16 Feb 2018: UPSC Exam PIB Summary & Analysis

Pareeksha pe Charcha

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s interactive session with students
  • Students also asked him questions through various television news channels, the Narendra Modi Mobile App, and the MyGov platform.
  • He gave the example of the Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, who won a bronze medal in the ongoing Winter Olympic Games, just eleven months after suffering a life threatening injury.
  • On the subject of peer pressure, the Prime Minister spoke of the importance of “Anuspardha” (competing with oneself), rather than “Pratispardha” (competing with others).

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National Conference “Agriculture 2022- Doubling Farmers’ Income”

  • The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) is organizing a National Conference under the title of “Agriculture 2022 – Doubling Farmers’ Income” at National Agriculture Science Complex (NASC), Pusa, New Delhi. 
  • It is a two days conference scheduled on 19th and 20th February, 2018. The Conference is being organized on the advice of the Hon’ble Prime Minister with a view to identify various critical issues relating to agriculture and farmers’ welfare and finding appropriate solutions. 
  • The main aim of the conference is to build a consensus around appropriate recommendations that will help in shaping and sharpening the vision of the Government on Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022 into actionable points. 

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Shri Ram Vilas Paswan kicks off Swachhta Pakhwada in his Ministry

  • Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution swept an area outside Krishi Bhawan in New Delhi today.
  • Shri Paswan also administered the Swachhta pledge to officials of the Department of Food & Public Distribution on the first day of the Department’s Swachhta Pakhwada scheduled from 16th to 28th February 2018. 

Swachhta Pakhwada

  • Swachhata Pakhwada started in April 2016 with the objective of bringing a fortnight of intense focus on the issues and practices of Swachhata by engaging GOI Ministries/Departments in their jurisdictions.
  • The Ministries observing Swachhata Pakhwada are monitored closely using online monitoring system of Swachhata Samiksha where action plans, images, videos related to Swachhata activities are uploaded and shared.
  • After observing Swachhata Pakhwada, Ministries/ Departments announce their achievements through a press conference and other communication tools.
  • For the Pakhwada fortnight, observing ministries are considered as Swachhata Ministries and are expected to bring qualitative Swachhata improvements in their jurisdictions.

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National Automotive Policy

After series of one to one stakeholder consultation, Department has finalized the draft Automotive Policy which proposes to:

  • Adopt a long-term roadmap for emission standards beyond BSVI and harmonize the same with global standards by 2028.
  • Rollout CAFE norms till 2025 and beyond and setup incentives/ penalties.
  • Adopt a composite criterion based on length and CO2 emissions to classify vehicles for differential taxation purposes.
  • Harmonize automotive standards over the next 5 years in line with WP-29.
  • Improve the skill development and training eco-system, increase accountability of ASDC and implement a Labor Market Information System.
  • Harmonize AIS and BIS standards on safety critical parts over next 3 years.
  • Fast track adoption of Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program.

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MoU Signed between BSI and NHM

  • Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and Natural History Museum (NHM), UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of genetic/taxonomic studies, research and training, conservation in India, including species and habitat conservation assessments.
  • The MoU will pave the way for BSI staff to work in Natural History Museum, London and vice-versa.

 

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