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(1) Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention
• The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention in New Delhi.
• Achieving universal access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene by 2030 is a major challenge in many parts of the world.
• The Swachh Bharat Mission has been shaped by among the world’s leading specialists on sanitation. It has been scripted by common Indians of uncommon quality – men and women of rare courage, of foresight, social empathy and civic pride.
• Five important themes that countries may choose to adopt while meeting the problem of insufficient sanitation, these are –
1. ensure people lead the planning;
2. implementation and management of sanitation programmes;
3. use smart and affordable technologies for effective and efficient service delivery;
4. eliminate all forms of inequalities in service delivery;
5. create innovative financing instruments to fund and sustain the sanitation movement; and
6. develop capacities within the government to plan, implement and monitor sanitation programmes.
(2) Mera School Digital School
• The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Technology brings transparency, prosperity and opportunities for rural youth after launching 100 Digital Classrooms in 75 Rural Government Schools in Gwalior.
• These digital classrooms will help students understand the complexities if science and Mathematics better. Audio-visual content and the support of internet will help immensely.
(3) Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence
• The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence in Vigyan Bhawan and said that when one thinks of resurgence or revival, the first image that comes to mind is of Swami Vivekananda, who presented before the world, the strength of Indian thought.
The highlights of PM Modi’s speech:
• Knowledge and education are not restricted to books
• The purpose of education is to enable balanced growth of every dimension of a human being, which is not possible without innovation.
In our ancient/old universities like Takshshila, Nalanda and Vikramashila, innovation was given emphasis along with Knowledge.
• In our ancient universities like Nalanda, Vikramshila and Takshashila both knowledge and innovation were equal given importance.
• I insist that students should give knowledge in the class room of the College, University but they also add them to the aspirations of the country.
• Centre strives to make educational institutions in the country’s needs at every level.
• With this vision, we have started the Atal Tinkering Lab. Focusing on increasing trend of innovation in schoolchildren.
• Our government is also focusing on investing in education.
• To improve the infrastructure of education, the Revitalization of Infrastructure and Systems in Education or RISE programme has been started. It aims to spend one lakh crores by 2022.
• The government has set up HEFA- that is, High Education Funding Agency, which will provide financial assistance in the formation of higher educational institutions.
• Government has decided to increase the budget of National Higher Education Campaign.
• We have started this by giving autonomy to institutions like IIMs.
• Now IIM has got the strength to decide on its course curriculum, teacher appointment, board member appointment, expansion.
• The government will no longer have any role in them. This is an unprecedented decision related to higher education in India.
(4) Indian Ports Association appoints Managed Service Provider
• The five major port trusts, viz, Mumbai Port Trust, Kolkata Port Trust, Chennai Port Trust, Deendayal Port Trust and Paradip Port Trust have come together in this collaborative effort towards building a common shared platform for modernization and automation of port processes.
• The key benefits from the system in Port and Shipping sector include:
• Improve India’s ranking in Ease of doing business
• Enable faster request processing in delivery of services with better turnaround time
• Reduction in manual intervention/documentation required
• Reduction in overall Transaction time and costs
• Improve the efficiency of port operations, quick turn round of vessel and subsequent less dwell time
• Dashboard to ports/MOS for Real Time MIS on cargo/ship movements & Exim transactions
• Simplified and accelerated procedures for cargo entry, exit or transit
• Enhanced transparency across systems
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