Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi becomes 1st Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft solo

2/22/2018
  • Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi scripted history by becoming the first  Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo. 
  • She flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo flight from Jamnagar base of Indian Air Force (IAF) in Gujarat.
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  • Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa is the 25th Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force.

Agriculture Ministry Adds Six New Features in e-NAM Platform

2/22/2018
The Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh launched six new features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Platform to make it more users friendly.

e-NAM is one of the major and important flagship schemes of the Government of India which is being implemented by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare with the objective of providing competitive and remunerative price to farmers for their produce through online competitive bidding process.

The six new features are e-NAM Mobile App includes-

1. MIS dashboard for better analysis,
2. BHIM payment facility by traders,
3. Mobile payment facility by traders,
4. Enhanced features on mobile app such as gate entry and payment through mobile,
5. Integration of farmer’s database, and
6. e-Learning module.
 
The objective was to bring more transparency and competition and provide remunerative prices to farmers. Keeping in view the need of making marketing of commodities easier for farmers.

e-NAM was envisioned and launched in 21 Mandis on 14th April 2016 which has now reached 479 Mandis across 14 states and 1 Union Territory. e-NAM website is now available in eight different languages (Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Odia) while the live trading facility is available in six different languages (Hindi, English, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi & Telugu).

India's ranking in corruption perception index falls to 81

2/22/2018

  • India has been ranked 81st in the global corruption perception index for 2017, released by Transparency International. The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. In the 2016 India was in the 79th place among 176 countries. 
  • The index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. In the latest ranking New Zealand and Denmark were placed the highest, with scores of 89 and 88, respectively. On the other hand, Syria, Sudan and Somalia were ranked lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9, respectively.

India Ratifies 2nd Commitment Period of Kyoto Protocol

8/10/2017
  • India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases, reaffirming its stand on climate action. With this, India became the 80th country to accept the amendment relating to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the international emissions reduction treaty.
  • The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which commits its Parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets.

India Ranks 43rd in Global Retirement Index

8/10/2017
  • India ranked 43rd position in 2017 Global Retirement Index (GRI). It is published by French asset management company Natixis Global.
  • The 43 countries include members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Monetary Fund (IMF) advanced economies and the BRIC countries. The top three countries in 2017 GRI are Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland.