PIB(27/02/2019): UPSC Current Affairs to prepare for UPSC Exam

President of India presents Gandhi Peace Prize

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Gandhi Peace Prize for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in the presence of the Prime Minister and other dignitaries, at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in February 26, 2019. The Gandhi Peace Prize was presented to the Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari for 2015, jointly to the Akshaya Patra Foundation and the Sulabh International for 2016, to the Ekal Abhiyan Trust for 2017, and to Shri Yohei Sasakawa for 2018.

The President said that Mahatma Gandhi remains relevant to 21st century concerns as well. In his advocacy of sustainability, ecological sensitivity and living in harmony with nature. Pointing to the contributions made by the awardees, the President said that the Vivekananda Centre has promoted self-help, sustainability and development throughout our country, especially in areas populated by tribal communities.

National Rice Research Institute (NRRI) has released two high-protein and two climate-smart varieties

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated Central Genomics and Quality Laboratory facility at ICAR – NRRI in Cuttack Odisha. He praised the NRRI for its stellar role in the development of agriculture not only in Eastern region but also at the national front.

Shri Singh said that for ensuring nutritional security, for the first time in the world, the Institute recently released two high-protein rice varieties and two climate-smart varieties , which are tolerant to both submergence and drought and few biotic stresses to face the challenges of climate change. He said that the NRRI is the nodal agency for planning, implementation and monitoring of Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI) programme which is being implemented in 118 districts of seven Eastern states.

Commerce Minister interacts with FPOs on Agri Export Policy

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu,held an interaction with Farmer Producers’ Organizations (FPOs) through video link in 81locations of the country in New Delhi today.Around twelve locations from the North East were part of this interaction with the Minister.

The Agri Export policy gives focus on developing clusters with potential for export-oriented production of specific products and greater thrust on value added products, promotion and branding of produce of India. The main aim of the policy is to double agriculture exports to USD 60 billion by 2022.

Press Brief on ETA Exemption

`Make in India’ by manufacturing latest and high-tech products for domestic as well as for exports and to encourage domestic research & development activities, innovation – DoT has issued instructions liberalising import norms for prototype, sample products and test & measurement equipment in license exempt bands without the need of ‘Equipment Type Approval (ETA)’.

DoT also has enabled ETA through self-certification in its step forward for commercial / finished product imports under the above categories, simplifying regulatory regime while ensuring compliance as well as reducing transaction costs. The National Digital Communication Policy 2018 has initiated several policy actions to catalyse investments in digital communication sector.

Twin Success for Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired indigenously developed Quick Reach Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM) from ITRChandipur, off the Odisha Coast . The two missiles were tested for different altitude and conditions. The test flights successfully demonstrated the robust Control, Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Structural performance and high manoeuvring capabilities thus proving the design configuration.

Radars, Electro Optical Systems, Telemetry and other stations have tracked the Missiles and monitored through the entire flights.RakshaMantriSmt Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO on the successful test flights and said the indigenously developed state-of-the-art QRSAM will significantly boost the defence capabilities of our armed forces.

Curtain Raiser: India-Bangladesh Joint Military Exercise Sampriti – 2019

As part of the ongoing India Bangladesh defence cooperation, a joint military exercise Sampriti-2019 will be conducted at Tangail, Bangladesh from 02 March to 15 March 2019.  Exercise Sampriti-2019 is an important bilateral defence cooperation endeavour between India and Bangladesh and this will be the eighth edition of the exercise which is hosted alternately by both countries.

The exercise is aimed to strengthen and broaden the aspects of interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and Bangladesh Armies.  The exercise will involve tactical level operations in a counter insurgency and counter terrorism environment under the UN mandate.

Global health leaders adopt ‘Delhi Declaration’ on digital health

“This Delhi Declaration on digital health firmly aligns with our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s Digital India.”  This was stated by Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, at the concluding session of the ‘4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit’.

Smt Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare also graced the occasion along Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region (SEARO) and Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (Health). Ministers and government officials from over 34 countries attended the event to discuss the impact of digital technologies on health systems and health services delivery.

Key missions launched on foundation day of Department of Biotechnology

Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, celebrated its 33rd Foundation Day today in New Delhi with the theme as “Celebrating Biotechnology: Building Indian as an Innovation Nation”.On the occasion Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan gave away the Biotechnology Research Innovation and Technology Excellence (BRITE) awards.

Department of Biotechnology during the last 33 years in creating a large scale impact across the multiple sectors by development and commercialization of affordable solutions for healthcare, improved crop varieties, animal diagnostics and technology for generation of clean energy.