Here is the NOT in NEWS last week for the week ended today on 16th of August 2015. In this special series of Satyameva Jayate, we try covering news items that are important for the nation or for the citizens of the country yet are ignored by the media for the most part. They are mostly mentioned in some corner of a newspaper or as an article online, but they are never the main news item of your TV channels. There are no debates on these. They are not highlighted anywhere. Anywhere except on Satyameva Jayate:
1) Make in India: US offers to jointly manufacture fighter jets with India
The US can help India fill a key gap in its defence architecture by collaborating with it to build the planes that are needed to safeguard the country’s airspace, ambassador Richard Verma said. He also said that the two countries had taken joint action against a “high-profile hacking group” operating in India.
2) Mahindra gives away 3784 toilets under the Swachh Bharat-Swachh Vidyalaya campaign
The Mahindra Group has successfully taken part in the Swachh Bharat campaign during the first week of August 2015. The company has implemented the Swachh Vidyalaya (SBSV) program, as a result of which, it has constructed toilet blocks in schools at 1171 locations across the country. These locations have been earmarked by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Rajeev Dubey, the Group President (HR & Corporate Services) and Member of the Group Executive Board said, “The Mahindra Group has completed its target and handed over 3784 toilets under the Swachh Bharat: Swachh Vidyalaya (SBSV) Program. These toilets are spread over 1171 locations across 11 states and 104 districts. In addition, over and above the target, we are in the process of handing over a further 556 toilet units over the next few days, which will make a grand total of 4340 toilet units.”
3) Policy push for employment generation, farmer welfare: PM Narendra Modi on Independence Day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused on two key economic policy initiatives in his speech. The first concerned job creation, while the other addressed the needs of farmers.
The PM said hereon all public and private investments that require government clearance or any sort of assistance would have to state the number of jobs they would create.
4) Unorganized sector may get complete medical care under ESI scheme
Rickshaw pullers, autorickshaw drivers, Anganwadi and Asha workers and other such vulnerable groups may get complete medical care (from primary to tertiary) under the umbrella of employee’s state insurance (ESI) scheme.
They may also be entitled for a range of cash benefits during exigencies arising out of their jobs such as death, injury, disablement, maternity and unemployment as guaranteed to workers in organized sector under the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Act.
5) Saina Nehwal becomes first Indian to enter World Championship finals
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal today became the first Indian to reach the finals of the World Badminton Championships, assuring herself of at least a silver medal here.
The World No.2 Indian notched up a 21-17 21-17 win over Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri, who was struggling with her right knee, in the semifinals of the women’s singles.
6) Entrepreneurs give thumbs up to PM Narendra Modi’s startup India mission
7) Madhya Pradesh To Get Country’s Cheapest Solar Power Supply At Rs 5 Per Unit For 25 Years!
“MP Power Management Company has opened the tenders for supply of 300 MW solar power on long term basis recently and has got minimum rate of Rs 5.05 per unit in it,” company’s Managing Director, Sanjay Kumar Shukla, told the agency. “It is lowest rate for supply of solar power till date in the country. At present, the state is getting solar power at the rate of Rs 6.50 to Rs 7 per unit as quoted in previous tenders,” he said.
8) Pahal Acknowledged by Guinness Book of World Records as Largest Cash Transfer Program
A milestone today is that the ‘Pahal’ scheme has been acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest cash transfer program (households).
The government launched the ‘Pahal’ scheme in 54 districts of the country on November 15, 2014, and in remaining districts of the country on January 1, 2015.
As on August 13, 2015, 13.9 crore LPG consumers have joined the Pahal scheme.