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The central government released Rs 72,961 crore as tax transfers to the states.
To finance social welfare measures and infrastructure development schemes, Rs 72,961 crore has been released by the Central Government as tax transfer to the states.
Of the installment of ₹72,961.21 crore disbursed, the largest share has gone to Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh was followed by Bihar (₹7,338.44 crore), Madhya Pradesh (₹5,727.44 crore) and West Bengal (₹5,488.88 crore).
Maharashtra’s share was ₹4,608.96 crore, Rajasthan’s share was ₹4,396.64 crore and Odisha’s ₹3303.69 crore.
The share of the remaining states has been less than ₹3,000 crore.
The 8th edition of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Conference of Chiefs of Naval Staff (COC) was held from 19 to 22 Dec 23.
The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Chiefs of Naval Staff Conference (COC) was organized by the Royal Thai Navy in Bangkok.
Naval chiefs and senior representatives of 27 member and observer countries participated in this conference.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar represented the three-member Indian delegation.
At the conclave, the flag designed by India was selected as the IONS flag. India also assumed the co-chairmanship of the IONS Working Groups on Maritime Security and HADR for the upcoming cycle.
India will hold the Presidency of IONS for 2025-27 and the 9th COC will be held in India in 2025.
National Consumer Day 2023: 24 December
National Consumer Day or Indian Consumer Day is celebrated every year on 24 December.
The purpose of this day is to spread awareness about consumer rights and the power of the consumer.
The Consumer Protection Bill was passed on 24 December 1986.
Further amendments were made in 1991, 1993 and 2002 to make the Consumer Protection Act greater effective and consumer-friendly.
In August 2019, Parliament handed the Consumer Protection Act 2019, which changed the Consumer Protection Act of 1986. The 2019 Act came into pressure in July 2020.World Consumer
The Consumer Protection Act guarantees six basic rights to consumers.
Wrestler Bajrang Punia returned Padmashree
On December 22, wrestler Bajrang Punia wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through social media and announced to return the Padmashree award. Bajrang had gone to the Prime Minister’s residence to return the award, but when he did not get permission to go inside, he kept the award there on the footpath. Bajrang Punia received the Padma Shri award on 12 March 2019.
In the letter, Bajrang Punia has expressed his competition to the victory of Sanjay Singh, near Brij Bhushan, at the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).
The usa’s most effective Olympian medal prevailing wrestler Sakshi Malik retired from wrestling on December 21 after the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) election consequences came out.
The WFI election has been won by Sanjay Singh, close to BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
Sanjay Singh was the Joint Secretary in the previous body of WFI headed by Brij Bhushan Singh.
Ban on hijab will be lifted in schools and colleges of Karnataka
On December 22, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah within the Congress authorities of Karnataka has introduced to lift the ban on carrying hijab in faculties and schools of the nation. The CM has taken this selection bringing up private freedom and right of preference.
On December 31, 2021, 6 Muslim girl students were stopped from wearing hijab in a college in Udupi district of Karnataka, after which they sat on a strike.
The controversy spread to the rest of the state as well, following which students belonging to Hindu organizations in turn started coming to college wearing saffron shawls.
When the violence occurred, in February 2022, the state government had banned wearing of all types of religious identity clothes in schools and colleges.
Due to this order of the BJP government, there were protests at many places in the state.
The Supreme Court gave a divided verdict on October 13, after which an appeal was made to the CJI to send it to a larger bench, currently the case is pending in the Supreme Court.
IONS 2023 concludes
The 4-day Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) summit concluded in Thailand on 22 December. From the Indian facet, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar participated in the program at the side of a 3-member naval delegation.
The event was attended by Naval Chiefs and senior representatives of 27 member countries and observer countries.
Thailand chaired the IONS conference this year, and finalized the action plan for the next two years.
India took over as co-chair for the upcoming conference.
In this, the flag prepared by India was selected as the IONS flag.
After this the wide variety of nations in IONS has improved to 34, of which there are 25 individuals and 9 observers.
The objective of IONS is to enhance coordination between the navies of member countries in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
IONS was first held in Goa in 2008, hosted by India.
Pre-qualification of R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine by WHO
Marking an important development in the global prevention of malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently added the R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine to its list of prequalified vaccines.
Developed by Oxford University and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, this vaccine is promising in preventing malaria in children.
The R21/Matrix-M vaccine becomes the second malaria vaccine to receive WHO pre-qualification, the first being RTS, S/AS01.
Pre-qualification of the R21 vaccine by WHO serves as a strong assurance of the safety and efficacy of the said vaccine.
Products that receive WHO pre-qualification gain credibility and are more easily accepted in international markets because WHO applies rigorous international standards to evaluate their safety, effectiveness and manufacturing compliance.
Railways will install panic switches at 117 stations
Central Railway General Manager Ram Karan Yadav has said that panic switches will be installed at 117 railway stations. In his first press conference after taking charge, Yadav said that Central Railways will install these panic switches at 117 stations of its network.
What will panic switches do?
The panic switch will alert Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel. In case of any emergency, passengers can press these switches to seek help from RPF. Central Railway has signed an MoU with RailTel for installation of the switches.
These will be such switches, when pressed, the RPF control will get an alert. After which CCTV will be checked and help will be sent to the passengers immediately. The process of installing the switches is expected to be completed within a year.
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