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Rising Bharat International News Feed: September 8th 2020

  • Relation with Japan
  • Shinzo Abe redefined India-Japan ties

Key Points:

  1. From capturing global strategic imagination with his “Confluence of the Two Seas” speech in the Indian Parliament to articulating the India-Japan Indo-Pacific Vision 2025 — the Shinzo Abe era is defined by high-powered diplomacy that delivered.
  2. As the challenges to the liberal order grew, India and Japan turned their geopolitical and geo-economic concerns into concerted actions. They advanced issue-based alignments, be it defending the rules-based order through Japan-United States (US)-India (JAI) and Quad or designing the Australia-India-Japan Supply Chain Resilience Initiative.

(Hindustan Times, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relations with African countries
  • India-Angola Hold First Joint Commission Meeting, Reaffirm Commitment To Strengthen Bilateral Ties

Key points:

  1. The Indian side offered to share its expertise to support the Angolan Government’s economic diversification plans through capacity building, infrastructure development in key areas, a joint press communique after India-Angola first joint Commission meeting said on Tuesday.
  2. The Angola-India Joint Commission held its first session on September 7 through video-conferencing.
    The session was co-chaired by the External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and the Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola, Ambassador Tete Antonio.
  3. “The two Ministers satisfactorily acknowledged the excellent bilateral cooperation between the two countries and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral ties based on the principles and values of democracy,” the joint press communique said.

( Business World, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Russia
  • विदेश मंत्री जयशंकर एससीओ बैठक में शामिल होने मास्को पहुंचे, चीनी समकक्ष से हो सकती है बातचीत

Key points:

  1. भारत-चीन के बीच सीमा पर चल रहे तनाव के बीच विदेश मंत्री एस जयशंकर मंगलवार को मास्को पहुंचे। वे अपने चार दिन के दौरे के दौरान यहां शंघाई सहयोग संगठन (एससीओ) के विदेश मंत्रियों की बैठक में शामिल होंगे। उनका यह दौरा रक्षा मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह के रूस की राजधानी की यात्रा करने के महज कुछ ही दिनों बाद हो रहा है। सिंह, आठ सदस्यीय एससीओ के रक्षा मंत्रियों की बैठक में शामिल होने के लिए यहां आए थे। 
  2. जयशंकर मास्को में ठहरने के दौरान एससीओ के विदेश मंत्रियों की परिषद (सीएफएम) की बैठक में शामिल होंगे। यह परिषद की तीसरी बैठक होगी जिसमें भारत पूर्ण सदस्य के तौर पर सम्मिलित होगा।

( Amar Ujala, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with UK
  • नीरव की वकील ने कहा, भारत में उसे दोषी सिद्ध करने कीराजनीतिक जरूरतपैदा हो गई है

Key points:

  1. भारत प्रत्यर्पित किए जाने के खिलाफ ब्रिटेन में कानूनी लड़ाई लड़ रहे नीरव मोदी के वकीलों ने मंगलवार को अदालत से कहा कि मोदी के विरुद्ध भारत में निष्पक्ष मुकदमा चलने की संभावना नहीं है। मोदी के वकील ने कहा कि उसे भारतीय जेलों में पर्याप्त चिकित्सा सुविधाओं के अभाव के चलते आत्महत्या का भी खतरा है|
  2. पंजाब नेशनल बैंक (पीएनबी) से करीब दो अरब डॉलर की धोखाधड़ी और धनशोधन के मामले में भगोड़ा हीरा कारोबारी नीरव (49) लंदन की वेस्टमिंस्टर मजिस्ट्रेट अदालत में प्रत्यर्पण का मुकदमा लड़ रहा है।

( Amar Ujala, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Nirav Modi Extradition Case: नीरव मोदी के वकील ने की मीडिया को कार्यवाही से दूर रखने की मांग, जज ने ठुकराया अनुरोध

Key points:

