A web portal ‘CHAMPIONS’, a tech-driven control room-cum-management information system, was launched by the Ministry of Micro, Small Medium Enterprises (MSME), Government of India as part of its effort to support enterprises.

It is a Technology driven Control Room-Cum-Management Information System.

CHAMPIONS stands for Creation and Harmonious Application of Modern Processes for Increasing the Output and National Strength.

  • It utilizes modern ICT tools such as telephone, internet and video conference, and aims to assist Indian MSMEs to march into the big league as National and Global CHAMPIONS.
  • It aims to make the smaller units big by providing them with various facilities such as solving their grievances, encouraging, supporting, helping and hand-holding.


FIR Aapke Dwar:

Madhya Pradesh on Monday launched “FIR Aapke Dwar”, an initiative that will see police officials going to homes of victims to register a First Information Report (FIR) than the other way round. The initiative was launched on a pilot basis across 23 police stations, including one station each in urban and rural areas of headquarters of 11 administrative divisions.

  • It is a pilot project launched by the Madhya Pradesh government.
  • The initiative will see police officials going to homes of victims to register a First Information Report (FIR) than the other way round.
  • Trained head constables in a First Response Vehicle (FRV), a GPS fitted fleet that attends to emergency calls (dial 100), will file the FIR on the spot for non-serious offence. For serious cases, they will consult seniors before taking a call.


New GI tag Sohrai Khovar painting:

Khovar refers to the decoration of the marriage chambers and Sohrai is the harvest painting on the mud houses, repairing it after the rains and offering thanksgiving to the forces of Nature.

  • Sohrai Khovar painting is a traditional and ritualistic mural art being practised by local tribal women during local harvest and marriage seasons using local, naturally available soils of different colours in the area of Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand. The style features a profusion of lines, dots, animal figures and plants, often representing religious iconography.


Gandhi Peace Prize:

The International Gandhi Peace Prize, named after Mahatma Gandhi, is awarded annually by the Government of India. As a tribute to the ideals espoused by Gandhi, the Government of India launched the International Gandhi Peace Prize in 1995 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi.

  • This annual award is given to individuals and institutions for their contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods.
  • The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 crore, a citation and a Plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.
  • The Award for every year is selected by a Jury under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
  • It is open to all persons regardless of nationality, creed, race or sex.
  • The prize is not awarded posthumously.


Puttapaka ‘Telia Rumal’ gets GI tag:

Telia Rumal, cloth of Telangana, is a unique tie and dye technique that uses oil for the treatment of the yarn that helps it retain the softness and has a distinct smell of gingelly oil. The earlier patterns used to be strictly geometric or vegetal patterns due to the preference of the patrons, but after the 1930s the craftsmen started incorporating figurative elements like lions, elephants, birds, clocks and even aeroplanes, which required better weaving skills.

  • Telia Rumal cloth involves intricate handmade work with cotton loom displaying a variety of designs and motifs in three particular colours such as red, black and white.
  • It is an art of Ikat tradition using natural vegetable dyes.
  • Ikkat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles.
  • Telia Rumal can only be created using the traditional handloom process and not by any other mechanical means as otherwise, the very quality of the Rumal would be lost.

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