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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

Sign Language Dictionary

24th September 2019

Why in news ?

Around new 4,000 words are likely to be added to the Indian sign language dictionary in 2020, including words about agriculture for the first time, according to officials of the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry’s Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), which is carrying out the project.

  • The first edition of which was launched in March 2018, followed by the second edition with 6,000 words in February 2019, started in April this year,

‘By 2020’ :

  • Speaking on the occasion of the International Sign Language Day ,Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said he hoped the addition of 4,000 words to the sign language dictionary would be done by 2020.
  • Right now, the work of identifying signs for words across categories, including administration, medical, legal, education and agriculture, a first, with the help of the hearing impaired community was on, the official said.
  • After that, a list of words would be presented before stakeholders from across the country at a national workshop to be held in January of February 2020.

First edition :

  • The first edition of the dictionary, which was released in DVD form, had signs of everyday use along with the corresponding words in English and Hindi.
  • Apart from that, specialised terms used in legal, academic, medical and technical fields were also included. The second edition had 6,000 words of academic, legal, medical, technical and everyday terms categories.
  • Meanwhile, the Minister handed out awards for a competition for jokes, essays and stories held for children with hearing impairment studying in the National Capital Region.


PACE setter Fund Programme

Why in news ?

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy awards grants to four projects in second round of PACE setter Fund programme.

 PACE setter fund:

  • Constituted by India and the USA in 2015.
  • It is a INR 50 crore (USD 7.9 million) fund jointly capitalized by the Governments of the Republic of India and the United States of America.
  • It is a joint fund to provide early-stage grant funding to accelerate the commercialization of innovative off-grid clean energy products, systems, and business models.
  • The Fund will award grants for direct support of innovative technology, business models, and programs including but not limited to: rural energy services companies (full scale integrated operators); rural distribution companies/franchisees; operations/maintenance companies; technology implementers/ system integrators; and enterprises.



  • To be eligible, projects must be focused on improving the viability of off grid renewable energy businesses and organizations, under served individuals and communities in India without access to grid connected power or with limited or intermittent access less than 8 hours per day using small scale (under 1 megawatt) clean energy systems.



  • Energy access is crucial for improving the quality of life for India’s citizens and their economic conditions, and 24/7 energy availability remains a priority for the Indian government.
  • Off-grid, clean energy technologies, combined with innovative financing models, market-based solutions, and policy alignment, have tremendous potential to become a transformative agent of economic opportunity and rural development.

Facts for Prelims

Kargil to Kohima (K2K) Ultra Marathon – “Glory Run”:

It was recently Flagged off from KARGIL.

  • The aim of the expedition is to promote awareness for Pedestrian Safety and recently launched Fit India Movement and also to pay tribute to the brave hearts who have made the supreme sacrifice for our motherland.

What is important?

  • Some of the passes in Ladakh region that the team will pass through are – Namiki–La (12198 ft), Fout–La (13510 ft), Tanglang–La (17480 ft), Lachung–La (16613 ft), Baralancha–La (16040 ft) and Rohtang (13129 ft).
  • States covered– Ladakh, HP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West-Bengal, Assam and Nagaland.


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