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1000 new classroom buildings at Rs 155 crore - CM Stalin inaugurated
  • Chief Minister M.K.Stalin announced in the Legislative Assembly that 6,000 new classrooms will be built for Panchayat Union primary and middle schools at a cost of Rs.800 crore, and 1,200 classrooms will be constructed at a cost of Rs.250 crore for high and secondary schools, totaling 7,200 classrooms at a cost of Rs.1,050 crore. 
  • Accordingly, an order was issued to construct 5,653 new classrooms at a cost of Rs 800 crore in the last financial year. This scheme has been introduced in the rural areas as the Kindergarten Infrastructure Development Scheme.
  • Under this scheme, Chief Minister M.K.Stalin inaugurated last September 1,000 classrooms which were completed in the first phase of Panchayat Union primary and middle schools in 37 districts. 
  • Now in the second phase, Chief Minister M.K.Stalin on Tuesday inaugurated one thousand primary and middle school classrooms in 34 districts at a cost of Rs.155.42 crore through a video presentation from the Chennai Secretariat.
  • CM Stalin also inaugurated 50 village secretariats in 21 districts of Tamil Nadu which have been built at a cost of Rs.20.54 crore. In these buildings, a room for the village panchayat chairman, a room for the secretary, a room for the village administration officer, a meeting room, internet facility, seating facility for the public, drinking water and toilet facilities have also been established.
  • 102 village panchayat council buildings have been constructed in all the districts through the All Gram Anna Revival Scheme, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and National Village Autonomy Scheme. The Chief Minister inaugurated these buildings through video. 
  • Also, new buildings have been constructed for Panchayat Union offices at Paramathi in Namakkal district, Podinayakanur in Theni district, Kelamangalam in Krishnagiri district, Manachanallur in Trichy district and Pollachi South in Coimbatore district.
  • Chief Minister M. K. Stalin opened those buildings through video from the Chief Secretariat.
One can get a driving license without owning a vehicle - PM Stalin launched a new scheme
  • A scheme has been launched to show vehicles at local transport offices without owning a vehicle and get a license. Chief Minister M.K.Stalin flagged off the new vehicles purchased for this purpose in a program held at the Chief Secretariat on Tuesday.
  • Many of the general public who want to get a light vehicle driver's license have to approach a driving school because they don't have their own vehicle. In order to avoid this, the Tamil Nadu Government announced a new scheme in the Legislative Assembly. 
  • Accordingly, it was announced that separate vehicles will be procured for driving license application in regional transport and regional offices.
  • According to the notification, 145 light vehicles were procured for Otun Thovu in 145 offices including 91 district transport offices and 54 regional offices in Tamil Nadu. Chief Minister M. K. Stalin flagged off these vehicles from the Chief Secretariat.
Union Cabinet approves India-Italy Migration and Transit Agreement
  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the proposal of the Ministry of External Affairs to approve the signing of the Migration and Transit Agreement between the Government of India and the Government of Italy.
  • The agreement will improve people-to-people contacts and encourage migration of students, skilled workers, businessmen and young professionals. It will also strengthen cooperation on issues related to irregular migration between the two sides.
  • After completion of education/training in Italy, Indian students who wish to gain initial professional experience may be granted temporary residence in Italy for up to 12 months.
  • The Italian side has detailed provisions regarding professional training, extra curricular field training and curricular field training to allow Indian students / trainees to gain experience in Italian skills / training standards.
  • Italy has provided additional quotas for seasonal and non-seasonal workers from 2023-2025. Additionally, the agreement formalizes joint work to improve transport routes between India and Italy, and through agreements to recruit India's qualified professionals in the health and medical services sectors, which will be discussed under the Joint Working Group.
  • The agreement also formalizes cooperation between the two sides in the fight against illegal immigration.
Union Cabinet approves opening of Indian Consulate in Auckland, New Zealand
  • The Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the plan to open Indian Consulate in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • The opening of Indian Consulate in Auckland will help increase India's diplomatic footprint and strengthen India's diplomatic relations representation in view of India's growing global engagement. This move will help advance India's strategic security and commercial interests and better serve the interest of the Indian community in Auckland. The embassy is expected to be fully operational within 12 months.
Union Cabinet approves signing of MoU between India and Malaysia for Broadcasting Cooperation between Prasar Bharati, Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) of Malaysia
  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the Broadcasting MoU between Prasar Bharati and Radio Television Malaysia signed on 07 November 2023. 
  • It has enormous potential to strengthen cooperation in the field of broadcasting, information exchange, audio-visual programs and significantly enhance India's friendly relations with the country. With this, the number of MoUs signed by Prasar Bharati with various countries has increased to 46.
  • Prasar Bharati plays a very important role in building the country. And continues to focus on delivering meaningful, accurate programming to everyone, both domestically and abroad. 
  • These MoUs will be important in distributing programs in other countries, developing partnerships with international broadcasters and exploring new strategies to address the needs of new technologies. Exchange of programs on free/non-free basis in culture, education, science, technology, sports, news and other fields is a major benefit of signing MoUs.
Union Cabinet approves minimum support price for copra coconut for 2024 season
  • Prime Minister Mr. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Narendra Modi has approved the minimum support price for copra coconut for the 2024 season. 
  • In the Union Budget 2018-19, the government announced that the minimum support price of all staple crops will be fixed at a level of at least 1.5 times the cost of production on an all-India basis to provide remunerative prices to farmers. 
  • The minimum support price for fair average quality of milled copra has been fixed at Rs.11,160/- per quintal and Rs.12,000/- per quintal for milled copra for the 2024 season. Through this, 51.84 percent profit will be obtained for milled copra and 63.26 percent for pre-crushed copra. 
  • This is 1.5 times more than the all-India average cost of production. Crushed copra to extract oil, pre-crushed / cooked copra is used for food and religious purposes. There are millions of copra producers in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  • The minimum support price for 2024 season has increased by Rs.300/- per quintal for milled copra and Rs.250/- per quintal for pre-milled copra over the previous season. 
  • In the last 10 years, the minimum source price for milled copra and pre-milled copra has increased from Rs 5,250 per quintal in 2014-15 and Rs 5,500 per quintal in 2024-25 to Rs 11,160 per quintal in 2024-25. The government has also increased it to Rs.12,000.
  • A higher minimum support price will ensure better profitable returns to coconut farmers and encourage farmers to expand copra production to meet the growing domestic and international demand for coconut products.
  • In the current year 2023, the government has set a record by purchasing 1.33 lakh metric tonnes of copra at a cost of Rs.1,493 crore. Around 90,000 farmers have been benefited by this. Purchases in the current season have increased by 227 percent over the previous season (2022).

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