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Schools affiliated with CBSE introduce Artificial Intelligence as a subject in class IX (2019-2020)

06-Dec-2019

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ reported in the Rajya Sabha that Artificial Intelligence has been introduced as a subject in class IX starting from the academic session 2019-20 in the schools affiliated with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The objective of introducing Artificial Intelligence as a subject is to enhance multidisciplinary approach in teaching-learning and to sensitize the new generation. The study material for teaching Artificial Intelligence in classes VIII and IX is available to schools through the CBSE’s website (http://cbseacademic.nic.in/ai.html).

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020 - A ‘short essay’ competition launched

06-Dec-2019

A ‘short essay’ competition for students of classes 9 to 12 had been launched by the HRD Ministry in partnership with MyGov. This competition is for the third edition of Prime Minister’s Interaction Programme with school students "Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020”.

The entries for the competition can be sent online through the website https://innovate.mygov.in/ppc-2020/ , students can also send their questions for the event online. The winners of best entries will be invited to take part in the programme "Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020” to be held in Delhi.

The various themes for the competition are:

  1. Gratitude is Great: A short write-up on the people who a student thinks has played an important role in his/her academic journey so far mentioning why he/she is grateful to them.

  2. Your future depends on your Aspirations: A short write-up on the goals and career aspirationsa student sets for himself/herself.

  3. Examining Exams: Opinion of students on prevailing examination system and suggestions on ideal examination system.

  4. Our Duties, Your Take: Write-up on duties of citizens and how one can inspire everyone to become more dutiful citizens.

  5. Balance is Beneficial: Write-up on balanced activities of students apart from studies.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage


Human Space Mission - Gaganyaan, India's First Manned Mission

05-Dec-2019

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh reported in Lok Sabha about India's plan on first manned mission to space.

Target for the India's first space mission is December 2021, design and configuration of major subsystem are finalized and the procurement has commenced. ISRO’s heavy lift launcher (GSLV Mk III) is identified for Gaganyaan mission, the launcher has requisite payload carrying capacity for Orbital module in desired elliptical orbit. ISRO will collaborate with national and international agencies for the specific technical areas as required.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage


Thought for the day

The most certain way to succeed
is always to try
just one more time

by Thomas A. Edison

48 Universities and HEIs awarded at the 3rd Swachhata Ranking Awards function

04-Dec-2019

Swachhata Ranking Award is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development as a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission of Government of India to promote environmental hygiene in the Higher Education System and beyond.

48 Universities and Institutions have been awarded in various categories on the basis of UGC and AICTE report.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said that the Students are emerging as change agents in the field of Swachhata. The participation of institution is increasing year on year - 3200 institutions in 2017, 6100 institutions in 2018 and 6900 institutions in 2019.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Wind power projects in India, installed capacity in the country is 37,090.03 MW

04-Dec-2019

Union Minister of State (IC) New & Renewable Energy, Power and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri R.K. Singh reported in Rajya Sabha that the total installed capacity of wind power (as on 31-Oct-2019) in India is 37,090.03 MW.

The states producing substantial Wind power are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

The Government is promoting further capacity addition of wind power projects through private sector investment. The incentives such as Accelerated Depreciation benefit; concessional custom duty exemption on certain components of wind electric generators are being offered to promote Wind Power projects.

The National Institute of Wind Energy, Chennai is extending technical support including wind resource assessment and identification of potential sites for these projects.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Thought for the day

Education is the passport to the future,
for tomorrow belongs to those
who prepare for it today.

by Malcolm X
(An American human rights activist)

A new museum of antiquities proposed to be opened in Purana Quila by April 2020

03-Dec-2019

The Minister of State (I/c) of Culture and Tourism, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel reported that Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will set up another museum to exhibit objects excavated from all over India and are in possession Central Antiquities Collection (CAC) at Purana Quila.

These antiquities are dated from the Prehistoric period to post Independence era.

