12 February 2019

●India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative;-
↪Initiative will combat marine pollution, which is one of the fastest growing environmental concerns
↪It will also work towards beach clean-up efforts, awareness raising campaigns and pilot project using plastic waste as fuel substitution for coal in cement production.
●Protection and Safeguard Land Rights of Scheduled Tribes;-
↪“Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013” (RFCTLARR Act, 2013) safeguards against displacement of Scheduled Tribes
↪“The Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996”, also provides that the Gram Sabha or the Panchayats at the appropriate level shall be consulted before making the acquisition of land in the Scheduled Areas
↪“The Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987” provides for legal services to members of Scheduled Tribes
●GiveItUp’ campaign;-
↪‘Give it Up’ scheme encourages well-to-do households to voluntarily give up their liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) subsidy so that it could be targeted to the poor
•nearly 1.04 crore LPG consumers have voluntarily surrendered their LPG subsidy under ‘GiveItUp’ campaign👀
●Promotion and Protection of Maithili Language and its scripts;-
•Mithilakshar or Tirhuta is the script of broader cultural Mithila. It is an extremely ancient script and is one of the scripts of the broader North Eastern India.[scripts of Mithilaksar, Bangla, Assamese, Nebari, Odia and Tibetan are part of the family]
•committee constituted to prepare audio-visual teaching materials for teaching the Mithilakshar scripts & to establish a Script and Manuscript Centre at Darbhanga etc.
●Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC- India);-
↪Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has instituted a challenge for States/ UTs to select six sites across the country for constructing the Lighthouse projects under GHTC-India
↪In addition to this, a Technology Innovation Grant (TIG) for the States/ UTs is provisioned to offset the impact of any additional cost implication due to the use of new technology 
●Defence Innovation Hubs;-{set up under Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) framework}
↪These will serve as platforms where innovators can get information about needs and feedback from the Services directly and create solutions for India’s major defence platforms
•iDEX framework has announced setting up of two Defence Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in Tamil Nadu (Coimbatore) and Maharashtra (Nashik)
●National Productivity Week;-{February 12-18}
↪to promote productivity culture in India
•National Productivity Council (NPC)↪Is an autonomous,multipartite, non-profit organization registered society under Ministry of Commerce & Industry [established in1958]
●Bill to counter exploitation by NRI spouses;-
↪According to the new Bill, a marriage between an NRI and an Indian citizen will have to be registered within 30 days from the date of marriage
↪It is expected that the Bill will serve as a deterrent for NRI spouses, who use marriages as a tool of exploitation

●Akshaya Patra Foundation;-
↪Is a "Bengaluru"-based not-for-profit organisation that works with the government on mid-day meal schemes.[ It has a state-of-the-art kitchen in Vrindavan]
◆Today, Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) Mid-Day Meal Programme serving wholesome food every school day to over 1.76 million children from 14,702 schools 
●National Gas Grid;-
↪To remove regional imbalance within the country with regard to access for natural gas and provide clean and green fuel throughout the country.
•Union Government has envisaged the development of City Gas Distribution Networks in various cities for the supply of CNG and PNG
●1st LAWASIA Human Rights Conference;-
↪organised by LAWASIA, in association with the Bar Association of India 
↪conference aims to provide a unique opportunity for lawyers and associated professional members to exchange insights and expertise on topics of significant importance to all
●African Union;-
↪is a continental union consisting of 55 countries of the continent of Africa, with exception of various territories of European possessions located in Africa
•Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has taken over as the chair of the African Union (AU).[ The post of AU’s chair rotates annually between the five regions of the continent.]
•AU’s secretariat, the African Union Commission, is based in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia
●40th anniversary of Iran revolution;-
↪also known as Islamic Revolution or the 1979 Revolution, was a series of events involving the overthrow of the monarch of Iran [reason for the revolution was to stop the oppression under the western secular policies.(movement against the United States-backed monarchy)]
●DRDO’s ‘Dare to Dream’ contest;-
↪Is a contest to encourage startups and individuals to come up with innovative defence and aerospace technologies.
●‘Sarthi Sandesh Vahini’ mission;-{launched by UP}
↪is a mission started by the state family welfare department with an aim to spread awareness regarding "family planning" in urban and rural areas.
[family planning information to the viewers through various documentaries and films]

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