The Daily Brief – 1st March 2019

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  1. The Infosys Foundation has constituted Aarohan Social Innovation Awards with an aim to nurture the culture of innovation in the social sector to scale positive change across the country and thereby provide a platform to help the solutions scale. The awards would be given away in six categories spanning healthcare, destitute care, rural development, women’s safety and empowerment, education and sport and sustainability. Established in 1996, Infosys Foundation is a not-for-profit initiative of Infosys Ltd.

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  2. International Court of Justice (ICJ) has advised the UK to return the Diego Garcia (Chagos Islands) to Mauritius as rapidly as possible. The advisory has been issued by the ICJ on the request of the resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to look into the issue. Mauritius was the colony of erstwhile of British Empire. But the British cut off the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965 before granting it independence in 1968.
  3. The Union Minister of Human Resources and Development Prakash Javadekar launched the Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills (SHREYAS) programme to provide industry-specific apprenticeship opportunities to fresh graduates. The programme promotes apprenticeship as an important part of education and integrates the government’s employment building efforts into the education.
  4. The Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal has announced the creation of new railway zone for Andhra Pradesh, Southern Coast Railway Zone to be headquartered in Visakhapatnam. It would be an 18th Railway zone in the country. Currently, India has 17 zones and a total of 73 divisions. Under item 8 of Schedule 13 (Infrastructure) of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014 Indian Railways was required to examine establishing a new railway zone in the successor state of Andhra Pradesh.
  5. The Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot launched the 2nd Edition of Indian Sign Language (ISL) Dictionary in New Delhi. The Dictionary was brought about by Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. The second edition dictionary includes total 6000 words under the categories of academic, legal, medical, technical and everyday terms.
  6. Tata Steel has been recognised as one of World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for 2019. Ethisphere Institute is a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. For the eighth time, Tata Steel has got the recognition eight times in the ‘Metals, Minerals and Mining’ category. The other Indian company to find a place in the list of World’s Most Ethical Companies 2019 is Wipro.
  7. Atal Innovation Mission and software major Adobe have signed a Statement of Intent to collaborate on enhancing digital literacy and creativity skills. Under the agreement, Adobe would implement the Digital Disha Programme across 100 schools under Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) initiative. Atal Tinkering Labs is the flagship initiative undertaken by NITI Aayog under the Atal Innovation Mission. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has partnered with Adobe to launch Adobe Digital Disha Programme.

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Today’s Quiz

1. When was Infosys Foundation established?





2. When did Mauritius get its independence?





3. How many railway zones are there in India?





4. Where will be Southern Coast Railway Zone headquartered?





5. The 2nd Edition of Indian Sign Language (ISL) Dictionary has ___ words.





6. Which among the following has been recognised as one of World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for 2019?





7. Atal Innovation Mission and ______ have signed a Statement of Intent to collaborate on enhancing digital literacy and creativity skills.









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