Yoga Science meet organised at Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru
A Yoga Science meet was organised as part of the ongoing Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru. The head of SVYASA Yoga deemed University Dr. HR Nagendra spoke on the benefits of Yoga in busting stress.
He stated yoga heals the mind, body and soul thereby insulating those doing yoga from diseases. He explained about different yoga therapies and postures that can benefit people. Dr. Indranil Basu Ray, a cardiologist from Canada spoke on Yoga research.
He pointed out that meditation and yoga can compose our body and mind and give relief from any anxiety and stress. The penultimate day of 107th Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru will focus on farming and rural development .
Indian Council of Agricultural Research and University of Agricultural Sciences have identified 120 innovative farmers from across the country to participate in Farmers Science Congress.
Rajnath Singh inaugurates 3-day National Traders Convention in Delhi
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated government is committed to protect the interests of traders and to promote ease of doing business.
while inaugurating the three-day National Traders Convention at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. The convention has been organised by Confederation of All India Traders and will deliberate upon various issues concerning traders.
CM Jagan Mohan Reddy to inaugurate YSR Aarogyasri scheme
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will inaugurate YSR Aarogyasri scheme at Eluru in West Godavari district. The scheme will be inaugurated in each district by respective mandal and district officials.
Over one crore individuals will be benefited under this new health scheme. A total of 2,059 medical ailments have been covered under the scheme.
In all, 16,37,230 Aarogyasri cards will be distributed across the State.
While a few cards will be handed over on an inaugural day, the rest of the beneficiaries will get them by the end of February.
The chief minister has also announced to compensate for wage loss incurred during the post-operative period.
With monthly cap of Rs 5,000 Dr YSR Aarogyasri Health Care Trust will pay Rs 225 per day for the prescribed recovery period.
This category of allowance will be applicable for 836 kinds of surgeries out of the total ailments covered under the scheme.
Patients suffering from leprosy will also be given Rs 3,000 a month as pension.
YSR Aarogyasri scheme is applicable to people having an annual income of up to Rs 5 lakh.
First-of-its kind turtle rehab centre comes up in Bihar
A first-of-its-kind rehabilitation centre for freshwater turtles will be inaugurated in Bihar’s Bhagalpur forest division in January 2020. The rehab centre, spread over half a hectare, will be able to shelter 500 turtles at a time.
This centre will play a significant role in treating these animals and their proper upkeep before being returned to their natural habitat.
The size of turtles found in eastern Bihar is good as well. A turtle weighing up to 15 kilograms can be found.
Turtles are being frequently targeted for meat due to the prevailing belief that it gives an energy boost and keeps various diseases away. Usually, soft-shell turtles are victims of this belief.
On the other hand, hard-shell turtles, especially spotted ones, are being poached for the pet trade. Such turtles are in high demand in south east Asia, China and Japan.
According to a recent study conducted by Traffic India, around 11,000 turtles are being smuggled in India every year.
In the past 10 years, as many as 110,000 turtles have been traded.
Delhi gets first smog tower to combat air pollution
Delhi’s first smog tower will start working at Lajpat Nagar central market.
The 20-feet-tall tower is fitted with exhaust fans to suck in polluted air and can remove up to 80% of the particulate matter (PM 2.5 and PM10).
The smog towers were to be installed on the lines of China, which has experimented with this technology.
A separate pilot project has been proposed to consider the efficacy of smog towers and this is being undertaken by the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-Bombay) in collaboration with IIT-Delhi and the University of Minnesota.
This tower will purify the air within a circumference area of up to 750 metres. Such initiatives are important to combat air pollution in Delhi, which has also become a pollution capital.
In February 2018, the Delhi government had installed an anti-pollution tower at ITO in central Delhi on pilot basis.
Kolkata Police to start third edition of ‘Sukanya’ project
Kolkata Police will start the third edition of its ‘Sukanya‘ project to provide girls studying in schools and colleges in the city with self-defence training.
The third batch of ‘Sukanya’ will start at 100 city-based schools and colleges situated in Kolkata Police jurisdiction.
Girl students of VIII, IX, XI and girls studying in the first year at educational institutions in this area will be part of it.
Sukanya is an initiative of the Kolkata Police’s Community Policing Wing to provide self-defence training to girl students of city-based schools, colleges and universities.
The initiative is funded by Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Department of the state government.
Upgraded Version of Fighter Jet Developed Jointly by China and Pakistan Makes Maiden Flight
An upgraded version of a fighter jet being jointly developed by China and Pakistan has made its maiden flight in the Chinese city of Chengdu.
The JF-17 Thunder, earlier named as FC-1 Xiaolong, was a single-engine multi-role light fighter jet jointly produced by the two countries for several years with engines supplied by Russia.
The upgraded version features the technologies of China’s stealth fighter J-20.
The JF-17 planes are mostly used by Pakistan than by China as the Chinese Air Force has acquired new generation aircraft like Russia’s Sukhoi as well as developed an array of homegrown new jets, including the J-20 stealth aircraft.
