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Eastern Air Command commanders’ conference held in Shillong

Eastern Air Command commanders’ conference held in Shillong

  1. There has been the conference of the two days of the Commanders of Eastern Air Command commenced on 21 November 2017 at Shillong. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC has told about the EAC Commanders. This conference has been get headed by the Air Marshal Anil Khosla AVSM VM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command.
  2. In the term of the meeting Chief of the Air Staff has did the discussion of the Commanders on the security scenario. He exhorted all field commanders and also said to get farwarded and boost the operational infrastructure and capability of eastern zone. HE also said in the term of the importance of leadership, team building and discipline, which are pivotal in pursuit of achieving the operational goals.
  3. In the starting there has been the Air Chief accompanied by Mrs. Kamalpreet Dhanoa, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) were received by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command and other senior officers. A ceremonial Guard of Honour was also presented to the CAS on his arrival at Shillong ALG.
  4. At the time of the conference, the Air Chief Marshal awarded Trophies to the Commanders for achieving excellence in the fields of Operations, Maintenance and Administration. Air Force Station, Chabua was awarded the ‘Pride of EAC’ Trophy, for standing best in overall performance and Air Force Station, Laitkor Peak was awarded the ‘Best Non-Flying Station’.

KEYS:

  1. Shillong is a hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of Meghalaya
  2. It’s known for the manicured gardens at Lady Hydari Park
  3. Nearby, Ward’s Lake is surrounded by walking trails
  4. North, the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures features displays on the region’s native people
  5. Waterfalls include the Elephant Falls to the southwest. East of here, forested Shillong Peak offers city views
  6. Elevation: 1,525 m
  7. Weather: 17°C, Wind N at 5 km/h, 72% Humidity
  8. Local time: Thursday 10:10 AM

 

Centre bans artificial lights in mechanised fishing vessels

Centre bans artificial lights in mechanised fishing vessels

  1. The Centre has noticed and get banned to the use of the LED lights and other artificial lights on mechanised fishing vessels that because of the protection of the marine ecology, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on the World Fisheries Day.
  2. “The government has also prohibited the practice of bull- trawling, purse seining and gill netting operations in the Indian exclusive economic zone (EEZ) beyond territorial waters,” he said.
  3. “A notification in this regard has been issued recently on November 10,” he added.
  4. “Fishing ban has been exempted during monsoon period to traditional fishermen in the area of EEZ beyond 12 nautical miles which is regulated by the government,” he said.
  5. “Also, the duration of fishing ban has been increased from 47 days to 61 days, with the consent of all coastal State Governments,” he added.
  6. “The vast aquatic resources present in the country provide more opportunities and potential for further development in fisheries sector,” he said.
  7. “The scheme Blue Revolution with an outlay of Rs 300 crore is being implemented for the integrated development of the fishery sector and achieve fish output of 15 million tonnes by 2020 from the current 11.41 million tonnes,” he said.

 

Cabinet gives nod to wage policy framework for CPSE workers

  1. The government has given the approval on Wednesday for the policy framework for central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) to negotiate the next round of wage revision with their workmen.
  2. “The wage revision shall be subject to the condition that there shall be no increase in labour cost per physical unit of output. In exceptional cases, where CPSEs are already working at optimum capacity, the administrative ministry/department may consult the Department of Public Enterprises considering industry norms,” an official statement said.
  3. “No budgetary support for any wage increase shall be provided by the government. The entire financial implication would be borne by the respective CPSEs from the internal sources.
  4. “In those CPSEs in which the government has approved restructuring or revival plan, the wage revision will be done as per the provisions of the approved restructuring or revival plan only,” the statement said.
  5. “The management of the CPSEs concerned has to ensure that negotiated scales of pay do not exceed the existing scales of pay of executives/officers and non-unionised supervisors of respective CPSEs.
  6. “To avoid conflict of pay scales of executives/non- unionised supervisors with that of workmen, CPSEs may consider adoption of graded DA neutralisation and/or graded figment during the wage negotiations,” said the statement.

