- Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana: It was launched by Indian Railways in September 2021 with the noble objective of providing technical skill training to youth across various industry-relevant trades. Launched to address the needs of candidates within the age bracket of 18 to 35, the program was designed to equip them with the necessary skills for jobs across various sectors.
- Targeted Skill Development: The program is designed to address the specific skill gaps prevalent in the job market.
- Training Locations: Recognizing the diversity and vast geographical spread of potential participants, the scheme ensures accessibility by establishing training centers at various locations across the country.
- Age-Appropriate Training: With a specific emphasis on the age group of 18 to 35, the program targets individuals at a crucial stage in their professional development.
- Collaboration with Industry Experts:To ensure the relevance and effectiveness of the training modules, the scheme involves collaboration with industry experts and professionals.
- Certification and Recognition:Successful completion of the program results in certifications that are recognized by the Railways.
- Nyholm prize: It is awarded to inspirational, innovative and dedicated individuals or teams making a substantial and sustained impact within education. It celebrates individuals working in primary, secondary, further education, and higher education, encompassing teachers, technicians, and more. It recognises a major national or international research or innovation contribution to the field of chemical science education. This prize was established to commemorate the life and work of Sir Ronald Nyholm, president of the Royal Society of Chemistry from 1968 to 1970.It is awarded annually. The prize alternates between being open to nominees both in the UK and Ireland and internationally, and open only to nominations from the UK and Ireland. For 2023, the prize was open to nominees based anywhere in the world. The winner(s) receives £5000, a medal and a certificate. The winner(s) will complete a series of lectures or workshops in the UK. The winner(s) will be chosen by the Education Prize Committee.
- New COVID-19 variant JN.1 case: Kerala reports new COVID-19 variant case recently. The sub-variant is not entirely new and has been detected in small numbers in many countries for several months now. The sub-variant JN.1 is a close relative of the 2.86 variant, commonly referred to as Pirola. Pirola was on the watchlist of scientists as a variant of interest because of more than 39 mutations it carried on the spike protein as compared to its predecessor. It carries just one additional mutation in the spike protein as compared to its relative. Mutations on the spike protein of Sars-CoV-2 are important because they are the ones that attach to receptors on human cells and allow the virus to enter it.