Delhi govt launches free pilgrimage scheme for senior citizens

  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’.
  • The government scheme offers free travel packages for senior citizens from Delhi to five religious pilgrimages circuits.
  • At a time, 1,100 senior citizens from each constituency of Delhi will be able to avail of this facility.

Second meeting of NITI Forum for North East held in Guwahati

  • The second meeting of the NITI Forum for the North East was held in Guwahati, Assam.
  • The Forum was constituted just this year to periodically review the status of development in the region.

Odisha govt launches PEETHA scheme to improve transparency in governance

  • The Odisha Government has launched the initiative Peoples Empowerment – Enabling Transparency and Accountability of Odisha Initiatives (PEETHA).
  • The aim is to create awareness about various schemes and improve transparency in the distribution of individual and social benefits.
  • It is part of the 3T initiative/model of the Odisha government – Technology, Transparency and Team Work.
  • PEETHA is a sub-scheme of the Odisha government’s flagship Ama Gaon Ama Bikas Yojana.

Centre includes Gangotri, Yamunotri under PRASAD scheme

  • The Centre has included Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttarakhand, Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh and Parasnath in Jharkhand under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASAD).
  • PRASAD is a central scheme to develop pilgrimage and heritage destinations in the country.
  • With the new additions, the number of sites under PRASAD has risen to 41 from 25 states.

UAE passport ranked most powerful globally, according to Arton Capital report

  • The UAE has the world’s most powerful passport, according to a report by financial advisory firm Arton Capital.
  • The ranking is based on the number of countries a passport holder can enter without a visa or by obtaining a visa on arrival.
  • India ranks 140th on the list.
  • The UEA is followed by Singapore and Germany in second and third place, respectively.

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