  1. भगोड़े हीरा कारोबारी नीरव मोदी के भारत प्रत्यर्पण के लिए दायर मुकदमे के दूसरे चरण की सुनवाई लंदन की वेंटमिंस्टर अदालत में सोमवार को शुरू हो गई। सुनवाई का यह चरण पांच दिन तक चलेगा। दक्षिण लंदन में स्थित वांड्सवर्थ जेल में कैद मोदी वीडियो लिंक के माध्यम से पेश हुआ। सुनवाई के दौरान प्रवर्तन निदेशालय का दल भी अदालत में मौजूद रहा।
  2. मामले की सुनवाई शुरू होते ही नीरव मोदी के वकील ने जज से प्रेस (मीडिया) के सदस्यों को कार्यवाही से दूर रखने का अनुरोध किया। न्यायाधीश ने प्रेस के सदस्यों से पूछा कि क्या वे इस पर सहमत हैं। प्रेस के सदस्यों से राय लेने के बाद न्यायाधीश ने नीरव मोदी के वकील के इस अनुरोध को खारिज कर दिया। 

( Amar Ujala, 09 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relations with European countries
  • फ्रांस की रक्षा मंत्री का भारत दौरा:राफेल इंडक्शन सेरेमनी में शामिल होने 10 सितंबर को भारत आएंगी फ्लोरेंस पार्ली, गलवान झड़प के बाद भारत आने वाली पहली विदेशी नेता

Key points:

  1. फ्रांस की रक्षा मंत्री फ्लोरेंस पार्ली 10 सितंबर को भारत पहुंचेंगी। वो अंबाला एयर फोर्स बेस पर होने वाली राफेल जेट्स इंडक्शन सेरेमनी में शामिल होंगी। फ्लोरेंस रक्षा मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह और राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा सलाहकार अजीत डोभाल से भी मुलाकात करेंगी। पार्ली के साथ फ्रांस के रक्षा अधिकारी और डिफेंस इंडस्ट्री का डेलिगेशन भी भारत आएगा।
  2. चीन से जारी तनाव के बीच ये किसी बड़े विदेशी नेता की पहली भारत यात्रा है। पार्ली की बात करें तो फ्रांस में कोरोना के कारण प्रतिबंध लगने के बाद वो विदेश यात्रा पर जाने वाली पहली मंत्री होंगी।

( Dainik Bhaskar, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • LAC News
    • Amid fresh row on LAC, India-China foreign ministers set to meet in Russia.

Key points:

  1. A fresh face-off between Indian and Chinese troops has added to the complexities of the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) ahead of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries that is being seen as crucial for a breakthrough in the impasse on the disputed border.
  2. Hours before external affairs minister S Jaishankar departed for Moscow, where he is set to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the margins of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting, Chinese troops attempted to close in on an Indian position along the LAC on Monday night and fired in the air when they were dissuaded.
  3. The face-off, experts said, underlined the fragile situation along the LAC, especially after several incidents on the south bank of Pangong Lake during August 29-30. This is the first time that shots have been fired along the undemarcated border since 1975, when four Indian troopers were killed in a Chinese ambush in the Arunachal Pradesh sector.

(Headlines Today, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Relations with China
  1. China’s PLA confirms 5 missing civilians from Arunachal Pradesh ‘found by their side’: Union minister Kiren Rijiju.

Key points:

  1. Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has confirmed that five civilians who went missing from Arunachal Pradesh last week have been found on their side. The process of handing over the youth to India is being worked out, the minister added.
  2. The five civilians frp, Tagin tribe, who had gone missing on Friday from the Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh, were working as porters and guides for the Indian Army. They were a part seven-member group but went missing reportedly from Sera-7 on the Indian side of the McMohan line bifurcating Arunachal Pradesh and Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

(Hindustan times, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Day after shots fired, PLA troops parked 200 metres from India-controlled Mukhpari peak.

