Indian basmati rice all set to get GI tag

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The IPAB cleared the decks for issuing GI tag to Indian Basmati rice. A GI is a place name used to identify the origin and quality, reputation or other characteristics of products. Article 22 of TRIPS Agreement says unless a GI indication is protected in the country of its origin, there is no obligation under the Agreement for other countries …

PESA

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On the basis of the report of the Bhuria Committee submitted in 1995, PESA was enacted in 1996 to extend Part IX of the Constitution with certain modifications and exceptions to Fifth Schedule areas in 108 districts in 10 States. Effective implementation of PESA will enhance people’s participation in decision making at local level as tribal population will feel more …

Jal Kranti Abhiyan

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Ministry of Water Resources initiated Jal Kranti Abhiyan during 2015-16 for creating awareness on aspects of water security and water conservation. Under Jal Kranti Abhiyan two villages, preferably facing acute water scarcity, are being selected as “Jal Grams”. An integrated water security plan, water conservation, water management and allied activities are being planned for these villages by Panchayat level committees …

Borehole Geophysics Research Laboratory

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A Borehole Geophysics Research Laboratory (BGRL) is being established by the Ministry of Earth Sciences at Karad to address challenging seismological problems of societal relevance through drilling investigations. BGRL was conceptualized as part of the Ministry’s programme of Scientific Deep Drilling in the Koyna Intra-plate Seismic Zone for geological investigations and modelling, dedicated to earthquake research in the area. Reservoir …

Trans-Pacific pact may impact exports

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), or the mega-regional free trade pact led by the U.S. and including 11 other Asia-Pacific countries, is likely to indirectly impact India’s exports in several industrial sectors such as textiles, plastics, leather, clothing, cotton and yarn, besides the country’s regime on investment, labour standards, intellectual property rights (IPR), government procurement and State-owned enterprises (SOE). The TPP …

TRAI for PPP model for Bharat Net Project

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TRAI has recommended public private partnership (PPP) model for the roll out of the Bharat Net project. Bharat Net seeks to connect all of India’s households, particularly in rural areas, through broadband by 2017, forming the backbone of government’s ambitious Digital India programme. At present, a special purpose vehicle, Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL), under the telecom ministry is handling …

Towards a law on euthanasia

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The Union government has now informed a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court that its experts are examining a draft Bill proposed by the Law Commission in its 241st report. Whether patients who are terminally ill and possibly beyond the scope of medical revival can be allowed to die with dignity? The question was raised with a great deal of …

Seizing the ‘One Belt, One Road’ opportunity

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The ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative is likely to become the lynchpin of Chinese engagement with the world. The novel idea of ‘entity diplomacy’ argues for engaging within and across regions to secure the best interests of an entity that is necessarily larger and with interests broader than those of any sovereign. This follows from the argument of a …

MGNREGA

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The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act  completed ten years of implementation on 2nd February 2016. Of the workers, percentage of Scheduled Caste workers has consistently been about 20% and Scheduled Tribe workers has been about 17%. Sustainable assets have been created linked to conservation of natural resources and overall development of Gram Panchayats. An electronic fund management system …

USTADD

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To make skills and crafts practiced by minority communities more profitable, another ambitious initiative of Government, “USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/ Crafts for Development)” was formally launched on 14th May, 2015. The scheme aims at capacity building and updating traditional skills of master craftsmen and artisans. The scheme will also set standards for traditional skills. The …