Daily Current Affairs and MCQs for UPSC - November 07, 2020 (The Hindu, Economic Times, PIB)

India towards nutritional security

Focus: GS3.

Topic: Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.


Context

  • To initiate the process of taking the country towards nutritional security, Department of Food & Public Distribution (DFPD) has been running a “Centrally Sponsored Pilot Scheme on Fortification of Rice & its distribution through Public Distribution System”.
  • The Pilot Scheme has been approved for a period of three years beginning 2019-2020 with a total budget outlay of Rs.174.6 Crore.

Background

  • Fifteen State Governments have identified their respective districts (1 district per state) for implementing the Pilot Scheme. 
  • Already 5 states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh have started the distribution of fortified rice in their respective identified districts.

Highlights

  • In this connection, the Union Minister for Food & Consumer Affairs, Railways, Commerce and Industry Shri Piyush Goyal in his review meeting, laid the emphasis on scaling up of the distribution of fortified rice in the country.
  • A further meeting was also chaired by the Secretary, DFPD, in which the FCI has been asked to come up with a comprehensive plan for procurement and distribution of fortified rice in all the Districts of the country under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) & Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme from 2021-2022.
  • Special focus would be placed on supplying fortified rice to the 112 specially identified Aspirational Districts of the country.
  • For realising the above goal, there is a need to scale up supply of Fortified Rice Kernels (FRK), whose availability is currently is at a meagre quantity of 15,000 MT per annum.
  • Covering 112 Aspirational Districts for PDS, ICDS and MDM would mean requirement of nearly 130 Lakh MT of Fortified Rice, for which FRK supply capacity in the country needs to go up to nearly 1.3 Lakh MT.  
  • If the entire PDS (NFSA) rice supply which is of the order of about 350 Lakh MT is to be fortified, then there has to be an uninterrupted supply pipeline of FRK from the industry of the order of about 3.5 Lakh MT.

Source: PIB.

8th meeting of India-UAE High Level Joint Task Force on Investments held in virtual format

Focus: GS2.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests.


Context

  • The eighth meeting of the India-UAE High Level Joint Task Force on Investments was hosted by India in virtual format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The meeting was co-chaired by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi.

Background

  • The Joint Task Force was created in 2012 as a crucial forum for further deepening the already strong economic ties between the UAE and India.
  • The mechanism has assumed greater importance as the two countries entrench the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in January 2017.

Highlights

  • The two sides noted the positive outcomes achieved by the Joint Task Force and expressed satisfaction at the level of bilateral trade and investment to date.
  • They agreed upon the need to further explore ways to facilitate investments in key Indian and UAE sectors with potential for economic growth.
  • They also agreed to maintain their dialogue and further build on the considerable achievements of the Joint Task Force.

Source: PIB.

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National Monsoon Mission (NMM)

Focus: GS2.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.


Context

  • National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) Report on “Estimating the economic benefits of Investment in Monsoon Mission and High Performance Computing (HPC) Facilities” was recently released. 
  • It was released by Ministry of Science and Technology.

Background

  • With an initial investment of Rs. 1,000 Crores, NMM and HPC facilities result in a 50-fold increase in its economic benefits.
  • A total of Rs. 1000 crores has been invested in setting up National Monsoon Mission (NMM) and High performance Computing (HPC) facilities by Government of India.

Highlights

  • 76% of the livestock owners are using weather information for taking decisions on modification of shelter; vaccination against seasonal disease; and fodder management.
  • 82% of fishermen reported using Ocean State Forecast (OSF) advisories every time before venturing into sea.
  • It was launched by Ministry of Earth Sciences in 2012.
  • The aim is to improve the forecasting skills by setting up a state-of-the-art dynamic prediction system for monsoon rainfall different time scales.
  • NMM builds a working partnership between the academic and research and development (R&D) organisations, both national and international.
  • Its augmentation with High Performance Computing facilities has helped the country in achieving a paradigm shift in weather and climate modelling for operational weather forecasts.

Source: PIB.

13th Urban Mobility India

Focus: GS2.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.


Context

  • The 13th Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference is being organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on 9th November 2020.
  • The day-long Conference will be held on-line through Video Conference/Webinar

Background

  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India issued the National Urban Transport Policy, 2006 (NUTP).
  • As part of the NUTP enunciations, the Ministry has taken the initiative to organize an annual international Conference-cum-Exhibition on Urban Mobility India popularly known as UMI.

Highlights

  • The primary objective of the conference is to disseminate information to the cities, whose officials attend the conference to help them keep up-to-date with latest and best urban transport practices globally.
  • The main theme of this year’s event is “Emerging Trends in Urban Mobility” with focus on innovative measures taken at national and international level to address the challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic to provide accessible and convenient transport to the people.