Key points:

  1. The Indian Army on Tuesday said Chinese troops fired their weapons into the air on September 7 to intimidate its soldiers holding dominating heights near a strategic mountain pass in eastern Ladakh, during a failed attempt to close in on a forward position controlled by India, with bullets flying at the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC) for the first time in 45 years.
  2. Soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) attempted to advance on the Mukhpari peak near Rezang La on Monday evening but they stopped in their tracks after a stern warning from the Indian Army that occupied key heights on the southern bank of Pangong Tso to prevent the PLA from grabbing Indian territory in a stealthy midnight move on August 29, officials familiar with the developments said on Tuesday, requesting anonymity.

 (Hindustan times, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Boycott China Apps
  1. PUBG pulls India rights from China-based Tencent Games after ban

Key points:

  1. Barely a week after PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds (PUBG), an online multiplayer gaming application (app) developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Blue hole, was banned by the Union Ministry of Information and Technology, the firm has pulled its India franchise from Chinese conglomerate Tencent.
  2. “In light of recent developments, PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorize the PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India. Moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country,” PUBG said in a statement.

(Hindustan times, 08 September, 2020) News Link.

  • Statement by China about Bharat
    • ‘India fired first’: China repeats after New Delhi says PLA fired near Pangong Tso.

Key points:

  1. China on Tuesday said it has made “stern representations” to the Indian government after Indian troops allegedly crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and fired warning shots at Chinese border personnel on Monday.
  2. “Through diplomatic and military channels we have made stern representations asking the Indian side to stop it’s dangerous actions, immediately withdraw the people who crossed the line and discipline the frontline troops and those who fired the warning shots and make sure similar incidents won’t happen again,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian said at the regular ministry briefing on Tuesday.

(Hindustan times, 08 September 2020) News Link.

  • Relation with Shri Lanka
  • India dispatches additional dry chemical powder to douse oil tanker blaze.

Key points:

  1. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has sent additional dry chemical powder on a request from the Sri Lankan Navy as part of efforts to douse the blaze on board an oil tanker off the island nation’s coast, the maritime agency said on Tuesday.
  2.  The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard have been helping the Sri Lankan Navy to douse the fire in Marine Tanker New Diamond since September 3.

(The Island, 08 September 2020) News Link

  • Relations with ME
  1. CBI to ‘locally prosecute’ Indian who committed fraud in Bahrain.

Key points:

  1. Acting on a request from Bahrain, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case to “locally prosecute” an Indian national who allegedly embezzled funds worth 50,000 Bahraini Dinar or BD in the middle-eastern country, official’s familiar with the development said.
  2. Rajeev Ranganathan Udayanandan, a native of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, while working in one Abdulla bin Ahmed Al-Roomi Contracting Establishment between January and February 2016, allegedly embezzled the cash amounts of the company which were in his possession by virtue of his position, according to the FIR registered by the agency.

 (Universal Personality, 08 September, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat National News Feed: September 1st 2020

  • Measures taken by Centre
  1. All necessary arrangements in place for complete adherence of social distancing in view of JEE, NEET exams: Lucknow DM

Key points:

  1. District Magistrate of Lucknow Abhishek Prakash said that all necessary arrangements are in place for complete adherence of social distancing in view of JEE and NEET exams.
  2. Students have to wear masks and sanitization of the examination centre will take place before every shift.
  3. JEE exam will be held at 9 centres of Lucknow between 1st to 6th September.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • A&N Administration allows relaxations outside containment zones under unlock-4

Key points:

  1. Andaman & Nicobar Administration has provided many relaxations outside containment zones under unlock-4.
  2. All commercial activities like shops, private offices, work places and markets are now allowed to open.
  3. However, their timings have been fixed from 8:30 in the morning till 6:30 in the evening. In Nicobar district, shops are allowed to open from 7 AM to 2 PM.
  4. Petrol pumps, hotels and restaurants, private clinics, nursing homes, ATMs and medical stores will remain functional till 9:30 in the evening.
  5. Auto, taxi, jeep and state transport buses will be operating from today.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Uttar Pradesh
  1. UP: 13 new biosafety second generation coronavirus testing labs launched

