PIB News 19th March 2020

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1)Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG), a sub-scheme under Umbrella Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, has been universalized from 1.4.2018 for the out-of-school girls age group of 11-14 years for their self-development and empowerment to improve their nutrition and health status, promoting awareness about health, hygiene, nutrition, Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH).

2)Setting Up of National Technical Textile Mission:- The government has approved the proposal for creation of National Technical Textiles Mission for a period of 4 years (2020-21 to 2023-24).

The focus of the Mission is for developing on usage of technical textiles in various flagship missions, programmes of the country including strategic sectors.

The use of technical textiles in agriculture, aquaculture, dairy, poultry, etc. Jal Jivan Mission; Swachch Bharat Mission; Ayushman Bharat will bring an overall improvement in cost economy, water and soil conservation, better agricultural productivity and higher income to farmers per acre of land holding in addition to promotion of manufacturing and exports activities in India.

Other Component of the Mission :- A sub-component of the research will focus on development of bio degradable technical textiles materials, particularly for agro-textiles, geo-textiles and medical textiles. It will also develop suitable equipment for environmentally sustainable disposal of used technical textiles, with emphasis on safe disposal of medical and hygiene wastes.

3)Viterbi Program:- First Let’s Understand What is IUSSTF :-

IUSSTF was established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America in March 2000.

It is an autonomous bilateral organization jointly funded by both the Governments that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Innovation through substantive interaction among government, academia, and industry.

The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Governments of India, and the U.S. Department of State are respective nodal departments.

The Viterbi Program of IUSSTF was developed between IUSSTF and the Viterbi School of Engineering. The program provides an opportunity for Indian students pursuing a Bachelors’s or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computational Sciences at a recognized institution of higher education and learning in India to undertake a research internship at the Viterbi School of Engineering for a period of 8 weeks.

4)As per the latest key world energy statistics published by the IEA in 2019, India is the 3rd largest producer of electricity in the world and it ranks 106th in terms of per capita consumption in 2017.

About IEA :- Created in 1974 to ensure the security of oil supplies, the International Energy Agency has evolved over the years.

The International Energy Agency is a Paris-based autonomous intergovernmental organization established in the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1974 in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis.

5) March 15 is celebrated as the World Consumer Rights Day throughout the world.



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