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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Government introduces rules for No – Fly List

Government introduces rules for No – Fly List

  1. The government has has announced the set of rules for the incident which will not be happen on flights in the country. Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju in the notification it is said that there should be the three levels of punishment for unruly passenger in flights.
  2. “To ensure safety and check unruly & disruptive behaviour on aircraft, we will put in place, mechanism for country’s first No-Fly list today,” he wrote. Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha also said that there will be the action will be taken keeping in mind the safety and security of airplane passengers.
  3. “This so-called no-fly list has been brought out keeping in mind the safety of passengers, crew and the aircraft, and is based on a security threat perception,” civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said, while announcing the rules.
  4. There are the three levels of the punishments depending on the severity of the offence.
  5. Level 1 – Unruly physical gestures, verbal harassment and unruly inebriation fall under this category. The punishment for offenders will be a ban up to 3 months.
  6. Level 2 – Physically abusive behaviour (pushing, kicking, hitting or inappropriate touching)fall under this category. The punishment for offenders will be a ban of up to 6 months.
  7. Level 3 – Life threatening (assaults, damage to aircraft systems etc) fall under this category. The punishment for offenders will be a ban of minimum 2 years.

 

Uninhabited ‘Parali I’ island of Lakshadweep vanishes

  1. One of the best part of the island on which there are full of the biodiversity of the Lakshadweep has been invisible because of the coastal erosion and another four such territories in the sea are shrinking fast, claims a new study.
  2. Hidayathulla, who is from Androth in Lakshadweep, was awarded PhD in July this year by Calicut University in Kerala for his work “Studies on Coastal Erosion in Selected Uninhabited Islands of Lakshadweep Archipelago with Special Reference to Biodiversity Conservation.”
  3. “The results are indicative of the urgent measures to be implemented on each islet of the atoll to check further erosion.. It is also recommended to check the feasibility of a bio protection strategy using mangroves, in addition to the conventional physical protection measures. One island has submerged… We can say Lakshadweep now is not an archipelago of 36 islands,” Hidayathulla told in the report.
  4. “Since the absence of this island (Parli I) is noticed in both observations carried out in 2003 and 2007, it is assumed that the island has been subjected to complete erosion during 1968-2003 periods and an assessment of the exact year of its inundation requires data analysis for a span of 35 years extending from 1968,” said the study.
  5. “It is now widely recognised that islands and coastal areas are going to get eroded and inundated due to rising sea levels because of increasing global temperature. India’s coasts and islands, which are densely populated, are highly vulnerable. With the sea levels predicted to rise further, we should start preparing for building defenses to protect our coastlines and islands,” said Bhushan, who is also deputy director general of New Delhi-based advocacy group Centre for Science Environment (CSE).

 

CGWB enters into MoA with IISc Bangalore for development of ground water flow models for Karnataka

CGWB enters into MoA with IISc Bangalore for development of ground water flow models for Karnataka

  1. Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Ministry of Water Resources, RD & GR has signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore for the project of the ‘Development of ground water flow models and preparation of aquifer management plans for parts of Karnataka’.
  2. “It will render better understanding of existing ground water scenarios, predicting response of ground water system to various stress conditions expected to arise in the future,” the Ministry of Water Resources said.
  3. This major part of the project has been developed for the aquifer mapping and management programme will render better understanding of the presaved groundwater scenarios, predicting response of groundwater system to various stress conditions expected to arise in the future and developing effective management plans incorporating different demand and supply side interventions.
  4. In this project, there will be the area of 48000 sqr. kms comprising Chikballapur and Kolar Districts and parts of Bagalkot, Bangalore Rural, Belgaum, Bellary, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Gadag, Gulbarga and Yadgir districts.

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, is a ministry of the Government of India and the apex body for formulation and administration of the rules and regulations
  2. Website: wrmin.nic.in
  3. Formed: September 1985
  4. Jurisdiction: India
  5. Headquarters: Shram Shakti Bhavan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi
  6. Cabinet minister: Uma Bharti
  7. Minister of state: Sanjeev Balyan, Vijay Goel

 

Joint Parliamentary Committee under Bhupender Yadav on the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017

Joint Parliamentary Committee under Bhupender Yadav on the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017

The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 has been given the dedication to the Joint Parliamentary Committee of both the Houses, said a government release on Friday.

