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127.31 crore to Tamil Nadu under the National Afforestation Program

  • The Green India National Plan is one of the eight projects being undertaken under the National Program for Climate Change. The project aims to increase the forest cover in the country and tackle climate change.
  • Under the Green India program, the Ministry of Environment and Forests has not received any project from the Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • However, Rs. 127.31 crore has been procured for Tamil Nadu from 2000-01 under the National Afforestation Program. Under afforestation, management and compensation scheme, Rs.113.42 crore has been provided to increase greenery in Tamil Nadu till 2021-22.
The Prime Minister addressed the farmers at the National Conference on Natural Agriculture
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the National Conference on Natural Agriculture through a live video presentation to the farmers. The event was attended by Union Ministers Mr. Amit Shah, Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar, Governor of Gujarat, Chief Ministers of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.
  • Government of Gujarat hosted the National Conference on Natural Agriculture. The third summit was held from December 14th to 16th.
  • More than 5,000 farmers and others participated in the video conference through the Agricultural Research Council of India, Agricultural Science Centers and the Agricultural Technology Management Agency in the states.
Policy level approval to set up green airports at 21 locations
  • Green airports are in operation at 8 locations in Durgapur, Siradi, Sindhudurg, Pakkiang, Kannur, Kalapuragi, Oravakkal and Kushi Nagar.
  • In addition, policy approval has been given to set up green airports at 21 locations. The Airport Authority of India and the concerned State Governments are responsible for the implementation of these schemes
India and Vietnam sign preliminary agreement to expand participation in digital media
  • Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Mr. Anurag Thakur has signed a preliminary agreement with the Vietnamese Minister of Information and Communication, Mr. Quen Man Hong, to strengthen cooperation in the digital media between India and Vietnam.
  • This preliminary agreement facilitates the sharing of information and experience in formulating and formulating policies on digital media and social networking structures, as well as conducting skills building and training programs for media personnel and officials in both countries.
Launch of "Lokpal Website"
  • The Lokpal body, which has been investigating complaints against various sections of the central government, has now developed a website for transparent performance in handling complaints.
  • The website was launched by former Supreme Court judge and Lokpal leader Binaki Chandragose. Lokpal, created in 2013, will be the "Lokpal Online" (website) (http://okpalonline.gov.in) for filing complaints against public servants under the Lok Ayukta Act.
Bangladesh Independence Day Golden Jubilee - President Ramnath Govind participates
  • President Ramnath Govind was the special guest at the Independence Day celebrations in Bangladesh on Thursday. The Independence Day celebrations were held at the National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Naravane became the leader of the group of three battalion commanders
  • A recent helicopter crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu has killed 14 people, including the country's first troop commander Pipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika.
  • In this situation, MM Narawane was appointed as the Chairman of the Troops Commanders Committee. He took charge. As key decisions have to be made on a number of issues related to the Department of Defense, MM. Naravane is said to have been given this responsibility.
Columbia Journalism Education Center Award for Hindu Group Leader Malini Parthasarathy
  • Malini Parthasarathy, President of the Hindu Group, has been awarded the highest award by the Columbia Center for Journalism Education. An alumnus of this educational center, he has been nominated for the 2022 Award for Outstanding Performance in a Journal of Journalism.
  • The award is presented annually on behalf of the Columbia Center for Journalism Education and its Alumni Association and Development Center. The award is given in recognition of those who have studied at the center and excelled in the field of journalism.
  • Malini Parthasarathy won the "First Bank of India" award in 1997 for outstanding work in the field of journalism. Received the Haldigatti Award in 2000.
50th Anniversary of Victory in the Pakistan War - Parliament pays tribute to Indian soldiers
  • On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of India's victory in the war with Pakistan, the Bangladesh Freedom Fighters and the Indian Army were felicitated in Parliament.
  • India won the war with Pakistan in 1971. Thus, Bangladesh was formed. The 50th anniversary of the war was celebrated. Prime Minister Modi laid a wreath at the war memorial in Delhi. He also carried the victory torch
Import ban on China - US Parliament approves
  • The US Congress has approved a bill banning the import of goods from China's Xinjiang province. The ban will last until the factories confirm that the goods produced in that province are manufactured without forced labor.
  • The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives Senate on Thursday. The bill will be forwarded to the Chancellor for approval.
Minimum age of marriage for women is 21 - Union Cabinet approval
  • They need to get married at the right time to protect their daughters from malnutrition. He said they plan to raise the minimum age of marriage for women. Following this, a special commission headed by Jaya Jaitley was set up to review the minimum age of marriage for women.
  • The panel conducted a series of studies and submitted its report to the United States in December, recommending raising the minimum age for marriage for women from 18 to 21.
  • In this context, the Union Cabinet has approved raising the minimum age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 on the recommendation of a panel headed by Jaya Jaitley.
Kathippara Urban Square Opening
  • Built in the shape of the largest clover leaf in Asia, the bridge will cover 5 lakh 38 thousand square feet of vacant space.
  • On that basis, the Urban Square has been developed at a cost of 14 crore 50 lakh rupees on behalf of the Metro Rail Administration. Its design is designed to reflect the identity and cultural richness of the city of Chennai.
  • Urban Square is divided into 4 zones. Includes small landscape amenities including craft market, restaurants and children's play area.
  • There are a total of 56 shops in the mall. Each store is built on 200 to 400 square feet. Of these, 18 shops are reserved for food sales and there is ample parking for visitors to accommodate 128 cars and 340 two-wheelers at a time.
  • Work on the urban square, under the Kattippara flyover, began in 2018. With all these works recently completed, Chief Minister MK Stalin opened them for public use.
Union Cabinet approves electoral reform bill
  • The Electoral Reform Bill, which has been approved by the Union Cabinet, seeks to link the Aadhaar Card with the Voter ID, although this link is not mandatory. It is important to note that this link is subject to individual discretion.
  • The bill states that the Aadhaar number-voter ID card link will work to prevent the same person from obtaining voter ID cards at different addresses.
  • Another important feature of the bill is that while voting currently takes place in school and college buildings, the Election Commission can no longer take control of any building to conduct voting for elections.
  • Therefore, this Electoral Reform Bill has been amended to give the Election Commission the power to take control of any building such as shopping malls, wedding halls, etc. and to conduct elections there.
  • New voters over the age of 18 will be given the opportunity to add their name to the voter list only once a year, while those over the age of 18 will no longer be given the opportunity to add their name to the voter list 4 times a year.

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