Key points:

  1. In a boost to coronavirus testing, the state got 13 new BSL-2 standards which started functioning in various districts yesterday.
  2. With this, the state’s capacity of undertaking RT-PCR tests will go up by 5,000 per day. The state is already conducting an average of 1.5 lakh Covid-19 tests per day of which about 50% are RT-PCR.
  3. The Chief Minister said on the occasion that till we develop any vaccine or medical for Covid-19, testing is the only weapon to fight against this pandemic. Every person engaged in testing is a true corona warrior. It is because of testing that we have been able to keep Covid-19 positivity and death rates under control.
  4. The new labs include 10 in the public sector and the remaining three at private medical colleges.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Lucknow metro to start its services from 7th September with UV system sanitized tokens

Key points:

  1. In a special interview with AIR, Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Kumar Keshav said that there will be special seating arrangements inside the metro trains and yellow markings will be on the platforms and ticketing area so that social distancing is maintained.
  2. He told that every train and all station premises will be sanitized in night time while there will be special sanitization drives during day time also.
  3. Kumar Keshav said that the whole fleet of Metro trains will come on track from the very first day and passengers will not have to face any delays in getting the trains. Special arrangement of sanitizers will be there on the platforms and awareness campaigns will also be launched for the passengers so that contactless travel can be possible.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Delhi
  1. Third Sero Survey to find out prevalence of antibodies against Coronavirus begins in National Capital

Key points:

  1. The third round of monthly sero-prevalence survey in the national capital will begin today. The sample size this time is likely to be about 17 thousand.
  2. The last sero-prevalence survey was held from 1st to 7th August, according to which antibodies against COVID-19 infection were found in 29.1 per cent of people surveyed in the national capital.
  3. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain while announcing the results of the August survey, had told that 15 thousand representative samples were taken from 11 districts and the next exercise to begin from 1st September.
  4. The Minister had informed that prevalence of antibodies found in men was 28.3 per cent and 32.2 per cent in women.
  5. Sero-prevalence of antibodies found in age groups of less than 18 was 34.7 per cent, in 18-50 years 28.5 per cent, and 31.2 per cent in 50 years and above.

(News on Air, 31 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Gujarat
  1. 38,167 students to appear in JEE-NEET exams across 32 buildings in 13 districts in Gujarat

Key points:

  1. Mr. Chudasama said that the State has already conducted GUJCET examinations and supplementary examinations of class 10th and 12th successfully in recent times. Similarly, JEE-NEET exams will also conclude smoothly.
  2. He said that social distancing and mask wearing is compulsory. Students will be tested for temperature before their appearance in examination. Mr. Chudasama said that district collectors, DDOs, health and police staff will be involved to ensure smooth conduct of examinations.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Tamil Nadu
  1. Elaborate arrangements made in all major temples of Tamil Nadu for darshan

Key points:

  1. Elaborate arrangements have been made in all major temples of Tamil Nadu including the iconic Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple for devotees to have darshan.
  2. Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple clarified that people are being allowed inside the temple in small groups. Sanitizers have been made available at entrances for devotees. The darshan timings have been fixed from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm.

(News on Air, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • A fifth of Chennai people exposed to COVID: Sero survey

Key points:

  1. The sample size was around 12,000 to detect a sero- prevalence of 2 per cent, for a relative precision of 20 per cent design effect of 2.5 and for 95 percent confidence interval.
  2. Of the individuals tested, 2,673 individualshad evidence of past SARS-CoV-2.
  3. “The reading (inference) is 21.5 per cent of Chennai’s population reached the immunity levels by July-end,” GCC commissioner G Prakash told reporters.

