The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has restored the recognition of Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) as the National Sports Federation (NSF) with immediate effect till December 31, 2021.
The Sports Ministry further stated that, elections of two office bearers namely Sudhir Mittal on the post of President and Kaushik Bidiwala on the post of Treasurer for the term of 2019- 2023 have been recorded.
Further, decision to accept election of S Shanti Kumar Singh for the post of general secretary will be taken after Manipur High Court’s judgment regarding the writ petition filed by S Shanti Kumar Singh.
While the election of Parmeshwar Prajapat for the post of executive Member will be accepted after verifying the NOC and other facts.
Further, the constitution of GFI needs will be aligned with provisions of the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011 (Sports Code).
GFI will also be required to make a categorical affirmation regarding the provisions of Sports Code in its constitution within 6 months in order to bring it in line with the Sports Code.
Gymnastics Federation of India is also required to provide at least two months’ advance notice to the Government in its constitution. It also required to submit a copy of proposed changes along with the notice.
However, the Sports Ministry warned that this recognition is subject to withdrawal in case any of the terms and conditions regarding the recognitions are violated.
Appointment to NSF
The appointment of the office-bearers for the federation will be done through an election in accordance with the Model Election Guidelines which will be issued by the Ministry.
Madhya Pradesh Cabinet has approved the “Penal Law (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2021” on February 26, 2021. This bill was approved in order to give life imprisonment to food adulterers in states.
In the month of December 2019, an awareness rally organised in Bhopal to fight against the adulteration. The rally witnessed the participation of people from all age groups. It was held from Roshanpura to Lal Parade in Bhopal.
It is a legal term which is used when a food product fails to meet any of the legal standards as prescribed by the authorities. Food Adulteration can be done by addition of another substance to the food item so as to increase the quantity of food item in either the raw form or prepared form. This results in the loss of actual quality of the food products.
Who regulates the Food Standards?
The legal standards of the food us regulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This ministry is responsible to provide safe food to citizens. The ministry had laid down “The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954” that provides pure and wholesome foods to citizens. This act was amended in the year 1986. With this amendment, the punishments more stringent for the adulterers.
Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006
This act was passed by the FSSAI in 2006 for which the regulations were notified in 2011. Under this act, FSSAI proposed to include new section to crack down on food adulteration. It mandates that, if the adulteration is done which results into the death or any other serious injury to the person than, there shall be punishment for the adulterers for a term not less than seven years which could also be extended to life imprisonment.
The NITI Aayog and Invest India have associated with the National Bamboo Mission to conduct the National Conference on Opportunities and Challenges for Bamboo in India.
The National Conference on Opportunities will be organised with the aim to discuss on the bamboo ecosystem in order to promote holistic growth of the sector across the entire value chain system.
The discussion by experts and stakeholders from several fields will further accelerate the efforts of National Bamboo Mission in order to bring about solutions regarding the issues that sector is facing.
Conference was inaugurated by Union Minister of MSME, Nitin Gadkari, on February 25, 2021.
This conference provided benefit because of participation of eminent professionals related to bamboo farming, innovation, research, industry, entrepreneurs, and attendees from research institutes, farmers and entrepreneurs.
It held discussions on all subjects related to bamboo industry starting from planting material to high end engineered products & marketing.
The topics of discussion in the conference include-
Bamboo for Atma Nirbhar Bharat,
Promoting Exports & Global Branding,
Availability of Feedstock & Plantations,
Innovations, Research & Development,
Skill Development and
Access to Institutional Credit & International Cooperation.
What does conference suggest?
To adopt the agroforestry models by farmers in order to avoid the initial 3-4 years gestation period of bamboo plantation.
It suggested the intercropping with pulses, ginger, lemon grass, etc.
To use credible planting material and to adopt improved agronomic practices in order to increase yields.
Plantations on the culturable wastelands should be encouraged.
Integrated primary processing units should be set up for complete utilization of bamboo in order to comply with zero waste policy.
