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1-Launch of National Media Campaign on Land Records:
Giriraj Singh, who is a Union Minister, started a big campaign by the Department of Land Resources (DoLR). The main point of this campaign is to tell people about two important things: computerizing land records and making maps digital.
This campaign wants to help regular people understand the new ideas in Land Governance and Watershed Development part of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana (PMKSY).
In this campaign’s first part, they’re talking about the National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS), WDC-PMKSY, and the Cactus Project.
A while ago, the Government started a program called Digital India Land Records Modernization Program (DILRMP) in 2016. This program helps states make their land offices digital. For example, when you buy land, the papers can be digital.
They made a system called the National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS). It’s like a special software that all states can use, and they can change it a bit to fit their needs. This campaign will use things like outdoor ads, social media, text messages, and radio ads to tell people about all this cool stuff.
2-Passing of Bikash Sinha, a Notable Nuclear Scientist
Bikash Sinha, a famous scientist who studied atoms and nuclear energy, passed away in Kolkata at the age of 78. He used to be in charge of two important places: the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre.
Bikash Sinha was really good at nuclear physics, which is about understanding tiny particles inside atoms. He also knew a lot about high energy physics, which is about super-fast particles. He studied things like Quark Gluon Plasma, which is a special kind of matter that’s super hot and has particles like quarks and gluons. He even looked into how the universe started, which we call early cosmology.
He did something really cool – he led a team of Indian scientists to work with a group in Europe that studies atoms. They did experiments together. The Indian government gave him awards for his hard work: the Padma Shri in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010. He also got the RD Birla Award for being great in physics in 2002.
3-Remembering the Pain of Partition: August 14
Every year, on August 14, people observe Partition Horrors Remembrance Day. In 2021, Prime Minister Modi declared that August 14 would be marked as this special day. This day serves to remind us of the immense pain and suffering that the people of India went through during the partition. It’s a way to honor the struggles and sacrifices made by countless individuals.
The partition resulted in the displacement of millions of people and tragically claimed numerous lives. This division was outlined in the Indian Independence Act of 1947. During this time, British India was separated into two independent countries: India and Pakistan.
The Bengal and Punjab provinces were divided based on the population’s religious affiliation – whether they were non-Muslim or Muslim.
The actual border between India and Pakistan was determined by the Boundary Commission, led by British lawyer Cyril Radcliffe.
4-Indian Web Browser Development Challenge Unveiled by Ministry of Electronics & IT
The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has initiated the Indian Web Browser Development Challenge. This challenge has been jointly led by MeitY, the Cyber Coordination Centre (CCA), and C-DAC Bangalore.
The Indian Web Browser Development Challenge (IWBDC) is an open competition aimed at encouraging technology enthusiasts, innovators, and developers to create a web browser that’s uniquely Indian. Over 200 participants from various sectors, including government departments, industry, startups, and academia, took part in the challenge through both online and offline modes.
The challenge was conducted in three rounds. After the first round, 18 entries were selected to move forward. In the second round, 8 participants were shortlisted for further consideration. Finally, a winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up were chosen.
The winner of this challenge will receive a cash prize of Rs 1 crore. Additionally, the winner will receive further support to develop the browser even further. The proposed browser is expected to prioritize accessibility and user-friendliness, ensuring built-in support for individuals with diverse abilities.
The program concluded with an invitation to all innovative minds to join the challenge and contribute to the creation of an Indian Web Browser.
5-Kerala Assembly Urges Name Change to Keralam:
The Kerala Assembly has taken a significant step by passing a resolution on August 9th. The resolution, passed unanimously, calls upon the central government to officially alter the state’s name from Kerala to Keralam. This move involves requesting a change in the Constitution.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presented the resolution in the Assembly under Rule 118 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Kerala Legislative Assembly. Currently, the name of the state is also mentioned as Kerala in the first schedule of the constitution. However, in the Malayalam language, the state’s name is Keralam.
Kerala was formed based on its language on November 1, 1956, and this date is celebrated as Kerala Day. The Assembly’s unanimous request to the Central Government seeks an amendment under Article 3 of the Constitution.
Article 3 deals with the formation of new states and any changes in the territories, boundaries, or names of existing states. Furthermore, the resolution appeals for the use of Keralam across all languages listed in the Eighth Schedule.
6- Foundation Stone Laid for IFFCO Nano Urea Plant:
On August 12th, Union Minister Amit Shah initiated the establishment of the IFFCO Nano Urea Plant in Gandhidham, Kutch. Currently on a two-day visit to his home state of Gujarat, Mr. Shah emphasized the need for another green revolution, this time through natural farming. This approach aims to elevate farmer benefits while safeguarding agricultural lands from degradation.
The Nano Urea plant is expected to bring numerous advantages to the agricultural economy. It will play a pivotal role in reducing fertilizer imports and enhancing India’s self-sufficiency in this domain. Additionally, Nano Urea will contribute to soil nutrient conservation and promote responsible fertilizer usage.
During his visit, Mr. Shah inaugurated and laid foundation stones for several development projects in the Kutch and Gandhinagar districts. Notably, he also marked the foundation stone of the BSF Mooring Place at Koteshwar. Moreover, he virtually inaugurated various developmental projects by the BSF, including the newly constructed Chidiyamod, Byrbet Link Road, and OP Tower at Harami Nala in Kutch.