●Guru Ravidas Jayanti
•Guru Ravidas was a 14th century(1398-1540) saint and reformer of the Bhakti movement in North India.
•It is believed that he was born in Varanasi in a cobbler’s family.
•He dedicated his whole life to the abolition of the caste system and openly despised the notion of a Brahminical society
•Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated on Magh Purnima, the full moon day in the month of Magh according to the Hindu lunar calendar [celebrated on 9th February 2020]
●Vigilance Wing for Health in Kerala
•Kerala government has proposed to set up a Vigilance Wing in the Health Department to monitor private practice by doctors and crackdown on quackery.
•The Vigilance Wing will detect private practice by medical education service doctors, the crackdown on quackery and unearth ethically dubious financial relationships between State doctors and diagnostic clinics, pharmacies and health care firms in the private sector
•It will also monitor healthcare advertising and flag false claims aired by healthcare companies
•police officer is likely to head the Vigilance Wing.
•It refers to the hidden internet platform used for narcotics sale, exchange of pornographic content and other illegal activities by using the secret alleys of the onion router (ToR- a free and open-source software for enabling anonymous communication) to stay away from the surveillance of law enforcement agencies
•The payment gateways of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoins and Litecoin were used by the operators to conceal the transactions from regulatory agencies
•The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested the country’s first ‘darknet’ narcotics operative under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act,1985
●Agartala – Akhaura Rail Link
•The railway link will connect Gangasagar in Bangladesh to Nischintapur in India and from Nischintapur to Agartala railway station
•Recently, the central government has announced that rail line to connect the northeastern region with Bangladesh will be ready by the end of 2021.
●Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
•Ethiopia is building one of the largest dams in the world, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), on the river Nile near the Sudan border
•The hydroelectric dam is being built on the Nile (north-flowing river in Africa), in the lowlands of Ethiopia
◽Do you know?: The Nile is under serious threat of severe pollution, climate change and Egypt’s growing population.
•Egypt is one of the driest countries on earth, with 95% of its people living along the Nile (or its overflowing Delta)
●National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme(NMMSS): launched in 2008 by the Ministry of HRD
•Scheme awards scholarships to meritorious students of economically weaker sections to arrest their drop out at class VIII and encourage them to continue the study at secondary stage.
•Under the Scheme Rs.12000 per annum per student are awarded to selected students of class IX every year and their continuation/renewal in classes X to XII for study
•Union HRD minister has said that the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme(NMMSS) has helped to reduce the drop-out rate at the secondary and senior secondary classes.