22.10.19 Uttarakhand (UKPSC) Daily Current Affairs



  • Fortified milk in MDM for Govt school students


  • In a novel initiative which would benefit more than 7.5 lakh students, the Uttarakhand government would provide fortified skimmed milk to the students of classes I to VIII under the Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme. Under the scheme, 100 ml of milk would be provided to every student of classes I to V once a week. Similarly, the students of classes VI to VIII would be given 150 ml of fortified milk.


  • In the fortified milk, extra vitamins and minerals are added which normally are not found in normal milk.  Typically vitamin D and A, folic acid, Zinc and Iron are added in the milk.


  • The weekly dose of the fortified skimmed milk would be provided to the students under the Chief Minister’s Anchal Amrit scheme.


  • As per the norms, a student of primary class should get a daily nutrition that provides 450 calories and 12 grams of protein. Similarly, a student of middle class should get nutrition that provides 700 calories and 20 gram of protein in a day.


  • The mid-day meals scheme is a crucial intervention in the education system which ensures that children are retained in school and that they are able to make better use of the benefits afforded by the government schools for furthering their education.


  • The Union Government and state government bear the cost of MDM in the ratio of 75: 25.


  • The schools are provided food grains (rice and wheat) while they had to manage other food items on their own from the budget provided. The teachers are given responsibility for managing MDM in their schools. Bhojan Matas are employed in the schools to prepare the meal for the students.



·       Japan to hire skilled people from Pakistan


  • Japanhas announced that the country is to hire skilled people from Pakistan. Japan will offer the people working visas to counter a growing decrease in its population. The announcement was made by the Japanese Ambassador Kuninori Matsuda. It also announced that Pakistan was one of the top 10 important countries from where Japan was planning to hire workers.
  • Japan is to sign an MoU with the Pakistan government in the month of November or December.The MoU will enable Pakistan skilled workers to have an indefinite visa of Japan.


  • To get hired, the person must know the Japanese language.If a person gets a visa and passes their firstfive years in Japan, they will become eligible to take along their families with them.


·       The 18th NAM Summit to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan

  • The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)Summit has been scheduled to be held between 25 October and 26 October 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The 18th NAM summit 2019 will be preceded by Ministerial meetings and senior official meetings. Nepal PM Oli and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina will be attending the summit.


  • The Non-Alignment Movement was founded in 1961. NAM was based on Bandung principles that were adopted at the Belgrade Summit, an Afro-Asian Conference, in 1955. The movement worked towards the attainment of independence for many countries.


  • India is a founding member of the NAM summit. The principles of non-alignment constitute one of the basic tenets of Nepal’s foreign policy NAM. The 17th NAM Summit was held in 2016 at theIsland of Margarita, Venezuela.




  • Government plans pillars for ‘Loktantra Senanis’ in district headquarters


  • Government at the Centre is planning to build a memorial in each district headquarters to honour ‘loktantra senanis’ — the people who were jailed during the 1975-77 Emergency.


  • ‘Vijay stambh’ or victory pillar would be constructed in each district headquarters across India to honour such ‘senanis’. The states, which maintain a list of those jailed during the Emergency, have been asked to furnish the district-wise list to the Centre. According to sources, ‘vijay stambh’ is likely to have the district-specific names etched on the pillar to honour those who fought against the Emergency.


·       Government is to set up 1 lakh digital villages in the next few years

ð The government is to set up one lakh digital village in the country in the next few years. The announcement was made by the Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology (MietY) Ravi Shankar Prasad at the MeitY Start-Up Summit 2019 in New Delhi.

ð He also launched MeitY Starting Hub- MSH and BHIM 2.0 and Indian Software Product Registry. The MSH is expected to be a collaborative platform to act as national coordination facilitation and inter-connected centre for all activities in the tech start-up ecosystem.

ð Centre has asked the concerned stakeholders to patronize and mentor these digital villages in their own way. The villages will be turned into the centres for promoting entrepreneurship. The stakeholders for the project should be clear in knowing the need for digital mapping of all enterprise and entrepreneurship happening across India.


ð Digital India is a platform for transforming rural India. It aims to create aspirations in tier-2 and tier-3 cities. Centre is more focusing on supporting the start-ups. Centre also introduced various initiatives including bringing software product policy, electronic policy, and digital communication policy in this regard.

·       Indian, Pakistan to sign MoU for Kartarpur corridor

  • India and Pakistanare to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)on 23 October for the opening of the Kartarpur corridor. The corridor will link two important Sikh shrines on either side. The Indian government has asked Pakistan to reconsider its demand for charging $20 service fee a pilgrim.


  • On 9 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would flag off the first jatha (group) of 550 pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib. The move by the Indian government is to open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. This will help the pilgrims from India andthe people overseas Citizen of India Card can undertake a visit to the holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.


  • The Kartarpur corridor is being built by India and Pakistan to connect Dera Baba Nanakin Gurdaspur andGurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur, the final resting place of Guru Nanak. The reconstruction of the corridor is to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, on 12 November.


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