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UPSC Daily Current Affairs : 13-June-2020

Topic Covered :

  1. Sahakar Mitra Scheme

  2. National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPERs)

  3. Quality Council of India

  4. Flood Warning System – iFLOWS

  5. India-Japan Moon mission

  6. NASA picks Astrobotic to land water-hunting rover on Moon

  7. NASA postpones Mars rover Perseverance launch to July 20

  8. Lonar lake


Why in news?

  • Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched Sahakar Mitra: Scheme on Internship Programme, an initiative by National Cooperative Development Corporation.


  • Sahakar Mitra scheme will help cooperative institutions access new and innovative ideas of young professionals while the interns will gain experience of working in the field to be self-reliant

  • It will provide the young professionals an opportunity of practical exposure and learning from the working of NCDC and cooperatives as a paid intern.

  • NCDC has also introduced a complementary scheme to promote start-up cooperative ventures. 

  • Under the scheme, professional graduates in disciplines such as Agriculture and allied areas,IT etc. will be eligible for internship. 

  • Professionals who are pursuing or have completed their MBA degrees in Agri-business, Cooperation, Finance, International Trade, Forestry, Rural Development, Project Managementetc. will also be eligible.

Source : PIB (https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1631249 )


Why in news?

  • National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPERs), under the aegis of the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers makes its place in top ten  Institutions  of Higher Education in pharma  category.


  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) is the first national level institute in pharmaceutical sciences with a proclaimed objective of becoming a centre of excellence for advanced studies and research in pharmaceutical sciences.

  • The Government of India has declared NIPER as an 'Institute of National Importance'.

  • It is an autonomous body set up under the aegis of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India.

  • The Institute is conceived to provide leadership in pharmaceutical sciences and related areas not only within the country, but also to the countries in South East Asia, South Asia and Africa.

  • NIPER is a member of Association of Indian Universities and Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Source : PIB ( https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1631249 )


Why in news?

  • Shri Piyush Goyal reviews the Quality Council of India.


  • Quality Council of India is a non-profit autonomous society, under the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), with the mandate to establish an accreditation structure in the country and to spread quality movement in India by undertaking a National Quality Campaign.

  • The Mission of QCI is to lead nationwide quality movement in India by involving all stakeholders for emphasis on adherence to quality standards in all spheres of activities primarily for promoting and protecting interests of the nation and its citizens.

  • Quality certification should be rational, transparent, reliable and free from any malpractices

Source : PIB ( https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1631249 )