Daily Current Affairs 8th August, 2017
India, Iran Call For Early Operationalisation Of Chabahar Port
- India and Iran have expressed commitment for early completion and operationalisation of Chabahar Port besides strengthening bilateral ties.
- India has also conveyed it’s readiness to aid Iran in taking up operations in Chabahar Port during the interim period between the actual activation of contract. The Iranian side earlier had requested India to provide up to 150 million dollar credit and had made it a condition for activation of the Chabahar Port contract.
Govt declares entire Assam as ‘disturbed’ area under AFSPA for another month
- The Centre has declared entire Assam as a “disturbed” area under the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) for one more month, citing various violent activities by insurgent groups ULFA, NDFB, and others.
- The Union home ministry also declared Meghalaya’s border areas adjoining Assam, and three districts in Arunachal Pradesh as “disturbed” under the AFSPA for two more months with effect from August 03rd, 2017.
Article 35A: Centre’s move for debate stirs hornet’s nest
- The Centre’s move seeking “larger debate” over Article 35A of the Constitution, which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to them, has triggered a political storm with several parties warning against any tinkering of the provision.
- Article 35A is a provision in the Constitution that empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define permanent residents of the state. It was added through the Constitution(Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954, issued under Article 370.
- The Jammu and Kashmir Constitution was adopted on November 17, 1956. It had defined a Permanent Resident as a person who was a state subject on May 14, 1954, or who has been a resident of the state for 10 years, and has lawfully acquired immovable property in the state, the article.
NCRB merged with bureau of police research
- The government has merged the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) – which, over the years, has been the principal source of reference by policy makers, police, criminologists, researchers and media – both in India and abroad, with the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D).
- NCRB’s functions will now be placed under the Director General of BPR&D, who will oversee all the data collection related to Crime in India, Accidental Deaths and Suicides, Prison Statistics and Fingerprints.
Second phase of measles-rubella vaccination drive launched in eight states, UTs
- Aiming to eliminate measles and curb instances of rubella by 2020, the Centre has rolled out the second phase of its measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in the country.
- Nearly 3.4 crore children across eight states and union territories — Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu — will be covered in this stage.
Goverment printing two kinds of notes : Congress
- The Congress claimed in Rajya Sabha that govt was printing two kinds of Rs.500 and Rs.2000 notes and called it as the biggest scam of the country.
- Congress leader Kapil Sibal claimed that different sizes of the notes were printed.
ECONOMY,BANKING AND FINANCE
Railways earned Rs.540 crore through flexi fare scheme
- The Railways has earned an additional revenue of Rs 540 crore in less than a year through the flexi fare scheme and there is no plan to discontinue it.
- The scheme, launched on 09th September 2016, is applicable in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains, allowing 10 per cent of the seats to be sold at the normal fare and thereafter increasing it by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths sold with a ceiling of 50 per cent.
Amazon India, Telangana Handloom dept ink pact
- Amazon India has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Telangana Department of Handloom and Textiles, to educate, train and enable weavers and artisans to directly sell their products to Amazon customers across the country.
- According to a statement issued by the e—commerce giant, with over 17,000 handlooms in the state, this association will further help elevate popular handloom products from clusters such as are Pochampally, Warangal, Gadwal, Narayanpet and Siddipet which have a tremendous potential and demand in urban areas.
SEBI stops trading in 331 suspected shell companies
- Market regulator SEBI has directed stock exchanges to take action against 331 shell companies and stop their trading for August.
- These companies saw a total public float of RS.12000 crore.
‘Dawn of cruise tourism in India’ inaugurated in Mumbai
- In order to promote cruise tourism in India, a special event, ‘The dawn of cruise tourism in India’ was inaugurated in Mumbai.
- The preparedness of Mumbai Port and Ministry of shipping to host cruise vessels in the country is revealed to a worldwide audience at the event. It also saw the launch of three reports, “Mumbai Port SoP’s for cruise operations”, “Road map for Sea cruise tourism” and “Cruise terminals in India”.
ENVIRONMENT,SCIENCE AND TECH
Maharashtra to raise $270 m from Green Climate Fund
- The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG) will help the Maharashtra Government raise $270 million for the Green Climate Fund, which will be invested in integrated watershed programmes such as Jalyukt Shivar Yojana.
- The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a new fund under the UN and is guided by the principles and provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The 2030WRG is hosted by the International Finance Corporation and is a public-private-civil society collaboration for water resources reform in developing economies. Its ultimate aim is to close the gap between water demand and supply by the year 2030.
PERSONS IN NEWS
Dipak Mishra to be the next Chief Justice of India
- CJI Jagdish Singh Khehar has recommende SC judge Justice Dipak Mishra as his successor.
- Justice Jagdish Singh will retire on August 27th.
- Justice Mishra will hold the office until October 2,2018.
Usain Bolt was beaten by Justin Gatlin in 100m final
- Justin Gatlin tore up Usain Bolt’s farewell script as he stole world 100m gold with the run of his long and controversial career. Bolt was left with only a bronze in his final individual 100m race as 21-year-old Christian Coleman made it a USA one-two.
- The 35-year-old Gatlin, twice banned for doping, came through almost unnoticed in lane seven in 9.92 seconds, with Coleman’s 9.94 holding off the greatest sprinter of all time.
Jadeja world no 1 all-rounder
- Ravindra Jadeja’s knock of 70 saw him edge out Bangaladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to take top position among all-rounders.
- He also gained 9 places to reach 51st rank among batsmen.