 

 

International Affairs

India slips in OECD ratings on exchange of tax info

India slips in OECD ratings on exchange of tax info

  1. India has get backed itself from the ‘compliant’ to an overall rating of ‘largely compliant’ in the term of the meeting of the international standards for exchange of tax information, according to a peer review. There has been the extend of the set of peer review reports covering six countries, including India, were released recently by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  2. A pertinent suggestion for India, is to “ensure the quality of the exchange of information (EoI) requests sent to tax authorities of other countries and an efficient communication with its EoI partners, in all cases”.
  3. The current peer review that has done is from the July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016. In this report there has been the shown of the review (report released in 2013) did not take into account the quality of information exchange requests sent by India to other countries or its communication with foreign tax authorities.
  4. “Government officials point to CBDT’s action plan for 2017-18, which provides for training of tax officials in drafting EoI requests. CBDT’s action plan also calls for timeliness in seeking information, addressing any clarifications and also in providing high quality comprehensive information. Delays in addressing EoI requests will be a thing of the past,” say government officials.

KEYS;

  1. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 35 member countries, founded in 1960 to stimulate economic progress and world trade
  2. Headquarters: Paris, France
  3. Abbreviation: OECD; OCDE
  4. Secretary-General: José Ángel Gurría
  5. Founded: 30 September 1961
  6. Formation: 1948 as the OEECa; Reformed in 1961 as the OECD
  7. Founders: United States of America, Turkey, Spain, Germany

 

India becomes second largest fish producing country in the world

India becomes second largest fish producing country in the world

  1. India has not said about the fish demand for domestic need but also in that there has been the add substantially to the foreign exchange earnings through export of fish and fisheries products. This current year the, India became the second largest fish producing country in the world.
  2. He said, “The scheme ‘Blue Revolution’ has been launched with the outlay of Rs. 300 crore for the integrated development of the Fisheries sector in the country. As a result, overall fish production has registered an increase of about 18.86% in comparison to the last three years, whereas inland fish production has registered a growth of more than 26%.”
  3. November 21 has been celebrated as a World of Fisheries Day worldwide every year. In India the theam of the fisheries day was the double the farmers’ income by 2022. The vast aquatic resources present in the country provide more opportunities and potential for further development in fisheries sector.
  4. In that there has been the aim of the Blue Revolution Scheme is to increase the fish production and productivity to up to 8% annual growth rate and to produce 15 million tonnes of fish by 2020. The scheme is expected to contribute significantly to achieving the targets of doubling the income of farmers and fishermen by 2022.

 

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year rule

  1. Robert Mugabe, who has ruled at the Zimbabwe since independence in the year 1980 and once proclaimed that “only God will remove me,” has given the resigned the president on Tuesday shortly after lawmakers began impeachment proceedings against him.
  2. The speaker of the Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, read out a letter in which Mr. Mugabe said he was stepping down “with immediate effect” for “the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and the need for a peaceful transfer of power.”
  3. “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to Zimbabwe,” Perseverance Sande, 20, said in central Harare minutes after news of the resignation began spreading, as crowds of people started singing around her. “I’ve been waiting so long for this moment.”
  4. “I’m happy,” said Presca Nzendora, 32, a street vendor who was hugging a friend, jumping up and down. “Bob has resigned! We were starving because of him.”
  5. Bryan Moyo, 30, who works in internet security, ran into the middle of the square in his dark suit and red tie. “Thirty-seven years is not a joke,” he said. “He’s the only president I’ve ever known. It’s indescribable. It’s been hell. I feel like we’ve been liberated a second time.”
  6. “He should take heed of this clarion call by the people of Zimbabwe to resign so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy,” Mr. Mnangagwa said.

