Category: Current Affairs

Panel moots UID numbers for cows

The Centre has proposed issuing “Unique Identification Number Sequences” for cows and their progeny to protect them from cattle smuggling. The plan is the brainchild of the Union Agriculture Ministry for “tamper-proof identification of cattle using polyurethene tags with a Unique Identification Number Sequence.” “The Ministry of Agriculture has devised a method of tamper-proof identification…

INLAND WATERWAYS

Inland Water Transport is considered as the most cost effective and economical modeof transport from the point of view of fuel efficiency One horse power can carry 4000 Kg load in water whereas, it can carry 150 Kg and 500 Kg by road and rail respectively Many countries inEurope and elsewhere carry over 40% of their passenger and…

GM MUSTARD

Mustard is one of India’s most important winter crops sown between mid-October and late November. Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 or DMH-11 is a genetically modified variety of mustard developed by the Delhi University’s Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants. If approved by the Centre, this will be the second GM crop, after Bt Cotton, and the first…

Jute Industry in India

Jute is the second most important fibre produced in India after Cotton It has several socio-economic and environment related advantages. It is a natural biodegradable fibre which can substitute pollution causing plastics in several applications. It provides supplementary income to farmers low lying land in relatively high rainfall areas Jute supports around 40 Lakh farm…

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)

  Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) was established as a statutory body by the Government of India under the KVIC Act, 1956. It was to promote the ideology that Indians could be self-reliant on cotton and be free from foreign cloth and clothing. It was also a movement towards rural self-employment and self-reliance. Khadi…

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board

The Centre has constituted a four-member Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) under the Chairmanship of MS Sahoo. The main activity of IBBI would be to regulate the functioning of insolvency professionals, insolvency professional agencies and information utilities under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016. The Centre had notified the Insolvency Code in May…

‘Nasha Mukt Bharat Yatra’

It is a nation-wide campaign to make society liquor free. This campaign launched at Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on October 2 to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Around 150 organisations from 10 States would join the campaign to make India liquor free. Social activist and national convener of the campaign Medha Patkar lead…

ISRO flight-tests scramjet engine

India on became the fourth nation to flight-test a scramjet engine, a technology that scientists claim could change the way space travel is undertaken in the future. Though the full development of the engine, for an “air breathing” propulsion system that significantly reduces the amount of fuel needed to fire up engines on a rocket,…

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

It is a statutory organisation under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). It was established in 1974 under the Water (Prevention and Control of pollution) Act, 1974. CPCB is also entrusted with the powers and functions under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. It provides technical services to the…