Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 13 April 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. India-Denmark collaborates through Atal Innovation Mission.
  2. Shri. Sushil Chandra – new Chief Election Commissioner of India.

1. India-Denmark collaborates through Atal Innovation Mission

News Summary

As part of the Indo-Danish bilateral Green strategic partnership, India is all set to take a giant leap towards building a world-class innovation ecosystem as Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) of India’s premier policy think tank NITI Aayog and Embassy of Denmark to India officially announced their collaboration.

Prelims GS – Governance

  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is the Government of India’s flagship initiative to create and promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across the length and breadth of our country.
  • AIM’s objective is to develop new programs and policies for fostering innovation in different sectors of the economy, provide platforms and collaboration opportunities for different stakeholders, and create an umbrella structure to oversee the innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem of the country.
  • Atal Innovation Mission is establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India.
  • The objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity, and imagination in young minds; and inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing, etc.

Click here to know more about AIM on the official website.

2. Shri. Sushil Chandra – new Chief Election Commissioner of India

News Summary

The President appointed Shri Sushil Chandra the senior-most Election Commissioner, as the Chief Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India.

Prelims GS – Polity

Election Commission:
  • The Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering Union and State election processes in India.
  • The body administers elections to the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, State Legislative Assemblies in India, and the offices of the President and Vice President in the country.
  • Article 324 deals with the Superintendence, direction, and control of elections to be vested in an Election Commission.
  • Election Commission currently consists of Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.
Election Commissioners:
  • The President appoints Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners.
  • They have a tenure of six years, or up to the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
  • They enjoy the same status and receive salary and perks as available to Judges of the Supreme Court of India.
  • The Chief Election Commissioner can be removed from office only through impeachment by Parliament.
  • The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) presides over the Election Commission but does not have more powers than the other Election Commissioners.
  • The CEC and the two Election Commissioners have equal powers to take all decisions relating to elections as a collective body. (Courtesy: NCERT Class XI Indian Constitution at Work Chapter 3)

Click here to view the official website of the Election Commission.




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