02.03.22 APSC Daily Current Affairs




Adopt villages to develop them under social responsibility initiative: President advises Tezpur University

President Ram NathKovind on Saturday advised the Tezpur University to adopt some villages and develop them under a new model of University Social Responsibility. Addressing the 19th convocation of the varsity, he expressed happiness over its initiative to offer various innovative solutions to rural people. The Tezpur University can adopt a model of University Social Responsibility in line with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Kovind said after handing over degree certificates to students of the institute.


Kovind, the visitor of the varsity, also appealed to the students at the KalaguruBishnuprasadRabha (KBR) Auditorium to actively participate in promotion and marketing of organic products from the North-East region. He also lauded efforts of the Assam government for conserving biodiversity and said he would visit the Kaziranga National Park later in the day to take stock of various such initiatives.


Naga Peace pact must be win-win deal, will respect rule of law: NNPG Chief Kitovi

At a critical stage of Naga peace talks and optimistic of a final pact soon, Naga National Political Group (NNPG) leader, N. KitoviZhimomi told a group of youth that the new accord should offer “win-win situation for all” and that “the rule of law” must be upheld.

Asked how the Peace pact also caters to the welfare and wishes of thousands of Nagas outside ‘Nagaland state’, he said, “Of course, emotional Naga integrity is part of our life. I can tell you there is sufficient room for them as well. Our status paper already mentions some of these issues. One will know better what the NNPG is trying to give to our brothers and sisters outside Nagaland state.” However, he said as a negotiating player one had to understand the problems and hurdles the Indian government or Indian Parliament would face.





China hikes military spending by 7.1%, announces 5.5% GDP target


China announced a 7.1% hike in its defence spending as well as an annual GDP growth target of “around 5.5%” for the coming year.

China’s Premier and second-ranked leader Li Keqiang announced the GDP target at the opening of the week-long session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) or Parliament, which approves policies for the coming year.

A draft budget, which the NPC will approve, said defence spending would be hiked by 7.1% to 1.45 trillion Yuan or around $ 230 billion. The military budget was hiked by 6.8% last year when it crossed the $200 billion mark for the first time. India’s military spending this year was announced as around $70 billion, a 4.4% hike from the previous year, although a greater share of India’s defence spending goes towards imports and pensions.


India, US hold 19th military cooperation meeting to boost defence engagements

The two-day-long 19th military cooperation meeting between India and the US has ended in Agra in Uttar Pradesh, the Defence Ministry stated.


The India-US military cooperation group is a forum established to progress defence cooperation between the countries through regular talks at the strategic and operational levels between Headquarters of Integrated Defence Staff and the US Indo-Pacific Command, the Defence Ministry mentioned.




New intitatives for plastic waste :‘Sambhav’ and ‘Svavlamban’


  • Sambhav’ and ‘Svavlamban’ initiatives were launched by Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), BhanuPratap Singh Verma, at the International Summit on Plastics Recycling and Waste Management.


  • The ‘Sambhav’ and ‘Svavlamban’ initiatives and the summit will have multiple benefits i.e. formalizing the informal waste sector, job creation in the MSME sector, and reduction in plastic waste.


These initiatives aim to encourage young entrepreneurs, especially from the aspirational districts of India.




UNICEF YuWaah facilitated the NaariShakti conversation, on ‘STEM and Financial Literacy for Young Women’. STEM refers to “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”.


The event was part of the Ministry of Women and Child Development’s ‘Iconic Week’ celebrating International Women’s Day under the ‘AzadiKaAmritMahotsav’.


Union Minister for Women & Child Development, SmritiIrani participated in the event.


YuWaah is a UNICEF-initiated multi-stakeholder global platform. It aims to prepare young people to transition from education and learning to productive work and active citizenship.


NCB to hire experts, firms to help in probe into drug crimes

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) will hire experts and firms dealing with financial data analysis and forensic audit to augment its probe in sophisticated drug crimes that involve use of the dark web, cryptocurrencies and deals concealed through layered transactions.

The NCB has issued a notice for empanelment of consultancy agencies which would be required to help it in “unearthing the chain of transactions for drug money and provide effective guidance in financial investigation matters.”

The experts will also assist NCB sleuths in conducting forensic audits, scrutiny of reports and documents and analysing bank statements, and property transactions to unearth the illegal income of an accused, associates and family members.



Free medical camp marks National Safety Day celebrations


A free health camp was conducted for the workers and supervisory staff involved in the works related to the water conveyor system under the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project at Namapur village in Pegadapallimandal of Jagtial district.


According to a press release, the free health camp was conducted by the executing agency concerned on the occasion of the National Safety Day.

More than 300 persons availed the free services offered by a team of doctors at the medical camp.


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