1. First UIDAI-run Aadhaar Seva Kendra operational in Delhi, Vijayawada
UIDAI has operated the first ‘Aadhar Seva Kendra’ in Delhi and Vijayawada.
- This is for facilitating the base station, enrollment, updation, and other activities.
- The Indian Unique Identification Authority (UIDAI) is in the midst of the establishment of Ad Service Centers (ASK) – such as the concept of passport service centers – covering 53 cities across India, projected project costs at the cost of 300-400 crores.
- UIDAI has planned to install 114 ASK at different places by the end of 2019.
- UIDAI Headquarters: New Delhi
- CEO: Ajay Bhushan Pandey
2. Manoj Kumar Nambiar selected as the Chairman of Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)
Manoj Kumar Nambiar, Managing Director of Arohan Financial Services, has been appointed as the Chairman of Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN).
- He was named at the 6th annual general meeting of MFIN. Nambiar is also a director on boards of IntelleCash Microfinance Network Company. He will succeed Ujjivan Financial Services CEO and MD Samit Ghosh.
- Vineet Chattree of Svatantra Microfin will be the vice-chairman, the industry association and self-regulatory organization (SRO) for the microfinance industry in India. Also, MFIN has recruited Gyan Mohan and Jagadish Ramadugu in its governing board. MFIN Chief Executive Officer Harsh Shrivastava made this announcement.
Growth in the sector:
According to a report by MFIN, the microfinance industry saw a 38% growth in its gross loan portfolio at Rs.1.87 lakh crore in the financial year 2018-19 and it stood Rs.1.35 lakh crore in 2017-18. On March 31, 2019, the total number of microfinance account was Rs.9.33 crore and registered a growth of 21.9% over 2017-18. The members collectively disbursed 3.25 crore loans worth Rs.82,928 crore in 2018-19.
About Microfinance Institutions Network
- Formed on: 2012
- Location: Haryana, India
- Chairman: Manoj Kumar Nambiar
- Chief Executive Officer: Harsh Shrivastava
- President: Udaya Kumar
- Vice President: Dibyajyoti Pattanaik
MFIN includes 56 NBFC-MFIs and 40 associates including banks, small finance banks, and NBFCs.
MFIN played a significant role in getting rural India into the folds of financial inclusion.
3. Govt has increased Minimum Support Price of Kharif crops for 2019-20 season
In a big boost to the income of farmers, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the increase in minimum support price for all kharif crops, MSP for the 2019-20 season.
- MSP of paddy has been increased by Rs 65 per quintal, Jowar Rs 120 and Ragi Rs 253 per quintal.
- MSP of Tur has increased by 125 rupees, moong 75 and urad dal 100 rupees per quintal.
Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare: Narendra Singh Tomar
4. Union Cabinet passed the Code on Wages Bill on 3 July
The Union Cabinet cleared the Code on Wages Bill, draft legislation, on 3 July. The Bill explores to mandate minimum wages fixed by the central government which will be implemented by states for all occupations. It is a first step towards revitalizing the labour law reform process.
About the Bill:
- The Code on Wages Bill was tabled in Lok Sabha in August 2017. But the Bill lapsed after the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. The Bill proposed to empower the states to fix different minimum wages based on geography, skill, and occupation, along with a national-level minimum wage which will act as a floor.
- Currently, the minimum wages are fixed on the basis of categories such as skilled, unskilled, semi-skilled, high skilled, geographical regions, and nature of work. These categories are applicable for 45 central sphere establishments and 1709 scheduled employments in states.
- At present, the Centre has fixed a non-statutory measure, that is, a National Floor-Level Minimum Wage, to ensure that states fix their minimum wages beyond this floor level.
Under the Code on Wages Bill, four labour laws will be combined. The four laws are:
- Payment of Wages Act, 1936
- Minimum Wages Act, 1948
- Payment of Bonus Act, 1965
- Equal Remuneration Act, 1976
Ministry of Labour and Employment:
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Minister: Santosh Gangwar (independent charge)
- To develop and coordinate vocational skill training and employment
- To create a healthy work environment for higher production and productivity
- It is responsible to protect and safeguard the interest of workers in general and the poor, deprived and disadvantaged sections of the society.
5. WHO originated its first guidelines on self-care interventions for health
World Health Organization introduced its first guideline on self-care interventions for health named “WHO Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Health”.
- The main focus depends on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
- The definition of Self-care is the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health- care provider.
- There will be a shortage of 18 million health workers.
- Currently, 130 million people are deprived of humanitarian assistance.
- About 400 million people lacked access to the most essential health services.
- At least 100 million people face poverty due to the high costs of healthcare expenses.
- Self-sampling for human papillomavirus (HPV) and sexually transmitted infections, self-injectable contraceptives, home-based ovulation predictor kits human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) self-testing and self-management of medical abortion.
