1. Union Cabinet approved the National Policy on Software Products
The Union Cabinet approved the National Policy on Software Products 2019 that aims to help the industry grow at CAGR of 40% to reach $70-80 billion by 2025 while creating employment opportunities for 3.5 million people.
- The policy aims to adopt a shift in strategy so that IT products also contribute equitably and significantly to the industry along with IT services. The government’s initial outlay of Rs.1,500 crore is being planned for various schemes under in policy in the next seven years.
- Further, the policy proposes to create Rs.5,000 crore fund with industry participation to promote emerging technology such as the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Big Data, and robotics.
- Of this, government contribution will be Rs.1,000 crore.
2. International Digital Health Symposium inaugurated by Anupriya Patel in New Delhi
Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Smt. Anupriya Patel inaugurated the International Digital Health Symposium and an exhibition on Digital Health as a part of the Symposium at New Delhi,
The Discussions on various themes were held including:
- Futuristic Health Systems
- Challenges in Health IT Sector
- Privacy and Security in the Digital Arena
- Aadhaar and National Health Stack
- Innovation Ecosystem, Start-ups and AI for Health
- Digital Health Innovations for transforming primary care
- Remote Monitoring/Wearables /IOT/Home-based care
- National health information systems
- Financing Digital Health
- Public Health Surveillance Systems
- Enabling Environment for Public-Private Partnerships in Digital Health
- Personalized Precision Medicine leading to possible policy interventions and clear outcomes
It was live webcasted and the archived videos are also available on (http://www.gdhpindia.org/webcasting-gallery.aspx/), the official website of ‘4th Summit of Global Digital Health Partnership and International Digital Health Symposium’.
3. MHRD launched STARS scheme on 28th February
The Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the STARS scheme on National Science Day that is 28th February. STARS is abbreviated as Scheme for Translational and Advanced Research in Science.
- The Ministry has allocated Rs.250 crores for the implementation of the scheme.
- Under the scheme 500 science projects will be funded whose selection will be made based on competition. Indian Institute of Science (IISC) will be the coordinator of the scheme.
4. CZPDC Bhopal And WZPDC Indore Honoured With Saubhagya Award
The Central Zone Power Distribution Company (CZPDC), Bhopal and West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC),
- Indore was conferred with the “Saubhagya Award” under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana at the National Conference of Energy Ministers by the Union Minister of State for Energy, R.K. Singh.
- The award includes a cash prize of Rs 100 crore each.
5. Suresh Raina became 1st Indian player to score 8000 runs in T20
Raina (8001 runs) achieved this feat when he scored 12 runs for Uttar Pradesh against Puducherry in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match in Delhi.
- He is the second Indian player to have played 300 T20s after wicketkeeper MS Dhoni.
- West Indies batsman Chris Gayle tops the chart with 12,298 runs in 369 matches ahead of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (9922 runs in 370 matches).
6. HRD Ministry Launched SHREYAS Scheme
Union Human Resources Development Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar, launched the “Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills (SHREYAS)”.
- Main aim to provide industry apprenticeship opportunities to the general graduates exiting in April 2019 through the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) in New Delhi.
- The program will enhance the employability of Indian youth by providing ‘on the job work exposure’ and earning of stipend.
- SHREYAS is a programme basket comprising the initiatives of 3 Central Ministries, which are:
- Ministry of Human Resource Development
- Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship
- Ministry of Labour & Employment
7. Punjab govt seeks Rs 412 crore for the dam to stop water to Pakistan
Punjab government has urged the central government to release Rs 412 crore for the construction of a dam at Makora Pattan on the confluence of Ravi and Ujh rivers in the Gurdaspur district by considering it as a national project for stopping India’s river water flow into Pakistan.
- The construction of the dam at Makora Pattan would stop about 600 cusecs of river water flowing into Pakistan and Punjab could use this water for irrigation purposes.
- With this project, the Punjab government would also be able to provide clean drinking water to 100 villages and six townships.
8. Mahesh Elkunchwar is to receive META Lifetime Achievement Award
Mahesh Elkunchwar, an eminent Indian playwright, has been chosen for Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Lifetime Achievement Award 2019. The award would be conferred on March 12 during the Mahindra Theater Festival.
- Mahesh Elkunchwar is regarded as one of the progressive playwrights of the country and is critically-acclaimed and widely-known for having experimented with a wide range of drama and is considered a powerful force in both Indian and Marathi theatre scene.
- He has over 30 plays and essays to his credit including works like ‘Sultan’, ‘Holi’, ‘Garbo’, Yatanaghar’, and ‘Atmakatha’.
The META awards were instituted by the Mahindra Group with the objective of becoming a significant platform for celebrating this art. META recognizes theatre’s varied elements like playwriting, set, costume and light designing, direction and performance.
9. India and Brunei signed TIEA agreement
The Government of India and the Government of Brunei Darussalam signed an Agreement for the Exchange of Information and Assistance in Collection with respect to Taxes (TIEA) in New Delhi.
- The Agreement enables the exchange of information, including banking and ownership information between the two countries for tax purposes.
- It is based on international standards of tax transparency and exchange of information and enables sharing of information on request as well as on an automatic basis.
- The Agreement also provides for mutual assistance in collection of tax revenue claims between both countries.
10. Prime Minister conferred Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes for Science and Technology
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi conferred the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prizes for 2016, 2017 and 2018, at an event in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
- The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research.
- It is given annually to recognize outstanding Indian work in various disciplines of Science and Technology.
The awards were presented for the years 2016, 2017, and 2018, with a total of 34 winners.