Mega Food Park Importance

The Scheme of Mega Food Park aims at providing a mechanism to link agricultural production to the market by bringing together farmers, processors, and retailers so as to ensure maximizing value addition, minimizing wastage, increasing farmers’ income, and creating employment opportunities, particularly in the rural sector. The Mega Food Park Scheme is based on the “Cluster”

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme

Finance Minister, in the 2015-16 budget, had announced the development of a financial asset – sovereign gold bond – as an alternative to the precious metal, and the borrowing through issuance of the bond will form part of market borrowing programme of the government. The gold bonds are denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold

Gold Monetisation Scheme

The scheme was launched by the Prime Minister of India in 2015 with an aim to mobilize gold and facilitate its use for productive purposes, which further will also help in reducing India’s dependability on gold imports. The scheme will also benefit jewelers by allowing them to obtain loans. Lending institutions such as banks and NBFCs

Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0 Scheme

Recently, the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0 scheme has been rolled out to cover children and pregnant women who missed routine immunisation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0 Scheme: About the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0 Scheme: Objective: To reach the unreached population with all the available vaccines under the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) and thereby accelerate

Draft National Migrant Labour Policy

Recently, NITI Aayog, along with a working subgroup of officials and members of civil society, has prepared a draft National Migrant Labour policy. Earlier in December 2020, the Indian government decided to create a database of migrant workers, including workers in the informal economy. Draft National Migrant Labour Policy: Migration: Migration is the movement of people away from their

Pagri Sambhal Movement

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) is celebrating 23rd February as Pagri Sambhal Diwas, honoring the memory of Ajit Singh-founder of the Pagri Sambhaal Movement of 1907. Farmer unions part of the ongoing protests in Delhi claims that farm laws passed by Parliament will ultimately force them to sell their land to corporates. It was a similar complaint

Black-Necked Crane

Recently, a group of Buddhist monks in Tawang district has opposed the Arunachal Pradesh government’s renewed push for hydropower projects. The proposed projects would not only affect the nesting grounds of the endangered Black-Necked Crane but also threaten several holy Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the region. Black-Necked Crane: Keypoints About: Both the sexes are almost of the same size

Anti-Dumping Duty on Steel

Recently, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has initiated a probe to review the need for the continuing imposition of anti-dumping duty on certain types of steel products imported from China, following complaints from domestic industry. The duty on certain steel products was first imposed in February 2017 and is set to expire on

Blue Revolution And Integrated Development And Management Of Fisheries

It aims to achieve economic prosperity of the country and the fishers and fish farmers as well as contribute towards food and nutritional security through potential utilization of water resources for fisheries development in a sustainable manner, keeping in view the bio-security and environmental concerns. The scheme will focus on tapping the full production potential

IAEA – Iran Deal over Nuclear Inspections

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have agreed to temporary measures to offset Iran’s decision to restrict access to inspectors. In December 2020, Iran’s Parliament passed the law demanding a suspension of some inspections if the USA failed to lift sanctions. IAEA – Iran Deal over Nuclear Inspections About: Iran will stop the implementation of

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