Current Affairs Today – December, 4th, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

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Current Affairs Today – December, 4th, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

22nd small farmers Agri-Business Consortium held in New Delhi

22nd small farmers Agri-Business Consortium held in New Delhi

  1. Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has today headed the 22nd meeting of Board of Mangement (BOM) of Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) in, New Delhi, today. Shri Singh has told in brief about the SFAC, an exclusive society that focuses on increasing incomes of small and marginal farmers through aggregation and development of agribusiness.
  2. Shri Singh said that SFAC’s VCA Scheme has been getting the good aspect from the agripreneurs and many cases are in pipeline for sanction. Shri Singh was has also get to know that in the agri-business units’ proposals have been recommended to SFAC by notified financial institutions under VCA Scheme and it is also the result of publicity and awareness camps which have been organized by SFAC to publicize the VCA scheme all over India.
  3. The Union Agriculture Minister said that SFAC organised nationwide publicity and awareness programme to publicise VCA scheme and to provide better clarity of the EGCGF scheme amongst FPOs, Bankers/NABARD, Line Departments, FPOs Members and RIs.
  4. FPO has been produced in the section of fisheries sector and a pilot project involving formation of 21 Fish Farmers Producer Organizations (FFPOs) in the major fish producing States has been submitted. For northeast region, Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC’s) and Spice Board are working with North Eastern Council (NEC) to form spice based FPCs in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Techno-commercial agreement signed with Spain for three RRTS corridors

Techno-commercial agreement signed with Spain for three RRTS corridors

  1. India has enrolled itself in the field of techno-commercial agreement with Spain’s Administrator de Infrastructures Ferroviarias (ADIF) to get the one of the most important advice on track, signalling, rolling stock safety, station design etc for construction of the three Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridors – Delhi-Meerut, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Alwar, official sources said.
  2. An Indo-Spanish technical cooperation agreement that was signed by Vinay Kumar Singh, managing director, National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) and Miguel Nieto Menor, Director General, ADIF of Spain, in the presence of Hardeep Singh Puri, minister of housing and urban affairs and Durga Shanker Mishra, secretary in the ministry.
  3. National Capital Region Transport Corporation, a joint venture between the government of India and state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi, is mandated to design, construct, operate and maintain rail based Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) in the National Capital Region.
  4. Three RRTS corridors: Delhi-Meerut Smart Line, Delhi – Panipat Smart Line and Delhi – Alwar Smart Line have been prioritised for implementation in the first phase. Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor will be the first corridor to be implemented for which pre-construction activities including geo-technical investigations, detailed design, utility shifting planning and traffic diversion planning are in progress.

 

Panel set up by government for GST tweaks set to recommend several changes

  1. A panel of industry representatives that has been started the one of the fresh set of changes in the goods and services tax (GST) to make life easier for businesses.
  2. The six-member committee has been started by the government to provide inputs to the GST law review committee, comprising officers, to overhaul the legislation and remove irritants in the new regime that kicked in from July. The government that has already undertaken massive changes, including pruning the list of items in the highest bracket of 28% to 50 from over 200 products earlier.
  3. In the report of the media, it is told that the group has completed its work and identified at least a dozen areas where changes are required for smoother implementation.
  4. In the term of the changes that has brought as temporary relief measures, such as quarterly filing of returns, the panel wants them to be made permanent. This is in addition to suggesting simplification of forms, an issue that is also being dealt with by a committee headed by GST Network chairperson A B Pandey.

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India re-elected to International Maritime Organization Council

India re-elected to International Maritime Organization Council

  1. India has been get won by getting the one of the strong number of the vote by enabling it to re-enter the council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for the next two years. India has secured 144 votes from the member countries while Germany bagged 146.
  2. “India enters the IMO Council under category B having won 144 votes, the second highest in the category. A proud moment for the country,” Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Y K Sinha, who represented the nation at the assembly, had tweeted right after the results were out.
  3. Sinha said, “Efforts led by him and country’s missions abroad aided in overcoming the reluctance of a large number of nations who supported India in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) elections and were initially inclined to give support to others in the IMO elections.”
  4. “Personal intervention with Heads of Delegations in last two days paid rich dividends,” the diplomat added.
  5. “Elated to share that India’s campaign at the highest level has ensured the seat at Category-B (States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade) of @IMOHQ council by securing 144 votes, 2nd after Germany(146). A proud moment for the country !,” he tweeted.
  6. The other countries to make the cut included France (140), Canada (138), Spain (137), Brazil (131), Sweden (129), The Netherlands (124) and the UAE (115).

