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23-November -2023

1. ‘AGNI’ Initiative to Promote Innovations by Ayurveda Practitioners

Topic: GS2 – Government initiatives


  • The Central Council for Research in Ayurveda Sciences (CCRAS), under the Ministry of Ayush, has launched the “Ayurveda Gyan Naipunya Initiative” (AGNI) to promote research and evidence-based practices in the field of Ayurveda.
  • This initiative aims to document, publish, and validate successful therapeutic regimens practiced by Ayurveda physicians.

Objectives of AGNI:

Platform for Innovative Practices:

  • AGNI provides a platform for Ayurveda practitioners to report their innovative practices and experiences in various disease conditions.
  • Aims to foster a culture of evidence-based practice among Ayurveda practitioners.

Documentation and Publication:

  • CCRAS will document and publish reported medical practices and therapeutic regimens for education and academic purposes.
  • Collaboration with the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) for consultation.

Database Creation:

  • Identifying interested Ayurveda practitioners for collaboration in creating a comprehensive database.
  • Applications and capacity building through training in research methods and good clinical practices.

Scientific Validation:

  • Undertaking research for mainstreaming pragmatic Ayurveda practices through scientific validation and evidence-based appraisal.
  • Developing research proposals in collaboration with practitioners and relevant institutes/organizations.


AGNI, with its focus on documentation, collaboration, and scientific validation, is poised to contribute significantly to the mainstreaming of pragmatic Ayurveda practices. The initiative aligns with the broader efforts to elevate Ayurveda research and its global standing in healthcare.



2. India’s Exports to Nordic Countries has increased significantly in recent years: Shri Goyal

Topic: GS2 – International relations


  • Shri Goyal urged Nordic-Baltic countries to engage in extensive collaboration in Pharmacy, Food Processing, Renewable Energy, IT, AI, and Supply Chain and Logistics, while also inviting their participation in BharatTex and Bharat Mobility fairs.

Export Growth:

  • India’s exports to Nordic regions have seen a significant increase.
  • Exports to the Nordic region grew by over 39% from 2018-19 to 2022-23.
  • Remarkable growth in exports to Finland (over 100%) and Norway (80%).

Cultural Influence:

  • Indian Cuisine, Bollywood, Yoga, Ayurveda, and Textiles are highly popular in the Nordic-Baltic region.

Areas of Collaboration:

  • Shri Piyush Goyal highlighted the Nordic-Baltic nations’ strengths in innovation, green tech, AI, blockchain-led transformation, supply chain logistics, and fintech.
  • India, as an economic powerhouse with vast mineral resources and a talent pool, offers significant collaboration opportunities in these areas.

Invitation to Trade Fairs:

  • Shri Goyal invited Nordic-Baltic companies to participate in upcoming trade fairs in India.
  • BharatTex, scheduled from February 26 to 29, will have over 3,500 exhibitors from nearly 40 countries.
  • Bharat Mobility Show, from February 1 to 3, will showcase an Auto Fair with electrical components as a key feature.

Exciting Era of Collaboration:

  • Shri Goyal emphasized the exciting era of collaboration, innovation, and shared prosperity between India and the Nordic-Baltic nations.
  • He also cherished common outlook towards global challenges and opportunities.


3. Government committed to support traditional fishermen for deep-sea fishing: Dr L Murugan

Topic: GS3 – Indian economy


  • L Murugan stated that the government is offering up to 60% financial aid to traditional fishermen for the conversion of their boats into deep-sea fishing vessels, emphasizing the importance of research and design for sustainable utilization of deep-sea fishing potential.

Additional details on the news:

  • The Indian government is committed to supporting traditional fishermen in their transition to deep-sea fishing through the Blue Revolution and PMMSY schemes.
  • The government is providing up to 60% financial assistance to traditional fishermen to convert their vessels into deep-sea fishing boats.
  • Loan facilities are also available to facilitate this transformation.
  • The government is committed to address the gap in modern fishing vessels equipped with in-built processing facilities.
  • Tuna fishes are in high demand worldwide and India has the potential to increase its tuna fishing capacity.
  • More start-ups are needed in the deep-sea fishing sector.
  • There is a need for research to focus on reducing fuel costs and exploring the use of green fuels in fishing boats.
  • Research and design are needed to upgrade fishing vessels to effectively harness the potential of deep-sea fishing in a sustainable way.
  • Deep sea fishing is undertaken beyond the limit of territorial waters, which is 12 nautical miles from the shore, and within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 200 nautical miles from the shore.
  • Blue finance should be enhanced for innovations and developments in the aquaculture sector.
  • Global aquaculture will provide 59% of fish for human consumption by 2030.


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