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UPSC 2017: PIB Summary and Analysis October 16

Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI)

  • FDDI is a premier Institute, serving as a ‘One stop solutions provider’ in footwear, leather and allied industry. Since its inception in 1986, FDDI has been playing a pivotal role in facilitating Indian industry by bridging skill gaps in the areas of footwear, leather, fashion, retail and management
  • FDDI has been declared an ‘Institute of National Importance’ under Ministry of Commerce & Industry
  • FDDI, after becoming an INI, now has the autonomy to design its courses as per the requirement of the industry, and award its own degree to the students.
  • FDDI can now independently develop and conduct courses leading to graduate and post graduate degrees, doctoral and post-doctoral courses and research in the areas of footwear and leather products design and development and allied fields.


Surakshit Bachpan Surakshit Bharat’ (Safe Childhood-Safe India)

  • Kailash Satyarthi launches new campaign against child sexual abuse
  • The foundation said the religious leaders have been roped in looking at the fact that they claim the allegiance of millions and their influence can contribute effectively in ending violence against children.


INDRA – 2017: Indo-Russia Joint Exercise

  • Exercise INDRA-2017, the first ever Tri Services Joint Exercise between Indian and Russian Armed Forces will be conducted in the Eastern Military District of Russia from 19 to 29 Oct 2017.
  • Exercise INDRA in its previous nine avatars has been conducted as a single service exercise alternately between the two countries.
  • The year 2017 marks a major milestone as this Exercise has been upgraded to involve all the three Services of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy & Air Force), which further accentuates the importance of Joint Services in the present world environment. 
  • To achieve interoperability in joint operations, troops from both sides would acquaint themselves with the respective approach to such operations.


Project 28 /Kamorta-class corvette

  • They are a class of anti-submarine warfare corvettes currently in service with the Indian Navy.
  • Built at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata, they are the first anti-submarine warfare stealth corvettes to be built in India.
  • Project 28 was approved in 2003, with construction of the lead ship, INS Kamorta commencing on 12 August 2005.
  • Three of the four corvettes, INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt, INS Kiltan were commissioned in 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively. INS Kavaratti is under construction.
  • The Kamorta class corvettes are intended to succeed the Kora-class corvette by precedence and Abhay-class corvette by role.
  • The corvettes are named after the islands in the Lakshadweep archipelago.


INS Kamorta

  • It is the first of four anti-submarine Kamorta-class stealth corvettes
  • As in INS Shivalik, high-grade steel produced in India was utilized for its construction
  • The significance of the warship is that it is the “first Indian Naval warship ever built in the country with almost 90 per cent of indigenous content.”


INS Kadmatt (P29)

  • It is the second of four anti-submarine warfare corvettes
  • It was inducted into the Eastern Naval Command of Indian Navy.
  • INS Kadmatt has been named after the Kadmat Island of India’s Lakshadweep Islands and carries on the legacy of her predecessor INS Kadmatt (P 78), which served the Navy for 24 years
  • The ship with a high level of indigenisation showcases the Make in India policy of the Government of India and helps strengthen the image of Indian Navy’s transition from ‘buyer navy’ to ‘builder navy’.
  • The vessel has achieved 90 per cent indigenisation in Float, Move and Fight components.
  • It is developed with special grade high-tensile and the hull of the ship has bulk of sensors and weapon system.
  • It can accommodate 17 officers, 106 sailors and can carry a helicopter onboard. It has a maximum speed of 25 Knots.
  • The ship’s main role is to protect the nation’s maritime interests against possible submarine attacks and the ship is a potent platform for neutralising enemy submarines with an array of weapons like torpedoes, rocket launchers and helicopter.
  • The ship is also equipped with total atmospheric control ventilation system making it fully capable to fight in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare environments.


INS Kiltan

  • INS Kiltan is an indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette
  • INS Kiltan is India’s first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fibre composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight and maintenance costs.
  • The ship derives its name from one of the islands in Aminidivi group of the strategically located Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of islands.
  • INS Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik Class, Kolkata Class to have joined the Indian Navy’s arsenal wherein a plethora of weapons and sensors have been integrated to provide a “common operational picture”.
  • The commissioning of Kiltan will add a new dimension to the ASW capability of the Indian Navy and the Eastern Fleet in particular.


What does it have in its armory?

  • The ship hosts a predominantly indigenous cutting-edge weapons and sensors suite which includes heavyweight torpedoes, ASW rockets, 76 mm caliber Medium Range gun and two multi-barrel 30 mm guns as close-in-weapon system (CIWS) with dedicated fire control systems, missile decoy rockets (Chaff), advanced ESM (Electronic Support Measure) system, most advanced bow mounted sonar and air surveillance radar Revathi,
  • The ship also boasts of the proud legacy of the erstwhile Petya Class ship of same name ‘Kiltan (P79)’ built in the USSR, which had actively participated as Task Force Commander in the ‘Operation Trident’ during the 1971 Indo-Pak war


Women of India Organic Festival 2017

  • The Women of India Organic Festival organized by the Ministry of Women & Child Development
  • The festival was organized at Dilli Haaat, INA, New Delhi as the largest festival of organic products by women farmers and producer
  • The main aim of the Festival was to support and encourage women and women-led groups that promote organic farming, thus supporting their local community’s economy, creating jobs and keeping farmers thriving, in addition to spreading proper awareness about the benefits of organic products.
  • The Women of India Organic Festival has now become an annual event and exhibits/offers for sale most varied range of organic products including food, kitchen products, spiceies, pure fabric to wellness, personal care among others.
  • The participants of Women of India Organic Festival 2017 also enrolled themselves in Mahila E-Haat, another initiative of the Ministry of Women & Child Development to meet the aspirations and needs of women entrepreneurs. This unique e-platform exponentially strengthens the socio-economic empowerment of women beyond the Festival.

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