Current Affairs – June, 2019

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‘Go Tribal’ campaign launched

Go Tribal campaign, was launched by Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India) in association with Amazon Global.

Key Highlights about Campaign

Objective: To create awareness and promote tribal arts and crafts as well as help in socio-economic welfare of more than 700 Indian tribes, by promoting and making available tribal handcrafted textiles, jewellery, and other accessories via global online market spaces.

Organiser: The ‘Go Tribal’ camp was organised by TRIFED.

Global Launch of “TRIBES India”: Under the campaign, Tribes India and Amazon Global Marketing will launch TRIBES India products globally through website ( which will showcase an array of product range.

Amazon, an e-commerce giant company will market ‘Tribes India collections under sections of ‘Tribes of India Heritage Collectionwhich will include handcrafted textiles like ikats, silks and pashminas; tribal jewellery like dokras and banjaras, gifts and pottery and Tribes of India Natural Collectionwhich will include Telangana coffees, Uttarakhand soaps, Karnataka spices and more.


The careful precision and handcrafted intricacy of works of tribal master craftsmen from all over India will be showcased through ‘Go Tribal’ campaign.

Through this initiative government wants to promote Indian tribal communities and their art while helping them to go global and providing them opportunities to attain a sustainable livelihood. This could be achieved as online market has no geographical boundaries.

What is TRIFED?

TRIFED is an organization that functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs and is engaged in marketing development of tribal products including tribal art and craft under the brand name of TRIBES INDIA.

Saudi Arabia raises India’s Hajj Quota by 30,000

In a significant step, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia increased India’s Haj quota by 30,000 thus lifting the figure to 200,000 per year (from 170,000). This move will pave the way for more Indians to go for the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi kingdom.

Key Highlights

Background: In 2018, Saudi Arabia increased India’s Haj quota by 5,000, while in 2017 it was increased by about 35,000. Last year government removed the Haj subsidy it provided to pilgrims undertaking Haj in the light of a Supreme Court order of 2012 and the same year government also allowed Muslim women to go on Haj without Mehram (means male companion), following which about 1,300 women went to Hajj without any male companion. They were exempted from lottery system.

Discussion: The issue related to India’s Haj quota was discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bilateral talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during ongoing G20 Summit in Osaka Japan.

India-Saudi Arabia: During the talks India discussed deepening cooperation in trade and investment, energy security and counter-terrorism with its invaluable strategic partner Saudi Arabia. Two leaders also spoke about need for greater tourism, more flights. Saudi Crown Prince also invited PM Modi to be one of the main guests at an International Conference in late 2019. The invitation was accepted by India.

Significance: This is the 3rd hike in past three years. When the Modi government first came to power in 2014, India’s Hajj quota was 136,000 which has now been increased to 200,000 per year. This enhanced quota means that India will send 2nd-highest number of pilgrims for Hajj after Indonesia i.e. 2 lakh Indians will have the opportunity to go for Haj.

About Hajj

It is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, a city in Hejazi region of Saudi Arabia. It is the holiest city for Muslims.

Hajj is a mandatory religious duty for all belonging to Muslims faith and all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable have to carry out this pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

Hajj pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th (or sometimes 13th) of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of Islamic calendar (which is a lunar calendar).