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INDIA

Environment Ministry notifies New Wetland Rules 765

Environment Ministry notifies New Wetland Rules 765

  1. In the term of the taking of the decision of the member of the union environment ministry notified the new Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017 on Tuesday that will be on the basis of the set of the new stats that is of the expansion of industries, waste dumping and discharge of effluents.
  2. They pointed out that provisions like “central government may consider proposals from the state government or union territory administration for omitting any of the (prohibited) activities on the recommendation of the authority”
  3. “The new Wetland Rules have laudable objectives. However, it falls short in details. At the outset, the identification process by the State Wetland Authority does not distinguish between existing wetlands and especially those past wetlands which have been encroached and can be proved through legal documents. It also does not take into account the Jagpal Singh judgment of Justice Katju for restoration of encroached wetlands throughout the country,” said Sanjay Upadhyay, an environmental advocate in the Supreme Court.
  4. “While the subject head talks about restrictions and the activities listed are to be prohibited, the proviso gives ample space for undoing everything that ought to be prohibited. A comprehensive arrangement of this nature at the whims and discretion of the state government can be best mentioned as a lip service to wetland conservation in India. Where are the appeal provisions? Where is the citizen’s role?” Upadhyay questioned.
  5. “Under the new rules, the powers have been given to the State governments so that protection and conservation work can be done at the local level. Central government has mainly retained powers regarding monitoring,” said MoEFCC’s additional secretary Amita Prasad.

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is an Indian government ministry
  2. The ministry portfolio is currently held by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  3. Formed: 1985
  4. Jurisdiction: India
  5. Headquarters: Indira Paryavaran Bhavan, Jorbagh Road, New Delhi – 110 003
  6. Cabinet minister: Harsh Vardhan
  7. Annual budget: 26.75 billion INR (US$400 million, 2017-18 est.)
  8. Awards: National Film Award for Best Promotional Film

 

India registers significant decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR)

India registers significant decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR)

  1. India has recent started the some of the declined some of the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). It is recently announced by the SRS bulletin, IMR of India has declined by three points (8% decline), from 37 per 1000 live births in 2015 to 34 per 1000 live births in 2016, compared to two points decline last year. In that there are no any of the reason that is India has also given the ammount that is of the drop in birth cohort, which has for the first time come down to below 25 million. India has registered 90000 fewer infant deaths in 2016 as compared to 2015. The total number of estimated infant deaths have come down from 930000 (9.3 Lakhs) in 2015 to 840000 (8.4 lakhs) in 2016.
  2. By the states of the SRS Bulletin the gender gap in India for child survival is reducing steadily. The gender difference between female and male IMR has now reduced to <10%, giving a major boost to the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme of the Government.
  3. The results signify that the strategic approach of the Ministry has started yielding dividends and the efforts of focusing on low performing States is paying off. All States except Uttarakhand have reported decline in IMR in comparison to 2015, mong the EAG States and Assam. The decline is reported as 4 points in Bihar, 3 points in Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand and two points decline in Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Rajasthan.

 

Delhi police ties up with Uber to enhance women safety

Delhi police ties up with Uber to enhance women safety

  1. The public of the Delhi as soon they wil get the access with the Delhi Police’s mobile safety application for women that is the ‘Himmat’ at the time of tyhe travelling in the taxi or any vahicle mainly in the Ubers taxis via Uber’s mobile application.
  2. “Through this initiative, Uber joins hands with the law enforcement agency to add one more layer of safety for women riders using Uber,” Uber said in a statement on Friday.
  3. “Through this partnership with Uber, we believe more women riders in Delhi will be sensitised about the availability of this assistance at hand. In addition to the Emergency Button in the Uber app, riders will now have one more touch point to access the police helpline in case of an emergency,” Sanjay Baniwal, Special Commissioner Police, Women Safety, said.
  4. Shweta Rajpal Kohli, Head of Public Policy, Uber said: “Combining access to the Himmat app through Uber is a big step towards strengthening the safety net available to lakhs of women riders.”

KEYS:

  1. Uber Technologies Inc. is an American technology company headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States, operating in 633 cities worldwide
  2. It develops, markets and operates the Uber car transportation and food delivery mobile apps
  3. Founded: March 2009, San Francisco, California, United States
  4. Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States
  5. Revenue: 6.5 billion USD (2016)
  6. Number of employees: More than 12,000
  7. Founders: Travis Kalanick, Garrett Camp
  8. Subsidiaries: UberEATS, Otto, Geometric Intelligence Inc.

