1. Smart Policing Index
- Assam Police have secured the third position among 29 states and Union Territories in the Indian Police Foundation’s list of ‘Smart Policing’ index.
- As per the list, Assam Police has secured the third rank in the country with an overall rating of 7.89 out of 10.
- Andhra Pradesh is ranked first with a score of 8.11 and Telangana secured the second position with 8.10 points.
- The Indian Police Foundation (IPF), a multidisciplinary think tank and policy advocacy platform, conducted the “IPF SMART Policing Survey 2021” in 29 states and Union Territories of the country and published its report
- Uttar Pradesh stands in 28th position in the list with a 5.81 score and Bihar stands in the last position with 5.74.
2. Project ‘Samhati
The new National Education Policy lays emphasis on imparting teaching in mother tongue in primary classes. Thus, Odisha has launched the Samhati project for imparting its various tribal languages. The project will help save endangered tribal languages.
- According to the Odisha School Education Programme Authority (OSEPA), more than 302 textbooks and 2,500 supplementary reading materials including storybooks and pictures charts in 21 tribal languages have been developed.
- Under Samhati, all teachers of the primary level would be provided functional knowledge of tribal languages.
- Implemented by the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI) and the Academy of Tribal Language and Culture (ATLC), Bhubaneswar
- Of the 21 languages, Santhali — the only language which has been included in the eighth schedule of the Constitution — is taught in its own ol Chiki script while the rest of the tribal languages have Odia scripts.
3. ‘Cryptocarya muthuvariana’ spotted in Edamalakkud
A new tree species of the genus Cryptocarya spotted in Edamalakkudy in the Idukki district has been named after a tribe from the locality.
‘Cryptocarya muthuvariana’ has been named so to honor the Muthuvar tribe and as it was discovered in their neighborhood.
- Belonging to the Lauraceae family, the genus Cryptocarya comprises over 300 species that are widely distributed over South America, South Africa, Madagascar, Asia, Australia, and Oceania.
- The researchers came across the new species during surveys on endemic and threatened species of the Western Ghats. Detailed studies showed it to be a distinct species.
- ‘Cryptocarya muthuvariana’ grows to a height of about 10 to 15 m and is characterized by not-too-broad leaves.
- The researchers managed to spot only around 10 individual trees of the species in the locality.
- The Western Ghats is home to around nine species of the genus Cryptocarya.
- The team has underscored the need to study aspects related to ecological importance, medicinal value, and sustainable use of the new tree species.
4. Jaffna Cultural Centre
- Nearly two years after its construction, the India-funded Jaffna Cultural Centre in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province awaits inauguration, amid persisting uncertainty over who will run the facility.
- The structure, with 11 floors and facilities, including an auditorium that can seat 600 persons, a conference hall, an amphitheater, and a digital library, was completed in early 2020.
- Built with an Indian grant of $11 million, the center was envisaged as a public space to “promote, preserve and foster the cultural heritage of Jaffna”, and serve as “a hub of cultural activities” in Sri Lanka.
5. China-ASEAN virtual summit
- The China-ASEAN virtual summit, which is being held to celebrate 30 years of dialogue, would help regional peace, stability, and development.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping told leaders of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a summit on November 22 that Beijing would not coerce its smaller regional neighbors.
- China would never seek hegemony nor take advantage of its size to “bully” smaller countries and would work with ASEAN to eliminate “interference”.
- The summit started without a Myanmar representative present. The reason for the non-attendance was not immediately clear, and a spokesperson for Myanmar’s military government did not answer calls seeking comment.
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6. A Study by UNESCO
- The global study titled “When schools shut: Gendered impacts of COVID-19 school closures” brings to the fore that girls and boys, young women, and men were affected differently by school closures, depending on the context.
- At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, 1.6 billion students in 190 countries were affected by school closures.
- Not only did they lose access to education, but also to the myriad benefits of attending school, at an unparalleled scale.
