February 26, 2021

Information Technology Rules, 2021
●The all-new Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediary and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, will bring social media and streaming services under a regulatory framework. 
●This include intermediary guidelines and a digital media ethics code.
●This means that platforms like WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and others that use end-to-end encryption for messages may have to break it to comply with the government’s new rule.
●If a tweet or message has not originated in India, then the app must tell the government who in India received it first.
●This has introduced a three-tier regulatory framework for addressing grievances.
●The three-tier structure is under (Level I) Self-regulation by the applicable entity, (Level II) Self-regulation by the self-regulating bodies of the applicable entities, and (Level III) Oversight mechanism by the Central Government.

●The PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme, which was launched in June amid the pandemic.
●It is a micro-credit facility that provides street vendors a collateral-free loan of Rs 10,000 with low rates of interest for a period of one year.
●It is available for beneficiaries belonging to only those States/UTs which have notified rules and scheme under Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014.
●Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on June 01, 2020 launched it.

Vijayanagar Inscription
●Officials from  Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered the first epigraphical reference to the death of Krishnadevaraya Nayaka.
●The emperor of Vijayanagara empire during 1509-1529, mentioned in an inscription found near Gopalakrishna temple at Honnenahalli of Tumkur district recently.
●The inscription found in Kannada recorded the demise of Krishnadevaraya, the third ruler from Tuluva dynasty on October 17, 1529 AD.
●Historians say that findings from inscriptions have confirmed for the first time that Achyutaraya was crowned on the fourth day after the death of Krishnadevaraya.

City Innovation Exchange (CiX)
●CiX platform was launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
●The City Innovation Exchange (CiX) will connect cities to innovators across the national ecosystem to design innovative solutions for their pressing challenges. 
●CiX, through an ‘open innovation’ process, engages with innovators to design-test-deliver on solutions to pressing urban challenges. 

India Toy Fair 2021
●Toy Story to unfold on screen, from 27th February to 2nd March 2021.
●It is the first-ever digitally accessible exhibition and platform where you can not only browse and buy toys but also participate in events, activities and network with the various stakeholders of the Toy Industry.
●The Government of India has also launched ‘Toycathon’, an online toy hackathon for innovative toys/games concepts.
●Toycathon-2021 is conceived to challenge India’s innovative minds to conceptualize novel Toy and Games based on Bharatiya civilization, history, culture, mythology and ethos.It has seen a great response from toy loving students, teachers, start-ups and toy experts/professionals.

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