Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH): The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor inaugurated the Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH) in Bengaluru. It has been set up as a Section 8 company under the Companies Act, 2013 with an initial capital contribution of Rs. 100 crore. It is is a wholly owned subsidiary of the RBI. RBIH aims to create an ecosystem that focuses on promoting access to financial services and products for the low-income population in the country.
H2Ooooh: It was launched by UNESCO in July 2021, jointly with the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and others. H2Ooooh! is a unique program crafted for Indian school students from Standard 1-8. Objectives: It aims to increase awareness about the limited availability of water, its sustainable use, its conservation, its exploitation and much more. It seeks to enable the students to share their own experiences and proposals for the protection of the environment. Divided in three phases, the project aims to spur creativity and raise awareness on water conservation and its sustainable use for students between the age of 6-14 years, by providing training and encouraging them to submit paintings and story ideas for the animated short films.
Dare2eraD TB: Union Minister of Science & Technology announced the launch of Data-Driven Research to Eradicate TB- “Dare2eraD TB” by the Department of Biotechnology, M/o Science & Technology, on the occasion of World TB Day (March 24). Dare2eraD TB will be the umbrella TB program of DBT comprising of following key initiatives:
- InTGS – Indian Tuberculosis Genomic Surveillance Consortium.
- InTBK Hub- Indian TB Knowledge Hub- Webinar Series.
- Host Directed therapies against TB and developing an evidence-based regimen for treating extra-pulmonary Tuberculosis.
Free Trade Agreement (FTA): It is a pact between two or more nations to reduce barriers to imports and exports among them. Under a free trade policy, goods and services can be bought and sold across international borders with little or no government tariffs, quotas, subsidies, or prohibitions to inhibit their exchange. The concept of free trade is the opposite of trade protectionism or economic isolationism.
Himadri station: Himadri is India’s first research station located at the International Arctic Research base in Norway. India is the 11th country after Britain, Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, South Korea, The Netherlands, Sweden and Norway to set up a permanent research station in Ny-Ålesund (Town in Oscar II Land on the island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway). It is located at a distance of 1,200 kilometres from the North Pole. The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) (previously known as National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research – NCAOR) is a nodal agency that makes sure the availability of the requisite facilities at the Himadri.