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Bank Exam Current Affairs – 07 October 2021

1. HIMS

The Delhi Cabinet gave a financial nod to its ambitious Health Information Management System (HIMS) project.

Insights

  1. Each citizen will have a health card, which will be a repository of their medical information.
  2. Doctors will be able to see a patient’s medical history using the card and the patients will be able to make appointments from home.
  3. The health card will act as a unique health identifier for each individual through which everything from their medical history to appointment dates can be accessed.
  4. All citizens between 1 and 18 years would be issued a health card linked to their parent’s health card.
  5. All newborns (up to 1 year) would be linked to their mother’s health card.

2. SVAMITVA Yojna

The SVAMITVA Yojna has enhanced the strength of the rural economy and it will write a new chapter on the development of villages in the country.

Insights

  1. The SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme was launched as a central sector scheme to promote a socio-economically empowered and self-reliant rural India.
  2. The scheme aims at the establishment of clear ownership of property in rural areas by mapping of land parcels using drone technology
  3. It provides a ‘record of rights’ to eligible households by issuing legal ownership cards to them.
  4. SVAMITVA Property cards will be provided to the landowners by the Government authorities, under this scheme
  5. In each state, the Revenue Department / Land Records Department, along with the State Panchayati Raj Department and the Nodal Ministry will work to carry out the objectives of the scheme
  6. Under the pilot project, the scheme was successfully implemented in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Karnataka.

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3. PM MITRA

The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of seven Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (PM MITRA) parks with a total outlay of 4,445 crores in the next five years.

Insights

  1. The PM MITRA will be developed by a special purpose vehicle owned by state governments and the central government in PPP mode.
  2. PM MITRA is inspired by the 5F vision.
  3. The ‘5F’ Formula encompasses – Farm to fiber; fiber to factory; factory to fashion; fashion to foreign. This integrated vision will help to further the growth of the textile sector in the economy.
  4. The 7 Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel Parks (PM MITRA) will be set up at Greenfield / Brownfield sites located in different willing States.
  5. Proposals of State Governments having ready availability of contiguous and encumbrance-free land parcel of 1,000+ acres along with other textiles related facilities & ecosystem are welcome.
  6. Maximum Development Capital Support (DCS) of  500 crores to all Greenfield PM MITRA and a maximum of 200 Crore to Brownfield PM MITRA will be provided.

4. State of the Education Report (SOER)-2021 for India: No Teachers, No Class

On the occasion of World Teacher’s Day, “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)” released its “State of the Education Report (SOER)-2021 for India: No Teachers, No Class”.

Findings

  1. As per the report, there are around 1.2 lakh single-teacher schools in India. It accounts for 7.15 percent of 11.51 lakh schools. Out of this, 89 percent are in rural areas.
  2. 51 percent of total schools are employing 95 lakh teachers.
  3. The report notes that India requires 11.16 lakh, additional teachers, to meet the current shortfall.
  4. States with a high percentage of single-teacher schools are- Arunachal Pradesh (18.22%), Goa (16.08%), Telangana (15.71%), Andhra Pradesh (14.4%), Jharkhand (13.81%), Uttarakhand (13.64%), Madhya Pradesh (13.08 %) and Rajasthan (10.08 %).

5. Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme

  1. CHCDS scheme was approved with a total outlay of Rs 160 crore.
  2. The scheme will continue up to March 2026 now.
  3. Under the scheme, infrastructural support, design & technology upgradation, market access etc will be provided to handicrafts artisans.
  4. CHCDS schemes was launched to create world-class infrastructure which will cater to the business needs of local artisans & SMEs in order to boost production and export.

6. Heli Borne Survey

A heliborne survey for water management in Rajasthan was launched

Significance of this survey

  1. The arid areas in northwest India spread over parts of the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, and Punjab cover nearly 12 percent of the total geographical area of the country and are home to more than 8 crore people.
  2. With annual rainfall in the range of less than 100 to 400 mm, this area faces an acute shortage of water throughout the year
  3. It is proposed to take up high-resolution aquifer mapping and management to augment the groundwater resources.
  4. The new technique would help in water conservation, identification of new places for groundwater recharging, and that too at a lesser cost than the prevalent ones like digging tube wells using geophysics and remote sensing techniques.
  5. The project is aimed at mapping potential groundwater sources and their management for providing safe drinking water to millions of people living in the water-scarce arid regions of the country.
  6. The findings of this survey will help in devising new schemes for improvement in water level in water scant areas.

7. Biodegradable Polymer

In a major breakthrough, scientists have developed an environmentally friendly, non-toxic, biodegradable polymer using guar gum and chitosan, both of which are polysaccharides extracted from guar beans and shells of crab and shrimps.

Insights

  1. The fabricated guar gum-chitosan film which has high water stability, high mechanical strength, and excellent resistance to harsh environmental conditions can potentially be used in packaging applications.
  2. Scientists have fabricated a guar gum-chitosan composite film which is a cross-linked polysaccharide without using any plasticizer
  3. It is fabricated with the help of a method called the solution casting method (a simple technique to make polymer films).
  4. The superior mechanical strength, water repellent properties, and resistance to harsh environmental conditions of the fabricated cross-linked guar gum-chitosan increase its potential of being used in packaging applications.

8. JIMEX

  1. The fifth edition of the India-Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise (JIMEX) will be held in the Arabian Sea with a special focus on maritime security cooperation.
  2. JIMEX, a series of maritime exercises that commenced in January 2012.
  3. It is conducted by the Indian Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.
  4. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in September 2020.
  5. JIMEX-21 aims to develop a common understanding of operational procedures and enhance inter-operability through the conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the entire spectrum of maritime operations.

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9. Dare to Dream 2.0

  1. Awards for ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ Contest of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) was distributed.
  2. The ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ is an open challenge to promote the innovators and startups of the country, for innovation in defense and aerospace technologies in the country after the call of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
  3. Award money, up to Rs.10 lakh for startup and Rs. 5 lakh to an individual category, will be given to the winners.
  4.  ‘Dare to Dream 3.0’ was launched to promote innovators & startups and provide a platform for the young ignited minds in the country.
  5. Dare to Dream is DRDO’s pan-India contest to promote Indian academicians, individuals, and startups to develop emerging defense and aerospace technologies/systems.
  6. DRDO provides technical and financial support to the winners for the realization of their ideas under the Technology Development Fund (TDF) scheme.

10. Anshu Malik

  1. Anshu Malik created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to reach the World Championship final when she outclassed junior European champion Solomiia Vynnyk but Sarita Mor lost her semifinal and will fight for a bronze in Oslo.
  2. The 19-year-old Anshu, the reigning Asian champion, controlled the semifinal from the beginning and won by technical superiority in the 57kg category to go into history books.
  3. Only four Indian women wrestlers have won medals at the Worlds and all of them — Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018), and Vinesh Phogat (2019) — have clinched bronze.