Weekly Current Affairs 8th To 14th October 2019

Weekly Current Affairs 8th To 14th October 2019

National News

National e-Assessment Centre (NeAC)

  • The National e-Assessment Centre (NeAC) is launched for better taxpayer service and promotion of ease of doing business.
  • NeAC, an Income tax department, will avoid face-to-face interaction between taxpayers and tax officials and shall impart greater efficiency, transparency and accountability in the assessment process.

Innovation Learning Programme, DHRUV

  • The programme is started at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and will conclude on 24th of this month at IIT, Delhi.
  • Under the DHRUV programme, 60 talented students will be chosen from Science, Mathematics and Performing Arts and they will be mentored in the centre of excellence for 14 days so that they can reach their full potential.

Disaster Warning Device Launched by the Government

  • GEMINI stands for Gagan Enabled Mariner’s Instrument for Navigation and Information.
  • The device is developed by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) which is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), and Airports Authority of India (AAI).

Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship Programme

  • The programme is designed under the Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) which is a World Bank loan assisted project for skill development.
  • The MGNF programme will provide the students with an in-built component of on-ground practical experience with the district administration.

‘Garbage Cafe' in Chhattisgarh's Ambikapur

  • The collected plastic waste will be sold at Solid-Liquid Resources Management Centre which will then be turned into granules and will then be used in the construction of roads in the city.
  • Ambikapur is the first dustbin-free city of Chattisgarh and was ranked as the 2nd cleanest city in the country in Swachhata rankings.

SARAS Aajeevika Mela

  • The SARAS initiative is undertaken by the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD).
  • The marketing arm of the Ministry, Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) is administering the Mela.

Mobile App, “mHariyali” Launched

  • The mobile app, “mHariyali” has been launched for ‘Environment Protection in Government Colonies’.
  • “Haryali Mahotsav”, a mass plantation drive was launched in San Martin Park, Chanakyapuri on 28th July 2019 by Secretary HUA in which approx 500 plants were planted.

10th Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav

  • Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is the flagship and premier festival of Ministry of Culture, launched in the year 2015.
  • The Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme was launched on 31st October 2016 with the aim to promote engagement and enhance mutual understanding amongst the people of different States/UTs for securing a strong cultural bond.

Banking

Govt. announced 5% DA for Central Employees

  • The Union Cabinet has also decided to relax the date for the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding for release of benefits under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PMKSN) till 30th November 2019.
  • The scheme provides income support of Rs 6,000 per year to landholding families and the amount is released in 4 instalments of Rs 2000 each.

Bangladesh becomes 2nd Fastest-Growing Economy

  • The World Bank released the report 'South Asia Economic Focus, Making (De) Centralization Work' on 13th October 2019.
  • The report shows that the GDP growth rate in Bangladesh is projected to be 7.2% for FY 2019 and 7.3% for FY 2020.
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