1 March 2019

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Yojana;-
~is a voluntary and contributory pension scheme that will engage as many as 42 crore workers in the unorganised sector
~Workers with income of less than Rs 15,000 per month and who belong to the entry age group of 18-40 years, will be eligible for the scheme (pension of Rs 3000 per month after attaining the age of 60 years)
Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi;-({PM-KISAN}
~Under this programme, vulnerable landholding farmer families, having cultivable land upto 2 hectares, will be provided direct income support at the rate of Rs. 6,000 per year
~income support will be transferred directly into the bank accounts of beneficiary farmers, in three equal installments of Rs. 2,000 each
International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Programme on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy TCP)
~ is an international platform for co-operation among countries with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment.
•Bioenergy~ is defined as material which is directly or indirectly produced by photosynthesis and which is utilised as a feedstock in the manufacture of fuels [It is the only renewable source that can replace fossil fuels in all energy markets – in the production of heat, electricity, and fuels for transport.]
National Mineral Policy, 2019;-{approved by Cabinet}
~It will lead to sustainable mining sector development in future while addressing the issues of project affected persons especially those residing in tribal areas
Special Economic Zones Act, 2005
~provides the legal framework for establishment of SEZs and also for units operating in such zones
•SEZs ~>are geographically delineated ‘enclaves’ in which regulations and practices related to business and trade differ from the rest of the country [basic idea of SEZs was that it might be very difficult to dramatically improve infrastructure and business environment of the overall economy]
Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019
~amendments would enable UIDAI to have a more robust mechanism to serve the public interest and restrain the misuse of Aadhaar etc.
National Housing Bank
~It is an apex agency established in 1988 to operate as a principal agency to promote housing finance institutions both at local and regional levels and to provide financial and other support incidental to such institutions and for matters connected therewith.
New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Ordinance, 2019
~for the purpose of creating an independent and autonomous regime for institutionalised arbitration.
•Arbitration~> is a settlement of dispute between two parties to a contract by a neutral third party
FAME-India Scheme
~is a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan. Main thrust of FAME is to encourage electric vehicles by providing subsidies.
National Policy on Software Products – 2019
~to promote the creation of a sustainable Indian software product industry, driven by intellectual property (IP), leading to a ten-fold increase in India share of the Global Software product market by 2025
“Pradhan Mantri JI-VAN (Jaiv Indhan- Vatavaran Anukool fasal awashesh Nivaran) Yojana“
~scheme provides financial support to Integrated Bioethanol Projects
[scheme focuses to incentivise 2G Ethanol sector and support this nascent industry by creating a suitable ecosystem for setting up commercial projects and increasing Research & Development in this area.]
•GoI launched Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme in 2003 for undertaking blending of ethanol in Petrol to address environmental concerns due to fossil fuel burning
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize
•SSB Prizes, each of the value of Rs 5,00,000 (Rupees five lakh only), are awarded annually for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental,
•Eligibility:~>Any citizen of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age of 45 years. [OCI and PIO) working in India are also eligible.]
Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project
~project will provide surplus power to India strengthening economic linkages with Nepal. [The power from the project shall be exported from Dhalkebar in Nepal to Muzaffarpur in India.]


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