 

Assam Government all set to distribute 13 lakh Soil Health cards among farmers

Assam Government all set to distribute 13 lakh Soil Health cards among farmers

  1. The government of Assam is going to give the 13 lakh Soil Health Cards to the farmers. In the conference of the speech AIR talk show last night, State Agriculture minister Atul Bora has announced that there is about 1 lakh 41 thousand cards have been distributed from April 2016 to June this year.
  2. He also told that the 214 soil test kits has been going to use in this project. He also said that the government will announce State Agriculture policy soon.
  3. Bora has told that the project will soon installed by all the member of the government of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichai Yojna in Assam.
  4. The minister also told that the by the recent of the flood there is the loss of the 2 lakh hectares of agricultural land in Assam and for this the Agriculture department has taken step for community nursing for the help of flood hit farmers. Mr Bora said 7.54 crore rupees have been released as subsidy to farmers under crop insurance.

KEYS:

  1. Assam is a state in northeastern India known for its wildlife, archeological sites and tea plantations
  2. In the west, Guwahati, Assam’s largest city, features silk bazaars and the hilltop Kamakhya Temple
  3. Umananda Temple sits on Peacock Island in the Brahmaputra river
  4. The state capital, Dispur, is a suburb of Guwahati
  5. The ancient pilgrimage site of Hajo and Madan Kamdev, the ruins of a temple complex, lie nearby
  6. Capital: Dispur
  7. Districts: 33
  8. Chief minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
  9. Points of interest: Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park
  10. Language: Assamese language

 

INTERNATIONAL

Team India wins Enactus World Cup 2017

Team India wins Enactus World Cup 2017
There is the some of the member that is of the gureal of the sets of the business judges from across the world, Team India, represented by students of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies Delhi, emerged as the deserving winner of the Enactus World Cup 2017. The winning projects included Mission RAAHAT and project UDAAN.
The Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies team was led by Anuja Mathur, Faculty Advisor, SSCBS, Delhi and Additya Sharma – Student President, SSCBS Delhi, in there that is of the 34 members participating in the winning projects. As World Champions, the Ford Motor Company Fund presented Enactus SSCBS and Enactus India the Ford Better World Award of USD 50,000.
Rachael A. Jarosh, President and Global CEO, Enactus, “I congratulate Team India on winning the Enactus World Cup 2017. Projects UDAAN and RAAHAT, which innovatively address real-world challenges, are inspiration success stories of Enactus students seeding businesses which make a positive impact. Enactus students are fueled by entrepreneurial action to create a better world for us all.”
Farhan Pettiwala, President, Enactus India added, “I am elated to take the winning cup to India this year. Projects UDAAN and RAAHAT contribute to betterment of the country and support the government in its key civil and social agendas. Enactus student leaders together are creating a better, more sustainable world.”

 

DACA: Trump expected to end ‘Dreamers’ immigration program

DACA: Trump expected to end 'Dreamers' immigration program

  1. President Donald Trump has been planning for the end of an Obama-era program that allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children stay and contribute to the country, sources told Fox News late Sunday.
  2. Marco Rubio, have said they hope “we can work on a way to deal with this issue and solve it through legislation.”
  3. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Friday Trump is “in the process of finalizing and will make a decision Tuesday of next week,” Sanders said. “He loves children and wants to make sure this decision is done correctly.”
  4. The decision to end the program, Sanders said, is not one Trump “takes lightly.” The President, Sanders said, “takes time and diligence to make sure he goes through the process,” adding that the choice he will make “is weighing on him, certainly.”

 

Rohingya exodus continues after 73,000 flee Myanmar

Rohingya exodus continues after 73,000 flee Myanmar

  1. There are about the 75,000 Rohingya Muslims has been comes in the Myanmar at the neighboring Bangladesh, with aid officials warning relief camps are reaching full capacity as thousands continue to pour in every day.
  2. “Most of the people coming in are completely exhausted, some of them say they haven’t eaten in days and some are completely traumatised by their experiences,” she said.
  3. “One woman arrived on her own after following a band of refugees across the border. When she met with the UN, she said her husband had been shot and her 18-month-old baby had been left with her in-laws.
  4. “She has since lost contact with her family and is struggling to process what is happening,” Tan added.
  5. “The military destroyed everything. After killing some Rohingya, the military burned their houses and shops,” he said. “We have a baby who is eight days only, and an old woman who is 105.”

