PIB News Synopsis 21st March 2020

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1)Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0) Scheme :- Scheme IS for development of world class infrastructure along with common facilities and amenities through Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs).

2)Available digital e-Learning platforms:-

  1. DIKSHA:

Diksha has more than 80000 e-Books for class 12th created by CBSE, NCERT and States/UTs which are available in multiple languages. The content can also be viewed through QR code on textbooks.


In this web portal NCERT has deployed 1886 audios, 2000 videos, 696 e- e-books (e-Pubs) and 504 Flip Books for classes 1st to 12th in different languages. Mobile app is available.

  1. National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER):

NROER portal has a total of 14527 files including 401 collections, 2779 documents, 1345 interactive, 1664 audios, 2586 images and 6153 videos on different languages.

The platforms of Ministry of HRD for school education are as follows Higher Education are as under:

  1. SWAYAM:

SWAYAM is the national online education platform hosting 1900 courses covering both school (class IX to XII) And Higher Education (under graduate, post graduate programs) in all subjects. A unique feature of SWAYAM is that, it is integrated with the conventional education. Credit transfers are possible  for SWAYAM courses (max 20%).


Has 32 D2H TV channels transmitting educational contents on 24/7 basis. These channels are available for viewing all across all across the country using DD free Dish set top box and antenna.  The channels cover both school education (class IX to XII) And Higher Education (under graduate, post graduate, engineering, out of school children, vocational courses and teacher training) in arts, Science, commerce, performing arts etc.

3)Domestic Manufacturing of Medical Devices approved by Cabinet:- The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi approved the Medical Device Park Scheme. The scheme is to be implemented for the next five years. The amount is mainly to be used in medical devices and drugs production.

The parks will help to reduce imports and also increase standard of medical testing. Also, the scheme will help to reduce cost of production.

India is the fourth largest market for medical devices in Asia. However, the domestic medical devices industry in India is very small.

4)March 22: World Water Day:- Every year since 1993, World Water Day is being celebrated on March 22. It is being celebrated to spread the importance of fresh water.

The main purpose of World Water Day is to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6. This includes Water and Sanitation for all by 2030. The day began in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. At the conference, the UN passed a resolution to observe World Water Day.

5)Satyarup Siddhanta”, an Indian Mountaineer enters ‘Limca Book of Records’ conquering highest volcanoes:- The Indian Mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta has entered ‘Limca Book of Records’.

He has set the record of becoming the first Indian to climb the highest volcanoes in the world of all the 7 continents.

Satyarup Siddhanta has conquered the following highest volcanoes of 7 continents

Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa (5,895 m)

Mount Elbrus, Europe (5,642 m)

Mt Pico de Orizaba, North America (5,636 m)

Mt Giluwe, Australia (4,367 m)

Mt Sidley, Antarctica (4,285 m)

Mt Ojos del Salado, South America (6,893 m)

Mt Damavand, Asia (5,610 m)

6)Bridge Constructed across Teesta River in North Sikkim by BRO opened:- On March 21, 2020, the Borders Road Organization opened a 360 feet long bridge across Teesta river. The bridge was constructed by BRO under Project Swastik.

Teesta river flows through the states of West Bengal and Sikkim. It flows into Bay of Bengal after traversing through Bangladesh. It is a tributary of the Jamuna river (Brahmaputra).

In 1983, Teesta river sharing agreement was signed between India and Bangladesh.

According to the agreement, 39% of waters is to be shared by India and 36% water by Bangladesh.  Later in 1984, India’s share was increased to 42.5% and Bangladesh’s to 37.5%.


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