08 May 2019: UPSC Exam PIB Summary & Analysis

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India CEO Forum organized to discuss climate change issues


  • India CEO Forum on Climate Change organized by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
  • The pioneering initiative of the government, inviting industry representatives, exchanged views on climate change issues and discussed opportunities to collaborate in regard to fulfilling India’s national as well as international climate change commitments.

Objectives of Forum

  • Secretary MoEFCC highlighted that the forum was being conducted to create a mechanism for the government and businesses to formally talk about climate change issues
  • Develop a common voice at global forums so that there is no disconnect between the stand of the government and that of the industries.
  • Forum will help the government move from a language-based narrative on climate change to an action-based narrative.
  • Highlight the important role that businesses play in dealing with global warming issues and a platform like this will help share best practices and facilitate cross-learning.

Outcomes of the Forum

  • Businesses are recognised as crucial to meeting global climate change goals and forum on Climate Change focused on driving transition to a low-carbon economy.
  • It delivered powerful messages as leaders from the private and public sector gathered to showcase their commitment to tackle climate change.
  • The sessions voiced deliberations from the government on India’s international commitments to fighting climate change.
  • The forum was successful in clearly communicating to the industry leadership the government’s vision on climate change and for the first time, seeking the views of the industries on the same.

CBIC organises meeting of Regional Heads of Customs


  • Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) is organising a meeting of the Regional Heads of Customs Administration of Asia Pacific Region of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) in Kochi.

Objective of the meeting

  • The meeting will take stock of the progress being made in carrying forward the programmes
  • Initiatives of WCO to promote, facilitate and secure the cross-border trade in the region and
  • The capacity building and technical assistance required to achieve this goal.

World Customs Organization

  • The World Customs Organization (WCO) is an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
  • The WCO is internationally acknowledged as the global centre of customs expertise and plays a leading role in the discussion, development, promotion and implementation of modern customs systems and procedures.
  • It is responsive to the needs of its members and its strategic environment, and its instruments and best-practice approaches are recognized as the basis for sound customs administration throughout the world.
  • The WCO’s primary objective is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of member customs administrations, thereby assisting them to contribute successfully to national development goals, particularly revenue collection, national security, trade facilitation, community protection, and collection of trade statistics.

VP to embark on a four-day visit to Vietnam


  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will embark on a visit to Vietnam
  • Shri Naidu will participate in the inaugural function of the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak.

United Nations Day of Vesak

  • Considered sacred to Buddhists, Vesak is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Buddha, his attainment of enlightenment and his passing away.
  • “Vesak”, the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world.
  • The General Assembly, recognized internationally the Day of Vesak to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity.

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