One World TB Summit: It is being organised on World Tuberculosis Day at Rudrakash Convention Centre in Varanasi.This summit is being organised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Stop TB Partnership (Founded in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership is a UN hosted organisation).Various initiatives launched: TB-Mukt Panchayat initiative; the official pan-India rollout of a shorter TB Preventive Treatment (TPT);A Family-centric care model for TB andthe release of India’s Annual TB Report 2023. This Summit will provide an opportunity to further deliberate upon the targets. Each year, the World TB Day is celebrated on March 24. This year’s theme is ‘Yes! We can end TB!’.
NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar): Recently, NASA announced that the satellite will be shipped to India soon. The launch is scheduled for 2024.
It is an Earth-observation satellite. It will map the entire globe in 12 days and provide spatially and temporally consistent data for understanding changes in Earth’s ecosystems, ice mass, vegetation biomass, sea level rise, groundwater, and natural hazards.It carries L and S dual band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), which operates with the Sweep SAR technique to achieve large swaths with high-resolution data.NASA is responsible for providing the L-Band SAR payload system and ISRO supplied S-Band SAR payload. This would be the first dual-frequency radar imaging mission in L-Band & S-Band. The NISAR Observatory will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota on the GSLV expendable launch vehicle contributed by ISRO.
Global Engagement Scheme: It is a scheme which provides financial assistance to cultural societies which are actively promoting Indian culture abroad. Aim: To provide artists practicing Indian art forms an opportunity to perform abroad under the banner of ‘Festival of India. It is implemented by Ministry of Culture. Earlier the scheme was known as ‘Scheme for promotion of International Cultural relations.
Urban Climate Film Festival: The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) is organising the first Urban Climate Film Festival through the CITIIS program under U20 engagement events. It is organised with support from the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, the French Development Agency (AFD), and the EU. A curated selection of 11 films from 9 countries will be showcased to create wider awareness of the impact of climate change. Objective: To Employ the powerful medium of film to enlighten audiences about the environmental, social and economic impacts of climate change on urban settlements.
The NIUA is a Central Autonomous Body under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. It is a national think-tank undertaking policy planning and advocacy in the domain of urban development. It is also serving as the technical secretariat for U20.
Naya Savera Scheme: The scheme aims to empower the students belonging to minority communities and prepare them for competitive examinations, so that their participation in government and private jobs improves. The scheme provides financial support for free coaching to notified minority students in selected coaching institutions. Under the ministry of Minority Affairs.
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