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20 January 2017


Govt. launches 'ShaGun' - a web-portal for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan


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  • The Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar launched a dedicated web portal ‘ShaGun’ for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan 
  • ‘ShaGun’ aims to capture and showcase innovations and progress in Elementary Education sector of India by continuous monitoring of the flagship scheme - Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).
  • Ministry of HRD will be codifying the learning outcome to set assessment standards for abilities with regards to comprehension, mathematics, language etc. and thus ensuring that “all children acquire at least the minimum levels of learning” from Class I to Class VIII under Right to Education Act, 2009.
  • Learning Outcomes are assessment standards indicating the expected levels of learning that children should achieve for that class. These outcomes can be used as check points to assess learning at different points of time. The learning outcomes would help teachers to understand the learning levels of children in their respective classes individually as well as collectively.



PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates Raisina Dialogue In Delhi


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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi told 69 nations participating in the flagship geo-political conference "Raisina Dialogue" that reform would not be enough "unless it transforms economy and society". 
  • Pointing out that he had got a "mandate to take bold decisions", he said for his government, this means a "path of international engagement" -- focused on "restoring bridges, shaping relationships, making India human resource to be reckoned with". 
  • More than 250 representatives of 65 nations are participating in the second Raisina Dialogue.
  • With a theme of "New Normal: Multi-lateralism with Multi-Polarity", the meet is focussing on deliberate on strategic issues including new challenges and cyber security. 



Birender Singh Yadav concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Sierra Leone



  • Shri Birender Singh Yadav (IFS: 1997), presently High Commissioner of India to Republic of Ghana, has been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Sierra Leone, with residence in Accra (Ghana).
  • He is expected to take up his assignment shortly


"Quantico" actress Priyanka Chopra wins her 2nd People's Choice Award


  • Priyanka Chopra has become a star in the west, all thanks to her larger than life role of Alex Parrish on the popular TV show Quantico. 
  • The Indian actress has won her second People's Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress.
  • This is Priyanka's second award in a row and we are so proud of her.



PNB to provide technology platform for pilot launch of IPPB



  • State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) will provide technology platform for pilot launch of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB). 
  • The memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed between PNB and IPPB.
  • As per the agreement, PNB shall provide technology platform for pilot launch of IPPB on receipt of regulatory approval from Reserve Bank of India, the bank said in a regulatory filing to stock exchanges. 
  • The bank will be headquartered in New Delhi and plans to launch 650 branches across the country during the year. 
  • The first PSU under the Department of Posts, IPPB expects to complete the rollout of its branches all over the country by September 2017. 
  • IPPB aims to become the most accessible bank in the world, riding on advanced banking and payments technology. 
  • Coupled with physical presence across 1.55 lakh post offices and the reach of the postman, it plans to become a powerful and effective vehicle of real financial inclusion in the country.



10th Jaipur Literature festival begins



  • The 10th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) begins with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, veteran lyricist Gulzar, American poet Anne Waldman and spiritual writer Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, inaugurating the five-day event. 
  • Touted to be world's largest free literary festival, this year JLF has been themed on "The Freedom to Dream: India at 70" and will see over 250 authors, thinkers, politicians and popular culture icons engaging in stimulating discussions and sessions at the historic Diggi Palace.



58th India International Garment Fair begins in New Delhi



  • The 58th edition of India International Garment Fair (IIGF) is beginning today in New Delhi.
  • Organized by Apparel Export Promotion Council India, the event is one of the largest and most popular platforms in Asia, from which overseas garment buyers can source products and forge business relationships with India's finest players in the apparel and fashion accessories domain.
  • Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani will inaugurate the three-day long fair.
  • A total of 312 participants from 14 states are participating in the Fair.
  • The major participating states are Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Gujarat and Karnataka.
  • The sellers will be showcasing women's wear, accessories, kids wear and menswear.
  • The event will have fashion shows for exhibiting the collections and developing business.



Karnataka allows sale of kerosene in open market


  • The Karnataka government has decided to allow the sale of white kerosene in open market.
  • Addressing the media in Mangaluru, State Food and Civil Supplies Minister UT Khader said that the government has issued an order this effect.
  • Those interested in selling white kerosene in open market can approach the office of the Food and Civil Supplies in their districts
  • Sunflower oil will be distributed to PDS cardholders below poverty line in Bengaluru and Mangaluru from next month, he said people from these regions did not prefer palm oil



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