India asks UN to declare 2018 as International year of millets

Context: India has asked the United Nations to declare 2018 as the ‘International Year of Millets’ and promote it as nutrition-rich smart food across the world. The Need: There is a need to promote millets as the “awareness is low” among consumers, policy makers, industry and R&D sector. Sorghum, Bajra and Ragi are some Read More …

Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana

In News: During the latest 23rd interaction through PRAGATI, the Prime Minister reviewed the progress in implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY). Background: In 2015, the Union government announced the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY). It is a new programme meant to Read More …

Gram panchayat certificate no proof of citizenship: SC

Context: A certificate of residency issued by a gram panchayat is not a document of citizenship and is “meaningless” unless supported by some other valid record to make a claim for inclusion in the National Register of Citizenship (NRC), the Supreme Court said. The Issue: A Bench of Justices Ranjan Read More …

Improved Samba Masuri

The researchers from Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) have announced a new Improved Samba Masuri (ISM) rice variety with low Glycemic Index (GI). National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), a constituent of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has done extensive human trials on the new variety and Read More …

10 New Iconic sites identified under Swachh Iconic Places

A two-day National Consultation of Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) was recently held at New Delhi.  Representatives from 20 Iconic Sites including central and State officials, representatives of iconic places and Corporate and development partners including World Bank took part in the consultations. Initiated as a project to implement Prime Minister’s Read More …

WTO: India resolute on food security

Context: At the upcoming meeting of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) highest decision-making body, India will not agree to severe restrictions on its right to give price subsidies to farmers through the Minimum Support Price (MSP) to procure grains from them for food security purposes, according to highly-placed official sources. Read More …