01.07.19 Andhra Pradesh (APPSC) Daily Current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

  • UGC sanctions ₹100 crore to Andhra varsity under RUSA

 

  • The cash-strapped Andhra University can now heave a sigh of relief as the University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned ₹100 crores under Rashtriya Ucchatar Siksha Abhiyan (RUSA) 2.0 programme.

 

  • The first instalment of ₹25 crore of ₹100 crore has already been released to the State government and the State will add up a matching grant of ₹16 crore and a total of ₹41 crore will be released in a couple of days.

 

  • All the grants sanctioned under RUSA shall be utilised through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created for this purpose. Andhra University has already registered the SPV as ‘Andhra University Forum on RUSA Initiative for Scientific Excellence (AU RISE)’. The ₹41 crore to be released by the State government will be deposited in the account of AU RISE.

 

  • For the RUSA funds, 10 State universities have been selected and have been recognised as ‘Institutions of Eminence’.

 

  • As per the norms, 85 % of the RUSA grants shall be utilised for development of infrastructure, research and faculty improvement and balance 15% for entrepreneurship, innovation and employability.

 

INTERNATIONAL

  • National Doctor’s Day: 1 July 2019

 

  • National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on the 1st of July in India every year.

 

  • This day honours doctors across the country for their relentless service throughout the year.

 

  • In India, Doctor’s Day is celebrated to honour the legendary Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, who was also the second Chief Minister of West Bengal.

 

  • 2019 theme: ‘Zero tolerance to violence against doctors and clinical establishment’

 

  • India signs Rs 200 crore anti-tank missile deal with Russia

 

  • India has signed a deal to acquire ‘Strum Ataka’ anti-tank missile from Russia for its fleet of Mi-35 attack choppers.

 

  • The deal for the missiles is worth around Rs 200 crore and would give an added capability to the Mi-35 attack choppers.

 

  • The Mi-35s are the existing attack choppers of the Indian Air Force and are set to be replaced with the Apache gunships being acquired from the US.

 

NATIONAL

 

  • Saudi Arabia increased India’s Haj quota by 30,000

 

  • Saudi Arabiaincreased India’s Haj quota by 30,000.
  • It was like the third hike in 3 years. It is increased from 1,70,000 to 200,000.
  • Indians get a chance to visit annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It is a city in Hejazi region of Saudi Arabia.
  • The issue discussed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman in the ongoing G20 Summit in Osaka Japan.
  • In 2017, Saudi Arabia increased India’s Haj quota by 35,000.It was hiked by 5,000
  • Haj subsidy provided by the government withdrawn following the Supreme Court order of 2012.
  • It allowed women to go on Hajj without ‘Mahram’ or male companion.
  • Bilateral meeting between India and Saudi Arabia regarding the cooperation in tradeand investment, energy security and counter-terrorism.Haj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

 

  • Fund transfers via RTGS, NEFT to cost less from 1 July 2019

 

  • The Reserve Bank of India will waive all charges on fund transfer through popular RTGS and NEFT systems from July 1 and asked banks to pass on the benefits to customers.

 

  • The Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) is meant for large-value instantaneous fund transfers while the National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) System is used for fund transfers of up to Rs 2 lakh.

 

  • Country’s largest bank SBI charges between Re 1 and Rs 5 for transactions through NEFT and between Rs 5 and Rs 50 for RTGS route.

 

  • Nagaland occupies the top position in the unemployment rate: NSSO Survey

 

  • According to the survey, “The Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) for 2017-18” which is conducted by National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO).
  • The huge variations among the states in terms of the unemployment rate.
    The overall unemployment rate is around 6.1.
  • Nagaland has the highest unemployment rate among the states with the percentage of 21.4%
  • It is followed by Goa (1 3.9%) and Manipur(1 1.6%)
  • Meghalaya has the lowest rate at 1.5%.Chhattisgarh and Sikkim have the lowest rates.
  • Urban areas witnessed higher unemployment (7.8%) than rural areas (5.3%). Females have the lowest unemployment rate (5.7%) in comparison to males (6.2%).
    Nagaland top in the list of union territories while Dadra and Nagar Haveli with a low rate of 0.6%.
  • Goa and Kerala are high in female unemployment at 26.0% and 23.3%respectively.

 

  • UGC approves new initiative STRIDE to boost research culture

 

  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved a new initiative – Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy (STRIDE) to boost research culture in the country.

 

  • The scheme will strengthen research culture and innovation in colleges and Universities.

 

  • STRIDE will help students and faculty to contribute towards India’s developing economy with the help of collaborative research.

 

 

 

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