08, November 2016

1.9th International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines Meeting

Source: PIB

The Ministry of AYUSH will be organizing the 9th Annual Meeting of International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines.

International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH), established in 2006, is a global network of regulatory authorities created by World Health Organization (WHO) responsible for regulation of herbal medicines.

Its mission is to protect and promote public health and safety through improved regulation for herbal medicines.


  • Globally promote and facilitate the safe use of herbal medicines, through regional initiatives, sharing information and fostering dialogue.
  • Facilitate and strengthen cooperation between national regulatory authorities by sharing experience, information and knowledge related to the regulation, quality, safety and efficacy of herbal medicines.
  • Further discuss existing requirements and standards to promote the regulation, quality, safety and efficacy of herbal medicines.
  • Recommend future activities to WHO related to the quality and safety of herbal medicines.
  • Refer issues to the International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities and other bodies, where ever needed, for further discussion related to the quality and safety of herbal medicines.

Develop, through WHO, efficient links between National Drug Regulatory Authorities and information focal points among the member countries of IRCH.

2.India & UK Sign MoU on IPRS

Source: PIB

India and UK today signed an MoU to establish bilateral cooperation activities in the field of Intellectual Property.

The MoU is between the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (UKIPO).

It is intended to promote innovation, creativity and economic growth in both countries.

The priority initiatives under the MoU include:

  1. Exchange of best practices, experiences and knowledge on IP awareness among the public, businesses and educational institutions of both countries
  2. Collaboration in training programs, exchange of experts, technical exchanges and outreach activities
  3. Exchange and dissemination of best practices, experiences and knowledge on IP with the industry, universities, R & D organizations and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through participation in programs and events.
  4. Exchange of information and best practices on processes for disposal of applications for patents, trademarks, industrial designs and Geographical Indications, as also the protection, enforcement and use of IP rights.
  5. Cooperation in the development of automation and implementation of modernization projects, new documentation and information systems in IP and procedures for management of IP.
  6. Cooperation to understand how Traditional Knowledge is protected; and the exchange of best practices, including traditional knowledge related databases and awareness raising of existing IP systems

3.Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2016 Award

Source: PIB

  • The winners of the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2016 Competition recently received their awards from President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
  • APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2016 competition –is a national competition of original technological ideas and innovations by children up to class 12 or those out of school up to the age of 17 years.
  • It is organised by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) every year to promote creativity and originality among children.
  • The awards of IGNITE competition are announced every year on October 15th, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday, which is celebrated as the Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.
  • Starting in 2008, in the last eight years, 173 awards have been given to 246 children.
  • Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Award is an effort to focus primarily on the creativity of the children and promote inclusive and compassionate thinking among them.

4.Airborne lasers to throw light on Rajgir’s history

Source: The Hindu

Archaeologists are planning to deploy high-end scanning lasers on airborne platforms to survey the archaeological evidence, flora and fauna in the ancient Rajgir hills in Bihar, an area associated with Buddha.

As part of the inter-disciplinary Rajgir Archaeological Survey Project (RASP), archaeologists hope to use Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), which is a remote-sensing technique that uses laser light to sample the surface of the earth.

RASP is a collaborative project between the society and Nalanda University in co-ordination with Bihar’s Ministry of Art, Culture and Youth.

Rajgir’s history: With its complex of temples and monasteries, Rajgir in Bihar’s Nalanda district is one of India’s most important tourist places for Buddhist pilgrims.

The city of Rajgir was the first capital of the Magadha empire. Buddha not only spent many years in Rajgir but also delivered sermons here.

His teachings were penned at Rajgir and it was also the venue for the first Buddhist Council. The region is also associated with Jainism.

First Buddhist Council was held under the leadership of Maha Kassapa.





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