KEYS:

  1. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas
  2. On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s white-water rafting and bungee-jumping
  3. Downstream are Matusadona and Mana Pools national parks, home to hippos, rhinos and birdlife.
  4. Capital: Harare
  5. Dialing code: +263
  6. President: Robert Mugabe
  7. Currencies: United States Dollar, South African rand, Euro, Indian rupee, Pound sterling, Australian dollar, Renminbi, Botswana pula
  8. Points of interest: Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba,

 

Banking and Finance

BRICS Bank approves $400 million loans for India, Russia

BRICS Bank approves $400 million loans for India, Russia

  1. The Shanghai-based Brics New Development Bank (NDB) has given the approval the two of the infrastructure and sustainable development projects in India and Russia with loans of $400 million.
  2. This loan has been used in the term of the Indira Gandhi canal system in India and to build a toll transport corridor connecting Ufa city centre to the M-5 federal highway in Russia.
  3. “The NDB was established to mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development in Brics and other emerging economies and developing countries, and the two projects approved today are fully in line with the bank’s mandate and national development plans of our member countries,” NDB president K.V. Kamath was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
  4. The NDB has been set at the starting of the authorized capital of $100 billion after leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (Brics) agreed on its establishment during the 6th Brics Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, in 2014.

 

Axis Bank and Mumbai Police Launch new Campaign #MuhPeTaala

Axis Bank and Mumbai Police Launch new Campaign #MuhPeTaala

  1. At the time of the International Fraud Awareness week, Axis Bank in association with Mumbai Police has launched its latest campaign #MuhPeTaala to promote safe banking. The main aim of this event is to raise the awareness about how to keep oneself safe from falling prey to fraudulent calls asking information such as pin code, CVV, OTP etc.
  2. Talking more about the campaign, Asha Kharga, chief marketing officer, Axis Bank, said, “We are delighted to be associated with the Mumbai Police for this initiative on ‘Safe Banking’ and launch the #MuhPeTaala campaign during the International Fraud Awareness week. The insight behind the campaign was that we have a peculiar obsession with keeping things under lock and key. From the heavy locks on our doors to the keeping our luggage chained under train seats, we are very guarded about our possessions. However the irony is that we willingly divulge confidential information in a state of panic even to an unknown caller. Keeping oneself safe from financial frauds is simple, just remind yourself not to reveal any banking information to any. We hope our campaign will help in spreading this message amongst the consumers.”
  3. Akash Das, executive director, Lowe Lintas, added, “The banking industry’s efforts in educating customers about safe-banking and risk mitigation is worthy of appreciation. The brief before us was to further enhance customer awareness in partnership with Mumbai Police. The communication objective was to deepen public awareness by using key aspects related to personal banking – sharing details such as OTP, ATM PIN and CVV can expose customers to fraud and the endeavor was to educate them on it. To land our message emphatically, Joshua Thomas and Prathamesh Gharat, came upon the creative idea of “Muh pe Taala”, that was designed to be an easy-to-remember-action when strangers ask for information that can put your finances at risk.”

KEYS:

  1. Axis Bank Ltd is the third largest of the private-sector banks in India offering a comprehensive suite of financial products
  2. The bank has its head office in Mumbai and Registered office in Ahmedabad
  3. Customer service: 1860 419 5555
  4. CEO: Shikha Sharma
  5. Chairperson: Dr. Sanjiv Misra (Part Time)
  6. Headquarters: Mumbai
  7. Director: Usha Sangwan
  8. Subsidiaries: FreeCharge, Axis Direct, A.Treds Limited,

 

Andhra Bank launches loan scheme for rural women

  1. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday has started the facility of the loan scheme for state’s rural women, who want to start their own businesses.
  2. During the occasion, Naidu said, “This ‘Self Help Group’ idea was mine. I wanted to launch the Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas (DWCRA) programme system for well being of women folk. The concept of SHGs brings in minimum interference of government, and that worked out well.”
  3. “Andhra Bank’s initiative to change SHGs to SBG is really innovative. I congratulate the higher officials of the bank for this wonderful concept. The bank is providing Rs. 25 lakh loan amount without any collateral, so one can use it and grow to be a good entrepreneur,” he said.
  4. Subsequently, hailing the state government, Naidu added, “Andhra Pradesh is the only state government that offers Rs. 10,000 to every woman in the DWCRA and SHG groups. I wish every woman should earn at least Rs. 10,000 per month.

