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PIB Daily – 19th February 2020 – IASToppers

Kala Kumbh; India-Norway Task Force on Blue Economy; Blue economy; New Central Vigilance Commissioner appointed; ; Annual Review meeting on Swachh Iconic Places; Swachh Iconic Places; National Statistical Commission
By IASToppers
February 19, 2020


Polity & Governance

  • National Statistical Commission

Government Schemes & Policies

  • Annual Review meeting on Swachh Iconic Places

Bilateral & International Relations

  • India-Norway Task Force on Blue Economy

Art & Culture

  • Kala Kumbh

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Polity & Governance

National Statistical Commission:

The Government of India set up the National Statistical Commission (NSC) on 1st June, 2005.

  • it was set following the recommendations of the Rangarajan Commission, which reviewed the Indian Statistical System in 2001.
  • The NSC has four Members besides a Chairperson, each having specialization and experience in specified statistical fields.
  • The NSC was constituted with a mandate to evolve policies, priorities and standards in statistical matters to improve the functioning of the system.



  • NSC is a recommending body which works closely with the statistical agencies in the central and state government to ensure its implementation.


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Government Schemes & Policies

Annual Review meeting on Swachh Iconic Places

The 3rd Annual Review meeting on Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) was held recently at Baidyanath Dham, Deoghar, Jharkhand.

Initiative of:

  • The SIP is the brainchild of the PM Shri Narendra Modi and is coordinated by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti under the Swachh Bharat Mission.




  • Thirty Swachh Iconic Places have been selected across the country in three phases, and are implementing their action plans for improving the sanitation facilities and overall cleanliness, focusing on enhancing visitor’s experience and convenience.
  • Key activities being carried out at these sites include Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM), beautification and landscaping of premises and approach areas, construction of sanitation and safe drinking water facilities, rooftop solar panels, battery operated sweeping machines, rejuvenation of water bodies, ban on plastic use, Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), multi-level parking, illuminated boards, awareness campaigns and IEC interventions among others.  


Swachh Iconic Places (SIP):

  • Phase I Iconic sites:  1. Ajmer Sharif Dargah; 2. CST Mumbai; 3. Golden Temple, Amritsar; 4. Kamakhya Temple, Assam; 5. Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi; 6. Meenakshi Temple, Madurai; 7. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra, J&K; 8. Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri; 9. The Taj Mahal, Agra; 10. Tirupati Temple, Tirumala.



  • Phase II Iconic sites: 1. Gangotri; 2. Yamunotri; 3. Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain; 4. Char Minar, Hyderabad; 5. Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Goa; 6. Adi Shankaracharya’s abode Kaladi in Ernakulam; 7. Gomateshwar in Shravanbelgola; 8. Baijnath Dham, Devghar; 9. Gaya Tirth in Bihar; 10. Somnath Temple in Gujarat.

  • Phase III Iconic sites: 1. Sree Dharma Sastha Temple; 2. Mana Village, Uttarakhand; 3. Vidur Kuti Temple, Uttar Pradesh; 4. Shri Sarveshwar Mahadev Temple; 5. Shri Nag Vasuki Temple; 6. Kanvashram, Uttar Pradesh; 7. Ema Keithel, Manipur; 8. Hazarduari Palace, West Bengal; 9. Pangong Tso; 10. Sri Raghvendra Swamy Mutt Mantralayam.


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Bilateral & International Relations

India-Norway Task Force on Blue Economy

India’s Minister for Earth Sciences and Norway’s Minister for Climate and Environment opened the India-Norway Task Force on Blue Economy for Sustainable Development recently.



Initiatives taken:

  • A new collaboration on Integrated Ocean Management & Research.
  • Projects on combating Marine Litter.
  • India-Norway Joint Task Force on Blue Economy to mobilise relevant stakeholders from both Norway and India at the highest level.


Blue economy:

  • According to the World Bank, the blue economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem.
  • European Commission defines it as- all economic activities related to oceans, seas and coasts. It covers a wide range of interlinked established and emerging sectors.



  • It is a widely used term around the world with three related but distinct meanings
  • the overall contribution of the oceans to economies,
  • the need to address the environmental and ecological sustainability of the oceans, and
  • the ocean economy as a growth opportunity for both developed and developing countries.




  • It comprises a range of economic sectors and related policies that together determine whether the use of ocean resources is sustainable.
  • An important challenge of the blue economy is to understand and better manage the many aspects of oceanic sustainability, ranging from sustainable fisheries to ecosystem health to preventing pollution.
  • Secondly, the blue economy challenges us to realize that the sustainable management of ocean resources will require collaboration across borders and sectors through a variety of partnerships, and on a scale that has not been previously achieved.


Location of Norway:

  • Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in North-western Europe.
  • Norway is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east, and the Skagerrak strait to the south, with Denmark on the other side.



  • Norway has an extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea.
  • Capital: Oslo
  • Currency: Norwegian krone


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Art & Culture

Kala Kumbh

Kala Kumbh – Handicrafts Thematic Exhibition has started on 14th February, 2020 and will continue till 23rd February 2020 at major cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai in March 2020.



  • To promote Geographical Indication (GI) crafts and heritage of India.

Initiative of:

  • Kala Kumbh is an initiative of Ministry of Textiles.
  • The exhibitions have been sponsored by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH).

Significance of the fest:

  • The visitors will be able to see a wide variety of handicrafts and GI products.
  • As the artisans are the backbone of Indian handicraft sector and possess inherent skill, technical and traditional craftsmanship.
  • So, by buying these handicrafts people can directly contribute in the improvement of the livelihood of these artisans and also create awareness of the rich heritage of the country.

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