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Saffron cultivation in India

Saffron is a plant whose dried stigmas (thread-like parts of the flower) are used to make saffron spice. Saffron cultivation is believed to have been introduced in Kashmir by Central Asian immigrants around the 1st Century BCE. Pampore region, in India, commonly known as Saffron bowl of Kashmir, is the main contributor to saffron production, followed by Budgam, Srinagar, and Kishtiwar districts. Saffron has traditionally been associated with the famous Kashmiri cuisine. It

Dr V Anantha Nageswaran: New Chief Economic Advisor

About Chief Economic Advisor The Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) is a post in Government of India and is equivalent to rank of Secretary to the Government of India. The CEA is head of Economic Division of the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. The CEA is the ex-officio cadre controlling authority of the Indian Economic Service. Until 2009, the CEA’s position was a Union Public Service Commission appointment and until the 1970s almost all CEA

Payment Banks and Small Finance Banks

Payment Banks Provides small savings and current accounts < 1 lakh, Mutual Funds, Insurance products, remittances to workers. They are differentiated or restricted banks. It was announced in Union Budget 2014-2015. It was based on the recommendations of the Nachiket Mor Committee on Financial Inclusion. They cannot lend and cannot set up subsidiaries to undertake Non-banking Financial services (NBFS) (lease, hire purchase). They are bound to meet CRR and 75% SLR and 25% i

DPIIT-Dept for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industries DIPP was established in 1995 and reconstituted in 2000 with the merger of the Dept of Industrial Development. It was renamed in 2019. The following are the Functions of DPIIT e-Commerce matters were transferred to DPIIT in 2018. In 2019: internal trade, the welfare of traders and their employees and Start- ups. Formulate and implement ind

SAAR program

As a part of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav, Smart Cities Mission, MoHUA has launched “Smart cities and Academia Towards Action & Research (SAAR)” program, a joint initiative of MoHUA, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and leading Indian academic institutions of the country. Under the program, 15 premier architecture & planning institutes of the country will be working with Smart Cities to document landmark projects undertaken by the Smart Cities Mission.

National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT)3.0

What is National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) 3.0? National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) is an initiative to provide the use of best-developed technological solutions in the education sector to enhance the employability of the youth on a single platform for learners' convenience. These solutions use Artificial Intelligence for a personalized and customized learning experience for better learning outcomes and skill development in the niche areas. AICTE,

‘Padhe Bharat’: 100 days reading campaign

What is ‘Padhe Bharat’ campaign? Padhe Bharat is a 100 Days Reading Campaign which is in alignment with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. It emphasises on the promotion of joyful reading culture for children by ensuring the availability of age-appropriate reading books for children in local/mother tongue/regional/tribal Language. There is a need to create an enabling environment in which students read for pleasure and develop their skills through a process tha

Consumer Protection Rules, 2021

Consumer Protection (Jurisdiction of the District Commission, the State Commission and the National Commission) Rules, 2021 1) Pecuniary Jurisdiction The Consumer Protection Act, 2019 The Consumer Protection Act, 2019 promulgates a three-tier quasi-judicial mechanism for redressal of consumer disputes namely district commissions, state commissions and national commissions. The Act also stipulates the pecuniary jurisdiction of each tier of consumer commission. As per the existin

National Livestock Mission (NLM)

About National Livestock Mission (NLM) The National Livestock Mission (NLM) scheme is being implemented in the country since 2014. The scheme has been realigned during 2021-22. The salient features of realigned National Livestock Mission (NLM) scheme are employment generation, entrepreneurship development, increase in per animal productivity and thus targeting increased production of meat, goat milk, egg and wool. The objectives of the National Livestock Mission are: Employm

Sector Skill Councils

What are Sector Skill Councils? Since its inception, one of the major pillars of NSDC’s strength are Sector Skill Councils (SSCs), which play a vital role in bridging the gap between what the industry demands and what the skilling requirements ought to be. The National Occupational Standard is one of the most significant contributions of NSDC to India's skilling ecosystem - something that was made possible by the SSCs, which are national partnership organizations that bring tog

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