PIB News Synopsis 18th February, 2020

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1. Soil Health Card Day to be Observed Tomorrow

  • It commemorates the day Soil Health Card Scheme was launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on February 19, 2015 at Suratgarh, Rajasthan. Coincidentally, the International Year of Soils was celebrated the same year.
  • The scheme has been introduced to assist State Governments to issue SHCs to all farmers in the country.
  • SHC provides information to farmers on nutrient status of their soil along with recommendation on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for improving soil health and its fertility.
  • SHC scheme was launched during 2015 to evaluate soil fertility of every farm holdings across the country in every two years.
  • The Government is also implementing the Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) scheme and promoting customized and fortified fertilizers for balanced use of fertilizers

2. India to stop import of thermal coal from Financial Year 2023-24

  • It was said in “Chintan Shivir” – a two day brainstorming session.
  • The session was organized to find a way forward for the coal sector
  • Ministry of Coal will introduce a “Coal Minister’s Award” soon to recognize and appreciate best practices in coal production, productivity, safety, sustainability etc. by the coal companies.
  • It was also proposed that CIL could generate 5 GW of solar power by FY 2023-24 and could diversify into coal gasification with a target of 50 Million Tonnes by 2030 enabling a sustainable energy mix for the country.

3. Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses Renamed as Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

  • An autonomous body under Ministry of Defence, IDSA was established as a registered society in New Delhi in 1965, dedicated to objective research and policy relevant studies on all aspects of defence and security.
  • Its aim is to promote national and international security through the generation and dissemination of knowledge on defence and security-related issues.
  • To achieve its goals, the institute undertakes scholarly research, policy-oriented research, dissemination of research findings, training and capacity building and public education.

4. Ministry of Human Resource Development to celebrate Matribhasha Diwas

  • The Matribhasha Diwas which falls on 21st February will be celebrated by HRD Ministry across the country.
  • International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide annual observance forming a part of UNESCO’s calendar of events, held on 21st February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
  • It was first announced by UNESCO on 17th November, 1999. It was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2008.

5. KALA KUMBH – Handicrafts Exhibitions for promotion of GI Crafts

  • With an objective to promote Geographical Indication (GI) crafts and heritage of India the Ministry of Textiles is organising Kala Kumbh – Handicrafts Thematic Exhibition in various parts of the country through the Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts).
  • The exhibitions are planned in various major cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
  • The exhibitions sponsored by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) started on 14th February, 2020
  • The GI tag is used on handicrafts which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g., a town, region, or country).
  • As on August 2019, 178 GI handicraft products were registered from all over India.

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