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Current Affairs Date: 16 September 2021

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Maa Vindhyavasini Corridor Project

⇒ Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah laid the foundation stone of the Maa Vindhyavasini Corridor project at Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh on 01 August 2021.

The Union Home Minister said that with the laying of the foundation stone of the Maa Vindhyavasini corridor and the dedication of the ropeway, now no one will need to carry his old parents on a palanquin, he can complete the triangular circumambulation by ropeway.

‘PM-DAKSH’ Portal and ‘PM-DAKSH’ Mobile App

⇒ Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Virendra Kumar launched ‘PM-DAKSH’ Portal and ‘PM-DAKSH’ Mobile App, developed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, in collaboration with NeGD (National eGovernance Division) on 07 August 2021.

The Portal & App has been launched to make the skill development schemes accessible to the target groups of Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Safai Karamcharis.

Through these portal and app the youth of the target groups will now be able to avail the benefits of skill development training programmes more easily.

PM-DAKSH’ Portal will make all information related to skill development programmes, provided under Pradhan Mantri Dakshta Aur Kushalta Sampann Hitgrahi (PM-DAKSH) Yojana, available at one place for Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and Safai Karamcharis.

About PM-DAKSH Yojana:

The Pradhan Mantri Dakshta Aur Kushalta Sampann Hitgrahi (PM-DAKSH) Yojana is being implemented by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment from the year 2020-21.

Under this Yojana, eligible target group are being provided skill development training programmes on (i) Up-skilling/Re-skilling (ii) Short Term Training Programme (iii) Long Term Training Programme and (iv) Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP).

National Convention on Digital Best Practices and North East Summit

⇒ The National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities, working for the empowerment of Divyangjan in these categories since 2000 under the aegis of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, virtually organised a National Convention on Digital Best Practices and North East Summit for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PwIDDs) on 7th August at Dr Ambedkar International Centre, Delhi.

Aim of the Summit:

In the first of its kind, the summit was organized for the Seven States in North East Region of the Country. The aim of the summit was to empower persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities on Digital Technology and increase the footfall of the schemes and activities of the National Trust in the region.

Aim of the National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities:

The National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities aims to increase the footfall of its schemes and activities in the North–East. It shares the benefits of digital technology for the empowerment of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities.

Connecting link of Pink Line of the Delhi Metro

⇒ Recently, the connecting link between Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 and Trilokpuri – Sanjay Lake Metro stations of Pink Line was inaugurated. With the opening of this important connection, the 59 kilometre long Pink Line will seamlessly connect the northern and eastern fringes of Delhi with important areas of south and central Delhi.

With the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network will now become about 390 kilometres long with 285 stations (including the Noida – Greater Noida Metro Corridor and Rapid Metro, Gurugram).

Advanced Wound Dressing, based on 'agarose'

⇒ An Indian scientist has developed an advanced wound dressing based on ‘agarose’, a natural polymer derived from seaweed agar, for the treatment of infected diabetic wounds and patients suffering from chronic wounds.

The biodegradable, non-immunogenic wound dressing was developed from sustainable source intervention has been developed by Dr. Vivek Verma from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur by adding several additive molecules like iodine and citric acid.

The developed intervention is in third stage of the Technology Readiness Level. At present, the dressing has been tested on rat model.

Important Day

7th National Handloom Day

⇒ Ministry of Textile celebrated 7th National Handloom Day on August 07, 2021. On this day, the handloom weaving community is honored and the contribution of this sector in the socio-economic development of this country is highlighted. 

My Handloom My Pride Expo:

On the clarion call of the Prime Minister, National level – “My Handloom My Pride Expo” was organized at DilliHaat, INA, New Delhi from 1st August to 15th August 2021 by National Handloom Development Corporation to celebrate the 7th National Handloom Day.

Background:

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi declared 7 August as National Handloom Day in July 2015. Since then it is observed every year to honor the handloom weavers in the country.

The first NHD was inaugurated on August 07, 2015 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai. 

To commemorate the Swadeshi Movement, 7 August was chosen as National Handloom Day. The Swadeshi Movement was launched on 7 August, 1905 in the Calcutta Town hall. Swadeshi Movement ignited the spirit of Swadeshi, which included handloom weavers as well.

Fact:

According to the 4th All India Handloom Census (2019-20), in India:

    • Number of Households- 31.44 lakh
    • Total number of Handloom Workers- 35.22 lakh
    • Total number of Weavers- 26.74 lakh
    • Average no. of working days in a year by handloom worker- 207
Major Handloom States:

In India, Assam has the highest number of handloom workers, followed by West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Manipur and Uttar Pradesh.

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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