- These guidelines made the scientific evidence for health benefits of certain interventions that can be done outside the conventional sector not to replace high-quality health services.
- The theme of 2019 World Health Assembly (72nd session) was “Universal Health Coverage”
- The main focus depends on primary health care.
- It was held in Geneva, Switzerland from 20-28 May 2019.
- WHO announced the launch of “Self Care Month” during the World Health Assembly (WSA) from June 24 to 24 July.
- Establishment: 7 April 1948
- Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
- Head: Tedros Adhanom
6. Cabinet accepted a proposal to lease out 3 airports to Adani Enterprises Ltd.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Union Cabinet endorsed the proposal to lease out airports at Ahmedabad, Lucknow, and Mangaluru to Adani Enterprises Ltd. on 3 July. In February 2019, the Adani group had also won the bids to operate the Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram airports, owned by the AAI.
- Adani Enterprises Ltd. will run five of the six airports, the operations of which are being privatized. It will now be India’s largest airport operator outside government control.
- Adani Enterprises has offered Rs.177, Rs.174, Rs.171, Rs.168, and Rs.115, respectively, for the Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru airports as revenue per passenger. It would pay the Airport Authority of India (AAI) in exchange for a 50-year concession agreement to run these airports.
AAI had sought bids for the operation and management of six existing airport assets as well as their upgradation and development of additional air-side terminals, city-side and land-side infrastructure for 50 years. AAI chose the winner by the highest per-passenger fee that the concessionaire will pay to the AAI monthly on a 50-year contract.
Through this project, AAI will earn Rs.525-575 crore per year based on the rate quoted by Adani Enterprises. This will increase based on traffic growth. Also, the rate for international passengers will be twice the rate quoted for domestic passengers.
Reason for the project:
The projects are expected to bring efficiency in delivery, expertise, enterprise, and professionalism apart from harnessing the much-needed investments in the public sector. It will enhance revenues for AAI. It may lead to further investment by AAI in Tier-II and Tier-III cities and economic development in these areas in terms of job creation and related infrastructure.
7. First Ever IICTF is scheduled to be held in New Delhi from October 11-13, 2019
The first ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF)
- It is maintained at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
- The event to be held in the month of October 11-13, 2019.
- It is a unique initiative for taking farmers, artisans and other members of cooperatives directly to the international trade arena.
- This main event is organized by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC)
- The main support of Network for the Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific NEDAC three Ministries four State Governments and several apex levels.
- The event is intended to support cooperatives to prosperity.
8. Shri Rabindra Panwar was given additional charge as secretary to the Ministry of Textiles
Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) adopted Rabindra Panwar as an additional charge secretary to the Ministry of Textiles to Secretary.
- Ministry of Women and Child Development along with the immediate effect till the appointment of a regular incumbent.
- He is the 1985 Indian Administrative Service Officer (AS) of Bihar cadre.
- He replaced Raghvendra Singh.
9. UP govt to set up Committees in all 25 districts situated on the banks of river Ganga
State Government of Uttar Pradesh determined to set up Ganga Committees in all 25 districts
- It is situated on the banks of river Ganga.
- This is part of the large scale program to clean the holy river.
- Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat discussed issues like water conservation, the revival of dry rivers, rainwater harvesting, and plantation drive.
- The state has listed 15 rivers which gone dry at present and will be revived under the action plan.
- A special plantation drive on the banks of prominent holy rivers is taken up.
About Uttar Pradesh
- Capital: Lucknow
- Governor: Ram Naik
- Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
10. NASA successfully experimented Ascent Abort-2, a test of a launch-abort system, for the Orion capsule
NASA, UN Space Agency, has successfully carried out Ascent Abort-2, a test of a launch-abort system, for the Orion capsule designed to take U.S. astronauts to the Moon. The three-minute test exercise was carried out at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Ascent Abort-2 was aimed to test in almost real-life conditions the evacuation of astronauts from the capsule in the event of an explosion or rocket booster failure.
In the test, an unmanned Orion capsule was launched by a mini-rocket, a re-purposed first stage of an intercontinental ballistic missile. After 55 seconds of the launch, a rocket-powered tower on top of the crew module ignited its engines to quickly pull the Orion away from a hypothetical rocket experiencing problems. It was tested at an altitude of 9,500 m. The capsule gained two miles of altitude in just 15 seconds. Then the tower reoriented the capsule to prepare it for its descent and disengagement from the tower. In this test, parachutes were not used as they are very expensive. Also, parachutes have been tested successfully. The parachutes would open to handle the manned capsule’s fall toward the Atlantic Ocean.
About Orion spacecraft:
NASA’s Orion spacecraft has been built to take humans far in space. Orion is an exploration vehicle. It will carry the crew to space. It is built to provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. NASA’s Orion spacecraft has been planned to carry the first woman and the next man to the moon in 2024.