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UGC allows online degrees

University Grants Commission approved the UGC (Online Courses) Regulations, 2018.

This enables higher education institutions to offer certificate, diploma and degree programmes in full-fledged online mode.

A minimum National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) score of 3.26 on the 4-point scale is required.

Did you Know

UGC is a statutory body set up by the Indian Union government in accordance with the UGC Act 1956 under Ministry of Human Resource Development.

It provides recognition to universities in India and disburses funds to such recognised universities and colleges.

Its main headquarter is in New Delhi.

Chairman- D.P. Singh


Odisha govt. to set up mineral police stations

Odisha government will soon establish mineral police stations in the State, to curb rampant theft of minor minerals from different districts.

Did you Know

Capital: Bhubaneshwar

Odisha CM: Naveen Patnaik

Odisha is drained by three main rivers: Mahanadi, Brahmani, and Baitarni.

Chilka lake is the biggest and most famous brackish water lagoon. This is India’s biggest and World’s second biggest coastal lagoon.


Booklet on public grievance redressal released

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has released a booklet chronicling the success of the public grievance redressal system in a remote district of the State.

Title of the book is ‘100 saphal lok shikayat nivaran’.

Did you Know

The capital of Bihar is Patna.

Bihar is an amalgamation of three distinct regions: Magadh, Mithila, and Bhojpur.


‘Clean Air India Initiative’ launched

Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte launched the ‘Clean Air India Initiative’ in New Delhi.

The campaign aims to curb air pollution in Indian cities by promoting partnerships between Indian start-ups and Dutch companies.

Clean Air India Initiative- is a collaborative project between Get in the Ring, a platform for start-ups, the government of the Netherlands, Start-up India, and INDUS Forum, an online matchmaking platform of Indian and Dutch businesses.

The focus was severe air pollution in Delhi caused by burning of Paddy straw in neighbouring states Punjab and Haryana.

Did you Know

The capital of Netherlands: Amsterdam

Upper house: Senate

Lower house: House of representatives

Monarch: William Alexander

Currency: Euro


Govt. schools to get grants for buying sports equipment

Centre will give government schools grants for buying sports equipment to promote sports in schools.

This is an integral part of Samagra Shiksha, a scheme to make school education an integrated whole from pre-school to Class-12.

Every primary school will receive sports equipment at a cost of ₹5,000, upper primary school ₹10,000 and secondary and senior secondary school ₹25,000.

Did you Know

Minister of Human Resource and Development- Shri. Prakash Javadekar


Nepal first country in south-east Asia to eliminate trachoma: WHO

Nepal has become the first country in south-east Asia to eliminate trachoma, world's leading cause of preventable blindness of infectious origin.

Trachoma was the second leading cause of preventable blindness in the Himalayan nation in the 1980s.

Did you Know

Trachoma is a chlamydial infection which happens due to lack of hygiene, unclean water supply and can spread by contact with eye, nose, or throat secretions of a person suffering from the disease or indirectly via flies.

The infection is particularly common among children.


SIDBI to extend direct funding facility to VLEs in CSCs

CSC SPV and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) signed an MoU for providing financial support to CSCs across the country.

With this SIDBI seeks to extend financial support to the Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) of CSCs, with minimum one year of operation, under the Direct Financing Window of SIDBI.

CSCs is improving women's health and hygiene through Stree Swabhiman initiative.

Did you Know

SIDBI: Small Industries Development Bank of India is a development financial institution in India headquartered at Lucknow.

CEO: Dr. Kshatrapati Shivaji

Headquarters: Lucknow

Founded: 2 April 1990

Chairman and MD: Mohammad Mustafa, IAS.


CSIR bags the Clarivate Analytics India Innovation Award

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research has been awarded the Clarivate Analytics India Innovation Award 2018 in the Government Research Organizations Category.

Every year, Clarivate Analytics of Thomson Reuters recognizes the most innovative companies in India according to patent-related metrics that get to the essence of what it means to be truly innovative.

Did you Know

CSIR is a contemporary R&D organization, is known for its cutting edge R&D knowledge base in diverse science & technology areas.

CSIR has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 units. CSIR’s R&D expertise and experience are embodied in about 4600 active scientists supported by about 8000 scientific and technical personnel.


Airtel Payments Bank Appoints Anubrata Biswas As MD and CEO

Airtel Payments Bank has appointed Anubrata Biswas as its managing director and CEO.

Mr. Biswas has experience of more than 17 years in the banking sector.

Prior to joining Airtel Payments Bank, he was the joint general manager and retail business head — South India for ICICI.

Did you Know

Airtel Payments Bank Limited is a public limited company.

It was the first company in India to receive a payments bank license from RBI.


Pakistan Hosts SCO Anti-Terror Meeting

Pakistan to host an anti-terrorism meeting under the banner of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

The meeting, namely SCO-Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure Legal Experts (RATS) is a three-day conference is taking place under the framework of SCO.

Did you Know

SCO- is a Eurasian political, economic, and security organisation, the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai, China by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

These countries, except for Uzbekistan, had been members of the Shanghai Five group, founded on 26 April 1996 in Shanghai.

India and Pakistan joined SCO as full members on 9 June 2017 at a summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.