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Mass Communication
Press Trust of India (PTI) is a non-profit sharing cooperative owned by the country’s newspapers with a mandate to provide efficient and unbiased news to all subscribers.

Planning Schemes
Atal Grand Challenge (AGC) awards – Given to Novel disruptive technologies/ solutions that solve socio-economic problems of the country and are low cost, low maintenance, durable and customized to Indian conditions.

Har Khet Ko Pani – command area development and water management, surface minor irrigation, irrigation through groundwater and repair, renovation and restoration (RRR) of water bodies.

RURBAN Mission – Deliver integrated project based infrastructure in the rural areas.

It aims at providing basic amenities in rural areas and check migration from there to cities.

The scheme involves development of economic activities and skill development and helping rural areas get efficient civic infrastructure.

This shall be done through PPPs and will be linked with e-governance and achieve targets in a time bound manner.

Best practices of cooperatives, NGOs and other sectors can also be included into the scheme.

Rural and Urban Development
Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana – It is for specific needs of women farmers and achieve their socio-economic and technical empowerment predominantly small and marginal farmers.

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya – Grameen Kaushalya Yojana It involves skilling for rural poor youth age group of 15 to 35 years in domestic and global jobs.

Its aims to ensure rural poor youth are skilled in market relevant trades and job-relevant competencies;

And ensure regular and sustainable employment to its beneficiaries, and consistent career progression through upskilling;

to ensure independent assessment and globally acceptable certification of its beneficiaries.

Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme – It involves computerization of registration, integration of land records with registration.

Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan It aims to help Panchayati Raj Institutions to develop governance capabilities to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was announced in 2016. RGSA will have the capacity building, mission mode project on e-panchayat, ATM services in panchayat bhawans and incentivization of panchayats.

Scientific and Technological Developments
KIRAN (Knowledge Involvement in Research Advancement through Nurturing) – Aims to provide opportunity to women scientists who had break in their career, primarily due to family reasons, to pursue research in Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and Engineering Technology.

Science and Technology of Yoga and Meditation (SATYAM) This initiative is to rejuvenate research in yoga and meditation.

MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge ) Ideas relevant to the national needs are to be invited from 10 lakh school students in any language.

Top ideas will be supported for mentoring, prototype development, showcasing from the district to national levels and intellectual property protection.

Transport
Gagan Project GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) is an augmentation system to give landing guidance and help in navigation to aircrafts in civil aviation and it is being implemented jointly by AAI and ISRO.

AAI is undertaking upgradation and modernization of 35 non-metro airports in the country in a time bound manner as per government’s decision.

Water Resources

Jal Kranti Abhiyan to consolidate water conservation and management in the country through a holistic approach involving all stakeholders, making it a mass movement.

The objectives are Strengthening grass root involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions and local bodies in the water security and development schemes;

encouraging the adoption of traditional knowledge in water resources conservation and its management;

utilizing sector level expertise from different levels in government, NGO’s, citizens etc;

and enhancing livelihoods through water security in rural areas.

Central Ground Water Board – It is a multidisciplinary scientific organization for the purpose to “Develop and share technologies, monitor and implement national policies for the scientific and sustainable development and management of India’s ground water resources.

Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana to provide hostel facilities to SC boys and girls studying in middle schools, higher secondary schools, colleges and universities.

Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan as a nation-wide campaign for achieving universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities. Public building and websites shall be made disabled friendly and also social media campaigns shall be started to create an impact on them.
Vanbhandu Kalyan Yojana Provide the following amenities to tribals: education/infrastructure/toilets in hostel and schools; health/sports/safe drinking water; self employment/skill development/fruit farming/livelihood/dairy/fishery; irrigation; culture/tourism; monitoring cell/institution; and connectivity/market/electricity/solar energy

Rashtriya Mahila Kosh It extends micro-finance to the needy and poor women in the informal sector through a client-friendly, without collateral and in a hassle-free manner for livelihood activities, housing, micro-enterprises, etc., for their socio-economic upliftment

Central Social Welfare Board promoting social welfare activities and implementing welfare programmes for women and children through voluntary organizations.

e-Awedan (Electronic Application for Women Empowerment and Development Action by NGOs) is to provide transparency, better monitoring and effective implementation of Board’s programmes.

Sukanya Samriddhi Account

A parent or legal guardian can open an account in the name of the girl child until she reaches the age of 10 years.

The minimum deposit that needs to be made every year in Rs. 1,000 and the maximum amount that can be deposited in a year is Rs. 1,50,000.

The account has validity for 21 years from the date of opening, after which it will mature and the money will be paid to the girl child in whose name the account had been opened.

The account will also automatically close if the girl child gets married before the completion of the tenure of 21 years.

Premature withdrawal can only be made by the girl child in whose name the account has been opened after she attains the age of 18 years.

This withdrawal will only be allowed for the purpose of higher education or if the girl intends to get married.

A parent or guardian can open only one account per girl child, and a maximum of two such bank accounts in the name of two girl children.

In case of twin girls as second birth, or if the first birth itself results in the birth of three girl children, three bank accounts can be opened in the name of three girl children.

National Events
‘Nai Manzil’ aimed at empowering the minorities launched in Jammu and Kashmir.

Country’s first anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug, known as ‘BGR-342’, for type two Diabetes mellitus.

“Setu Bharatam” – an ambitious programme with an investment of 50,000 crore to build bridges for safe and seamless travel on National Highways launched.

Mahila E-HAAT launched to facilitate women entrepreneurs to sell their products.

Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh become first States to be Open Defecation Free (ODF) in urban areas; Porbandar becomes the first district to be ODF on the 147th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

First BRICS U – 17 Football Tournament kicks off in Goa . Brazil wins it.

HIMANSH, India’s Remote, High-Altitude Station opens in the Himalayas.

Chapter Review
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Q1: Press Trust of India (PTI) is
1.NGO
2.non-profit sharing cooperative
3.UN Specialist agency
4.Inter governmental body

Q2:RURBAN Mission involves
1.1.Deliver integrated project based infrastructure in the rural areas.
2.It aims at providing basic amenities in rural areas and check migration from there to cities.
3.The scheme involves development of economic activities and skill development and helping rural areas get efficient civic infrastructure.
4.all

Q3: Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana involves
1.skilling for rural poor youth
2.help Panchayati Raj Institutions to develop governance capabilities
3.for specific needs of women farmers and achieve their socio-economic and technical empowerment
4.Social justice for manual scavengers

Q4: KIRAN involves
1.initiative is to rejuvenate research in yoga and meditation.
2.Aims to provide opportunity to women scientists who had break in their career
3.help Panchayati Raj Institutions to develop governance capabilities
4.augmentation system to give landing guidance and help in navigation to aircrafts in civil aviation

Q5:Sukanya Samriddhi Account has following features
1.A parent or legal guardian can open an account in the name of the girl child until she reaches the age of 10 years.
2.The minimum deposit that needs to be made every year in Rs. 1,000 and the maximum amount that can be deposited in a year is Rs. 1,50,000.
3.The account will also automatically close if the girl child gets married before the completion of the tenure of 21 years.
4.all