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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains


Why in News?

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has launched the third phase (PMKVY 3.0) of the Skill India Mission’s ‘flagship scheme’ Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana.

Key Points:

  • The objective of the third phase of this scheme is to strengthen and empower the district skills reviewers as well as to promote demand based skill development initiatives.
  • PMKVY 3.0 is a pioneering scheme in terms of “One Nation, One Scheme”.
  • A proposed pool of more than 300 courses has been created in 37 sectors under this scheme.

Facts for Prelims:

India’s first indigenously Developed 9mm Machine Pistol

India’s first indigenous 9mm Machine Pistol has been jointly developed by DRDO and Indian Army.

The machine pistol fires the in-service 9mm ammunition and sports an upper receiver made from aircraft grade aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre.

  • 3D Printing process has been usedin designing and prototyping of various parts including trigger components made by metal 3D printing.
  • The weapon is named “Asmi” meaning “Pride”, “Self-Respect” & “Hard Work”.
  • The weapon has huge potential in Armed forces as personal weapon for heavy weapon detachments, commanders and counter terrorism operations etc.


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