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Toll-Free 'Eyeway National Helpdesk' for Visually Impaired Citizens launched by Government of India

Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Shri Lov Verma, formally launched the ‘Eyeway National Helpdesk’ for the blind and visually impaired at the Department Headquarters in Paryavaran Bhawan. Eyeway National Helpdesk is an initiative of Score Foundation with support from the Department and other organizations like Essel Foundation, Tech Mahindra Foundation and the Hans Foundation.Now visually impaired citizens of India will be able to call the Eyeway Helpdesk on a toll free number, 1800-30020469, and get queries addressed. Here in, trained counselors will share information, guide and connect the caller with relevant professional solutions.The toll-free “Help Desk/Help Centre” is being developed by the Department in association with NICSI through Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) for dissemination of Information relating to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), tracking and handling grievances, facilitating the  aspirations and needs for PwDs such as skilling/employment, etc.  The Secretary expressed hope that in future this Helpdesk will also cater to the noble cause of ‘Eye Donation’ for the needy.

Eyeway is a single stop knowledge resource centre on life with blindness. It has been empowering virtually impaired people in the country by sharing information and advocating for change where required.  In this National Helpdesk Toll free number, anyone across India can call in for information and get their queries addressed in their regional languages - be it regarding living life with blindness, counselling, advocacy, personal or legal matters, government schemes and programs, employment or education, about making an accessible environment etc.

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The Judge Advocate General (JAG) Department, celebrated its 32nd Corps Day

The Judge Advocate General (JAG) Department, celebrated its 32nd Corps Day on 21st Dec. It was on this day in 1949 wherein the Bill for the Army Act was introduced in the Parliament.The Corps Day celebration commenced with wreath laying by the Adjutant General, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma and Judge Advocate General Maj Gen Rajinder Kumar at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate.

About The Judge Advocate General

The JAG Departmen is the judicial and legal wing of the Army. It is responsible for dispensation of justice to all ranks which deal with disciplinary and litigation cases, also handling varied legal issues of the Army. This Dept is actively involved in assisting all ranks in observing Human Rights and the rule of law. Pertinently, the origin and evolution of JAG Department is closely linked with the evolution of Military Law in England and traces its history to British “Article of War-1385”. Its origin in India goes back to 1841. Brig (Justice) DM Sen (Retd) was the first Indian JAG after independence.

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National Mission on Libraries Launched by President

The Scheme “National Mission on Libraries – Upgradation of Libraries – providing services to the public” has been approved with a total outlay of Rs.400 Crores for the 12th Plan period.

The components of the National Mission on Libraries (NML) are :

(i) Creation of National Virtual Library of India (NVLI)

(ii) Setting up of NML model libraries

(iii) Quantitative and Qualitative Survey of Libraries and

(iv) Capacity Building.

Under the Scheme, the Mission will upgrade infrastructure of selected libraries and upgrade technology in 35 State Central Libraries and 35 District Libraries (to be identified by State Governments) and 6 Libraries under the Ministry of Culture. So far, 11 State Central Libraries and 11 District Libraries have been identified. Six Libraries under the Ministry of Culture are : (i) Delhi Public Library, Delhi (ii) Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna (iii) National Library, Kolkata (iv) Central Secretariat Library(v) Rampur Raza Library, Uttar Pradesh (vi) Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswati Mahal Library,

The creation of a National Virtual Library of India is one of the major component schemes of the National Mission on Libraries. This truly is a step in the right direction. With the aim of equitable and universal access to knowledge resources, the National Virtual Library of India would provide digital resources by digitizing the relevant reading material in different languages, which would be shared at all levels. NML was set up in pursuance of a report of the National Knowledge Commission, which recommended a total revamp of the Library and Information Service sector to serve the changing needs and expectations of the users and give a fillip to the library movement in the country. Nine important constituents of the NML include upgradation of infrastructure, digitization and modernisation, census of libraries and their development as knowledge centres and transformation of libraries into empowering and inclusive institutions.

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National Consumer Right Day Celebration started in New Delhi

The Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution, Government of India is celebrating the National Consumer Day 2015 with the theme “Safe & Healthy Food: Combating Food Adulteration” on 21st December, 2015 in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

About National Consumer Right Day

The National Consumer Rights Day is an annual occasion for celebration and solidarity within the national consumer movement and is an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers.

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Mireia Lalaguna from Spain won title of Miss World 2015

Miss Spain won the famous beauty pageant, Miss World for the year 2015. Mireia Lalaguna, a 23-year-old Spanish Model comes from the city of Barcelona, located in the North West of Spain. Currently studying Pharmacy, her dream is to further her studies with Nutrition, before setting up a business in nutrition and dietics to find alternative health solutions to orthodox medicines.

Top 3 winners are:

1. Spain

2. Russia

3. Indonesia

Place : Miss World 2015 took place in Sanya, China.

About Miss World Contest

The Miss World pageant is the oldest surviving major international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951.] Since his death in 2000, Morley's widow, Julia Morley, has co-chaired the pageant. Alongside with its rival, the Miss Universe, Miss World pageant is one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world.In 1951, Eric Morley organised a bikini contest as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations which he called the Festival Bikini Contest. The event was popular with the press, and was dubbed "Miss World" by the media.

