Daily Current Affairs Notes for 27-Oct-2022 By GyanOK.com

27 October 2022

National Intellectual Property Award won by IIT Madras for 2021 and 2022

National Intellectual Property Award: The national award for intellectual property was given to the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) for 2021 and 2022. The prize was established by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

National Intellectual Property Award: Key Points
  • Applications, grants, and commercialization for patents served as the evaluation criteria. The award was given out by Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal.
  • Upon receiving the trophy, citation, and cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, institute director V. Kamakoti commended the professors, researchers, students, and other stakeholders for their accomplishment.
  • “This award has encouraged IIT Madras to produce and safeguard more and more intellectual property with societal effect.
  • The yearly award honours those who have excelled, including individuals, institutions, organisations, and businesses, for their intellectual property innovations and commercialization that support the development of the nation’s IP ecosystem and promote innovation.

Two Indian beaches receive Blue Flag tag

Two beaches in Lakshadweep received international eco-label “Blue Flag”.

Overview

  • Minicoy Thundi Beach and Kadmat Beach in Lakshadweep recently entered into the coveted list of Blue Beaches.
  • These two beaches have a dedicated staff to maintain cleanliness and provide safety and security for swimmers.
  • With these new entrants, India currently has 12 beaches with Blue Flag certification.
  • Other beaches in the blue list are Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden beach (Odisha), Radhanagar (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Kovalam (Tamil Nadu) and Eden (Puducherry).
  • Golden Beach in Puri was the first in Asia to receive Blue Flag certificate.
  • In 2021, Kovalam beach in Tamil Nadu and Eden beach in Puducherry received the blue flag tag.
  • A 30-km stretch of the Marina Beach in Chennai is currently being developed for receiving Blue Flag Beach certification. The government has allocated Rs.100 crore for the implementation of this project.
What is Blue Flag Certification?
  • The Blue Flag Certification is an eco-label awarded by the non-profit Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). It is obtained by a beach, marina or sustainable boating tourism operators in the FEE member countries after complying to 33 stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria. The blue flag certification is seen as an indicator for high environmental and quality standards of beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism. The Blue Flag programme was initiated in 1985 to promote sustainable development in freshwater and marine areas through four main criteria – water quality, environmental management, environmental education and environmental safety. It was expanded to include areas outside Europe in 2001.

“Most Popular GI” Award

Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry recently conferred the ‘Most Popular GI’ award to Hyderabadi Haleem and other GI products.

Overview

  • Hyderabadi Haleem received the ‘Most Popular GI’ award under the food category and agriculture category.
  • It received the award by beating dishes like Rasgulla, Bikaneri Bhujiya, and Ratlami Sev.
  • The award was presented to the director of Pista House and president of Hyderabad Haleem Makers Association MA Majeed.
  • Under the handicraft category, Thanjavur Art Plate from Tamil Nadu won the award.
  • Mysore Sandal Soap from Karantaka received the award under the manufacturing category and Uttar Pradesh’s Chuna Balua Patthar won in the natural category.
  • The winners of this award were chosen based on the popular vote.
About Hyderabadi Haleem
  • Hyderabadi Haleem is a unique meat-based aromatic stew-like dish made with lentils, wheat, and spices. It is consumed mainly during Ramzan. During the holy month of Ramadan, Haleem outlets are set up in Hyderabad. These outlets mainly serve Muslims breaking their fast in the evening. The dish received the GI tag in 2010. It is the first non-vegetarian dish in India to receive it. Its GI tag was renewed in May 2022. The tag expired in December 2019. It is the only product in Telangana to receive a GI tag under the foodstuff category.

Trees Beyond Forests initiative launched in Assam

Trees Beyond Forests initiative: The “trees outside forests in India (TOFI)” programme was introduced by the Assam government and the US Agency for International Development (USAID)with the goal of bringing together farmers, businesses, and private institutions to increase the amount of trees in the State’s non-traditional forests.

Trees Beyond Forests initiative: Key Points
  • The Trees outside forests in India, new programme aims to increase carbon sequestration, aid local populations, and boost agriculture’s climate resilience, supporting global climate change mitigation and adaptation goals.
  • Assam has given increasing the tree cover outside of forest regions great priority, as evidenced by the State Action Plan on Climate Change and the recent creation of the Assam Agroforestry Development Board (AADB).
  • The goal is to add 2.8 million hectares of tree cover outside of traditional forests, helping India reach its nationally set contribution target of adding 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in additional “carbon sinks” by 2030.
Trees outside forests in India (TOFI): Aim
  • TOFI would increase farmers’ income in Assam while enhancing the resilience of farming systems, according to Ravi Shankar Prasad, the State’s Additional Chief Secretary in charge of Environment and Forest.
  • TOFI would use India’s private sector to promote and grow tree-based businesses and the sale of carbon credits, helping to increase incomes, generate jobs, and assist Assamese households in overcoming the financial effects of the pandemic.
  • One of the seven States to receive up to $25 million from the US under the TOFI programme is Assam. Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh make up the remaining States.

Diwali To Be A Public School Holiday in New York City from 2023

Diwali will be a holiday for the New York City public school starting next year in 2023, Mayor Eric Adams announced. Adams, joined by New York Assembly Member Jenifer Rajkumar, who had introduced the legislation to recognize Diwali as a holiday.

What Has Been Said:
  • Addressing a press conference, Rajkumar said, “The time has come to recognize over 200,000 New Yorkers of the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain faiths who celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights.” She called Anniversary Day “an obscure and antiquated day,” as compared to Diwali, which is celebrated by a “growing number of New Yorkers.
  • People have said that there’s simply not enough room in the New York City school calendar to have a Diwali school holiday,” the assembly woman said. “Well, my legislation makes the room.”
  • Rajkumar further added that the new school schedule will still have 180 days, as is required by the state’s education laws. During the conference, Adams called the decision a “long overdue” acknowledgment of Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist communities.
  • “We are going to encourage children to learn about what is Diwali,” Adams said. “We’re going to have them start talking about what it is to celebrate the Festival of Lights, and how do you turn a light on within yourself,” he added. “When we take this period to acknowledge Diwali, we’re acknowledging the light that is within us, the light that clearly can push away darkness,” the mayor said.