Sister-city agreement between Kobe and Ahmedabad

Topics covered: Population and associated issues.   Sister-city agreement between Kobe and Ahmedabad   Context: In a bid to cultivate, promote and enhance opportunities on business, academic and cultural fronts between Kobe in Japan and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, a sister-city agreement has been inked between the two cities.   Significance: This agreement will formalize the relationship …

International Seed Testing Association (ISTA)

Topics covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   International Seed Testing Association (ISTA)   What to study? For prelims and mains: ISTA- composition, objectives, roles, functions and significance.   Context: The International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) is to hold its 32nd Congress in Hyderabad. The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare …

Jal Shakti Abhiyan

Topics covered: Conservation related issues. Jal Shakti Abhiyan   What to study? For prelims and mains: key features, significance and the need for Jal Shakti Abhigyan.   Context: The Centre is set to initiate the Jal Shakti Abhiyan to ramp up rainwater harvesting and conservation efforts in 255 water-stressed districts from July 1, in line with …

Fortified rice

Topics covered: Biotechnology related issues.   Fortified rice   What to study? For Prelims: What is food fortification, FSSAI. For Mains: Food fortification and food security. Context: Department of Food & Public Distribution has approved the “Centrally Sponsored Pilot Scheme on Fortification of Rice & its distribution through Public Distribution System”. Financial Assistance up to …

Atal Tinkering Labs

Topics covered: Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.   Atal Tinkering Labs   What to study? For Prelims: AIM, ATL and their important features. For Mains: Various initiatives to promote innovation and their significance.   Context: 8878 schools have been selected for establishing Atal Tinkering Lab (ATLs) to promote research and innovation in schools. …