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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Centre launches six-year secure Himalaya project

Centre launches six-year secure Himalaya project

  1. The central government has launched the six-year project for the confirmation of the conservation of locally and globally significant biodiversity, land and forest resources in the high Himalayan ecosystem spread over four states in India that is on Monday.
  2. For the protection of snow leopard and other endangered species and their habitats is one of the key components of the project that will also give the main saves of the securing livelihoods of the people in the region and enhancing enforcement to reduce wildlife crime.
  3. The project that has named the SECURE Himalaya had been launched by the Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the inaugural day of the Global Wildlife Programme (GWP) conference here.
  4. For the main aim that is the seecure the livelihoods, conservation, sustainable use and restoration of high range Himalayan ecosystems – is meant for specific landscapes. It include Changthang (Jammu and Kasmir), Lahaul – Pangi and Kinnaur (Himachal Pradesh), Gangotri – Govind and Darma – Byans Valley in Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand) and Kanchenjunga – Upper Teesta Valley (Sikkim).
  5. At the launch of this event the minister also launch the one of the more thing that is the Wildlife mobile App and released the country’s National Wildlife Action Plan for the period 2017-2031. In this plan there is the main focus will be on the preservation of genetic diversity and sustainable development through 103 wildlife conservation actions and 250 projects.

KEYS:

  1. The Himalayas, or Himalaya, form a mountain range in Asia separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau
  2. The Himalayan range has many of the Earth’s highest peaks, including the highest, Mount Everest
  3. Elevation: 8,848 m
  4. Highest point: Mount Everest
  5. State/Province: Asia


Government constitutes a High Level Committee for proper management of water resources in North Eastern Region
Government constitutes a High Level Committee for proper management of water resources in North Eastern Region

  1. With the aim to support the India’s flood-ravaged north-east, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has set up a high-level committee to evolve a strategy for management of the region’s water resources.
  2. “The committee will facilitate optimising benefits of appropriate water management in the form of hydro-electric power, agriculture, bio-diversity conservation, reduced flood damage erosion, inland water transport, forestry, fishery and eco-tourism,” the government said in a statement on Wednesday.
  3. “The meeting noted that the optimum management of water resources is a cross-cutting task which requires multi-sectoral interventions and concerted strategy, including management of catchment areas in upper reaches involving concerned central ministries and state governments,” the statement said.
  4. “The Brahmaputra and Barak river systems, which account for one-third of India’s run-off, are highly prone to floods. Brahmaputra is one of the largest river systems in the world and causes considerable distress and costs to the region through frequent flooding and erosion,” the statement added.


Government launches special course for untrained teachers

Government launches special course for untrained teachers

  1. The Human Resource Development (HRD) has initiated the one of the beneficial and important courses for the teachers who are not trained and has designed by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). The course is called Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) and at least 15 lakh ‘untrained teachers’ have enrolled for this special course.
  2. “NIOS has developed the course for upgrading the professional competence and information and communication based capacity building for teachers,” said HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said at course launch.
  3. “Among the over 12 lakh untrained teachers, 9.25 lakh are from private schools and 3.53 lakh are employed in government schools,” said CB Sharma, chairman of NIOS.
  4. “This is the first time in the world that such high number of applications have been received for an online course,” said Javadekar.
  5. “But those who fell short of 50% can give an exam with us and if they score 50% or above they will be eligible …” Sharma said.
  6. At the time of the launch the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the aim of NIOS is to upgrade the professional competence and to build teachers’ information and communication-based capacity. The course began on Tuesday.

