Change in demographic pattern in border areas behind decision to enlarge BSF jurisdiction: DG
BSF director general (DG) Pankaj Kumar Singh said that the “demographic balance” has been upset in border states like Assam and West Bengal over a period of time and that was probably the reason that the Centre recently extended the force’s jurisdiction.
Rejecting allegations that the October notification of the Union home ministry (that expanded its jurisdiction to undertake search, seizure and arrest within a larger 50 km stretch from the international border in Assam, West Bengal and Punjab as compared to the earlier 15 km) interfered with local policing, he said that the BSF was not trying to “act as a parallel police” and the powers to investigate and file charge sheets continue to remain with the state.
The Border Security Force (BSF) guards over 6,300 km of the Indian fronts with Pakistan on the west and Bangladesh on the east of the country.
The DG said that the force has dome a survey in some border villages that found that there is a “definite” demographic change.
The BSF has a strength of about 2.65 lakh personnel at present and it was raised on December 1, 1965. It has 192 operational battalions at present and is the country’s largest border guarding force with ITBP, SSB and Assam Rifles being the other three.
Sanjay Dutt Brand Ambassador of ’50 Years of Arunachal Pradesh’ celebrations
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt said Arunachal Pradesh’s culture, food, and people are unique. The actor who has been roped in as Brand Ambassador of the ’50 Years of Arunachal Pradesh’ celebration said he will try his best in highlighting the uniqueness of Arunachal Pradesh to the people outside.
The celebrations would start from January 20 to February 20 next year, commemorating the birth of Arunachal Pradesh as a state.
India-Russia Annual Summit
On December 6 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin will officially visit New Delhi, India.
♦ President Putin is to attend the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
♦ This summit will be the leaders’ first meeting, following the BRICS Summit in November 2019 in Brasilia.
♦ India-Russia Annual Summit was last held in September 2019, and PM Modi visited Vladivostok (Russia). The Annual Summit of 2020 was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
♦ The 2+2 Ministerial dialogue will happen between both countries on December 6, 2021.
♦ It will be operated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov & Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu with their Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
BRICS Science and Technology Meet
Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of Science and Technology, presided at the 9th BRICS Science and Technology Meet on November 26, 2021.
During the discussion, the minister urged the BRICS countries to collaborate to develop cost-effective, sustainable, inexpensive, accessible, and scalable scientific solutions because they confront comparable and distinct difficulties.
He also advocated for the BRICS countries to be given their appropriate place in the Global Innovation Index.
This, he believes, may be accomplished through further enhancing collaboration in the sectors of Science, Technology, and Innovation.
The Global Innovation Index (GII) is an annual rating of countries based on their potential and achievement in innovation.
The World Intellectual Property Organization publishes the index in collaboration with INSEAD, Cornell University, and other organisations and institutions.
It is based on both subjective and objective data gathered from sources such as the International Telecommunication Union, the World Bank, and the World Economic Forum.
Kartarpur Sahib, Velankanni Added To Pilgrimage Scheme By Delhi
The Delhi government decided to join Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan and Velankanni Church in Tamil Nadu in “Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana”, the pilgrimage scheme, on 26 November.
As per the statement, the Delhi government will transfer the first batch of senior citizens of the city on free pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib on January 5, 2021.
The first batch of pilgrims to Velankanni Church will start on January 7. Delhi government also determined to add two more routes, apart from the current 13 yatra routes.
The two routes are Delhi-Velankanni-Delhi and Delhi-Kartarpur Sahib-Delhi. The devotees will travel on the Delhi-Velankanni-Delhi route in AC-III tier trains, while for Kartarpur Sahib, they will go in air-conditioned buses.
Report On Indias MPI By NITI Aayog
“Multidimensional Poverty Index” (MPI) Report On India was published by NITI Aayog.
The MPI report was made based on the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) for 2015-16.
As per NITI Aayog’s report, in 2015-16, one in every four people in India was multidimensionally poor. It estimated that 25.01 per cent of the population was multidimensionally poor.
MPI for 2021, Started by UNDP and OPHI, revealed that 27.9 per cent of India’s population were multidimensionally poor.
India was listed at 62nd position out of 109 nations on the index.
The index was developed based on 10 indicators like adequate nutrition, lack of improved drinking water, or at least six years of schooling.
The women’s Involvement in Science & Engineering Research (WISER) program was Inaugurated on November 26, 2021.
WISER Program, first-of-its-kind, was launched to encourage women in research and development by lateral entry.
It was started by Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) to support women researchers in R&D projects.
WISER programme will allow gender equality and the assistance of women in Science & Technology through IGSTC’s program.
In accession to the open-ended flagship, the WISER program was launched as a 2+2 program of the IGSTC.
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