20 February 2019

●642nd birth anniversary of "Guru Ravidas";-{19 February}
↪Guru Ravidas was a North Indian mystic poet of the bhakti movement.[Jayanti is celebrated on Magh Purnima, which is the full moon day in the Hindu calendar]
•He belonged to an untouchable caste and suffered a lot of atrocities as a result.
•He said in his teachings that the only way to meet God was to free the mind from the duality
●A new company under Department of Space (DoS);-
↪to commercially exploit the research and development work carried out by ISRO Centers and constituent units of DOS
•Cabinet decision will definitely encourage the private sector to indulge more in production of launchers and satellites [so that ISRO can focus more on R&D work.]
●Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018;-
↪aim to strengthen the Bill in its objective to effectively tackle the menace of illicit deposit taking activities in the country
•“Deposit Takers”↪ include all possible entities (including individuals) receiving or soliciting deposits, except specific entities such as those incorporated by legislation
●National Policy on Electronics 2019;-{proposed by MeitY}
↪It will enable flow of investment and technology, leading to higher value addition in the domestically manufactured electronic products, increased electronics hardware manufacturing in the country and their export, while generating substantial employment opportunities
●Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage), Second Ordinance, 2019;-
↪Ordinance will provide the rights of subsistence allowance, custody of minor children to victims of triple talaq i.e. talaq-e-biddat
•Bill makes all declaration of talaq, including in written or electronic form, to be void and illegal
●Development and Welfare Board for De-notified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Communities;-
↪to give special attention to these communities
•Denotified Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes ↪are poorest of the poor, most marginalised and most downtrodden communities who are subject to social stigma, atrocity and exclusion [After India gained Independence, these tribes were ‘de-notified’ from the list of Criminal Tribes]
●Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Gramin (PMAY-G);-{Indira Awaas yojana (IAY) has been restructured into PMAY-G since 2016
↪PMAY-G aims at providing a pucca house, with basic amenities, to all houseless householder and those households living in kutcha and dilapidated house, by 2022
●Rozgar Yukta Gaon (RYG);-
↪to introduce enterprise-based operation in the Khadi sector and to create employment opportunities for thousands of new artisans in the current and next financial year (2018-19 and 2019-20)
●Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA);-
↪Is an international assessment that measures 15-year-old students’ on reading, mathematics & science literacy in every 3 years.
↪India had taken part in PISA in 2009 & bagged 72nd rank among 74 participating countries.(then UPA government had boycotted PISA)
↪MoHRD officially decided to participate in PISA-2021(Is likely to be administered in schools in Chandigarh)
●National Rural Economic Transformation Project;-{under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) through loan assistance (IBRD Credit) from World Bank}
↪project will enhance the livelihoods promotion and access to finance and scale-up initiatives on digital finance and livelihood interventions
•DAY-NRLM lays special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable communities and their financial inclusion
●Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Programme;-
↪Programmes will have substantial environmental impact in terms of savings of CO2 emission
•Rooftop solar has the great benefit of being able to provide electricity to those areas that are not yet connected to the grid — remote locations and areas where the terrain makes it difficult to set up power stations and lay power lines
●Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaam Mahabhiyan(KUSUM);-
↪for Installation of standalone off grid solar water pumps to fulfill irrigation needs of farmers not connected to grid
↪It would solarise only govt. pumps
●SWAYATT;-
↪ It is an initiative to promote Start-ups, Women and Youth Advantage Through eTransactions on Government e Marketplace (GeM)

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