Sowing Area of Important Kharif Crops More Than in the Corresponding Period Last Year
- The country has received the rainfall of 108.3 mm against the normal of 82.4 mm during the period from 01.06.2020 to 18.06.2020. The sowing area coverage under Kharif crops is as follows:
- Rice: About 10.05 lakh ha area coverage under kharif rice as compared to 10.28 lakh ha during the corresponding period of last year.
- Pulses: About 4.58 lakh ha area coverage under pulses as compared to 2.22 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
- Course Cereals: About 19.16 lakh ha area coverage under coarse cereals as compared to 7.83 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
- Oilseeds: About 14.36 lakh ha area coverage under oilseeds as compared to 1.63 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
- Sugarcane: About 48.63 lakh ha area coverage under sugarcane as compared to 48.01 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
- Jute and Mesta: About 5.78 lakh ha area coverage under Jute and Mesta as compared to 6.08 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
- Cotton: About 28.77 lakh ha area coverage under cotton as compared to 18.18 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
After Providing For Enough/Surplus Stocks For Domestic Market, Ban on Export of HCQ Lifted
- Govt. has lifted ban on export of Anti-Malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine API and formulation with immediate effect.
- An Inter-ministerial High-Level Empowered Committee meets regularly on fortnightly basis for assessing the availability of drugs in the country and will continue to meet to monitor the situation.
- In the meeting it was noted that during March-May 2020 period number of manufacturing units of HCQ have increased from 2 to 12 and the country’s production capacity of HCQ have increased three times.
- There is no unfulfilled domestic demand for HCQ.
GOI & AIIB Sign an Agreement for $750 Million for COVID-19 Support for India
- The GOI & the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank signed a $750 million “COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Programme”.
- To strengthen its response to the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 on poor and vulnerable households.
- This is the first ever budgetary support programme from the AIIB to India.
- The Programme will provide the GOI with budget support to mitigate the severe adverse social and economic impact of COVID-19.
- The current loan will be the second to India from AIIB under its COVID-19 crisis recovery facility apart from the earlier approved $500 million loan for the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project.
- The Primary Programme beneficiaries would be families BPL, farmers, healthcare workers, women, women’s self-help groups, widows, people with disabilities, senior citizens, low wage earners, construction workers and other vulnerable groups.
Sports Ministry to Establish 1000 District-level KIC to Engage Past Champions in Sports Training
- For grassroot-level training of athletes and to ensure a sustained source of income for them in the sports ecosystem, the Sports Ministry has decided to establish 1000 Khelo India Centers (KIC) at the district level across the country.
- These centers will either be run by a past champion or have them as coaches.
- To ensure that anyone who has played sport at the national level has a life of dignity and financial stability.
- A shortlisting mechanism has been put in place to identify past champions who are eligible to either establish their own academy or work as a coach in a KIC.
- Training will be imparted at the Khelo India Centres in 14 Identified Sports for Excellence in Olympics (ISEO) including archery, athletics, boxing, badminton, cycling, fencing, hockey, judo, rowing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling.
- Football and traditional sports have also been included.
Industry Told to Submit List of Chinese imports
- The Centre has asked industry to prepare a detailed list of all purchases from China & flag those critical to operations so that the govt. can identify non-essential imports that can be substituted with local products.
- This is among the many measures under consideration as the govt. steps up efforts to reduce the country’s dependence on China.
- The DPIIT (Dept. for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade) has reached out to trade associations, seeking a list of items imported from China ranging from Automobiles, Pharmaceuticals, Toys, Plastics, Furniture etc.
Former RBI Governor Urijit Patel appointed as NIPFP Chairman
- Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Urijit Patel has been appointed as the chairperson of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.
- He will start his four-year tenure on June 22, succeeding former NIPFP chairman, Vijay Laxman Kelkar.
- An autonomous research organisation by the finance ministry, Planning Commission, and some state govts. & academicians.
- Governing Body: 3 representatives of the FM, 1 from the RBI and Niti Aayog each, 3 of sponsoring state govts., 3 economists, 3 heads of sister research institutions, and members of other sponsoring agencies & invitees.
Current COVID19 Situation in India
Which of the bank has recently provided its first ever budgetary loan to India?
- World Bank
Which of the following country is not the part of AIIB?
How Many Khelo India Centres Have Been Decided to Establish By The Sports Ministry?
Urijit Patel has been appointed as the chairperson of which of the following?
NIPFP Has not been setup by which of the following?
- Finance Ministry
- State Governments
- Niti Aayog