World Leaders failed to respond to Human Rights violation: Amnesty report
Human Rights group Amnesty International has released its annual report for the year 2017-18 that documents the state of the world’s human rights.
The report covers 159 countries. It highlights the suffering endured by many, be it through conflict, displacement, discrimination or repression. It also highlights the strength and extent of the human rights movement and surveys the progress made in the safeguarding and securing of human rights.
India to host 1st International Solar Alliance on 11th March
India will host the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit on March 11, 2018 in New Delhi. It will be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The International Solar Alliance aims to launch 121 projects during the summit.These 121 projects will be signed in two phases - with 50 on March 11 and another 71 on April 20.
During the summit, two new programmes will be inaugurated. These programmes will be on- Scaling Solar E-Mobility and Storage, and Rooftop Solar.
NITI Aayog to soon launch special cell for women entrepreneurs
NITI Aayog would be launching a special cell called ‘Women Entrepreneurial and Innovation Cell’ next month to support women entrepreneurs and give a boost to their initiatives.
The move follows the successful conclusion of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which was co-hosted by India and the United States in Hyderabad in November 2017. The summit saw in attendance Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor of the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
The main objective behind the creation of the women’s cell is to create awareness, bring visibility to the existing initiatives, bring departments together and enable partner connect.
India, Germany sign MOU to promote sustainable urban development
India and Germany on February 23, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for an ‘Implementation Agreement in Sustainable Urban Development and Smart Cities in India’ in New Delhi.
The main objective of the programme is to develop and apply concepts for sustainable urban development about the provision of urban basic services and housing in selected cities and Smart Cities in India.
Union Government constitutes Inter-Ministerial Committee on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
An Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) was constituted on February 22, 2018 for the North Eastern Region (NER).
The IMC will create synergy in various programmes of the Union Government to enable medicinal and aromatic plants sector become vibrant and develop the resources to its potential. It will also suggest actionable measures for enhancing the livelihood and economic transformation based on cultivation and sustainable management of MAPs resource in North East Region.