Central government aims to achieve 100 HunaarHaats in 5 years
Government has decided to organize hundred HunarHaat across
the country in the next five years. These Haat aim to provide market
exposure and employment opportunities to artisans, craftsmen and traditional
Ministry of Minority Affairs said, in the coming days, HunarHaat
will be organized in New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Dehradun,
Patna, Indore and other places.
The Ministry has also sanctioned 100 Hunar Hubs in different
parts of the country wherein training is being provided to master artisans,
craftsmen and traditional culinary experts.
According to the Ministry, more than two lakh 65 thousand
artisans and craftsmen have been provided employment through HunarHaatin the
last two years.The first HunarHaat was organized in Jaipur in August-September
More than 200 master artisans and culinary experts including a
large number of women artisans from every corner of the country participated in
this HunarHaat. Afterwards, several HunarHaats were organized in the different
parts of the country.
India claims to be top performer in Paris agreement
Environment Minister PrakashJavadekar has said, India is a
top performer in Paris agreement and will achieve the carbon emission target
Addressing media in New Delhi this afternoon, Mr Javadekar said,
the emission intensity reduction target for India was 35 per cent and it has
already achieved 21 per cent of it.
The Minister said, India's efforts to mitigate climate change
and to conserve environment was appreciated at the recently held 25th session of
the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Mr Javadekar said, no such decision was taken at the summit
which was against the interests and stand of India.Hesaid, BASIC countries
Brazil, South Africa, India, China and like-minded 40 developing countries were
together on the issue and got benefit on the unity.
He said, India engaged constructively in the negotiations while
protecting India’s key interests including consideration of principles of equity
and Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities
He said, there is a need for enhanced means of implementation,
including climate finance, technology transfer at affordable costs and
capacity-building support, from developed to developing countries in accordance
with their obligations under the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement.
Mr Javadekar said, Prime Minister NarendraModi has increased the
target for renewables from 175 Giga Watts to 450 Giga Watts at the recent UN
Climate Action Summit and India is simultaneously progressing on solar, biomass
and wind energy.
Centre plans to increase global trade by 8-10%
India must increase its share in global trade to 8-10% to
become a $5 trillion economy, said minister for road transport & highways
and MSMEs NitinGadkari, adding that policy-making kept in mind import
substitution for local industries to grow.
He said India was spending Rs 7 lakh crore every year on crude
oil import and the country has the potential to reduce this bill by Rs 2 lakh
crore by shifting to alternative fuels including ethanol, methanol, bio-CNG and
electric vehicles. Gadkari also said he will not allow driverless cars in India,
which has a shortage of 2.2 million drivers.
Talking about the highways sector, Gadkari said projects worth
Rs 15 lakh crore will be awarded in five years of the government’s second term.
““By March 2020, we will have awarded projects worth Rs 2 lakh crore and next
year (FY21) we will award projects worth Rs 3 lakh crore, and Rs 5 lakh crore in
the following year (FY22),” he said.
Gadkari also said, “Without strengthening agriculture, tribal
and backward areas, purchasing power will not increase, without which investment
will not come. Without investments, employment potential will not increase.”
IMF says Indian economy less likely to see recovery soon
India's economy may not see recovery any time soon going by
high-frequency indicators, International Monetary Fund chief economist Gita
Gopinath said while advocating “important reforms” for land acquisition and
labour laws to get its manufacturing going and becoming part of the global
Gopinath also wanted India to pursue fiscal consolidation path
with consolidated fiscal deficit of state and Centre being the highest in the
She pointed out that after witnessing a sharp weakness in
investment, the country is seeing weakness in consumption growth. She said the
IMF will be revising the numbers again in January when it puts out an update.
Gopinath said India will need to pursue the clean-up of the
banking sector as also take steps to boost rural incomes while focussing on
Pointing at the continued stress in nonbanking finance companies
and slow transmission of policy cuts, Gopinath also stressed the need to fix
problems on the financing side and for creating a positive sentiment towards
Gopinath said another set of big reforms are required to get
manufacturing on the ground and for India to have bigger presence on the export
front. There are important reforms needed with respect to land acquisition and
India holds meeting with stakeholders on implementation of
The second meeting between officials of India, Afghanistan
and Iran took place in New Delhi yesterday to monitor implementation of the
2016 agreement regarding development and management of the Chabahar port in
External Affairs Ministry said that the three countries welcomed
steady progress in port operations by India Ports Global Ltd company since the
taking over of the port operations at ShaheedBeheshti Port at Chabahar in
The second meeting of the "follow-up committee" took place at
the level of "joint secretary/director general" in New Delhi.
The MEA said that it was agreed to finalise the protocol to
harmonise transit, roads, customs and consular matters. It was also agreed to
organise promotional and business events in Afghanistan and India to popularise
the Chabahar port.
It was recognized that over five lakh tons of cargo has been
handled successfully. This includes exports from Afghanistan through Chabahar
Port which began in February this year.
The third meeting of the "follow-up committee" will take place
in the first half of 2020.
Ethiopia launches its first satellite
Ethiopia launched its first satellite today, a landmark
achievement for the country's space program that caps a banner year for the
African space industry.
The launch of the Ethiopian Remote Sensing Satellite (ETRSS)
took place at a space station in China. The live broadcast was watched by a
group of Ethiopian and Chinese officials and scientists who had gathered at the
Entoto Observatory and Research Centre outside the capital, Addis Ababa.
Deputy Prime Minister DemekeMekonnen said, this would be a
foundation for their historic journey to prosperity. He said, this technological
infrastructure was important even if delayed.
According to TemidayoOniosun, managing director of Space in
Africa, a Nigeria-based firm that tracks African space programs, this was the
eighth launch of an African satellite this year, topping the previous record of
seven in 2017.
The launch makes Ethiopia the eleventh African country to put a
satellite into space. Egypt was the first in 1998.
Data provided by Ethiopia's satellite is expected to paint a
fuller picture of the country's agriculture, forestry and mining resources and
improve responses to flooding and other disasters.
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Study finds transmission of chicken pox virus from mother to
The study of DBT and NII have found that women having
chickenpox infection may transmit their infection to babies during their
pregnancy. This stimulates babies’ immunity and protects them. A person
being infected by the virus and treated gains immunity lifelong.
This immunity is transferred to babies during pregnancy. Also,
if a mother was vaccinated in her childhood, she is said to be immune to the
disease. Research says that this immunity is transferred to the child as well.
The researchers of National Institute of Immunology (NII) and
Department of Biotechnology (DBT) found that the transfer of viral DNA from
mother to child during their pregnancy is long lasting.
Currently, it is understood that mothers transfer several
antibodies to babies that lasts for 12 to 15 months. However, the new study says
that this scenario is different in case of chickenpox. The study also showed
that reactivation of chickenpox can be induced by stress of pregnancy.
It is a highly contagious disease caused by Varicella Zoster
Virus. According to WHO, around 140 million people are affected by the disease
all over the world annually. In developed countries, incidence of the disease is
16 cases per 1000 people. Out of these, 90% of the cases are reported in
India bags gold in Qatar international weightlifting
Former world champion, weightlifter SaikhomMirabaiChanu won
the women's 49kg category gold medal to open India's account at the 6th
Qatar International Cup in Doha yesterday.
Chanu bagged gold with an effort of 194kg in the Olympic
qualifying event, with the points which will come in handy when the final
rankings for Tokyo 2020 cut are done. The 24-year-old Manipuri lifted 83kg in
snatch and 111kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium.