19th Dec, 2020

Cabinet Committee on Security approves the setting up of a new National Security Directive

Recently, the Cabinet Committee on Security has approved the setting up of a new National Security Directive on the telecommunication sector.

It aims to classify telecom products and their sources under the ‘trusted’ and ‘non-trusted’ categories.

It will make its decision based on approval of the National Security Committee on Telecom.

It will be headed by the deputy National Security Advisor (NSA). 

It will have members from other departments and ministries, independent experts and two members from the industry.

The National Cyber Security Coordinator is the designated authority and will devise the methodology to designate trusted products.

Eight-member committee makes Recommendations on Reservation in IITs

Recently, an eight-member committee, appointed by the government made recommendations for effective implementation of reservation in students’ admissions and faculty recruitment in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). 

It was chaired by IIT Delhi’s Director

It had representatives of secretaries of the departments of Social Justice and Empowerment, Tribal Affairs, Department of Personnel and Training, Persons with Disabilities, among others.

Its report was submitted to the Ministry of Education in June 2020. 

It has been made available under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 also.

Being established and recognised as institutions of national importance, IITs should be added to the list of “Institutions of Excellence” mentioned in the Schedule to the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act, 2019 (CEI Act).

Implementation of reservation policies for all categories including Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) be restricted just to Assistant Professor Grade I and Grade II and not for levels above.

Vacancies not filled in a particular year due to non-availability, be de-reserved in the subsequent year.

Conduct of special recruitment drives to attract candidates from reserved categories.

A system emphasising targeted goals over a period of time and not specific quotas be followed so that IITs can compete with other top institutions in the world in terms of excellence, output, research and teaching.

The panel proposes a two-year Research Assistantship for students from reserved categories aspiring to join PhD programmes. 

Hawker Culture in Singapore included in UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Hawker Culture in Singapore has been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the 15th session of the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) that was held online.

Hawker Culture in Singapore

It is a living heritage shared by those who prepare hawker food and those who dine and mingle over hawker food in community dining spaces called hawker centres.

It reflects Singapore’s multicultural identity as a people and nation, and resonates strongly with Singaporeans across all races and social strata.

UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage

This list is made up of those intangible heritage elements that help demonstrate diversity of cultural heritage and raise awareness about its importance.

Established in: 2008 when the Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage came into effect.

Intangible Cultural Heritage of India, recognized by UNESCO: 

The Ministry of Culture has also launched the draft National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India

India’s communication satellite CMS-01 was successfully launched by PSLV-C50

India’s communication satellite CMS-01 was successfully launched by PSLV-C50 recently from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

CMS-01 is envisaged to provide services in the extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum that will cover the Indian mainland, the Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands.

It provides services like tele-education, tele-medicine, disaster management support and Satellite Internet access.

It was India’s 42nd communication satellite with a mission life of over seven years.

The satellite will be placed in the specified slot in the geosynchronous orbit.

Subsequently, it will function as the continuation of GSAT11 launched 11 years back.

PSLV-C50 is the 52nd flight of PSLV and 22nd flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with 6 strap-on motors).