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SAATHI Initiative by Textile Ministry | PIB Summary

By | 2017-10-29T20:24:51+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Categories: GS Paper 3, Infrastructure, PIB, PIB/AIR Updates|

Ministries of Power and Textiles have joined hands under a new initiative SAATHI (Sustainable and Accelerated Adoption of efficient Textile technologies to Help Small Industries). Details – Under this initiative, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public sector entity under the administrative control of Ministry of Power, would procure energy efficient Powerlooms, motors and Rapier kits in bulk and provide them to the small and medium Powerloom units at no upfront cost. It will be jointly implemented by EESL and the office of the Textile Commissioner on a pan-India basis. To kick start the implementation, cluster wise demonstration projects and workshops will be organized [...]

SANKALP and STRIVE | PIB

By | 2017-10-15T22:35:13+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Categories: Economy, GS Paper 3, PIB, PIB/AIR Updates|

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved two new World Bank supported schemes – Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) and Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE), known as SANKALP and STRIVE. About SANKALP and STRIVE– SANKALP is Rs 4,455 crore Centrally sponsored scheme including Rs. 3,300 crore loan support from World Bank whereas STRIVE is a Rs. 2,200 crore - central sector scheme, with half of the scheme outlay as World bank loan assistance. SANKALP and STRIVE are outcome focused schemes marking shift in government's implementation strategy [...]

5G in India | PIB Summary

By | 2017-10-01T22:24:52+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Categories: PIB, PIB/AIR Updates|

India is at the cusp of a next generation of wireless technology 5G. 5G has been conceived as a foundation for expanding the potential of the Networked Society and one step forward towards bringing 5G in India. Significance - The economic benefits from the 5G technology are also quite immense. As per the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) Committee on Digital Economic Policy, it has been stated that 5G technologies rollout will help in, a) Increasing GDP b) Creating Employment c) Digitizing the economy.   5G in India provides an opportunity for industry to reach out to global markets, [...]

Khelo India Campaign | PIB

By | 2017-09-21T11:55:20+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: Governance, GS Paper 2, GS Paper 3, PIB, PIB/AIR Updates|

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the revamped Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs.1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. Significance - This marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the Programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development. The revamped Khelo India Programme would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy. Salient features - Some of the salient features of the Programme include - [...]

Operation Insaaniyat | PIB

By | 2017-09-15T00:35:58+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: GS Paper 2, International Relations, PIB, PIB/AIR Updates|

What is it? Operation Insaaniyat is an Humanitarian Assistance program to Bangladesh on Account of Influx of Refugees Details - A humanitarian crisis arose in Bangladesh due to heavy influx of refugees from neighbouring Myanmar. The government of India has decided to assist Bangladesh in this crisis by sending relief material. The Indian Air Force was tasked to airlift the relief material from India to Bangladesh. One C-17 Globemaster strategic heavy lift cargo aircraft was positioned at short notice at Delhi on 13 Sep 17 to airlift 55 Tons of relief material to Chittagong, Bangladesh. This aircraft was loaded overnight with [...]

Sankalp Se Siddhi | PIB Summary 

By | 2017-08-23T22:07:02+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Agriculture, GS Mains, GS Paper 1, GS Paper 3, PIB|

“Sankalp Se Sidhi” program is being organized across the country to commemorate the 75thAnniversary of Quit India Movement. Details – The programs comprise of Kisan Film having message of Hon’ble PM to double farmers’ income by year 2022, followed by pledge for Sankalp Se Sidhi, lecture by agriculture experts and address of the chief guest. The farmers are also being shown various activities in the KVKs and institutes to acquaint them with the latest technologies. A film on patriotism is also being screened on this occasion to motivate the participants. In these programs, 33 Ministers/MPs/MLAs have participated so far. Around 129 [...]

BIOSPHERE RESERVES IN INDIA | PIB Summary

By | 2017-08-09T22:59:37+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Agriculture, GS Paper 3, PIB|

What is a Biosphere Reserve? “Biosphere Reserve (BR) is an international designation by UNESCO for representative parts of natural and cultural landscapes extending over large area of terrestrial or coastal/ marine ecosystems or a combination thereof. BRs are designated to deal with one of the most important questions of reconciling the conservation of biodiversity, the quest for economic and social development and maintenance of associated cultural values. BRs are thus special environments for both people and the nature and are living examples of how human beings and nature can co-exist while respecting each other’s needs. Details – The Biosphere Reserve Programme [...]

Test and Treat Policy for HIV patients | PIB

By | 2017-08-05T00:52:48+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Categories: Governance, GS Mains, GS Paper 1, GS Paper 2, PIB, Social Issuess|Tags: , , , , , |

The Government has launched the ‘Test and Treat Policy for HIV patients’ in April 2017. As per this policy all people living with HIV (PLHIV) are to be treated with Antiretro Viral Therapy regardless of CD4 count, clinical stage, age or population. The National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS and STI 2017-2024 has been approved in June 2017. Details – Accelerating HIV prevention in key population and ‘at risk group’. Expanding quality assured HIV testing with universal access to comprehensive HIV care. Elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Addressing the critical enablers in HIV programming. Restructuring the strategic information system [...]

Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) | PIB

By | 2017-08-05T00:49:19+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Categories: GS Mains, GS Paper 1, GS Paper 2, GS Paper 3, PIB, Social Issuess|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Introduction – As per latest data, IMR has reduced by 58% in India during the period of 1990-2015 which is more than to Global decline of 49% during the same period. The full immunization coverage also improved from 43.5% in 2005 to 62.0% in 2015 and mortality due to Tuberculosis has reduced from 76 per 1,00,000 in 1990 to 32 per 1,00,000 in 2015. Steps taken to combat IMR and increasing vaccine coverage under National Health Mission – Promotion of Institutional deliveries through cash incentive under Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) and Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK) which entitles all pregnant women [...]

Domestic Cruise Tourism Industry | PIB

By | 2017-08-04T00:26:33+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Categories: Economy, GS Paper 3, Infrastructure, PIB|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Domestic Cruise Industry (GS – 3 Economy and Tourism) Tourism sector is a very talked about sector and reading about it will enrich your IAS coaching. Cruise tourism is a high-end luxury tourist segment of tourism sector.  Significance – It is estimated that on an average a cruise tourist spends about US$200-300 and a cruise staff/officer spends about US$100-150 per port visit. Cruise operations augment local economic activities as business opportunities arise for supply for provisions, transport, hotels, bunkering etc. to cruise ships which generate direct and indirect employment.  The local economy also gains from the spending by cruise tourists during land [...]

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