Govt formulates scheme SMILE for Welfare of Transgender Persons: The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has formulated a scheme “SMILE – Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise”, which includes sub scheme -‘Comprehensive Rehabilitation for Welfare of Transgender Persons’.
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Govt increases capital budget of BRO by 40%; Focus on border areas development: In the 75th Year of India’s Independence, with sustained focus on infrastructure development Centre in its Union Budget for FY 2022-23 has increased the capital outlay for the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), by a record 40 percent, to Rs 3,500 crore as compared to Rs 2,500 crore in FY 2021-22.
Govt introducing millets in Mid-Day Meal Scheme: In order to enhance nutrition among children Centre requested State Govts/Union Territory Administrations to explore the possibility of introducing millets under PM POSHAN Scheme preferably in the districts where eating millets is a culturally accepted food habit.
Chhattisgarh becomes 35th State/UT to implement One Nation One Ration Card: Recently Department of Food & Public Distribution had reviewed the progress of States/UTs towards the implementation of “One Nation One Ration Card” (ONORC) plan and after successful testing of portability transactions, the Department has approved the integration of Chhattisgarh with the existing cluster of portability States/UTs under ONORC.
5th Scorpene submarine, Vagir begins maiden sea trials: The fifth submarine of Project 75, Yard 11879, Indian Navy’s Kalvari class commenced her sea trials on Tuesday.
Gujarat’s Khijadia & UP’s Bakhira wildlife sanctuary declared as Ramsar sites: India gets two more Ramsar sites; Gujarat’s Khijadia & UP’s Bakhira wildlife sanctuary declared as Ramsar sites, taking the total number of protected sites in the country to 49
Bangladesh: Closure of educational institutions extended for two more weeks till Feb 20: In view of the continuing surge in Covid 19 in Bangladesh, the government has decided to extend the closure of schools and colleges for two more weeks till Feb. 20. Earlier, the government had announced the closure of educational institutions for two weeks from January 21 till Feb 6.
Three-day torch relay begins for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics torch relay began on Wednesday just a few days ahead of the opening of the international sporting event in the Chinese capital against a backdrop of diplomatic boycotts and ongoing Covid-19 outbreaks including in the host city.
Winter Olympics host China welcomes Year of Tiger with quiet celebrations amid COVID-19 outbreaks: China is celebrating the Spring Festival, its most important annual festival as it entered the Lunar new Year of the Tiger on Tuesday, bidding goodbye to the Lunar Year of the Ox.
Bangladesh: Ships to go directly to Europe from Chattogram port with RMG products: Bangladeshi ships with Ready Made Garments (RMG) will go directly from the Chattogram port to Europe without transhipment anywhere.
Khelo India Scheme allocation increases by 48% in Budget 2022-23: With a view to achieving the twin objectives of mass participation and promotion of excellence in sports, the Government has decided to continue the Scheme of “Khelo India – National Programme for Development of Sports” over the 15th Finance Commission Cycle (2021-22 to 2025-26) at an outlay of Rs 3165.50 crore.