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Friday, January 3, 2020

Prelims booster(Micro notes), current affairs with static portions - 03 January,2020

Indian Science Congress

  • 107th Indian Science Congress, will be held from January 3 to 7, 2020 at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru.
  • The main focus of this year’s congress will be on Rural Development( ranging from farmers innovation on integrated agriculture and entrepreneurship for doubling farmers income, climate change, bio-diversity, conservation, agrarian distress etc) through Science and Technology.
  • Indian Science Congress Association is a premier scientific organisation of India with headquarters at Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • The association started in the year 1914 in Kolkata and it meets annually in the first week of January.
Aadhaar must for Welfare Pension in Odisha
National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP)
  • The Odisha government has announced that only beneficiaries with Aadhaar card will be given pension under the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) and the Madhubabu Pension Yojana (MBPY).
  • NSAP is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the Government of India that provides financial assistance to the elderly, widows and persons with disabilities in the form of social pensions.
  •  The MBPY beneficiaries, who include elderly, widows, persons with disabilities and HIV/AIDS-affected patients, get ₹500 to ₹700 per month. But they must not be part of any Central schemes
  • Significant step towards the fulfillment of the Directive Principles in Article 41 of the Constitution.
Sugar production fallen
  • The country’s sugar production has fallen sharply by 30.22% to 7.79 million tonne (MT) in the first three months of current marketing year ending September.
  • Price of sugarcane is fixed by the centre/State, while the price of sugar is market determined.
  • Fair and remunerative price (FRP-fixed by Union government on the basis of recommendations of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices) is the minimum price at which rate sugarcane is to be purchased by sugar mills from farmers.
  • This will be  applicable all over the country. Besides FRP, some states such as Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, UP and TN announce a State Advised Price, which is generally higher than the FRP. 
DRDO Young Scientists Laboratories (DYSL)
  • Five defence laboratories led by under-35 directors and young military scientists were formally launched by Government.
  • The Young Scientists Laboratories are located in five cities in different parts of the country viz, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru.
  • Objective: To drive the country’s war technologies of the future under the Defence Research & Development Organisation.
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