18.01.22 GOAPSC Daily Current Affairs

 

GOA

Goa has used just 20% of midday meal monitoring, evaluation funds in ’20-21

 

Goa’s utilisation of the management, monitoring and evaluation (MME) funds under the midday meal programme continues to be low at 20% for the academic year 2020-21. The MME funds are provided by the central government to states to be able to evaluate implementation of the midday meal scheme in their respective states and to improve the programme’s delivery accordingly.

A team of officials from the Union education ministry, after reviewing implementation of the midday meal scheme in Goa for 2020-21, expressed ‘concern’ over the low utilisation of funds. As against the allocation of Rs 73.2 lakh of central assistance as MME funds, Goa has utilised only Rs 15 lakh or 20%.

 

Goa’s utilisation of the MME funds has not been low only during 2020-21 due to the pandemic. The state has been found to be lax in evaluating the scheme right from the early days of its implementation from 2004-05.

 

Funds allotted to Goa under MME by the Centre have consistently remained underutilised. Of the Rs 19.5 lakh allotted to Goa during 2010-11 as central assistance towards MME, the state utilised only Rs 10.2 lakh.

The utilisation by Goa was only 52% against the Union ministry’s expected utilisation of 75%. This was even lower than the utilisation of 58% of the MME funds during 2009. A similar trend has continued over the years.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Mrs. America Shaylyn Ford Becomes Mrs. World 2022

 

Mrs. America Shaylyn Ford is crowned as the Mrs. World 2022 In Nevada, Las Vegas.

Highlights:

Mrs. World 2022 was won by Shaylyn Ford, who is 37 years old. Kate Schneider of Ireland, the outgoing queen, crowned her. Mrs. Jordan Jaclyn Stapp and Mrs.

UAE DebanjaliKamstra came in second and third, respectively.

Shaylyn Ford, who represented the United States in the pageant, defeated 57 other women worldwide to win the title.

Mrs. World has been awarded to an American representative for the eighth time.

 

India-China Trade 2021

 

In 2021, the trade value between India and China was estimated to be over 125 billion dollars. India imported 100 billion dollars from China.

Highlights:

The majority of the import requests were for machinery. In 2021, India’s trade deficit with China was 69.4 billion dollars.

This represents a 22 percent increase over the trade deficit in 2019. In 2021, overall imports from China outstripped total trade between the two countries.

India’s imports from China increased by 20% in 2019 compared to the previous year. On either hand, India’s exports to China surged by 56% between 2019 and 2021. In 2021, India’s exports to China totaled USD 28.1 billion. Nonetheless, India imports 100 billion dollars from China.

 

PASSEX Exercise in Arabian Sea

 

The Indian Navy and the Russian Navy are participating in the PASSEX exercise in the Arabian Sea.

Highlights:

The Indian Navy and the Russian Navy conducted PASSEX exercises in the Arabian Sea port of Cochin.

The Indian Navy’s INS Kochi, a guided-missile destroyer designed and built in India, took part in the test. RFS Admiral Tributs represented the Russian Federation Navy.

Two other Russian naval ships were also present: the Russian Naval Missile Cruiser Varyag and the Russian Tanker Boris Butoma.

The exercise would include tactical maneuvers, cross-deck helicopter operations, and seamanship activities to demonstrate the two navies’ cohesiveness and interoperability.

 

Justice Ayesha Malik: Pakistans First Woman Supreme Court Judge

 

Ayesha Malik will become Pakistan’s first female Supreme Court judge.

Highlights:

After a high-power panel authorized the promotion of Lahore High Court judge Ayesha Malik to the Supreme Court.

Pakistan is one step closer to installing the country’s first female Supreme Court judge. Malik’s promotion was confirmed by the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP), led by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, by a majority of five votes to four.

The JCP is convening for the second time to vote on Justice Malik’s promotion.

 

 

 

NATIONAL

 

IAMAI: 16th India Digital Summit 2022

 

The Internet And Mobile Association of India hosted the two-day virtual event on January 11 and 12, 2022. (IAMAI).

Highlights:

Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, spoke remotely at the 16th India Digital Summit in 2022.

“Supercharging Startups” was the summit’s theme. The India Digital Summit is the country’s oldest digital industry event.

The Minister introduced ‘LEAP’ as a path forward to further enhance our Startup ecosystem during the occasion.

“LEAP” is the acronym for “Leverage, Encourage, Access, and Promote.”

On DPIIT, there are presently 58,379 start-ups, with around one-third of them being digital.

 

India Skills 2021 Done

 

The India Skills 2021 competition has come to an end on 12 January.

Highlights:

More than 200 contestants were honored by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship at the conclusion of the India Skills 2021 nationwide competition.

There were 270 medallions of excellence awarded to the competition winners, including 61 gold, 77 silver, 53 bronze, and 79 medals of excellence.

More than 500 contestants from all over the country competed in the tournament, which featured talent from 54 different industries.

Car paint, patisserie and confectionary, welding, additive manufacturing, computer security, and floristry are among these industries.

With 51 medals, Odisha took top place out of 26 states and union territories in this year’s ‘IndiaSkills 2021’ competition.

 

 

 

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