Policy Watch – August 24th, 2017

Important policy updates from 18th August 2017- 24th August 2017

Youth Opportunities

Be Soldiers of Development: Modi to Entrepreneurs

On the occasion of  ‘Champions of Change’ organized by Niti Aayog, Prime Minister asked young entrepreneurs to be soldiers of development. He said that we as Indians should take pride in our rich heritage and boost tourism. He encouraged them to work towards cutting down on imports and making it less-cash economy. Modi ji also mentioned GeM ( Government e Market) – a portal where small suppliers can sell their products to the government.

For more information: India Today

Education

Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat

‘Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat’ Programme is an initiative of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan. It is meant to prepare a physical Health and Fitness Profile Card for more than 12 lakhs of Kendriya Vidyalaya students.

The objective of this programme is to make students and teachers and parents aware about the importance of good health. The idea is to encourage 60 minutes of physical fitness everyday Swasth Bachche, Along with this, motivating potentially outstanding performers, using technology for data capture and analytics are the objectives of the programmes.

For more information: PIB Release

“Mentor India” Campaign

NITI Aayog has launched the Mentor India Campaign to engage leaders who can guide and mentor students at more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs. The idea is to engage leaders who will nurture and guide students in the Atal Tinkering Labs. These labs are non-prescriptive by nature, and mentors are expected to be enablers rather than instructors. Atal Tinkering Labs are dedicated works spaces where students from Class 6th to Class 12th learn innovation skills and develop ideas that will go on to transform India. The labs are powered to acquaint students with state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, robotics & electronics development tools, Internet of things & sensors etc. You can apply to be mentor by filling up an application here.

For more information: PIB Release  

Sports

National Sports Museum in New Delhi

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is going to establish National Sports Museum, first of its kind, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The aim of the Museum is to popularise the sports as a way of life within the country. Accordingly, the proposed Museum would go beyond the classical approach of a collection of memorabilia to become an interactive venue of interest for all age groups. it will display achievements of the Indian greats in sports and also act as an educational hub and offer an opportunity for the young to delve into some sporting activity.

For more information: The Indian Express

Defence

Navika Sagar Parikrama

Navika Sagar Parikrama is a project wherein a team of women officers of the Indian Navy would circumnavigate the globe on an Indian-built sailboat INSV Tarini. This is the first ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The project is scheduled to commence in early Sep 17. The project is considered essential towards promoting Ocean Sailing activities in the Navy while depicting Government of India’s thrust for ‘Nari Shakti’. It aims at promoting women empowerment in the country and ocean sailing by the Indian Navy.

For more information: India International Times

Agriculture

New India Movement – A great success

The Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Ministry has planned to organize the Sankalp Se Sidhi program at 578 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), 29 ICAR institutes/SAUs and 53 ATMAs during 19-30 August 2017. The programs comprise of Kisan Film having message of Hon’ble PM to double farmers’ income by year 2022, followed by pledge for Sankalp Se Sidhi, lecture by agriculture experts and address of the chief guest. “Sankalp Se Sidhi” program is being organized across the country to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Quit India Movement.

For more information: PIB Release

International  Relations

Special Economic Zones in Africa

India and Japan have created a blueprint for developing SEZs in Africa. The first SEZ will come up around Mombasa port in Kenya which will focus on infrastructure, pharmaceutical, fertilisers and manufacturing. Indian firms have considerable influence and power in Mombasa port which is the gateway to the East African market.

Indian officials said New Delhi has been partnering with Japan for the development of African continent based on what two countries can do together for “economic prosperity and capacity building and development of the countries in the continent.” India giving aid to big infrastructure projects in Africa started by the UPA II government and carried forward by the NDA government.

For more information: Hindustan Times

No data from China on Brahmaputra this year

The Brahmaputra and the Sutlej are the two major trans-border rivers that enter India directly from China. There is an existing mechanism named India-China Expert-Level mechanism started in 2006 to share hydrological data during the flood season for Brahmaputra and Satluj rivers. Under the MoUs, the hydrological data is to be shared between May 15 to October 15 every year. However, the same has not been shared this year. This is hinted at China’s responsibility for the current spate of floods across the northeastern States.

According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), over 16 million people have been affected by monsoon flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh. This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these devastating floods. In India over 11 million people are affected by floods in four states across the north of the country.

For more information: Mint