20 Mar 2018: UPSC Exam PIB Summary & Analysis

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship sign MoU

  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship today signed an MoU to conduct skill development training programmes.
  • These programmes aimed at skilling agriculture and allied sector, on a regular basis, at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs).
  • Meanwhile, the skill development training programmes currently being run across KVKs will continue.
  • Agriculture Ministry is making fast progress in fulfilling Hon’ble Prime Minister’s dream of “Kaushal Bharat-Kushal Bharat”. 
  • Several new dimensions in agri-warehousing, cold chain, supply chain, dairy, poultry, meat, fishery, horticulture, agricultural mechanization, micro-irrigation, hydroponic greenhouses etc have emerged for skilled and trained youths to gain self-employment.


Government approves Plastic Park

  • Government of India has approved the setting up of a Plastic Park in Deoghar District, Jharkhand.
  • It will come under Ministry for Chemicals & Fertilizers.
  • The project would be set up at a cost of Rs. 120 crores in an area of 150 acres and a range of polymer products including woven sacks, moulded furniture, water tanks, bottles, pipes mosquito nets, etc would be manufactured. 
  • A Central Institute for Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET) will be setup alongside the Plastic Park.


National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) 

  • National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) has been certified as the world’s first Trusted Digital Repository as per ISO 16363:2012 standard, granted by Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Ltd. (PTAB), United Kingdom.
  • NCAA is the project of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, implemented by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA).
  • The primary objective of the NCAA is to identify and preserve the cultural heritage of India available in audiovisual form through a process of digitization and making it accessible to the people.
  • NCAA digital repository is established with and powered by DIGITĀLAYA which is developed by C-DAC Pune in compliance with Open Archival Information System (OAIS).


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