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Daily News Digest:26 June 2020

Sixth phase of Haritha Haram Programme launched in Telangana

The sixth phase of the Haritha Haram programme was launched on 25 June 2020 with the plantation of a Black Plum (Neredu) sapling by the Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao, in the Narsapur forest area in Medak district. The scheme has been launched in an effort to increase the forest cover of the state to 33 percent. 

IIM Ahmedabad becomes first management institute to launch an endowment fund

In a first by a management school of India, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad has launched the ‘IIM Ahmedabad Endowment Fund’ on 23 June 2020 with a starting commitment of Rs.100 crore by 10 founding alumni. The objective of the fund is to raise Rs. 1000 crore in a span of five years and set a benchmark and inspiration for other institutes. Endowment funds are used for ensuring that an institute is financially healthy and stimulates self-sufficiency and growth.

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed on 26 June

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed on 26 June every year to increase awareness about drug abuse and strive to achieve a society free from drug abuse. The theme of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2020 is “Better Knowledge for Better Care”.

A new initiative has been launched by KVIC for Sandalwood and Bamboo plantation

In a first of its kind initiative, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has started to explore the highly profitable and untapped venture of bamboo trees and sandalwood to monetize its assets. The commercial plantation of bamboo and sandalwood is being promoted by KVIC by starting a plantation drive of 500 saplings each of bamboo and sandalwood in 262 acres of land at the Nashik training center. The plantation ceremony was launched by KVIC Chairman, Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena on 24 June 2020 via video conferencing.

Trials of prototype vehicle mounted ULV sprayer for locust control conducted successfully under Make in India initiative

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) has indigenously developed a vehicle-mounted ULV sprayer for locust control under the Make in India initiative to overcome the limitation of importing equipment. A prototype of the sprayer was developed by an Indian Manufacturer by the Mechanization and Technology Division of DAC&FW, and the trials were held in Ajmer and Bikaner district of Rajasthan. The approval for the equipment is under process and will remove the dependency on other countries for the import of important machinery for controlling locusts.

Digitisation Drive to boost Tribal Commerce

The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) functioning under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has started a digitisation drive to map and link the village-based tribal producers with the national and international markets by establishing the state of the art e- platforms in accordance to international standards. The initiative has been taken to increase the activities and create an equal platform for forest-dwelling tribal families and ensure them a fair deal to tribals.

Behaviour Change Campaign, ‘Navigating the New Normal’, launched by NITI Aayog

The National Institution for Transforming India has launched a behaviour change campaign called ‘Navigating the New Normal’, and along with its website with a focus on Covid-safe behaviours especially wearing of masks, during the ‘Unlock’ phase of the current pandemic. The campaign has been launched in collaboration with the Centre for Social and Behavioural Change (CSBC), Ashoka University, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and the Ministries of Health and Women and Child Development. 

The campaign comprises two parts, one is a web portal named ‘covid the new normal’ which consists of resources informed by behavioural science and using the theory of nudge and social norms. The second part is a media campaign and focuses on the wearing of masks.

Indian Red Cross Society’s ‘eBloodServices’ Mobile App launched by Dr Harsh Vardhan

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan (who is also the Chairman of Indian Red Cross Society) launched the ‘eBloodServices’ mobile application. Through the ‘eBloodServices’ application, four units of blood can be demanded at a time, and the blood bank will wait for as long as 12 hours for the person to collect it.

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