Daily Current Affairs

Prelims Prominence - April 9, 2018

Processing

Uttarakhand’s second mega food park inaugurated

What

  • Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the second mega food park in Uttarakhand at Mahuakhera Ganj village, Kashipur in Udham Singh Nagar district.
  • The park- M/s Himalayan Mega Food Park Private Ltd has been set up at a cost of Rs 99.96 crore and will benefit around 25,000 farmers in this as well as neighbouring districts.

Enlighten about the food park

  • food park will have a central processing centre as well as well as three Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) at Ram Nagar, Ramgarh and Kaladungi.
  • the park would also have facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms.

President Tour

President Ram Nath Kovind On three-nation tour to African countries Equatorial Guinea, Swaziland and Zambia

  • It will be first-ever visit by any head of state of India to Equatorial Guinea and Swaziland.
  • Indian President’s visit to Zambia will be taking place after 29 years.
  • The visit will help to further deepen relations between three African countries.
  • It will be overall President Kovind’s visit third visit to African continent since he took office.
  • Earlier in March 2018, President had undertaken two-nation visit to Madagascar and Mauritius.

Culture

Madhubani railway station Completely renovated with Mithila paintings

Enlighten about the makeover

  • More than 225 artists, 80% of them women, volunteered to paint station free of cost.

Enlighten about Mithila painting/ Madhubani paintings

  • It is folk painting practiced in Mithila region of India (especially Bihar) and Nepal.
  • It has been mentioned in ancient Indian texts like Ramayana.
  • It originated in small village known as Maithili in Bihar.
  • The central themes of Mithila paintings are based on Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
  • Its main theme is supported by traditional geometric patterns.
  • Some of main attributes of these paintings are double line border, abstract-like figures of deities, ornate floral patterns, bold use of colours and bulging eyes and jolting nose of faces of figures.
  • Mithila painting has been accorded the coveted GI (geographical Indication) status

Assam Spring Festival Where - Manas National Park

Organised agencies

  • Indian Weavers’ Association and Swankar Mithinga Onsai Afat

Enlighten about the fest

  • to promote local food and culture of fringe villagers.
  • to create model of alternative livelihood through food, handloom and culture.
  • The itinerary of festival included village tours, exposition of local handicraft and handloom, cultural showcase, local folk music and tasting of local cuisines and delicacies.

Enlighten about Manas National Park

  • It is UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve
  • It is home to a great variety of wildlife, including many endangered species viz. tiger, pygmy hog, Indian one horn rhinoceros and Indian elephant.
  • It is located in Himalayan foothills and is contiguous with Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan.
  • The Manas river, a major tributary of Brahmaputra River passes through heart of national park.

Economy

Reserve Bank of India switched back to gross GDP model from GVA model

Why

  • to conform to international standards and global best practices.

Enlighten more about it

  • The GVA methodology gives picture of state of economic activity from producers’ side or supply side whereas the GDP model gives picture from consumers’ side or demand perspective.
  • Globally, performance of most economies is gauged in terms of GDP model.
  • It facilitates easy cross-country comparisons.
  • Government had started analysing growth estimates using GVA methodology from January 2015 and had also changed the base year to 2018 from January 2018.
  • Even the Central Statistical Office (CSO) has started using GDP model as supply-side measure of economic activity as main measure of economic activities since January 15, 2018.

State Specific

‘Uzhavan’ (farmer) mobile application

Launched by

  • Tamil Nadu Government

Why

  • to use technology for benefit of farmers.
  • It was launched by Chief Minister K Palaniswami in state capital Chennai.

Enlighten about it

  • It can be used by farmers to get information on farm subsidies, book farm equipment and related infrastructure.
  • It will also help them to get details on their crop insurance, besides receiving weather forecast for next four days.
  • It will also provide information on available stocks of seeds and fertilisers in local government and private stores.

International

Desert Tiger 5

What

  • A joint military exercise betweem “The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia
  • The military exercise was implemented within framework of UAE leadership’s continued desire to support and create unique partnerships between both countries in all areas.
  • The military exercise was aimed at raising level of performance and combat efficiency and working together between both countries based on strategy to improve the overall ability and combat readiness of ground forces.

Sources – PIB,THE HINDU. LIVEMINT