(PTI, 29 August 2020) News Link

  • Ram Mandir Vyavastha
  1. अयोध्या में राममंदिर का नक्शा पास होने में खर्च होंगे 2.75 करोड़ रुपये

Key points:

  1. विकास शुल्क 13 हजार वर्ग मीटर के कवर्ड एरिया पर लगेगा। विकास प्राधिकरण के नियमों के अनुरूप विकास शुल्क 472 रुपये प्रति वर्ग मीटर है।
  2. इस मद के शुल्क में लगभग 61 लाख 36 हजार रुपये आएंगे। इसमें धार्मिक संस्था को 65 प्रतिशत छूट का भी प्राविधान है लेकिन छूट का फैसला प्राधिकरण बोर्ड की बैठक में होगा। इसके साथ ही मजदूरी शुल्क भी लगेगा जो कुल निर्माण राशि का एक प्रतिशत होगा। इसके अलावा प्राधिकरण अपने पर्यवेक्षण कार्य के लिए भी शुल्क लेगा। साथ ही नक्शा ले-आउट का शुल्क भी प्रति स्क्वायर मीटर के हिसाब से जमा होगा।

(Amar Ujala, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Meghalaya
  1. Contactless entry into tourist spots in Meghalaya

Key points:

  1. The Meghalaya Tourism department will soon come out with a ‘Check into Nature App’ for online booking of tickets and contactless entry into tourist spots, three of which, including Ward’s Lake and Elephant Falls in the state capital and Nehru Park at Umiam (Barapani) were re-opened on a trial basis for local visitors from Tuesday.
  2. “Online ticketing and pre-booking of entry tickets is encouraged to avoid crowding at ticket counters while in the initial phase manual tickets can be issued to strictly enforce social distancing and to not exceed the capacity as defined for each tourist destination,” Commissioner and Secretary, Tourism Dr. Vijay Kumar, said.
  3. “Based on the carrying capacity, tickets may be issued for defined timeslots (x number of visitors for a defined timeslot for example 1 hour). The duration of opening of the tourist destination should be published and defined,” it said.
  4. Further, the SOP stated that all tourists including drivers shall be strictly screened using thermal gun/scanner by designated trained person at entry by holding the scanner 3 to 15 cm away from the person’s forehead and anybody having fever (equal to more than 37.50C/99.50F), cold, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing shall not be allowed entry and should immediately report to the concerned authorities. They should be politely asked to return, the SOP added.

(Nagaland Post, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Punjab
  1. DC orders special drive for testing of those above 60 years of age

Key points:

  1. Kapurthala, Sep 1 (UNI) Deputy Commissioner Kapurthala Deepti Uppal said that a special campaign would be launched by the Health, Civil Administration, Police, Anganwadi Workers, Asha Workers and Guardian of Governance in rural and urban areas to curb the deaths due to Corona in the district.
  2. There will be more focus on testing people over the age of 60.

(UNI, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Himachal Pradesh
  1. HP CM advises doctors to be cautious while treating asymptomatic COVID patients

Key points:

  • Shimla, Sep 1 (UNI) HP Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday directed Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers to ensure that doctors and other para medical staff involved in treating of COVID patients use proper protection, while attending to the patients.
  • The CM, through video conferencing from Shimla, said that asymptomatic patients should strictly be kept in home isolation.
  • Better quarantine facilities must also be provided for doctors and other para medical staff. He said that industrial units must be asked to create their own quarantine facilities with a minimum 10 percent of total strength of their employees. He said that small industrial units must be encouraged to create such facilities by pooling in their resources.

(UNI, 1 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: September 1st 2020

Planning of Investment in Bharat

  1. European Investment Bank to invest 650 million euros into Kanpur metro rail construction

Key points:

  1. The European Investment Bank (EIB) said it will invest 650 million euros into the construction of Kanpur’s first metro line, enabling about three million people in the city to benefit from green, fast and affordable public transport. 
  2. The EIB, in a statement, said the new metro rail system will reduce commuting hours and unlock new employment and education opportunities in Kanpur, the industrial capital of Uttar Pradesh.
  3. This is the second metro rail project supported by the EIB in Uttar Pradesh, following the 450 million euros investment in the development of a metro rail system in the city of Lucknow.
  4. The second biggest EIB operation outside the EU to date will finance the construction of a 32.4 km urban rail line, with 18 elevated and 12 underground stations, the statement said.
  5. Once completed, Kanpur metro rail will create 1,100 new jobs and enable around 116 million more affordable commutes each year, it said.
  6. This is the fifth EIB investment in green infrastructure and connectivity in India. The EU bank has invested in metro rail systems in Bhopal, Pune, Bangalore and Lucknow.