KEYS:

  1. The International Maritime Organization, known as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization until 1982, is a specialised agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping
  2. Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  3. Head: Kitack Lim
  4. Founder: United Nations
  5. Founded: 17 March 1948
  6. Abbreviation: IMO / OMI
  7. Parent organization: United Nations

 

Philippines suspends world-first dengue vaccine

Philippines suspends world-first dengue vaccine

  1. The Philippines said on Friday that is on Dec 1 that it had neglected the landmark public vaccination programme for the potentially deadly dengue virus after its manufacturer warned it could worsen the disease in some cases.
  2. “In the light of this new analysis, the DOH (Department of Health) will place the dengue vaccination programme on hold while review and consultation is ongoing with experts, key stakeholders, and the WHO (World Health Organisation),” Health Secretary Francisco Duque said.
  3. It said on Wednesday that a new study has confirmed Dengvaxia’s benefits for “those who had prior infection”.
  4. “For those not previously infected by dengue virus, however, the analysis found that in the longer term, more cases of severe disease could occur following vaccination upon a subsequent dengue infection,” Sanofi said.
  5. The WHO said in a statement that in the light of the new findings, “as a precautionary and interim measure, WHO recommends that Dengvaxia is only administered to subjects that are known to have been infected with dengue prior to vaccination.”
  6. “The WHO’s advisory group on vaccination, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), will meet in two weeks to decide if the suspension should remain in force,” it added.

KEYS:

  1. The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific, comprising more than 7,000 islands
  2. Its capital, Manila, is famous for its waterfront promenade and centuries-old Chinatown, Binondo
  3. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila
  4. It’s home to the baroque 17th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and military prison
  5. Capital: Manila
  6. Dialing code: +63
  7. Currency: Philippine peso
  8. Optional languagesb: Spanish; Arabic
  9. Official languages: English, Filipino

 

Indian engineers launch major road project in South Sudan

Indian engineers launch major road project in South Sudan

  1. There has been the huge project has started that is the 205 kilometers of road from Malakal to Melut, in the north of South Sudan, is underway by Indian engineers serving with the United Nations Mission in the conflict-affected country.
  2. In the event in which by the point the commencement of work, the local Governor, James Tor Munybuny, said the project to repair and maintain the road would improve accessibility and would be a relief for all road users including local motorists and traders as well as humanitarian agencies trying to access vulnerable people.
  3. He said, “The project was a sign of the strong relationship between UNMISS and local authorities and demonstrated their joint commitment to building durable peace in the country.”
  4. “This is not just an important activity that we are undertaking to ensure that we are able to provide the necessary logistical support to far-flung areas where UNMISS is based, be it Melut, or Renk or Bunj, but it is also the beginning of providing some important repair work on a road that brings together families and communities,” she said.

BANKING AND FINANCE

Core sectors log 4.7% growth in October

Core sectors log 4.7% growth in October

  1. The combined index of eight core industries has been raised itself by 4.7 per cent in October 2017 on the back of higher refinery and coal production.
  2. An official statement said, “Coal production increased by 3.9 per cent in October 2017 while crude oil refinery production grew by 7.5 per cent during the period under consideration.”
  3. “The early indicators for industrial production in the organised sectors in October 2017 signal a mixed trend, with a steady growth of core sector output offset by a deterioration in the pace of YoY growth of automobile production and a contraction in merchandise exports in US dollar terms,” said Aditi Nayar, principal economist at ratings agency ICRA.
  4. “On balance, IIP growth is expected to ease in October 2017 relative to the initial print of 3.8% for September 2017,” she said.

 

Surya Prakash reappointed Prasar Bharati Chairman

Surya Prakash reappointed Prasar Bharati Chairman

  1. Former journalist and author A. Surya Prakash has been appointed as the chairperson of the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati this is of him the second time. Prasar Bharati runs Doordarshan and All India Radio.
  2. Prakash, who was at the team of the Prasar Bharati for three years since 2014, retired earlier in October. In the term of the information and broadcasting ministry (I&B) dated 1 December, Prakash’s reappointment (for a period of a little over two years till February 2020) was approved by a three-member committee headed by the vice-president M. Venkaiah Naidu.
  3. “The cornerstone of my engagement with Prasar Bharati does not change at all. At best, it is reinforced. My focus will be on professionalizing Prasar Bharati and creating content in sync with the New India vision. We have to create a digitally and technologically savvy corporation. The big battle is to make content available to consumers in all possible formats,” Prakash told Mint.
  4. In the end of the year that is at the 31 March, Doordarshan recorded a net revenue of Rs 827.51 crore, surpassing its annual target of Rs 800 crore. The broadcaster had earned Rs 755 crore in 2015-16. Meanwhile, All India Radio earned Rs 455 crore in annual revenue for the year 2016-17, up from Rs 447 crore in 2015-16.

Science and Technology

NASA fires up Voyager after 37 years

NASA fires up Voyager after 37 years

  1. NASA’s far-flung Voyager 1 spacecraft has get the one of the most mothballs. Voyager 1 hadn’t used its four “trajectory correction maneuver” (TCM) thrusters since November the year 1980, during the spacecraft’s last planetary fly by an epic encounter with Saturn.
  2. “The Voyager team got more excited each time with each milestone in the thruster test,” Todd Barber, a propulsion engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. “The mood was one of relief, joy and incredulity after witnessing these well-rested thrusters pick up the baton as if no time had passed at all.”
  3. “A successful test was far from guaranteed. Not only was the long layoff a potential issue, but the TCM thrusters were designed to burn continuously for relatively long stretches; they had never been fired in the very short bursts employed for attitude control,” NASA officials said.
  4. “The Voyager flight team dug up decades-old data and examined the software that was coded in an outdated assembler language, to make sure we could safely test the thrusters,” Chris Jones, chief engineer at JPL, said in the same statement.
  5. “The plan is now to press the TCM engines into service in the attitude-control role, beginning in January. This should make a big difference for the mission,” team members said.
  6. “With these thrusters that are still functional after 37 years without use, we will be able to extend the life of the Voyager 1 spacecraft by two to three years,” Voyager project manager Suzanne Dodd, also of JPL, said in the same statement.
  7. “Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, launched a few weeks apart in 1977 to conduct an unprecedented “grand tour” of the solar system’s giant planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The spacecraft accomplished this goal, and then kept on flying. Voyager 2 is expected to join its sibling in interstellar space in the next few years,” NASA officials said.
  8. “The mission team will probably do a similar TCM test on Voyager 2 at some point, but that spacecraft’s attitude-control thrusters are in better shape than those of Voyager 1,” NASA officials said.

SPORTS

Shiva Keshavan wins gold in Asian Luge Championships

Shiva Keshavan wins gold in Asian Luge Championships

  1. Shiva Keshavan, India’s veteran Winter Olympian has won the gold medal at the Asian Luge Championships at Altenberg, Germany and has ragister his fame by getting of 55.60 seconds.
  2. By the one of the small blogging site of the Indian luger expressed his happiness and wrote,”Just won the Gold at the Asian Championship 2017/18! Thanks for all your support! Proud to represent India!”
  3. Last year’s silver medallist from Korea, Kim Donghyeon, crashed in this same technical portion, but luckily came away with only minor injuries. Shiva has been get down by the Lien Te-An of Taiwan (56.12 seconds) and Kim Dong Kyu of Korea (56.50 seconds) who bagged the silver and bronze medals respectively.
  4. Keshavan after the race has said that he is happy for the India that it has bagged the one more time madal in the India and that is the proud moment for the India that it has won the one of the prestigious win in the Asian Luge Championships at Altenberg, Germany.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

World Weightlifting Championship  –  Mirabai Chanu wins India’s first gold in 22 years

World Weightlifting Championship  -  Mirabai Chanu wins India's first gold in 22 years

  1. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu on Saturday has become the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA, exorcising the ghosts of her forgettable outing at the Rio Olympics.
  2. “What I have achieved today would not have been possible without the guidance of my coach Vijay Sharma. Me and my coach left no stone unturned in our quest to taste success at the top level,” said Chanu, the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist.
  3. “It was disappointing I could not win a medal in Rio Olympics. I made mistakes (in Rio) and I am still sad about that. This medal has erased that sadness. I will work on my weaknesses and try to win medals in CWG and Asian Games next year and Tokyo Olympics.”
  4. “We have got a medal in weightlifting after 24 years, it is great achievement. In fact, this is a bigger achievement than Olympics because World Championships is much tougher with a bigger and stronger pool of players,” Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Secretary General Sahdev Yadav told PTI from Anaheim.
  5. “I would like to congratulate both Mirabai as well as coach Vijay Sharma for the huge feat. The coach trained her very well and he deserves a lot of credit for her success,” he added.

 

OBITUARY

FArmer Chief Justice of India Adarsh Sein Anand Passes awar at 81

FArmer Chief Justice of India Adarsh Sein Anand Passes awar at 81

  1. Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Adarsh Sein Anand has been died on Friday after prolonged illness. He was 81 years old. He was the 29th CJI and served from October 10, in the year 1998 to October 31, in the year 2001.
  2. He had also practiced as a lawyer at Chandigarh before his elevation as the judge. He had done his education from Jammu and Kashmir and started his practice at the high court in Chandigarh in 1964.
  3. In 1976, he became a permanent judge of the Jammu and Kashmir high court. Before his elevation to Supreme Court, Justice Anand had also served in the Madras high court. His daughter, Munisha Gandhi is a senior advocate at the Punjab and Haryana high court. His cremation would take place on Sunday in Delhi.

 

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