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Daily Current Affairs Answer & Explanation : 11 Feb 2020
Continuing efforts to further improve the Ease of Doing Business, the government will introduce an integrated electronic form for incorporating new companies from February 15, 2020 wherein EPFO and ESIC registration numbers will also be allotted at the same time.
The Corporate Affairs Ministry would introduce the form — SPICe+ — to offer 10 services.
Currently, the Ministry has the electronic form SPICe (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically) and that would be replaced with SPICe+.
The 10 services offered through the new form would help in “saving as many procedures, time and cost for starting a business in India,” the Ministry said in a public notice.
The incorporation of companies are made through the Corporate Affairs Ministry portal MCA21. The new form would be available on this portal.
India and Maldives has recently signed five MoUs for establishing the Addu Tourism zone in five islands of Addu atoll located in Maldives at a cost of 2.49 million dollars.
A 6th MoU to set up a bottled water plant in Hoarafushi was also signed.
All six projects are grant projects falling under India’s High Impact Community Development Scheme (HICDP).
These projects are driven by the needs of communities on the islands
Recently, the Government has given clearance to an ambitious Gene-mapping project called Genome India Project.
The Project will involve 20 leading institutions including the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru and a few IITs.
The IISc’s Centre for Brain Research, an autonomous institute, will serve as the nodal point of the project.
Its aim is to ultimately build a grid of the Indian “reference genome”, to understand fully the type and nature of diseases and traits that comprise the diverse Indian population.
Studying and understanding both diversities would provide the bedrock of personalised healthcare for a very large group of persons on the planet.
The first stage of the project will look at samples of “10,000 persons from all over the country” to form a “grid” that will enable the development of a “reference genome”.
Conservation Agriculture (CA) is a farming system that can prevent losses of arable land while regenerating degraded lands.
It promotes maintenance of a permanent soil cover, minimum soil disturbance, and diversification of plant species.
It enhances biodiversity and natural biological processes above and below the ground surface, which contribute to increased water and nutrient use efficiency and to improved and sustained crop production.
Answer : b
India is in preliminary discussions to be a part of the East Asian Observatories Consortiumof eight countries committed to build large telescopes and pool resources. The EAO (East Asian Observatory) is formed by EACOA (East Asian Core Observatories Association) for the purpose of pursuing joint projects in astronomy within the East Asian region.
In the era of very large scale astronomical instruments, East Asia will be competitive internationally by combining their funding resources, their technical expertise, and their manpower.