GS Paper I- Indian Heritage and Culture.

2018 Republic Day Parade: Maharashtra Wins Best Tableau Prize.

Background

  • The tableau from Maharashtra depicting the coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the Republic Day Parade at the Rajpath in New Delhi won the first prize, followed by Assam’s tableau on traditional masks of the Satras.
  • The tableau of Chhattisgarh, which depicted Ramgarh’s ancient amphitheatre in addition to artistes performing dance based on Kalidasa’s ‘Meghadootam’, was awarded the third prize.
  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the awards to the winning teams at an event in New Delhi on 28th January, 2018.

Highlights Of The Development-

  • Among the three military services, the contingent from the Army’s Punjab Regiment was awarded the best marching contingent trophy, while the Indo-Tibetan Border Police team won the best marching contingent prize among the para-military and other auxiliary forces.
  • In the category of tableaux representing Union ministries and departments, the best tableau award went to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The tableau depicted ‘Khelo India’, the national programme for development of sports.
  • Fourteen states and Union Territories had presented their tableaux at the Republic Day Parade at the Rajpath on Friday, depicting the country’s rich art and cultural heritage.
  • Nine central ministries and departments as well as central paramilitary forces had also presented their tableaux.
  • Among performances by schoolchildren, South Central Zone Cultural Centre’s ‘Baredi Dance’ (from Madhya Pradesh) was awarded the first prize.

Sources- NDTV.

GS Paper II- Governance.

HP CM Launches Zero Budget Natural Farming Project To Promote Organic Farming.

Background

  • Exuding confidence that farmers of his state would adopt organic farming, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur, on 29th January, 2018 launched Zero Budget Natural Farming project.
  • While launching the project at Chaudhary Sarvan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalay in Palampur, Thakur lauded the efforts of Sikkim for taking the lead in organic farming.

 

Highlights Of The Development-

  • The chief minister said that they have to equate with Sikkim in adopting organic farming, and to use manure instead of insecticides and pesticides.
  • He said the socio-economic studies on various aspects of research and development should be kept in mind by policy makers while framing policies.
  • Thakur said that as 90 percent of the state’s population is dependent on farming, he believes that agriculture programmes should be pushed in a big way.
  • The Chief Minister said the state needs to follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to increase agriculture produce and the income of farmers by the year 2022.

Sources- Moneycontrol.

GS Paper III- Economic Development.

India Becomes Third Largest Producer Of Crude Steel;
India’s Crude Steel Production Rises 6.2 Per Cent To 101.4 MT In 2017.

Background

  • India’s crude steel production grew by 6.2 per cent to 101.4 million tonnes (MT) in 2017 compared to 95.5 MT in the previous year, a report by World Steel Association said.
  • China remained the world leader by producing 831.7 MT in 2017, up 5.7 per cent from 786.9 MT in the year-ago period. Japan, the second largest global steel producer, witnessed a negative growth as steel output declined by 0.1 per cent to 104.7 MT in 2017 from 104.8 MT in 2016.

Highlights Of The Development-

  • Global steel production reached 1,691.2 MT for the year 2017, up by 5.3 per cent compared to 2016 when the output was 1,606.3 MT.
  • The report said that crude steel production increased in all regions in 2017 except in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), which has remained stable (subject to current estimates).
  • India has overtaken the US to become the world’s third largest steel producer and the country is now looking to bag the second spot from Japan.
  • Worldsteel is one of the largest industry associations in the world. Its members represent approximately 85 per cent of the world’s steel production, including over 160 steel producers with 9 of the 10 largest steel companies, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes.

Sources- Deccan Chronicle.