Topic 1: GI Tag for Ladakh’s Wood Carving

Context: The Prime Minister of India applauds GI Tag for Ladakh’s Wood Carving

Key details:

What is a GI Tag?Geographical Indication (GI) Tags act as a special identification ascribed to any regiontown, or state.These tags are assigned to certain products like agriculture or handicraft that symbolise the uniqueness of that particular region or place.India, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.It came into force with effect from 2003.GI has been defined as – Indications which identify a good as originating in the territory of a member, or a region or a locality in that territory, where a given qualityreputation or characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographic origin.GI tags mean that that product, name or sign thus assigned is unique, bears distinctive qualities, are made with traditional methods representing the reputation of the region.One can also view this tag as a means of protection from any sort of copyright violation.The Darjeeling Tea was the first product in India that was given a GI tag around 2004-2005.

Topic 2: The third Bodo accord

Context: A TRIPARTITE accord signed by representatives of Bodo organisations with the Central and Assam governments, presents a new model of power sharing and governance in Assam under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

Key details:

What is the Bodo issue?

What is the BTC?

What is the Sixth Schedule?According to Article 244 of the Constitution, the Sixth Schedule was enacted in 1949 in order to protect indigenous groups through the establishment of autonomous administrative divisions known as Autonomous District Councils (ADCs).The Sixth Schedule contains provisions that grant indigenous tribes significant autonomy, and it currently applies to the Northeastern states of AssamMeghalayaMizoram (three Councils each), and Tripura (one Council).Assam has the Bodoland Territorial CouncilKarbi Anglong Autonomous Council, and Dima Hasao Autonomous District Council;Meghalaya has the Garo Hills Autonomous District CouncilJaintia Hills Autonomous District Council, and Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council;Tripura has the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council; andMizoram has the Chakma Autonomous District CouncilLai Autonomous District Council and the Mara Autonomous District Council.Ladakh currently has the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC).They are only executive powers that allow the LAHDC to function as an administrator to manage development, as specified in the LAHDC Act of 1997.While the LAHDC has jurisdiction over land, it cannot enact regulations restricting the use or transfer of any land.It can only assign and stipulate how government land should be used.

Topic 3: Idu Mishmis

Context: The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) said that the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh would soon be notified as a tiger reserve.

Who are the Idu Mishmis

The proposed tiger reserve

The Idu Mishmi resistance

Topic 4: The NPCI’s new circular on levy charges

Context: The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), which governs UPI, in a circular issued directly to banks, intimated that they can now levy charges on merchant transactions made through Prepaid Instrument wallets using UPI.

What are PPIs?

What is PPI interoperability?

PPI interoperability through UPI

Charges for wallet transaction on UPI

Topic 5: Open-source seeds movement

Context: With the emergence of the global IPR regime over plant varieties, there was a dire need to ‘open-source’ seeds.

Intellectual property (IP) in agriculture

Need for Open source seeds:

What are ‘open-source seeds’?


Topic 6: National Overseas Scholarship Scheme

Context: Minister of state for Social Justice and Empowerment informed about the scheme in Lok Sabha.

Key details:

Minimum QualificationFor Ph.D.: At least 60% (sixty percent) marks or equivalent grade in relevant Master’s Degree.For Masters’ Degree: At least 60% (sixty percent) marks or equivalent grade in relevant Master’s DegreeFor Ph.D.: First class or 55% (fifty five per cent) marks or equivalent grade in relevant Master’s Degree.For Masters’ Degree55% (fifty five per cent) marks or equivalent grade in relevant Bachelor’s Degree.
 AgeAge not more than 35 years as on first day of April for Selection Year.Below 35 (Thirty -Five) years as on Ist January of the year of application.
IncomeTotal family income from all sources shall not exceed Rs. 8.00 lakh per annum.Parents/Guardian’s income: Should not be more than Rs.8.0 lakh per annum.

Topic 7: Coastal Aquaculture Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2023

Context: The Coastal Aquaculture Authority (Amendment) Bill 2023 was introduced in the Lok Sabha.

Key details:

Coastal Aquaculture Authority Act 2005:The Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA) has been a strong force in ensuring the regulation and registration of coastal aquaculture farms.The act mandates the Central government to ensure that these farms do not cause any ill impacts on the coastal environment.Ever since its enactment the act has been helpful in fostering the growth and development of the sector.This has led to a whopping $8 billion worth of seafood export in the last financial year.

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