1)National Level Conference on “Capacity Building of SDRFs-2017”:-
(Disaster management, GS-3)
- National Level Conference on “Capacity Building of SDRFs-2017.
- The conference was organised by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to develop a synergy and to highlight way ahead to strengthen the response capabilities of State Disaster Response Forces (SDRFs).
- National level conference on capacity building of SDRF-2017, the Union Home Secretary, Shri Rajiv Mehrishi addressed the delegates from the states. He emphasized that NDRF and SDRFs to work together on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) by educating the community and adopt new technologies to tackle the new emerging challenges besides their primary role.
- The strengthening of SDRF by specialized training and equipping with latest gadgets for prompt and timely response to disaster.
- The Home Secretary also assured State representatives to provide every possible help for making SDRF a self- contained response Force.
2)India signs the Multilateral Convention to implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) in Paris:-
(Internation Relation GS-2, Economy GS-3)
- Commitment to co-operate in the global efforts to tackle aggressive tax planning.
Significance of this move:-
The event marks a milestone in the global efforts to check tax evasion and tax planning strategies that exploit gaps and mismatches in
tax rules to artificially shift profits to low or no-tax jurisdictions where there is no or little economic activity resulting in no or little overall
corporate tax being paid.
The Multilateral Convention aims at swift and consistent implementation of the treaty related BEPS measures. India has been a very
active player in this global initiative and has significantly contributed to the development of the new international standards under the BEPS
India would welcome more and more jurisdictions to become signatories the Multilateral Convention and also include more of their bilateral
treaties as Covered Tax Agreements.
The Convention will ensure that the minimum standards regarding prevention of treaty abuse and amelioration of the international tax dispute
resolution process are implemented in all Covered Tax Agreements quickly.
Other BEPS outcomes such as amendment of the definition of the term ‘Permanent Establishment’ to plug unintended interpretation leading to
fiscal evasion, prevention of double non-taxation of hybrid entities, time threshold for treaty benefits to dividend and capital gains transactions
will be incorporated in the Covered Tax Agreements where all Contracting Parties agree.
Signatories representing 68 jurisdictions signed the Convention which will have the effect of amending most of the bilateral tax treaties of the
signatory jurisdictions in respect of treaty related measures under the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) package for preventing
artificial tax avoidance, prevention of treaty abuse, and improve dispute resolution.
3)‘DigiYatra’- A New Digital Experience for Air Travellers:-
(Human geography GS-1, Sci & Tech GS-3)
- The Ministry of Civil Aviation is adding a Digital experience for Air Travellers through DigiYatra Platform.
- The ‘DigiYatra’ is an industry-led initiative co-ordinated by the Ministry in line with the Prime Minister Digital India’s vision to transform the nation into a digitally empowered society.
- This follows Air Sewa which brings together all the stakeholders on a common platform for handling customer grievances and disseminating real-time data.
The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, the report on ‘DigiYatra’.
‘DigiYatra’ initiative aims to bring together entire industry to develop a digital ecosystem that will deliver Indian customers a seamless,
consistent and paperless service experience at every touch point of their journey.
DigiYatra initiative envisages providing airline travellers in India, a pioneering ‘digitally unified flying experience’ across all stages of their
4)Augmenting Cancer treatment facilities in the North East:-
(Social Development GS-1,2,3)
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the following:-
- Taking over Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and bringing it under the administrative control of Tata Memorial Centre, an Aided institution of DAE;
- The decision comes in the wake of the increasing instances of cancer, limited cancer treatment facilities and the need for a hospital support to carry out further research in North Eastern Region.
- The approximate non-recurring expenditure for strengthening of institute is estimated at Rs. 150 crore and annual recurring expenditure is estimated at Rs. 45- 50 crore.
- Borooah Cancer Institute was established in 1974 in Guwahati with the aim and objective of investigation, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the North Eastern region of India by a voluntary organization.
- Government of Assam took over the institute with all its assets and liabilities in
1986 and entered into a tripartite agreement with the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and North Eastern Council for management of the institute.
- The institute is presently a 209 bedded hospital with 8 bedded ICU. Tata Memorial hospital under DAE is a premier research institution in the field of cancer research and treatment.
- TMC under the aegis of DAE has been extending financial and technical support to the institute since 1989. Chief Minister of Assam in October 2013 had proposed that DAE
should take over the institute to develop it as a center for excellence for cancer treatment, education and research for the entire North East.
5)SATH program launched by NITI Aayog:-
(Governance GS-2, Social Development GS-3)
- Furthering the agenda for cooperative federalism, NITI Aayog has launched SATH, a program providing ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital’ with the State Governments.
- The vision of the program is to initiate transformation in the education and health sectors. The program addresses the need expressed by
many states for technical support from NITI.
- SATH aims to identify and build three future ‘role model’ states for health systems.
NITI will work in close collaboration with their state machinery to design a robust roadmap of intervention, develop a program governance structure, set up monitoring and tracking mechanisms, hand-hold state institutions through the execution stage and provide support on a range of institutional measures to achieve the end objectives.
