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Union Cabinet approves J&K official languages Bill 2020

The Union Cabinet has approved J&K official languages Bill 2020. According to the J&K official languages Bill 2020, Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi along with Urdu and English, will be the official languages in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The J&K official languages Bill 2020 will be introduced in Parliament in the upcoming Monsoon Session. This bill will include Dogri, Hindi and Kashmiri as officials languages of the Union Territory.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir: Manoj Sinha.
  • Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting: Prakash Javadekar.

Jal Shakti Ministry launched ‘Water Heroes’ Contest

The Jal Shakti ministry has launched a ”Water Heroes – Share Your Stories” contest with an aim to reach out to people with the important message of water conservation and management.

The primary objectives of the Ministry of Jal Shakti are to make water conservation a people”s movement and strengthen the water consciousness in the country.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti: Rattan Lal Kataria.

 Union Cabinet approves “Mission Karmayogi” NPCSCB

The Union Cabinet has approved the launch of a “Mission Karmayogi” National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB). A sum of Rs. 510.86 crore will be spent over a period of 5 years from 2020-21 to 2024-25 in order to cover around 46 lakh, Central employees.

Mission Karmayogi has been launched to prepare the Indian Civil Servant for the future by making him more creative, constructive, imaginative, innovative, proactive, professional, progressive, energetic, enabling, transparent and technology-enabled.

Through this, the civil servant will be empowered with specific role-competencies, and will also be able to ensure efficient service delivery of the highest quality standards.

Ladakh, Lakshadweep joins ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ scheme

The Union Territories(UTs) Ladakh & Lakshadweep have been included in the ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ scheme on ‘Integrated Management of Public Distribution System’(IM-PDS). After the integration of these two UTs, a total of 26 States /UTs Connected with the Scheme and will benefit about 65 crore people.

Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan has recently approved the integration of Ladakh and Lakshadweep with the scheme in a review meeting chaired by him.

Ladakh and Lakshadweep have completed the trial and testing of national portability transactions with other states/UTs in the national cluster. The remaining states will be integrated into the scheme by March 2021.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Lieutenant Governor: Radha Krishna Mathur.
  • Ladakh Capital: Leh & Kargil.
  • Lakshadweep Capital: Kavaratti.
  • Lakshadweep Administrator: Dineshwar Sharma.

Union Power Minister RK Singh launches “Green Term Ahead Market”

Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Raj Kumar Singh launched the Pan-India Green Term Ahead Market (GTAM) in New Delhi virtually, for electricity.

GTAM is the World’s First Exclusive Product Market for the renewable energy sector. GTAM will lead to an increase in the number of participants in the Renewable Energy Sector. It will benefit buyers of Renewable Energy (RE) by providing them competitive prices, and transparent, flexible procurement.

Appointments News

Usha Padhee becomes 1st woman DG of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security

Joint secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Usha Padhee has been given additional charge as Director-General of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).

She is the first woman and third IAS officer to have been appointed to the post. The central deputation tenure of Usha is scheduled to end on 16th July 2022. She succeeds Rakesh Asthana (IPS) who was appointed as the Director-General of Border Security Force(BSF) on 17th August 2020.

ACC approves appointment of V K Yadav as CEO of Railway Board

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of the current chairman of the Railway Board VK Yadav as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The chairman and CEO will be the cadre controlling officer responsible for human resources (HR) with assistance from a DG (HR). The Cabinet had earlier approved the restructuring of the Railway Board, whose strength has been cut from eight to five, as part of large scale reforms initiated by the national transporter.

The process to merge eight railway-related wings into a single central service called the Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) is underway. These reforms, the Railways will end “departmentalism”, promote the smooth working of railways, expedite decision making, create a coherent vision for the organisation and promote rational decision making. The Indian Railway Medical Service (IRMS) will be renamed the Indian Railway Health Service (IRHS).

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Railways: Piyush Goyal.

Awards News

Hyderabad International Airport wins CII-GBC ‘National Energy Leader’ award

The Hyderabad International Airport or GMR led Rajiv Gandhi International Airport won the ‘National Energy Leader’ and ‘Excellent Energy Efficient Unit’ awards at the 21st National Awards for ‘Excellence in Energy Management’.

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited-Vizag Steel Plant (RINL-VSP) has also been awarded ‘Excellent Energy Efficient Unit’ award by CII-GBC in national award competition for excellence in energy management.

Ranks and Reports

India ranks 48th in Global Innovation Index 2020

India has joined the group of top 50 countries in the global innovation index for the first time, moving up four places to the 48th rank and keeping the top position among the nations in central and southern Asia.

India ranks in the top 15 in indicators such as ICT (Information and Communication Technology) services exports, government online services, graduates in science and engineering, and R&D-intensive global companies.

Switzerland, Sweden, the US, the UK and the Netherlands lead the innovation ranking, and the top 5 positions are dominated by high-income countries.

The 13th edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020 has jointly released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University and INSEAD Business School.

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