Daily : July 13, 2017

Cabinet nod for IRRI and ISARC at Varanasi

Cabinet nod for IRRI and ISARC at Varanasi

Question: ‘IRRI’ is an international research institute for …
(a) Rice
(b) Wheat
(c) Barley
(d) Sunflower
Ans: (a)

  • On July 12, 2017, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the establishment of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), South Asia Regional Center (ISARC) at campus of National Seed Research and Training Center (NSRTC) in Varanasi.
  • Under the proposal, a Centre of Excellence in Rice Value Addition (CERVA) will be set up in Varanasi.
  • This will include a modern and sophisticated laboratory with capacity to determine quality and status of heavy metals in grain and straw.
  • The Centre will also undertake capacity building exercises for stakeholders acrossthe rice value chain.
  • This Center will be the first international Center in the eastern India and it will play a major role in harnessing and sustaining rice production in the region.
  • ISARC will help in utilizing the rich biodiversity of India to develop special rice varieties. This will help India to achieve higher per hectare yields and improved nutritional contents.
  • ISARC will operate under the governance of the IRRI Board of Trustees who will appoint an appropriate IRRI staff member as Director.
  • For setting up of the Centre, a memorandum of agreement (MoA), will be signed between Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, government of India and IRRI, Philippines.


Cabinet approves MoU between India and Palestine on Health, Medicine and electronics

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Palestine on Health, Medicine and electronics

Question: Which of the following is not a communicable disease?
(a) Rabies
(b) Tuberculosis
(c) Ebola
(d) Asthma
Ans: (d)

  • On July 12, 2017 the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its ex-post facto approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Palestine on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine. The MoU was signed on 16th May, 2017.
  • The MoU covers the following areas of cooperation: –
    (i) Capacity building of health staff;
    (ii) Prevention and control of communicable diseases;
    (iii) Physiotherapy and rehabilitation;
    (iv) Drugs, pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipments; and
    (v) Any other area of mutual interest.
  • A Working Group will.be set up to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation of this MoU.
  • The Union Cabinet was also apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Palestine on Cooperation in the field of Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) .
  • The MoU intends to promote closer co-operation in the areas of e-Governance, m-Governance, e-Public Services Delivery, cyber security, software technology parks, start-ups ecosystem etc.
  • This MoU shall come into effect from date of signature of the parties and shall remain in force for a period of 5 years. The MoU shall be implemented by establishing a Working Group on IT&E composed of representatives of the two Parties.


China Has Officially Started Construction on the World’s First “Forest City

World’s first Green City

Question: In which city of China, the world’s first ‘Green City’ is being constructed?
(a) Liuzhou
(b) Kunming
(c) Nanjing
(d) Shanghai
Ans: (a)
Related facts:-

  • The world’s first green city or ‘Forest City’ is being built in the city of Liuzhou, Guangxi region (China).
  • It is estimated to be completed by the year 2020.
  • This city will be developed as a green with 100 species of 40000 trees and 10 lakh plants.
  • Green City will be self-reliant in energy and will use geo-thermal and solar energy.
  • After completion of the construction, there will be 30,000 people in this city.
  • The city will eject 900 tonnes of oxygen in addition to absorbing 10000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and 57 tonnes of pollutants in one year.
  • Its design is prepared by famous Italian architect Stefano Boeri.
  • Boeri has also designed the Nanjing Vertical Forest Tower, which will be built by 2018.
  • The concept of Vertical Forest was first used in Milan (Italy).

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