PIB 09th-13th April 2020

1)101st anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre marked:– On April 13, 1919, (Baisakhi Day), at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, a peaceful meeting was held by 150,000 to 200,000 people. General Dyer ordered to open fire at the crowd that killed thousands.

The people gathered at the park to protest against Rowlatt Act silently.

Rowlatt Act:- The act empowered the British Government to imprison any person under suspicion of terror for a maximum of 2 years.A panel was set up for speedy trials with 3 high court judges. There were no court of appeal above the panel. The act also placed severe restrictions on Pres.

Hunter Commission:- On 14 October 1919, after orders issued by the Secretary of State for India, Edwin Montagu, the Government of India announced the formation of a committee of inquiry into the events in Punjab. Referred to as the Disorders Inquiry Committee, it was later more widely known as the Hunter Commission.

2)Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana: Rs 5,000 crores transferred for free delivery of LPG:- The GoI under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package had announced free delivery of LPG cylinders. Under this initiative, free LPG refills were to be provided for a period of three months to the Ujjwala beneficiaries. The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched in 2016.

The scheme was launched to provide LPG connections to families below poverty line.

3)YUKTI Portal launched by Ministry of HRD:- The Ministry of Human Resource and Development has launched the YUKTI portal to monitor initiatives.
YUKTI is Young India Combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation. The portal will record, cover and monitor initiatives of Ministry of HRD and other educational institutes in the country.

The main aim of the portal is to act as a two-way communication between the institutions and the ministry.

4)“Bharat Padhe Online Campaign” launched by Ministry of HRD:- The Ministry of Human Resources Development has launched a week long campaign called “Bharat Padhe Online Campaign”. The campaign aims to improve online education in India.
The main aim of the campaign is to invite experts in the country to share their knowledge and solutions in order to overcome the constraints in promoting digital education.

5)Wormivet: Herbal Medication developed by NIF to treat worms:- The National Innovation foundation India has developed an indigenous herbal medicine called Wormivet. It is an alternative to chemical methods that are currently being used to treat worms.

The Wormivet is used to treat endoparasite worms in livestock.

About NIF:- The National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India was set up in March 2000 with the assistance of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. It is India’s national initiative to strengthen the grassroots technological innovations and outstanding traditional knowledge. Its mission is to help India become a creative and knowledge-based society by expanding policy and institutional space for grassroots technological innovators.

The INSPIRE Award MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge) is being revamped and executed by Department of Science & Technology and National Innovation Foundation-India to align it with the action plan for “Start-up India” initiative launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. The scheme aims to help build a critical human resource pool for strengthening, expand science and technology system and increase the research & development base on the same by inviting students from all government and private schools throughout the country and enabling them to send their original & creative technological ideas/innovations on the same.

6)The Dhaaga initiative of TATA Power has so far manufactured and supplied 1.2 lakh masks in the states of Maharashtra and Jharkhand. This is the biggest mask distribution of any corporate in India.

7)April 9: CRPF Valour Day:- Every year, April 9 is being marked as CRPF Valour Day all over India. The day is also called “CRPF Shaurya Diwas”.
A small contingent of the CRPF on April 9, 1965 fought against Pakistan in Rann of Kutch eliminating 34 Pakistan soldiers.
During this battle, six CRPF men lost their lives. In order to pay tribute to these brave men, the Valour Day is being marked every year.

8)“iGOT”-An Online Training Portal launched on DIKSHA platform of MHRD:– The Government of India has launched an online training module called “iGOT” portal. iGOT is Integrated Government Online Training portal. It has been launched on DIKSHA platform of Ministry of Human Resources Development.

The main aim of the portal is to increase the capacity building of the frontline workers. The workers are engaged in COVID-19 relief works. India is currently in need of larger force to handle exponential increase in the positive cases of COVID-19.

The portal will look after the training needs of the frontline workers.

The DIKSHA platform was launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development in September 2017. The aim of the portal was to provide a digital platform for the teachers to make their lifestyle digital.

9)Bio Fortified Carrots developed by farmer scientist:-A farmer scientist of Junagadh district, Gujarat Shri Vallabhai Vastambhai Marvaniya developed biofortified carrots. The carrots are locally called “Madhuban Gajar”. It is rich in β-carotene and iron.

The biofortified carrot variety is benefiting more than 150 local farmers. The yield of the variety is 40 to 50 tonnes per hectare. The variety has been cultivated in over 1000 hectares of land this season.

The validation trials of the carrot was conducted by National Innovation Foundation that operates under Department of Science and Technology.

The farmer scientist was awarded with Padma Shri in 2019 for his contribution in the field of agriculture and in specific to carrots.

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