- The program will be implemented by NITI along with McKinsey & Company and IPE Global consortium, who were selected through a
competitive bidding process.
Selection of states:-
- To select the three model states, NITI defined a three-stage process – expression of interest, presentations by the states and assessment of commitment to health sector reforms.
- States will be selected on the basis of evaluations and objective assessment of criteria affecting the potential for impact and likelihood of success.
- Metrics such as MMR, IMR, incidence of malaria and others have been considered for determining potential impact while density of doctors and nurses, compliance to IPHS norms are some of the metrics used to determine likelihood of success.
6)President of India launches mobile app ‘Selfie with Daughter”:-
- The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee launched a mobile Application ‘Selfie with Daughter’ at Rashtrapati Bhavan (June 9, 2017). The ‘Selfie with Daughter’ campaign was started by Shri Sunil Jaglan in June 2015 in village Bibipur, Jind, Haryana. A former
Sarpanch, Shri Jaglan has been working in the field of women empowerment and village development.
- The aim of the campaign is to motivate society to feel proud to be parents of a girl child which will result in improving the child sex
- Selfie-with-Daughter has become a world-wide movement against female foeticide and sex selection.
- This would eventually help in dealing with the problems arising out of gender imbalance and will promote woman empowerment in Society.
- The App is an innovative concept and an act of gentle persuasion.
Sex ratio in India:-
- In the Population Census of 2011 it was revealed that the population ratio of India 2011 is 940 females per 1000 of males.
- The Sex Ratio 2011 shows an upward trend from the census 2001 data. Census 2001 revealed that there were 933 females to that of 1000 males.
7)22ND APEDA Annual Award:-
(Food Processing GS-3)
- In order to felicitate the exporters for their distinguished service in exportsof Indian Agro and Processed Food, 82 awards were presented for the years 2014-15 and 2015-16. The awards were in the following categories: Diamond – 2 Gold – 33 Silver – 29 Bronze –
- Allanasons Ltd. got the “Diamond Trophy” for both years for their outstanding export performance and overall contribution in food sector.
- Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authoritypopularly known as APEDA is an apex body of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, to promote the export of agricultural commodities and processed food products.
- APEDA links Indian exporters to global markets besides providing comprehensive export oriented services. APEDA provides referral services and suggest suitable partners for joint ventures.
- APEDA’s export basket ranges from typically Indian ethnic products like pickles, chutneys, sauces, curries etc. to rice, honey, fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, beverages, guar gum, poultry, livestock products, confectionery, cut flowers, food grains, aromatic plants and other Indian delicacies.
India’s agro-product exports:-
(Agriculture & Food Processing GS-3)
- India has emerged as 7th largest exporter of agro-products.
- APEDA in association with the concerned line Ministries is addressing issues relating to market access. The total merchandise exports during 2016-17 stood at 276.28 billion US$ out of which agri exports comprised of 33.38 billion US$ representing 12.08% of the total exports.
- Exports of food products monitored by APEDA during 2016-17 stood at 16.28 billion US$ (Rs.1,08,867.17 crore) representing 48.77% of Agri exports from the country.
- Vietnam, UAE, Saudi Arabia, USA, Iran, Iraq and Nepal are the major destinations for export of food products from India.
- India has signed the Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) for Participation in the ANUGA Exhibition with Ms Katharina C Hamma, Chief
Operating Officer, Koelnmesse GmBH (Organizers of ANUGA).
- ANUGA – an acronym for Allgemeine Nahrungs Und Genußmittel Ausstellung (General Food and Non- essential Provisions Exhibition) is the world’s biggest and most important trade fair for Food and beverage trade. It is Organised in every 2 years. ANUGA 2017 is the 34th edition.
- ANUGA offers an extensive supporting programme with Lectures, Special exhibition and attractive industry events ANUGA is the leading export platform with 7,189 exhibitors from 109 countries with over 85% of Exhibitors from abroad.
- 1,60,000 decision makers from the retail and out-of-home market from 192 countries visited during last ANUGA. 66% of the industry visitors
8)Successful Flight Test of ATGM Nag:-
- The Anti-Tank Guided Missile Nag was successfully flight tested in the desert ranges of Rajasthan.
- Nag is a third-generation, fire-and-forget, anti-tank guided missile developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development
Organisation (DRDO) to support both mechanised infantry and airborne forces of the Indian Army.
- The missile incorporates an advanced passive homing guidance system and possesses high single-shot kill probability. It is designed to destroy modern main battle tanks and other heavily armoured targets.
- Nag can be launched from land and air-based platforms. The land version is currently available for integration on the Nag missile carrier (NAMICA), which is derived from a BMP-2 tracked infantry combat vehicle.
- The Nag missile was indigenously developed under the Indian Ministry of Defence’s integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP), which also involved the development of four other missiles that are Agni, Akash, Trishul and Prithvi.