Prelims 2020

31st July 2020 Daily Current Flash Cards

North East Regional Bamboo Mission (NERBaM); Lepcha people; Merchandise Export from India Scheme; AIM-iCREST; Atal Innovation Mission (AIM); Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar; Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre.
By IASToppers
July 31, 2020




Who did launch the North East Regional Bamboo Mission (NERBaM) in north east India?

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Answer: North Eastern Council (NEC).

Enrich Your Learning:

North East Regional Bamboo Mission (NERBaM):

  • It was launched by the North Eastern Council (NEC).
  • Objective of poverty alleviation and saving forests.
  • Implementing Agency: CBTC (Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre)
  • Bamboo Festival, popularly called Bamfest under the NERBaM has planned to hold exhibitions in every State Capital of the North East.
  • It has impacted in the way of setting up of Common Facility Centres, Bamboo Housing, Bamboo Products Enterprises, Bamboo Technology Parks and Incubation Centres.

Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre:

  • Originated in 2000 as part of Cane and Bamboo Technological Upgradation and Networking Programme of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • Cane & Bamboo Technology Centre was born to help the Northeast and East bank on bamboo.
  • CBTC is working towards promotion of cane and bamboo technology in the North East Region.
  • It promotes bamboo as one of the prime natural material for the development of economy, generation of employment and protection of environment in this region.
  • CBTC is a nodal institution for bamboo technology and skills development.
  • It has been offering technology development services in the region through consultancy and training courses to industries/entrepreneurs and other groups.




Name the union ministry who has recently constituted Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar.

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Answer: Ministry of Home Affairs.

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Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar:

  • Ministry of Home Affairs institutes Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar.

When will it be announced?

  • Every year on 23rd January on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Purpose of the award:

  • Recognise individuals and organisations who work to the alleviate suffering of affected population, post any disaster.

Who is eligible?

  • All Indian Citizens and organizations who have excelled in areas of Disaster Management; like Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Rescue, Response, Relief, Rehabilitation, Research/ Innovations or Early Warning.

Recent Winners:

  • 8th Battalion of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)




What is Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)-iCREST?

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It is an Incubator Capabilities enhancement program for a Robust Ecosystem focused on creating high performing Startups.

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  • NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), has launched AIM iCREST.
  • This is a first of its kind initiative for advancing innovation at scale in India. 
  • It has launched in partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Wadhwani Foundation.
  • It will be complemented by providing training to entrepreneurs, through technology driven processes and platforms.
  • Such innovations in technologies and business models can contribute, both incrementally and radically, to the foundation’s goals of:
  • Improving maternal and child health,
  • Increasing productivity and income of small farmers,
  • Increasing access and usage of digital financial services, and
  • Improving livelihoods for women.

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM):

  • Atal Innovation Mission is among one of the flagship initiatives ofNITI aayog to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country to set up the Atal Tinkering Labs across the country.


  • To give a substantial boost to the innovation ecosystemand to catalyse the entrepreneurial spirit in the country.


  • To provide an innovation promotion platform involving academics, researchers and entrepreneurs, drawing upon national and international experiences.
  • To foster a culture of innovation in India.


  • Entrepreneurship promotion through Self-Employment and Talent Utilization, wherein innovators would be supported and mentored to become successful entrepreneurs.
  • Innovation promotion: to provide a platform where innovative ideas are generated.




Name the implementing agency of Merchandise Exports From India Scheme (MEIS).

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Answer: Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

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Merchandise Export from India Scheme:

  • Launched by the Government of India, MEIS came into effect on 1 April 2015 through Foreign Trade Policy and will be in existence till 2020.
  • Implementing agency: Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Objective: to enhance the export of notified goods manufactured in a country.

Salient Features:

  • It replaced the 5 incentive schemes into a single scheme:
  1. Market Linked Focus Product Scheme (MLFPS)
  2. Focus Product Scheme (FPS)
  3. Agriculture Infrastructure Incentive Scrip (AIIS)
  4. Focus Market Scheme (FMS)
  5. Vishesh Krishi Gramin Upaj Yojana (VKGUY)
  • The scheme focuses on goods/products with high employment potential and high export intensity.
  • Duty credit scrips issued under MEIS are freely transferable and can be used for payment of excise duty, service tax, and customs duty.
  • The incentives that are available under MEIS are also available to units located in Special Economic Zones (SEZs).



The Lepcha are regarded as the original inhabitants of the Indian state of_________.  a) Sikkim OR West Bengal.

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Answer: Sikkim

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Lepcha people:

  • They are among the indigenous peoples of India and Nepal.
  • They are also called Rong. Also found in Bhutan, Tibet.
  • Population: about 46,000 (11,000 in India; 25,000 in Sikkim; and 10,000 in Bhutan).
  • In India they are found in: Sikkim, Darjeeling (West Bengal).
  • They are thought to be the earliest inhabitants of Sikkim, but have adopted many elements of the culture of the Bhutia people, who entered Sikkim from Tibet in the 14th century.
  • They were converted to Tibetan Buddhism by the Bhutia people.
  • Traditionally hunters and gatherers, Lepcha now also engage in farming and cattle breeding.
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