17 Mar 2018: UPSC Exam PIB Summary & Analysis

India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Ministry of Home Affairs, National Disaster Management Authority, India and Government of Japan is jointly organising this workshop.
  • The workshop will be an opportunity to explore as to how Japan invests in making its infrastructure resilient to present and future disaster risks.
  • It will also help understand recent advancements in Japan in the area of earthquake detection and early warning systems and adapt them to India’s context.
  • This will play a vital role in enhancing preparedness and response at every level.


  • India and Japan are two most disaster-prone countries in the world.
  • Japan is situated along the Pacific Ring of Fire and is highly susceptible to earthquakes.
  • Given its long history of devastating earthquakes, Japan has a very high level of community awareness.
  • Its technological know-how, especially in the area of earthquake risk reduction, is among the most advanced in the world.
  • In India nearly 59% of India’s landmass is prone to moderate to severe earthquakes.
  • In the event of an earthquake it will not only save lives but also make for great economic sense that this investment is made earthquake resilient.


Krishi Unnati Mela

  • Krishi unnati mela is being organised at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, IARI Pusa campus,New Delhi.
  • Krishi Unnati Mela is aimed at creating awareness about the latest technological developments in the agriculture and allied sectors among farmers.
  • Theme of the fair is doubling farmer’s income by 2022.
  • Prime Minister inaugurated the Jaivik Kheti portal and laid foundation stone for 25 Krishi Vigyan Kendras.


Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE)

  • FINE is an initiative being organised by Rashtrapati Bhavan in association with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and the National Innovation Foundation-India.
  • It will recognise, respect, showcase, reward innovations and to foster a supportive ecosystem for innovators.
  • FINE will provide a platform for innovators for building linkages with potential stakeholders to develop their ideas into implementable projects for the larger social good.
  • It will provide a window to showcase creative and innovative solutions for social development through innovation emerging from grassroots, student ideas and other technologies. 
  • FINE also includes an “In-Residence” Program as part of which a batch of ten innovation scholars will stay within the President’s Estate.
  • They will be provided mentoring as well as opportunities for idea sharing with key stakeholders.
  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will inaugurate FINE and present Gandhian Young Technological Innovation awards instituted by Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions [SRISTI].


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