Source: Indian Express.

Tele-Law

Focus: GS2.

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.


Context

  • Tele-Law has touched a new milestone on 30th October 2020 with 4 Lakh beneficiaries having received legal advice under this through CSCs (Common Service Centres).
  • As against total 1.95 lakh advices given till April 2020 since the launch of the programme, 2.05 lakh advices have been enabled during the first seven months of this financial year.

Background

  • Embarking on the “Digital India Vision” of the Government of India, Department of Justice has been harnessing “emerging” and “indigenous” digital platforms to accelerate and make access to justice a reality for all. 
  • In meeting this objective, Tele-Law programme was launched in 2017 to address cases at pre–litigation stage.

Highlights

  • Under this programme, smart technology of video conferencing, telephone /instant calling facilities available at the vast network of Common Service Centres at the Panchayat level are used to connect the indigent, down-trodden, vulnerable, unreached groups and communities with the Panel Lawyers for seeking timely and valuable legal advice.
  • Especially designed to facilitate early detection, intervention and prevention of the legal problems, the Tele-Law service is proactively outreached to groups and communities through a cadre of frontline volunteers provided by NALSA and CSC- e Gov.
  • These grassroot soldiers have been additionally equipped with a mobile application to pre-register and schedule appointment of the applicants during their field activity.
  • Dedicated pool of lawyers has been empanelled to provide continued legal advice and consultation to the beneficiaries.
  • Enriching IEC has been uploaded on its public portal that may be accessed on https://www.tele-law.in/.
  • Separate Dashboard has been developed for capturing real time data and nature of advice rendered.
  • In order to ensure district level granularity in the near future, data is also being pushed to the PMO Prayas Portal.

Source: PIB.

Confessions in narcotics cases

Focus: GS2.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.


Context

  • The Supreme Court has ruled on a long-pending question of law on whether statements recorded under Section 67 of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act can be admissible as confessional statements during criminal trials.
  • The majority judgment ruled that statements recorded by officers under the NDPS Act cannot be treated as confessions.

Significance

  • Over 30 years, multiple court judgments have seen contrary opinion on this point of law – whether officers invested powers under the NDPS Act can be considered “police officers” and therefore, whether statements given to them by accused persons can be considered as confessions.
  • One argument was that since the officers under Section 53 of the NDPS Act are not defined as “police officers” but are given the powers of an “officer-in-charge of a police station”, confessions given to them should be admissible in evidence.

Highlights

  • The officers in the specialised anti-drug probe agency, NCB, can be deputed from various departments of the government including Central Excise, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Customs.
  • The contrary opinion states that safeguards available for accused in international and Indian law, including the Constitution also extend to accused under the NDPS Act.
  • This includes any statement given by a person to a police officer cannot be considered as a confession and cannot be enough to prove guilt.

Source: Indian Express.

Ministry of I&B constitutes committee to review Guidelines on Television Rating Agencies in India

Focus: GS2.                                

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.


Context

  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has today constituted a committee to review “Guidelines on Television Rating Agencies in India” notified by the Ministry in 2014.
  • The present guidelines issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) on Television Rating Agencies in India were notified after detailed deliberations by the Parliamentary Committee, Committee on Television Rating Points (TRP) constituted by the MIB and recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority etc.

Background

It has been found, based on the operation of the guidelines for a few years, that there is need to have a fresh look on the guidelines particularly keeping in view the recent recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), technological advancements / interventions to address the system and further strengthening of the procedures for a credible and transparent rating system.

Highlights

  • A committee has been hereby constituted to study different aspects of the television rating system in India as they have evolved over a period of time. 
  • The Committee shall carry out an appraisal of the existing system; examine TRAI recommendations notified from time to time, overall industry scenario and addressing the needs of the stakeholders and make recommendations for robust, transparent and accountable rating system through changes, if any, in the existing guidelines.

Source: PIB.

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Test your Knowledge

  1. Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct about Mississippi state:
  • Mississippi is nicknamed the “Magnolia State”, a reference to the magnolia trees that grow there.
  • The flag will replace the old one that has been in use for 126 years, and which carried the Confederate battle emblem on it.
  • Mississippi was the first state in the US to have a flag that featured the Confederate battle emblem.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

    A. 1 and 2 only
    B. 2 and 3 only
    C. 1 and 3 only
    D. AOTA

Solution: A

  • Mississippi was the last state in the US to have a flag that featured the Confederate battle emblem.
  1. Which of the following states do not border Mississippi?

    A. Tennessee
    B. Alabama
    C. Louisiana
    D. Alaska

Solution: D

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