KEYS:

  1. Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand
  2. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.
  3. Capital: Naypyidaw
  4. Currency: Burmese kyat
  5. President: Htin Kyaw
  6. Points of interest: Inle Lake, Shwedagon Pagoda, Ananda Temple, MORE
  7. Official language: Burmese

 

BANKING & FINANCE

First project of BRICS development bank starts operation

First project of BRICS development bank starts operation

  1. The first project of the The New Development Bank, which has been come in the force by the India and other members of the BRICS grouping of emerging economies, has started operation in Shanghai.
  2. The USD 76 million loan with the total term of the 17 years was permitted to Shanghai Lingang Distributed Solar Power Project, under an agreement signed in December 2016.
  3. In the term of the solar photo-voltaic power system with a total capacity of 100 megawatts will be built on the rooftops of factories in Lingang Industrial Area. Yesterday, the first stage was launched, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
  4. The NDB was launched in 2015 by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa as an alternative to The World Bank with an aim to funding infrastructure projects in BRICS and other developing countries.

 

UBS lowers India growth forecast to 6.6% for Financial Year 2018

UBS lowers India growth forecast to 6.6% for Financial Year 2018

  1. Global brokerage firm UBS has been decrease the India’s GDP growth forecast to 6.6 per cent for this fiscal from 7.2 per cent earlier. The brokerage said that there is the some of the growth has been seen in the economy normalises post implementation of the GST.
  2. “We are revising down our forecasts for India’s GDP growth to 6.6 per cent year-on-year and 7.4 per cent year-on- year in 2017-18 and 2018-19, respectively (as against our earlier estimates of 7.2 per cent and 7.7 per cent),” said the report authored by Tanvee Gupta Jain, an economist with UBS.
  3. “We are revising down our forecasts for India’s GDP growth to 6.6 percent year-on-year and 7.4 percent year-on- year in 2017-18 and 2018-19, respectively (as against our earlier estimates of 7.2 percent and 7.7 percent),” said the report authored by Tanvee Gupta Jain, an economist with UBS.
  4. “We believe India needs continuous policy reforms to stay on a sustainable growth path. Any increase in populist spending in the run-up to the 2019 general elections would likely support consumption but delay the investment cycle recovery, thus lowering the potential growth outlook, in our view,” Jain added.

KEYS:

  1. UBS AG is a Swiss global financial services company, incorporated in the Canton of Zurich, and co-headquartered in Zürich and Basel.
  2. Headquarters: Basel, Switzerland
  3. Capital ratio: 13.8% (2016)
  4. Chairperson: Jason Chandler (Northeast Division Director, Ubs Wealth Management Americas, Private Bank, Ubs Canada)
  5. COO: Kathleen B. Lynch (Ubs Group Americas, Wealth Management Americas)
  6. CFO: Mike McGovern (Ubs Group Americas, Wealth Management Americas)

 

DBS becomes second bank to get in-principle nod to operate as wholly-owned unit

DBS becomes second bank to get in-principle nod to operate as wholly-owned unit

  1. Singaporean lender bank DBS has been announced on Monday that it has taken the approval in the India for the operations into a wholly owned subsidiary (WOS).
  2. “We have received an in-principle approval from RBI to start working as a wholly-owned subsidiary,” Piyush Gupta, chief executive of the largest Singaporean bank, told reporters here.
  3. “A new category of banks has to be created…100 per cent owned foreign banks do not exist. With the first bank licence, a new category of banks will get created. It is still a new thing,” Shome had said.
  4. “A new category of banks have to be created…100 percent-owned foreign banks do not exist. With the first bank (license), a new category of banks will be created. It is still a new thing,” DBS Chief Executive for India, Surojit Shome said.

KEYS:

  1. DBS Banks is a multinational banking and financial services corporation headquartered in Marina Bay, Singapore
  2. Headquarters: Singapore
  3. CEO: Piyush Gupta (9 Nov 2009–)
  4. Revenue: 10.28 billion USD (2016)
  5. Subsidiaries: POSB Bank, DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, MORE
  6. Parent organization: DBS Group Holdings, Ltd.

 

Science and Technology

TRAPPIST-1 planets likely to have water

TRAPPIST-1 planets likely to have water

  1. The Earth-sized planets orbit of the some of the cooled of the TRAPPIST-1 dwarf star 40 light-years away may have substantial amounts of water and could be habitable, scientists say.
  2. “Ultraviolet radiation is an important factor in the atmospheric evolution of planets,” said Vincent Bourrier, from the Observatoire de l’Universite de Geneve in Switzerland. “As in our own atmosphere, where ultraviolet sunlight breaks molecules apart, ultraviolet starlight can break water vapour in the atmospheres of exoplanets into hydrogen and oxygen,” Bourrier said.
  3. “Our results indicate that atmospheric escape may play an important role in the evolution of these planets,” said Julien de Wit, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.

