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Daily Current Affairs – 25 Feb 2021 : GKToday Updates
1. Second phase of COVID-19 vaccination to begin in India from March 1st
- The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination will begin in India from March 1st. Under this phase, people above the age of 60 years and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities will be vaccinated.
- All the beneficiaries will be vaccinated at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres.
- The vaccine will be given free of cost at govt centres but those who would take the vaccine at private centres will have to pay.
- In the first phase of the vaccination, only healthcare and frontline workers were vaccinated.
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Around 1,07,67,000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far in the first phase of vaccination which began on Jan 16.
2. Cabinet approves imposition of President’s Rule in Puducherry
- The Union Cabinet approved the proposal to impose President’s Rule in Puducherry. The move comes just a few days after the Congress-led government in the union territory lost the trust vote in the assembly.
- Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the Cabinet decision, saying that the decision was taken as no party had claimed to form a govt in Puducherry following the resignation of CM V. Narayanasamy.
- President Ram Nath Kovind on Feb 23 accepted the resignation of Puducherry CM and his council of ministers.
- Following this, Puducherry’s Lieutenant General had recommended President’s Rule in Puducherry. The President’s rule will be officially imposed on the UT after President Ram Nath Kovind gives his assent.
3. Vijay Sampla becomes new Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes
- Vijay Sampla took the charge of Chairman; National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC). He assumed the position after being appointed by the President of India.
- He has served as Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment from 2014-2019.
- NCSC is an Indian Constitutional body that has been established to provide safeguards against the exploitation of Scheduled Castes and for promoting and protecting their economic, educational, social, cultural interests and other provisions in the Constitution.
4. World Bank signs 68 million dollar project to improve school education in Nagaland
- The Centre along with the Nagaland State government has signed a 68 million dollar project with the World Bank in order to improve the Quality of Education in Nagaland.
- The project named “Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources” will improve classroom instruction; create opportunities for the professional development of teachers; and build technology systems to provide students and teachers with more access to blended and online learning. The project will also allow better monitoring of policies and programs.
- About 1,50,000 students and 20,000 teachers in the govt education system will benefit from the state-wide reforms in schools.
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The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of low and middle-income countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects.
Headquarters: Washington D.C. United States; President: David Malpass
5. Central Excise Day: 24th Feb
- Central Excise Day is observed every year on Feb 24 in India.
- The aim of this day is to encourage the employees of the excise department in carrying out the central excise duty in a better way.
- The Central Excise Day is also celebrated to commemorate the Central Excise and Salt Act, which was enacted on Feb 24, 1944.
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The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs is the nodal national agency responsible for administering Customs, GST, Central Excise, Service Tax & Narcotics in India.
Chairperson: M. Ajit Kumar, IRS