With the establishment of this zoo, the state of Uttar Pradesh has a total of 9 zoos.
It is the second biggest zoo in Uttar Pradesh after Kanpur Zoological Park.
Vanchit Ikai Samooh Aur Vargon Ki Aarthik Sahayta (VISVAS) Yojana
Recently, National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC) and National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) entered in to MoA With Central Bank of India for implementation of Vanchit Ikai Samooh aur Vargon ki Aarthik Sahayta (VISVAS) Yojana.
Ministry: Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
It is an Interest subvention Scheme for financial empowerment of economically marginalized OBC/SC Self Help Groups (SHGs) & Individuals.
The scheme will benefit OBC/SC SHGs with loans up to Rs.4 Lakh and OBC/SC individuals with loan up to Rs.2 Lakh with a quick interest subvention benefit of 5% directly into the standard accounts of borrowing beneficiaries.
Invest India wins UN Investment Promotion Award
The United Nations (UNCTAD) has declared Invest India- the National Investment Promotion Agency of India- as a winner of the 2020 United Nations Investment Promotion Award.
The award recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievements and best practices of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) across the globe.
This United Nations Investment Promotion Award is the most coveted award for Investment Promotion Agencies.
UNCTAD is a central agency that monitors performance of IPAs and identifies global best practices.
Germany, South Korea and Singapore have been some of the past winners of the award.
It is the national investment promotion and facilitation agency
Set up in: 2009
It is a non-profit venture
Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Focus: Sector-specific investor targeting and development of new partnerships to enable sustainable investments in India.
It also partners with substantial investment promotion agencies and multilateral organizations.
It actively works with several Indian states to build capacity and bring in global best practices in investment targeting, promotion and facilitation areas.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
It was established in 1964 as a permanent intergovernmental body.
It deals with trade, investment, and development issues.
Goal: Maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries and assist them in their efforts to integrate into the world economy on an equitable basis.
Established by: United Nations General Assembly in 1964
It reports to the UN General Assembly and United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Primary objective: To formulate policies relating to all aspects of development including trade, aid, transport, finance and technology.
The permanent secretariat is in Geneva, Switzerland
Draft Guidelines Of Technical Specifications Of Floating Structures
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has issued the draft guidelines for technical specifications of floating structures for public consultation, with a vision to deploy world-class floating infrastructure all along the coastline.
Floating structure because of its inherent advantages, is attractive solution and is being encouraged by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
Deployment of floating jetties, especially in locations having a large tidal range, where conventional quay poses problems during low tide periods, is very convenient.
Floating jetties are cost-effective and much cheaper than conventional structures.
Setting up of floating structures is much faster as compared to conventional jetties.
Its environmental impact is minimal.
Expansions are easily feasible due to modular construction techniques.
It is easily transportable in case of reconfiguring of the port.
It provides constant freeboard between jetties and boats.
Bangladesh Signs First Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA)
Bangladesh signed its first Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with Bhutan allowing duty free access to a range of goods between the two countries.
This is the first PTA Bangladesh has signed with any country in the world.
The agreement was signed on the occasion marking the 50 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Under the PTA 100 Bangladeshi products will get duty free access to Bhutan.
At the same time, 34 items from Bhutan will get duty free access into Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is expected to sign 11 more PTAs and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with countries like Indonesia and Nepal by June next year.
In 1971, Bhutan was the first country in the world, followed by India as the second, to recognise Bangladesh as an independent country.
Mount Everest reported to be 86cm higher
The Foreign Ministers of Nepal and China jointly certified the elevation of Mount Everest at 8,848.86 metres above sea level — 86 cm higher than what was recognised since 1954.
The earlier height was determined by the Survey of India in 1954, using instruments like the odolites and chains.
The devastating earthquake of April 2015 triggered a debate among scientists on whether it had affected the height of the mountain.
Mount Everest is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.
The China–Nepal border runs across its summit point.
Global Teacher Prize 2020
A primary school teacher from Maharashtra’s Solapur district has won the one-million US dollar Global Teacher Prize 2020 for promoting girls’ education.
Ranjitsinh Disale from Paritewadi village, was awarded in recognition of his efforts to promote girls’ education and initiating a quick-response (QR) coded textbook revolution in India.
He has announced that he will share half of the one million dollar award money with the nine other finalists so that they too may continue their good work.
The award was established by the London-based Varkey Foundation and is given in partnership with UNESCO.
In the past, Disale had been named as the Innovative Researcher of the Year 2016 and has featured in the Satya Nadella’s book ‘Hit Refresh’.