Goaltide Daily Current Affairs 2023

Aug 23, 2023

Current Affair 1:
The Anusandhan National Research Foundation Bill, 2023


The bill was recently passed in the Parliament:

The bill repeals the Science and Engineering Research Board Act, 2008 and dissolves the Science and Engineering Research Board set up under it.  The Bill provides for establishing the Anusandhan National Research Foundation (NRF).

Functions of NRF:  NRF will be the apex body in the country to provide strategic direction for research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Key functions of NRF include:

  1. preparing short-term, medium-term, and long-term roadmaps and formulating programs for research and development (R&D)
  2. facilitating and financing the growth of R&D
  3. supporting translation of research into capital intensive technology
  4. encouraging international collaboration
  5. encouraging investments in the Foundation by private and public sector entities, and
  6. undertaking annual survey of scientific research, outcomes, and spending.


Funds for NRF: The Foundation will be financed through: (i) grants and loans from the central government, (ii) donations to the fund, (iii) income from investments of the amounts received by the Foundation, and (iv) all amounts with the Fund for Science and Engineering Research set up under the 2008 Act.

Governing Board: NRF will have a Governing Board headed by the Prime Minister of India. 

Executive Council:  The Foundation will have an Executive Council to undertake implementation. The Principal Scientific Advisor will be the chairperson of the Council. 


Current Affair 2:
Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP)




Examples of DLIs, don’t remember, just have a look:

Current Affair 3:
Tele law 2.0


Tele-Law means the use of communications and information technology for the delivery of legal information and advice. This e-interaction between lawyers and people would be through the video-conferencing infrastructure available at the Common Services Center (CSC).

The tele-law programme is a legal program by the Indian government launched in 2017 via the Common Service Centres.

CSCs are shops/Kiosks that deliver various government services online like public utility services, social welfare schemes, healthcare, financial, education and agriculture services to citizens in rural and remote areas of the country.


Common Service Centre (CSC) is one of the mission mode projects under the Digital India Programme run by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

This service aims to reach out to the needy especially the marginalized and disadvantaged. The service is provided through Common Service Centers or CSCs located at gram panchayat level.

Where it is written in Constitution to provide free legal aid?


Now to know TELE 2.0, learn “Designing Innovative Solutions for Holistic Access to Justice” (DISHA Scheme):

About DISHA Scheme:

Department of Justice has introduced a Scheme on Access to Justice titled “Designing Innovative Solutions for Holistic Access to Justice” for a period of five- years (2021-2026).

It aims to secure “Justice” to the people of India as enunciated in the Preamble and under Articles 39A, 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.

It widens the outreach of its Tele-Law, Pro Bono Legal Services (Nyaya Bandhu) and Legal Literacy and Legal Awareness programmes both qualitatively and quantitatively. It further aims to create awareness and dissemination through use of technology and developing simplified Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material for the masses.

TELE 2.0 which was launched recently integrates this legal advice service under Tele-Law with legal representation services under Nyaya Bandhu (Pro Bono) programme. This would enable the common citizen to access legal advice, legal assistance and legal representation through a single registration and single gateway of Tele-Law.

This is enough.

Current Affair 4:
Zonal Councils



Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation Shri Amit Shah, chaired the 26th meeting of the Western Zonal Council recently.


The idea of creation of Zonal Councils was mooted by the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1956. This can be again a part of your Prelims Question. If you remember, something similar was asked in Prelims 2019:

Zonal Councils were set up under States Re-organisation Act, 1956. There are total five Zonal Councils- North, South, West, East and Central.

Don’t include North-Eastern Zonal Councils in it. North Eastern Council is a statutory advisory body constituted under the NEC Act 1971.

One more important thing to understand here is Standing Committee to Zonal Councils.

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