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Today's Headlines - 08 March 2024

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'NITI for States' digital platform

GS Paper II

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Recently,  the Information Technology Minister unveiled the NITI for States (NFS) digital platform to strengthen cooperation between the Centre and states in achieving growth objectives.

Uttar Poorva Transformative Industrialization Scheme, 2024

GS Paper III

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Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade for Uttar Poorva Transformative Industrialization Scheme, 2024 (UNNATI – 2024).

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ISRO to provide Internet in 80 remote tribal villages using V-SAT

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The Ministry of Tribal Affairs plans to collaborate with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to deploy V-SAT stations on a pilot basis for around 80 tribal villages to bring Internet services.

Cancer-causing chemical found in cosmetic products

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According to the independent US laboratory Valisure, high levels of cancer-causing chemical benzene were detected in some acne treatments from brands including Estee Lauder's Clinique, Target's Up & Up and Reckitt Benckiser-owned Clearasil.

Govt extends subsidy for Ujjwala beneficiaries

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Recently, the Union Cabinet approved the continuation of the targeted subsidy of ₹300 per 14.2 kg cylinder for up to 12 refills per year to be provided to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) during FY25.


Kerala declares man-wild conflicts a ‘disaster’

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Recently, the Kerala cabinet decided to declare human-wildlife conflict as a ‘state-specific disaster’ in the wake of a recent spurt in human fatalities in wild animal attacks and announced several measures to mitigate the issue.

India to restart Penicillin G manufacture

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India will start manufacturing the common antibiotic Penicillin G by mid-2024, three decades after the country’s last plant shut down.

What is the proposed Anthropocene epoch?

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Recently, the International Commission on Stratigraphy has voted down the proposal of adding an Anthropocene epoch and terminating the Holocene as it was not supported by the standards used to define epochs according to chronostratigraphy.

Sweden officially joins NATO

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Recently, Sweden formally joined NATO as the 32nd member of the transatlantic military alliance, ending decades of post-World War II neutrality as concerns about Russian aggression in Europe have spiked following Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

Survey of gig workers paints a picture of poor working conditions and low pay

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A survey conducted among more than 5,000 gig and platform workers across 32 cities in the country has found issues of health, income security & lack of regulation.

Almost 60% of the funds received by national parties are from ‘unknown’ sources

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According to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) almost 60% of the funds received by political parties in 2022 cannot be traced and came from “unknown” sources.