Fincluvation: India Post Payments Bank (IPPB), a 100% government owned entity under Department of Posts (DoP) has announced the launch of Fincluvation– a joint initiative to collaborate with Fintech Startup community to co-create and innovate solutions for financial inclusion. Fincluvation is an Industry first initiative to create a powerful platform to mobilize the start-up community towards building meaningful financial products aimed at financial inclusion. Fincluvation will be a permanent platform of IPPB to co-create inclusive financial solutions with participating start-ups.
‘India Out’ campaign: Maldives has issued a decree banning the ‘India Out’ campaign. Opposition parties and a section of the media in the Maldives have been engaged in renewed efforts to whip up anti-India sentiments. In this regard, “India Out” slogan was first used on social media platforms last year. This campaign alleged that the cooperation between the governments of the two countries is undermining the national security and sovereignty of the Maldives.
Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG): The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) is jointly initiated by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) with Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). It is a consortium of 28 National Laboratories to monitor the genomic variations in the SARS-CoV-2. It carries out whole genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 virus across the nation, aiding in understanding the spread and evolution of the virus. INSACOG also aims to focus on sequencing of clinical samples to understand the disease dynamics and severity.
GO 111: The GO 111 order, issued by the government of erstwhile (undivided) Andhra Pradesh on March 8, 1996, prohibited the setting up of industries, residential colonies, hotels, etc in the catchment area of the Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar lakes up to a radius of 10 km. The reservoirs were created by building dams on the Musi (also known as Moosa or Muchkunda) river, a major tributary of the Krishna, to protect Hyderabad from floods. The lakes came into being during the reign of the last nizam, Osman Ali Khan (1911-48). Environmentalists and activists are criticising the Telangana government for withdrawing this order. They say this will destroy the fragile surrounding ecosystem.
Jan Shikshan Sansthan: The Scheme of JSS formerly known as Shramik Vidyapeeth was a unique creation of the Government of India and has been implemented through Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the country since 1967. The scheme was renamed as JSS in 2000. It was transferred from the Ministry of Education (erstwhile Ministry of Human Resource Development) to the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship in July, 2018. The JSSs are imparting vocational skill training programmes at the door step of the beneficiaries with a minimum cost and infrastructure. JSSs are unique in the sense that they do not provide only vocational skills but also include an element of life skills which can help the beneficiary in day to day life. They are not working in isolation but also conduct convergence programmes with different departments. JSSs are registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The affairs of Jan Shikshan Sansthan are managed by the respective Board of Management approved by the Government of India. The annual coverage of the beneficiaries is around 4 lakh, out of which 85% are women. Aims:
• To provide vocational skills in non-formal mode to non-literate, neo-literates, persons with rudimentary level of education upto 8th and school drop-outs upto 12th standard in the age group of 15-45 years.
• The priority groups are women, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, minorities and other backward sections of the society. It is implemented through NGOs with 100% grants from the Government of India.