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Current Affairs Date: 15 May 2022

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Madhya Pradesh Sushasan and Development Report-2022

⇒ Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan released the State Governance Report titled “Madhya Pradesh Sushasan and Development Report-2022” in New Delhi on 04 April 2022.

    • This is the first edition of the State Governance Report.
Prepared by:

The report has been prepared by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis (AIGGPA), Bhopal.

Key Points:
    • The report consists of 12 chapters and is divided into five sections.
    • The aim of the report is to document and discuss the features of good governance, its monitoring framework, and its implications in key sectors in Madhya Pradesh.
    • The report is an outcome of extensive work undertaken by the faculty, coupled with valuable suggestions from subject experts and academicians of reputed institutes, and government officials.
    • The report covers various important initiatives taken by the state government like Madhya Pradesh Public Service Guarantee Act, 2010, self-reliant Madhya Pradesh Roadmap-2023, Chief Minister Helpline, Samadhan Online etc.

Awareness Mascot ‘Prakriti’ & Green Initiatives for Effective Plastic Waste Management

⇒ The Union Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav launched Awareness Mascot ‘Prakriti’, and Green Initiatives for Effective Plastic Waste Management, on 05 April 2022.

    • The mascot aims to spread greater awareness among masses about small changes that can be sustainably adopt in our lifestyle for a better environment.

Union Minister also launched various green initiatives taken by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to ensure effective Plastic Waste Management (PWM) in the country.

During the event, following green initiatives for plastic waste management were launched:
    • National Dashboard on Elimination of Single Use Plastic and Plastic Waste Management (MoEFCC)
    • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Portal for Plastic Packaging (CPCB)
    • Mobile App for Single Use Plastics Grievance Redressal (CPCB)
    • Monitoring module for SUP (CPCB)
    • Industrial production of Graphene from Waste Plastic (G B Pant NIHE & NRDC)
» The event also saw felicitation of the winners of the India Plastic Challenge–Hackathon 2021.

Three Start-ups/entrepreneurs category and four teams of students from Higher Education Institutions were awarded cash prizes of Rs.5 Lacs and Rs.1 Lakh respectively for their innovative ideas and digital solutions for plastic waste mitigation and elimination of Single-Use Plastics.

Book “Birsa Munda – Janjatiya Nayak”

⇒ The Union Education and Skill Development Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan released a book “Birsa Munda – Janjatiya Nayak” on 05 April 2022 in New Delhi.

This book is written by Professor Alok Chakrawal, Vice Chancellor, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Pradhan said that this book is a comprehensive attempt to bring to the fore the struggle of Bhagwan Birsa Munda and the contribution of forest dwellers in the freedom movement.

International

President of India visited two Nations

⇒ The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind reached Amsterdam, the Netherlands on April 4, 2022. This was the first presidential trip to the Netherlands after 34 years. President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Amsterdam from Turkmenistan.

Naming of a new breed of yellow tulips:

In the evening of April 4, 2022, the President visited the Keukenhof Tulip Park in Amsterdam to attend the naming ceremony of a tulip breed.

    • The tulip breed was named as ‘Maitri’ to symbolize the special and enduring friendship between India and the Netherlands.
Background:

» The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, visited the Republic of Turkmenistan and Kingdom of the Netherlands from April 1-7, 2022.

During his visit to Turkmenistan from 1-4 April, the President called on the new President of Turkmenistan, Mr. Serdar Berdimuhamedov. He is the first Indian President to visit independent Turkmenistan.

    • The two discussed various issues of bilateral and regional cooperation, including implementation of the outcomes of the India-Central Asia Summit held in January 2022.

During his visit to the Netherlands from April 4 to 7 at the invitation of King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima, President Kovind held discussions with them and Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Important Day

National Maritime Day 2022

⇒ National Maritime Day is celebrated on 05 April to commemorate the maiden voyage of the first Indian commercial vessel SS Loyalty that set sail from Bombay (Mumbai) to London, on 05 April 1919.

    • The ship was owned by Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd, the biggest large-scale Swadeshi shipping company of that time.

» National Maritime Day is dedicated to recall the role of maritime trade in the development of the Indian economy, and the role of India and its strategic location in global trade.

    • In India, National Maritime Day is being celebrated on 5th April since 1964.
    • This year, Directorate General of Shipping celebrated 59th National Maritime Day.
Theme:

“Propelling Indian Maritime to Net Zero” – was the theme adopted for this year’s celebration.

» On the occasion, a Coffee Table Book on ‘Dufferin, Rajendra, Chanakya’ was also released.

During the program, Sagar Samman Awards 2022 were conferred:
Sagar Samman Awards 2022
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