UPSC PIB Summary Analysis Jan16 2019

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MOU Between India and Australia on the Safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station


The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, has given its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India and Department of Natural Resource Mines and Energy, Queensland Government, Australia through the Safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS).


The MoU will help in establishing a partnership between DGMS and SIMTARS for:

  • Implementation of risk based safety management system, providing training,
  • Organising, conference, seminar and other technical meetings, setting up occupations safety and health academy and national mine disaster centre, and
  • Modernising R&D laboratory of DGMS.

Implementation Strategy:

The memorandum of understanding will become operative from the date of signing and remain in effect for three years.


Mining accident rates in Australia is the lowest in the world.   Australia has pioneered in conceptualising and implementing risk based Safety Management Plans for the mining sector using the technique of hazard identification and risk assessment. SIMTARS is known to have exclusive expertise in Mines Safety Management Systems.

Saksham 2019, Annual Event of PCRA, Launched


‘Saksham’, an annual high intensity one-month long people-centric mega campaign of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was launched.

About Saksham

  • Saksham (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav) is a campaign organised by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) to sensitize the masses about conservation and efficient use of petroleum products which will lead towards better health and environment.
  • This campaign is aimed at showing the way forward for making a change and enhancing the conservation capabilities of people. It helps understand the need for fuel conservation and find solutions thereof.
  • The campaign seeks to promote effective utilization of petroleum products, something that will lead to environmental protection.
  • It also educates the masses on how the efficient and optimal use of energy can protect the health and the environment.

Gandhi Peace Prize for 2018 Announced


The Gandhi Peace Prize for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 has been conferred on the following

2015: Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari for their contribution in Rural Development, Education, Development of natural resources.

2016: jointly to Akshaya Patra Foundation for its contribution in providing mid-day meals to millions of children across India and Sulabh International for its contribution in improving the condition of sanitation in India and emancipation of manual scavengers.

2017: Ekal Abhiyan Trust for their contribution in providing Education for Rural and Tribal Children in remote areas pan India, Rural Empowerment, Gender and Social Equality

2018: Shri Yohei Sasakawa for the year for his contribution in Leprosy Eradication in India and across the world.


The annual award was instituted by the Government of India in 1995 during the commemoration of 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The award carries an amount of Rs 1Crore, a Citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.


The jury under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister and comprising the Chief Justice of India, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Leader of the single largest Opposition Party and one Member of Parliament.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Launches Second Phase of the Web Campaign ‘Sānjhi –Mujh Mein Kalākār’


Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA) the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama will launch the second phase of the Web Campaign ‘SĀNJHI –MUJH MEIN KALĀKĀR’ an initiative to document and promote the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and diverse cultural traditions of the country by direct public-participation.


This is a unique talent search where the participant will showcase their talent in the fields of music, dance, drama, puppetry, folk and tribal arts, culinary skills, painting, sculpture etc.

The literal meaning of the term SĀNJHI is “to share” and “to partner”, and the cultural traditions of our country has developed and prospered on the notions of harmony.

About Sangeet Natak Akademi:

The Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA) is the nodal agency of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India to coordinate the matters related to Intangible Cultural Heritage and various UNESCO Conventions addressing Cultural Diversity and promotion and dissemination of multifarious cultural traditions and expressions of the country.

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