1. FSSAI launches “Eat Right campaign” to curb consumption of sugar, salt and fat
  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has initiated a campaign “Eat Right”, wherein the key stakeholders like food processing industries and restaurants will volunteer to reduce the percentage of salt, sugar and fat content in food.
  • As a part of the campaign, edible oil industries took a pledge to reduce trans-fat content by 2 Percent by 2022.
  • Later, food companies also took a pledge to reformulate packaged foods with the reduced level of salt, sugar and saturated fat.
  • This Eat Right Movement is a collaborative move with stakeholders—on both the demand and supply side—coming together.
  • On the demand side, the campaign focuses on empowering citizens to make the right food choices.
  • On the supply side, it nudges food businesses to reformulate their products, provide better nutritional information to consumers and make investments in healthy food as responsible food businesses.
  • This is a voluntary movement from both the sides.

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Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

  • It is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
  • FSSAI was established by Government of India on 5 September 2008 under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
  • FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.
  • The FSSAI consists of a chairperson & 22 members.
  • The FSSAI has its headquarters at New Delhi.
  • In May 2018, FSSAI launched the [email protected] initiative (safe and nutritious food at the workplace) to improve the nutrition of millions of office going Indians.
  • To aid workplaces and build a policy framework, FSSAI has also released The Orange Book: Your Guide to Safe and Nutritious Food at the Workplace.

Topic- GS-2- Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

Source- Down To Earth

  1. Global Innovation Index ranks India the 57th most innovative nation
  • The Global Innovation Index (GII) has ranked India as the 57th most innovative nation in the world.
  • The country has improved its ranking from 60th position last year.
  • Meanwhile, China improved its ranking from 22 in 2017 to 17 this year.
  • The GII is being developed jointly by Cornell University, Insead and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva.
  • GII ranks 126 economies based on 80 indicators.
  • Since 2011, Switzerland has been ranked at the top every year.
  • This year, the Netherlands follows at second place and Sweden at third.
  • The US drops down to sixth from fourth last year.
  • Although ranked at 57, India is a top performer in the lower middle-income group, where it is ranked at fifth position.
  • It is the most innovative country in its region of central and southern Asia.

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World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

  • The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN).
  • WIPO was created in 1967 “to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world”.
  • WIPO currently has 191-member states.
  • It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Topic- GS-2- Economic Development

Source- Economic Times

  1. Andhra Pradesh tops government’s ease of doing business
  • Andhra Pradesh has topped the ease of doing business rankings, while Telangana is in second and Haryana is in third position.
  • Jharkhand, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and West Bengal are in the top ten list.
  • DIPP in collaboration with the World Bank conducts an annual reform exercise for all States/UTs under the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP).
  • A large number of states have made significant progress in reforms suggested in Business Reform Action Plan 2017.

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DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion)

  • The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion was established in 1995 and has been reconstituted in the year 2000 with the merger of the Department of Industrial Development.
  • Role and Functions-
    (a) Formulation and implementation of industrial policy
    (b) Formulation of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy and promotion, approval and facilitation of FDI
    (c) Formulation of policies relating to Intellectual Property Rights etc.

Topic- GS-3- Economic Development

Source- AIR

  1. India becomes world’s sixth largest economy
  • India has become the world’s sixth-biggest economy, pushing France into seventh place, according to updated World Bank figures for 2017.
  • India’s gross domestic product (GDP) amounted to $2.597 trillion at the end of last year, against $2.582 trillion for France.
  • The country’s economy rebounded strongly from July 2017, after several quarters of slowdown.
  • India, with a population of around 1.34 billion, is poised to become the world’s most populous nation, whereas the French population stands at 67 million.
  • This means that India’s per capita GDP continues to amount to just a fraction of that of France which is still roughly 20 times higher, according to World Bank figures.
  • India has doubled its GDP within a decade and is expected to power ahead as a key economic engine in Asia, even as China slows down.
  • At the end of 2017, Britain was still the world’s fifth-biggest economy with a GDP of $2.622 trillion.
  • The US is the world’s top economy, followed by China, Japan and Germany.

Topic- GS-3- Indian Economy

Source- Times of India

  1. UNSC adopts resolution 2427 to protect children in armed conflict
  • The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution aimed at a framework for mainstreaming protection, rights, well-being and empowerment of children throughout the conflict cycle.
  • The resolution strongly condemns the recruitment and use of children by parties to armed conflict, killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence, and abductions.
  • It demands that all relevant parties immediately put an end to such practices and take special measures to protect children.
  • The resolution also emphasizes the responsibility of all states to put an end to impunity and to investigate and prosecute those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and other egregious crimes perpetrated against children.

Topic- GS-2- Important International institutions

Source- Business Standard

  1. Bright pink is the oldest colour, according to scientists
  • Scientists have discovered the world’s oldest colours in the geological record.
  • Bright pink pigments taken from marine black shales of the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania, West Africa, were more than half a billion years older than the previous pigment discoveries.
  • The fossils range from blood red to deep purple in their concentrated form, and bright pink when diluted.
  • The bright pink pigments are the molecular fossils of chlorophyll that were produced by ancient photosynthetic organisms inhabiting an ancient ocean that has long since vanished.

Topic-GS-3-Science and Technology

Source- DD news