5 February 2019

●Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS);-{Launched by Ministry of Sports within the ambit of National Sports Development Fund (NSDF)}
↪for providing financial assistance to elite athletes included in TOPS for their customized training in world class training institutes/academies within the country and abroad
●National Service Scheme;-{was launched in Gandhiji’s Centenary year in 1969}
↪It is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports,GoI
↪with a view to developing healthy contacts between the students and teachers on the one hand and establishing a constructive linkage between the campus and the community on the other hand
●Draft National River Ganga Bill, 2018;-
↪bill propose to ban the construction of jetties, ports or “permanent hydraulic structures” in the Ganga
•offences marked as cognizable⤵
↪Construction activities causing obstruction in the river.
↪Commercial fishing or aqua culture in the river and its tributaries.
↪Discharging untreated or treated sewage into the river etc.
●Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY);-
↪is aimed at skilling Indians seeking employment abroad.[& boosting the confidence of the Indian youth so that they don’t feel like strangers when they land in a country of their choice for vocation]
•Pre-Departure Orientation Training(PDOT) programme {has been launched under PKVY}↪to orient potential migrant workers with regard to language, culture, do’s and don’ts in the destination country
●Rules To Allow Employment of Women in Mines;-
↪the owner of a mine may deploy women between the hours of 7 pm and 6 am in the mine
↪the deployment of women shall be after obtaining the written consent of the concerned woman employee
↪the deployment of women shall be in a group of not less than three etc.
●Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA);-
↪was set up with the objective of strengthening regional cooperation and sustainable development within the Indian Ocean Region
•Members↪India, Australia, Iran, Indonesia, Thailand,Tanzania, South Africa & other IOR nations like Sri lanka, Bangladesh etc.
●National Testing Agency (NTA) has launched a ‘mobile app’(‘NTA Students App’);-
↪ through which students can practice or take mock tests on their own computers or smart phones.
•NTA↪Is an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the country
●Elephant corridors;-
↪Elephant corridors are narrow strips of land that connect two large habitats of elephants
•Gaj Yatra’, a nationwide campaign to protect elephants, was launched on the occasion of World Elephant Day in 2017
◆Asian Elephant Alliance, an umbrella initiative by five NGOs, has come together to secure 96 out of the 101 existing corridors used by elephants across 12 States in India
●Angel tax;-
↪is a 30% tax that is levied on the funding received by startups from an external investor
↪It is counted as income to the company and is taxed
•Currently upto ₹10 crore are eligible for exemption from the tax [The government is planning to raise this limit to ₹25 crore.]
●Hoveizeh long-range cruise missile;-
↪Iran has announced the successful test flight of Hoveizeh long-range cruise missile
↪It is designed to use against ground targets

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