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PIB Summaries 02 April 2024

  1. Lalit Kala Akademi
  2. Clean Energy Transitions Programme


Context:

Recently, the Ministry of Culture has curtailed the powers of the Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) Chairman, barring him from taking any “administrative actions”.

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GS I: Culture

About the Lalit Kala Akademi:

  • Established on 5th August 1954, the Lalit Kala Akademi was inaugurated by the then Minister for Education, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and is registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860.
  • The Akademi houses and documents a distinguished permanent collection that showcases the dynamic, intricate, and evolving nature of contemporary, modern, folk, and tribal art in India.
  • Serving as India’s premier national academy of fine arts, it was founded by the Government of India with the aim to foster and spread awareness of Indian art both domestically and internationally.
  • Through Cultural Agreements and Cultural Exchange Programmes, it actively promotes Indian Visual Art across various countries globally.
  • The Lalit Kala Akademi’s National Exhibition of Art stands as its most esteemed annual event.
  • Financial backing for the Akademi comes from the Ministry of Culture.
  • he Akademi operates regional centres located in Chennai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, and Garhi.
  • Its main headquarters is situated in New Delhi.


Context:

Recently, the International Energy Agency (IEA) launched the Clean Energy Transitions Programme annual report 2023.

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GS III: Energy

About the Clean Energy Transitions Programme:

  • Introduced in 2017, the Clean Energy Transitions Programme is the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) premier initiative designed to hasten the advancement towards a global net-zero energy system.
  • Utilizing the expertise and authority of the world’s leading energy organization, it focuses on expediting clean energy transitions, especially in emerging and developing nations.
  • The programme’s objectives align with the targets set by the 2015 Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations.
Key facts about the IEA:
  • The IEA is an independent intergovernmental organization operating within the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  • Collaborating with governments and the industry, the IEA aims to shape a resilient and sustainable energy landscape for everyone.
  • Established in 1974, its primary mission was to safeguard the stability of oil provisions.
  • The formation of the IEA was prompted by the 1973-1974 oil crisis, during which an oil embargo imposed by major producers led to soaring prices, highlighting the susceptibility of industrialized nations to oil import reliance.
  • Currently, the IEA comprises 31 member countries and eleven associate countries.
  • For a nation to be considered for IEA membership, it must already be a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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