The upgraded JF-17 made its maiden flight in mid-December. With the serial number ‘3000’, the first JF-17 Block 3 prototype was taken into the skies in Chengdu.
The upgraded JF-17 features technologies from China’s top-notch J-20 stealth fighter, which the Chinese defence experts equates with US’ F-35.
China currently is the only country in the region to have stealth aircraft. The J-20 is China’s fourth-generation medium and long-range fighter aircraft.
Banking & Finance
CBIC uses data analytics to identify ‘risky’ exporters’
The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in its drive to check fraudulent availment of IGST refunds, has extensively used data analytics and matched data with income tax, GST and customs to identify risky exporters. Ongoing investigations have thrown up at least 9-star export houses as ‘non-traceable’ at their premises declared on record.
All these star export houses have availed IGST refunds, which is now being questioned by the tax officers.
The CBIC has referred the matter to Directorate General of Foreign Trade seeking a more robust accreditation process and taking further necessary actions as per law.
The present ongoing exercise by CGST field formations has revealed serious issues in compliance behaviour in some cases. In two cases, the premises were also found sealed and seized by the banks as the exporters had been declared as Non Performing Assets.
Tamil Nadu government to strengthen single-window clearance system for easy biz
In an effort to attract more investors to the state and improve its ranking in the Centre’s Ease of Doing Business surveys, the Tamil Nadu state government has planned to significantly strengthen its single-window clearance system and make it more comprehensive.
The Tamil Nadu government is currently working on making the state’s single window portal more comprehensive by adding more services for applicants. According to sources, this move is aimed at ensuring that investors seeking to come to the state do not have to face problems in securing approvals and clearances from different departments.
To avoid procedural delays in getting statutory clearances from various authorities, the Tamil Nadu had first set up a single-window facilitation mechanism under the state’s Guidance Bureau to accord in-principle composite approval for pre-project clearances at the state government level in 2017.
Indian Blind Sports Association organizes sports events from Jan 6
Indian Blind Sports Association (IBSA) is organizing week-long sportsevents for the blind from 6 to 11 January, 2020 in the premises of The BlindRelief Association, Delhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, near the Oberoi Hotel, NewDelhi.
Over 400 participants, including 85 female blind sports persons from 7states, namely, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu and Telangana will be taking part in the following events.
Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold in men’s 10 m air pistol at 63rd National Shooting C’ship
Ace shooter Saurabh Chaudhary has won the men’s 10 metres air pistol gold at the 63rd National Shooting Championship in Bhopal . The 17-year-old from Uttar Pradesh shot a classy 246.4 to finish on top.
Second-placed Sarabjot Singh of Haryana was well behind with a score of 243.9, while world number two Abhishek Verma settled for bronze in a high-quality final.
Abhishek and Sarabjot together won the team gold for Haryana. Sarabjot also won the junior men’s gold for a profitable day. Haryana and Uttar Pradesh picked up a clutch of golds as well.
Appointment & Resignation
Ex-CRPF DG Bhatnagar appointed Advisor to Jammu-Kashmir Lt Governor
IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, who recently retired as the CRPF DG, has been appointed as an advisor to the Lt Governor of Jammu-Kashmir.
Bhatnagar is a 1983-batch officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre. He superannuated as the CRPF Director General (DG) on December 31 last year after heading the 3.25 lakh personnel force for over two and a half years.
The Advisor shall assist the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the effective discharge of his functions.
G C Murmu, an IAS officer, is the LG of Jammu Kashmir UT since its creation on October 31 last year.
Karur Vysya Bank CEO, MD P R Seshadri resigns
Seshadri, submitted his resignation via letter dated January 4, 2020, citing personal reasons
Karur Vysya Bank Ltd stated that its Managing Director & CEO P R Seshadri has submitted his resignation citing personal reasons.
Board of Directors of the Bank in their meeting has accepted the resignation of P R Seshadri
He will be relieved from the services of the Bank at the close of working hours on 31st March 2020
Award & Honors
Javadekar to confer first ‘Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman’ to 30 media houses
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar will confer the first ‘Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman’ to 30 media houses in New Delhi.
Acknowledging the positive role and responsibility of the media in disseminating the outreach of Yoga in India and abroad, the Ministry had instituted the award in June last year to mark the contribution of media in spreading the message of Yoga.
Eleven awards will be conferred under the category of Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers, Eight under the category “Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television while 11 awards to be conferred under the category “Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio. The award will consist of a special medal, plaque, trophy and a citation.
PM Modi Launches Braille Version Of His Book ‘Exam Warriors’ On World Braille Day
On World Braille Day( Jan 4th )Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that his famous book for children ‘Exam Warriors’ will now be available in Braille.
Exam Warriors is a book by PM Modi for the youth which talks about how children can ace exams through a fun and interactive style, with illustrations, activities and yoga exercises.