Prelim Bits 16-11-2019

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November 16, 2019

Sisseri River bridge

  • The bridge was recently inaugurated at Lower Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • It will provide connectivity between Dibang Valley and Siang.
  • It also provides connectivity to Tinsukia via Dhola-Sadia bridge.
  • It was constructed by Project Brahmank of Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
  • It will be a part of Trans Arunachal Highway.

  • Other Projects of BRO - Vartak, Arunank and Udayak for the development of road connectivity in the State.

Household Consumer Expenditure Survey

  • The National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation carried out an all-India survey on household consumption expenditure.
  • The survey is usually conducted in quinquennial intervals and the last survey was conducted in 2011-2012.
  • It generates estimates of household Monthly Per Capita Consumer Expenditure (MPCE) and the distribution of households and persons over the MPCE classes.
  • It is designed to collect information regarding expenditure on consumption of goods and services (food and non-food) consumed by households.
  • The data are also used for rebasing GDP and other macro-economic indicators.
  • The government has decided not to release the survey results due to data quality issues.

Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh

  • Ministry of Women and Child Development is going to launch Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh.
  • It is a repository of diverse crops across 128 agro-climatic zones in India.
  • Its aim is to provide better nutritional outcomes and to fight malnutrition.
  • Harvard Chan School of Public Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be a part of this initiative.
  • They will document and evaluate promising regional dietary practices and the messaging around them and develop a food atlas on regional agro-food systems.
  • It will select around 12 high focus states, which are representative of the geographical, social, economic, cultural and structural diversities of India.

New Rules for Financial Firms

  • The government has recently issued framework for bringing ‘systemically important financial service providers’ under the purview of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).
  • Accordingly, the ministry of Corporate Affairs has notified the IBC rules, 2019 to provide a generic framework for insolvency and liquidation proceedings of systemically important FSPs other than banks.
  • Section 227 of the IBC Code enables the Central government to notify such rules for the purpose of insolvency and liquidation proceedings.
  • Such rules will be notified in consultation with the financial sector regulators, financial service providers (FSPs) or categories of FSPs.

International Conference on Agricultural Statistics

  • The 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS) will be held in New Delhi.
  • It will be organized by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
  • Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, FAO, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partners of this conference.
  • The theme of the conference is “Statistics for Transformation of Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
  • ICAS is a series of conferences that started in 1998 based on overarching need for agricultural data worldwide.
  • It is conducted every three years based on overarching need for agricultural data worldwide.
  • The last conference was held in Rome in 2016.


Source: PIB, The Hindu

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