26 February 2019

National Youth Parliament Festival 2019;-
↪Youth in the age bracket of 18-25 years are invited to participate in the District Youth Parliaments
•National Youth Day↪ is observed on January 12 every year to commemorate the birthday of "Swami Vivekananda"
•Theme: “Be The Voice of New India” and “Find solutions and contribute to policy”
Skill Saathi Youth Conclave;-{by Odisha govt.}
~>aims to counsel 1 crore candidates from the age group of 15– 35 years focusing on School & College drop-outs, young adults from the community, college students, polytechnic students, ITI students etc.
•Create Awareness about the Skill India Mission and inform the youth of India about vocational education and its opportunities.
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban;-{launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA)}
↪Mission seeks to address the housing requirement of urban poor including slum dwellers through following programme verticals
•government is providing an interest subsidy of 6.5% on housing loans which can be availed by beneficiaries for 15 years from start of loan date
India is hosting 4th Summit of Global Digital Health Partnership(GDHP)
~>GDHP is an international collaboration of governments, government agencies and multinational organisations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of their citizens through the best use of evidence-based digital technologies
•Five work streams of GDHP:
1.Cyber Security.
2.Evidence and Evaluation.
3.Policy Environments.
4.Interoperability
5.Clinical and Consumer Engagement.
second edition of ‘IPrism’;-{launched by Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade}
~>Aiming to foster a culture of innovation and creativity in the younger generation, the competition will provide young creators an opportunity to see their creations recognized on a national platform.
Prepaid payment instruments;-
~>are payment instruments that facilitate transactions like purchase of goods and services, including funds transfer, against the value stored on such instruments.
[ The value stored on PPIs represents the value paid by the holders by cash through a bank account etc.]
The dispute between Britain and Mauritius over Chagos islands
•International Court of Justice said the islands were not lawfully separated from the former colony of Mauritius.
[UK should end its control of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean “as rapidly as possible”, ]
NASA’s New Horizons mission;-
↪NASA's first mission to Pluto & the Kuiper Belt
↪It makes USA the first nation to send a space probe to every planet from Mercury to Pluto. [The probe has traveled more than 3 billion miles to reach Pluto]
•Kuiper belt↪Is a region of Solar System that exists beyond the eight major planets, extending from the orbit of Neptune (at 30 AU) to approximately 50 AU from the Sun.
【NASA has captured the sharpest-ever image of Ultima Thule.(Ultima Thule is located in the Kuiper belt in the outermost regions of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune.)】
Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope(WFIRST);-
~>is a NASA observatory designed to settle essential questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics.
~>It will give humans the largest, deepest, clearest picture of the universe since the Hubble Space Telescope could find as many as 1,400 new planets outside Earth’s solar system

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