The Gist of PIB in English for UPSC, UPPSC/UPPCS, MPSC, BPSC & All State PCS Exams - 17 August 2019


The Gist of PIB in English for UPSC, UPPSC/UPPCS, MPSC, BPSC & All State PCS Exams - 17 August 2019


1. Four new products get GI tag

  • The Department of Industry and Internal Trade Promotion has recently registered 4 new Geographical Indicators (GIs). Palanipanchamirtham in Palani town in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu state, Tallohpuan and Mizopuanchei in Mizoram state and Pan leaf of Tirur in Kerala have been included in the list of registered GIs.
  • GI tags or identification is given to products that are found in a specific geographic area only and have local characteristics embedded therein. In fact, when buying a product with GI tag, the customers are assured about its specification and quality.
  • The Prasad associated with the consecration of the presiding deity of the Arulmigu Dhandyuthapani Swami temple located in the Palani hills of Palani town of Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu, is called Palanipanchamirtham. It is made by mixing ghee, honey and cardamom. Prasadam of Deir has been the GI tag.
  • Tavlohpuanmizoram has a heavy, extremely strong and excellent fabric known for taut thread, weaving and intricate design. It is woven by hand. Tavloh in Mizo language means a strong thing that cannot be pulled back. Tavlohpuan has special significance in Mizo society and it is produced throughout the state of Mizoram. Aizawl and Thenzawl cities are the main centers of its production.
  • Mizopuancheimizoram has a colorful Mizo shawl / textiles which is considered to be the most colorful fabric among Mizo textiles. It is an essential dress for every woman in Mizoram and is a very important wedding dress in this state. This dress is usually used in dance and ceremonial ceremonies during the festival of Mizoram.
  • Paan leaf cultivation of Tirur in Kerala is practiced mainly in the panchayats of Tirur, Tanur, Tirurangadi, Kuttipuram, Malappuram and Vengara blocks of Malappuram district. Its consumption gives a feeling of good taste and it also has medicinal properties. It is commonly used in making pan masala and has many medicinal, cultural and industrial uses.
  • Products with GI tags benefit the rural economy in remote areas, as it increases the income of artisans, farmers, artisans and weavers.

2. Nine Day Adi Festival in Leh-Ladakh

  • Colorful Adi Mahotsav will be organized in Leh-Ladakh from 17 to 25 August 2019. It is being organized by Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India and Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Association of India (TRIFED). About 160 tribal artisans from more than 20 states across the country will participate actively in this festival and showcase their exquisite workmanship. The products displayed during this period include tribal textiles from Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Odisha, West Bengal, tribal jewelery from Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Northeast, tribal paintings like Gondachitrakala from Madhya Pradesh, Warli art from Maharashtra, metal crafts from Chhattisgarh, Manipur Black pottery and organic products from Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
  • Two prominent local cultural groups will perform Ladakhi folk dance during this event. The group will present the Jabro dance and the Spao dance.
  • During this festival, (a) identified panelists as artisans and craftsmen and Ladakh women from Ladakh and Forest Products and (b) Tribes India suppliers under Van Dhan Yojana of Ministry of Tribal Affairs. Will go. These products will be sold through 104 retail outlets operated by Tribes India across the country and through Amazon in 190 countries worldwide, with which Tribes India has an agreement.

3. Independence Day Gallantry Awards and other decorations

  • President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Shri Ram Nath Kovind has approved 132 awards to the Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces personnel, including 02 Kirti Chakra, 01 Vir Chakra, 14 Shaurya Chakra, 08 Bar Two Sena Medal (Shaurya), 90 Sena Medal ( Shaurya), 05 Naval Army Medal (Shaurya), 07 Air Force Medal (Shaurya) and 05 War Army Medal.

4. Launch of the country's largest rural sanitation survey

  • Launched 'Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019 (SSG 2019)' in New Delhi on 14 August. Under Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019, to be conducted by 30 September, 17,450 villages in 698 districts spread across the country will be covered. The survey will cover 87,250 public places such as schools, anganwadi centers, public health centers, haats / markets / religious places. On this basis, it will be the largest rural sanitation survey in India. Under the survey, about 2,50,000 citizens will be asked various types of questions to get their feedback. Citizens of the country will also get online feedback on sanitation related issues. An application specifically developed for this will be used. An independent survey agency will conduct the survey in all districts and its conclusions will be announced based on quantitative and qualitative criteria related to sanitation. So far in rural India, more than 5.8 lakh villages, 639 districts and 32 states / The Union Territories have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF). In view of this, by October 2, 2019, India is rapidly moving towards becoming a completely open defecation country.

Courtesy: PIB