Government frees socio-economic and caste census for better policy
- The socio-economic and caste census (SECC) 2011 Friday painted a bleak picture of rural India, indicating that families living in three villages is landless and depend on manual labor for livelihood.
- The SECC, 2011, also the first paperless census on portable electronic devices by the government, said 23.52% of rural households have no adults literate over 25 years, which suggests a poor state of education among the masses rural.
- The census, conducted in 640 districts under the Ministry of Rural Development, was published jointly by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birendra Singh.
- According to the census there are a total of 24.39 crore households in the country, of which 17.91 crore live in villages. Of these, 10.69 crore households are considered private.
Nationwide Mobile Number Portability will live
- The mobile number portability in the country (MNP) has become a reality today. This means mobile subscribers can now keep their existing mobile phone number, even while moving between states and circles.
- The move laid the foundation stone for the government of a nation, a number “plan and is sure to benefit millions of people across the country.
- Earlier, the deadline to fully deploy MNP was 2 May 2015. It was, however, extended by two months after the Cellular Operators Association of India has requested an extension of telecommunications service.
- With about 3 million intra-circle MNP requests each month, more than 157 million subscribers have increased to operators other than from April, according to Trai data.
Airbus to build military helicopters in India with Mahindra
- Airbus Europe Group and Mahindra Group of India have reached an agreement to jointly build helicopters as they bid to win an expected wave of orders of the armed forces of the country, the companies said in a statement Friday.
- The two groups will form a joint venture in the coming months in order to become the first private helicopter manufacturer in India, the statement said. He did not say how the two will invest.
- India is in the midst of a huge upgrade of its armed forces – analysts forecast it to spend $ 250 billion over the next ten years – and the prime minister Narendra Modi wants to encourage more indigenous manufacturing to end the India’s position as the largest importer of arms in the world.
- Helicopters Airbus, part of the Airbus Group, joins forces with Mahindra after talking to several Indian companies investing hundreds of millions of dollars to capitalize on the thrust of the government to build weapons at home.
SBI launches initiative to expedite loan applications home
- Country’s largest lender State Bank of India today launched an initiative to provide doorstep service and accelerating mortgage application process.
- The initiative called “Project tatkal ‘will help get the loan within 10 days after receipt of the application form and relevant supporting documents, the bank said in a statement.
- The implementation will be done in large centers with significant lending business from home.
- The bank also recently introduced a solution for acquiring customers online (ODS) for instant e-approved loan applications at home.
American professor of Indian origin R Paul Singh appointed in 2015 winner of the International Prize of agriculture
- R Paul Singh, American professor of Indian origin was selected in 2015 winner of the International Prize of agriculture.
- The award was announced at the annual World Confederation for associations of higher education for agriculture and life sciences (GCHERA) __gVirt_NP_NN_NNPS <__ conference held at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon.
- Singh is known for niche research areas of the agricultural sector as the preservation freezing, energy conservation, post-harvest technology and mass transfer in the food industry.
- He had earned a bachelor’s degree form of agricultural engineering Punjab Agricultural University. He finished his doctorate from the University of Michigan, USA.
American professor of Indian origin Darshan Jain received the US Presidential Award
- Darshan Jain, an American professor of Indian origin has been selected for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education.
- He was nominated for the award by President Barack Obama with 107 and Mathematics teachers across the United States. All of them were chosen to shape America’s success through their passion for mathematics and science.
- Currently Darshan Jain is director of mathematics at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Previously, he taught mathematics at the Institute for eight years.
- US Presidential Award is given each year to outstanding teachers of science and mathematics across the United States from K-12 (kindergarten to grade 12). The award is monetary prize of 10,000 US dollars.
Union Government launches web portal to deliver projects clearance B Green Box
- Union Government has launched a web portal for online submission of applications for environmental authorization by the State Environment Impact Assessment Authorities (SEIAA) for Category B projects
- It was launched by the Union Minister of State for the Environment, Forests and climate change Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on the occasion of the India Digital Week. Shortly after the launch of the web portal, nineteen states have joined instantly.
- Portal environmental clearance raises levels of transparency and accountability that the permissions will be monitored and effectively conducted on a real time basis. It will also help reduce pendency to maintain the rigors of Environment liquidation process.
- It should be noted that requests for clearances under the Environment category projects “B” under the EIA notification 2006 falls within state government for approval.
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