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Shaima Qassem : Iraq chooses 1st beauty queen since 1972

Shaima Qassem got the title of Miss Iraq. This event was organised in Iraq after 4 decades due to the war conditions.The first internationally recognized Miss Iraq beauty pageant took place in a hotel in Baghdad. The event held an importance for the country as a significant number of both Sunnis and Shiites hold conservative religious views.Iraq only held one pageant as part of Miss Universe – in 1972, when the country was ruled by the predecessor and cousin of Saddam Hussein, President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr. Now Iraq is impoverished, torn by sectarian violence and at war with the brutal jihadist group, Islamic State, which has occupied Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.

Security concerns prompted the relocation of the pageant's final from Basra to Baghdad. Two contestants dropped out of the competition after receiving death threats. The organizers reportedly said they were accused of “supporting Zionism” by the country's Sunni community.

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Textiles Minister launches ERP system of NHDC

In line with the Digital India initiative of Government of India, National Handloom Development Corporation Ltd. (NHDC) has decided to implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for its commercial activities for the benefit of handloom weavers. It was recently launched in Varanasi. 
Benefits:
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. By making the procurement process transparent, yarn will be available at the best price to the weavers across the country.
2. The weavers will be able to access information anytime through the mobile app. 
3. They can view the stock of the material in yarn depots.
4. They can place their indents.
5. They can check the status of their indents.
6. They can get the details of the dispatched material via SMS.
7. The weavers would not have to visit NHDC office or send indent by post, saving time and money.
8. In case of 10% scheme, weavers can view  the information about their unused  quota at any point of time
9. Mills will also be integrated in the system, in order to ensure that indenting and order confirmationform a part of the online ERP system.
10. Weavers can access the status of the despatched material from the mills such as the name of the transporter, freight, LR No etc.
11. ERP will be available in Hindi and local languages for the benefit of weavers. 
12. Calculation of freight and depot subsidy will be done by the system, bringing in transparency and faster claim submission.
Beneficiaries: are those who are the primary beneficiaries of the yarn supply scheme of Government of India.

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Haryana Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NASSCOM and GVF.

Haryana Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NASSCOM and Global Village Foundation (GVF).
Aim: to achieve the target of providing employment to 25,000 persons in the next 18 months.
Objectives:
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. skilling the youth and students of Haryana for employment ready programme through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds of the corporate.
2. to effectively utilize the CSR budget of the corporate by skilling youth of Haryana that makes them job ready.
About NASSCOM 
- It is a non-profit organisation.
- The National Association of Software and Services Companies is a trade association of Indian Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing industry. 
- Established in 1988

About Global Village Foundation
- it is a rural development foundation.
- Vision: To educate the children in rural India and empower them to achieve the global standards by using innovative technology and methods.
- Mission: To provide a world-class, yet affordable education through a unique concepts of Mastery learning, sustainable technology, continuous Innovation and integrated efforts. To further develope an environment that promotes confidence, responsibility, self-respect, cooperation, spirit of inquiry, creativity and academic growth.

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Chennai won Indian Super League

Chennai defeated Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda and emerged to be the champion of Indian Super League.
All Awards :
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. Golden boot award goes to John Stiven Mendoza of Chennaiyin FC.
2. Golden glove award goes to Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper Apoula Edima Edel Bete.
3. Emerging player award goes to Jeje of Chennaiyin FC.
4. Hero of the League award goes to John Stiven Mendoza of Chennaiyin FC.
5. Fairplay award goes to Mumbai City FC.
6. Player of the ISL 2015 goes to Iain Hume of Atletico de Kolkata.
About Indian Super league
- kick off on 12th October 2014
- A football championship
- Mission: To engender an entertaining and high quality football league that engages hundreds of millions of fans, drives improvement in playing standards and delivers value for all partners.
- Vision: For India to become a global football power, tightening its grip so as to get the push in order to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
- OBJECTIVES:
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. To present an international-quality domestic football competition
2. To engage hundreds of millions of passionate and proud Indian football fans
3. To encourage and facilitate the masses to start playing the sport
4. To produce a large pool of increasingly talented Indian players and ‘heroes’ to play for the Indian national team
5. To set new standards of sports administration, governance and marketing in India
6. To deliver value to all our stakeholders and partners, and create demand for further investment.

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Government to work with ISRO to track illegal mining

Now government is taking support of space technology and satellite imagery to track illegal mining. This will be done in partnership with ISRO. Satellite will take images of their mines and update them on a regular basis every 15-30 days.
What is Illegal Mining ?
Illegal mining is the absence of land rights, mining license, exploration or mineral transportation permit or of any document that could legitimate the on-going operations.
It can be operated in the surface or underground.
- Health Impact
 Workers affected by lung diseases - Silicosis, a lung disease caused by breathing in silica dust, is another grim reality in the area. The workers also get affected by deadly diseases like tuberculosis and asbestosis. 
- Ecological Impact
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. Erosion and endangered species habitat
2. Carbon output
3. Wastege and pollution of groundwater

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