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Current Affairs Date: 31 December 2022

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Radio series - ‘Matdata Junction’

⇒ Chief Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar along with Election Commissioner Shri Anup Chandra Pandey launched a yearlong Voter Awareness Program – ‘Matdata Junction’ during an event organised at Akashvani Rang Bhavan, New Delhi on 03 October 2022.

    • The ‘Matdata Junction’ is a 52-episode radio series produced by the Election Commission of India, in collaboration with All India Radio.

» The 15 minutes program is being broadcast every Friday during 7- 9 PM slot on All India Radio network covering 25 FM stations, 4 FM Gold stations, 42 Vividh Bharati stations, and 159 primary channels/local radio stations in 23 languages.

    • These 23 languages are Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Maithili, and Dogri.
Addressing the gathering, CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar said:

The program as a combination of information and entertainment, would specifically help address urban apathy and inform the audience about the election processes in the conduct of free, fair, transparent, inducement free, accessible and inclusive elections in an interactive communication format.

    • Actor & State Icon Shri Pankaj Tripathi joins the launch of the Matdata Junction. CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar declared Shri Pankaj Tripathi as the National Icon of Election Commission of India.
Key Points:
    • The 52-episode series covers various aspects of election and related processes from voters’ perspective.
    • It will have thematic episodes on voter registration, Informed & Ethical Voting, Value of Vote, Inclusive & Accessible Elections, Model Code of Conduct, IT Applications, EVMs, stories of election officials, BLOs, etc.
    • All episodes include interactive messaging aimed at encouraging eligible citizens and especially the young and first-time voters to vote and make an informed decision during the elections.
    • The series is in the genre of infotainment program having a kaleidoscope of drama, storytelling, Quiz, Experts’ interview, and Songs produced by the SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation) division of the Election Commission of India in every episode.
    • The program includes a Citizen’s Corner where any citizen can ask a query or also provide suggestions for making elections inclusive and participative.
First episode:

The first episode of the program on the theme – ‘Voter Registration’ broadcasted on 7th October, 2022.

» Citizens can also listen to the Program on ‘Twitter on @airnewsalerts and @ECISVEEP, News On AIR’ App and YouTube channels of ECI & All India Radio.

Swachhta Campaign 2.0

⇒ Union Minister of State (I/C) Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister of State (I/C) Ministry of Earth Science; MoSPMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched the Special Swachhta Campaign 2.0, with a focus on Swachhata including disposal of scrap and reducing Pendency in Government at DARPG office, Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi.

Key Points:
    • For the first time, this year the campaign also focused on e-Files and the review of the same.
    • The Special Campaign launched on “BapuJayanti” from 2nd October to 31st October, 2022 was aimed at ensuring timely and effective disposal of Public Grievances, References from Members of Parliament, State Governments, Inter-Ministerial Consultations and Parliamentary Assurances and disposal of scrap.
    • The Special Campaign 2.0 covered over 1.5 lakh Post Offices, overseas mission/posts, Railway Stations, and other public offices in mission mode during the month-long campaign.

Fit India Freedom Run 3.0

⇒ Union Minister of Law and Justice, Shri Kiren Rijiju and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Anurag Singh Thakur jointly launched the Fit India Freedom Run 3.0 at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in New Delhi on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

    • The third edition of the Fit India Freedom Run began on October 2. This continued till October 31, 2022.

The Fit India Freedom Run, over the last two years, has seen participation from India Armed forces including the Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Reserve Police Force, the Indian Railways, CBSE and ICSE schools as well as the Ministry of Youth Affairs youth wings Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and “National Service Scheme.

Khadi Fest – 2022 Exhibition

⇒ Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Shri Narayan Rane inaugurated the Khadi Fest – 2022 Exhibition in Mumbai on 03 October 2022.

Organized by:

The Khadi Fest – 2022 was organized by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Khadi Fest – 2022 was organized till 1 November, 2022.

Khadi and Village Industries Commission has been organizing Khadi Fest every year to mark the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. However, this time the exhibition was organized after a gap of two years.

Key Points:
    • In the Khadi Fest 2022 Exhibition, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme units from various parts of the country affiliated to Khadi and Village Industries Commission showcased their products.
    • Around 70 stalls of dry fruits, tea, coffee, beauty herbal and ayurvedic products, khadi silk, Pashmina, Madhubani fabric, honey products, hand paper products, home decor products, bamboo products, carpets, aloe vera products, leather products etc were setup.

Important Day

97th Raising Day of Military Nursing Service

⇒ Military Nursing Service celebrated its 97th Raising Day on 01 October 2022.

Background:
    • Military Nursing Service is the only all women corps of the Armed Forces dating back to the year 1888, the first batch of 10 qualified British nurses arrived in Bombay to organize nursing in the military hospitals in India.
    • It was designated as Indian Army Nursing Services (IANS) in 1893 and Queen Alexandria Military Nursing Service of India (QAMNS {I}) in 1902.
    • During the World War –I, Temporary India Nursing Service (TINS) was formed to provide nursing care to wounded soldiers.
    • Permanent Nursing service for Indian Army was raised as part of Indian Army on 01 Oct 1926 and designated as Indian Military Nursing Service (IMNS).
    • With the promulgation of the military ordinance on 15 Sep 1943 the Military Nursing Service was permanently established as part of the Armed Forces and the members of the service became commissioned officers.
    • The mission of Military Nursing Service is ‘Excellence in patient care’ both in peace and war.
    • Today Military Nursing Service ranks high among the best Army Nursing Services of the world.

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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