26.02.21 Daily HPPSC Current Affairs

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

 

Portal to be designed for quality education

 

As the Budget thrust was on quality education, “Him Darpan Shiksha Ekikrit Portal’ will be developed. The portal will enable uploading of information on teaching-learning practices and personal matters through a mobile application.

The highest Budget of Rs 8,024 crore (16 per cent) has been earmarked for the sector and several new schemes, including “Swaran Jayanti Super-100” under which 100 best students will be selected by the SCERT after Class V, and special courses in science, maths and spoken English will be started on a pilot basis to prepare students for competitive exams.

During 2021-22, 100 maths labs will be set up in government middle schools, chess be promoted to develop mental faculties of children and diet money of the participants be doubled from Rs 50 to Rs100 at the block level, from Rs 60 to Rs120 at the zonal/district level and from Rs 75 to Rs150 at the state level.

Three schemes – the Swaran Jayanti Gyanodaya Cluster Shrestha Vidyalaya Yojana, the Swaran Jayanti Utkrisht Vidyalaya Yojana and the Utkrisht Yojana for the colleges — will be launched during the financial year covering 100 cluster schools, 68 senior secondary schools and nine colleges. These will be equipped with modern facilities.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

China Becomes India’s Largest Trading Partner

China will once again become India’s largest trading partner in 2020.The reason is that India still relies on heavy machinery, telecommunications equipment and household appliances imported from China. Highlights:

Provisional data on trade between the two countries in 2020 is $77.7 billion.

However, compared with the total trade volume of USD 85.5 billion in 2019, the trade volume has declined.

Imports of heavy machinery, etc. have exceeded India’s efforts to reduce its dependence on trade.

Therefore, the bilateral trade balance between India and China will be $40 billion in 2020.

The total imports from China are 58.7 billion U.S. dollars, higher than India’s imports from the United States and the UAE combined.

The data further highlights that despite the interruption in demand during the coronavirus pandemic, India is still able to reduce imports from neighboring Asian countries.

NATIONAL

Prakash Javadekar uses Sanskrit for first time at UNSC on climate change

Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on used Sanskrit for the first time in United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Debate on climate change.

Starting his UNSC debate on climate change, Javadekar addressed other dignitaries with the Sanskrit hymn from Sukla Yajurveda.

The Union Minister stated that India is the only country on track among the G20 nations to meet its climate change mitigation commitments.

 

Centre Launches National Urban Digital Mission to create Digital Infra for Cities

 

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the National Urban Digital Mission’ (NUDM)

The aim of this program is to create a digital infrastructure for cities in India.

The NUDM has been launched jointly by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs along with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

The mission aims to put in place a “citizen-centric” and “ecosystem-driven” approach to ‘urban governance and service delivery’ in cities by 2022, and across all cities and towns by 2024.

The mission has three pillars – people, process, and platform.

Govt issues guidelines and digital media ethics code for OTT, online streaming and social media platforms

 

Government issued guidelines and digital media ethics code for Over The Top (OTT), online streaming and social media platforms.

As per the guidelines, social media platforms have to remove content involving nudity and morphed pictures of women within 24 hrs to ensure online safety and dignity of users, specially women users.

The Social Media Intermediaries will have to appoint a Chief Compliance Officer who will be responsible for ensuring compliance of rules.

The OTT platforms will self-classify the content into five age based categories and prominently display the classification rating specific to each content together with a content deor informing the user about the nature of the content.

The platforms will be required to implement parental locks for content classified as U/A 13 or higher, and reliable age verification mechanisms for content classified as A.

Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation announces selection of 12 iconic sites under Phase IV of Swachh Iconic Places

 

Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti has announced the selection of twelve iconic sites under Phase IV of Swachh Iconic Places.

These sites include Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra, Sanchi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Jaisalmer Fort and Ramdevra in Rajasthan, Golconda Fort in Telangana and Konark Sun Temple in Odisha.

Chandigarh’s Rock Garden, Jammu and Kashmir’s Dal Lake, Banke Bihari Temple in Mathura, Agra Fort in Uttar Pradesh and Kalighat Temple in West Bengal are the other sites.

The initiative aims at enhancing the experience of both domestic and foreign visitors by improving the sanitation and cleanliness standards at and around the sites.

Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display System Indian Army

The Indian Army is purchasing 556 Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display systems (ARHMD). ARHMD System:

 

The ARHMD system is considered to be an enhancement to Land Based Air Defence Weapon Systems (such as the IGLA shoulder-fired Infrared Homing Air Defence Missile System and the ZU 23mm 2B AD Gun System). It will provide operators with radar and Thermal Imaging (TI) targeting the output is superimposed.

 

The proposed system is designed to enhance the ability to participate in night and severe weather conditions, and participation in the daytime should also be enhanced by increasing response time, data calculation for decision support, and integration of TI sight output.

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