Jaadui Pitara: Union Education Minister recently launched an innovative learning material for foundational years of children called “Jaadui Pitara”.
The ‘Jaadui Pitara’ or ‘Magic Collection is a play-based learning material for children in the age group of three to eight years. It has been designed on the motto of ”learning through play”, as envisaged in the new National Education Policy (NEP).It comprises of playbooks, toys, puzzles, posters, flashcards, storybooks, and worksheets, as well as reflecting the local culture, social context, and languages. It is developed under the curricular goals of National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage (NCF-FS) as recommended by the NEP 2020. The resources on ‘Jaadui Pitara’ will be digitally available on DIKSHA platform – portal and mobile app. The pitara is available in 13 Indian languages.
UPI-PAYNOW linkage between India and Singapore: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Singapore have launched real time payment linkage between the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) of India and PayNow of Singapore.
Singapore is the first country with which cross border Person to Person (P2P) payment facility has been launched. This will help the Indian diaspora in Singapore, especially migrant workers/students and bring the benefits of digitalisation and FINTECH to the common man through instantaneous and low-cost transfer of money from Singapore to India and vice-versa. Acceptance of UPI payments through QR codes is already available in selected merchant outlets in Singapore.
Suposhit Maa Abhiyaan: The Speaker of Lok Sabha, Om Birla launched the Suposhit Maa Abhiyan- a scheme to ensure nutritional support to pregnant women and girls in Kota, Rajasthan.(the Speaker’s constituency).
Keeping newborn and pregnant women healthy is the main objective of the ‘Suposhit Maa Abhiyaan ‘.Under this Abhiyan, 1,000 women would be given food items for one month. At the same time, the health of the child, including medical examination, blood tests, medicines, delivery, would be covered.
The identified women would be required to register on a website for adoption. Only one pregnant woman would be adopted from a family.
Operation Golden Dawn: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials busted a major international gold smuggling racket and arrested 10 members of the gang, including seven Sudanese nationals, in a pan India operation called “Operation Golden Dawn.” Around 101.7 kg of gold worth ₹51 crore was also seized.
The syndicate used the Indo-Nepal border route and the smuggled gold was being transported to Mumbai via train or air route after being brought into Bihar from Nepal.
International Mother Language Day: UNESCO declared 21st February as International Mother Language Day in 1999 and the World has been celebrating the same since 2000.
The day also commemorates a long struggle by Bangladesh to protect its mother language Bangla. The aim is to protect the diverse culture and intellectual heritage of different regions of the world. The world has over 7,000 languages whereas India alone has about 22 officially recognized languages, 1635 mother tongues, and 234 identifiable mother tongues.