21 February 2019

●Operation Digital Board;-{by MoHRD}
↪digital board will be introduced all over the country in government and government aided schools from class 9th onwards as well as in higher education institutions
[aims at converting a class room into a digital class room ]
•It will be implemented by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
●Scheme of Mega Food Park;-{implementing by Ministry of Food Processing Industries} 
↪aims at providing a mechanism to link agricultural production to the market by bringing together farmers, processors and retailers (so as to ensure maximizing value addition, minimizing wastages, increasing farmers’ income and creating employment opportunities)
•'Sikaria Mega Food Park' is the1st Mega Food Park of "Tripura"(inaugurated recently)
●2nd edition of Startup Ranking for 2019;-{
Released by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)}
↪It aims to rank the States/UTs for establishing a robust ecosystem for supporting Startups.
•India is home to about 20,000 startups, with about 1,400 beginning operations every year.
◆Concepts of startups and entrepreneurship are similar. However, 
•entrepreneurship↪ refers all new businesses, including self-employment and businesses that never intend to grow big or become registered, while
•Startups↪ refer to new businesses that intend to grow beyond the solo founder, have employees, and intend to grow large
●Govt approves capital infusion of ₹48,239 Crore in 12 PSBs;-
↪latest round of capital infusion is aimed at equipping better-performing PSBs under prompt corrective action (PCA) framework of RBI 
•government as the major owner in PSBs is free to recapitalise but the issue is, at what cost, for how long, and whether recapitalisation alone is enough
●Space Policy Directive-4(SPD-4);-{by USA}
↪to create a Military Space Force (main goal of the Space Force is to secure and extend American dominance of the space domain)
↪Pentagon will establish the Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States military, to go along with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
[first SPD directed NASA to get humans back to the moon as a stepping-stone to Mars. The second streamlined regulations for the commercial space sector, and the third dealt with management of space traffic]
●Norms relaxed for Start- ups;-
↪new norms aim to catalyse entrepreneurship by enabling angel investments by innovators across all sections of society and all sectors of economy
•investment limit of angel investors to seek exemption under the Income Tax Act, 1961 has been increased to Rs 25 crore from 10 Crore
●US President Trump has officially declared the US-Mexico border a “national emergency,”;-
↪By declaring a national emergency, the president avails himself or herself of dozens of specialized laws
●LOFAR telescope;-
↪Low-Frequency Array or LOFAR, is a large radio telescope network located mainly in the Netherlands
↪new map of the night sky published recently charts hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies discovered using LOFAR telescope
●VIVID-(Vision Insight and Voices as India goes Digital”)- the District Informatics Officer (DIO) meet;-{ is being organised by National Informatics Centre (NIC)}
↪Is an initiative to interact with the DIO’s and to share their experiences as well as contribution, as digital change-makers at the grass-root level in the States.
●14th Agricultural Science Congress;-{ is being held at New Delhi}
•Theme: “Innovations for Agricultural Transformation”
●Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Corridor of Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS);-
↪Once operational, it will be the fastest, most comfortable and safest mode of commuter transport in the National Capital Region (NCR)
●Island Development Agency (IDA);-
↪IDA was set up on June 1 this year following PM Modi’s review meeting for the development of islands
•Members of IDA include cabinet secretary, home secretary, secretary (environment, forests and climate change etc.)

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