(Business Today, 1 September 2020) News Link

  • India’s target to gasify 100 MT coal to entail investment of over Rs 4 lakh cr: Joshi

Key points:

  1. India’s target to gasify 100 million tonnes of coal by 2030 will entail an investment of over Rs 4 lakh crore, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said on Monday. 
  2. This 100 MT coal gasification will happen in three phases. In the first phase — from 2020-2024 — 4 million tonnes (MT) of coal will be gasified and around Rs 20,000 crore will be invested for the same.
  3. In the second phase — from 2020-2026 — 6 MT of coal will be gasified which will involve an investment of Rs 30,000 crore.
  4. In the third phase — from 2022-2030 — 90 MT of coal will be gasified and Rs 3.6 lakh crore will be invested for the same.
  5. Coal India also plans to set up at least three gasification plants (besides Dankuni) on build, own, operate (BOO) basis through global tendering and has signed pact with GAIL for marketing synthetic natural gas.

(Economic Times, 1 September 2020) News link

Investment in Bharat by other countries

  1. Venture Catalysts raises Rs 100 cr for investing in over 100 startups

Key points:

  1. Angel investor Venture Catalysts (VC) on Tuesday said it has raised Rs 100 crore for a new fund which will invest in over 100 Indian startups.
  2. The ‘9unicorns Accelerator Fund’ of VC is built along the lines of Silicon Valley’s accelerator fund Y Combinator’s strategy which has over 2,000 investments.
  3. This is the first close of Rs 100 crore or USD 14 million for the fund, which will focus on identifying startups early and would prefer to be the first external investor in a company’s journey, a company statement said.
  4. VC’s founding team members Apoorva Ranjan Sharma, Anuj Golecha, Anil Jain and Gaurav Jain are the founders for the fund, it said.

(Business Standard, 1 September 2020) News link

Views: Make in India

  1. Foreign companies rush to register in India to meet new ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ rules

Key points:

  1. The tweaked public procurement order disqualifying companies with less than 20% domestic content from most government tenders has prompted foreign firms to set up their shops in India.
  2. The chartered accountancy (CA) firms have seen growing requests from various foreign companies to incorporate their wholly-owned subsidiaries in India to meet the revised tender criteria.
  3. In order to promote local manufacturing, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) amended the public procurement rules to ensure that only items with minimum 20% local content can participate in tenders floated by the government or any of its entities.
  4. Also, items with more than 50% local content will get purchase preference over other items. 
  5. The government had announced that no global tender will be issued for procurement of items worth less than Rs 200 crore.
  6. In a bid to support local manufacturing, the government has taken a slew of tariff and non-tariff measures especially to contain import of cheap items from China.

(Business Today, 1 September 2020) News Link

Bhartiya companies manufacturing in Bharat

  • Defence Min inks Rs 2,580-crore deal with Indian companies to procure Pinaka rocket launchers

Key points:

  1. In a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, the defence ministry on Monday sealed a deal with Tata Power Company Ltd (TPCL) and engineering major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) to procure Pinaka rocket launchers. 
  2. The defence public sector undertaking Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) will also be part of the project.
  3. TPCL and L&T will manufacture rocket launchers for six Army regiments at a cost of Rs 2,580 crore.
  4. The BEML will supply the vehicles on which the rocket launchers will be mounted.
  5. The six Pinaka Regiments will be supplied to the Regiment of Artillery of the Indian Army at an approximate cost of Rs 2580 Crores.
  6. The six Pinaka Regiments comprise 114 launchers with Automated Gun Aiming and Positioning System (AGAPS) and 45 Command Posts.
  7. BEML will manufacture 330 vehicles on which the domestically made rocket launchers will be mounted. 
  8. The Pinaka Regiments will be operationalised along the northern and eastern Borders of the further enhancing the operational preparedness of the armed forces. The Pinaka Regiments are is planned to be completed by 2024.
  9. The Pinaka Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) has been indigenously designed and developed by DRDO and the production will be done by the above-mentioned defence industries. 

