India: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

Open Defecation Down by 47%: WHO Report

Published: September 20, 2019

A WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) has made the following observations: About 43 per cent of Indians have gained access to basic sanitation and the practice of open defecation decreased by 47% in the country between 2000 and 2017. About one-third of the population of Nepal and Lao People’s Democratic Republic and over half of ..

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Union Government enters into an agreement with WBPDCL for Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha coal block

Published: September 20, 2019

The Union Government has entered into an allotment agreement with West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL) for Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha coal block. It is the world’s second largest block. The project is slated to generate both direct and indirect employment in West Bengal considerably and also contribute to the socio-economic development of the region.

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Draft Code on Social Security, 2019

Published: September 20, 2019

The draft code amalgamates eight laws. It includes Employees Provident Fund and maternity benefits. The code was published by the Ministry of Labor and Employment. 4 major codes The code on social security will combine 44 labor laws into 4 codes. They are wages, occupational safety, working conditions and health. Unorganized Sector According to the ..

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Documentary Film Moti Bagh Earns Oscar Nominations

Published: September 19, 2019

The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand congratulated the director of the documentary film Moti Bagh for Oscar Nominations. Moti Bagh: A Movie about a Farmer in Uttarakhand Moti Bagh is a documentary film based on the struggle of a farmer in a remote Himalayan village. The film unwraps the journey of Vidyadutt, a farmer living in ..

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National Centre for Clean Coal Research and Development (NCCCR&D) launched Bengaluru

Published: September 19, 2019

In Bengaluru, the National Centre for Clean Coal Research and Development (NCCCR&D) has been launched at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) by the Department of Science & Technology (DST). The NCCCR&D is a national consortium that will address opportunities and challenges in the development of clean coal technologies. The target beneficiaries of NCCCR&D include ..

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