The objective to open new museum is to display various antiquities like tools, potteries, terracotta, beads of semi-precious stones, sculptures, architectural fragments and the likes for general public, students and research scholars.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

India identifies 13 pilot beaches for ‘Blue Flag’ Certification

03-Dec-2019

Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Shri Babul Supriyo reported in Rajya Sabha that the Ministry has identified 13 beaches in the country for ‘Blue Flag’ Certification.

This Blue Flag Certification is accorded by “Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark” and is based on 33 stringent criteria. The four major heads for these criteria are

  1. Environmental Education and Information

  2. Bathing Water Quality

  3. Environment Management and Conservation

  4. Safety and Services in the beaches

The ‘Blue Flag’ beach is an Eco-tourism model with the objective to ensure clean and hygienic bathing water, facilities/amenities, safe and healthy environment and sustainable development of the area.

The beaches identified for the certification are Ghoghala Beach (Diu), Shivrajpur beach (Gujarat), Bhogave (Maharashtra), Padubidri and Kasarkod (Karnagaka), Kappad beach (Kerala), Kovalam beach (Tamil Nadu), Eden beach (Puducherry), Rushikonda beach (Andhra Pradesh), Miramar beach (Goa), Golden beach (Odisha), Radhanagar beach (Andaman & Nicobar Islands) and Bangaram beach (Lakshadweep).

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

National Awards on International Day of Persons with Disabilities | 03-Dec-19

02-Dec-2019

The Vice President of India Shri M. Venkiah Naidu will confer the National Awards on 03-Dec-19 to Individuals, Institutions, Organizations and State/District etc. for their outstanding achievements and award-winning efforts towards empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs)

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on 3rd December.

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 w.e.f. 19th April 2017 specifies 21 disabilities that have been included under the National Award Guidelines. The PWD Act, 2016 contains 21 disabilities - Blindness, Low-vision, Leprosy Cured persons, Hearing Impairment (deaf and hard of hearing), Locomotor Disability, Dwarfism, Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Chronic Neurological conditions, Specific Learning Disabilities, Multiple Sclerosis, Speech and Language disability, Thalassemia, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell disease, Multiple Disabilities including deaf-blindness, Acid Attack victims, Parkinson’s disease.

The detailed scheme of National Awards is published on Department's website - www.disabilityaffairs.gov.in.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

India Pavilion inaugurated at International Book fair in Guadaljara, Mexico

02-Dec-2019

Shri Sanjay Dhotre, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Human Resource Development (HRD) inaugurated the India Pavilion at the 33rd edition of International Book Fair at Guadaljara, Mexico.

India is privileged to be the first Asian country as ‘Guest of Honour Country’ in this book fair. During the inaugural speech, Shri Dhotre referred to the legendry Mexican poet and Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz’s visit to India in the year 1952; he said, “Paz took deep interest in the culture and heritage of India, and he wrote poems on Vrindavan, Shiva-Parvati, and on Amir Khusro.

The National Book Trust (NBT) is participating as the nodal agency of the Government of India in this book fair. NBT is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Government of India.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage


World AIDS Day | December-01

01-Dec-2019

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey reported in Lok Sabha that an event is being organized to commemorate World AIDS Day on 01-Dec-19 in New Delhi.

The theme of the event is “Communities make the difference”.

According to the latest estimations (year 2017), 21.40 lakh People are affected by HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in India. The Government has developed seven years National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV/AIDS and STI from 2017 to 2024 to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal. The objective of NSP is to end AIDS as a public health threat by the year 2030.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

ISRO Satellites to track Trains - Centre for Railway Information System

30-Nov-2019

Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal reported in Rajya Sabha that Real-time Train Information System (RTIS) in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is being deployed on the locomotives for tracking train movement.

The system tracks train movement data, including arrival, departure and run-through timings at the various stations on route, mid-section location updates, current speed of the train in every 30 seconds.

The installation of RTIS device has been completed in 2649 passenger and goods train locomotives.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

India targets 1,00,000 MW Solar power grid

29-Nov-2019

The Government of India targets installation of 1,00,000 MW grid connected solar power capacity in the country by December, 2022. The global rank for India is 5th in solar power.