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, formerly Ministry of Education, is responsible for the development of human resources in India
  2. Website: mhrd.gov.in
  3. Formed: 26 September 1985
  4. Jurisdiction: India
  5. Headquarters: Shastri Bhawan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi
  6. Cabinet minister: Prakash Javadekar
  7. Minister of state: Upendra Kushwaha, Mahendra Nath Pandey


No service charge on train e-ticket till March 2018: Railways

No service charge on train e-ticket till March 2018: Railways

  1. Rail passengers has been started the one of the new services charge exemption on tickets booked online till March 2018.
  2. The government has initiated the service charges after demonetisation in November last year for the pramotion of the digital modes of booking. The facility had been extended to 30 June and then 30 September. Service charges on booking train tickets online through the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) range from Rs20 to Rs40 per ticket.
  3. In a 29 September missive to the IRCTC, the ticketing agency of the railways, the Railway Board has stated that the goods can be extended till March next year. Senior railway officials say that almost 33% of the IRCTC revenue comes from the service charge collected on online bookings.
  4. “As per the revenue collection of the last financial year, about Rs540 crore of IRCTC’s revenue of over Rs1,500 crore came from ticket bookings. An amount of around Rs184 crore has not been realized from passengers on account of service charge and service tax thereon on reserved tickets booked online from 23 November 2016 to 28 February 2017,” according to railways data.

 


Uttar Pradesh government launches ‘Mukhyamantri Samoohik Vivaah Yojana’

Uttar Pradesh government launches ‘Mukhyamantri Samoohik Vivaah Yojana’

  1. The Uttar Pradesh government has given the approval for the ‘Mukhyamantri Samoohik Vivaah Yojana’, that is the mass marriage scheme, wherein Rs 35,000 will be spent on each couple, besides gifting them mobile phones and household items.
  2. “Under the scheme, mass marriages will be conducted by the social welfare department. Programmes in this regard will be organised by urban local bodies like nagar panchayat, nagar palika and nagar nigam, kshetra panchayats, zila panchayats, government/semi-government organisations and NGOs, which will be authorised by district magistrates of respective districts,” state minister Sidhartha Nath Singh told reporters here.
  3. “There should be at least 10 couples in the mass marriage ceremony. An amount of Rs 35,000 will be spent on each couple. A number of household items and mobile phones will be given as gifts to the couples. The scheme will cover widows and divorced women as well,” the minister said.
  4. The state cabinet has also given the approval for the state Uttar Pradesh Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill-2017.
    The UP government also announced a new scheme for school students. Under the programme, a pair of shoes (one set), a pair of socks (two sets) and a sweater will be given to students of government primary (class 1 to 5) and upper primary (6-8) schools.

 


Massive search operation ‘CASO’ launched in Jammu & Kashmir

Massive search operation ‘CASO’ launched in Jammu & Kashmir

  1. Government forces has given the approval for the launch for the Cordon-and-Search-Operation (CASO) in Hajin town of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
  2. By the report of the media that is the army, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir and CRPF launched the joint operation in the town earlier today.
  3. According to the army the massive deployment of forces has been made in the town and house-to-house searches were going on.
  4. An official said that the CASO was launched following “specific” inputs about the presence of militants in the area.
  5. The crackdown comes in the aftermath of killing of an off-duty BSF soldier by suspected militants at his home in Parrey Mohalla of the town.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

France Parliament approves new Anti-Terror Law

France Parliament approves new Anti-Terror Law

  1. The French parliament has been given the approval for the unassailable the anti-terror bill, which activists say will create a permanent emergency in the country. The bill, approved by 415 votes to 127 and 19 abstentions grants police exceptional powers.
  2. “The anti-terrorism law… will give the state only extraordinary powers of something that we don’t even have a proper definition of. This law will dismantle France,” Yasser Louati, a leading French human rights and civil rights activist, told Al Jazeera.
  3. “This law has instead, incited fear among people, especially the Muslim community,” he said. “Muslims are actually the ones who are the victims of terrorism in the country. They are equally being killed in terrorist attacks and then later, specifically targetted by the laws,” adding that the state has adopted an “ideological position” on fighting “terrorism”. “All measures target Muslims in the country, mosques, and the businesses owned by Muslim, it’s a secret to no one.”
  4. “The necessary control exerted by the judges to prevent abuses of individual rights are considerably weakened, leaving more discretionary powers to the police and administration,” Pierre Bocquillon, a lecturer of politics at Britain’s University of East Anglia, told Al Jazeera, said explaining the anti-terrorism law.
  5. “We are witnessing the emergence of a policy definition of public threats that is putting at stake the basic principles of French criminal law. For example, this bill will impose measures on a person not to punish him for a crime he has committed, but to prevent those that he may possibly commit. This could affect anyone: most likely minorities, but also political/social activists whose views might be deemed suspicious by public authorities.” she said.

