’s a first-of-its-kind permission system designed to give people control over their data.

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