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J&K signs MoU with Dubai Government for real estate development, industrial parks.

  • The Jammu and Kashmir administration has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Dubai for rapid growth and development in the Union Territory.
  • Under the MoU, the Dubai government will help in the development of real estate sector, industrial parks, IT towers, multipurpose towers, logistics, medical colleges, super specialty hospitals and many other business enterprises in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The development will help the Union Territory to reach new heights in Industrialization and sustainable growth.

Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off "Modi Van".

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off five mobile medical vans as Modi vans in Kaushambi district of Uttar Pradesh on October 19, 2021.
  • These vans have been launched under the BJP's Seva Hi Sangathan program to commemorate Prime Minister Narendra Modi completing 20 years as head of government.
  • The Five Mobile Medical Vans will operate in five Assembly Constituencies in Kaushambi.
  • These vans will work under the aegis of Kaushambi Vikas Parishad run by BJP’s National Secretary Vinod Sonkar.

The 4th General Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) begins.

  • The 4th General Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) has been held virtually between October 18 and 21, 2021.
  • The Assembly will be presided over by the Speaker of the ISA Assembly, RK Singh, who is also the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy.
  • The key initiatives that will be deliberated at the Fourth General Assembly of the ISA includes:
    • Operationalisation of the OSOWOG (One Sun One World One Grid) initiative, the $1-trillion Solar Investment Roadmap for 2030
    • Approval for a Blended Financial Risk Mitigation Facility
    • Strategic plan of the ISA for the next five years
    • Country Partnership Framework
    • Strategy for Private Sector Engagement
    • Viability Gap Financing scheme to facilitate affordable finance for solar energy projects across ISA’s membership
    • Discuss partnership with Global Energy Alliance (GEA) to scale up technical and financial support to LDCs and SIDS

China successfully launches its first solar exploration satellite "Xihe".

  • China has successfully launched its 1st solar exploration satellite into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province aboard a Long March-2D rocket.
  • The satellite was named as Xihe (Xihe is the goddess of the sun who created the calendar in ancient Chinese mythology), also known as the Chinese Hα Solar Explorer (CHASE).
  • The satellite has been developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

India ranks 40th in the 2021 Mercer CFS Global Pension Index survey.

  • Mercer Consulting, a leading global management consulting firm, has released the 13th edition of the Mercer Global Pension Index (2021 MCGPI).
  • India has been ranked at 40th position out of 43 countries in the 2021 Mercer CFS Global Pension Index survey.
  • In 2020, India was ranked at 34th position out of 39 pension systems.
  • Iceland has topped this ranking with an index value of 84.2 followed by the Netherlands with 83.5 and Norway with 82.0.
  • India had an overall index value of 43.3. Thailand had the lowest overall index value at 40.6.
  • The 2021 MCGPI, has added 4 new retirement systems: Iceland, Taiwan, UAE and Uruguay.

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