10.12.21 Daily APSC Current Affairs





APART launches a competitive fund for innovative financing to boost Agribusiness Sector

To support and strengthen the financing ecosystem/mechanisms in the agricultural domain of the State APART has established the first of its kind initiative, the Assam AgriFin “Xamahar”. Xamahar is a competitive funding mechanism for supporting innovative approaches to deliver financial services, at a scale in the agribusiness sector in the state of Assam. This fund has been conceptualised by the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART), a World Bank-financed project of the Assam Government under ARIAS Society.

Through this initiative, the project intends to partner with select 8 to 12 sub-projects from the financial services sector directly benefiting 125,000 beneficiaries of which 30% will be women.

The four priority areas identified for innovations are(i) Savings, which includes access to long term savings/micro pensions,(ii) digitization of agriculture payments, (iii) Insurance in terms of crop, livestock, life and other perils and (iv) Credit (Production and Investment).


Nagaland govt to hold special Assembly session against AFSPA

In the aftermath of the killing of 14 civilians by security forces in Mon district, the Nagaland government decided to hold a special session of the Assembly to discuss and pass a resolution for repealing the AFSPA.

The special session is tentatively scheduled for December 20 and the Governor of Assam and Nagaland Jagdish Mukhi will formally summon it, Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, NeibaKronu told. The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, gives the Army powers of arrest and detention in ‘disturbed areas’. He said that the decision was taken during a meeting of the Core Committee on Naga Political Issue of the state government held here during the day.




Chile passes law allowing same-sex marriage


Chile has passed a law permitting same-sex couples to marry on December 9, 2021.


The adopt was signed into law by President Sebastian Pinera during a event attended by activists for LGBT and broader human rights.

The ceremony was organised more than six months after conservative leader announced that he would smooth the way for a marriage equality law which had long been pending in the nation’s Congress.

The new law will allow all children with a father and a mother, with two fathers or with two mothers to have the same rights and same protection.

This move will help hundreds of children and adolescents who have been unable to get legal protection from both parents.




Labour Ministry on Global pension report


Ministry of Labour and Employment told the Rajya Sabha that; a Global Pension Index that placed pension system of India towards bottom of the list was not prepared on the basis of reliable comparable international data.


The Global Pension Index Report was published in 2021 and has ranked India at 40th place, out of 43 countries for its pension system.

Report was published by Mercer, a management consulting firm.

Index is prepared on the basis of certain criteria of sustainability, adequacy, and integrity.

Index placed India in the same category of Japan, South Korea and a few other countries.

NPS Trust is a specialised division of Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority in India. It works under the parent head of Ministry of Finance.


Nutrition Mission: States used 56% of funds in last 3 years


The Minister for Women & Child Development, Smriti Irani, noted in Parliament that, State Governments and Union Territories have used only 56% of the total funds released under Poshan Abhiyan or Nutrition Mission in last three years.


The central government highlighted that, out of total amount of Rs 5312 crore given between financial years 2019 to 2021, Rs 2985 crore was used.

Poshan Abhiyan was launched in March 2018 with the aim of reducing stunting, low birth weight, undernutrition challenges by 2% per year. It also seeks to reduce anaemia among young children, women and adolescents by 3% per year until 2022.



Cabinet approves Ken-Betwa River interlinking project


Union Cabinet approved the Ken-Betwa River interlinking project, ahead of elections to major North Indian states.

  • Ken-Betwa River Interlinking project is worth Rs 44,605-crore project.
  • This project promises to address the issue of water scarcity in Bundelkhand region, spreading across Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Uttar Pradesh (UP).
  • This project is expected to benefit several poverty-stricken regions in MP and UP.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally lay the foundation stone for this project soon.


Power Ministry approves Inter-state projects worth Rs 15,893 cr

Union power minister, R K Singh, approved 23 new inter-state transmission system projects of worth Rs 15,893 crore.

  • Out of 23 ISTS project, 13 projects are having an estimated cost of Rs 14,766 crore. These projects will be developed under Tariff Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB).
  • While, 10 projects having an estimated cost of Rs 1,127 crore will developed under Regulated Tariff Mechanism (RTM).
  • The new transmission projects will facilitate:
  1. Evacuation system for 14 GW of renewable projects in Rajasthan
  2. 5 GW of RE projects in Gujarat
  3. 1 GW Neemuch Solar Park in Madhya Pradesh and
  4. Feeding areas near Akhnoor& Jammu region by setting up a Siot Substation in Jammu.



NCW launches ‘She is a Changemaker’ programme


National Commission for Women (NCW) launched a pan-India capacity building programme called “She is a Changemaker” on December 7, 2021.


  • She is a Changemaker programme was launched for women in Politics.
  • It is a capacity building programme, which will be undertaken in association with region-wise training institutes.
  • It will be implemented with an objective of undertaking capacity building of women political leaders as well as improving their decision making & communication skills.

Launch of training programmes

Launch of training programmes under the She is a Changemaker programme was held in collaboration with RhambhauMhalgiPrabodhini, Thane, Maharashtra.

NCW is the statutory body of Government of India. It is usually concerned with advising the government on all policy matters related to women. NCW was established on January 31, 1992 in accordance with the provisions of National Commission for Women Act, 1990.

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