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14-November -2023

1. ‘AAINA Dashboard for Cities’ portal launched.

Topic: GS3 – government initiatives


  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched the ‘AAINA Dashboard for Cities’ portal on November 13, 2023.
  • Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across India are encouraged to participate in this initiative by voluntarily submitting their key data on the portal.

More information on this news:

  • The AAINA Dashboard’s primary objectives include enabling cities to assess their performance compared to other cities, inspiring improvement possibilities, and promoting peer learning.
  • The Dashboard will categorize data into five broad pillars: Political & Administrative Structure, Finance, Planning, Citizen Centric Governance, and Delivery of Basic Services.
  • ULBs will provide data, including audited accounts and self-reported performance metrics through the portal, with the flexibility to update the information as needed.
  • The ‘AAINA Dashboard for Cities’ aims to create a comprehensive database of key performance metrics for ULBs, accessible to all stakeholders, and eventually for the public once populated.
  • The Ministry, through Digital India Corporation, will offer support to ULBs and states during the data submission process as needed. 


2. Shri Bhupender Yadav says based on compliance and reporting India has been removed from the Review of Significant Trade process for Red Sanders

Topic: GS3 – environment and ecology.


  • Union Minister Shri Bhupender Yadav highlights the positive outcomes of the CITES Standing Committee meeting.
  • As a result of amending the Wildlife Act, India’s CITES legislation is now placed in Category 1 of the National Legislation Project of CITES.
  • India had been under the Review of Significant Trade (RST) process for Red Sanders since 2004, but due to compliance and reporting, India has been removed from this process.
  • This development is seen as a significant benefit to the farmers who cultivate Red Sanders.

About Red Sanders:

  • Red Sanders (Pterocarpus santalinus) is a species of flowering tree native to the southern regions of India.
  • It is renowned for its red-colored heartwood, which is highly valued for its rich hue and is used in various applications, including woodworking and traditional medicine.
  • The heartwood of Red Sanders is particularly sought after for making high-quality furniture, musical instruments, and ornamental carvings.
  • This tree species is protected under the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) due to the high demand and illegal trade associated with its valuable heartwood.
  • India has made efforts to conserve and protect Red Sanders, as it is an endangered species, and strict regulations are in place to control its trade and harvest.
  • The farming and sustainable management of Red Sanders have become significant in supporting local communities and reducing pressure on wild populations.
  • The removal of India from the Review of Significant Trade (RST) process for Red Sanders is a positive development, as it recognizes India’s efforts in conserving this valuable species and benefits the farmers who cultivate it.


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