1) IIT Madras Professor Thalappil Pradeep was selected for the Nikkei Asia Award
Japan’s prestigious 25th Nikkei Asia Prize (2020) was announced on 1 May. Professor Thalappil Pradeep of IIT Madras has been selected for this award.
Professor Thalappil Pradeep
Professor Thalappil Pradeep has been selected in the category of ‘Science and Technology’. He has been awarded this award for his outstanding work in water purification based on nano-technology.
He was also recently awarded the Padma Shri Award by the Government of India.
Other Two Category Awards
Apart from Indian professor Thalappil Pradeep, the award will be given to Ram Prasad Kadel (Nepal) in the category of Culture and Community and Anthony Tan and Tan Hoi Ling (Malaysia) in the Economic and Business Innovation category.
Nikkei Asia Award: A Vision
The Nikkei Asia Award is presented each year by Japan in three categories – ‘Economic and Bussiness Innovation’, Science and Technology and Culture and Community.
Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh (year 1997), Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy (year 2001) Prof. CN Rao (year 2008), Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty (year 2014), Akshaya Patra Foundation (year 2016) and Nandan Nilekani (year 2017) are the Indians to be honored with this award.
2) IDMC report: most displaced in India due to disasters in 2019
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) recently released a global report on people displaced due to natural disasters. According to this report, in the year 2019, 50 lakh people in India were displaced due to various disasters including cyclones and floods. This number is the highest in the world.
IDMC Report: Key Points
According to the Geneva-based IDMC report, 95 million were displaced in South Asia due to disasters in 2019. This number is the highest since 2012.
Among the reasons for such a large number of displacement were the floods caused by the monsoon in India and Bangladesh, and cyclones like Phoney and Bulbul which forced a large number of people to flee their homes.
According to the report, 50,37,000 people were displaced in India, whereas in Bangladesh, the number of such people was 40,86,520. 5,78,000 people were displaced in Afghanistan, 1,21,000 in Nepal and 1,16,000 in Pakistan.
The report said that about 19,000 people were displaced in India in 2019 due to conflict and violence. More than 7,600 people were displaced due to political and electoral violence in the first half, mainly in Tripura and West Bengal.
3) Thangjam Dabali Singh of Manipur conferred with ‘Order of Rising Sun’
The Government of Japan has honored Dr. Thangjam Dabali Singh of Manipur with the ‘Order of Rising Sun’. He has been given this honor to promote better understanding of Japan in India and to deepen the relationship between the two countries.
Thangjam Dhabali Singh is an allopathic doctor by profession and the founder of the Manipur Tourism Forum (MTF). He was honored with the ‘Order of Rising Sun-Gold and Silver Rage’ by the Government of Japan on 29 April.
Singh organized the event on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Second World War Imphal War, in which several citizens of Japan, including many officials of the Embassy of Japan, took part.
Order of Rising Sun: A Vision
The ‘Order of Rising Sun’ is given to an individual for the promotion of Japan’s culture, environmental protection and achievement in international relations. The honor was started by Emperor Meiji of Japan in 1875.
4) GI tag was given to many products including Kashmiri saffron, black rice from Manipur
Several products including Kashmiri Saffron grown in the country, black rice from Manipur have recently been given Geographical Indication (GI Tag).
Kashmiri Saffron means Jaffran has got GI Tag. Geographical Indications Registry has given GI Tag No. 635 to Kashmiri Saffron. Saffron is grown in some areas of Kashmir in India.
Black Rice (Chak-Hao) of Manipur
The black rice of Manipur is also known by chalk-hao. The application for the GI Tag of Chalk-Hao was by the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC). The color of this rice is black due to the anthocyanin agent. This rice dessert is suitable for making porridge.
Terracotta of Gorakhpur
The application for Gorakhpur Terracotta was filed by Lakshmi Terracotta Murtikala Center of Uttar Pradesh. The terracotta of Gorakhpur is about 100 years old which is used by the handicraftsmen in carving and drawing.
Kovilpatti’s Kadalai Mitai
Kadalai Mitai is a peanut candy made in the southern parts of Tamil Nadu. Candy is prepared from peanuts and jaggery. In this, water from Thamibarani river is used exclusively.
What is GI tag?
The GI (Geographical Indication) tag is a geographical symbol for any product that is given to certain products (agricultural, natural, handicrafts and industrial goods). This tag is given to products originating or being manufactured for 10 years or more in a certain geographical area. The GI tag is provided by the World Trade Organization (WTO).
5) Shramik Special Train
Recently, the Central Government has announced to run Shramik Special Train. According to official information, only those people will travel in it, which will be allowed by the state government. The labor special train will be operated by the Railways, all other formalities will be completed by the state government.
According to the Indian Railways, only the person designated by the district administration can travel in labor special trains. According to the railways, any person who is trapped in another state and wants to go to his home can contact the district administration in this regard. States have been made full authorities for labor special train. The railway administration will allow only those people who have the approval of the district administration to enter the station premises. The state governments will send people in groups to avoid crowds at railway stations. Only 1000 to 1200 people will be able to travel on a train. Before boarding the train, all people will be subjected to medical examination and they will be provided with a certificate in this regard. In addition, all the people in the car will need to apply masks.
6) Bharat market
The Confederation of All India Traders-CAIT has announced that it will soon collaborate with various technology partners to create a national e-commerce marketplace ‘BharatMarket’ (BharatMarket) for all retail traders.) Will begin. CAIT said in a release that it will integrate the capabilities of various technology companies from logistics to supply chains for manufacturers and deliver goods to consumers at home and will have participation from various retailers across the country. This national e-commerce marketplace will be run by merchants.
In the year 1990, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) was formed by some dedicated traders with the objective of handling the problems of traders and providing them effective service. Its headquarters is located in New Delhi.