SPORTS

India’s Divya Deshmukh wins gold at the Under-12 Chess Cadet Championships in Brazil

India’s Divya Deshmukh wins gold at the Under-12 Chess Cadet Championships in Brazil

  1. There is the 11 years old child Indian girl; Divya Deshmukh held from the Nagpur India has won the girls’ U12 World Cadets Chess Championship.
  2. “Inspired to meet 11-year-old Divya Deshmukh at Nagpur. She won the girls’ U12 World Cadets Chess Championship this week. Congratulations. Divya has represented India ten times and won 14 Gold, two silvers, and four bronze medals. Proud moment for not just Nagpur but for our nation,” Mr. Fadnavis tweeted after meeting her.
  3. “It’s a good feeling, but I am getting a little tired of so many phone calls from people. I want to celebrate my win by eating nice food every day,” she said.
  4. “The last round was tough but I was confident of the win,” said Divya, who considers Vishwanathan Anand as her idol.
  5. “She won local tournaments just six months after learning to play chess at the age of four, and went on to play nationals. After that, there was no looking back. She became a Commonwealth champion, Asian champion and now a world champion,” said her father.
  6. “As parents, we have to balance things and make the decision. Choosing chess as a career depends on her capability to play chess to that level at that age,” said her father.

KEYS:

  1. Brazil, a vast South American country, stretches from the Amazon Basin in the north to vineyards and massive Iguaçu Falls in the south
  2. Rio de Janeiro, symbolized by its 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado, is famed for its busy Copacabana and Ipanema beaches as well as its enormous, raucous Carnaval festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes, and samba music and dance
  3. Capital: Brasília
  4. Currency: Brazilian real
  5. President: Michel Temer
  6. Official language: Portuguese

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Karnataka Bank bags IDRBT award

Karnataka Bank bags IDRBT award

  1. Shri Mahabaleshwara M S, Managing Director & CEO, has bagged the Award from Shri Sudarshan Sen, Executive Director, Reserve Bank of India, on 01-09-2017 at Hyderabad in the august presence of Shri S. Ganesh Kumar, Executive Director, Reserve Bank of India and Dr. A S Ramasastri, Director, IDRBT, CEOs, CIOs and IT Chiefs of Public and Private sector Banks and other top executives from the Indian banking and financial sector.
  2. “It was a great honour receiving this award. Bank has been putting efforts towards promoting financial inclusion backed by Technology driven products, which has been suitably recognized and rewarded in the form of this prestigious award. This recognition will further motivate us in implementing our IT strategies more effectively in promoting financial inclusion.” said Shri Mahabaleshwara M S, Managing Director & CEO of the Bank.

KEYS:

  1. Karnataka is a state in southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines
  2. The capital, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife
  3. To the southwest, Mysore is home to lavish temples including Mysore Palace, former seat of the region’s maharajas
  4. Hampi, once the medieval Vijayanagara empire’s capital, contains ruins of Hindu temples, elephant stables and a stone chariot.
  5. Capital: Bengaluru (Executive Branch)
  6. Districts: 30
  7. Language: Kannada

 

OBITUARY

Marathi poet, activist Shirish Pai passes away

Marathi poet, activist Shirish Pai passes away

  1. The great poet Shirish Pai, whose creation of the Haiku to the Marathi-speaking world, has been died on Saturday after a brief illness; it is said by the family. She died at the age of 88 years.
  2. She had born in 1929; Ms. Pai was the daughter of famous writer-journalist Acharya Prahlad Keshav Atre.
  3. Pai has also worked as the journalist in Acharya Atre’s Maratha newspaper. Pai translated Japanese Haiku from English to Marathi. She has also taken in the part in the Samyukta Maharashtra (United Maharashtra) movement.
  4. The state cultural minister Vinod Tawde said, “It a great loss to Marathi literature. We lost a great poet, social activist, and writer. Her contribution is huge and her thinking portrayed in her writings.”

IMPORTANT DAYS

Prasar Bharti Bill is passed in Parliament

6th September 1990: Prasar Bharti Bill is passed in Parliament

  1. On 6th September in the year 1990 the Parliament has declaire the bill of the Prasar Bharti bill and on 12th September in the year 1990 the Prasar Bharti Act got an assent from the President of India.
  2. In the recent AIR and Doordarshan are undergoing digitization and some of the Doordarshan Kendra’s has get in the digital. In this system there are many things are that has to be change. Prasar Bharti is ordering new transmitters, including digital ones too.
  3. The Parliament of India passed the Prasar Bharti Act on 6th September 1990, but it came into force much later, on 15th September 1997.

KEYS:

The Prasar Bharti board comprises of:

  1. Chairperson
  2. 1 Executive Member
  3. 1 Member (Finance) Ex Officio
  4. 1 Member (Personnel) Ex Officio
  5. 6 part time members
  6. Director General (Akashvani)
  7. Director General (Doordarshan)
  8. 1 representative of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
  9. 2 representatives of the employees of the Corporation

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