AspirantWorld One liners : 22nd September

• US President Joe Biden announced a global methane commitment, an effort led by the United States and the European Union to reduce methane emissions by a third by the end of this decade. The announcement was announced at the Energy and Climate Forum of the major economies virtually hosted by the White House.

• The forty-fifth GST Council meeting was chaired by the Union Finance Minister in Lucknow on 17th September. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has decided to exclude petroleum products from the GST system, and consumers will have to continue to pay compensation taxes on products such as automobiles until March 2026.

• The 4th Rashtriya Poshan Maah will be commemorated by the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Rural Livelihood Mission. The entire September is regarded as “Poshan Maah”, disseminating nutritional information to every corner of the country, and focusing on free food, treatment and prevention of infections in children.

• The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) conducts road safety audits on its roads. BRO was conceived and proposed by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1960 to coordinate the rapid development of the road network in the northern and northeastern border areas of the country.

• The Minister of Railways introduced the Railway Kaushal Vikas Yojana (RKVY), a program under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana is a skills development program for unemployed young people in India, which provides technical training in various industries.

• For Indian start-ups and technology entrepreneurs, MyGov introduced the Planetarium Innovation Challenge. This Planetarium challenge was introduced with the goal of bringing together the Start-ups and tech companies which are based out of India, having potential to construct an indigenous planetarium.

• The 2021 Kaushal Acharya Award was awarded to 41 skill trainers. The Union Minister of Skills Development awarded 41 skill trainers the Kaushal Acharya Award 2021 in recognition of their exemplary contribution to the skills ecosystem.

• The virtual informal ministerial meeting of the G33 organized by Indonesia aims to discuss the G33’s agricultural priorities and the way forward for the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC-12) scheduled to be held from 2021 November to December. In the event, the WTO Agreement on Agriculture was tilted towards developing countries.

• The Helicopter introduced Nag anti-tank guided missile, which is being developed indigenously, has completed all tests. It is the 3rd-generation Lock on Before Launch fire and forget-class anti-tank guided missile system. It has all-weather combat capability day and night.

• The G-20 Agriculture Ministers conference was held virtually. Working together to accomplish the goal of zero hunger: a project effectively conducted by the Agriculture Ministry, is the theme of this conference. The Indian government’s proposal was accepted by the United Nations and declared 2023 as the International Year.

• Nagaland’s first and India’s 61st Software Technology Park of India (STPI) centre was inaugurated at Kohima. The inauguration of the STPI centre in Kohima is a fulfilment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of growing a technology ecosystem in the northeast to create possibilities for future generations.

• Two Indians (Vinisha and Vidyut) amongst 15 finalists have been chosen for the first ever Earthshot Prize 2021, which will be held in London. A 14-year-old Tamil Nadu schoolgirl’s solar-powered ironing cart and a Delhi entrepreneur’s agricultural waste recycling thinking named amongst finalists.

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