Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 17 April 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Indian Ocean Dipole.
  2. Gender Samvaad.

1. Indian Ocean Dipole

News Summary

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced that it expects monsoon rainfall to be normal this year. There is a very small probability of Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) negative conditions developing during monsoon. So these conditions are likely to lead to a normal monsoon this year, said IMD.

Prelims GS – Geography

  • The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is defined by the difference in sea surface temperature between two areas (or poles, hence a dipole) – a western pole in the Arabian Sea (western Indian Ocean) and an eastern pole in the eastern Indian Ocean south of Indonesia.
  • The IOD affects the climate of Australia and other countries that surround the Indian Ocean Basin and is a significant contributor to rainfall variability in this region.
  • Positive IOD usually leads to a normal monsoon or above-normal monsoon in India.
  • Negative IOD leads to less rainfall and drought conditions in India.

Click here to know more about IOD on the Government of Australia website.

2. Gender Samvaad

News Summary

Gender Samvaad event was launched by the Ministry of Rural Development.

Prelims GS – Governance

Gender Samvaad:
  • Gender Samvaad event, a joint attempt between DAY-NRLM and the Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE) to create a common platform to share experiences emerging from this effort, was organized by the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India.
  • The attempt is to generate greater awareness on gender-related interventions under DAY-NRLM across the country and best practices, with a focus on hearing voices from the states and the field.

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – Governance

Significance of Gender Samvaad:

Gender Samvaad provides states with opportunities to:

  • Understand best practices/initiatives that other states have been undertaking to improve women’s agency (e.g. facilitating women’s access to land rights, their engagement in farmer producer organizations (FPOs), best practices around Food, Nutrition, Health and Water and Sanitation (FNHW), in establishing strong institutions for public service delivery, and in protecting and providing redress to vulnerable groups within women (e.g. to victims of witch-hunting));
  • Understand gender interventions globally;
  • Engage with experts and other colleagues on suggestions regarding how to handle issues/implementation barriers;
  • Contribute to the creation of a ‘gender repository’ with resource materials on best practices for gender interventions across the country/other countries; and
  • Build advocacy around the need to focus on gender issues across SRLMs and the NRLM.

Click here to view the official PIB Press Release.




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