- In poorer contexts, girls’ time to learn was constrained by increased household chores.
- Boys’ participation in learning was limited by income-generating activities.
- The study pointed out that the digital gender divide was already a concern before the COVID-19 crisis.
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7. Special Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme
- The government of India launched the Special Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme for the services sector.
- The scheme will help in meeting the technology-related requirements of enterprises in the services sector
- It has a provision of 25 percent capital subsidy for procurement of plant and machinery and service equipment through institutional credit to the SC-ST MSEs without any sector-specific restrictions on technology up-gradation
- Government also felicitated SC/ST Entrepreneurs of the North-eastern region and urged the youth to take up the entrepreneurship to become job givers than job seekers, the statement said.
- He assured the youth that no stone will be left unturned by the Ministry of MSME in their journey to become successful entrepreneurs.
8. India records close to 15% rise in export
- In a major boost to export prospects of agricultural produce, India registered a surge in export of agricultural and processed food products in the April-October period of FY22
- The rise is in comparison to the corresponding seven-month period of FY21.
- APEDA exports up by 14.7% to $11.6 Billion in the first seven months of the current FY from $10.1 Billion over the corresponding period last FY.
9. EPFO to Invest in Alternative funds
- Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), the meeting of its Central Board of Trustees (CBT), has approved measures to invest up to 5 percent of its annual deposits in infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs) and other alternative funds.
- The CBT empowered Finance Investment and Audit Committee (FIAC) to decide upon the investment options, on a case-to-case basis, for investment in asset classes included in the Pattern of Investment notified by the Centre.
- Investment in alternative investments, including trusted public InvITs, has a limit of 5 percent of annual deposits.
10. IFSCA’s InFinity Forum
- PM Modi will inaugurate the “InFinity Forum”, a 2-day thought leadership Forum on FinTech, on 3rd December 2021.
- The event is being hosted by International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) under the aegis of GoI in collaboration with GIFT City and Bloomberg on December 3 and 4, 2021, in virtual mode.
- Indonesia, South Africa, and the U.K. are partner countries
11. Bharti Airtel raises tariffs
- Bharti Airtel announced raising prepaid tariffs by up to 25% from November 26, onwards, reasoning that the move had been necessitated by the need to increase mobile revenues so as to safeguard the business’s financial health.
- Bharti Airtel has always maintained that the mobile Average Revenue Per User needs to be at 200 and ultimately at 300, so as to provide a reasonable return on capital that allows for a financially healthy business model.
12. World Fisheries Day
- The Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India, and National Fisheries Development is celebrating ‘World Fisheries Day on 21st November 2021 at Rail Auditorium, Mancheswar, Bhubaneswar Odisha.
- During the event, for the 2nd time in Fisheries Sector, the Government of India will award the best performing States in FY21.
13. AB de Villiers retires
- South African legend and former captain AB De Villiers has announced retirement from all forms of cricket, bringing the curtains down on an illustrious career.
- The 37-year-old made the announcement on Twitter, ending a 17-year career, which saw him play in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is for the Proteas.
14. Smriti Irani novel ‘Lal Salaam’
- Union Minister Smriti Zubin Irani has turned author with her debut novel “Lal Salaam”.
- The novel, inspired by the tragic killings of 76 CRPF personnel in Dantewada in April 2010, is a tribute to the exceptional men and women who have given a lifetime of service to the country
- It especially focuses on confronting the challenges in the red corridor. It will hit the stands on Nov 29.
15. Indira Gandhi Prize
- Pratham, a civil society organization dedicated to improving the quality of education among underprivileged children in India and across the world, has been conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament, and Development for 2021.
- The 2021 Prize is awarded to Pratham for its pioneering work over more than a quarter-century in seeking to ensure that every child has access to quality education
- The prize was given for its programs to provide skills to young adults, for its regular evaluation of the quality of education, and for its timely response in enabling children to learn during the COVID-19 related school closures.