NICES programme

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The National Information System for Climate and Environment Studies (NICES), operated by ISRO and other ministries, invites Indian researchers to combat climate change. Potential areas include Space-based ECVs, Climate Indicators, Climate Change Challenges, and Weather Extremes.

BhashaNet portal

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) have launched the BhashaNet portal during the Universal Acceptance Day event with support from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It is developed by the Centre for Development …

e-shram portal

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Deccan Herald   Context: The Supreme Court of India has directed all states and Union territories to issue ration cards to migrant laborers registered on the e-shram portal within two months. This decision comes after authorities failed to comply with previous directives given in April 2023, which granted a …

Pradhan Mantri Samajik Utthan evam Rozgar Adharit Jankalyan (PM-SURAJ) portal

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Prime Minister virtually launched the Pradhan Mantri Samajik Utthan evam Rozgar Adharit Jankalyan (PM-SURAJ) portal, aimed at providing credit support to entrepreneurs from disadvantaged sections of society. The portal serves as a one-stop point for applying and monitoring progress for loan and credit schemes implemented by …

National Cooperative Database

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Standard  Context: Cooperation Minister launched the National Cooperative Database, aiming to facilitate the expansion and development of cooperatives in India. The database is a web-based digital dashboard capturing information about over 8 lakh registered cooperative societies, involving more than 30 crore people. Additionally, the ‘National Cooperative Database 2023: …

App delisting

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: The Indian government, strongly opposes Google’s recent delisting of Indian apps from its Play Store due to a dispute over service fee payments. The government emphasizes the importance of protecting the Indian start-up ecosystem and asserts that their fate cannot be determined solely by big tech …

Amrit Bharat Station scheme

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: The Prime Minister launched the Amrit Bharat Station scheme, laying the foundation for 554 railway stations as part of a government initiative to upgrade key railway infrastructure across India. The scheme aims to transform railway stations, enhancing amenities such as access, waiting areas, cleanliness, WiFi connectivity, …

SWAYAM Plus platform

Facts for Prelims (FFP)    Source: IE  Context: Union Minister of Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship launched the SWAYAM Plus platform, in collaboration with industry leaders such as L&T, Microsoft, and CISCO. Operated by the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT Madras), the platform aims to offer courses focusing on employability and professional development, …

Rashtriya Udyamita Vikas Pariyojana

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, inaugurated the Rashtriya Udyamita Vikas Pariyojana.    Features of the scheme: This initiative, tailored for PM SVANidhi scheme beneficiaries, aims to provide comprehensive entrepreneurship training over 22 weeks, combining theoretical knowledge with practical exposure. The training will …

Fact-Check Unit

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Bombay High Court delivered a split verdict on petitions challenging the constitutionality of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Amendment Rules, 2023 (IT Rules) that permit a “Fact Check Unit” (FCU) of the Union Government to identify “fake or false or misleading” …

PM-USHA scheme

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times   Context: Six universities in Uttar Pradesh have each been awarded ₹100 crore in funding under the Pradhan Mantri Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (PM-USHA) scheme, aimed at developing these institutions as multi-disciplinary education and research universities (MERUs). The funding aims to upgrade laboratories, modernize classrooms, foster innovation hubs, …

World Governments Summit 2024

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: MEA   Context: The Prime Minister participated as the Guest of Honour at the World Governments Summit 2024. He delivered a keynote address on the theme “Shaping the Future Governments,” emphasizing the need for governance to be inclusive, tech-savvy, clean, transparent, and green.  

A Comprehensive Review of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The 22nd Law Commission of India has submitted Report No. 286 titled “A Comprehensive Review of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897” to the Government of India. Prompted by the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the realization of limitations in the legal framework regarding health, the …

Corruption index

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context:  India has been ranked 93rd out of 180 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2023, according to Transparency International. The CPI evaluates countries based on their perceived levels of public sector corruption, using a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).   Highlights …

e-SAKSHI Mobile Application

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB    Context: The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), launched the MPLADS e-SAKSHI Mobile Application for the revised fund flow procedure under the MPLAD Scheme. The Mobile Application aims to revolutionize how Members of Parliament (MPs) engage with and manage development projects in their constituencies.   Features: …

Prasadam

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Economic Times    Context: India’s first healthy and hygienic food street, ‘Prasadam,’ was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare. Prasadam aims to connect citizens across the country with pure and safe local and traditional food, promoting healthy eating habits. The food street includes facilities such …

PRITHVI VIGYAN scheme

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Economic Times, Business Today  Context: The Indian government, has launched “PRITHvi VIgyan” scheme for the Ministry of Earth Sciences. The scheme, to be implemented between 2021-26, aims to study the atmosphere, ocean, weather, and Earth system sciences. The objectives include enhancing long-term observations of the Earth System, developing modelling …

PRERANA program

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Ministry of Education, Government of India, has launched the ‘Prerana: An Experiential Learning Program’ with the aim of providing a meaningful, unique, and inspiring experience to selected students from classes IX to XII.   Features of the program: It is a week-long residential initiative held at …