Organized : Ministry of Education
Theme : Two broad themes of “Blue Economy” and “Education”
India addressed the inaugural ceremony of the ASEAN India Hackathon on 1st Jan 2021.Hackathon will provide a unique opportunity to India and ASEAN countries to solve their common identified challenges under two broad themes of “Blue Economy” and “Education” and thereby provide an opportunity to forward their economic and cultural ties through collaboration in education, science and technology. This Hackathon will be enactment of six fundamental virtues of our civilisation: respect, dialogue, cooperation, peace, prosperity and innovation.
The ASEAN-INDIA Hackathon is an initiative taken by Ministry of Education. The ASEAN India Hackathon is being organized online from 1st -3rd February 2021 and prize distribution will take place on 4th February 2021. This unique hackathon offers opportunities for all the 10 ASEAN countries and India to forward their economic and cultural ties through collaboration in education, science and technology.
The Finance Commission is a constitutional body formed by the President of India to give suggestions on centre-state financial relations. The 15th Finance Commission (Chairman: Mr. N. K. Singh) submitted final report with recommendations for the 2021-26 period was tabled in Parliament on February 1, 2021. Key recommendations in the report for 2021-26 include:
Share of states in central taxes
The share of states in the central taxes for the 2021-26 period is recommended to be 41%. This is less than the 42% share recommended by the 14th Finance Commission for 2015-20 period. The adjustment of 1% is to provide for the newly formed union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh from the resources of the centre.
Criteria for devolution to state
The Finance Commission uses certain criteria when deciding the devolution to states. The 15th Finance Commission used the following criteria while determining the share of states:
About Finance Commission of India(FCI)
Established : 1951
Govt Body Type : Constitutional Body
The Government of India, with the approval President of India, ha constitutes Finance Commission in pursuance of article 280 of the Constitution, read with the provisions of the Finance Commission Act, 1951
Report Published by : NITI Aayog
NITI Aayog’s plan ‘Sustainable Development of Little Andaman Island - Vision Document’, for the sustainable and holistic development of the 680 sq km, fragile Little Andaman Island in the Andaman and Nicobar group. This will be done by building a new greenfield coastal city there, that will be developed as a free trade zone and will compete with Singapore and Hong Kong.
The NITI Aayog’s plan proposed three zones.
The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is a domestic Twenty20 cricket championship in India, organized by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), among the teams from Ranji Trophy. It is named after the famous Indian test cricketer, Syed Mushtaq Ali. The 2006-2007 inaugural season of this trophy was won by Tamil Nadu under the captaincy of Dinesh Karthik. The tournament will begin on January 10 with the final scheduled to take place on January 31.The tournament will feature 38 teams across six different groups - five Elite groups and one Plate group.
Agreement for the financial support of the implementation of Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project of Ministry of Education was signed between Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) and World Bank along with Ministry of Education. The total project cost of STARS project is Rs 5718 crore with the financial support of World Bank amounting to US $ 500 million (approximately Rs. 3700 crore) and rest coming as State share from the participating States, over a period of 5 years.
About Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project
Financed by : World Bank
Implemented by : Ministry of Education (MoE)
The Program aims to improving the overall monitoring and measurement activities in the Indian school education system through interventions in selected states. Ministry of Education (MoE) as the main implementing agency at the national level. At the State level, the project will be implemented through the integrated State Implementation Society (SIS) for Samagra Shiksha. The proposed World Bank support under STARS is primarily in the form of a results-based financing instrument called Program for Results (PforR).
Sources : PIB