Drought mitigation project brings windfall for Wayanad farmer
An eco-restoration and drought mitigation project implemented by the state soil conservation department in Wayanad has opened up a potential road to riches for farmers.
According to soil conservation department, the 2,000 reed clusters grown by Bhaskaran will yield a minimum of 20,000 poles each year from 2022.
Reed poles are used for manufacturing agarbathi sticks and also used for manufacturing biomass pellets used in thermal power plants. Officials said that sticks used for agarbathi were imported by factories in Karnataka from China and also from the northeast states but the supply is now facing disruptions.
The reed saplings were planted as part of an integrated Rs 80-crore project being implemented by the government to combat aridification in the Pulpally, Mullankolly and Poothadi panchayats in Wayanad.
World Food Day: 16 October
World Food Day is an international day celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.
The day is celebrated widely by many other organizations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
The theme for this year’s World Food Day 2020 is “Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together”.
Asia Power Index 2020
India has been ranked at 4th position, with a score of 39.7 out of 100, in the Asia Power Index 2020, released by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute.
The Asia Power Index 2020 ranks 26 countries and territories to assess the relative power of states in Asia.
The United States has retained its position as the most powerful country influencing the Asia-Pacific with a score of 81.6.
It is followed by China (76.1) and Japan (41) at second and third spot respectively.
Global tuberculosis report 2020
WHO has published a global tuberculosis (TB) report every year from 1997.
The report published by WHO provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic, progress in prevention, diagnosis & treatment of the disease at the regional level and country level and global level.
This is done in the context of global strategies and targets endorsed by WHO’s the Member States, broader development goals set by the United Nations & targets set in the political declaration at the 2018 United Nation high-level meeting on Tuberculosis.
Global TB reports from previous years are available from the WHO Institutional Repository for Information Sharing (IRIS).
The most recent time-series of estimates are published in the 2020 global TB report.
PM Modi to release commemorative Rs 75 coin to mark 75th Anniversary of FAO
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release a commemorative coin of 75 rupees denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO on 16 October 2020.
The journey of FAO in making the vulnerable classes and masses stronger, economically and nutritionally, has been unparalleled.
The Prime Minister will also dedicate 17 recently developed biofortified varieties of eight crops to the nation.
These varieties, along with other food ingredients, will transform the normal Indian thali into nutri-thali.
SCALE India Android App launched by LSSC
Leather Sector Skill Council launches SCALE India Android App for Enhanced Quality Assurance under Skill India Mission.
The SCALE platform assists employees to upgrade their skills basis changing market dynamics. The aim is to meet the evolving industry demands and get certified on the new skills acquired. It brings candidate/trainee, employer, employee, assessor and trainer – all at one place.
SCALE app virtually works on any smart handheld device, desktop/laptop, smart phones, tablets etc.
The app will also helps in engaging employers with other stakeholders and also provide a marketplace for human capital for the leather industry.
The assessments are currently available in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali, with plans to add more regional languages in a phased manner.
This app will help candidates in the skilling ecosystem to get assessed and certified on their knowledge, skills and behaviour on a specific qualification pack.
SCALE App provides access to micro learning modules for the betterment of the knowledge.
Centre claims better enforcement as Pocso cases rise 19% in 2019
While crimes against children registered a 4.5% increase last year as compared to 2018, there was a 18.9% rise in cases filed under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) over this period.
Of the 1.48 lakh crimes against children reported in 2019, 46.6% related to kidnapping and abduction, 31.9% to POCSO Act, 3.3% dealt with rape and 2.9% were cases of assault against women with intent to outrage her modesty. Cases dealing with heinous crimes like murder declined by 5.9% as compared to 2018.
Maharashtra accounted for 13.2% of the total crimes against children reported in 2019, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh whose share was 12.8% each. Delhi had the second highest rate of crime against children (cases per lakh population) at 139.
According to NCRB report on ‘Crime in India — 2019’, the 18.9% rise in 2018 in cases registered under POCSO Act, last amended in mid-2019 to provide for death row penalty for aggravated sexual assault and add tougher provisions against child pornography, was however less than the 22% increase in 2018 over 2017.
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