Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited and Indian Ocean Naval Symposium

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Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited

  • Est. 1956

  • One of the leading producers of fertilizers in India. Awarded the Miniratna status.

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)

  • Started in 2008

  • Provides a regional forum through which the ‘Chiefs-of-Navy’ of all littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region can periodically meet to constructively engage one another through the creation and promotion of regionally relevant mechanisms, events and activities.

National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC)

  • Est. 1975

  • To plan, promote and organize an integrated and efficient development of hydroelectric power in all aspects. It now, also includes Geothermal, Tidal and Wind energy.

PowerGrid Corporation of India (PGCIL)

  • Est. 1992

  • HQ: Gurgaon

  • Chairman: S K Charurvedi (MD as well)

  • Status: Navratna.

  • It is one of the largest transmission utilities in the world. It wheels about 45 pc of the total power generated in the country on its transmission network. It has also diversified into Telecom business.

Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC)

  • It is an attached office of the Department of Information Technology (DIT), GoI, provides quality assurance services in the area of electronics and IT through countrywide network of laboratories and centres. The services include testing, calibration, training and certification to public and private organizations. In July 2010, it was selected as the Biometric Certification Agency for UIDAI.


  • Est. 1990

  • Initially a wholly owned subsidiary of IDBI. Initially it worked as a re-financing agency to banks and state level financial institutions for their credit to small industries, it has now expanded its activities and provides direct credit to SMEs. It has floated several other entities. The Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises provides guarantee to banks for collateral free loans extended to SME. SIDBI Venture Capital Ltd is a venture capital company focussed at SME. SME Rating Agency of India Ltd (SMERA) provides composite ratings to SME. SIDBI is included in the list of top 30 development banks of the world in the 2001 ranking of The Banker, London.

Central Institute of Indian Languages

  • Mysore

  • Under the ministry of HRD. Established to co-ordinate the development of Indian languages.

Power Finance Corporation

Rural Electrification Corporation

Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction

  • Est. 1987

  • Under: Department of Economic Affairs

  • It is established under the Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provisions) Act, 1985 (SICA). The main objective of SICA is to determine sickness and expedite the revival of potentially viable units or closure of unviable units.

Foreign Investment Promotion Board

FIPB is a government body that offers a single window clearance for proposals on foreign direct investment in the country that are not allowed access through the automatic route (restricted sectors). Secretary, Economic Affairs is the Chairman.

Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

  • Est. 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and UNEP.

  • Tasked with evaluating the risk of climate change caused by human activity.

  • International Seed Treaty

  • Aka International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

  • Approved: 2001 at FAO Adopted: 2007 Signatories: 125 countries

  • Aims at guaranteeing food security through conservation, exchange and sustainable use of world’s genetic resources for food and agriculture. Recognizes farmer rights and allows individuals to contribute to the gene banks.

World Economic Forum

  • Started in 1971 by Claus Schwab.

  • HQ: Geneva

Non-profit foundation. Organizes its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Funded by 1000 companies. Has an observer status in EcoSoc. Also organizes the annual meeting of New Champions every year in China. It publishes the following reports:

  • Global Competitiveness Report

  • Global Information Technology Report

  • Global Gender Gap Report

  • Global Risks Report

  • Global Travel and Tourism Report

  • Global Enabling Trade Report

Gives the Technology Pioneers Awards.

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