Indian Government Launches DigiClaim Platform for Farmer Insurance Claims

The Agriculture Minister of India, Narendra Singh Tomar, has introduced a new platform called ‘DigiClaim’ on the national crop insurance portal.
This platform is aimed at expediting the disbursement of insurance claims to farmers who have availed themselves of crop insurance.
To demonstrate its effectiveness, the Minister used the platform to transfer a total insurance claim of Rs. 1,260.35 crore to insured farmers in several Indian states, including Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, and Haryana, with just a single click.

Literacy rate in India

❖ According to the World Bank India report, only 1 of 11 girls was literate at the time of India’s independence, about nine percent.

❖ At present, the women’s literacy rate has jumped to 77%.

❖ India’s male literacy rate stands at 84.7%.

❖ As per the National Sample Survey report, Kerala is the most literate state in the country with 92.2%.

❖ It is followed by union territory Lakshadweep (91.85%).

❖ Bihar has the lowest literacy rate in India at 61.8%, followed by Arunachal Pradesh at 65.3% and Rajasthan at 66.1%.

❖ However, around 12.6% of students drop out of school in India.

❖ The literacy rate in rural India is 67.77% as compared to 84.11% in urban india

Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates ‘Sagar Manthan’, the Real-time Performance Monitoring Dashboard of MoPSW

The Real-time Performance Monitoring Dashboard of MoPSW called ‘Sagar Manthan’ was virtually launched by Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush Shri Sarbananda Sonowal.
The digital platform is designed to have all integrated data related to the ministry and other subsidiaries.


NGT slaps ₹10 crore penalty on Kerala government for failure to protect Ramsar sites

The Kerala government has been fined Rs 10 crore by the Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for their inability to prevent the uncontrolled pollution of the designated Ramsar sites.
The order by NGT was made in lines with a petition alleging failure of statutory and administrative authorities in taking remedial action for protection of the Vembanad and Ashtamudi lakes hit by illegal waste dumping.

Tamil Nadu’s 18th wildlife sanctuary

❖ During the Tamil Nadu Budget 2023-24, creation of new wildlife sanctuary in Erode district called ‘Thanthai Periyar Animal Sanctuary’ was announced.

❖ This is the 18th wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.

❖ There are two existing wildlife sanctuaries in the district – Vellode Birds Sanctuary and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR).

❖ In the proposed sanctuary, the animal populations would mainly comprise elephants, tigers, leopards, panthers, wild boars, and deer.

❖ There are 21 different mammals, 139 bird species and 118 types of butterflies that would also inhabit.


PM Modi addressed ‘One World TB Summit’ at Varanasi

During the One World TB Summit arranged by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on World Tuberculosis Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted India’s powerful pharmaceutical industry as a significant advantage in the global battle against TB.
He also mentioned that India has set a goal of eradicating TB by the year 2025.



26 % of world’s population does not have safe drinking water: UNESCO report

A report presented by UNESCO at the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York reveals that a significant portion of the world’s population still does not have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.The report indicates that 26% of the global population lacks safe drinking water, while 46% do not have access to well-managed sanitation facilities

It will be the second UN Conference dedicated to water after the one held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1977. UN has launched a global campaign called ‘Be the Change’ to mark World Water Day 2023.

World Happiness Report 2023

The annual World Happiness Report, published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, has just been released, and it reveals that Finland remains the happiest country in the world for the sixth consecutive year. The report is based on data from the main life evaluation question in the Gallup World Poll, which measures how happy citizens perceive themselves to be.


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