Launch of Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh

The Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani in Lok Sabha today informed that a web portal named Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh. The portal contains data of India’s crop diversity across all districts – for both current and historical crops has been developed.

It helps to provide knowledge on the agro-ecological contexts needed for the development of conventional and widely sourced food-rich crops. The B.P.K.K. is meant to show the nutritious value of all-important food crops, veggies and fruits raised in every states and Union Territories of India through the district level. The material is meant to be beneficial for all age levels. There seems to be a specific emphasis on diet graphs for expectant mothers focused on cultural needs.


The Launch of KRITAGYA

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) has planned a hackathon named “KRITAGYA”. This is done with the aim to promote potential technology solutions for enhancing farm mechanization with special emphasis on women friendly equipment. Students, faculties and innovators/entrepreneurs from any university / technical institution across the country can apply and participate in the event in the form of a group.

The ICAR commenced NAHEP, a Government of India and World Bank project, in November 2017 with the overall objective to support the National Agricultural Research and Education System in providing more relevant and better-quality education to the students.


Integration of IIS portal with the GIS system

The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today informed that the Government has integrated Industrial Information System (IIS) portal with the GIS System of six States in first phase to provide updates on land availability and plot level information to investors anywhere in the world on real time basis and help them make informed decisions.

Government intends to solicit the details of industrial land with plot level information, connectivity thereto, basic facilities, other facilities available and contact details of authorities/developer of the park, for the development of National Land Bank.



KVIC’s Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana

KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission) has distributed electric potter wheels and other equipment like blunger machines and pug mills (chaak) through Member of Parliament and former Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh to 150 potter families in East Champaran district in Bihar.

This was done with the aim to strengthen the marginalized potters’ community and increasing their income by enhancing their productivity. KVIC has set a target of distributing 500 electric chaak in Bihar in order to empower the potters’ community and create local livelihood opportunities.

Under Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, KVIC has distributed more than 17,000 electric chaak to potters’ community across the country and thus benefitting over 70,000 people through this scheme.


Partnership of CSIR and Mylan Laboratories

India’s premier research organization, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and the India-based subsidiary of leading global pharmaceutical company Mylan Laboratories Limited announced a partnership to address unmet patient needs amidst the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Under the partnership, they will collaborate to identify potential therapies for COVID-19.

As part of this collaboration, a series of clinical trials will be conducted towards new and innovative solutions to manage COVID-19 pandemic in India. The first of the clinical trial to be rolled out is a multiple arm phase 3 study that will be conducted in adult patients with mild to moderate COVID -19 at risk of complications.


Amid Opposition boycott, Rajya Sabha passes 8 bills

The Rajya Sabha had its shortest monsoon sessions with just 10 sittings held. On Wednesday, clocking a productivity rate of over 100%, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu informed that the session was being concluded eight sittings ahead of the 18 planned sittings due to the COVID-19 pandemic continued.

Amidst the boycott of proceedings due to the earlier passed two farm bills on Sunday, the House passed eight bills in less than four hours namely The Foreign Contribution Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020, The Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020, The Occupational Safety Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020, the Industrial Relations Code, 2020, The Code on Social Security, 2020, The Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2020, and the Appropriation (No.4) Bill, 2020.


By 2060 China going neutral

Beijing seized the climate agenda by vowing to go carbon neutral by 2060, a target that has been welcomed by environmentalists despite its patchy detail. On Wednesday, China has claimed that the U.S. is guilty of “obstructing” the global fight against emissions.

China, the world’s biggest polluter, who accounts for a quarter of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions, made a concrete goal and pledged to reach peak emissions in 2030. They also open a new divergence in relations with the U.S., which are already pinched by squabbles over trade, tech, defence and human rights.

G4’s search for time-bound reform of UNSC

The G4 Foreign Ministers, that consists of India, Brazil, Japan and Germany, a group that is seeking permanent membership of the UN Security Council (UNSC) met virtually on Wednesday and stressed out on delivering concrete outcomes, in writing and within a time frame.

Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister informed the common mass through his tweet about the participation of Foreign Ministers of G4 nations in a meeting which focused on a decisive push to bring reforms during UN75.

The Ministers reaffirmed their common resolve to “finally take decisive steps towards the early and comprehensive reform of the Security Council that was envisaged by Heads of State and Government in the 2005 World Summit.”