सामयिक विषय: Conference

7th Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Agriculture

7th meeting of Agriculture Ministers of BRICS countries

Question: Where was the seventh meeting of Agriculture Ministers of BRICS countries organized?
(a) Jaipur, India
(d) Nanjing, China
(c) Johannesburg, South Africa
(d) St. Petersburg, Russia
Ans :(b)
Related facts:-

  • The 7th Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Agriculture, under the theme “BRICS: Innovating and Sharing to Power Agriculture”, was hosted by hosted by China in Nangjing city on 16 June, 2017.
  • India was represented by Union Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh.
  • In this meeting, a joint declaration by the Agriculture Ministers of BRICS countries and the Agriculture Corporation Action Plan-2017 of BRICS countries was issued.

Related Links:-
https://brics2017.org/English/China2017/BRICSCalendar/
http://indianembassy.org.cn/newsDetails.aspx?NewsId=981

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment chaired the ‘Second Meeting of National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSrC)’

Second Meeting of National Council of Senior Citizens

Question: The National Council of Senior Citizens had its first meeting in …
(a) 2016
(b) 2015
(c) 2014
(d) 2013
Ans: (a)
Related Fact :

  • On June 19, 2017, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment chaired the ‘Second Meeting of National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSrC)’ organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • In pursuance of the National Policy for Older Persons (NPOP), a National Council for Older Persons (NCOP) was constituted in 1999 under the Chairpersonship of the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment to oversee implementation of the Policy.
  • The Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment is the Chairman and Minister of State (Social Justice and Empowerment) is the Vice-Chairman of the Council.
  • The members of the Council includes Secretary (SJ&E), Joint Secretary (Social Defence), related central ministries such as Finance, Rural Development, Home Affairs, Law and Justice, Human Resource Development etc., and National Commissions like NHRC, NCW etc. besides State Governments (on rotation), Oldest member of the Lok Sabha, Oldest member of the Rajya Sabha, alongwith representatives of Senior Citizens Associations, Pensioners’ Associations, eminent senior citizens working on issues related to senior citizens etc.
  • The NCOP is the highest body to advise the Government in the formulation and implementation of policy and programmes for the aged.
  • In order to have a definite structure as well as regional representation, the National Council for Older Persons (NCOP) has been reconstituted and renamed as National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSrC) vide a resolution dated 17th February, 2012.
  • The NCSrC advises Central and State Governments on the entire gamut of issues related to welfare of senior citizens and enhancement of their quality of life.
  • Significantly, the National Council of Senior Citizens had its first meeting on 30th August, 2016.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=165742

Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial 6-8 June, 2017 Beijing

8th Clean Energy and Second Mission Innovation Ministerial Meeting

Question: Where was the 8th Clean Energy and Second Mission Innovation Ministerial Meeting held during June 6-8, 2017?
(A) New York
(B) Tokyo
(C) Beijing
(D) New Delhi
Ans :(c)
Related facts:-

  • The 8th Clean Energy and Second Mission Innovation Ministerial Meeting was held in Beijing, China from 6th to 8th June, 2017.
  • An Indian delegation led by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change participated in event along with senior officials from the Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Power.
  • Mission Innovation (MI) was launched on 30th November 2015 by leaders of 20 countries with a landmark 5-year commitment to accelerate the pace of innovation and make clean energy widely affordable and accessible worldwide.
  • MI now comprises 22 economies and the European Commission, representing the European Union, and collectively accounts for more than 80 percent of the world’s total public financing of clean energy R&D.
  • India is Founding Member of the Steering Committee and also a Member of the two sub-groups: Joint research and Capacity Building and Private Sector Engagement.
  • During the meeting 7 Innovation Challenges were announced out of which India co led 3 challenges: Smart Grid, Off-Grid Access and Sustainable biofuels.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=164405
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintHindiRelease.aspx?relid=65406
http://mission-innovation.net/our-work/mi-2/
http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Events/CEM8

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