KEYS:

  1. Andhra Bank is a medium-sized public sector bank of India, with a network of 2803 branches, 4 extension counters, 38 satellite offices and 3636 automated teller machines as of 31 Mar 2016
  2. Customer service: 1800 425 1515
  3. Credit card support: 1800 425 4059
  4. Headquarters: Hyderabad
  5. CEO: Shri Suresh N Patel (2 Nov 2015–)
  6. Founder: Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramayya
  7. Founded: 20 November 1923, Machilipatnam

 

 

Science and Technology

Rajasthan government launches free learning app ‘Dishari’ for competitive exams

Rajasthan government launches free learning app ‘Dishari’ for competitive exams

  1. Rajasthan’s Higher and Technical Education minister Kiran Maheshwari on Tuesday has launched ‘Dishari’ which is an educational mobile application that will provides free study materials for youths preparing for competitive examinations.
  2. The app will also give the notification of latest updates and job alerts. Maheshwari said the app would be of great benefit to the students who cannot fork out massive sums of money to join coaching centers.
  3. “Those preparing for competitive examination have to pay hefty fees of coaching classes. Several remain deprived of coaching classes and are unable to fulfill their dream. The app will solve problems of such students,” Maheshwari said.
  4. “It will also instill confidence among youths,” she said. Maheshwari also launched ‘Management Information System’ app for geo-tagging all the government colleges of the state. The app will also provide the current RUSA and NAAC statuses of the colleges.

 

 

Awards and Recognitions

IIITM-K team bags NITI Aayog prize

IIITM-K team bags NITI Aayog prize

  1. A team of research students from the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) has get the success at the institute and has, bagging the NITI Aayog prize in the inaugural edition of the Proffer Hackathon held at IIT, New Delhi.
  2. “This is not only a transparent but also a tamper-proof digital market platform for farm products,” the release said. “It will help the consumer to fund individual crops or a field and can acquire the yield from the farm or the profit percentage of its market value,” it said.
  3. “The objective of the hackathon was to look beyond currency use cases to see how block chain technology can make a difference to governments, economies, businesses and individuals,” the release added.

 

 

Obituary

Singer-actor Della Reese passes away

Singer-actor Della Reese passes away

  1. Della Reese, who was known for both, pop and jazz singing stardom in the ‘50s and ‘60s to a long career as a popular TV actress on “Touched by an Angel” and other shows, has died at the age of 86 years on Sunday night at her home in California.
  2. “She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” actress Roma Downey, Reese’s co-star on “Touched By an Angel,” said in a statement announcing Reese’s death. “She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on ‘Touched by an Angel.’ I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts.”
  3. CBS, home of “Touched By an Angel,” also hailed Reese’s legacy as an entertainer who focused her career on uplifting her audience.
  4. “For nine years, we were privileged to have Della as part of the CBS family when she delivered encouragement and optimism to millions of viewers as Tess on ‘Touched By An Angel,’ ” CBS said. “We will forever cherish her warm embraces and generosity of spirit. She will be greatly missed. Another angel has gotten her wings.”

 

 

Important Days

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur

  1. Guru Tegh Bahadur, has been placed at the ninth Nanak, and was the ninth of ten Gurus of the Sikh religion. Tegh Bahadur continued in the term of the first guru, Nanak; with his 115 poetic hymns are in the text Guru Granth Sahib.
  2. Tegh Bahadur has been opposed the resist of the Kashmiri Pandits and non-Muslims to Islam, and was publicly beheaded in 1675 on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in Delhi for refusing to convert to Islam.

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