- PM to inaugurate ‘Chauri Chaura’ Centenary Celebrations on 4th February (PIB) The day marks 100 years of the ‘Chauri Chaura’ incident, a landmark event in the country’s fight for independence. The Prime Minister will also release a postal stamp dedicated to the Chauri Chaura centenary during the event.
- 340 deaths due to manual scavenging (TH) The Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha, in response to a question about manual scavengers, that 340 people had died
- Awareness campaign planned to dispel ‘rumours’ on NPR, Census (TH) A specific focus could be on highlighting the utility of the census in planning and development on issues such as girl children, women’s participation in work and the differently abled, according to the people cited above.
- "Jal Jeevan Mission to help revive urban waterbodies(TH) The urban water supply mission announced in the Budget on Monday would include rejuvenation of water bodies as well as 20% of supply from reused
- Jal Jeevan Mission (URBAN) to Provide Universal Coverage of Water Supply (PIB)" During her Budget speech, the Hon’ble Finance Minister announced JAL JEEVAN MISSION (URBAN) which has been designed to provide universal coverage of water supply to all households through functional taps in all 4,378 statutory towns in accordance with SDG Goal- 6. Providing coverage of sewerage/septage management in 500 AMRUT cities is the other focus area.
- Implementation of ONORC scheme (PIB) The implementation of One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) plan is one of the top priorities of Department of Food & Public Distribution, Government of India to provide an option to all eligible ration card holders/beneficiaries covered under NFSA to access their entitlements from anywhere in the country. Under this plan, the distribution of highly subsidized food grains is enabled through nation-wide portability of ration cards through the implementation of IT-driven system by installation of ePoS devices at FPSs, seeding of Aadhaar number of beneficiaries with their ration cards and operationalisation of biometrically authenticated ePoS transactions in the State/UTs.
GS2: International Relations
- "Explained: Why Sri Lanka has pushed India out of Colombo terminal project and what’s being offered as compensation (IE)" After the Sri Lankan decision reneging on the 2019 agreement, the country's cabinet has now approved a proposal to develop the west terminal of the Colombo port as a Public Private Partnership with Japan and India.
- It’s goodbye to fiscal orthodoxy (TH) Budget 2021 is a departure from a key tenet of the Washington Consensus — macroeconomic stability
- ‘LIC IPO likely after October, BPCL, AI stake sale by Sept.' (TH) The initial public offering (IPO) of India's largest insurance company LIC is likely after October this year, a top official said on Tuesday laying out the government's divestment calendar that includes completing the sale of flag carrier Air India and oil firm BPCL within the first half of the next fiscal.
GS3: Science and technology
- Explained: What is Stardust 1.0, the first rocket to run on biofuel? (IE) Sunday’s launch marks another historic first for Maine since Stardust 1.0 has become the first commercial rocket launch for the state located in northeastern US.
- On World Wetlands Day India gets its first Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management. (PIB) India has nearly 4.6% of its land as wetlands, covering an area of 15.26 million hectares and has 42 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 1.08 million hectares. The year 2021 also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, celebrated annually as World Wetlands Day.