  1. It has been decided by the Joint Committee to seek views and suggestions from various stakeholders and public at large on the provisions of the previously mentioned Bill. ‘The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017’ has been uploaded on Lok Sabha website http://164.100.47.4/BillsTexts/LSBillTexts/Asintroduced/165_2017_LS_Eng.pdf
  2. All those desirous of submitting their views/suggestions to the Committee may send two copies of their written Memoranda/suggestions either in English or Hindi on the Bill to Director (CB-I & JCs), Lok Sabha Secretariat, Room No. 339, Third Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi- 110001 or Fax at 23092092 or e-mail them at [email protected] by 29th September, 2017.
  3. The Memoranda submitted to the Committee would form part of the records of the Committee and would be treated as “Confidential” and not circulated to anyone; as such, an act would constitute a breach of privilege of the Committee.
  4. Those who wish to appear before the Committee, besides submitting Memoranda, are also requested to specifically indicate so. However, the Committee’s decision in this regard shall be final.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India refuses to sign Bali Declaration over Rohingya issue

India refuses to sign Bali Declaration over Rohingya issue

  1. India dissociated itself today from a declaration adopted at an international conference as it carried a reference to violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar, from where 125,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh.
  2. “This was in view of the fact that the declaration, which was to be adopted at the conclusion of the Forum, was not in line with the agreed global principles of sustainable development,” said a press release issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.
  3. “The country-specific amendment to the draft declaration was proposed at the eleventh hour by selective countries which referred to the violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar. India argued that specifying a particular country is unjustified as this Forum is focused on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and inclusive development for all countries based on cooperative and collaborative approach to achieve the 2030 Agenda for the world,” the press release said.
  4. India said, “Never before country-specific issues have been included in the declaration as these dilute the objective of these Forums which require unity and focussed efforts of all the countries,” the release said.
  5. “Therefore, the proposed reference to the violence in Rakhine state in the declaration was considered as not consensus-based and inappropriate,” the release said.

 

Pakistan’s Habib Bank kicked out of US over terror financing charge

Pakistan’s Habib Bank kicked out of US over terror financing charge

  1. US banking system has been given the order to the Pakistan’s Habib Bank to shutter its New York office after nearly 40 years, for the repayment of the concerns of the possible terrorist financing and money laundering, officials said Thursday.
  2. “DFS will not tolerate inadequate risk and compliance functions that open the door to the financing of terrorist activities that pose a grave threat to the people of this State and the financial system as a whole,” DFS Superintendent Maria Vullo said in a news release.
  3. “The bank has repeatedly been given more than sufficient opportunity to correct its glaring deficiencies, yet it has failed to do so.”
  4. In the month of August there has been the Pakistan Stock Exchange has given announcement, Habib company secretary Nausheen Ahmad called the proposed fine of $629.6 million “outrageous” and “capricious” and said the bank had decided to close its New York operations “in an orderly manner.”

KEYS:

  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. Dialing code: +1
  6. President: Donald Trump

 

China pats Pakistan for doing its ‘best’ to fight terrorism

China pats Pakistan for doing its 'best' to fight terrorism

  1. China on Friday has been said that there is the best performance of the Pakistan, also told that the Islamabad has done its “best” to combat terrorism and some countries need to give it “full credit” for that, days after Beijing backed the BRICSs declaration, which named Pakistan-based terror groups like LeT and JeM for the first time.
  2. “Pakistan is a good brother and iron friend of China. No one knows Pakistan and understands Pakistan better than China,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said while addressing a joint press conference with Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif here.
  3. “Instead of blaming each other, countries need to work with each other. For years Pakistan has been a victim of terror and more importantly Pakistan is an important participant in international cooperation against terrorism,” he said.
  4. “The government and people of Pakistan made huge efforts and sacrifice on the fight against terrorism and such efforts and sacrifice are there for everyone to see. The international community should recognise that. When it comes to the issue of counterterrorism, we believe Pakistan has done its best with a clear conscience. In comparison, some countries need to give Pakistan the full credit it deserves” he said.

KEYS:

  1. China is a populous nation in East Asia whose vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000km of coastline
  2. Capital Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic sites such as the Forbidden City palace complex and Tiananmen Square
  3. Shanghai is a skyscraper-studded global financial center. The iconic Great Wall of China runs east-west across the country’s north
  4. Capital: Beijing
  5. Currency: Renminbi
  6. President: Xi Jinping
  7. Points of interest: Forbidden City, Summer Palace

