23 Jun 2022: PIB Summary for UPSC

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. NIRYAT Portal
2. National Logistics Excellence Awards
3. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur
4. National Conference on Millets
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1. NIRYAT Portal

Syllabus: GS-3, Economy; Issues relating to mobilization of resources, growth and development.

Prelims: Details of the NIRYAT Portal

Context:

PM inaugurates ‘Vanijya Bhawan’ and launches NIRYAT portal.

About NIRYAT Portal:

  • It is an information portal where importers and exporters can get all necessary information related to foreign trade and will provide real-time data to stakeholders.
  • NIRYAT stands for National Import-Export for Yearly Analysis of Trade.
  • The portal dedicatedly deals with the import and export analysis of India.
  • NIRYAT has been pegged as a one-stop platform for stakeholders for easy access to critical information related to India’s foreign trade by the Centre.

Additional Information:

The PM also inaugurated the Vanijya Bhawan, an office complex for the Department of Commerce and the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).


2. National Logistics Excellence Awards

Syllabus: GS-2, Governance; Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors

Prelims: National Logistics Excellence Awards

Context:

The Government of India hosted its first-ever National Logistics Excellence Awards in New Delhi.

About the National Logistics Excellence Awards:

  • The National Logistics Excellence Awards aim to acknowledge the many logistics service providers in the country that have been able to display innovation, diversity and efficiency.
  • In this first edition, there are 169 entries and 12 categories of awards.
  • The Ministry of Commerce and Industry identified, categorised and selected qualified applications.
  • An Expert Screening Committee of 18 diverse experts and a National Jury of 9 senior dignitaries were formed to make the final deliberations.

Also read: Gati Shakti Master Plan 


3. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur

Syllabus: GS-1, History; Significant personalities

Prelims: About Baba Banda Singh Bahadur

Context:

National Monuments Authority to observe martyrdom day of great warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur on 25th June.

About Banda Bahadur:

  • Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was a great Sikh warrior and a commander of the Khalsa army who defeated the Mughals.
  • Banda Singh Bahadur abolished the Zamindari system and granted property rights to the tillers of the land. He introduced the Nanak Shahi coins.  
  • He was captured by the Mughal ruler Farrukhsiyar and executed.

4. National Conference on Millets

Syllabus: GS-3, Economy; Marketing of agricultural produce 

Prelims: Facts about Millet production in India

Mains: Significance of Millets

Context:

The National Conference on Millets was conducted by ASSOCHAM along with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

Details:

  • Opportunities and challenges in ensuring food and nutritional security in India were discussed in the conference.
  • The theme of the conference was “The Future Super Food for India”.

Important Facts:

  • The production of coarse cereals in the country has increased to 17.96 million tonnes in 2020-21 from 14.52 million tonnes in 2015-16 and the production of bajra (pearl millet) has also increased to 10.86 million tonnes in the same period.
  • India is now the 5th largest exporter of millets globally.

Significance of millets:

  • Millets have a long history in India and they can be grown well in dry areas or even on lands with deficient and low fertility.
  • Due to their short growing season, millets can develop from seeds to ready-to-harvest crops in just about 65 days and this characteristic of the millets is of vital importance in thickly populated regions of the world.
  • It is also highly nutritious and offers multiple health benefits.
  • They can last for two years or more if stored properly.
  • The major millets producing states in India include Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

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