School reforms scheme; Rs 31,955 crore for education in Gujarat budget
The Gujarat government seems to have taken a leaf out of Arvind Kejriwal’s successful Delhi model as it announced new scheme that aims to develop 500 state-run schools as ‘Schools of Excellence’ by the end of March next year. The scheme is part of the state government’s massive budget outlay of Rs 31,955 crore for the education sector.
A provision of Rs 250 crore has been made for the scheme which includes providing modern infrastructural facilities, smart classrooms, computer labs, STEM labs and sports facilities, according to the budget document.
The state government’s share of funds will be dovetailed with that received from the Centre, external funding agencies, NABARD and other sources to realize the mission for Schools of Excellence.
The budget has also made provision to the tune of Rs 650 crore for school infrastructure; Rs 188 crore to Gujarat Institute of Educational Technology for setting up command and control centre, computer labs and education-technology interventions, and Rs 125 crore for smart classrooms across schools during 2020-21.
3, 000 kilometre long power grid from Myanmar-Thailand to India: BIMSTEC
Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is working on connecting about 3,000-kilometre long power grid from Myanmar-Thailand to India.
This was announced by the Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Dr Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury while inaugurating the energy conference of BIMSTEC in Dhaka.
The grid connectivity would ensure better capacity utilization by complementing member country’s demand and supply situation.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) are interested in investing in BIMSTEC regional power grid.
BIMSTEC countries had signed a Memorandum of Understanding for establishing a regional power grid in 2018.
BIMSTEC is a regional grouping with seven countries from South and Southeast Asia including Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand , Nepal and Bhutan.
National Science Day 2020: 28 February
National Science Day (NSD) is observed every year on February 28.
On this day President Ram Nath Kovind will present several awards for science communication and popularization as well as for women scientists.
The theme of this day is ‘women in science’.
NSD is celebrated every year on 28 February to commemorate the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’.
On this day, Sir C.V. Raman announced the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’ for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930.
The Government of India designated 28 February as National Science Day (NSD) in 1986.
International Conference on Standardisation of AYUSH Terminologies ‘ICoSDiTAUS-2020’ concludes in Delhi
ICoSDiTAUS-2020, the two-day International Conference on Standardisation of Diagnosis and Terminologies in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha Systems of Medicine concluded in New Delhi.
It concluded with adopting the “New Delhi Declaration on Collection and Classification of Traditional Medicine (TM) Diagnostic Data”.
The sixteen countries came together for the cause of Traditional Medicine at this conference.
ICoSDiTAUS-2020 is the biggest ever international event dedicated to standardisation of Diagnosis and Terminologies of Traditional Medicine in terms of the broad level of participation covering virtually all the continents.
The New Delhi declaration emphasised the commitment of the countries to Traditional Medicine as a significant area of health care.
NTPC, CPCB to set up 25 CAAQMS in States and UTs
NTPC Limited has agreed to help the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to set up 25 Continuous ambient air quality monitoring stations (CAAQMS) across six States and three Union Territories (UTs) in India.
As per the agreement, NTPC will provide financial support of Rs.80 crore for the installation of CAAQMS in the States and Union Territories.
The six states are Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Ranchi in Jharkhand, Patna in Bihar, Varanasi, Lucknow, Kanpur, and Allahabad all in Uttar Pradesh, Pimpri-Chinchwad in Maharashtra and Madurai in Tamil Nadu.
The 3 UTs where the CAAQMS will be installed are Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Silvassa in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman in Daman & Diu.
Cabinet approved the 2020 Surrogacy Regulation Bill
The Union Cabinet approved the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2020, on 26 February. The Bill will allow widows and divorced women to be surrogate mothers. The Bill has incorporated all recommendations made by the Rajya Sabha Select Committee.
The amended Bill is the reformed version of the draft legislation, which was passed by Lok Sabha in August 2019.
The Bill aims to ensure effective regulation of the surrogacy service. It bans commercial surrogacy and allow altruistic surrogacy.
The Bill aims to ensure effective regulation of the surrogacy service.
The Bill has now proposed that the surrogate mother should be a “willing” woman. Earlier it was termed and instructed as “close relative.” The Bill has recommended that not only close relatives but any woman, whether she is a widow or divorcee, who is “willing” should be allowed to act as a surrogate mother.
The Bill stated that only Indian couples (both partners being of Indian origins) could opt for surrogacy in the country.
The Cabinet decided that the insurance cover of the surrogate mother, which was proposed for 16 months, should be increased to 36 months.
As per the Bill, National Surrogacy Board at the central level and State Surrogacy Board and appropriate authorities in states and Union Territories (UT) respectively, will be established to regulate surrogacy.
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