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INDIAN AFFAIRS

India’s 67th Republic Day with Unique Traits

Today India commemorated and honoured the 67th birth anniversary of its Constitution as Republic day. The main Republic Day celebration was held at the Rajpath in New Delhi. Along with ceremonious parades as a tribute to India, there was something different to this year’s republic day.

Indian, Chinese troops meet on LAC, commit to cordial ties

Indian and Chinese troops meet on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir for the ceremonial Border Personal Meetings on the occasion of 67th Republic day of India. Both the troops express their commitment towards enhancing the friendly relations and maintaining peace along boundary.

The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act came into force

The Central Government will enforce the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Amendment Act, 2015 for prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes with effect from January 26, 2016. The Lok Sabha on August 04, 2015 and Rajya Sabha on December 21, 2015, had already passed the Bill. After framing the rules for performance, now it will be enforced by the Central Government with effect from January 26, 2016. 

Centre approved Rs 11,370 crore Mumbai Trans Harbour Link

Centre issued a fresh coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance to the ambitious 22 km Mumbai Trans Harbour Link project.

  • Outlay – Rs 11,370 crore

The proposed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link project will be implemented by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

  • It envisages construction of six lanes Road Bridge to ease congestion and reduce pollution in Mumbai.
  • The Maharashtra government plans to complete the link by 2019.

Andhra Pradesh govt to introduce `priest at your doorstep’

Andhra Pradesh government has decided to introduce a novel scheme, “Bhaktuni Chentaku Bhagvantudu” -God visiting the devotee. This is a free service.

  • The Scheme has been launched from the Telugu New Year Ugadi.
  • Under the programme, the priest of the local temple will visit families to bless them on seven special occasions related to birth and marriage.

In case of death, the priest from the local Shiva temple will visit the family concerned.

India gifted ambulances and buses to Nepal

In a bid to strengthen the education and health services in the Himalayan nation, India has donated 40 ambulances and 8 buses to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organisations and educational institutions in Nepal at a function at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu on 67th Republic day of India.

Other Highlights of Event:

  • Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae hoisted the national flag in the embassy premises.
  • “Bhu Puu (ex-army men) 2015 Magazine” was unveiled, which is published by the Defence Wing of the Embassy.
  • The widows and dependents of ex-servicemen and disabled ex-servicemen were handed over cheques and blankets by the ambassador.
  • Books were donated to 52 libraries, educational and training institutions.

Since 1994, GOI has gifted 542 ambulances to various organisations across 73 districts in Nepal and 106 buses to various educational and welfare institutions across its 25 districts.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Three Indian B-schools in top 100 on FT’s global MBA list

s per the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking for 2016 three of the India’s top business schools are outline among the 100 best schools globally. France’s INSEAD is at the top of the list of the Business (B)-schools is also known as the “business school for the world

Pakistan plans its first mega nuclear power plant

Pakistan is all set to initiate a country’s first mega nuclear power plant with power generation capacity of 2,000 megawatts.

  • Pakistan faces about 5,000 MW energy shortages and the government has launched several projects to bridge the gap.

Keys Pakistan:

  • Capital – Islamabad
  • Currency – Pakistani rupee
  • PM – Nawaz Sharif
  • President – Mamnoon Hussain

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Gallantry Awards 2016

On the eve of the 67th Republic Day Celebrations, President Pranab Mukherjee has approved 365 gallantry and other defence awards to honour extraordinary bravery and courage as well as distinguished service of the armed forces personnel and others. These awards were established in 1952.

ENVIRONMENT

Tea Board launches Plant Protection Code version 5, for tea industry

Tea Board of India has recently imposed an absolute law for safe usage of Plant Protection Formulations (PPFs) in the tea plantations in India and launched the 5th version of its ambitious “Plant Protection Code” for the Indian Tea industry.

Objective of Policy

  • To regulate the use of pesticides in tea.
  • To achieve sustainability through GAP, including IPM, promotion of alternative control.
  • To gradually reduce the dependency on chemicals.

SPORTS

2015 FIH Awards – Netherland made Big Win

International Hockey Federation (FIH) has named Netherland players Robert Van der Horst in Men’s category and Lidewij Welten in women’s category as the 2015 Players of the Year.

  • Since 1998, FIH Player of the Year Awards are awarded annually to the male and female field hockey players to recognize their performances in the events, that are held in the corresponding year, as best in the world.
  • The winners of 2015 FIH Hockey Stars were decided by combining the results from online votes and a peer vote from international athletes.

Team India return to No.1 Test spot

Indian Test team return to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC’s) Test Rankings after South Africa packed up to a 0-2 series beat against England in Johannesburg.

  • India lost its top ranking to England after losing by 0-4 since August 2011.
  • Now India has 110 ranking points.
  • Australia is at 2nd position with one point less than the Indian team;
  • England is at 3rd position while Pakistan got 4th

Keys

  • Caption of Indian Test team -Virat Kohli

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Union Minister of Human Resource Development Launches Veer Gaatha Series of Books on Param Veer Chakra Awardees

‘Veer Gaatha’ a series of books on Param Veer Chakra awardees was launched by the Union Minister of Human Resource Development. The five books in the series of 21 Param Veer Chakra Awardees were released.

  • The Union Minister congratulates and expressed her gratitude to the families of Param Veer Chakra awardees for the sacrifices made by them for the country.

Patriotism, dedication and commitment toward our country are the main focus of such launches.

  • Minister of Human Resource Development– Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani

Mamata Banerjee released her book on “tolerance”

While inaugurating the 40th Kolkata International Book fair, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee released ten books including a book on “Tolerance” which is penned by her. Banerjee has dealt with religion in her book and explained that religion cannot be “white or black”.

  • Theme country for the Kolkata international book fair – Bolivia

Apart from the book on tolerance, she wrote books on administrative efforts taken by her government and a book on children. Her books include a collection of Urdu couplets too.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Customs Day

On 26 January every year the Customs administrations of 180 Member States of the World Customs Organisation organize various national events to celebrate the first session of the Customs Co-operation Council.

Theme – “Digital Customs – Progressive Engagement”

  • The Convention establishing the Customs Co-operation Council was signed on 15 December 1950 in Brussels entered into force on 4 November 1952.
  • The official inauguration session of the Council was held in Brussels on 26 January 1953 with the participation of representatives of 17 countries.

As part of the initiatives to celebrate the Customs Day, WCO certificates of merit, signed by the Secretary General of the Organisation, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, will be awarded.

  • Certificates of merit will be awarded to 20 officials of the Bulgarian Customs Administration.