Daily Current Affairs

Prelims Prominence - August 6, 2017


  • An Initiative of the Government to double the income of Jute farmers and to popularize/introduce some of the better agronomic practices

Codex standards for black, white and green pepper, cumin and thyme

  • In a major recognition of India’s efforts to benchmark global spices trade, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has adopted three Codex standards for black, white and green pepper, cumin and thyme, paving the way for universal agreement on identifying quality spices in various countries.

This Month That year of AUGUST – NCM & QIM

  • Non-Cooperation Movement was launched on the 1st of August 1920
  • Quit India Movement began on the 9th of August 1942 (75th Anniversary)

Also popular as ‘Agast Kranti’
Mahatma Gandhi’s clarion call and the mantra of ‘Do or Die’
The slogan, ‘Quit India’ was coined by Dr. Yusuf Meher Ali


  • A Comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of trafficking and Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-integration of Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation

“Hamari Dharohar” scheme:

  • For preservation of rich heritage and culture of minority communities of India. The scheme aims to support curation of iconic exhibitions, calligraphy, research and development, etc.

‘Nai Roshni’-

  • The scheme for Leadership Development of Minority Women

Women Scientist Scheme

  • Provides career opportunities which includes fellowship to unemployed women scientists and technologists, especially those who had a break in career, for pursuing research in frontier areas of Science and Engineering.
  • The scheme “Seekho aur Kamao (Learn and Earn)” is a placement linked skill development scheme
  • In India we ratify an ILO Convention only when the national laws are brought fully into conformity with the provisions of the Convention in question.

Measures to overcome the overall trade deficit –implementation of

1. Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS)
2. Services Exports from India Scheme (SEIS)
3. NiryatBandhu Scheme
4. Single Window Interface for Facilitating Trade (SWIFT) clearance project as part of ‘Ease of doing Business’
5. Interest Equalization Scheme in pre and post shipment credit
6. Special Advance Authorization Scheme
7. Trade Infrastructure for Export Promotion (TIES) Scheme

India will be hosting the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) in 2017, one of the world’s largest conferences on Cyber Space and related issues

Theme - Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure

  • National Bamboo Mission renamed as National Agro-Forestry & Bamboo Mission (NABM)
  • India is the second largest global producer of footwear after China, accounting for 9.57% of global footwear production of 23.00 billion pairs. India produces 2200 million pairs of different categories of footwear, out of which, 95% is being sold in the domestic market.
  • Padho Pardesh – Scheme of Interest Subsidy on Educational Loans for Overseas Studies for the Students belonging to the Minority Communities
  • USTTAD – Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development
  • Nai Manzil Scheme An integrated education and livelihood initiative for minority communities, targeted to deal with school dropouts by imparting formal education and skills.
  • Mahila Coir Yojana (MCY) scheme: It is exclusively for rural women – training is given in spinning of coir yarn/various coir processing activities to rural women in regions producing coir fibre in the country

Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP): A major credit-linked subsidy programme aimed at generating self-employment opportunities through establishment of micro-enterprises in the non-farm sector.

Nai – Roshni for Leadership Development of Minority Women: Development of women belonging to notified minority communities namely Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains with an aim to empower and instill confidence in women by providing knowledge, tool and techniques for interacting with Government system and others at all levels.

Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY): A Pension Scheme announced by the Government of India exclusively for the senior citizens