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PM sets up National Implementation Committee to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak

Prime Minister Narendra Modi constituted National Implementation Committee (NIC) under Chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in the country and abroad. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma are its Members.

Key Facts

Union Government has decided to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak at national as well as international level. The yearlong celebration will include a number of commemorative as well as constructive activities will be taken up during the commemoration period.

Number of religious activities like kirtan, prabhat pheri, katha, langar and educational activities such as seminars, workshops, lectures etc. will be organised. Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, which is the apex religious body of the Sikhs, will be knowledge partner for event.

Government will also develop Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab where Guru Nanak is believed to have spent most of his life. The area will be developed as heritage city incorporating ‘Pind Babe Nanak Da’. Moreover, high powered telescope will be installed on Indian side to view Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan where the first Sikh guru spent his last days.

Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Department of Posts will also release Commemorative coin and postage stamps to mark this event. Chairs in the name of Guru Nanak will be set up in UK and Canada. UNESCO will be requested to translate and publish anthology of Guru Nanak Dev’s writings in world languages and publication of Gurbani in different Indian languages will be made by National Book Trust (NBT).

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Prime Minister launches Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge on resolving seven identified Ease of Doing Business problems with use of cutting edge technologies. It was launched during programme organized by PM for interaction with select CEOs from Indian & foreign companies.

Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge

The objective of this challenge is to tap potential of young Indians, startups and other private enterprises to provide solutions to complex problems using current technology. It is in pursuance of Government’s resolve to make India one of the easiest places to conduct business in the world. Government has made efforts to ensure that India consistently improves its business environment. This challenge is aimed at attracting innovative ideas on artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, blockchain and other cutting edge technology to reform government processes. The platform for this grand challenge will be on Start Up India portal.

Background

In World Bank’s Doing Business Report (DBR, 2019) released in October 2018, India has recorded jump of 23 positions against its rank of 100 in 2017 to be placed at 77th rank among 190 countries. As result of continued efforts by the Government, India has improved its rank by 53 positions in the last two years and 65 positions in the last four years (2014-18). In 2014, India was ranked 142nd among 190 nations. World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index ranks 190 countries based on 10 parameters, including starting a business, construction permits, getting electricity, getting credit, paying taxes, trade across borders, enforcing contracts, and resolving insolvency.

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