SNIPPETS – 24 June 2022
The Karnataka State government signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with the objective of strengthening the economic activities of women self-help groups (SHGs) and facilitating organic farmers to sell their produce directly to consumers.
- Karnataka has recorded the highest ever pre-authorisations (1.55 lakh) under the Altamura Ayushman Bharat-Arogya Karnataka, its flagship health insurance scheme, in May this year.
- A public interest litigation (PIL) seeking to invalidate Talaq-e-Hasan, the Allison Park prescribed Islamic way of divorce, has been filed in the Supreme Court. Talaq-e-Hasan is pronounced with a gap of at least one month or one menstrual cycle. The Quran clearly mentions the process of Talaq-e-Hasan, According to Surah Baqarah, verse 229.
- Fasal Bhavantar Kawach an Insurance scheme launched to protect chilli farmers in A.P. from price fluctuations. Syngenta India has entered into an exclusive agreement with the Agriculture Insurance Company of India (AIC) with an aim to safeguard farmers from unfavourable price fluctuations due to unpredictable market conditions.
- The World Bank has approved a project worth ₹1,000 crore for taking rain-fed farming to new heights in the hilly regions of Uttarakhand.
- Scientists have recorded four species of azooxanthellate corals for the first time from Indian waters. These new corals were found from the waters of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Azooxanthellate corals are a group of corals that do not contain zooxanthellae and derive nourishment not from the sun but from capturing different forms of plankton
- A new species of spider Pseudomogrus sudhii discovered from the Thar desert of Rajasthan has been named after a Malayalee arachnologist Sudhikumar A.V., Head, Department of Zoology, Christ College, Irinjalakuda, and founder of the Centre for Animal Taxonomy and Ecology (CATE) in recognition of his contributions to the field of Indian arachnology.
- Dutch Disease in economics refers to a phenomenon wherein a country witnesses uneven growth across sectors due to the discovery of natural resources, especially large oil reserves
- Hyderabad-based Creasent Handicraft Artisans Welfare Association has filed an application for securing a Geographical Indications tag for lac bangles that are manufactured in the city.
- India will need $223 billion of investment to meet its goal of wind and solar capacity installations by 2030, according to a new report by research company BloombergNEF (BNEF).
- The Department of Biotechnology of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras is organising a continuing medical education programme on ‘Technological interventions to standardise the indigenous system of medicine in India’, from June 20 to 25. The Ministry of Ayush is sponsoring the programme called AYURTECH 2022-CME.
The Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) under the Ministry of Earth Sciences has been conferred with the ‘World Congress on Disaster Management – Disaster Risk Reduction Excellence Award’ under the category of disaster preparedness for effective and efficient disaster risk management at New Delhi