Standards For Basmati Rice: For the first time in the country, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has specified the identity standards for Basmati Rice.As per these standards, Basmati rice shall possess natural fragrance characteristic of basmati rice and be free from artificial colouring, polishing agents and artificial fragrances. These standards also specify various identity and quality parameters for basmati rice such as average size of grains and their elongation ratio after cooking; maximum limits of moisture, amylose content, uric acid.These standards will be enforced w.e.f 1st August, 2023.
Basmati rice is a premium variety of rice cultivated in the Himalayan foothills of the Indian sub-continent and is universally known for its long grain size, fluffy texture and unique inherent aroma and flavour.
Swami Vivekananda (1863 – 1902): Born as Narendranath Dutta in Calcutta in January 1863. He was influenced by Ramakrishna Paramahamsa who became his Guru.He became a monk and travelled all over India and the West.His writings and speeches did a lot to spread Hindu philosophy in the West especially Advaita Vedanta and Yoga philosophies.In 1886, he formally accepted monastic vows.He established many Mathas in India the most important being the Belur Math in Belur, Howrah district. He founded the Ramakrishna Mission in May 1897.
According to him, the best form of worship was the service of the people. He laid stress on physical and moral strength. One of his many quotes says, “You Will Be Nearer To Heaven through Football than through the Study of the Gita.”
Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation(NIIO): NIIO has been launched in 2020 by the Defence Minister of India.
Objective: To foster innovation and indigenisation for self-reliance in defence in keeping with the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
The NIIO is a three-tiered organisation
- Naval Technology Acceleration Council (N-TAC) will bring together the twin aspects of innovation and indigenisation and provide apex level directives.
- Working group under the N-TAC will implement the projects.
- Technology Development Acceleration Cell (TDAC) has been created for induction of emerging disruptive technology in an accelerated time frame.
Defence Innovation Organization (DIO): DIO was formed as a “not for profit‟ company as per Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013 . It was created by the defence PSUs HAL & BEL, to support the MoD in building the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in Defence in India by implementing the iDEX framework. It works under the Ministry of Defence.
Key Function: DIO is responsible for managing and funding the Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) Initiative.DIO will provide high-level policy guidance to iDEX. However, iDEX will have functional autonomy. iDEX is also the executive arm of the Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO).