Current Affairs in Short: 29 November 2018
University Grants Commission decided to set up a Consortium of Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) which will prepare a fresh list of credible quality journals in the non-science disciplines. The the percentage of research articles published in poor quality journals is reported to be high in India which has adversely affected its image.
Government launches 'Bhasha Sangam' to introduce school students to 22 Indian languages
• The government launched a unique initiative called Bhasha Sangam to introduce school students to 22 Indian languages.
• The initiative, under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, was launched on November 22 and will continue till December 21, 2018.
• Bhasha Sangam is a programme for schools and educational institutions to provide multilingual exposure to students in Indian languages.
• Another objective of Bhasha Sangam is to enhance linguistic tolerance and respect and promote national integration.
UGC to set up a consortium for approved journals
• University Grants Commission decided to set up a Consortium of Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) which will prepare a fresh list of credible quality journals in the non-science disciplines.
• The the percentage of research articles published in poor quality journals is reported to be high in India which has adversely affected its image.
• Members of CARE will prepare lists of quality journals in their respective disciplines within a defined timeframe.
• These lists will be critically analysed and curated for quality by a special cell at the entrusted institution using defined criteria.
• Reference List of Quality Journals’ will be maintained by the CARE and this will be used for all academic purposes.
• CARE will be headed by the UGC Vice Chairman.
Fragile climate puts food security at risk: UN report
• The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) renewed appeals for better policies and technologies to reach 'zero hunger' around the world.
• The call came as FAO in a report said, feeding a hungry planet is growing increasingly difficult as climate change and depletion of land and other resources undermine food systems.
• The FAO and International Food Policy Research Institute released the report at the outset of a global conference aimed at speeding up efforts to achieve zero hunger around the world.
• The report said that hunger is still most severe in Africa, but the largest number of undernourished people live in the Asia-Pacific region.
• It also said, good public policies and technology are the keys to improve the situation.
South Korea tests space rocket engine
• South Korea conducted a rocket engine test launch, paving the way for the development of its own space launch vehicle.
• A liquid-fuel engine successfully propelled a single-stage rocket from the Naro Space Center on the country's southern coast.
• It is the first such launch in South Korea since 2013 when the country successfully put a small satellite into orbit following failures in 2009 and in 2010.
• The engine, designed and developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, will be used to propel the country's first indigenous three-stage launch vehicle 'Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2' (KSLV-2).
• The KSLV-2 rocket, which will be South Korea's first space vehicle wholly designed and built by itself, will be used to place satellites into the Earth's orbit and for other commercial applications.
Government appoints AM Naik as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation
• Union Government appointed Anil Manibhai Naik as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
• He is currently Group Chairman of engineering conglomerate Larsen and Toubro (L&T).
• He was awarded Padma Bhushan, India’s 3rd highest civilian award, in 2009 for his outstanding contribution to economic growth of the country.
• NSDC is Public Private Partnership (PPP) under Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
Casio launches world’s first GST calculator
• Japanese electronics company ‘CASIO’ launched world’s first Goods and Services Tax (GST) calculator in India for simplifying the GST calculations for tax payers.
• The company has two variants of GST calculators MJ-120GST and MJ-12GST in the Indian market.
• These new GST calculators will provide solutions for GST based invoicing.
• These GST calculators feature built-in GST tabs for all five tabs- 0%, 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%.
• It includes separate buttons for GST slabs to reduce time required for processing invoice.
Delhi Commuters using Common mobility card will get 10% discount on DTC buses
• Delhi Commuters using common mobility card in DTC buses will be given a 10 percent discount in fares from November 30.
• DTC will provide 10 percent discount in fares on usage of “Delhi Metro Card/Common Mobility Card” for purchasing tickets.
• The facility is already available in Cluster buses run by Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS).