Published on: August 9, 2022

Snippets – 08 August 2022

Snippets – 08 August 2022

  • The farmers in the villages of Saidur, Kanale and Hirenallur gram panchayats grow a Seroquel espana flood-resistant traditional variety called Nereguli. Though the yield is less compared to other varieties of paddy, this variety has higher rate of tolerance to flood.

  • The renowned Ābu Road Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Srirangapatna has been declared a Ramsar site underlining its status as a wetland of international importance.
  • This is also the first and the only Ramsar site in Karnataka though India’s tally of such sites stands at 64
  • In addition to egg, banana, and shenga chikki in midday meals, the State government now plans to add millets like ragi and jowar to the diet of government and aided schoolchildren. As a part of providing regional and nutritious food, the Department of School Education and Literacy plans to provide ragi mudde for South Karnataka students and jolada rotti for North Karnataka students, along with rice and sambar in the midday meals
  • Modifying the Arogya Bandhu scheme guidelines, the State government has now limited the continuation of the scheme in only 12 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) that are 15 km away from the highway. This follows the recommendations by a committee set up to examine the feasibility of the scheme in September 2021.
  • Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar has invited interested citizens to submit logo designs for the State government’s “Namma Clinics” initiative
  • The government has decided to open 438 “Namma Clinics” in urban centres across the State including one each in every ward of BBMP
  • On the lines of National Institute for Transformation of India (NlTl Aayog), the Karnataka government restructured the Karnataka State Policy and Planning Commission (KSPPC) as the State Institute for Transformation of Karnataka (SITK).
  • This is aimed at increasing the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) and removing regional imbalances in development indicators.₹150 crore would be allocated annually to SITK for its effective functioning.
  • R Balasubramaniam, chairman of the State Committee on Youth Policy, submitted a draft of the Karnataka Youth Policy (KYP) 2022, to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
  • The focus areas of the policy include education and training, employment and entrepreneurship, health and well-being, sports and fitness, arts and culture, value-based leadership development, restructuring the department, yuva budget, youth advisory group, and three C’s approach — fostering coordination, cooperation, and collaboration — to ensure convergence; and establishing a state-level convergence committee for youth empowerment.
  • A hero stone inscription in Kannada belonging to the 10th century CE, with reference to Rashtrakuta King Krishna III, was discovered in the fields of a village in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu, recently.
  • United Way Bengaluru (UWBe), an NGO focused on social issues signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Women and Child Development (WCD) Department of the Government of Karnataka for strengthening Anganwadi centres in the state. The move was aimed at ensuring quality childhood care and development among children up to six years and enhancing the quality of Anganwadi centres across the state, According to UWBe, the initiative would focus on improving nutrition and healthcare services in Anganwadi centres; enhancing pre-school experience of children at Anganwadis and improving the overall quality of Anganwadi workers/teachers so they can better equip the children for schooling
  • Karnataka ranked second in the Goods and Service Tax collection in the month of July 2022. The State contributed ₹9,795 crore, a growth of 45% from the previous month. The GST collections in July, recorded at ₹ 1,48,995 crore, are the second-highest mop-up ever. The states that have contributed the most are Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh
  • Belagavi Smart City has won the top award in the inclusiveness category in the prestigious United Nations and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) Smart Solutions Challenge for Inclusive Cities. Belagavi has been placed in the first position for its Multi-Dimensional Inclusiveness in Education and Healthcare.
  • The legality of Section 295(A) was affirmed by a five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court. The court said that the punishment under Section 295(A) deals with aggravated form of blasphemy which is committed with the malicious aim of offending any religious sensibilities
  • The Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana’s tenure is drawing to an end in a few days. The Ramana Collegium has been particularly successful. The collegium, as a united front, was able to recommend numerous judicial appointments and scripted history by getting nine Supreme Court judges appointed in one go. Of the nine, Justice B.V. Nagarathna, is in line to be the first woman CJI in 2027. • The collegium system was born out of years of friction between the judiciary and the executive. The hostility was further accentuated by instances of court-packing (the practice of changing the composition of judges in a court), mass transfer of high court judges and two supersessions to the office of the CJI in the 1970s.
  • Suresh Patel recently took the charge as new CVC. CVC is a statutory body set up in 1964 on recommendations of Committee on Prevention of Corruption, to advise and guide Central Government agencies in field of vigilance.CV Commissioner consist of a chairperson and not more than two Vigilance Commissioners as Members.
  • The Lok Sabha passed the Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which provides for the establishment of carbon credit markets and brings large residential buildings under the energy conservation regime
  • Senior able citizen for Re-employment in Dignity (SACRED): Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched SACRED for purpose of bringing the employment seeker senior citizens through SACRED portal. Portal act as employment marketplace, to bring together both Job providers & Job seekers that will help Senior citizen to get themselves registered for emerging workplace demands.
  • PM Modi remembered freedom fighters on Quit India movement anniversary        The decisive campaign against the British rule was launched in 1942 on Mahatma Gandhi’s call at the Bombay session of the Congress on August 8 in his famous “do or die” speech.
  • An alarmed British government arrested the top leadership of the Congress but people embraced Gandhi’s call.
  • The highest levels of coral cover, within the past 36 years, has been recorded in the northern and central parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR), according to the annual long-term monitoring report by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).
  • A study carried out by researchers from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, undertook to characterise urbanisation in the region and also to understand where the rock agama reside in and around Bengaluru specifically
  • The Cantillon effect refers to the idea that changes in the money supply in an economy causes redistribution of purchasing power among people, disturbs the relative prices of goods and services, and leads to the misallocation of scarce resources. The Cantillon effect is named after the 18th century French economist Richard Cantillon who published his ideas in the 1755 book Essay on the Nature of Trade in General.
  • India formally commenced cooperation with the Bahrain-based multilateral partnership, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). CMF is a multi-national naval partnership to promote security, stability and prosperity across approximately 3.2 million square miles of international waters, which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.
  • In a first, a U.S. Navy Ship, Charles Drew, arrived in India for carrying out repairs and allied services at the Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Shipyard at Kattupalli, Chennai, adding a new dimension to the fast expanding Indo-U.S. strategic partnership.
  • The 13th Edition of the Indo-US Joint Special Forces exercise “Ex Vajra Prahar 2022” commenced at the Special Forces Training School (SFTS), Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh on August 8.
  • Continuing the series of military exercises with countries in the Indo-Pacific, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will join 16 other nations, including Quad partner countries, later this month for Exercise Pitch Black, the biennial exercise hosted by the Australian Air Force. The participants this year are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, UAE, the U.K. and the U.S.

The 12th edition of biennial DefExpo, which was postponed in March amid war in Ukraine, is scheduled to be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, in October 18-22