Ambedkar Social Innovation &Incubation Mission
Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment recently launched the “Ambedkar Social Innovation and Incubation Mission (ASIIM) under Venture Capital Fund for SCswith a view to promoting innovation and enterprise among SC students studying in higher educational institutions.

Objectives
•    To promote entrepreneurship among the SC Youth with special preference to Divyangs
•    To support (1,000) innovative ideas till 2024 through a synergetic work with the Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) set up by Department of Science and Technology
•    To support, promote, hand-hold the start-up ideas till they reach commercial stage by providing liberal equity support.
•    To incentivise students with innovative mind-set to take to entrepreneurship with confidence.
The budget of ASIIM for the next four years has been kept at Rs 19320lakhs.

Kesavananda Bharati
•    Kesavananda Bharati, the head of Edneer Mutt at Kasaragod in Kerala whose petition in the Supreme Court led to the landmark verdict of 1973 that outlined the basic structure doctrine of the Constitution, passed away recently.
•    Bharati was the head of Jagadguru Shankaracharya Samsthanam mutt, which belongs to the Shankaracharya tradition. The mutt is believed to have been established by Totakacharya, one of the first four disciples of Adi Shankaracharya.

The case
•    He was the petitioner in the His Holiness Kesavananda Bharati Sripadagalvaru and Ors. Vs. State of Kerala and others case.
•    It was on March 21, 1970 that Bharati moved the apex court, challenging the Kerala government’s takeover of land owned by the mutt as per the land reforms Act of 1969.
•    In his petition, Bharati had sought enforcement of rights guaranteed under Article 25 (Right to practice and propagate religion), Article 26 (Right to manage religious affairs), Article 14 (Right to equality), Article 19(1) (f) (freedom to acquire property), Article 31 (Compulsory Acquisition of Property).

The Judgement and its impact
•    The ruling is considered among the most consequential decisions by the Supreme Court as it set out the “basic structure” of the Constitution that Parliament cannot amend.
•    Politically, as a result of the verdict, the judiciary faced its biggest litmus test against the executive. The Indira Gandhi-led government did not take kindly to the majority opinion and superseded three judges —J M Shelat, A N Grover and K S Hegde — who were in line to be appointed CJI after Justice Sikri.Justice A N Ray, who had dissented against the majority verdict, was instead appointed CJI.
•    The supersession resulted in a decades-long continuing battle on the independence of the judiciary and the extent of Parliament’s power to appoint judges.
•    But the ruling has cemented the rejection of majoritarian impulses to make sweeping changes or even replace the Constitution and underlined the foundations of a modern democracy laid down by the makers of the Constitution


International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies
The very first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies will be held on September 7th, 2020.The United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution to hold an International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on December 19, 2019, during its 74th session and invited the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to facilitate the observance of the International Day, in collaboration with other relevant organizations. The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) worked with UNEP and the Republic of Korea to advocate for the day in the lead up to the decision.
Aim
•    Raise public awareness at all levels—individual, community, corporate and government—that clean air is important for health, productivity, the economy and the environment.
•    Demonstrate the close link of air quality to other environmental/developmental challenges such as – most and foremost – climate change and the global Sustainable Development Goals.  
•    Promote and facilitate solutions that improve air quality by sharing actionable knowledge best practices, innovations, and success stories.
•    Bring together diverse international actors working on this topic to form a strategic alliance to gain momentum for concerted national, regional and international approaches for effective air quality management.
The Indian Union Environment Minister also participated and chaired a webinar on the first-ever International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies on September 7, 2020.

Project DigniTEA
•    On the occasion of the 70th birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) launched Project DIGNITea in Delhi. Members of Parliament Meenakshi Lekhi and Arun Kumar distributed 6 innovative cycle-mounted tea/coffee selling units to unemployed youth.
•    Each cycle-mounted tea/coffee selling unit costs Rs 18,000 and has the provision for gas stove, gas cylinder, an umbrella, utensils and separate containers to keep tea, sugar, cups and snacks properly. The KVIC also distributed 17 such units in different cities like Varanasi, Jaipur and Chandigarh.
•    It was conceived keeping in view the welfare of the poor. The KVIC initiative will enable poor to earn their livelihood with dignity. The cycle units are well equipped. It has been designed keeping in mind the logistical requirements and hygiene while selling tea/coffee to public

AICTE-SPICES
A total of 12 faculty members of AICTE-approved institutes received the first-ever Visvesvarya Best Teacher Awards 2020.
The awards were conferred by Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on the eve of Engineers Day.
About the Award
The awards have been introduced to identify extraordinary teachers and recognise their excellence, best practice, and innovation in the field of higher technical education at the national level for degree and diploma institutions.


SPICES
•    Scheme for Promoting Interests, Creativity, and Ethics among Students (SPICES) was launched to “promote healthy co-curricular activity amongst the students for their all-round development.
•    This scheme is aimed to recognise the meritorious faculties on the Engineer’s Day every year at the National level and, encourage them to update themselves to the ever-changing needs of higher education at the global level and thereby becoming an effective contributor towards the society.