To overcome the issue of high transport cost, use of waterways and exploration of transport subsidy options.
The Bhakti Movement Saint Guru Ravidas Jayanti is being observed on February 27, 2021 across the country.
Guru Ravidas has left behind his great influence on the Indian culture especially in the North India.
He is well known for his efforts in eradicating caste system from India.
The saint is contemporary to Kabirdas while Mirabai was a disciple him.
Ravidas Jayanti finds a special significance among the people following Ravidassia religion.
The saint also finds importance in the Sikhism which is denoted by the fact that 40 poems by Ravidas were included in sacred ure of Sikhism called Adi Granth.
He was an Indian poet-sant of the Bhakti movement. He founded the Ravidassia religion in the 15th to 16th century CE. He is respect as a guru in the region of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. He was a social reformer and a spiritual saint. The poems of Ravidas have also been included in the Panch Vani text of the Dadupanthi tradition within Hinduism. The saint taught the removal of social divisions of caste and gender. He also promoted the unity in the light of personal spiritual freedoms.
The saint was also known as Raidas. He was born in Seer Goverdhanpur village of Uttar Pradesh near Varanasi. His birthplace is now called as Shri Guru Ravidas Janam Asthan. His parents belonged to a leather-working Chamar community so they belonged to the untouchable caste.
It is the theistic devotional trend that spread in the medieval Hinduism. The movement later acted as a de facto catalyst in the formation of Sikhism. The movement was originated in eighth-century south India and spread northwards. It covered the east and north India in 15th century and onwards. It developed around the gods and goddesses.
The Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman, attended the G20 Central Bank Governors’ meeting on February 26, 2021. This was the first ever G20 Central Bank Governors’ meeting that was held under the Italian Presidency.
During the meeting, the finance minister highlighted regarding the India’s policy response with respect to COVID-19 pandemic and the world’s largest inoculation drive with their G-20 counterparts.
She further stated that, India’s domestic policies is based broadly on the supporting citizens using the measures like direct transfer, credit guarantees, economic stimulus packages, food guarantees and accelerating structural reforms.
She also spoke regarding the vaccination drive in India. It is the world’s largest and ambitious vaccination drive. She also mentioned that India has extended its vaccine support to several countries.
The meeting also held discussions on the policy actions for the transformative and equitable recovery.
They also discussed the issues like financial sector issues, global economic outlook, financial inclusion and sustainable finance.
The G20 Finance Ministers and the Central Bank Governors also held discussion regarding the implications of climate change on global growth and financial stability.
It is an international forum for governments and central bank governors coming from the 19 countries and European Union (EU). The grouping was founded in the year 1999. It was established with the aim of discussing the policy regarding the promotion of the international financial stability. The grouping has also extended its agenda since 2008 from heads of government or state to the foreign ministers, finance ministers and think tanks. In the grouping, the EU is represented by European Commission & European Central Bank. The G20 economies account for 90 percent of the gross world product collectively.
The countdown for the launch of Indian Space Research Organisation’s PSLV-C 51 or Amazonia-1 mission started on February 27, 2021. The countdown began 8:54 am.
PSLV-C51 is scheduled to be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
It will be launched from the space centre on February 28, 2021 at 10:24 pm.
This is the 53rd Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle mission of the ISRO.
In this launch, the PSLV-C51 rocket will carry Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 as primary satellite.
Along with the Brazilian Satellite, the ISRO Vehicle will also carry 19 co-passenger satellites.
However, this launch is subjected to the weather condition in the city on February 28, 2021.
This mission is also the first dedicated commercial mission of commercial nodal agency of ISRO called “New Space India Limited (NSIL)”.
Role of NSIL
NSIL is working on this mission in accordance with the commercial agreement with the Spaceflight Inc.
Spaceflight Inc. is a satellite rideshare and mission management provider. It is based in US’ Seattle
Out of the 18 co-passenger satellites, 14 will be sent by NSIL.
