Friday, July 3, 2015

#Daily #Current #Affairs

CCEA approved Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yoiana (PMKSY)
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its approval for a new scheme called Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY). The Yojana was approved with an outlay of 50000 crore rupees over a period of five years, that is, from 2015-16 to 2019-20 and the allocation for the financial year 2015-16 has been kept at 5300 crore rupees. Bringing concerned Ministries/Departments/Agencies/Research and Financial Institutions engaged in creation/use/recycling/potential recycling of water under a common platform so that a comprehensive and holistic view of the entire water cycle is taken into account and proper water budgeting is done for all sectors namely, household, agriculture and industries.

Cuba becomes first nation to eliminate mother-to-child HIV & syphilis
Cuba has become the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. It was announced by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Cuba was able to achieve this milestone with the help and efforts of WHO and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO). Since 2010, WHO/PAHO are working with partners in Cuba and other American countries to implement a regional initiative to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Services under this initiative were provided as part of an equitable, accessible and universal health system. It included services like maternal and child health programs and integrated programs for HIV and sexually transmitted infections.

Union Government launches web portal for issuing green clearance category B projects
Union Government has launched a web portal for online submission of applications for environment clearance by State Environment Impact Assessment Authorities (SEIAA) for Category B projects. It was launched by Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on the occasion of Digital India Week. Soon after the launch of the web portal, nineteen states instantly have joined it. The environment clearance web portal raises the levels of transparency and accountability as the clearances will be monitored and carried out effectively on a real time basis. It will also help to reduce pendency for maintaining the rigours of Environment Clearance process. Previously in 2014, MoEFCC had launched the online application system for Environmental Clearance for Category-A projects under Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006 which needs national level approvals. It should be noted that applications for Environment Clearances under Category ‘B’ projects under EIA notification, 2006 comes under State government for approval purpose.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal launched Punjab ePMS portal
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal launched the state Portal ePMS (Electronic Projects Management System) to fast track infrastructural development. The portal was launched during the Digital India week. The project was started to enhance efficiency, bring transparency, boost the investor confidence, revive the investment cycle, eliminate the human interaction and improve the communication between industries to Government (B2G), State to Centre (G2G), or vice versa (G2B). It will fast track infrastructure investment stalled projects, both in the public and private sectors, involving investment between 100 crore rupees and 1000 crore rupees. It will allow submission of a new project, editing/updating the projects, reviewing the projects, submission of details relating to bottlenecks. It will provide various Graphical Analysis, Reports and Investment Monitoring module. The portal was developed and managed by the Cabinet Secretariat Informatics Division of National Informatics Centre (NIC), Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

India launched eMigrate system for Foreign Employers

India in launched online registration system named eMigrate system (www.emigrate.gov.in) for foreign employers (FEs) who wants to recruit Indian workers, including nurses. Under the system, FEs will have to register in the eMigrate system. The filled registration application will be vetted by the Indian mission. The new system will be implemented in phases.  It will allow FEs to raise their demand for Indian workers and seek a permit to recruit directly or select Recruiting Agents (RAs) in online manner. Such FEs will have to declare the terms and conditions of employment of each category of the job at the time of applying for the demand registration. The declared terms and conditions of employment will act as a specimen contract and will form the part of employment contract at the time of actual recruitment.