IISc Bangalore retains its spot in the 2023 THE ranking.

  • The IISc has topped the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) rankings among Indian institute.
  • IISc Bengaluru is the only Indian university in the top 300 list.
  • India has become the 6th most represented country in the list, with featuring 75 institutes in THE's 2023 ranking.
  • Other Indian Institute: IIT Ropar (501-600), IIT Indore (601-800), IIT Gandhinagar ((801-1000).
  • The University of Oxford is topped the ranking in the world (seventh consecutive year).

President Droupadi Murmu inaugurates Supercomputer facility at IIT Guwahati.

  • As per the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index 2022, India has ranked 123 out of 161 countries, improved its ranking by six places.
  • Findings: India has reduced inequality but continues to be among the lowest performers in health spending.
  • Top three: Norway, Germany and Australia
  • Prepared by: Oxfam International and Development Finance International.
  • It measures the governments policies and actions in three areas (health, education, and social protection).

Himachal Pradesh govt launched "HIMCAD" scheme to help farmers.

  • The Himachal Pradesh government has launched a new scheme named HIMCAD to provide irrigation facilities to farmers.
  • As per the data, about 80% of the agricultural area of Himachal Pradesh is rain-fed.
  • This scheme will provide end-to-end connectivity of farmers’ fields for better water conservation, crop diversification and integrated farming.
  • It is planned to provide command area development activities to 23,344 hectares of cultivable command area by March 2024.

Indo-US Vaccine Action Programme Joint Statement extended till 2027.

  • The present five-year Indo-US Vaccine Action Programme (VAP) Joint Statement has been extended till 2027.
  • It is a unique bilateral programme.
  • It is implementing by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India, and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious.
  • Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA since July 1987.
  • Aim: To improvise the current knowledge of vaccine science to strengthen the scientific basis for future vaccine design.

State Bank of India home loan AUM crosses Rs 6 trillion.

  • As per the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO), the retail inflation of India has been increased to 7.41% in September 2022.
  • The number retains above the RBI upper tolerance band (2-6 per cent) for the ninth straight month.
  • The food inflation has been surged to a 22-month high of 8.6% while core inflation rose to a 4-month high of 6.3%.
  • Meanwhile, industrial growth has been contracted 0.8% in August as compared to 2.4% in July.

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