(Times Now, 1 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat National News Feed: August 31st 2020

  1. NEP 2020 Lacks Clarity, Cannot be Applicable to Entire Country: Bengal Govt Panel

Key points:

  1. According to NEP, students will have to undertake school examinations at pan India level in grades 3, 5 and 8, which will be conducted by an appropriate authority.
  2. The committee formed by the West Bengal government to study the New Education Policy 2020 (NEP) is of the view that certain features of it lacked clarity while several others may not be applicable to the entire country, almost each state of which has a different cultural heritage, a member of the panel said on Sunday. In a vast country like India, which has a diversified socio-economic condition, a common yardstick cannot be applied to all states especially at the primary and secondary levels of education and this has been enunciated in the report, the member said.
  3. The panel has submitted its around 100-page report to the higher education department on August 23 but the state is yet to communicate its view on the policy to the central government.
  4. The policy has also advocated a “broad-based, multi- disciplinary, holistic undergraduate education with flexible curricula, creative combinations of subjects, integration of vocational education and multiple entry and exit points with appropriate certification”

(Indian Express, 31 August 2020) News Link

  • NEP 2020 is a milestone in India’s journey to becoming a knowledge superpower by Arjun Ram Meghwal Key points:
  • Change is the only constant. As our young nation strides towards development and advancing our capabilities globally, it becomes imperative to take inspiration from our ancient heritage and cultural values to transform the existing status quo with a modern and futuristic approach. The recently approved New Education Policy is a much-needed guiding light to nurture our demographic potential.
  • NEP 2020 is an ambitious and futuristic policy that ensures opportunities for children to hone their talents by fixing the lacunae in the education system. Recognising the urgency of foundational learning, the shift from the 10+2 system to the 5+3+3+4 — with foundation, preparatory, middle, and secondary stages — will focus on a more holistic development of children.
  • The multiple exit and re-entry system, credit transferability across the universities, and multi-disciplinarity in the higher education system have provided flexibility to students.

(Indian Express, 31 August 2020) News Link

Key points:

  • Diverse Employment Opportunities Like Never Before
  • Equitable Platform Making Every Student An Agent of Learning
  • Economic Facelift for the Country
  • An Improvement in the Nation’s Happiness Index
  • New Business Opportunities With a Global Appeal
  • Scope for Regulation in an Otherwise Unregulated Market
  • Responsible Solutions As a Single Source of Truth

(BWEducation, 31 August 2020) News Link

  1. 6 civilians injured as grenade targeting security forces hits ground in Baramulla

Key points:

  1. Police said terrorists targeted a security force party in the Azadgunj area of Baramulla town with a grenade. “The grenade missed the target and exploded on the ground injuring six civilians. “The injured have been shifted to hospital and the area surrounded for searches”, police said.

(Jammu Links News, 31 August) News Link

  • Army distributes COVID-19 kits in far flung areas of Kishtwar

Key points:

  1. During the Camp, COVID-19 kits comprising of facemasks, hand sanitizers, liquid soap and other protective items were distributed to the locals. This relevant initiative of the Army was appreciated by the people, who face extreme difficulties and lack of medical facilities in these remote and difficult areas.
  2. Over 200 people turned up from adjoining areas and availed this facility. The medical team of Army at an altitude of around 10000 feet provided COVID-19 kits and Medicines to the Gujjars and Bakarwals residing in the upper reaches of the Pir Panjal ranges.

