05 November 2018: UPSC Exam PIB Summary & Analysis

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3rd Ayurveda day celebrated

  • Minister of State for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik has announced that Ayurveda Departments will be opened in the new 19 AIIMS.
  • Approval has been received from Home Ministry to open Ayurveda Departments in seven hospitals of BSF and other Paramilitary forces.   
  • This year Ministry has taken many steps to fulfil the theme ‘Ayurveda for public health’ and decided for further expand the coverage of the National Programme of ‘Prevention of Non Communicable Disease’ from existing six states.
  • The Ministry will organise 50 workshops in collaboration with MSME to enhance entrepreneurship in Ayurveda and AYUSH sector.
  • The third Ayurveda Day is being celebrated throughout the country on the occasion of Dhanwantari Jayanti.
  • The AYUSH-Health Management Information System (A-HMIS) was launched, a dedicated software application for Electronic Health Record (EHR) for the AYUSH systems of Healthcare which is expected to revolutionise the way Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy are practised in the country, by inducting modern IT-solutions into these systems.

OPERATION GREENS

  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) under Union Minister Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal has approved the operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens.

Context:

  • Operation Greens was announced in the Budget speech of 2018-19 with an outlay of Rs 500 crores to stabilize the supply of Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) crops and to ensure availability of TOP crops throughout the country round the year without price volatility.

The strategy will comprise of a series of measures as decided by the Ministry which include:

  • Short term Price Stabilisation Measures
    • NAFED will be the Nodal Agency to implement price stabilisation measures. MoFPI will provide 50% of the subsidy on the following two components:
    • Transportation of Tomato Onion Potato(TOP) Crops from production to storage;
    • Hiring of appropriate storage facilities for TOP Crops;

 

  • Long Term Integrated value chain development projects
    • Capacity Building of FPOs & their consortium
    • Quality production
    • Post-harvest processing facilities
    • Agri-Logistics
    • Marketing / Consumption Points
    • Creation and Management of e-platform for demand and supply management of TOP Crops.

Background:

In the budget speech of 2018-19, a new Scheme “Operation Greens” was announced on the line of “Operation Flood”, with an outlay of Rs.500 crore to promote Farmer Producers Organizations, agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management.

Major objectives of “Operation Greens”:

  • Enhancing value realisation of TOP farmers by targeted interventions to strengthen TOP production clusters and their FPOs, and linking/connecting them with the market.
  • Price stabilisation for producers and consumers by proper production planning in the TOP clusters and introduction of dual use varieties.
  • Reduction in post-harvest losses by creation of farm gate infrastructure, development of suitable agro-logistics, creation of appropriate storage capacity linking consumption centres.
  • Increase in food processing capacities and value addition in TOP value chain with firm linkages with production clusters.
  • Setting up of a market intelligence network to collect and collate real time data on demand and supply and price of TOP crops.

MoU signed between Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of India and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of India and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea on sports cooperation.

Objective:

  • The objective of this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is to establish a framework to facilitate and promote cooperation between the two countries on the basis of reciprocity and mutual benefit. The cooperation under this MoU may include areas like-
    • Exchange of coaches, athletes, experts;
    • Exchange of scientific and methodical materials
    • Joint training for athletes and officials;
    • Participation in sports event, seminars, symposia and conferences organized by either country etc.
  • The two countries will encourage exchanges and cooperative actions between sports authorities, sports federations and other sports bodies in the different areas of cooperation, as jointly decided.

India and the Republic of Korea sign MoU

  • The MoU was signed by two parties to strengthen and further develop the established relationship for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.

Objectives:

  1. To expand bilateral cooperation in tourism sector
  2. To increase Exchange of information and data related to tourism
  3. To encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour Operators
  4. To establish exchange programmes for cooperation in Human Resources Development
  5. To encourage Investment in the Tourism and Hospitality sectors
  6. To exchange visits of Tour Operators / Media / Opinion Makers for the promotion of two way tourism
  7. To exchange experience in the areas of promotion, marketing destination development and management
  8. To encourage participation in travel fairs/exhibitions in each other’s country
  9. To promote safe, honourable and sustainable tourism

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