UPSC 2017-18: PIB Summary and Analysis Sept 05

UPSC 2017-18: PIB Summary and Analysis Sept 05 for IAS Exam Preparation.

GENERAL STUDIES PAPER 2

 Topic: Governance, IPR 

CIPAM-DIPP launches social media campaign to promote Geographical Indications 


Context:

  • A social media campaign to promote Indian Geographical Indications (GIs) launched by the Cell for IPR Promotions & Management (CIPAM) under the aegis of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Objective:

  • The #LetsTalkIP is to make more people aware about the importance of Intellectual Property Rights.

Keypoints:

  • A Geographical Indication or a GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
  • GI conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is essentially attributable to its origin in that defined geographical locality.
  • Examples: Darjeeling Tea, Mahabaleshwar Strawberry, Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Banarasi Sarees and Tirupati Laddus are some of the GIs.
  • GIs are an integral part of India’s rich culture and collective intellectual heritage.
  • It has the responsibility towards the unique skills and knowledge of traditional practices and methods, passed down from generation to generation, which need to be protected and promoted.
  • The promotion of GIs is in line with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign.
  • It’s an area of strength and optimism for India, whereby the GI tag has accorded protection to a number of hand-made and manufactured products, especially in the informal sector. 

 

Topic: International Relations 

India despatches First Diesel Consignment to Myanmar 

Context:


  • Signifying the developing hydrocarbon commitment between India and Myanmar, the first consignment of 30 MT of High Speed Diesel was sent from India to Myanmar by land route.

Objective:

  • To enhance hydrocarbon synergy with neighbouring countries as well as promoting India’s Act East Policy. 

Key Points:

  • Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL), which has been supplying HSD to Bangladesh, despatched the first diesel consignment through NH 37 on to the Myanmar side.
  • In their effort to strengthen the oil and gas engagement, more Indian companies are planning to set up their offices in Myanmar soon. 

BRICS Xiamen Summary

Documents signed in the presence of BRICS Leaders during BRICS Summit – 2017 in Xiamen, China (September 04, 2017).

1-   BRICS Action Agenda on Economic and Trade Cooperation.

2-   BRICS Action Plan for Innovation Cooperation(2017-2020).

3-    Strategic Framework of BRICS Customs Cooperation.

4-   Memorandum of Understanding between the BRICS Business Council and the New Development Bank on Strategic Cooperation.

Theme

“BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future”.

We endeavor to build on our achievements already made with a shared vision for future development of BRICS.

 

GENERAL STUDIES PAPER 4

 Topic: Ethics in International Relations 

India is keen to suppress international terrorism: Vice President


Context

  • The Vice President of India said that India is keen to see the decision of convention on the suppression of international terrorism, which is frightening world peace.
  • SAARC convention on the suppression of international terrorism as well as the Indian proposal to conclude a comprehensive convention on suppression of international terrorism is now under consideration of the UN.

Key Points

  • The Vice President said that India will not only create greater awareness on the prominence of international law but will also inspire young lawyers and students to specialize in this subject.
  • The concept of the rule of law has been practiced in India from times immemorial, “Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah”, the Sanskrit sloka in Manu Smriti aptly sums up the basic Indian philosophy – the law will protect and defend those who protect and defend it.
  • India attaches huge importance to the implementation of international statutes and the rule of law and is a firm believer in promotion of peace and justice globally.

Way forward

  • India’s foreign policy is based on sovereign equality of States, non-intervention in the internal affairs of other States and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with principles articulated in Article 33 of the United Nations.
  • Our country attaches high importance to bilateral negotiations in settling its differences and disputes with other nations on the basis of international law, justice and equity.

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