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Agnikul Cosmos Partners With Alaska Aerospace To Test Its Launch Vehicle


  • Chennai-based space startupAgnikul Cosmos has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Alaska Aerospace Corporation to test launch its launch vehicle -- Agnibaan -- from the Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska on Kodiak Island in the US.
  • Agnikul is building a small satellite rocket, Agnibaan capable of carrying up to 100 kg of payload to low Earth orbits up to 700 km.

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ICGS Kanaklata Barua Commissioned


  • A Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) named ICGS KanaklataBaruawas commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard at Kolkata.
  • It is named after a teenage freedom fighter who was shot dead in Assam during the Quit India Movement.
  • It the fifth and last in a series of FPVs built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd. The other four are ICGS Priyadarshini (named after Indira Gandhi), ICGS Annie Besant, ICGS Kamala Devi (after Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay), and ICGS Amrit Kaur.

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Ambedkar Social Innovation & Incubation Mission (ASIIM)


The Union Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment has launched the “Ambedkar Social Innovation and Incubation Mission (ASIIM)” to promote innovation and enterprise among SC students studying in higher educational institutions.

The ASIIM initiative will be implemented by the Venture Capital Fund for SCs (VCF-SCs) that has been created to provide concessional finance to the entities of the SC entrepreneurs.

Objectives of ASIIM

  • To promote entrepreneurship among the SC Youth with special preference to Divyangs.
  • To support (1,000) innovative ideas till 2024 through a synergetic work with the Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) set up by Department of Science and Technology.
  • To support, promote, hand-hold the start-up ideas till they reach commercial stage by providing liberal equity support.
  • To incentivise students with innovative mind-set to take to entrepreneurship with confidence.

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Rules For Protection Of Good Samaritans


The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has published the rules for the protection of Good Samaritans on 29th September 2020.

Finer Points

  • Good Samaritan shall be treated respectfully without any discrimination on the grounds of religion, nationality, caste or sex.
  • No police officer or any other person shall compel a Good Samaritan to disclose his/her name, identity, address or any such other personal details. However, he may voluntarily choose to disclose the same.
  • Every public and private hospital shall publish a charter in Hindi, English and vernacular language, at the entrance or other conspicuous location, and on their website, stating the rights of Good Samaritans under the Act and the rules made thereunder.
  • If a person has voluntarily agreed to become a witness in the case in which he has acted as a Good Samaritan, he shall be examined in accordance with the provisions of this rule, for which detailed guidelines and process has been mentioned in the rules.

Section 134A of Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019

  • The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, inserted a new section 134A, viz. "Protection of good Samaritans" which provides that a Good Samaritan shall not be liable for any civil or criminal action for any injury to or death of the victim of an accident involving a motor vehicle, where such injury or death resulted from the Good Samaritan's negligence in acting or failing to act while rendering emergency medical or non-medical care or assistance and that the Central Government may by rules provide for the procedure for questioning or examination of the Good Samaritan, disclosure of personal information of the Good Samaritan and such other related matters.

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Tribes India E-Marketplace’:Largest Market Of Tribal Products


  • The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has launched India’s largest handicraft and organic products marketplace, Tribes India E-Marketplace (market.tribesindia.com) on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti(October 2, 2020).
  • TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs will showcase the produce and handicrafts of tribal enterprises from across the country and help them market their produce/ products directly, is also a major leap towards the digitisation of tribal commerce.

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Decade Of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030)


On International Day for Older Persons (1st October, 2020) that was observed under the theme “Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?”, the Union Health Ministry has launched Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030), a campaign aimed at mainstreaming issues related to the elderly and for deliberating upon ways to ensure better and effective delivery of services to them.

  • Under this campaign many activities will be undertaken throughout the year, aimed at mainstreaming issues related to elderly and to deliberate upon ways to ensure better and effective delivery of services, making full use of convergence mechanisms.
  • According to Population Census 2011, there are nearly 104 million elderly persons in India. It has increased from 5.5% in 1951 to 8.6% in 2011. And projected a rise upto 19% in 2050.

Some Recent initiatives towards Elders

  • LASI: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare launched the Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI) that will provide scientifically validated data on various issues of the elderly.
  • The Pradhan MantriVaya Vandana Yojana: To provide social security during old age.
  • Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY): Under this scheme, aids and assistive living devices are provided to senior citizens belonging to BPL category who suffer from age-related disabilities.
  • Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP): To improve the quality of life of older persons by providing basic amenities.
  • Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS): Under this scheme, financial assistance is provided to person of 60 years and above and belonging to family living below poverty line.
  • Varishtha Pension BimaYojana (VPBY): It is a social security schemes for senior citizens intended to give an assured minimum pension on a guaranteed minimum return on the subscription amount.

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Ambedkar Social Innovation And Incubation Mission


  • On 30th September, 2020, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment launched the Ambedkar Social Innovation and Incubation Mission (ASIIM) in order to promote innovation and enterprise in Schedule Caste (SC) students studying in higher educational institutions.

Objectives

  • To promote entrepreneurship among the SC Youth with special preference to Divyangs.
  • To support innovative ideas till 2024 through a synergetic work with the Technology Business Incubators (TBIs).
  • To support and promote the start-up ideas till they reach commercial stage by providing liberal equity support.

Need

  • There is a need to identify innovative ideas and provide focussed support to young entrepreneurs who are engaged in working on innovative and technology-oriented business ideas.

Key Points

Implementation

  • The ASIIM initiative will be implemented by the Venture Capital Fund for SCs (VCF-SCs).

Eligibility

  • Youth who have been identified by the TBIs.
  • Students who have been awarded under the Smart India Hackathon or Smart India Hardware Hackathon being conducted by Ministry of Education.
  • Innovative ideas focusing on the socio-economic development of the society identified in the TBIs.
  • Start-ups nominated and supported by corporates through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds.

Benefits

  • 1,000 SC youth would be identified in the next 4 years with start-up ideas through the TBIs in various higher educational institutions.
  • Successful ventures would further qualify for venture capital funding of up to Rs. 5 Crore from the VCF-SCs.
  • This initiative will help promote innovation in the SC youth and would help them to become job-givers from job-seekers.
  • The mission would further give fillip to the ‘Stand Up India’ initiative of the government.

Venture Capital Fund For Scheduled Castes

  • It was launched in 2015 with an initial capital of Rs. 200 crore to encourage budding and existing entrepreneurs from Scheduled Castes (SCs).

Objectives

  • To promote entrepreneurship amongst the SCs
  • To provide concessional finance to the SC entrepreneurs
  • To increase financial inclusion for SC entrepreneurs and to motivate them for further growth of SC communities.