KEYS:

  1. France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches
  2. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower
  3. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine
  4. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history
  5. Capital: Paris
  6. President: Emmanuel Macron
  7. Prime minister: Édouard Philippe

 

8th SAARC Speaker, Parliamentarians conference held in Sri Lanka

8th SAARC Speaker, Parliamentarians conference held in Sri Lanka

  1. The eighth conference of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians (ASSP) has been taken at the October 4 to 6 at the Hotel Hilton in Colombo.
  2. The Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians was set up in the year 1992 with the aim of the promotion of the friendship and understanding amongst the peoples of South Asia to promote co-ordination and exchange of information among the Parliaments and Parliamentarians of SAARC countries and that has been given the plan for the exchange ideas and information on parliamentary procedures and practices of the region.
  3. This year’s Conference is expected to place particular emphasis on Sustainable Development Goals, as the main theme will be ‘Association of the SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians’: a platform for the Parliamentarians of South Asia to work together to reach the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.
  4. The General Assembly also expects to hold discussions on “Promoting Parliamentary Diplomacy an Open Parliament in the age of digitalization” and “SAARC Parliamentarians’ role in preserving Cultural and Archaeological Heritage in South Asia Region”.
  5. Meeting of the Women Parliamentarians’ Committee will be centred on the topic “Supporting Women to upheave themselves from poverty and build better futures for their communities.”
  6. This year’s conference will also have the first ever meeting of the Young Parliamentarians’ Committee which will discuss on “Countering violent extremism among youth to prevent terrorism and empowering youth to combat human trafficking, modern slavery and illegal trafficking in drugs.”

 

 

BANKING & FINANCE

Third meeting of India–Kuwait Joint Ministerial Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation held in Kuwait

Third meeting of India–Kuwait Joint Ministerial Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation held in Kuwait

  1. Shri M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs has being the head of the Third Meeting of India–Kuwait Joint Ministerial Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation that is going to held in the Kuwait from 18–20 September 2017. This visit will be his first of the officials visit to the Kuwait at the invitation of the Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mr. Anas Khaled Al-Saleh.
  2. There is the relationship between the India and the Kuwait has been marked as the most of the important of the travel. In this visit at the meeting there will be the focus on mainly on the cementing our mutually beneficial ties encompassing a wide range of political, commercial, energy and diaspora related issues.
  3. Kuwait has worked as the important trading partner for us with a total trade of US$ 5.95 billion in 2016-2017. It is also the seventh largest crude supplier to us in 2016-17. Several Indian EPC companies are working in Kuwait. Over 900,000 strong Indian community in Kuwait has been contributing to the development of their host country.

 

HSBC in tie-up with Sa-Dhan to develop digital ecosystem for India’s unbanked segment

HSBC in tie-up with Sa-Dhan to develop digital ecosystem for India’s unbanked segment

  1. HSBC has signed the agreement to the microfinance industry association Sa-Dhan to develop digital ecosystem for India’s unbanked segment. “To digitise the microfinance ecosystem and render it cashless, the pilot with HSBC will provide us a path to empower MFI clients,” P Satish, executive director at Sa-Dhan was quoted as saying in a press statement.
  2. “Digitisation MFIs and creating a robust ecosystem is possible only when clients become aware. As their awareness is the key component, facilitating on-ground training will ensure spread of knowledge and adaptability at a fast pace,” he said.
  3. “We are still grappling with challenges of financial education for the underserved but at the same time have to take up the challenge of imparting technology education,” said Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, chairman of National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development at a national MFI conference.

