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Start Up India-first time in Republic Parade; Indian Navy

The Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) operating under Ministry of Commerce and Industry is to showcase tableau on Start Up India at the Republic Day Parade to be held at Rajpath, New Delhi. The tableau is to be held under the theme

Theme: Reach for the sky

This is the first time Start Up India is participating at the Parade.


The following are to be represented at the parade

  • The Tableau will showcase the stages of life cycle of a start-up
  • The front of the tableau depicts creative mind, middle represents kinds of support that are being provided to start ups by the GoI and wheel will depict sectors of Indian Economy that have driven growth employment generation.
  • The Map of India is to represent the spread of start-up India scheme

According to DPIIT, around 26,000 startups have been recognized. It has reached 551 districts in 28 states. Today, the startup initiative attracts global investments and has created more than 2,91,000 jobs.

Indian Navy

The Indian Navy is to showcase its tableau at the Republic Day parade under the theme

Theme: Indian Navy-Silent, Strong and Swift

It is with the same theme the Indian Navy week was celebrated. It will showcase the fire power of Navy in all three dimensions namely sub-surface, surface and air. The Kalvari class submarine, Harpoon missiles, MiG 29K fighter jets are to be part of the Tableau.

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GoI launches paperless licensing of petroleum service stations

On January 20, 2020, the Department of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) announced that it has launched paperless licensing process for petroleum service stations. The paperless licensing has been launched under Petroleum Rules, 2002. The implementing agency of the order would be Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO).


The issue of paperless license for road tankers was launched earlier this month. After its launch, 300 licenses have been issued so far. With the paperless licensing being extended for petroleum service stations, it will benefit more than 70,000 pumps and oil marketing companies. Also, the move is important because, of all the licenses the road tankers and petroleum service station licenses account to more than 85%. Therefore, this will benefit in decreasing the transit time of fuel as a greater number of vehicles can easily be employed in the process.


PESO is a department formed under DPIIT and both the bodies work under Ministry of Commerce and Industry. PESO administers the following acts

  • Explosive Act, 1884
  • Petroleum Act 1934
  • Explosive Substance Act
  • Inflammable Substance Act 1952
  • Environment Protection Act 1986

It controls the export, import, storage, transport and usage of explosive materials.

The authority has framed several rules such as Explosive rules, 2008, petroleum rules, 2002, Gas Cylinder rules 2002, Calcium carbide rules, 1987, Ammonium nitrate rules, etc.

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