PIB (28/02/2020): UPSC Current affairs to prepare for UPSC Exam

New Trio of Products for marine-based users by Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services

  • Launch of the trio of products to better cater to its diverse users by The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad.
  • In fact, INCOIS provides several free services for users in the marine realm.
  • The final new product is the Algal Bloom Information Service (ABIS), that provides timely information on harmful algal blooms.

Sanction of 32 projects under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY)

  • Meetings of the Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) under the Chairpersonship of Union Minister of Food Processing Industries.
  • Totally, 32 projects sanctioned under the ‘Unit’ scheme of PMKSY of Ministry of Food Processing Industries. 
  • The projects are spread across almost 17 States, leveraging an investment worth 406 Crore rupees.

Assist of Micro Enterprises in Current Financial year under PMEGP

  • Focus on the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), a flagship scheme of the Ministry of MSME.
  • Besides, PMEGP is a credit-linked subsidy scheme promoting self-employment with subsidy up to 35 percent.
  • Further, Banks to take up about 1.18 lakh pending loan applications latest by 15th March.

Diagnostics for Asymptomatic Malaria

  • In particular, Light microscopy and protein immunoassay-based rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) use in the diagnosis of Malaria
  • Asymptomatic carriers Identification in the recognition of the endemic area as a major hurdle in malaria eradication programs.
  • Consequently, the IMRS approach serves as a platform technology for the diagnosis of other infectious diseases as well.

Launch of Offshore Patrol Vessel-6 “VAJRA” 

  • Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping(I/C) and Chemicals & Fertilizers launching ceremony of 6th Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV-6) ’VAJRA’.
  • Chiefly, the ceremony witnessed by Director General K Natarajan, PTM, TM, Director General Indian Coast Guard, Inspector General S Paramesh, PTM, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (East) and other senior officials.
  • Shri Mandaviya recalls the maritime history of India, for securing and showcasing rich maritime heritage.

Shri Arjun Munda Launches ‘Capacity Building Programme for Scheduled Tribe Pri Representatives’ and ‘1000 Springs Initiatives’ in Bhubneshwar

  • Union Tribal Affairs Minister Shri Arjun Munda launches the “Programme for Capacity Building of Scheduled Tribe Representatives in Local Self Governments”.
  • Minister launches “1000 Spring Initiatives” and an online portal on GIS-based Spring Atlas.
  • Further, the Initiative aims at improving access to safe and adequate water for the tribal communities living in a difficult and inaccessible part of rural areas.

Artificial Intelligence Modules in Indian schools

  • Importantly, AIM (Atal Innovation Mission) in collaboration with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) launch an AI-based Module.
  • In particular, the AI-Base Module introduced with an objective for students to leverage the full potential of AIM’s Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL).
  • Especially, the global market in AI is likely to be in the range of 15 to 15.5 trillion dollars.