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World food price index rises for seventh straight month in Dec.

World food pricesApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: World food prices, as measured by the UN FAo's Food Price Index, rose for a seventh consecutive month in December. About: UN FAO Food Price Index The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was established in 1945 as a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.The FAO Food Price Index is a measure of the monthly change in…

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3.04 Crore New Connections provided under National Jal Jeevan Mission

National Jal Jeevan MissionApprox Read Time: 5 min National Jal Jeevan Mission In News: National Jal Jeevan Mission Over 3 crore rural households have been provided tap connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) since it started in 2019. News Summary: Jal Shakti Ministry's data shows that over 3 crore rural households have been provided tap connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) since it started in 2019.The Ministry  credited…

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India slips 6 spots to 86th rank on corruption index

Corruption Perception Index 2020Approx Read Time: 5 min In News: The Transparency International recently released the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2020. Corruption Perception Index: The index released annually by Transparency International, ranks 180 countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people.It uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero signifies the highest level of corruption and 100 is very clean. Global highlights: Denmark and New Zealand topped the list with…

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1.1 crore Houses approved under PMAY(U) so far

Pradhan Mantri Awas YojanaApprox Read Time: 6 min In News: The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) has sanctioned the construction of 1.68 lakh new houses under the scheme.  News Summary: 14 States/UTs participated in the 52nd Meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) under PMAY (Urban).After the meeting, construction of 1.68 lakh new houses has been sanctioned under the scheme. These houses…

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To boost industries in J&K, centre clears Rs 28,400 crore scheme

New Industrial Development Scheme for Jammu & KashmirApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: The Union Government has formulated a New Industrial Development Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir (J&K IDS, 2021) as Central Sector Scheme for the development of industries in Jammu & Kashmir.The financial outlay of the proposed scheme is Rs.28,400 crore for the scheme period 2020-21 to 2036-37. Need of the scheme: The scheme has been announced in the backdrop of the reorganization of…

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75m Indians above 60 suffer from chronic disease: Survey

Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI)Approx Read Time: 6 min In News: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently released the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI). Longitudinal Aging Study in India: Launched in 2016, the LASI is a full–scale national survey of scientific investigation of the health, economic, and social determinants and consequences of population ageing in India.LASI, Wave 1 (phase 1) covered 72,250 individuals aged 45 and above for the 2017-18 period. This…

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Science policy draft: 30% top posts for women, spousal benefits for LGBTQ+

STIP 2020 draftApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: The draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020 was recently released by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Once finalized, STIP 2020 will replace the STI policy of 2013.The DST has invited suggestions, inputs and comments for making changes by January 25. Vision of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020 Achieve technological self-reliance and place India among the top three scientific superpowers in the…

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PM unveils project for affordable housing

Affordable housingApprox Read Time: 4 min Affordable housing | GHTC-India initiative, In News: Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of six Light House Projects (LHPs) in six cities across six States as part of the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) initiative. News Summary: Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of six Light House Projects (LHPs) in six cities across six States as part of the Global Housing Technology…

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