1. 11th Civil Services Day was celebrated on April 21, 2017.
2. The Union Minister for Communications Shri Manoj Sinha launched the C-DOT PDO (Public Data Office)
Like earlier PCO (Public Call Office) service which allowed mass people to make phone calls at affordable costs, PDO will provide internet access to the rural masses at affordable costs.
This will also help in realizing the dream of the Prime Minister for Digital India and will bridge the gap between haves and have nots.
Benefits of C-DOT PDO:
- internet connectivity to every nook and corner of the country
- will also encourage village-level entrepreneurship and provide strong employment opportunities, especially in rural and semi urban areas.
C-DOT’s Public Data Office, PDO will take internet to the masses
3. MOCISEVA which was launched by Ministry of Commerce & Industry last year completed its first year on 21 April 2017.
MOCISEVA is a grievances redressal mechanism for Ministry of Commerce and Industry which uses Twitter as a platform.
In this Twitter seva, anyone can query on matters relating to Department of Commerce (DoC) and Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) using #mociseva in Twitter. Their queries are answered within a short period of time.
A special Twitter cell has been set up to respond to the tweets/queries.
4. To discourage adulteration of the milk and milk products in summer season the department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries (DAHDF) is regularly reviewing the availability of milk situation in the country with National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and State Milk Federations.
Government of India has enacted Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act-2006 in August 2006 to consolidate the laws relating to food and to establish the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 is implemented by the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India through the State Food Safety Commissioners in each State.
The State Government machinery is equally responsible in controlling the menace of sale of adulterated/synthetic milk.
5. As part of the innovative initiatives under the “White Revolution” umbrella Schemes, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF) has supported the National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) initiative of “Quality Mark” Award Scheme for dairy Cooperatives.
Quality Award scheme is for promoting and encouraging enhancement of safety, quality and hygiene of milk and milk products manufactured by dairy cooperatives.
It is aimed at bringing about process improvement in the entire value chain from producer to the consumer to ensure availability of safe and quality of milk and products both for the domestic and foreign market.
The quality mark scheme was rolled out on 6th January-2016
The NDDB is in the process of registering the quality mark logo under Trademarks Act, 1998.
The Dairy units which meet the criteria for award of quality mark will be allowed to use the logo on the package containing milk and milk products and the award of the quality mark shall be specific for location of the dairy unit as well as for the process for a particular product.
The mark may be applied to the packaging or printed on a label affixed to the package.
The logo/symbol of quality mark on milk and milk product packages indicates that the dairy unit has adopted and implemented all the processes required as per the food safety and quality management system for manufacture of milk and milk products as per the set quality parameters.
6. On the occasion of civil services day the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released two books namely:
i. “New Beginning” on Innovations for the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence and
ii. “Fostering Excellence” for initiatives under identified Priority Programmes.
7. An inter-ministerial Indian delegation headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, will participate in the 2017 Conference of Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm (BRS) Conventions.
The three COPs to BRS Conventions will be held from April 24 to May 5, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The theme of the meetings and the high-level segment will be – “A future detoxified: sound management of chemicals and waste”.
Conference of Parties (COPs) to the BRS Convention include – the 13th meeting of the Conference of Parties to “Basel Convention (BC COP 13); the 8th meeting of the Conference of Parties to “Rotterdam Convention (RC COP 8) and 8th meeting of the Conference of Parties to “Stockholm Convention (SC COP 8).
8. One Crore assets created under Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) have been geotagged and put in public domain in the last seven months.
GeoMGNREGA is a unique endeavor of the Ministry of Rural Development in association with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO and National Informatics Centre.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Ministry of Rural Development with NRSC on 24th June 2016 for geo-tagging the assets created under MGNREGS in each gram panchayat. Strength of Space technology has been leveraged.
The geotagging exercise started from 1st September, 2016.
The process of geotagging is going on and all assets under MGNREGS will be geotagged.
Since the inception of the MGNREGS programme in financial year 2006-07, about 2.82 Crore assets have been created under the programme.
9. India and the Republic of Korea (RoK) signed an Inter-governmental Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Defence Industry Co-operation in Shipbuilding.
The Inter-Governmental MoU, was conceived under the overall umbrella of the ‘Special Strategic Partnership’ between both sides as declared in the Joint Statement of the Prime Minister of India and the President of RoK in May 2015.
The salient points of the MoU are as follows:-
• Develop and strengthen defence industry co-operation between Republic of India and the Republic of Korea.
• The two sides will recommend the organisations for collaborating in the implementation of specific projects.
• The organisations recommended for co-operative projects may conclude separate agreements (contracts) between them to implement the specific projects.
• The MoU will come into effect from the date of signature by both sides and will be initially valid for a period of five years and would be automatically extendable for further successive five year at a time.
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) recommended the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), Visakhapatnam from the Indian side for the collaboration. RoK will indicate the name of its recommended.
The co-operation with the recommended Korean Shipyard would enable HSL to upgrade and modernise its facilities and execute naval shipbuilding projects in a timely and cost effective manner.
10. Indian Navy successfully undertook the firing of BrahMos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile from a ship.
Majority of the frontline ships of Indian Navy, like the Kolkata, Ranvir and Teg classes of ships, are capable of firing this missile.
Land Attack variant of BrahMos Missile provides Indian Naval Ships the capability to precisely neutralise selected targets deep inland, far away from coast, from stand-off ranges at sea.
BrahMos Missile has been jointly developed by India and Russia, and its Anti Ship variant has already been inducted into Indian Navy.
11. The World Bank has approved a $375 million loan for capacity augmentation of National Waterway-1(River Ganga) under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP).
The government is developing NW-1 (River Ganga) under JMVP from Haldia to Varanasi (1390 Km) with the technical and financial assistance of the World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs 5369 crore.
The project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT.
NW-1 is a waterway of national significance passing through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, serving the major cities of Allahabad, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Bhagalpur, Patna, Howrah, Haldia and Kolkata, and their industrial hinterland including several industries located in the Ganga basin.
The Rail and Road corridors in this region are heavily saturated. Hence, the development of NW-1 would provide an alternative, viable, economical, efficient and eco-friendly mode of transport.