January 08, 2020 – UPSC Current Affairs: Key Prelims News Topics
Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman
- An award initiated by the Government of India to recognize media houses for their role in promoting Yoga.
- This award exemplifies the increasing emphasis on Yoga’s role in health and wellness globally and acknowledges the media’s contribution to disseminating its benefits.
- Refers to the third international symposium on Marine Ecosystems – Challenges and Opportunities, held in Kochi.
- This event underscores the global concern for marine ecosystems, focusing on climate crisis, marine biodiversity, and sustainable use of marine resources.
Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs)
- These are collectives of farmers, aimed at improving income through better market access and efficiency.
- The registration of 800 FPOs on the APEDA Portal highlights the Indian government’s initiative to boost agricultural exports and improve farmers’ livelihoods.
UJALA & SLNP
- The UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for ALL) and SLNP (Street Lighting National Programme) are Indian government initiatives for energy efficiency.
- Their five-year completion reflects India’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the adoption of LED technology.
Indian Data Relay Satellite System (IDRSS)
- A planned satellite constellation by ISRO to facilitate continuous communication with Indian space assets, especially beneficial for missions like Gaganyaan.
- This initiative represents a significant step in India’s space capabilities, particularly for human spaceflight.
Zo Kutpui Festival
- Organized by the Mizoram Government, this festival celebrates the cultural heritage of Mizo communities in various states and countries.
- It highlights the government’s efforts to promote and preserve the unique cultural identity of the Mizo people.
ISRO Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC)
- Set to be established in Challakere, Karnataka, this centre will be a hub for ISRO’s manned space missions, indicating India’s advancing capabilities in human space exploration.
Farmer’s Science Congress
- Held for the first time at the Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru, this event focuses on the scientific and technological aspects of agriculture.
- It emphasizes the critical role of innovation and scientific research in transforming agriculture and improving farmers’ livelihoods.
- An Indo-Oman bilateral naval exercise highlighting the strategic military cooperation between India and Oman.
- The exercise underscores the importance of maritime security and cooperation in the Indian Ocean region.
Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)
- A national health insurance scheme aimed at providing coverage to over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families in India.
- The de-empanelment of 171 hospitals for fraudulent activities under this scheme reflects the government’s efforts to ensure transparency and effectiveness in healthcare delivery.