Biotech–KISAN: Biotech-Krishi Innovation Science Application Network (Biotech-KISAN) is a scientist-farmer partnership scheme launched in 2017.It is a pan-India program, following a hub-and-spoke model and stimulates entrepreneurship and innovation in farmers and empowers women farmers.The Biotech-KISAN hubs are expected to fulfil the technology required to generate agriculture and bio-resource related jobs and better livelihood ensuring biotechnological benefits to small and marginal farmers.Ministry:This is a farmer-centric scheme developed by and with farmers under the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology.Objective:It was launched for agriculture innovation with an objective to connect science laboratories with the farmers to find out innovative solutions and technologies to be applied at farm level.
Mahavir Jayanti:This day marks the birth of Vardhamana Mahavira, who was the 24th and the last Tirthankara who succeeded the 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvanatha.According to Jain texts, Lord Mahavira was born on the 13th day of the bright half of the moon in the month of Chaitra.As per the Gregorian calendar, Mahavir Jayanti is usually celebrated during the month of March or April.Mahavir was born to King Siddhartha of Kundagrama and Queen Trishala, a Lichchhavi princess in the year 540 BC in the Vajji kingdom, identical with modern day Vaishali in Bihar.Mahavira belonged to the Ikshvaku dynasty.He was named Vardhamana, which means “one who grows”.He abandoned worldly life at the age of 30 and attained ‘kaivalya’ or omniscience at the age of 42.Mahavira taught ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truth), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (chastity) and aparigraha (non-attachment) to his disciples and his teachings were called Jain Agamas.Mahavira passed away and attained moksha at the age of 72 in 468 BC at a place called Pavapuri near modern Rajgir in Bihar.
Stand Up India Scheme:It was launched on April, 2016 and has been extended till 2025.The scheme aimed to promote entrepreneurship amongst women and SC/ST to help them in starting a greenfield enterprise in manufacturing, services or the trading sector and activities allied to agriculture. Objective: To Facilitate bank loans between Rs.10 lakh and Rs.1 crore to at least one SC/ST borrower and at least one woman borrower per bank branch of Scheduled Commercial Banks.Eligibility:SC/ST and/or women entrepreneurs, above 18 years of age;Loans under the scheme is available for only green field project.In case of non-individual enterprises, 51% of the shareholding and controlling stake should be held by either SC/ST and/or Women Entrepreneur.The scheme is anchored by Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
Basholi Painting:Recently, the world-famous Basohli Painting which is popular for its miniature art style from Kathua district of Jammu has obtained the Geographical Indication (GI) Tag.It is considered the first school of Pahari paintings The painting style flourished during the 17th and 18th centuries under the patronage of local rulers and wealthy merchants.It has peculiar characteristics, they have perfect geometrical patterns, bright colours and glossy enamel. Ochre yellow, brown, and green grounds predominates.The figures in the paintings are shown clad in rich costumes, stylised faces and large bulging eyes lent unique individuality to these paintings. Themes: The portraits of local rulers, Radha-Krishna, and Madhava-Malati love themes and themes.These are painted on paper, cloth, or wood using natural pigments and dyes.