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12 January, 2021


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Amit Shah launches ‘Single Window Clearance System’ for Coal Sector

Union Home Minister Amit Shah virtually launched ‘Single Window Clearance System’ for coal mines. The platform is expected to ease the process of obtaining clearances for the smooth operationalisation of coal mines. It will help in reducing the time taken to grant approvals in the sector.
i.The Unified platform will reduce the need for companies to approach different for operationalisation of coal mines, which is the main cause for delay.
ii.At Present, around 19 major approval or clearances are required to start a coal mine in the country.
iii.In 2020, India had opened up India’s coal reserves to private-sector development to boost domestic production.
i.The Single Window Clearance System will alsoboost Transparency & Ease of Doing Business reforms.
ii.Coal is also expected to be the biggest contributor towards the Government’s vision of making India a 5 Trillion Dollar Economy by 2024
About Ministry of Coal:
Union Minister – Pralhad Joshi
Headquarters – New Delhi

Cherry Blossom Mao Festival held in Senapati, Manipur; Virtually Inaugurated by CM N.Biren Singh

An annual Cherry Blossom Mao Festival was held at Mao in Senapati district, Manipur. It was virtually inaugurated by Chief Minister (CM) of Manipur Nongthombam Biren Singh from the CM Secretariat in Imphal, amid COVID-19. The festival marked the beginning of pink season in the district. The Mao area of Senapati district in Manipur is known for Cherry Blossom, a plant which is popularly known as Sakura in Japan. It was jointly organised by the Department of Tourism and Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), Shillong in association with the Organising Committee Flower Festival, Mao.

MoE Issued Guidelines for Identification, Admission and Continued education of migrant children

i.The Ministry of Education (MoE) issued guidelines for identification, admission and continued education of migrant children for States and UTs during school closure and when the school re-open. These were issued to mitigate the COVID-19 impact for Out of School Children (OoSC).
ii.The guidelines will ensure that school going children have access to education with quality and minimize the impact of the pandemic on school education across the country.
iii.The guidelines are classified into 6 parts viz:
About Ministry of Education:
The Ministry of Education was formerly known as the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD).
Union Minister – Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
Headquarters – New Delhi


Digital Evolution Scorecard 2020: India ranked 4th“Break Out Economies”; China Tops

i.The 3rd edition of Digital Evolution Scorecard 2020 developed by Tufts University’s Fletcher School in partnership with Mastercard was released in which India ranked 4th.The scorecard is topped by China followed by Azerbaijan, Indonesia.
ii.It should be noted that India doubled its mobile internet connectivity in the last four years It will add 350 million smartphones by 2023.
iii.The scorecard was published in the Harvard Business Review in December 2020.
About Mastercard:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Michael Miebach
Headquarters – New York, United States (US)


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CVRDE Develops Retractable Landing Gear Systems for Tapas & SWiFT UAVs

The Retractable Landing Gear (RLG) Systems Indigenously developed by Combat Vehicles Research and Development of Establishment (CVRDE) (An DRDO Lab) for TAPAS (Tactical Airborne Platform for Aerial Surveillance-Beyond Horizon-201 or Tapas BH-201 also known as Rustom-II) & SWiFT (Stealth Wing Flying Testbed) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) was handed over to Dr. S. Venugopal, Director of Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru, Karnataka. The systems were handed over by V. Balamurugan, Director of CVRDE, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
i.Dr Kalanidhi Veeraswamy, Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha, Parliamentary Standing Committee Member for Defence; Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman of DRDO & PK Mehta, Director General of Armament & Combat Engineering Systems (ACE).
ii.During the event, 18 types of filters for P-75 Submarines were also handed over; these filters have also been developed by CVRDE.
About Combat Vehicles Research and Development of Establishment (CVRDE):
Director – V. Balamurugan
Location – Chennai, Tamil Nadu

GoI Appoints RS Sharma as Head of 10 Member Committee for Administration of COVID-19 Vaccinei.

Government of India appointed RS Sharma, former chief of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI)as head of a 10 member empowered committee for administration of COVID-19 vaccine.
ii.The members of the committee comprises senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) and the Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI).
ii.India will start its mega vaccination drive against coronavirus, the world’s largest inoculation programme on January 16, 2021.

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