The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP)
•Recently, Ministry of Human Resource Development(MoHRD), the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have jointly launched an online portal called The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP)
•The program aims to provide internship opportunities to 25,000 fresh graduates in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Smart Cities across the country.
•Eligibility: Applicants must be Indian citizens who have completed their final year of college within the last 18 months and have a degree of B. Tech, B planning, B. Arch, BA, BSc, BCom, LLB.
【TULIP has been conceived pursuant to the Budget 2020-21 announcement under the theme ‘Aspirational India’ which laid emphasis on changing the approach of education from ‘doing by learning,’ to ‘learning by doing’.】
Global Vaccine Summit(GVS) 2020
•Recently, the Prime Minister Modi addressed the virtual Global Vaccine Summit
[The Summit was hosted by the United Kingdom (UK)]
•The Summit was intended to urge nations around the world to pledge funding for vaccinations to protect the world from future outbreaks of infectious diseases.
•The Summit was aimed at raising USD 7.4 million to immunise a further 300 million children in the world’s poorest countries by 2025.
•India has pledged USD 15-million as India’s contribution to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI)
[India had also mentioned that it has shared its stocks of medicines with over 120 countries in the wake of the pandemic.]
Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA)
•India and Australia have signed a historic agreement, called ‘Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA)’, to allow access to military bases for logistics support.
•The agreement will facilitate reciprocal access to military logistics facilities, allow more complex joint military exercise and improve interoperability between the security forces of the two nations
•It allows reciprocal access to military facilities in terms of logistics support which generally include food, water, petroleum (fuel), spare parts and other components
【This was agreed upon at the first-ever virtual bilateral summit between India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison】
Periodic Labour Force Survey(PLFS) 2018-19
•National Statistical Office (NSO) released the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) for July 2018 to June 2019.
1. India’s unemployment rate fell to 5.8% during 2018-19 from 6.1% during the same period of 2017-18
2. The urban unemployment rate reduced to 7.7% from 7.8%.
3. The rural unemployment reduced to 5% from 5.3%
4. The labour force participation rate rose to 37.5% during 2018-19 from 36.9% of 2017-18.
5. The female participation rate also improved going up to 18.6% in 2018-19 from 17.5% the year before
•Unemployment was a concern in 2019 and it worsened in 2019-20 due to Covid-19.
[According to the monthly Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy data, the unemployment rate in India shot up from 7.87% in June 2019 to 23.48% in May 2020.]
State of India’s Environment 2020 in Figures’ report
•It is published by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
•It states that India had around 50 lakh internal displacements caused by disasters and extreme weather conditions like floods, cyclones and drought in 2019
•Internal Displacement refers to the forced movement of people within the country they live in, due to conflict, violence, development projects, natural disasters and climate change
•The report outlines the status of sustainable development, livestocks, forests, water, waste, air, land, wildlife and other natural resources, environmental crimes and global economic risk.
•Only Punjab managed to get an average national ranking in the management of water resources
Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)
•The government of Philippines has suspended plans to cancel the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) [It means US-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement Isn’t Dead Yet]
•It is an agreement between a country and a foreign nation having military forces visiting in that country.
•On February 11, the Philippines officially sent a notice terminating the VFA to the United States through its embassy in Manila
•Terminating the VFA would leave the U.S. military without any legal or operational standing in the Philippines — and that’s a problem for the alliance. Without a VFA, the U.S. military would not be able to support any defense agreements
【Political analysts interpreted the reversal as a sign that China’s neighbours are worried about its growing military assertiveness】
Farming Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020
•The ordinance basically aims at creating additional trading opportunities outside the Agricultural produce market committee(APMC) market yards to help farmers get remunerative prices due to additional competition.
•This will supplement the existing MSP procurement system which is providing stable income to farmers.
•It will certainly pave the way for creating One India, One Agriculture Market and will lay the foundation for ensuring golden harvests for our hard working farmers.
•This is a historic-step in unlocking the vastly regulated agriculture markets in the country.
•It will open more choices for the farmer, reduce marketing costs for the farmers and help them in getting better prices