- Credit Guarantee Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) Scheme: It was launched in 2000. The corpus of CGTMSE is being contributed by the Government of India and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in the ratio of 4:1.Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) is jointly set up by the Ministry of Micro, Small, & Medium Enterprises (MSME), the Government of India, and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to catalyse the flow of institutional credit to Micro & Small Enterprises (MSEs).CGTMSE has been instrumental in providing guarantee cover to collateral and/or third-party guarantee-free credit facilities extended by eligible Member Lending Institution [MLIs] to MSEs.
- Exercise SURYA KIRAN: It is a joint military exercise between the Indian army and the Nepali army. It is an annual event and is conducted alternately in the two countries. The Indian Army contingent, comprising 354 personnel, is being led by a battalion from the Kumaon Regiment. The Nepal Army contingent is represented by the Tara Dal Battalion. The aim of the exercise is to enhance interoperability in jungle warfare, counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief under the United Nations Charter on peacekeeping operations. The exercise will focus on the employment of drones and counter-drone measures, medical training, aviation aspects and environment conservation. The exercise will provide a platform for soldiers from India and Nepal to exchange ideas and experiences, share best practises, and foster a deeper understanding of each other’s operational procedures.
- Sangai: Recently, the Manipur government expressed its reservations to the Centre over a hydro-electric modernisation plan in the state’s famous Loktak Lake, saying it could be detrimental to Sangai deer. It is subspecies of Eld’s deer that is endemic to Manipur. It also has immense cultural relevance to Manipur. It is found only in Keibul Lamjao National Park; the largest single mass of phumdi is in Loktak Lake – in Manipur’s Bishnupur district. It is a medium-sized deer with uniquely distinctive antlers and extremely long brow tines, which form the main beam. The forward protruding beam appears to come out from the eyebrow, hence called the brow-antlered deer. It has a dark reddish-brown winter coat, which turns paler in summer. The deer walks on the hind surface of its pasterns with mincing hops over floating foliage and is hence also called the Dancing Deer.
IUCN: Critically Endangered, The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: Schedule-1
- Digital Twin: Recently, the Survey of India (SoI) and Genesys International, a leading Indian mapping company, announced a strategic tie-up for a three-dimensional (3D) digital twin-mapping programme in India. It is a virtual depiction of a real-world entity, be it a product, process, person or location, capable of comprehending and gauging its tangible counterparts. The twin digital copy will also help policymakers understand how infrastructure will function in different situations, such as high-footprint events, an increase in population, or natural disasters. The strategic partnership aims to create digital twins of major cities and towns, leveraging Genesys’ all-India highly accurate navigable maps. The Genesys constellation of sensors and SOI’s recently launched Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) network allow for real-time high-precision positioning data.