7.2.23 UKPSC Daily Current Affairs

Uttarakhand’s contribution in central taxes has gone up by Rs 2,500 crore: CM Pushkar Singh Dhami
Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said, a day after the Union budget, that the contribution of Uttarakhand towards the central taxes has gone up by 25%.
The contribution of the state to the central taxes this fiscal was Rs 9,000 crore, and it has gone up to Rs 11,420 crore for the next financial year. Terming it as a major contribution of Uttarakhand towards nation building, Dhami said, “In the long run, it would help in the development of the state as well.”
Similarly, the centre’s decision in the Union budget to continue with the 50-year-interest-free loans to the state governments for one more year, would benefit the Himalayan state by Rs 1,000 crore, the CM added. Under the proposed construction and upgradation of airports, Dhami said that the two airports of Uttarakhand – Dehradun and Pantnagar – would be taken up under the scheme. He claimed that with the thrust on air connectivity, the state is expected to benefit more from the project for construction and upgradation of 50 new airports and heliports.
India Extended USD 40 Million for Bolstering Sports Infrastructure in Maldives.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has extended a concessional USD 40 million Line of Credit for developing sporting infrastructure in the Maldives. It is a part of New Delhi’s efforts to bring Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s flagship projects such as fit India and Khelo India into the stretch of the Neighborhood First Policy. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is on a visit to the Maldives to further expand bilateral engagement with the key maritime neighbor of India.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has inaugurated the community center with his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid.
Sports infrastructure across islands will be developed through the dedicated concessional USD 40 million Line of Credit.
List of world’s deadliest earthquakes since 2000.
An earthquake with a magnitude 7.8 hit Turkey and Syria. More than 4,000 people died in Turkey and Syria as a result of an earthquake. As rescuers search the debris of collapsed buildings for trapped victims in the bitter cold and snow, the death toll is anticipated to grow.
On June 22, 2022, an earthquake of a magnitude of 6.1 killed over 1,100 people in Afghanistan.
On August 14, 2021, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing almost 2,200 people.
On September 28, 2018, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck Indonesia, killing almost 4,300 people.
More than 300 people were killed on August 24, 2016, by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Italy.
On April 25, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal killed around 8,800 people.
On August 3, 2014, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake close to Wenping, China, claimed the lives of around 700 people.
NCERT Launched India’s First National Assessment Regulator “PARAKH”
The National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) has released India’s first national assessment regulator, PARAKH, which will work on setting norms, standards, and guidelines for student assessment and evaluation for all recognized school boards in the country.
The PARAKH regulator aims to set up assessment guidelines for all boards to help remove disparities in the scores of students enrolled with different state boards. PARAKH stands for The Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development. It is established within the education survey division of the NCERT.
PARAKH has been launched as a part of the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
It has envisaged a standard-setting body to advise school boards regarding the new assessment patterns and the latest research and promote collaboration between them.
PARAKH will work in three major assessment areas including large-scale assessments, school-based assessments, and examination reforms.
Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana generated 1.12 crore net additional employment from 2015 to 2018
As per the results of a large sample survey conducted at the national level by Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) to assess employment generation under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY), the scheme helped in generating 1.12 crore net additional employment during a period of approximately 3 years (i.e. from 2015 to 2018). This was stated by the Union Minister of State for Finance, Dr Bhagwat Kisanrao Karad, The Minister further stated that out of the total 81 lakh loans extended in the State of Rajasthan, more than 52 lakh loans have been extended to Women entrepreneurs in the last three financial years. This amounts to 64% of loans to Women.
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