What is Biotech-KISAN Programme?
- Biotech-Krishi Innovation Science Application Network (Biotech-KISAN) is a Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology initiative that empowers farmers, especially women farmers.
- It aims to understand the problems of water, soil, seed and market faced by the farmers and provide simple solutions to them.
- The Biotech-Krishi Innovation Science Application Network (Biotech-KISAN) programme focuses on taking innovative technologies to the farmers.
- The Biotech-KISAN hubs are expected to fulfil the technology required to generate agriculture and bio-resource related jobs and better livelihood ensuring biotechnological benefits to small and marginal farmers.
- Recently, experts have warned: Mediterranean Hurricanes’, could become more frequent due to human-induced climate change.
- On September 18, 2020, a medicane named Ianos made landfall along the coast of Greece and caused heavy rainfall and flooding on the islands of Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Ithaca.
- The Mediterranean hurricanes are called Medicanes.
- They are Extra tropical storms.
- With the surrounding dry climate and the relatively shallow waters of the sea, the occurrence of tropical-like cyclones is infrequent.
- They occur once or twice a year.
- They occur in colder regions as compared to tropical cyclones. Also, their wind speed is lower than that of tropical cyclones.
- Why are they increasing?
- They have increased in number lately because of global warming.
- The increased sea surface temperature of the Mediterranean sea paves way for these cyclones to take more of tropical appearances.
- Increasing the wind speeds and making the storms more intense and cause heavier rainfall.
- Two of these storms, one in 2005 and another in 2012, even formed over the Black Sea, which is a much smaller water body than the Mediterranean Sea.
Destination North East Festival
- The Union Minister of State Development of North Eastern Dr Jitendra Singh unveiled the Logo and song for festival “Destination North East-2020” (The Emerging Delightful Destinations).
- It is a four-day event held in different cities in India to showcase and promote the north-eastern states of India.
- Aims to bring the rest of India closer to North East (NE) India.
- The previous editions of the festival were held in Varanasi, Delhi and Chandigarh.
- The festival is not just about Tourism, but it’s an invitation to the organisations too.
- Specially to the young entrepreneurs who would like to avail the advantage of unexplored potentials of the region.
Suspension of Eight MPs From Rajya Sabha
- Eight Rajya Sabha members have been suspended from the Upper House for one week for their unruly behavior during the passage of two farm Bills.
- The government moved a motion seeking the suspension of these MPs and it was passed by voice vote.
- Power to suspend Rajya Sabha MPs:
- Rule Number 373 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business provides for the suspension of MPs by the Speaker.
- The Chairman of Rajya Sabha is empowered under Rule Number 255 to “direct any Member whose conduct is in his opinion grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately” from the House.
- The House may adopt a motion suspending the Member from the service of the House for a period not exceeding the remainder of the session.
- Unlike the Speaker, however, the Rajya Sabha Chairman does not have the power to suspend a Member. The House may, by another motion, terminate the suspension.
The United Nations completed 75 years
- The United Nations has completed 75 years this year.
- In order to commemorate the historic moment, world leaders come together at a one-day high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly.
- The United Nations finally came into existence on October 24, 1945
- It was ratified by 51 nations, which included five permanent members (France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the UK, and the US) and 46 other signatories.
- At present, 193 countries are members of the UN.
- The four main goals of the UN included
- Maintaining international peace and security
- Developing friendly relations among nations
- Achieving international cooperation in solving international problems,
- Being at the center for harmonising the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.
- The main organs of the UN are:
- The General Assembly
- The Security Council
- The Economic and Social Council
- The Trusteeship Council
- The International Court of Justice
- The UN Secretariat
Current COVID19 Situation in India
What is Medicanes?
- Name of a vaccine
- Oceanic current
- Extra tropical Storms
Answer – C
The Chairman of Rajya Sabha is empowered under which Rule to “direct any Member whose conduct is in his opinion grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately” from the House?
- Rule Number 255
- Rule Number 257
- Rule Number 256
- Rule Number 254
Answer – A
Which of the following is not a permanent member of UNSC?
Answer – D
Question of the Day
What is O-SMART Scheme?
Answer in next session…