PIB NEWS Analysis 14/05/2020

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About Rabindranath Tagore:-

  • Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), popularly known as ‘Gurudev’, was born in an affluent Family.
  • The maestro was fascinated by the worlds of literature, art, music and dance at an early age.
  • In 1913, he became the first Indian to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature for his novel ‘Geetanjali’.
  • He also wrote the National Anthems of India and Bangladesh.
  • He left his imprint on art and played a role in transforming its practices and ushering into modernism.
  • Rabindranath Tagore was primarily known as a writer, poet, playwright, philosopher and aesthetician, music composer and choreographer, founder of a unique educational institution – Visva- Bharati and a painter.
  • Tagore’s emergence as a painter began in 1928 when he was 67 years old.
  • For him, it was as an extension to his poetic consciousness. Beginning with scratching and erasures on the pages of his manuscripts during the mid-20s of the 20th Century, he slowly moved to portraying independent images.
  • Between 1928 and 1940, Rabindranath painted more than 2000 images.
  • He never gave any title to his paintings. Fed by memories and the subconscious, Rabindranath’s art was spontaneous and dramatic.
  • His images did not represent the phenomenal world but an interior reality.
  • His work of art were first exhibited in Paris in 1930 and then across Europe and America. Henceforth they gained international recognition.

2)Global Forest Resources Assessment, 2020:- On May 13, 2020, the Food and Agriculture Organization released the Global Forest Resources Assessment Report, 2020. According to the report, around 178 million hectares of forests is lost in the last 30 years. However, the rate at which the forests are being destroyed has reduced.

The report says that between 2015 and 2020, the rate of forest loss has declined to 10 million hectares.

The largest proportion of the forest that currently contributes on the earth is the tropical forest standing at 45%.
The tropical forests were followed by boreal forest, temperate forests and subtropical forests.


  • It is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism
  • This initiative of the Ministry of Tourism is in line with the appeal of the Honorable Prime Minister made from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th August 2019 in his speech asking every citizen to visit at least 15 destinations by the year 2022, to promote domestic tourism in India which is intended to enhance tourist footfalls in places of tourist interest so as to help develop the local economy.
  • During the lockdown period, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India as part of its ongoing engagement with industry and its audiences is organising webinars on the overall theme of ‘DekhoApnaDesh’.
  • The objective of this webinar series is to create awareness about and promote various tourism destinations of India – including the lesser known destinations and lesser known facets of popular destinations.

4) The Empowered Group 6 (EG 6)

  • It is providing a unified platform for mobilising all the key stakeholders in synergising their sector specific efforts in COVID19 response with not only the State and district administration where the action lies but also at a macro level by linking the UN agencies, CSOs, NGOs, start-ups and the industry partners for a coordinated and effective response.
  • The EG-6 is headed by the CEO of NITI Aayog.
  • The EG 6 has shared with all stakeholders the Government’s response so far- procurement of PPEs and ventilators, role of MEA, communication to CSs of all States, engagement with 92,000 CSOs, putting the stakeholders in touch with each other, immediate solutions to the bottlenecks being faced by the private sector in coordinating response.
  • Further, collaborations have been created by linking the specific issues raised by connecting the industry to other Empowered Groups dealing with procurement (EG 3), logistics (EG 5) and several other EGs.

Empowered Groups

  • The government had recently constituted 11 empowered groups under the Disaster Management Act to suggest measures to ramp up healthcare, put the economy back on track and reduce misery of people as quickly as possible post the 21-day lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

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