Goaltide Daily Current Affairs 2024

Jan 02, 2024

Current Affair 1:
North East Center for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR)


NECTAR was established in 2012 by merging two missions viz., National Mission for Bamboo Application (NMBA) and Mission for Geospatial Applications (MGA). At present NECTAR is functioning from Survey of India Campus, Shillong having branch offices at Delhi and Agartala.

The main mandate of NECTAR is to infuse, build and sustain a culture of gainful applications of technology at the ground level and to fill the void that persists at present in reaching to people, communities and end users for their better future.

NECTAR is an autonomous society, set up under Department of Science & Technology.

Current Affair 2:
SMART 2.0 program



Building upon the success of 'SMART 1.0,' Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) in collaboration with the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) has announced the launch of 'SMART 2.0' (Scope for Mainstreaming Ayurveda Research among Teaching professionals) to promote Ayurvedic research. This program aims to facilitate robust clinical studies in priority areas of Ayurveda through collaborative efforts with academic institutions and hospitals nationwide.

SMART 1.0,' which covered around 10 diseases with active participation from teaching professionals in 38 colleges, the new program seeks to expand its reach and impact.

The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) is an autonomous body of the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Government of India. It is an apex body in India for the formulation, coordination, development and promotion of research on scientific lines in Ayurveda and Sowa-Rigpa system of medicine.


Key facts about National Commission for Indian System of Medicine

It is the statutory body constituted under National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Act, 2020. An Act to provide for a medical education system that improves access to quality and affordable medical education, ensures availability of adequate and high-quality medical professionals of Indian System of Medicine in all parts of the country.

The Central Government shall appoint the Chairperson.


  1. Framing policies for regulating medical institutions and medical professionals of Indian System of Medicine
  2. Assessing the requirements of healthcare related human resources and infrastructure.
  3. Ensuring compliance by the State Medical Councils of Indian System of Medicine of the regulations made under the Bill
  4. Ensuring coordination among the autonomous boards.

Current Affair 3:
“PRITHvi VIgyan (PRITHVI)” of the Ministry of Earth Sciences



The Union Cabinet Chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved the overarching scheme “PRITHvi VIgyan (PRITHVI)” of Ministry of Earth Sciences, for implementation during the period from 2021-26 at an overall cost of Rs. 4,797 crores.

Earth System Sciences deal with all the five components of the earth system: atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere and their complex interactions. The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) holistically addresses all the aspects relating to the Earth System Science.

The overarching scheme of PRITHVI will holistically address all the five components of earth system to improve the understating of the Earth System Sciences and to provide reliable services for the country.

Various components of PRITHVI scheme are inter-dependent and are carried out in an integrated manner through combined efforts of the concerned Institutes under MoES.

The overarching scheme of Prithvi Vigyan will enable development of integrated multi-disciplinary earth science research and innovative programs across different MoES institutes.

Current Affair 4:
‘Silverline’ butterflies.



The pristine hills of the Meghamalai in Tamil Nadu have thrown up a new species of ‘silverline’ butterflies.

Cigaritis meghamalaiensis has become the first butterfly species to be described from the Western Ghats in 33 years.

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