(Jammu Links News, 31 August) News Link

  • जम्मू-कश्मीर: लश्कर में नई जान फूंकने का था प्लान, सरकारी कर्मचारी समेत 3 आतंकी गिरफ्तार

Key points:

  1. जम्मू-कश्मीर के रियासी जिले में पुलिस के हाथ बड़ी कामयाबी लगी है। रियासी पुलिस ने एक टेरर मॉड्यूल का भंडाफोड़ किया है जो घाटी में कुख्यात आतंकी संगठन लश्कर-ए-तैयबा में नई जान फूंकने के लिए काम कर रहा था।
  2. पुलिस ने तीन आतंकियों को गिरफ्तार किया है।
  3. रियासी जिले की एसएसपी रश्मि वजीर ने प्रेस कॉन्फ्रेंस कर इसकी जानकारी दी। उन्होंने कहा, ‘ये तीनों आईएसआई हैंडलर मोहम्मद कासिम के संपर्क में थे। गिरफ्तार किए गए तीनों आतंकियों में से एक सरकारी कर्मचारी है। एक मजदूरी करता है तो एक की अपनी दुकान है। हमने उनके बैंक अकाउंट्स की जांच की और उसमें कई बेनामी ट्रांजैक्शन मिले हैं।’ (Navbahrat Times, 31 August 2020) News Link
  • जम्मूकश्मीरः अगस्त में 16 और इस साल अब तक 161 आतंकी ढेर, 61 सुरक्षाकर्मी शहीद

Key points:

  1. कश्मीर घाटी में अगस्त महीने में अलग-अलग मुठभेड़ों में 16 आतंकियों को ढेर किया गया है। वहीं 10 सुरक्षाकर्मी शहीद हुए हैं।
  2. जम्मू संभाग के राजोरी में भी सेना ने एक घुसपैठिए को मार गिराया गया।
  3. आतंकियों ने एक भाजपा कार्यकर्ता की गोली मारकर हत्या कर दी।
  4. श्रीनगर के बाहरी इलाके खोनमुह से एक पंच को अपहरण के बाद मार दिया।
  5. सीमा पार से गोलीबारी में एक महिला सहित तीन लोगों की भी मौत हुई है।

(Amar Ujala, 31 August 2020) News Link

  1. Union Environment Minister asks Maharashtra Chief Minister to rein in SEAC and SEIAA

Key points:

  1. The government has taken the issue seriously and is on the verge of coming up with clear guidelines to stick to their brief and not get in to areas which is not their domain.
  2. The Environment Minister told Fadnavis that the two state environment panels instead of just sticking to issues like environmental impact and assessment are going in to project lay out, FSI and layout of the project which is not their domain. Harsh Vardhan in fact said that in the entire country only Maharashtra’s two environment panels function in such a manner. The Maharashtra government has taken the issue seriously and is on the verge of coming up with clear guidelines to stick to their brief and not get in to areas which is not their domain.

(Economic Times, 31 August 2020) News Link

  • Role of forces
    • Army distributes COVID-19 kits in far flung areas of Kishtwar

Key points:

  • During the Camp, COVID-19 kits comprising of facemasks, hand sanitizers, liquid soap and other protective items were distributed to the locals. This relevant initiative of the Army was appreciated by the people, who face extreme difficulties and lack of medical facilities in these remote and difficult areas.
  • Over 200 people turned up from adjoining areas and availed this facility. The medical team of Army at an altitude of around 10000 feet provided COVID-19 kits and Medicines to the Gujjars and Bakarwals residing in the upper reaches of the Pir Panjal ranges.

(Jammu Links News, 31 August) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: August 19th 2020

  • Relation with African countries
    • Mauritius arrests Indian captain of Japanese ship that spilled oil

Key points:

  1. Authorities in Mauritius have arrested the Indian captain of the Japanese ship that ran aground near Mauritius and spilled 1,000 tons of oil on the Indian Ocean island’s protected coastline.
  2. Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, captain of the MV Wakashio and who is from India, was charged with “endangering safe navigation” and is in custody pending a bail hearing next week, Police inspector Sivo Coothen said Tuesday.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link