BANKING & FINANCE

Ujjivan Bank to replace loans with certificate deposits

Ujjivan Bank to replace loans with certificate deposits

  1. Ujjivan Small Finance Bank has announced that it will use down the fund of the 150 basis points at the time of current financial year by by displaceing the 75% of its bank loans with borrowings using money market instruments including certificate of deposits.
  2. In this decision there is the permission has been granted to the scheduled bank status to Ujjivan. Ujjivan, which held in the microfinance business received a licence to operate as a small finance bank earlier this year. An SFB has fullfill with the commercial bank including recognition as a scheduled bank. Because of this, there can be the institution, raise money from the inter-bank money market.
  3. At the even of the ToI Hiren Shah, chief finance officer, Ujjivan SFB said, “Most of the MFIs are carrying baggage of bank term loans with interest at 10-11%. The new funding will come at rats, which are much lower and closer to 7%. Even after adding the cost of maintaining statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) a mandatory requirement for banks, the costs of funds will go down by 150-200 basis points.”
  4. “We will be issuing 90-day CDs to mutual funds and insurance companies and FDs to corporates, trusts, cooperative banks,” said Shah. He also said that at the time of the starting of the month the current fiscal the SFB had seen its spreads narrow as costs had gone up due to imposition of reserve requirements without the advantage of money market borrowing that was available to scheduled banks.

 

Airtel Business launches ‘Airtel GST Advantage’

  1. Airtel Business has did the partnership with the ClearTax for the launch of the new business service called Airtel GST Advantage. By the recently launch the GST and the the little amount of the clarity, this solution is specifically designed to enable small businesses and startups to file their GST returns without hassle.
  2. All Airtel Business customers can sign up for Airtel GST Advantage for free by registering on www.airtel.in/gst-advantage. With the recent, GST Advantage, Airtel is giving the 18GB of free additional data spread over three months (2GB/ month/ connection on a maximum of three devices) with any Airtel corporate connection or device, to help them upload returns without worrying about bandwidth charges.
  3. Ashok Ganapathy, Director & CEO – Airtel Business said in a statement, “The new GST regime is a landmark reform for the Indian economy and with AirtelGST Advantage, we would like to enable small businesses with free filing of returns, and free and secure data access. Airtel is also the data hosting and connectivity partner for the Goods and Services Network (GSTN).”
  4. Archit Gupta, CEO, ClearTax, said: “We are excited to partner with Airtel. Since the launch of GST, we have been working hard to help businesses and tax professionals become GST-ready and make compliance easier. Together, we are sure to add many more milestones in our journey to get India GST-ready.”

KEYS:

  1. Bharti Airtel Limited is an Indian global telecommunications services company based in New Delhi, India
  2. It operates in 18 countries across South Asia and Africa
  3. CEO: Gopal Vittal (1 Mar 2013–)
  4. Headquarters: New Delhi
  5. Founder: Sunil Bharti Mittal
  6. Founded: 7 July 1995, India
  7. Parent organization: Bharti Enterprises
  8. Subsidiaries: Robi Axiata Limited, airtel digital TV,

 

Nestle sets up first food safety institute in India at Manesar

Nestle sets up first food safety institute in India at Manesar

  1. There has been the completion of the two years of the Food Safety, Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) banned Nestle India Ltd’s Maggi instant noodles over health, and safety worries, the new FSSAI CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal on Wednesday inaugurated the Nestle Food Safety Institute that will provide guidance and training on food safety.
  2. “This partnership is very well thought strategy. Nestle Food Safety Institute will conduct training programmes, on food safety management systems, testing methods and regulatory standards. Partnerships with private parties on food safety and standards are an imperative for FSSAI. This is our effort to implement a first world regulatory ecosystem in India,” said Agarwal.
  3. “Nestle can also help with its global expertise in areas of food science, which will help FSSAI in taking informed decisions while formulating regulations. Milestones are reached by companies at certain stages. For me this (opening up of the institute with FSSAI’s support) is a milestone for me and it reflects commitment of Nestle in India,” said Suresh Narayanan.
  4. “Now we are in the process to see what is working and what is not working. We cannot support so many products going forward. What you need to do is to prioritise on what you need to focus on, and that core exercise is happening,” said Narayanan.

KEYS:

  1. Nestlé S.A. is a Swiss transnational food and drink company headquartered in Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland
  2. It has been the largest food company in the world, measured by revenues and other metrics, for 2014, 2015, and 2016
  3. Headquarters: Vevey, Switzerland
  4. Founded: 1905, Vevey, Switzerland
  5. Customer service: 1800 103 1947
  6. Revenue: 89.46 billion CHF (2016)
  7. Subsidiaries: Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Garoto
  8. Founders: Henri Nestlé, George Page, Charles Page

 

Science and Technology

Government sets up online service for importers, exporters to resolve all foreign trade-related issues

Government sets up online service for importers, exporters to resolve all foreign trade-related issues

  1. The government has started the online service facility and that has been use in the importers and exporters to resolve all foreign trade-related issues, an official statement said today.
  2. The directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT), which contains the commerce ministry, has asked all exporters and importers to use the system – [email protected] – for resolution of their matters.
  3. [email protected] system has been activated as a single point contact for resolving all foreign trade-related issues,” the DGFT said in a notice to all regional authorities, export promotion councils, commodity boards and members of trade and industry.
  4. on, exporters/importers are requested not to send their queries through twitter or e-mail and use [email protected] service instead,” it added.

