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Private sector will be allowed to use ISRO facilities and other relevant assets to improve their capacities
MHRD directs IoE to submit three-year vision plan
Send home migrants in 15 days, SC tells Centre, states
Nepal MPs unanimously approve new map
Saturn's moon Titan drifting away 100 times faster than thought
North Korea cuts off all communication with South
PRIVATE SECTOR WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE ISRO FACILITIES AND OTHER RELEVANT ASSETS TO IMPROVE THEIR CAPACITIES
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Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that private sector will be allowed to use Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) facilities and other relevant assets to improve their capacities.
Private companies to be provided level playing field in satellites, launches and Space based services.
Future projects for planetary exploration, outer space travel will be open for private sector.
This would help in achieving Atma nirbhar Bharat.
This comes at a time when Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully helped in transporting astronauts to ISS.
Source : PIB (https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1630524 )
MHRD DIRECTS IOE TO SUBMIT THREE-YEAR VISION PLAN
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Following a review meeting chaired by HRD minister Ramesh Pokhariyal ‘Nishank’ with the directors and vice chancellors of Institutes of Eminence (IoE), MHRD has directed these institutes to submit three-year vision plans.
The institutes had already submitted the vision plans while sending the proposals but a fresh plan needs to be submitted for the ministry to compare it with the original proposal.
The global perception and dipping rankings emerged as one of the major issues and the minister said that a team of IIT directors may be constituted to help improve the perception of Indian institutions.
Indian institutions are not ranked highly in global rankings, not because they lack quality but the reason is lack of proper international outlook.
India is yet to be recognised as a global study hub. The institutes collaboratively will launch a long-term campaign to build Study in India scheme as a brand
SEND HOME MIGRANTS IN 15 DAYS, SC TELLS CENTRE, STATES
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that all migrant workers willing to travel to their native places should be sent back within 15 days and Shramik Special trains should be arranged for them by the Railways within 24 of demand being made.
All migrant workers have to be identified and registered for sending them back home.
States and union territories need to submit schemes to give employment to migrant workers.
States need to establish (a) helpdesk which will help migrant labourers to avail of employment opportunities
The top court ordered setting up counselling centres to help migrant workers who have returned home find employment. If they wanted to travel back for employment, states should facilitate the process, it added.
The court asked states to consider withdrawal of cases filed against migrant workers for violating the lockdown under NDMA, if any, for violation of COVID-19 lockdown.
Directing states to collect village-wise and block-wise data, the top court said states should map out skills of migrant workers and help them to get reemployed.
The Bench issued the directions after taking note of the submissions of the Centre, states and union territories on steps taken to mitigate misery of migrants stranded across the country due to COVID-19 lockdown.
Source : Tribune India (https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/send-home-migrants-in-15-days-sc-tells-centre-states-96687 )
NEPAL MPS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVE NEW MAP