18 Aug 2022: PIB Summary for UPSC


1. Durand Cup
2. Vinbax-2022
3. Exercise Udarashakti
4. National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB)
5. Har Ghar Jal
6. Exo-moons
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1. Durand Cup

Syllabus: Miscellaneous; Sports news

Prelims: Durand Cup


The first-ever Durand Cup match in Manipur was held.

About Durand Cup:

  • It is an annual domestic football tournament held in India and named after its founder Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, a foreign secretary of British India (1884 – 1894).
  • The first competition was held in 1888.
  • It is played by domestic football clubs.
  • It is India’s oldest club football tournament and the world’s third-oldest.
  • The event is organised by the Durand Football Tournament Society (DFTS) and All India Football Federation (AIFF).
  • Initially open to the armed forces of British India, civilian clubs were allowed to take part after the Second World War.

2. Vinbax-2022


Prelims: Exercise Vinbax 2022


Vietnam-India Bilateral Army Exercise Vinbax 2022 concludes at Chandimandir.

About Vinbax:

  • The third edition of the India – Vietnam field training exercise concluded at Chandimandir, Haryana.
  • The exercise focused on the deployment of Army Engineer and Medical teams in UN Peacekeeping operations.
  • The exercise enables the sharing of best practices, enhances interoperability and strengthens mutual confidence among the armies of both countries.
  • The next edition of Vinbax is scheduled to be held in Vietnam in 2023.

3. Exercise Udarashakti

Syllabus: GS3, Security; Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

Prelims: Exercise Udarashakti


Exercise Udarashakti culminated in Kuantan, Malaysia.

About Exercise Udarashakti:

  • It is a bilateral military exercise between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).
  • The four-day exercise showcased complex aerial combat drills in multiple domains and exercise settings.

4. National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB)

Syllabus: GS3; Economy; Economics of animal-rearing: Fisheries

Prelims: About NFDB

NFDB conducts the 9th Governing Body meeting in New Delhi.

About NFDB:

  • NFDB was established to unleash the untapped potential of the fisheries sector in inland and marine, fish culture, capture, processing & marketing of fish, and to accelerate the overall growth of the fisheries sector with the application of modern tools of research & development.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare set up the organisation in 2006.
  • It is headquartered in Hyderabad.

Know more about the National Fisheries Development Board in the linked article.

5. Har Ghar Jal

Syllabus: GS2; Governance; Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors

Prelims: Har Ghar Jal, Jal Jeevan Mission


Goa becomes the first state to achieve ‘Har Ghar Jal’ certification and Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu the UT to achieve this.

Know more about the Har Ghar Jal campaign in the link.

6. Exo-moons

Syllabus: GS-3, Science & Technology; Awareness in the fields of Space

Prelims: Exo-moons, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)


Scientists formulate a model to trace elusive exo-moons from JWST data.


  • This model, developed by scientists from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, can also help detect habitable exo-moons in the future.

What are exo-moons?

  • Exo-moons are moons orbiting exoplanets.
    • Exoplanets are planets orbiting stars other than our sun.
    • The first exoplanet was discovered in the mid-1990s.
    • So far, about 5000 exoplanets have been discovered.
  • But, exomoons are elusive and hard to spot. However, they are important because moons tell us about a solar system’s past and a planet’s present.
  • A large number of exomoons are expected to be present, and they may play a crucial role in the habitability of rocky exoplanets in the habitable zone of their host stars. 
  • While most exoplanets are detected through the photometric transit method, signals from exo-moons are too weak to detect mainly because of their extremely small size.

Read more about the James Webb Space Telescope in the linked article.

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