1)In a first, Indian Army inducts five women officers into artillery regiment

New Delhi: The Indian Army further expanded the role of Women  in the force by allowing women officers into the Regiment of Artillery — a major combat support arm. Five women officers joined the Regiment of Artillery after the successful completion of training at the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai on 29 April 2023.

The women officers will be posted across artillery units, where they will get adequate training and exposure to handle Rocket, Medium, Field and Surveillance & Target Acquisition (SATA) and equipment in challenging conditions. Out of the five women officers, three are posted to units deployed along Northern borders and the other two in challenging locations in the Western Theatre.

2)NITI Aayog’s “Promoting Millets in Diets: Best Practices across States/UTs of India” Report

NITI Aayog, the Indian government’s policy think-tank, recently released a report titled “Promoting Millets in Diets: Best Practices across States/UTs of India.” The report highlights the good and innovative practices adopted by state governments and organizations in various aspects of the millet value-chain, with a particular focus on production, processing, and consumption.


The report is divided into three themes, including State Missions and initiatives to promote millets, Inclusion of millets in ICDS, and Research and development and use of technology for innovative practices. The report provides a set of good and innovative practices that have been adopted by state governments and organizations across these themes.


Chief Minister M K Stalin inaugurated Tamil Nadu’s first ever International Medical Value Travel Summit in Chennai

The summit aims at creating a global platform to provide healthcare services and medical facilities for international patients visiting Tamil Nadu.

This summit titled- “Tamil Nadu – Where the world comes to heal”, saw the participation of several international delegates and healthcare professionals from the industry in Tamil Nadu.

More than 75 delegates from 21 foreign countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Maldives, Vietnam and various African countries participated in this summit. The healthcare infrastructure of Tamil Nadu has already placed it on a high pedestal for medical tourism, attracting international patients for cardiac procedures, Orthopaedic procedures, cancer treatment and transplants mainly, a press release from the state secretariat said.


Tamil Nadu tops market borrowing for third consecutive year, RBI Data Revealed
For the third year in a row, Tamil Nadu has emerged as the State with the highest market borrowings according to data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). During the April-February period of FY23, Tamil Nadu’s gross market borrowings through State Development Loans (SDLs) stood at ₹68,000 crore.

The State’s Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan announced in his budget speech last month that Tamil Nadu planned to borrow ₹1,43,197.93 crore during 2023-24 and make repayments of ₹51,331,79 crore, resulting in net borrowings of ₹91,866.14 crore. In the budget estimates for 2023-24, the Fiscal Deficit is estimated to be 3.25% of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP).


Mahila Samman Saving Certificate

The Mahila Samman Savings Certificate (MSSC) is a small savings scheme designed exclusively for women in India. The scheme was launched on April 1, 2023, as a part of observing Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, which is a celebration of India’s 75th year of Independence. The initiative was announced during the Union Budget in February 2023 and was opened by the Union Minister, Smriti Irani.

Women can open an MSSC account for a tenure of two years and deposit up to 2 lakh rupees. The interest rate on the scheme is 7.5% per annum, which is higher than other small savings schemes. Interest is calculated quarterly and credited to the account.

The Mahila Samman Savings Certificate aims to encourage women to avail the benefits of interest on their savings and empower them financially. The scheme is backed by the Union Government, and thus, there is no credit risk involved. Women can also open a second savings account under this scheme, but only after three months of the opening of the first account.

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