Samadhaan Portal: As per the provisions of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act 2006, when a buyer does not make payment to the supplier (Micro & Small Enterprises) for his supplies within 45 days of the acceptance of the goods/service rendered, then the buyer is liable to pay a compound interest with the monthly rests to the supplier on the amount at the three times of the bank rate notified by RBI.
For ease of filing of grievances & for monitoring of the outstanding dues to the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) from the buyers of goods and services, the Ministry of MSME launched a portal, viz. Samadhaan portal.
Ayya Vaikunda Swamikal:The Prime Minister of India recently paid his respect to Sri Ayya Vaikunda Swamikal on his birth anniversary. He was the pioneer of the social revolutionaries of south India and Kerala.Research scholars regard Vaikundar as a teacher, healer and also miracle worker.His teachings also affected many social changes in southern India.
It resulted in the emergence of a series of social and self-respect movements such as Upper cloth agitation, Temple entry movement and other movements including those of Narayana Guru, Chattampi Swamikal, Vallalar and Ayyankali.
Status of IFC to IREDA: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has granted an ‘Infrastructure Finance Company (IFC)’ status to Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA).It was earlier classified as ‘Investment and Credit Company (ICC)’.With the IFC status, IREDA will be able to take higher exposure in RE financing. The recognition of IREDA as an IFC will increase the investors’ confidence, enhance the brand value, and generate positive outlook in the market.IREDA has been promoting, developing and financing new and renewable sources of energy with the motto: “Energy for Ever” since 1987. It finances all RE technologies and value chain.
Exercise La Perouse:The third edition of the multilateral maritime exercise is conducted in the Indian Ocean Region.This edition will witness the participation of personnel, ships and integral helicopters of the Royal Australian Navy, French Navy, Indian Navy, Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force, Royal Navy and the United States Navy.The two day biennial exercise La Perouse is conducted by the French Navy and is aimed at enhancing maritime domain awareness and optimising maritime coordination amongst the participating navies in the Indo-Pacific Region.Indigenously built guided missile frigate INS Sahyadri and fleet tanker INS Jyoti will be participating in this edition of the exercise.
Dragon Fruit: Dragon Fruit is a herbaceous perennial climbing cactus widely known as Pitaya, has its origin in Southern Mexico, Central America and South America.Its flowers are hermaphrodites (male and female organs in the same flower) in nature and open at night.
It grows in all kinds of soil and does not require much water.The plant sustains yield for more than 20 years, is high in nutraceutical properties(medicinal effects) and good for value-added processing industries.It is widely cultivated throughout the tropical and sub-tropical world.The world’s largest producer and exporter of dragon fruit is Vietnam. In India, the cultivation of Kamalam Fruit is done in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Mizoram and Nagaland.