1. PM inaugurates birth centenary celebrations of Rani Gaidinliu
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 August 2015 inaugurated birth centenary celebrations of freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu. On this occasion he launched commemorative coin of 100 rupees and circulation coin of 5 rupees of Rani Gaidinliu to mark her birth centenary celebrations.
ii. Rani Gaidinliu was a Naga political and spiritual leader who had led a revolt against British colonial rule in India.
iii. Her political struggle in present North east India was based on Gandhian principles of Satyagraha, non-violence, self-reliance. She also had played an important role in India’s wider freedom movement by spreading the message of Gandhi ji in Manipur region.
iv. She had participated in the freedom struggle at a very young age of 13 after she came under the influence Heraka religious movement.
v. Union Government has instituted one of five Stree Shakti Puruskar in honour her in 2000. In 2010, state owned Hindustan shipyard Ltd. had launched an in-shore patrol vessel for the Indian coast guard named as Rani Gaidinliu.
2. Rajasthan Government approved Arogya Rajasthan campaign
i. Rajasthan State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on 25 August 2015 approved the launch of Arogya Rajasthan campaign. The campaign will be held from December 2015 to March 2016.
ii. The three-month campaign will help in collection and compilation of health data of the rural population in the state. During the campaign, the rural residents would be issued health cards based on spot diagnoses. The cards would be used for further treatment and follow-up of patients.
iii. The cabinet also approved a drive to collect health information of citizens to build an online datatbase, which will be held between 15 September and 31 October 2015. The campaign Health camps will be organised at gram panchayat level and every citizen will be issued a Health Card.
3. India, Australia ink MoU on Cooperation in the Fields of Education, Training and Research
i. India and Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the fields of education, research and training. The MoU was signed by Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Smriti Irani and her counterpart Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training of Australia.
ii. It was signed after the 3rd meeting of the Australia-India Education Council (AIEC) which was held in New Delhi. The MoU seeks to intensify existing partnerships between both countries in higher education & research, including professional and technical education, vocational education, schools and training. It also seeks to open up new and innovative areas of cooperation.
iii. It is a bi-national body established in 2011. It was established as per commitment given by the Education Ministers of India and Australia to guide the strategic direction of the education, research and training partnership between the two countries.
iv. The AIEC is co-chaired by Education Ministers on both sides and consists of academia, industry and government. It meets in conjunction with the annual Australia-India Ministerial Dialogue on Education Cooperation.
4. UK to fund Kolkata's climate action programme
i. The United Kingdom will fund a capacity building programme for making Kolkata a low carbon city.
ii. Ahead of implementation of the UK-Kolkata Municipal Corporation joint programme, the UK Minister of State for International Development, Desmond Swayne, was present on Sunday at an workshop for sensitising the Councillors of the city's 16 boroughs.
iii. The UK Minister said the programme would cover over 20 multi-sectoral projects, including rooftop solar plant, a mobility plan, a master plan for energy-efficient street lighting, a disaster management plan and a green city business and investment plan.
iv. With the launch of the roadmap later this year, Kolkata will be one of the first mega cities in India to have a comprehensive strategy to address climate change through a sustainable urban development model
5. MCX, Gift ink pact for trading platform
i. Multi Commodity Exchange has signed a memorandum of understanding with Gift Special Economic Zone, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, for setting up an electronic platform to facilitate trading in different asset classes for international investors.
ii. The MCX agreement is in line with similar commitment provided by BSE, NSE and Ncdex. MCX will set up a facility for clearing and settlement of securities, commodities, interest rates, currencies, other classes of assets and derivatives to international investors at the one-of-a-kind financial centre being developed at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
iii. Parveen Kumar Singhal, Joint Managing Director, MCX, said given the consistent leadership position and strong technological backbone, the exchange’s international platform will not only fulfil the Centre’s vision to develop an international financial service facility but also create tangible benefits by way of economic linkages.
iv. Earlier, MCX had tied up with US-based CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) Group to study opportunities in the SEZ.
6. India to implement Sendai framework for Disaster Reduction 2015-2030
i. Union Government has announced it plans to implement the Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in letter and spirit. It was announced by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Kiren Rijiju after inaugurating a workshop on Enhancing Private Sector Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi.
ii. It was adopted during the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan in March 2015. Its adaptation involves adopting integrated and inclusive institutional measures in order to work towards preventing vulnerability to disaster.
iii. It also seeks to increase preparedness for response and recovery and strengthen resilience in case of disaster. It opts for considering the experience gained through international and the regional strategies/institutions and plans for disaster risk reduction.
7. War museums at Jaisalmer, Laungewala stations inaugurated
i. War museums, built recently at the military stations of Jaisalmer and Yuddhsthal at Laungewala to showcase the traditional bravery of the Indian Army, were inaugurated on Monday by Lt Gen Ashok Singh, general officer, commanding-in-chief, Southern Command.
ii. A large number of service officers and civil dignitaries graced the functions, held at the two military stations.
iii. The Jaisalmer War Museum is located 10 km from Jaisalmer on the Jodhpur highway. The museum has two large information display halls, an audio visual room, a well stocked souvenir shop and a cafeteria.
iv. The war museum at Loungewala has been set up at the site where Pakistan faced a humiliating defeat in 1971. The memorial has a state of the art audio-visual theatre for screening the movie on the Battle of Laungewala.
8. Government announces Dronacharya, Dhyan Chand, Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar awards 2015
i. Union Government has announced names of recipients of Dronacharya Awards, Dhyan Chand Awards and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar for year the 2015.
Dronacharya Award 2015
- Naval Singh- Athletics Para-sports coach
- Anoop Singh– Wrestling coach
- Harbans Singh- Athletics coach
- Swatantar Raj Singh- Boxing coach
- Nihar Ameen- Swimming coach.
Dhyan Chand Award 2015
- Romeo James– Hockey
- Shiv Prakash Mishra- Tennis
- P.P Nair– Volleyball.
Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2015
- Directorate General of Military Training (DGMT) – for identifying and nurturing of young talent in sports
- Coal India Limited (CIL) – for encouraging sports through Corporate Social Responsibility
- Haryana State Police- For employing sportspersons and sports welfare measures
- Sports Coaching Foundation (SCF)- For development of sports.
ii. The awardees will receive the awards from the President Pranab Mukherjee at a special function at Rashtrapati Bhawan to be held on 29 August 2015.