“PARIVESH” – an environmental single window hub for Environment, Forest, Wildlife and CRZ clearances launched
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, launched PARIVESH (Pro-Active and Responsive facilitation by Interactive, Virtuous and Environmental Single-window Hub) on the occasion of World Biofuel Day.
It has been designed, developed and hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, with technical support of National Informatics Centre (NIC).
Highlights of PARIVESH:
single registration and single sign-in for all types of clearances (i.e. Environment, Forest, Wildlife and CRZ clearances)
unique-ID for all types of clearances for a particular project
About National Informatics Centre (NIC):
♦ Director General – Ms. Neeta Verma
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi
Santali becomes 1st Indian tribal language to get own Wikipedia edition
The Santhali Wikipedia got approval from the language committee of the Wikimedia Foundation on June 28 and went live on August 2.
It presently has content of about 70,000 words.
Santali is written in Ol Chiki script and spoken by 6.4 million people, according to the 2001 census, in India alone and its speakers live mostly in Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Assam. It is also spoken in Bangladesh and Nepal.
Several hundred students wrote their Class 10 board examinations under the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) in the Ol Chiki script for the first time this year.
Wikipedia is available in nearly 300 languages globally as of August 2018.
Global Innovation Index, GII- 2018 Launched In India
The Global Innovation Index 2018 was launched in New Delhi by Ratan P Watal, Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog & Member Secretary of the Economic Advisory Council. The top three countries are Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden.
India’s rank on the Global Innovation Index (GII) has improved from 60 in 2017 to 57 in 2018 among 130 countries. India has been consistently climbing the GII ranking for the past two years. The index was based on the theme– ‘Energizing the World with Innovation’.
It was 11th edition of GII and was jointly released by Cornell University, INSEAD and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
Project ‘SWAYAM’ Launched By HRD Ministry
The Ministry of HRD has embarked on a major and new initiative Project called ‘Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds’ (SWAYAM). It will provide one integrated platform and portal for online courses.
This covers all higher education subjects and skill sector courses. The objective is to ensure that the every student in our country has access to the best quality higher education at the affordable cost.
It is intended to host about 2000 courses and 80000 hours of learning material, within two years: covering school, under-graduate, post-graduate, engineering, law and other professional courses.
Union HRD Minister : Prakash Javadekar
The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)
The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across 10 issue categories covering environmental health (50%) and ecosystem vitality (50%).
o Switzerland leads with a score of 87.4
o China and India rank 120th and 177th respectively.
o Top 5 in Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2018
Economy and Finance
MOPAD: SBI Launches Unified Payment Terminal
The State Bank of India (SBI) has launched the Multi-Option Payment Acceptance Device or MOPAD, a unified payment option that accepts multiple payment methods.
Under this, customers will be able to pay through credit or debit cards, Bharat QR, Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and SBI Buddy (e-wallet) at a Point of Sale (PoS) terminal.
This initiative aims at providing digital convenience to customers and ease of doing business for merchants at the same time. A charge-slip as a proof of payment will be available for customers who pay through MOPAD.
HSBC Launched Online Platform ‘MyDeal’
The HSBC has launched a new digital platform to simplify capital raising process through capital markets by providing real-time access to information such as investors’ feedback, profiles, client orders and deal pricing.
The platform—MyDeal, contains all the information relating to a client’s capital markets transaction, and is updated on real time basis.
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
CEO: António Simões
1st of its kind iris authentication for Aadhaar-based transactions introduced by Axis Bank
On August 10, 2018, Axis bank has become the first bank in the country to introduce Iris Scan Authentication feature for Aadhaar -based transactions through its micro ATM tablets.
PayPal Enters Into Pact With HDFC Bank
The Global technology platform and digital payments leader, PayPal, and HDFC Bank, the largest credit card issuer in India, have entered into a partnership
It aims for safer, faster and more convenient payment experience for HDFC Bank cardholders and help drive incremental digital spend.
HDFC Bank has more than 35 million credit and debit cards issued in India, while PayPal is available across over 200 markets globally with a network of 19 million merchants.
Managing Director, PayPal India: Anupam Pahuja
Neeraj Chopra India’s Flag Bearer At Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony
The Javelin thrower star Neeraj Chopra will be India’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the upcoming Asian Games 2018. The Games will be held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.
The 20-year-old Neeraj is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion and won a gold in the Savo Games in Finland last month.
World Biofuel Day – 10 August
The World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and to highlight the various efforts made by the Government in the biofuel sector.
The World Biofuel Day is being observed by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
International Day Of The World’s Indigenous Peoples: 9 August
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People’s is observed on 9 August each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.
2018 Theme: Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement