Six years on, central university at Vikramshila site yet to take shape
The announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi almost six years ago regarding establishment of a central university at the historic site of Vikramshila University in Bhagalpur is yet to take shape. The central government had also allocated Rs 500 crore for the purpose.
The Centre had asked Bihar to provide 500 acres of land for setting up the university. The state government, however, expressed its inability in procuring this much land in Bhagalpur and offered 200 acres for the purpose as most of the lands are agricultural and fertile. The central government accepted the proposal and asked the state to provide two to three alternative locations.”
The state government in December 2018 furnished the details of three locations in Kahalgaon circle of Bhagalpur district.
The entire project is being monitored by the Union HRD ministry and the state government has been providing all the required facilities to the Centre. Moreover, the allocated fund of Rs 500 crore has not been received by the state till date.
Wildfires in Algeria: Highlights
President of Algeria, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, expressed condolences for 25 soldiers. They lost their life while rescuing people at the epicentre of the blazes.
Areas of Bejaiea and Tizi Ouzou are epicentre of the blazes. Dozens of fires started in Kabyle region also.
The Kabyle region is located 100 kilometres east of capital city Algiers. Area comprises of difficult-to-access villages and limited water.
Algeria joins the string of countries like Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and western United States that were hit by major blazes recently.
Forest fires are also called as bush or vegetation fire or forest fire. It can be defined as uncontrolled and non-prescribed combustion or burning of plants in natural setting like forest, brush land or tundra, grassland. It consumes natural fuels and spreads in accordance with environmental conditions such as wind or topography. Such fires can be incited by human actions like land clearing or extreme drought or by lightning.
AL-MOHED AL-HINDI 2021 exercise between India & Saudi Arabia
To participate in the exercise, India’s guided-missile destroyer INS Kochi reached Saudi Arabia.
The joint naval exercise will showcase the reflection of growing defence and military cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia.
INS Kochi reached to Saudi Arabia after conducting a naval exercise with the UAE Navy off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
Harbour phase of the exercise
Harbour phase of the Al-Mohed Al-Hindi 2021 exercise started on August 9, 2021. Sea-based drills started from August 11. After INS Kochi arrived at the Jubail port, it was given a warm welcome by officials of Royal Saudi naval forces.
India-USA: agreement on Monsoon Data Analysis
MoU was signed by Ambassador of India to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Acting Administrator of NOAA, Dr Neil A Jacobs.
The agreement seeks to improve weather forecasting in Indian region.
Under the agreement, scientific groups from India and the US have decided to put their expertise together.
Both the countries seek to gain some new understanding on monsoon by collecting data and analyze it.
Under it, both the countries would enhance technical cooperation in development of the Research Moored Array for African-Asian-Australian Monsoon Analysis and Prediction (RAMA) as well as the Ocean Moored buoy Network in northern Indian ocean (OMNI) in order to improve weather and monsoon forecasts between NOAA and Ministry of Earth Sciences, India.
Delhi Airport among world’s top-50 best airports in 2021
Delhi Airport emerged as best airport in India for the third consecutive year.
Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru have also found a rank among world’s 100 best airports.
Airport ranking list
According to Skytrax 2021 world airport’s awards list, Delhi has been ranked at 45th position. Ranking has improved by five places as compared to number 50 in 2020. Delhi airport is first Indian airport to achieve this mark.
Hyderabad has been ranked at 64th Its raking has been improved by seven places against 71st in 2020.
Mumbai is at 65th number, 13 places down from 52nd position in 2020.
Bengaluru is at 71st number, 3 places down from 68th rank in 2020.
Ranking of airports globally
World’s top-5 airports include:
- Doha Hamad International Airport
- Tokyo Haneda airport
- Changi airport Singapore
- Seoul Incheon International Airport and
- Tokyo Narita
National Council for Older Persons
It was constituted under the Chairpersonship of Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment.
The council look after the implementation of the Policy and advise the Government to formulate and implement policy and programmes for senior citizens.
Reconstitution of NCOP
NCOP was reconstituted in 2012 to encourage more participation from every region. Council was renamed as National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSrC).
Meeting of NCOP
Third meeting of the Council was held in June, 2018.
Issues like Schemes, Programmes and Act were discussed in the meeting for the welfare of Senior Citizens.
Status or action taken by the Government is listed below:
Council suggested to strengthen the “Amendments to the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (MWPSC) Act, 2007”. Following it, government introduced “Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019” in the Lok Sabha.
Council suggested to organise more distribution camps under Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RYY). Based on this, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment revised RVY to cover all the districts across country.
Council also advised to simplify the process of registration of NGOs following which, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment has been running a simplified Online NGO portal called e-Anudaan.
It suggests to provide financial assistance to senior citizens who are cancer patients from Senior Citizen’s Welfare Fund (SCWF). In line with the suggestion, government is providing financial assistance of up to Rs 2 lakh under Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN) scheme.
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