17th May, 2022 Current Affairs
National Data and Analytics Platform launched by NITI Aayog
- The National Data & Analytics Platform (NDAP) was launched by NITI Aayog for free public use.
- By making data accessible, interoperable, interactive, and available on a user-friendly platform, the platform intends to democratize access to public government data.
- It houses basic datasets from a variety of government departments, organizes them, and provides analytics and visualization capabilities. This public debut comes after the platform’s beta release in August 2021, which gave a small number of users access for testing and feedback.
- To ensure that the datasets hosted on the platform are adapted to the needs of data users from government, academia, journalism, civil society, and the corporate sector, NDAP uses a use-case methodology. All datasets are standardized to the same schema, making it simple to combine them and do cross-sectoral analysis.
President Ram Nath Kovind meets with Jamaican PM Andrew Holness
- President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the Indian diaspora in Jamaica. Speaking on the occasion President stressed upon the role that the diaspora plays in strengthening the cultural bond of the two nations.
- President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Jamaica yesterday on a state visit to the Caribbean nations. On the second day of his visit president Kovind visited the National Heroes Park in Kingston, Jamaica. After laying wreath at the shrine of Marcus Garvey, president Kovind proceeded to Government house where he met Governer General of Jamaica Sir Patrick Allen.
India and Nepal, sign six MoUs and Agreements related to education and hydropower sectors
- India and Nepal signed and exchanged six Memorandums of Understanding and Agreements.
- They include MoU between Indian Council of Cultural Relations and Lumbini Buddhist University on the establishment of Dr. Ambedkar Chair for Buddhist Studies and MoU between Indian Council of Cultural Relations and Kathmandu University on the establishment of the ICCR Chair of Indian Studies.
- A letter of Agreement between Kathmandu University and Indian Institute of Technology (IITM) was also signed for a joint degree program at Master’s level.
- An Agreement between SJVN Ltd and Nepal Electricity Authority for Development and implementation of Arun 4 Project was also signed. The MoUs and Agreements were signed after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba in Lumbini.
India slams Organization of Islamic Cooperation for its comments on Delimitation Exercise in J&K
- India slammed Organization of Islamic Cooperation for its comments on Delimitation Exercise in Jammu and Kashmir. In response to media queries, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesman Arindam Bagchi said, we are dismayed that the OIC Secretariat has once again made unwarranted comments on the internal affairs of India.
- As in the past, the Government of India categorically rejects the assertions made by the OIC Secretariat on the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral and inalienable part of India. The Spokesman said, OIC should refrain from carrying out its communal agenda vis-à-vis India at the behest of one country.
Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary notified as 52nd Reserve Forest for Wild cats
- Ramgarh Vishdhari Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan has been notified.
- In a series of tweets, Mr Yadav said, it is the 52nd Reserve of India, which will conserve biodiversity and bring in ecotourism and development to the area. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, government is committed to preserving the wildlife.
- The newly notified tiger reserve includes the tiger habitat between Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in the northeast and Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve on the southern side and facilitates dispersal of tigers from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
- The floristic diversity of this new tiger reserve makes it an important area for research and education. Historic and cultural sites like Bhimlat, Ramgarh palace will encourage eco-tourism and provide employment opportunities to local communities.
Kenyan nurse Anna Qabale Duba crowned world’s best nurse
- Anna Qabale Duba, a Kenyan nurse stationed at the Marsabit County Referral Hospital, won the inaugural Aster Guardian Global Nursing Award for endorsing education and campaigning against outdated cultural practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in her community.
- Duba, who took home USD 250,000 (approx. Ksh.29 million) in prize money, was feted by Emirates CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum at an award ceremony held in Dubai, which commemorated the International Nurses Day.
- While receiving the award, Duba, the only female graduate in her village, revealed that she, through her Qabale Duba Foundation, had built a school in Marsabit which offers classes to young pupils and adults looking to get a decent education during the day and evening respectively.