KEYS:

  1. HSBC Holdings PLC is a British multinational banking and financial services holding company, tracing its origin to a hong in Hong Kong
  2. Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  3. CEO: Stuart Gulliver (1 Jan 2011–)
  4. Revenue: 47.96 billion USD (2016)
  5. Founder: Thomas Sutherland
  6. Subsidiaries: HSBC Bank, MORE
  7. Did you know: HSBC Holdings PLC is the seventh-largest bank in the world by total assets ($2,374.03 B)

 

Science and Technology

NHAI launches App to track projects

NHAI launches App to track projects

  1. Just in the sometimes there will be the able of the seen of the real time by which one of the driver can see the real time of the national highway.
  2. Deepak Kumar, Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), who is the head of the launch of this new website of the organisation on Tuesday, has told that in the two months, it would be possible for the general public to rate national highways through this website.
  3. “For project directors, the App is a project monitoring tool. They can visit a site, check into the App from there — the App will capture their geo-location — then they can take three pictures and upload them. This will also ensure that the actual physical progress of a site can be seen. The kilometre completed also can be seen from the App,” Akhilesh Srivastava, Chief General Manager (IT and Highway Operations), NHAI, told BusinessLine.
  4. PMIS has the database that is the development of the 180 data fields being tracked for each project, and a further 500 fields specifically for complex PPP projects, covering all key progress metrics such as design, contracting, construction, land acquisition, compensation disbursement, toll and traffic information and concession, contract information.

KEYS:

  1. The National Highways Authority of India is an autonomous agency of the Government of India, responsible for management of a network of over 50,000 km of National Highways in India
  2. Founded: 1988
  3. Sector: Indian National Highway System
  4. Purpose: Development and maintenance of national highways
  5. Jurisdiction: India
  6. Headquarters: New Delhi
  7. Agency executive: Yudhvir Singh Malik (Chairman)

 

SPORTS

International Weightlifting Federation suspends nine countries for doping violations

International Weightlifting Federation suspends nine countries for doping violations

  1. Nine countries has been given the red card because of the doping in the weightlifting for a year by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
  2. This action has been taken by the IWF followed the retesting of anti-doping samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Countries with at least three doping offenses from those Olympics were suspended, reports Xinhua news agency. The member federations identified as such are currently Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.
  3. “We have made it clear that the incidence of doping in some areas is totally unacceptable and that our members have a responsibility to ensure clean sport in their countries,” IWF President Tamas Ajan said in a statement.
  4. “If they do not fulfil their responsibilities to ensure their lifters are clean then they will lose their right to participate.”

KEYS:

  1. Abbreviation- IWF
  2. Formation- 1905
  3. Type- Sports federation
  4. Headquarters- Budapest, Hungary
  5. Region served- Worldwide
  6. Official language- English and Hungarian
  7. President- Tamás Aján
  8. Affiliations- International Olympic Committee

 

 

OBITUARY

Harry Dean Stanton, longtime character actor, dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, longtime character actor, dies at 91

  1. Harry Dean Stanton, the very great and the long character that has the some of the face had its own unique character, has died at 91 years, according to his agent, John S. Kelly.
  2. “A restless, unconventional spirit off-camera, Stanton always lent a sympathetic realness to the menacing criminals and barroom-dwelling outsiders he stashed beneath his craggy face and wiry, worn frame,” TCM said.
  3. “I hated being typecast in those roles. It was personally limiting, only playing stereotyped heavies,” he said to The Sydney Morning Herald in 1987. “But I got those roles because I was angry, because that’s what I projected … and I had an extreme lack of self-confidence.”
  4. “I thought that was a positive, independent kind of statement,” he said in 1986. “I never liked being ordered around, which, of course, was an overreaction. I eventually found out that I didn’t mind being ordered around at all when it was by someone who knew what he was doing.”

 

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