Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 20 November 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. Chhath festival.
  2. Digital India.

1. Chhath Festival

News Summary

The Chhath Puja was celebrated on 20th November 2020 with devotees paying oblation to the rising Sun in different parts of the country.

Prelims GS – Art and Culture

Chhath Puja:
  • Chhath Puja which takes place after Diwali is dedicated to the Sun God and his wife Usha to thank them for sustaining life on earth and for granting wishes.
  • Chhath Puja is held over the course of four days and is marked by various rituals, including fasting, standing in water for long periods of time, and making offerings to the Sun.
  • This festival is observed by people all over Bihar, Jharkhand, eastern Uttar Pradesh, and parts of Nepal with much fervor.

2. Digital India

News Summary

Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Digital India is now a way of life in a virtual address to the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020.

Prelims GS – Governance(e-Governance)

Digital India:
  • Digital India is a flagship program of the Government of India with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
  • Digital India was launched in 2015.
  • The Digital India program is centered on three key vision areas:
    • Digital Infrastructure as a Core Utility to Every Citizen
    • Governance & Services on Demand
    • Digital Empowerment of Citizens
  • Digital India is to be implemented by the entire Government with overall coordination being done by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).
Nine Pillars of Digital India:

Digital India aims to provide the much-needed thrust to the nine pillars of growth areas, namely

  • Broadband Highways,
  • Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity,
  • Public Internet Access Programme,
  • e-Governance: Reforming Government through Technology,
  • e-Kranti – Electronic Delivery of Services,
  • Information for All,
  • Electronics Manufacturing,
  • IT for Jobs and
  • Early Harvest Programmes.

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