SVANIDHI SE SAMRIDDHI: .SVANidhi se Samriddhi, additional program of PM SVANidhi (Prime Minister Street Vendors AtmaNirbhar Nidhi), launched in January 2021 in 125 cities in Phase 1, covering approximately 35 Lakh Street vendors and their families. Later, post success of phase 1, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched the program expansion with an aim to cover 28 Lakh Street vendors and their families, with a total target of 20 Lakh scheme sanctions for FY 2022-23. Quality Council of India (QCI) is the implementing partner for the programme. Under the scheme vendors can avail working capital loan of up to Rs. 10,000, which is repayable in monthly instalments in the tenure of one year. Interest subsidy @ 7% per annum on regular repayment of loan. Promotes digital transactions through cash back incentives up to an amount of Rs. 100. Vendors can avail the facility of escalation of the credit limit on timely/ early repayment.
Dornier (Do-228) Aircraft flight: Ministry of Civil Aviation has announced the launch of first commercial flight of the made-in-India Dornier-228. Do-228 has been made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) delivered to Alliance Air. Alliance Air will be India’s first commercial airline to fly an India- made aircraft for civil operations. Aircraft will link five remote towns of Arunachal Pradesh to Assam’s Dibrugarh, boosting air connectivity in the north-eastern region of the country. It is part of government’s Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) regional connectivity scheme.
El Nino: El Nino is a climate pattern that describes the unusual warming of surface waters in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. It is the “warm phase” of a larger phenomenon called the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). It occurs more frequently than La Nina. The El Nino event is not a regular cycle, they are not predictable and occur irregularly at two- to seven-year intervals. The climatologists determined that El Nino occurs simultaneously with the Southern Oscillation (The Southern Oscillation is a change in air pressure over the tropical Pacific Ocean). During El Nino rainfall increases drastically in South America, contributing to coastal flooding and erosion. Strong El Nino events contribute to weaker monsoons and even droughts in India Southeast Asia.
UTSAV Portal: Ministry of Tourism launches the Utsav Portal at the inaugural day of Amrit Samagam Conference. Utsav Portal website, digital initiative, aims to showcase all the events, festivals and live darshans across India to promote different regions of the country as popular tourist destinations worldwide. Objective is to increase tourism awareness, attractions, and opportunities by providing tourists with contextual digital experiences in the form of visually appealing photographs and stills from the events.
BharatNet Project: BharatNet is a flagship mission implemented by Bharat Broadband Network Ltd. (BBNL). Currently, it is being implemented by the Department of Telecommunication under the Ministry of Communications. It was envisaged as an information superhighway through the creation of a robust middle-mile infrastructure for reaching broadband connectivity to Gram Panchayats. The implementation of the rural internet connectivity scheme, BharatNet, has slowed and is likely to miss the 2025 completion deadline owing to a number of factors.
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