Daily Current Affairs 10th May, 2017
ICJ Stays Kulbhusan Jadhav’s Hanging
- India has received a stay order preventing Pakistan from executing the death sentence awarded to the former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav from the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
- India’s team of lawyers led by senior advocate Harish Salve accused Pakistan of gross violations of international laws.
- They also pointed out the violations of the Geneva convention that deals with Consular relations. Pakistan had denied consular access to India despite 15 attempts.
- It also refused to give any details of Jadhav’s arrest and trial until the death sentence was passed. India has rarely approached the ICJ especially when it comes to Pakistan. India is always hesitatant to “internationalise” its bilateral relations.
- But given the nature of Jadhav’s case in which Pakistan refused to follow any established principle India was forced to take the extreme measure of taking the case to the ICJ.
PM Inaugurates Supreme Court’s ICMIS
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated Supreme Court’s Integrated Case Management Information System (ICMIS).
- This digital filing system will mark Supreme Court’s first towards becoming a paperless, digital court.
- The inaugural function was held at Vigyan Bhavan when Prime Minister Modi uploaded the Integrated Case Management System with the Supreme Court website.
- The event was also attended by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and other judges of the Supreme Court. ICMIS is hailed as the Biggest and highest leap in judicial system. Subsequently, all High Courts, District Courts, Sub-Division Courts will be integrated with the new system. Later on, all the jails in the country will be Integrated by ICMIS software.
Measurement of Liveability Index
- Ministry of Urban Development is planning to launch measuring of Liveability Index of cities based on indigenously evolved Index. The Ministry has already invited bids for selecting the agency for carrying out the assessment based on the parameters evolved by the Ministry.
- To start with, Liveability Standards of 140 cities including 53 cities with population of one million and above and Smart Cities will be assessed.
- The Ministry of Urban Development has come out with a detailed document on “Methodology for Collection and Computation of Liveability Standards in Cities” for the benefit of States and Cities.
- Cities will be assessed on 15 core parameters relating to Governance, social infrastructure pertaining to education, health and safety and security, economic aspects and physical infrastructure like housing, open spaces, land use, energy and water availability, solid waste management, pollution etc.
- Cities will be ranked based on Liveability Index that would cover a total of 79 aspects.
- This promotes a sense of healthy competition among cities and towns in the country to focus their attention on improving governance and infrastructure availability.
ECONOMY, BANKING AND FINANCE
Edelweiss Tokio launches India’s first life insurance Product
- Edelweiss Tokio launched India’s first and the simplest life insurance product that can be bought at a point of sale (PoS) has finally been launched.
- Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance has recently launched PoS Saral Nivesh the first product to be approved by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India’s (IRDAI) guidelines on point of sale-life insurance products.
- PoS Saral Nivesh is a non-linked, non-participating endowment life insurance plan which offers both protection and saving.
Jordan, US launch Eager Lion military exercise
- Jordan and the United States kicked off Eager Lion, an annual military exercise in Jordan with about 7,400 troops from more than 20 nations taking part.
Indian Navy ships; INS Karwar and Kakinada decommissioned:
- Indian Naval Ships Karwar and Kakinada were recently decommissioned.
- INS Karwar (M67), was the first of the ‘Natya’ class minesweepers acquired from the erstwhile USSR. She was commissioned on 14 July 1986 at Riga (Russia) under the command of commander R K Sinha. The ship operated from Vishakhapatnam till 2013 after which, the ship was based at Mumbai. Manned by a crew of six officers and 90 sailors, INS Karwar had her motto ‘Hamesha Tayyar’.
- INS Kakinada (M70), was the second of the same class and also commissioned at Riga on 23 December 1986. Like her sister ship, Kakinada also operated from Vishakhapatnam till 2013 before shifting base port to Mumbai.
- With the decommissioning of the two minesweepers, the Navy is now left with a fleet of four Soviet-origin minesweeping ships will also be decommissioned by the end of 2018.
ENVIRONMENT,SCIENCE AND TECH
- Amur falcons are the longest travelling raptors in the world. They weigh just 150 grams.
- Males are mostly grey in colour and the females have dark-streaked cream or orange underparts.
- The species flies non-stop from Mongolia to northeast India covering 5,600 km in five days and nights, a small part of its 22,000 km circular migratory journey. The birds halt briefly in Myanmar. After a month or so, they reach central and western India en route to South Africa.
- Until recently, Naga tribesmen used to hunt thousands of Amur falcons for meat. But, after a vigorous campaign by wildlife activists, they have pledged to protect the bird and since then, not a single bird has been hunted in the area.
- May 10, 2017 marks the 2561st Buddha Jayanti, the birthday of the Buddha, and Buddha Purnima.
- It is an important day charted by Buddhist monks and all followers of the message of Gautam Buddha.
- Interestingly, Buddha Purnima, celebrated in May every year, is even more special because the Buddha’s enlightenment and mahaparinirvan also happened during the Purnima in the month of May.
- The world over, the day is observed through dhana, sila and bhavana.
- On this day, monks, or the Buddha’s disciples, from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other countries gather to discuss world peace. The Buddha’s message is one of peace, compassion and non-violence.
- To mark the day that is also known as Vesak, in some countries such as Vietnam, China and Japan the Buddha’s idol is bathed in water and flowers.
Venu Rajamony appointed India’s Ambassador to Netherlands
- Press Secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee and senior diplomat Venu Rajamony has been appointed India’s Ambassador to the Netherlands.
- Rajamony will also be India’s Permanent Representative to the Organisation for Prevention of Chemical Weapons based in The Hague and cover the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and other international organisations based in the Netherland.
Sohail Mahmood to replace Abdul Basit as Pakistan’s envoy to India
- The government of Pakistan has approved the appointment of Sohail Mahmood as Pakistan’s next high commissioner to India.
- Mahmood is a top diplomat of Pakistan and will replace the incumbent envoy to India Abdul Basit this month.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
Adil Hussain’s Mukti Bhawan wins the Best Film award at the New York Indian Film Festival
- “Mukti Bhawan”, a movie about a man who accompanies his father on a journey to Varanasi, has won the Best Film at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF).
- NYIFF was held in New York between April 30-May 7, 2017.
Heena Sidhu wins bronze in Grand Prix of Liberation Plezn 2017 Shooting championship
- Heena Sindhu claimed a bronze medal in the women’s 10m Air Pistol as India ended the Grand Prix of Liberation Plezn 2017 Shooting championships in Czech Republic with seven medals.
- On the final day of the championship, Heena shot 218.8 in the eight-woman final, won by Greek shooter Anna Korakaki claimed gold medal sot 246.3 to finish ahead of Germany’s rising star, Michelle Skeries took silver with a score of 237.8.