Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has advocated for including
gender studies in the educational institutions so that children learn to
respect and become sensitive towards people of all genders from an early
age. He was speaking after inaugurating the FICCI ARISE Conference 2019 on
School Education in New Delhi last evening.
Mr Naidu called for value-based education and said that
education is not just for employment but also for empowerment and enlightenment
of individuals and the society. He also called for reforming teaching and
training systems to improve learning outcomes.
Expressing concern over void in the market due to lack of skills
required for jobs, he said, entrepreneurship education and training hold the key
to empower young people to be the job creators of the future and not just job
Mr Naidu also said, there is a need to ensure that girl
children, orphans, child-laborers, street children and victims of disasters must
be brought into fold of formal education system.
AIR correspondent reports that the two-day long conference aims
at taking into consideration views from various stakeholders on achieving
India’s vision of becoming a knowledge and human resource hub.
The conference themed Future Ready Learners and Schools, will
deliberate upon varied issues, including new age teaching and learning and
enabling policies and regulatory changes for school education in the country.
LokSabha has passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019
after a marathon discussion and division last night. In all, 311 members
voted in favour of the bill and 80 members opposed it.
The bill, among other things, seeks to grant citizenship to
Hindus, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians who migrated to India till the
end of 2014 from countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, due to
reasons like persecutions.
However, the bill exempts certain tribal areas included in the
Sixth Schedule and those falling under the Inner Line Permit Regime in the North
Eastern States. It amends the Citizenship Act 1955, the Passport Act 1920 and
the Foreigners Act 1946 for implementation of its provisions.
Replying to the discussion, Home Minister Amit Shah said, the
bill does not violate any provisions of the Constitution including Article 14
that places all people equally before law.
He said, Article 14 does not rule out any amendment to the
Citizens Act. Mr Shah reiterated that religious persecutions in Pakistan,
Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who have expressly declared Islam as their State
Religion, necessitated the bill.
He pointed out to the declining minority population in the three
neighbouring countries. He said, the bill is not discriminatory against Muslims.
He added, Manipur will be brought under the Inner Line Permit Regime for the
Prime Minister NarendraModi has expressed delight over the
passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the LokSabha. In a tweet last
night, he said, the LokSabha has passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019
after a rich and extensive debate.
The Prime Minister said, the proposed law is in line with
India's centuries old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values.
He thanked the MPs and different parties that supported the bill. Mr Modi said,
he would like to specially applaud Home Minister Amit Shah for lucidly
explaining all aspects of the measure.
Commerce and industry minister PiyushGoyal said the
government will stop other countries from participating in local contracts
unless Indian firms are given a similar opportunity.
“Unless we get reciprocal access to those markets, the
government has decided that we will stop giving them an opportunity to
participate in contracts in India. That is a part of the policy of the
NarendraModi government,” Goyal said at an event organised by Exim Bank on
“Today, it is in our policy that if our companies are not
allowed to do business or opportunities emerging in any country, I can assure
you that we will not allow them to participate here.”
This policy had been introduced two years ago and is “fair by
all global standards”, he said.Goyal said this had been a “major stumbling
block” in the RCEP negotiations.
The minister asked Exim Bank to study such conditions and give
feedback so that the government can “stand up for your right to do business in
If an Indian oil, coal or power company floats a contract, more
often than not, the government allows international bidders to come in. He also
said that India and its citizens want the rules of the game to change and
corrupt practices to be eliminated.
India has called upon more countries to join the
International Solar Alliance (ISA) initiated by it to reduce the dependence
on fossil fuels to meet the rising energy demand.
Speaking at a Ministerial Plenary yesterday on Solar and the
Small Island Developing States - Making the Sun Shine Brighter, on the sidelines
of COP-25 climate conference which is underway in Madrid, Environment Minister
PrakashJavadekar said, four years ago in Paris, when Prime Minister NarendraModi
and French President Francois Hollande launched the International Solar Alliance
(ISA), it was a new beginning.
But, now that the four-year-old child is running fast, but it
must run faster because the need of the hour is that we must tap solar energy in
a big way.
Mr.Javadekar expressed happiness that over 83 countries joined
the ISA in just four years. Listing out the aggressive manner in which India has
expanded its renewable energy mix, the Minister pointed out that five years ago,
India had just 3 Giga Watt (of solar energy).
Today, it has 33 GW of solar energy and it is huge. He said,
India is going to achieve 100 GW of solar energy by 2022 i.e. in the next three
years it will add 67 GW more of solar energy.
The Minister said, there is a sharp fall in the prices of solar
energy due to enhancement of capacity. The price of solar energy used to be 20
rupees per unit. Now, it is just 10 per cent of it. He said, all countries need
to do it because the target of UNFCCC is to do away with use of all fossil
fuels, not only coal.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called
for global efforts to fight corruption. In a message on the International
Anti-Corruption Day yesterday, Mr Guterres said, every year trillions of
dollars, the equivalent of more than five per cent of global Gross Domestic
Product, are paid in bribes or stolen through corrupt practices.
It seriously undermines the rule of law and abet crimes such as
the illicit trafficking of people, drugs and arms.
He said, tax evasion, money laundering and other illicit flows
divert much-needed resources from schools, hospitals and essential
infrastructure and funds that are essential to advance the Sustainable
The UN Chief said, corruption threatens the well-being of our
societies, the future of our children and the health of our planet. It must be
fought by all, for all.
He said, later this month, governments will meet in Abu Dhabi,
the United Arab Emirates, to review progress and prepare for the first-ever UN
General Assembly Special Session on Combating Corruption in 2021.
Pakistan on Monday signed an agreement with the Asian
Development Bank for a loan worth USD 1.3 billion to support the
cash-strapped country's public finances and shore up its slowing economy.
On Friday, the bank said it has approved a USD 300 million
policy-based loan that will help Pakistan to address financial sustainability,
governance, and energy infrastructure policy constraints in country's energy
Under the deal, the ADB will provide the loan to help stabilize
the foreign exchange reserves of the country.
Pakistan is facing a serious economic crisis with short supplies
of foreign currency reserves and stagnating growth in recent years.
Under the agreement, USD 1 billion has been extended to Pakistan
to improve its current account deficit and strengthen its revenue base.
The financing will support the first of three sub-programmes
totalling USD 1 billion under Pakistan's Energy Sector Reforms and Financial
Sustainability Programme, the bank said.
Apart from the ADB loan, the Pakistan government has borrowed
USD 10.40 billion from friendly countries like China and the UAE to stabilise
the foreign exchange reserves and repayment of old loans.
The Centre has proposed Rs 33.3 crore for ISRO's 'Project
Netra' for securing Indian satellites from space debris and other dangers,
according to documents related to supplementary demand for grants.
Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman had moved a resolution for
the grants for which the LokSabha granted approval last week.
In Sep, India launched the early warning system Netra (Network
for Space Objects, Tracking, and Analysis) to secure its satellites and other
assets in space at an estimated to cost Rs 400 crore.
India has 15 communication satellites active in the
geostationary orbit, 13 remote-sensing satellites active in low-earth orbit
(2,000 km radius) and eight navigation satellites in medium-earth orbit. Apart
from these, there are a number of smaller satellites present in the space.
According to a report, about 17,000 man-made objects are
monitored in space of which 7 per cent are active objects. After a time, these
objects become inactive and collide with each other while revolving in space.
Every year, there are many incidents of objects colliding in
space. As a result, small pieces of debris rotate at extremely fast speeds. Dead
satellites and other debris present in space exist in the Earth's orbit for many
years and these debris can damage any active satellite.