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O-SMART Scheme

O-SMART Scheme: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the continuation of the ‘Ocean Services, Modelling, Application, Resources and Technology (O-SMART)’ Scheme for the period of 2021-26. It is a government scheme that aims at promoting ocean research and setting up early warning weather systems. It was launched in August 2018. It also aims at […]

Allocation of Funds to MGNREGS

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: The Finance Ministry has allocated additional funds of ₹10,000 crore as an interim measure for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) after it ran out of funds allocated in the budget, according to the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD). More funds may be forthcoming based […]

Ayushman Bharat Yojana: Findings in NFHS-5

Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana: Summary findings from the fifth edition of the National Family Health Survey, released recently showed a 12.3 percentage point increase over the previous edition of the survey in the coverage of health insurance to 41% of households surveyed, an indication of the impact of the government’s flagship the […]

China on Releasing Oil From Its Reserve

OPEC+: China, the world’s largest crude importer, is non-committal about its intentions to release oil from its reserves on a request from the United States, while OPEC producers were not mulling changing tactics in light of the U.S. action. U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration announced plans to release millions of barrels of oil from strategic […]

Interpol: Delegate for Asia in its Executive Committee

Interpol: The Interpol has elected Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Director Praveen Sinha as a Delegate for Asia in its Executive Committee. Interpol Executive Committee has 13 members from different countries comprising the President of the Interpol, two Vice-Presidents and nine Delegates. It supervises the execution of the Interpol General Assembly’s decisions and the […]

FSSAI Releases Draft Regulations For GM foods

FSSAI Releases Draft Regulations For GM foods: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released draft regulations for GM foods. Overview of the Draft: No one can manufacture or sell any food products or food ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without prior approval. Specifies norms that labs will need to […]

What Is The Bharat Gaurav Policy?

What Is The Bharat Gaurav policy? To promote and attract tourism business, the Indian Railways Tuesday launched Bharat Gaurav trains that will be operated by private players and run on theme-based circuits. Through this policy, which offers operators the “Right of Use” of its rakes and infrastructure, the Railways has liberalised and simplified a part […]

River Cities Alliance

River Cities Alliance: Union Minister for Jal Shakti Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched the River Cities Alliance, a dedicated platform for river cities in India to ideate, discuss and exchange information for sustainable management of urban rivers. This first of its kind Alliance in the world symbolizes the successful partnership of the two Ministries i.e., […]