  1. Total grid connected solar power generation capacity of 31,696 MW has been set up

  2. Projects of 17998 MW capacity are at various stages of installations

  3. Tenders for 36278 MW capacity projects have been issued

  4. Pradhan Mantri – Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PMKUSUM) Scheme to support farmers to set up small solar power projects and solar pumps for irrigation purpose

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

ISRO to transfer space-grade Li-Ion cell technology to BHEL

29-Nov-2019

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh reported in Rajya Sabha that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has transferred its indigenous technology to produce space-grade Li-Ion cells to Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited(BHEL).

The transfer of this technology will allow BHEL to produce and sell Li-Ion cells for various national/commercial applications by doing need-based modifications to the space-grade cell and hence reduce cost.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

PSLV-C47 launches Cartosat-3 and 13 Commercial nanosatellites into Sun Synchronous Polar orbit

28-Nov-2019

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty ninth flight (PSLV-C47) has successfully launched Cartosat-3 plus 13 Nanosatellites of USA.

On 27-Nov-19, PSLV-C47 lifted-off at 0928 Hrs (IST) from the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. After 17 minutes and 38 seconds, Cartosat-3 was successfully injected into a sun synchronous orbit of 509 km. The ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru has taken control of the satellite and will be brought to its final operational configuration.

The 13 nanosatellites were also injected into their target orbits successfully.

More than 5000 visitors witnessed the launch live from the Viewer’s Gallery in Sriharikota.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Web-portal of “National Youth Parliament Scheme” launched on Samvidhan Diwas

27-Nov-2019

To commemorate 70th Anniversary of adoption of the Constitution of India, The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind launched the Web-Portal of “National Youth Parliament Scheme”.

The link for the web-portal is www.nyps.mpa.gov.in

  1. Recognised educational institutions of India are eligible to participate in this programme and can register through the web-portal.

  2. Web-portal contains E-training modules, videos, photographs and scripts for online self-learning.

  3. The registered educational institutions can conduct youth parliament sittings in their respective institutions.

  4. The student participants will receive a Digital ‘Certificate of Participation’, each Teacher-in-charge and Head of Institution will receive a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Constitution Day (Samvidhan Divas) - November 26

26-Nov-2019

India celebrates 26th November as Constitution Day (‘Samvidhan Divas’). The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly.

Several Nation wide activities are being launched on this day to reiterate and reorient the Indian nationals towards the values and principles expressed in the Indian Constitution and to encourage all Indians to play their rightful role in making the Indian Democracy strength-full. Various sections of the society and each Ministry/ Department/ Organisation will do a mass reading of the Preamble to the Constitution at 11:00 am on 26-Nov-19.

Inauguration of Digital Photo Exhibition and a Portal on Youth Parliament Scheme will also be done on this occasion.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage



THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA


Preamble


WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a


[SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC] and to secure to all its citizens:


JUSTICE, social, economic and political;


LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;


EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;


and to promote among them all FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and


the [unity and integrity of the Nation];


Source: the National Portal of India https://www.india.gov.in/

Interactive high-tech digital Multi-Media exhibition on IFFI@50, Goa

25-Nov-2019

The Bureau of Outreach and Communication and National Film Archives of India (NFAI) is organising a high-tech digital, interactive and multimedia exhibition at Darya Sangam, near Kala academy in Goa.

The exhibition uses hi-tech features like Zoetrope (moving picture creative installation), 360 bullet shot, 360 degree immersive experience area, augmented reality experience, vertical digital display panels, virtual reality tools, hologram technology, and other to create a self-learning historical experience for the visitors.

Visitors can play quiz, click a photograph with a virtual image of Mahatma Gandhi that is created using Augmented Reality technology.

Additional Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari said that there are several career opportunities for younger generation in films, this exhibition offers valuable information about these career opportunities.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage



Thought for the day

Success is not final,
failure is not fatal,
it is the courage to continue that counts.

by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill