Rajnath Singh chairs second meeting of Island Development Agency
- The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has headed the second meeting of Island Development Agency (IDA) here today. The Island Development Agency has showed the one more development plans and detailed master plans for holistic development of 09 islands (four in A&N Islands i.e. Smith, Ross, Long, Avis) and (five in Lakshadweep i.e. Minicoy, Bangaram, Thinnakara, Cheriyam, Suheli). This project has been handle by the NITI Aayog aims at promoting and implementing development based on sustainable approach to building a thriving maritime economy of the project islands.
- The Union Home Minister has showed the expression that there has been the progress has been done since the last meeting that was done on July 24, 2017, in which there has been the most focus has been done on the identify and execute infrastructure and connectivity projects together with provisioning of water and electricity.
- This has been measured that there has been the the site map has clearly mapped and delineated environmentally sensitive zones in the project islands and considering the unique maritime and territorial bio-diversity of the islands, enhanced connectivity has been recommended as one of the key priorities. By this there has been the decide of the Naval air station at Shibpur near Diglipur in northern Andaman & Nicobar Islands would be co-used as Joint User Airport.
- In this meeting, there has been the focus of the PPP package including a airport (Joint User Airport) at Minicoy Island, to unlock the tourism potential. It was agreed to promote tuna fishing industry for improving livelihoods in Lakshadweep. Union Home Minister directed all concerned to expedite implementation of ongoing key infrastructure projects in the islands and develop community based tourism in consultation with local stakeholders.
- The Ministry of Home Affairs or Home Ministry is a ministry of the Government of India, serving as the Indian State Department
- As an interior ministry, it is mainly responsible for the maintenance of internal security and domestic policy
- Formed: 15 August 1947
- Jurisdiction: India
- Headquarters: North Block, Cabinet Secretariat, Raisina Hill, New Delhi – 110 001
- Cabinet minister: Rajnath Singh
- Minister of state: Kiren Rijiju, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
- Departments: Department of Internal Security,
Varanasi tops the List of Country’s Most Polluted City
- The time when the national capital has been full of the pollution and had the toip of the pollution, a report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has found that the air quality of holy city Varanasi is most polluted among the 42 cities monitored recently.
- Varanasi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) at 4 PM was at an alarming 491, followed by Gurugram at 480, Delhi at 468, Lucknow at 462 and Kanpur at 461. Notably, pollution level is categorised as ‘severe’ when the AQI ranges between 401 and 500, which affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases.
- The stubble burning by farmers in northern states of Punjab and Haryana has been decided toi scedule to the causing pollution in the northern belt of India.
- The air pollution in the national capital has been ranked in the worse in the past few days, because of the air quality dropping to ‘severe’ category and a thick toxic smog enshrouding the region. Besides hampering visibility on road, the situation has become a public health emergency.
Odisha, West Bengal to hold joint coastal security exercise
- For the security from the intruders in the coastline, the state government and neighboring West Bengal would conduct a joint coastal security exercise in coordination with Indian Navy and Coast Guard.
- “Sagar Kavach security exercise is a realistic drill to check the efficacy of the security parameters and preparedness of various security forces like the Indian Navy, Marine police force, Indian Coast Guard, forest department, fisheries and district administration,” Tripathy told reporters.
- Stating that such security exercises are being conducted every year, Tripathy said this year, it would be done for the first time with West Bengal.
- “We are going to organise a simulated terror attack at a random place along Odisha or West Bengal coast and check how effective our marine policing is. The intruders will be named as ‘red force’. The exercise will be held over two days within a week,” he said.”The drill is to reevaluate the existing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) mechanisms. All stakeholders who attended the meeting were made aware about exercise settings and other SOPs. The coast guard, and all the security forces, even the district administrations have been very helpful and proactive towards coastal security. After the drill, we will review if there are any loopholes,” West Bengal Coast Guard Commander M A Warsi said.
- Of the total 18 marine police stations approved for Odisha, five police stations at Balaramgadi (Balasore), Dhamra (Bhadrak), Jambu (Kendrapada), Paradip (Jagatsinghpur) and Aryapalli (Ganjam) are fully functional while the rest are not adequately equipped. The coastal police stations have over 700 personnel of various ranks.
India sixth most vulnerable country facing extreme weather events – Report
- In the mode of the face of the weather in the event the India is the sixth most vulnerable country in the world with the Haiti, Zimbabwe, Fiji, Sri Lanka and Vietnam taking top five positions in the fresh list of nations facing climate risk.
- “Geological incidents like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or tsunamis, for which data is also available, are not relevant in this context as they do not depend on the weather and therefore are not possibly related to climate change”, the report said.
- As far as long-term (1997-2016) CRI of countries are concerned, India is not in the list of the top 10 vulnerable nations which include Honduras, Haiti, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand and Dominican Republic (in that order) in the list. India figured at 12th position in that list.
- “The CRI does not provide an all-encompassing analysis of the risk of anthropogenic climate change, but should be seen as just one analysis explaining countries’ exposure and vulnerability to climate-related risk based on the most reliable quantified data. It is based on the current and past climate variability and also on climate change”, the report said.
Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit held in Vietnam
- President Donald Trump on Friday has been get forwarded the freedom and economic openness in a forceful speech that portrayed Washington as a more respectful trade partner to Asian nations than China has been.
- Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam, the president also warned against mistreating his country, accusing some countries in the region of “product dumping, subsidized goods, currency manipulation and predatory industrial policies.”
- “We can no longer tolerate these chronic trade abuses, and we will not tolerate them,” Trump said.
- “From this day forward, we will compete on a fair and equal basis,” he added. “We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore. I am always going to put America first the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first.”
- Additionally, Washington will “no longer tolerate the audacious theft of intellectual property, we will confront the destructive practices of forcing businesses to surrender their technologies to the state and forcing them into joint ventures in exchange for market access,” he said. “Those who play by the rules will be Washington’s closest economic partners,” Trump said, “Those who do not can be certain that the United States will no longer turn a blind eye to violations, cheating or economic aggression. Those days are over.”
- “We cannot achieve open markets if we do not ensure fair market access,” he said, adding that unfair trade “undermines us all.”
- The world’s largest economy will also sign bilateral trade agreements with Indo-Pacific nations that abide by fair and reciprocal trade, he continued. “What we will no longer do is enter into large agreements that surrender our sovereignty.”
- “Trump was widely expected to hold a separate meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will also be at the APEC summit. But that won’t be possible due to scheduling conflicts,” the White House said Friday.
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region
- Headquarters: Singapore
- Founder: Bob Hawke
- Founded: November 1989, Canberra, Australia
- Chairperson: Trần Đại Quang
- Type of business: Economic meeting
- Members: China, United States of America, Vietnam, Japan, Russia,
BANKING AND FINANCE
Air India gets Rs 1,500 crore loan from Bank of India
- Debt-laden Air India has given the loan of Rs 1,500 crore from Bank of India to meet urgent working capital needs less than a month after floating a tender in this regard, an airline source said. This was the second time in the month that the flagship carrier has received loans from a public sector lender.
- Battling multiple headwinds, the disinvestment-bound airline has been working on ways to reduce its debt, including by way of selling non-core assets and expanding operations.
- The source said, “The airline has received Rs 1,500 crore loan from Bank of India after the tender for the amount was floated last month in order to meet “urgent” working capital needs.”
- “Prior to that, the airline had borrowed around Rs 3,250 crore as short tenure loans from two lenders — IndusInd Bank and Punjab National Bank,” sources had said.
- The Air India group flies to 44 overseas and 75 domestic destinations. There are flights to Copenhagen, Tokyo, Washington, Stockholm, Sydney, Hong Kong, Kabul, Colombo, Seoul, Singapore and London, among other foreign cities.
- Air India is the flag carrier airline of India
- It is owned by Air India Limited, a government-owned enterprise, and operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft serving 90 domestic and international destinations
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- CEO: Rajiv Bansal (2017–)
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- Parent organization: Air India Limited
Karnataka inks pacts with Chinese firms
- Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has started the sixth China-India Forum meet being jointly hosted by the Government of China, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), China-India Friendship Association (CIFA), and Podar Enterprise here on Friday.
- Karnataka Minister for Large and Medium Industries RV Deshpande said, “Karnataka expected trade and investments between India and China to increase as India sees big opportunities to attract Chinese companies to Make in India, besides attracting investments.”
- “Karnataka is an ideal first choice for investment as one of the most entrepreneurial states in the country. There are huge opportunities for collaboration between Karnataka and China,” Deshpande said.
- The following MoUs were signed at the Forum: Semiconductor Alliance of China and Beijing Construction & Highway Development Group presented EoI letters to the Karnataka government.
Science and Technology
China to make first contact with Alien life using world’s largest dish
- CHINA is saying that it can get contact with the Alien Life from the first from all over the world, thanks to the world’s largest radio dish, which can detect signals from even the deepest parts of space.
- Speaking about the Tiangong 2 mission President Xi Jinping, said that the project would “enable China to take larger and further steps in space exploration, and make new contributions to building up China as a space power”.
- Liu Cixin, one China’s top researchers into alien life, described the dish as looking “like something out of science fiction”.
- But Mr Liu, who has written a great deal about the risks of the first contact, warns that the “appearance of this Other” might be imminent and could result in our extinction.
- In one of his books, he said: “Perhaps in ten thousand years, the starry sky that humankind gazes upon will remain empty and silent. “But perhaps tomorrow we’ll wake up and find an alien spaceship the size of the Moon parked in orbit.”
Bhaskar Ganguly, former football captain, appointed AIFF ombudsman by Supreme Court
- The Supreme Court on Saturday appointed former India goalkeeper Bhaskar Ganguly to the two-member committee, which will get the kepp the sight at the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
- Ganguly, has served as the farmer captain of the Indian team at the year 1982 Asian Games, will serve as ombudsman along with former Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi.
- The High Court had also appointed S.Y. Quraishi as the AIFF administrator. This order has came after the two days later when the India successfully hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time. Patel had said during the tournament that India was also looking to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
- The AIFF had applied the flea to the Supreme Court against the order, arguing that appointment of an administrator for running the affairs of the federation
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Olympic gymnast Dipa karamakar conferred with D.Litt. degree from NIT Agartala
- India’s star gymnast Dipa Karmakar has given the D.Litt. degree from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Agartala.
- At the time of the giving the degree she stated that the, Karmakar said she wanted to achieve such a degree once and that it would further add to her responsibility towards the people of the country.
- “In a recognition of her brilliant success and contribution in the field, the government of India had conferred upon her Padma Shri in 2017 and our institute NIT Agartala also felt it was very appropriate and truly inspiring to hundreds of very good athletes, sportsman and gymnast all over the state to know that this institute which stands for excellence to award Honoris Causa D.Litt. degree to Dipa Karmakar,” Prof. Ray said.
- Besides Dipa, the NIT also conferred D.Sc. degree upon IIT Guwahati Director Goutam Biswas and Jadavpur University professor Biswajit Ghosh at its tenth convocation held on Saturday.
Former Nepal PM Kirti Nidhi Bista passes away
- Nepal’s three-time Prime Minister Kirti Nidhi Bista has been died on Saturday at the age of 90 years, the state-owned Nepal Television said.
- The veteran politician breathed has taken her last breath at the Gyaneswor in the capital after a prolonged battle with cancer.
- “Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and senior politicians have expressed deep sorrow at the passing of the former Prime Minister,” Xinhua news agency reported.
- “I’m deeply saddened at the passing away of Kirti Nidhi Bista. He was an epitome of simplicity and integrity, and will always be remembered as a great soul. My heart goes out to his bereaved family,” Deuba tweeted.
- Bista has served as Prime Minister from 1969 to 1970, 1971 to 1973 and 1977 to 1979 during the party-less Panchayat system under two monarchs — King Mahendra and King Birendra.