6th SEPTEMBER 2020 

  1. Low Ozone over Brahmaputra River Valley

1.1       Researchers of Aryabhatt Research Insitute of Observational Science, Nainital (  an autonomous research institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Govt. of India )  have evaluated the near-surface ozone in the Brahmaputra River valley (BRV) and found relatively low concentration of Ozone over Guwahati compared to the other urban locations in India.

1.2       Their present work has been published recently in the journal ‘Atmospheric Pollution Research’.

1.3       Tropospheric, or ground-level ozone, is created by chemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). It usually increases when pollutants emitted by cars, power plants, industrial boilers, refineries, chemical plants, and other sources chemically react in the presence of sunlight, impacting human health.

  1. Business Reform Action Plan 2019, Ranking of States Declared 

2.1       Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman, announced the 4th edition of the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) ranking of states.

2.2     Top states under Business Reform Action Plan 2019 are Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Telangana;

2.3       Ranking of States based on the implementation of Business Reform Action Plan started in the year 2015. 

2.4      The Business Reform Action Plan 2018-19 includes 180 reform points covering 12 business regulatory areas such as Access to Information, Single Window System, Labour, Environment, etc.

2.5         The larger objective of attracting investments and increasing Ease of Doing Business in each State was sought to be achieved by introducing an element of healthy competition through a system of ranking states based on their performance in the implementation of Business Reform Action Plan.

  1. President confers National Award to 47 teachers

3.1       On 5th September, the Hon’ble President conferred National Award to 47 awardees.

  1. Startup Village Entrepreneurship Programme

4.1       Start-Up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP) is implemented by Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana –National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), Ministry of Rural Development, as a sub-scheme since 2016.

 4.2       The objective is to support the rural poor come out of poverty, supporting them set up enterprises and provide support till the enterprises stabilize, SVEP focusses on providing self-employment opportunities with financial assistance and training in business management and soft skills while creating local community cadres for the promotion of enterprises.

4.3        Over the years the SVEP has made impressive progress and has extended business support services and capital infusion to 153 blocks of 23 states as of August 2020,  around 1 lakh enterprises are being supported out of which 75% are owned and managed by women.

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