UPSC PIB Summary Analysis Jan 22


Explore ancient medical systems like Ayurveda for alternative solutions for Cancer treatments: Vice President


  • Vice-President asks researchers to come out with path-breaking advances in prevention and treatment of cancer.
  • Yoga training should be imparted to students as part of ensuring healthy lifestyles.
  • Yoga is a holistic approach to healthy living and there is evidence that it enhances the well-being and quality of life.
  • The ancient Indian medical systems like Ayurveda can be explored for alternative solutions.
  • Cancer is a major public health concern in India and has become one of the 10 leading causes of deaths.
  • A better understanding of the likely causes and early detection could help reduce the disease burden in our country.
  • Doctors and students in the medical profession to create awareness on the need to observe personal hygiene and maintain sanitation.
  • Lack of personal hygiene causes infections like HPV, which in turn has the potential to cause cancer of the cervix.
  • More number of palliative care centres or hospices are needed to provide relief from pain and emotional distress to suffering patients.
  • The screening of people will help in early detection of cancer. Thus awareness must be created, particularly, among youngsters, on the need to lead healthy lifestyles and avoid consumption of junk food.



Shri Gajendra Singh Sekhawat participate in the Agriculture Ministers’ Conference held in Berlin

  • Union Minister of State for Agriculture & FW, Shri Gajendra Singh Sekhawat led an Indian delegation to participate in the Agriculture Ministers’ Conference held in Berlin, Germany during the 10th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture. 
  • Theme: “Shaping the Future of Livestock – Sustainably, Responsibly, Efficiently”
  • A Communiqué was issued by the Ministers to safeguard the supply of and access to sufficient, safe, nutrients and affordable food from livestock production for the growing world population. 
  • Union Minister of State highlighted India’s impressive performance in the dairy, meat and poultry sector and the initiatives taken by India in the field of diseases control and animal welfare.
  • India to mitigate the effect of climate change, both in the animal and crop sector and called upon the developed countries to abide by the principles of equity but common and differentiated responsibilities towards tackling climate change. 
  • Union Minister of State mentioned EU´s non acceptance of digital phytosanitary certificates. The German Minister, in response, conveyed his admiration for India´s advance on digitalisation of the certificate and assured to personally take up the matter with the EU Authority concerned.
  • MoS informed his counterpart about the priority areas of India in agriculture sector and suggested areas such as farm machinery, skill development and crop residue management as possible areas of cooperation. 



National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) makes its First Investment; NIIF has partnered with DP World to create an investment platform for ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India.

  • National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) has made its First investment today.
  • NIIF has partnered with DP World to create an investment platform for ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India.
  • The platform will invest in opportunities in the ports sector, and beyond sea ports into areas such as river ports and transportation, freight corridors, port-led special economic zones, inland container terminals, and logistics infrastructure including cold storage. 
  • An India-UK Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF) is also being set-up under the fund of funds vertical of NIIF, and shall have anchor commitments of GBP 120 million each from Government of India (through NIIF) and Government of UK. 
  • The NIIF is being operationalized by establishing three Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) under the SEBI Regulations.
  • GOI’s contribution to the AIFs under the NIIF scheme shall be 49% of the total commitment.
  • NIIF has mandate to solicit equity participation from strategic anchor partners, like overseas sovereign/quasi-sovereign/multilateral/bilateral investors.

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