Model Contract Farming Act, 2018

Context: With a view to integrate farmers with bulk purchasers including exporters, agro- industries etc. for better price realization through mitigation of market and price risks to the farmers and ensuring smooth agro raw material supply to the agro industries, Union Finance Minister in the budget for 2017-18 announced preparation Read More …

NIDM Centre to help Southern States

Context: The Vice President of India, has said that Southern parts of the country are prone to multiple disaster challenges –  hence require the NIDM Centre to help these states build infrastructure to tackle disasters.  Value Edition for Mains: India needs a disaster resilient infrastructure and provide life-line services to Read More …

“AYUSH” finds a place in English Language

Context: The Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology has decided to adopt the word ‘AYUSH’ in Hindi and English languages for scientific and technical purposes. The “AYUSH” became popular as the acronym for five traditional and complementary systems of medicine, namely Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy and Read More …

Meeting of Cultural Ministers of the SCO

Context: The Minister of State for Culture led the Indian delegation to the 15th Meeting of the Cultural Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) Member States  held in Sanya, Hainan province, on 16th and 17thMay, 2018. India participated for the first time at the Meeting of  Cultural Ministers of the SCO. Read More …

Cabinet approves declaration of Scheduled Areas in respect of Rajasthan

Context: The Union Cabinet Chaired by Prime Minister has given approval to the declaration of Scheduled Areas in respect of Rajasthan under Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India by rescinding the Constitution Order (C.O.)114 dated 12th February 1981 and promulgation of a new Constitution Order. The promulgation of new C.O. Read More …

e-Foreigners Regional Registration Office

Context: The government has launched the web-based application ‘e-FRRO’ (e-Foreigners Regional Registration Office) which aims to provide efficient visa related services online to foreigners visiting India. About ‘e-FRRO’ scheme: The e-FRRO scheme is aimed at building a centralized, transparent online platform for the foreigners to avail visa related services and Read More …

POSHAN Abhiyaan (National Nutrition Mission)

Context: POSHAN Abhiyaan under Innovation component, envisages undertaking activities to be implemented intended to improve the service delivery system, capacity building of front line functionaries and community engagement for better nutritional outcomes. The successful pilots may be taken up later-on for scaling up in similar contextual specificities on a broader platform.  The Read More …

Six monuments / historical sites in North Eastern States identified for listing under World Heritage Site

Context: As many as 6 monuments/historical sites in the North Eastern states have been identified tentatively for listing under World Heritage Site. Monuments/sites identified/placed under tentative list for listing under world heritage in the north eastern states are: Apatani Cultural Landscape, Arunachal Pradesh. Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India. Moidams Read More …