Amazonia-1 is being sent by National Institute for Space Research , Brazil. The satellite is an optical Earth observation satellite. The satellite will work to provide strength to the existing structure. It will also share the remote sensing data so as to monitor the deforestation in the Amazon region of Brazil. Further, the satellite will provide analysis of the diversified agriculture across Brazil.
The PSLV Vehicle will be carrying four co-passengers from the nodal agency called Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe). IN-SPACe is an independent agency working under the Department of Space. It allows the private sector to take part in the space activities. The satellites from this agency include three UNITYsats along with one satellite from the Satish Dhawan Sat.
The Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar, has inaugurated the Saras Aajeevika Mela 2021 on February 26, 2021 at Noida Haat. On this occasion, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Kailash Choudhary, was also present.
Narendra Singh Tomar while inaugurating the event highlighted that the Ministry of Rural Development is working to include more women under the Self-Help Groups (SHGs).
He also said that, the SHGs has always played a vital role to increase the family income. It has also improved the quality of life for them.
Saras Aajeevika Mela 2021
The event was started on February 26, 2021 and will conclude on March 14, 2021. It is being organised by the Ministry of Rural Development. In the event, more than 300 rural self-help groups and craftsman from 27 states have participated. It is being organised from 11AM to 8PM daily.
SARAS Aajeevika Mela
It is an initiative that was started by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).
The event was launched with the objective of bringing the rural women Self Help Groups (SHGs), which are formed with the help & support of DAY-NRLM, under one platform.
This platform provides the SHGs Women to showcase their skills and sell their products. It helps them to build their linkages with bulk buyers.
Through the event, the rural SHG women are exposed at the vital national level that in turn help them to understand the demand and taste of the urban customers.
The event is organised by “Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART)” which is the marketing arm of Ministry.
Under the event, workshops are conducted for the rural SHG women. This workshop helps them to boost their knowledge and sharpen their skills in bookkeeping, product design, GST, packaging, communication skills, marketing or e-marketing etc.
The Chief Minister of Karnataka, B.S. Yediyurappa, launched the ‘Namma Cargo’ services on February 26, 2021.
Namma Cargo Services
The service was launched at the Vidhana Soudha.
At this place, the State road transport corporations will transport the parcels so as to generate more revenue, except for the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC).
The Cargo services will be implemented across 109 bus stations in Karnataka.
It will also be implemented across the selected locations in Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
With the launch of the services, the Transport Department estimates that the luggage revenue generation will increase up to ₹70 crore to ₹80 crore per year.
In the first phase of the “Namma Cargo Services” will operate in 88 taluks of Karnataka and at 21 inter-State locations.
The Transport Department has also aimed to expand the service in order to provide home deliveries.
The operations by three road transport corporations namely, NWKRTC, KSRTC, and NEKRTC would cover 51 lakh km comprising of 14,500 schedules and. It also carries 38 lakh passengers per day.
How the name was decided?
‘Namma Cargo’ name was chosen for the services following a contest. The name emerged as the winning entry for the contest which was launched by the KSRTC in order to suggest names for this parcel and cargo services.
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC)
It is a government agency operating the public transport bus service in Bengaluru. BMTC has the highest number of Volvo buses that is operated by a public transport company in the country. Currently, C.Shikha is working as the Managing Director of BMTC.
The National Statistical Office (NSO) recently released its data on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the financial year 2021.
As per the NSO, the Indian economy will be expanded by 0.4% in the December quarter. Thus, with this, the economy will be emerged from the recession which was induced by the covid-19 pandemic.
The report also highlights that, the recovery of the economy is expected to strengthen because the vaccination programme in India is progressing smoothly. Because of this, public has gained the confident to shop, dine out and travel.
It further highlights that, the expansion in gross domestic product (GDP) was weaker than 0.6% as estimated by economists in the Bloomberg survey.
