23 Feb, 2020

  • Government eyes Public Private Fund to give R&D a shot in arm - Science&Technology
  • 4 Banks under PCA being monitored - Indian Economy
  • Implementation challenges in PMMVY - Social Issues
  • Tardy pace of farm schemes- PM KISAN and KCC Scheme - Indian Economy
  • GSI denies reports on Gold Deposits in UP - Indian Geography
  • Yakshagana Theatre Form - Art & Culture
  • The Trump visit as India-US trade booster? (Reference) - International Relations
  • Bodo Accord and Rifts (Reference) - Internal Security
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    GSI denies reports on gold deposits in U.P.

    A day after it was reported that around 3,000 tonnes of gold deposits, almost five times India’s current reserve of the yellow metal, were discovered in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district, the Geological Survey of India on Saturday denied finding such a vast amount of the resource. As per GSI study, the probable conservative figure of gold which can be unearthed is estimated to be around 160 kgs and not 3350 tonnes as mentioned in media reports.

    • Gold Deposits in India
    • Distribution
    • Issue

    One in three payments for maternity benefit scheme credited to wrong account

    The progress report on Poshan Abhiyan released by Niti Aayog has flagged the failure of Aadhaar-based payments under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana.

    • Issues highlighted by the report
    • Background: Maternal Health and Poshan Abhiyaan

    Breaking barriers with Yakshagana

    There are far fewer women Yakshagana artistes compared to men. At one time, this traditional art form was forbidden for women.However, young Muslim woman overcomes resistance to acquire prowess in the art form.

    Banks under PCA being monitored: Das

    • Understanding Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) Framework
    • Capital to Risk weighted Asset Ratio (CRAR)
    • Net Non-performing Assets (NNPA)

     Tardy progress in farm schemes

    To enable universal access to Concessional Institutional credit, Government of India has initiated a drive in Mission Mode for saturating all PM-KISAN beneficiaries with Kisan Credit Card (KCC). This drive has started from 10th February, 2020 and will be carried out for a period of 15 days.

    About PM-KISAN Scheme

    Govt eyes public-private fund to give R&D a shot in the arm In a boost to R&D ecosystem in India, government has proposed to set up fund worth Rs.40 Cr. Under this, when the private sector come together and pool in investment in R&D, government of India shall make matching contributions