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GOAL 2.0: Digitally upskilling Youth

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has launched the second phase of the Going Online As Leaders (GOAL) program.

  • The programme is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Meta (FaceBook).

‘Fincluvation’: Financial Inclusion Initiative by IPPB

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB), a 100% government owned entity under Department of Posts (DoP) announced the launch of Fincluvation – a joint initiative to collaborate with Fintech Startup community to co-create and innovate solutions for financial inclusion.


Ministry of Education to conduct a 'Foundational Learning Study'

The Ministry of Education will be conducting a ‘foundational learning study’ in order to draw a first-hand understanding of the learning levels of the students at the foundational learning stage (at the end of Grade 3).

The study is first of its kind in the world as it aims to set-up benchmarks for reading with comprehension in 22 Indian languages.


India on verge of achieving SDG Target of MMR

In a significant achievement, Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) of India has declined by 10 points as per the Special Bulletin on MMR released by the Registrar General of India.

  • The ratio has declined from 113 in 2016-18 to 103 in 2017-19 (8.8 % decline).

17-21 January 2022: ‘Open Data Week’

initiation of the Open Data Week to encourage adoption of open data and promote innovation across India’s urban ecosystem.

  • Leading up to the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav - Smart Cities: Smart Urbanization’ conference scheduled to be held in Surat, during February 2022, the Open Data Week is part of a series of pre-event initiatives being undertaken by MoHUA to promote awareness and use of open data.

24th National Conference on e-Governance 2021

The Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG) and Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, in association with the State Government of Telangana organized the 24th Conference on e-Governance (NCeG) 2021 on 7th – 8th February 2022 at Hyderabad, Telangana.

  • The theme of this Conference was “India’s Techade: Digital Governance in a Post Pandemic World”.

Smart Cities and Academia towards Action & Research (SAAR)

The Smart Cities Mission, MoHUA has launched “Smart cities and Academia Towards Action & Research (SAAR)” program.

  • It is a joint initiative of MoHUA, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and leading Indian academic institutions of the country.

AERV Inducted Into Indian Army

On 21st December, 2021, the first batch of Indigenous Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicles was inducted into the Indian Army.

Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle (AERV)

  • These next-generation vehicles were inducted into the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army.

NITI Aayog and WFP Sign Statement of Intent

On 20th December, 2021, NITI Aayog signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) with United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

The Statement of Intent

  • It focuses on strategic and technical collaboration between NITI Aayog and WFP to strengthen climate resilient agriculture for enhanced food and nutrition security in India.

3rd Annual Defence Dialogue between India and France

On 17th December, 2021, the third Annual Defence Dialogue between India and France was held in New Delhi.

Key Highlights

  • In the meeting, a wide range of bilateral, regional, defence and defence industrial cooperation issues were discussed

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