It also highlights that the economy has managed to turn around after two successive quarters of record contraction.
As per the data, the GDP contractions have been revised to 24.4% and 7.3% for the quarters of June and September as opposed to the earlier estimates of 23.9% and 7.5% for same quarter.
NSO proposes for a deeper 8% contraction.
How did economy revive?
The economic growth was revived with the help of resumption of the economic activity after the government lifted the lockdown restrictions and boosted the spending. Further, the vaccination programme in India has further boosted the confidence that the economy will grow stronger in the fiscal year 2021-22. However, the economy will face the challenge of containing a surge in new infections.
National Statistical Office (NSO)
NSO as an agency that was formed on the recommendation of the Rangarajan Commission. The office was set up to implement and maintain the statistical standards and coordinate the statistical activities of Central and State agencies in accordance with the National Statistical Commission (NSC). The Rangarajan Commission had also recommended to set up the NSC. NSC is headed by a person having a “Minister of State-Level designation”. NSC will serve as a nodal body for all core statistical activities in India. NSO was formed after merging the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) and Central Statistics Office (CSO) under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI).
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is all set to receive the “CERAWeek global energy and environment leadership award” at an annual international energy conference which is scheduled in March 2021.
Prime minister will also be delivering the keynote address at the CERAWeek Conference-2021.
The CERAWeek Conference-2021 will be held virtually from March 1 to 5, 2021.
The conference will be organised by IHS Markit.
It is an annual international conference that brings together the energy industry leaders, experts. Policy makers. Government officials, leaders from the technology, energy technology innovators and financial & industrial communities.
Other prominent speakers at the conference will include:
John Kerry who is US special presidential envoy for climate,
Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
Founder of Breakthrough Energy Bill Gates and
Amin Nasser who is the president and CEO of Saudi Aramco.
The themes and sessions of the conference is inspired by “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations,”. It is the new book by IHS Markit Vice Chairman & CERAWeek Chairman Daniel Yergin.
This is the first virtual conference of CERAWeek.
Last conference of the CERAWeek was held in March 2019.
IHS Markit Ltd.
It is an American-British information provider. The organisation is based in London and it was established with the merger of HIS Inc. & Markit Ltd. in 2016. The organisation combines the information, analytics and expertise in order to provide solutions for government, business and finance. It helps the customers to see why things happen and encourage them to focus on what really matters in order for them to take the confident decisions so as to improve efficiency, drive the growth and outpace the competitors.
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has released its State of Environment Report, 2021 on February 25, 2021. The report highlighted how the Covid-19 pandemic will impact the children across world.
The report highlighted that the pandemic will impact the 375 million children across the world.
Children including from newborns to 14-year-olds will suffer long-lasting impacts.
These children will be vulnerable to being underweight, stunting and increased child mortality.
Their education and work productivity will also be impacted.
As per the report, pandemic has forced over 500 million children out of school globally. Out of the total children, India accounted for more than half.
The report further highlighted that; 115 million additional people might get pushed into extreme poverty due to pandemic. Most of the poorer people live in South Asia.
Where does India stand?
As far as sustainable development is concerned, India ranked 117 among 192 nations.
Further, India’s air, water and land have become more polluted in between the year 2009 and 2018.
The Central Pollution Control Board highlighted that, out of 88 major industrial clusters in the country, 35 went through environmental degradation, 33 went through worsening air quality, 45 clusters comprised of polluted water and while 17 clusters had land pollution
Tarapur in Maharashtra was the most polluted cluster.
What does data show?
The experts from the Centre for Science and Environment highlighted that the data shows that action has not been taken in the past three years control and reduce the pollution even in those areas that were already polluted.
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
CSE is a not-for-profit public interest research and advocacy organisation. It is based in New Delhi. The organisation was established in the year 1980. The organisation works on the poor planning, environment-development issues, climate shifts in India and advocate for policy changes & better implementation of existing policies.