Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 25 June 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Maritime State Development Council
  2. Saint Kabir Das.
  3. APEDA

1. Maritime State Development Council

News Summary

Union Minister of State (I/C) for Port, Shipping and Waterways Shri Mansukh Mandaviya chaired the 18th meeting of the Maritime State Development Council (MSDC) through a video conference organized by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.

Prelims GS – Governance

  • Maritime State Development Council(MSDC) is an apex advisory body for the development of the Maritime sector and aims to ensure integrated development of Major and non-Major Ports.
  • The MSDC was constituted in May 1997 to assess in consultation with State Governments, the future development of existing and new Minor Ports by the respective Maritime States either directly or through captive users and private participation.
  • Further, MSDC also monitors the development of minor ports, captive ports, and private ports in the Maritime States with a view to ensure their integrated development with Major Ports and to assess the requirements of other infrastructure requirements like roads/rail/IWT and make suitable recommendations to the concerned Ministers.
  • The objective of the Maritime State Development Council (MSDC) is to develop a national plan for the development of the maritime sector beneficial for both states and the center and to adopt best practices for the sector.
  • MSDC is the best example of cooperative federalism.

Click here to view the Courtesy: PIB release.

2. Saint Kabir Das

News Summary

Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has paid tribute to Sant Kabir Das Ji on his Jayanti.

Prelims GS – History/Art&Culture

Kabir Das:
  • Kabir believed in a formless Supreme God and preached that the only path to salvation was through bhakti or devotion.
  • Sant Kabir Das Ji not only fought against social evils but also taught the lesson of humanity and love to the world.
  • Bijak is the best known of the compilations of the Kabir and is the holy scripture for followers of the Kabirpanthi religion.
  • Kabir was devoted to the Nirguna Bhakti.

Click here to know more about Kabir Das on the Indian culture website


News Summary

In a bid to boost agricultural and processed food products exports, APEDA in collaboration with the Indian embassy has organized a virtual buyer-seller meet (VBSM) with Algeria where key stakeholders in the agricultural value chains from both countries participated.

Courtesy: PIB

Prelims GS – Governance

  • The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was established by the Government of India under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act passed by the Parliament in December 1985.
  • APEDA is under the jurisdiction of the  Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • The Chairman of APEDA is appointed by the Central Government.
  • APEDA is mandated with the responsibility of export promotion and development of the following scheduled products:
    • Fruits, Vegetables and their Products.
    • Meat and Meat Products.
    • Poultry and Poultry Products.
    • Dairy Products.
    • Confectionery, Biscuits, and Bakery Products.
    • Honey, Jaggery, and Sugar Products.
    • Cocoa and its products, chocolates of all kinds.
    • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages.
    • Cereal and Cereal Products.
    • Groundnuts, Peanuts, and Walnuts.
    • Pickles, Papads, and Chutneys.
    • Guar Gum.
    • Floriculture and Floriculture Products.
    • Herbal and Medicinal Plants.
  • In addition to this, APEDA has been entrusted with the responsibility to monitor the import of sugar.

Click here to view the official website of APEDA.




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