 

SPORTS

Sjoerd Mrijne named India men’s hockey team coach, Harendra Singh given charge of women’s team

Sjoerd Mrijne named India men’s hockey team coach, Harendra Singh given charge of women’s team

  1. In the term of the staff of the coach of Hockey, India on Friday has been chose to the Sjoerd Mrijne as the new chief coach of the India men’s senior hockey team. The current of the coach is the senior women’s team Mrijne will take the position of Roelant Oltmans who was sacked by Hockey India last week.
  2. Junior World Cup winning coach Harendra Singh will be the coach of the women’s team as the High Performance Specialist from Saturday. The women’s team is current on its tour to Europe with coach Marijne who will take charge of the men’s team from September 20.
  3. “Current Chief Coach of Indian Senior Women Hockey Team, Mr. Waltherus Marijne,will take over as Chief Coach of Indian Senior Men Hockey Team,” Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore tweeted. “Pleased to announce appointment of Sh Harendra Singh, Dronacharya Award winner, as High Performance Specialist Coach fr Indian Snr Women Hockey Team.”
  4. “The advertisement has been withdrawn as both HI and the Sports Authority of India felt Marijne is the best candidate for the job having spent more than six months in the country,” an Hockey India official told PTI.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Oxford and Cambridge named the best universities in the world; IISc, Bangalore tops Indian universities

Oxford and Cambridge named the best universities in the world; IISc, Bangalore tops Indian universities

  1. Rankings of Top University has been did by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018. Rankings of Indian Universities has not get down but there is the some of the feature in the top 100 or even in top 200. World University Rankings 2018: IITs, IISc rankings dropped.
  2. Rankings of universities in the world 2018 – Indian institutes poorly performed as per the latest World University Rankings 2018 announced on Tuesday. Premiere Institutes such as Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was the highest ranked institute from country, but the ranking went down from the 201-250 bands to 251-300 position.
  3. Similarly, IIT Delhi & IIT Kanpur, which was among the best Indian institutions, now the rankings went down as compared to previous year’s position of the 401- 500 to 501-600 band.

KEYS:

  1. The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university located in Oxford, England
  2. It has no known date of foundation, but there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, making it the oldest
  3. Acceptance rate: 17.5% (2015)
  4. Founded: Oxford, United Kingdom
  5. Undergraduate tuition and fees: 9,250 GBP (2017)
  6. Phone: +44 1865 270000
  7. Chancellor: Chris Patten
  8. Color: Oxford Blue

 

OBITUARY

US country music singers Don Williams and Troy Gentry die

US country music singers Don Williams and Troy Gentry die

  1. There is the mourn in the industry of the music of the US country music stars Don Williams and Troy Gentry, both have died on same day. Don Williams, who was the award-winning country singer with love ballads like “I Believe in You,” has died at the age of 78 years.
  2. “It’s one of those blessings and curses kind of things,” Williams said in an interview with The Associated Press in 1994. ”If you have the talent, it is a blessing. However, there is times that … a lot of the prices that you have to pay to be a part of it is a curse. But as far as … the way people have responded to what I’ve done, there’s very few things in my life that I’ve done that come anywhere close to making you feel exhilarated and humbled and fulfilled and challenged and all that, all at the same time.”
  3. His hits included “I Believe in You,” “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend,” “Till the Rivers All Run Dry” and “Back in My Younger Days.” At least one duet with Emmylou Harris made the charts, “If I Needed You” in 1981.

KEYS:

  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. Dialing code: +1
  6. President: Donald Trump

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

  1. World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is the celebration of the awareness that is celebrated on 10 September every year, and the main aim of this is to take the action of the prevent suicides, with various activities around the world.
  2. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), and that is with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health, to host World Suicide Prevention Day.
  3. In the year 2011 an estimated 40 countries that take part in the some of the event that is held for the awareness. The United Nations issued ‘National Policy for Suicide Prevention’ in the 1990s which some countries use as a basis for their suicide policies.

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