Project ISHAN

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: WION    Context: India has kickstarted the process of unifying its four airspace regions under Project Indian Single Sky Harmonized Air Traffic Management at Nagpur (ISHAN). This initiative is expected to enhance air traffic management, benefiting airlines and passengers by making operations more efficient and safer. Challenges include technological implementation, …

Prerana Program

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB    Context: Recently the inaugural alumni meet of the Prerana Program was conducted virtually. The event aimed to assess the program’s impact and facilitate the exchange of insights among participants. It featured students sharing positive experiences and the transformative effects of the program on their lives.   About …

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.

START 2024 

Facts for Prelims (FFP)  Source: TH    Context: ISRO will conduct the Space Science and Technology Awareness Training (START) 2024 program, aiming to attract young individuals to the fields of space science and technology. The training will cover introductory topics in various aspects of space science and technology, along with sessions on Indian space exploration …

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 …

e-Kisan Upaj Nidhi

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB   Context: Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution launched the ‘e-Kisan Upaj Nidhi’ initiative, aiming to ease warehousing logistics for farmers and ensure fair prices for their produce. The initiative will reduce security deposit charges at WDRA-registered warehouses from 3% to 1%, encouraging small farmers …

ADITI scheme

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB    Context: Raksha Mantri launched the Acing Development of Innovative Technologies with iDEX (ADITI) scheme, aiming to promote innovations in critical and strategic defence technologies. Under this scheme, start-ups can receive a grant-in-aid of up to Rs 25 crore for their research and development efforts in defence technology. …

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 …

Smart Gram Panchayat: Revolution towards Digitization of Gram Panchayat

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, inaugurated a ground-breaking initiative called ‘Smart Gram Panchayat: Revolution towards Digitization of Gram Panchayat’ in marking a significant move towards digital empowerment in rural India. The project aims to extend PM-WANI (Prime Minister’s Wi-Fi Access Network Interface) Service to …

Prabhaav

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Economic Times  Context: The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has released the CRISIL study report named “Prabhaav,” assessing the impact of the Fund of Funds for Start-ups (FFS), a key initiative under the Start-up India Action Plan. Managed by SIDBI on behalf of the Department for Promotion …

SWATI

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: On the International Day for Girls and Women in Science, a new initiative named SWATI (Science For Women: A Technology & Innovation) was launched by a panel representing India’s science academies.   Developed, hosted and maintained by the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), New Delhi. …

SARATHI portal

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Line  Context: The Indian government has launched the SARATHI portal to assist insurance companies in reaching out to farmers and rural populations with tailored insurance products, including the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). The SARATHI portal, or Sandbox for Agriculture, Rural Security, Technology, and Insurance, aims to …

Pradhan Mantri Matsya Kisan Samridhi Sah-Yojana

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The Indian Cabinet has approved the “Pradhan Mantri Matsya Kisan Samridhi Sah-Yojana (PM-MKSSY),” a central sector sub-scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada aimed at formalizing the fisheries sector and supporting micro and small enterprises within it.    Key Highlights of the scheme:

C-CARES

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB    Context: The Union Minister of Coal, Mines, and Parliamentary Affairs, inaugurated the C-CARES web portal of the Coal Mines Provident Fund Organization (CMPFO). Developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), the portal marks a significant step in digitizing CMPFO’s records and processes. CMPFO administers …