Current Affair, 3rd March 2020
- March 5, 2020
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- Both houses of Parliament adjourned for the day following ruckus over Delhi violence
- Both the houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day following ruckus over Delhi violence. Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day after the Speaker Om Birla requested the members to maintain dignity and decorum of the house.
- When the house reassembled at 4.30 p.m. after repeated adjournments, the Speaker expressed his anguish over the happenings in the House during the day. The Speaker said, the Members should maintain the dignity of the House. He also requested the senior members to ensure the house be in order and also follow the parliamentary traditions.
- Earlier in the day, the Opposition members created ruckus in the house on the issue. When the house assembled at 2 P.M., the Opposition members including Congress, TMC, DMK, SP, BSP and Left parties raised the issue and were demanding the resignation of the Home Minister. The Opposition members rushed to the well of the house and were holding placards and banners.
- Amidst uproarious scenes, the Speaker decided to run the house as per the schedule. He also tried to pacify the members saying that he would allow them to discuss once when the normalcy restored in troubled parts of Delhi. He said that it is the responsibility of all the members to work towards maintaining peace and harmony across the country. But, despite repeated appeals by the Speaker, the opposition members further rushed to the treasury side with banners. This was opposed by the ruling party members which ensued to chaos. Senior Ministers also tried to pacify the members, and the Speaker immediately adjourned the house.
- Various schemes have been launched to preserve and promote languages, folk dance, Art and culture of tribals – Culture Minister
To preserve & promote various forms of folk art and culture of the tribals throughout the country including West Bengal, the Government of India has set up seven Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) with headquarters at Patiala, Nagpur, Udaipur, Prayagraj, Kolkata, Dimapur and Thanjavur. These ZCCs organize various cultural activities and programmes all over the country on regular basis. These ZCCs under Ministry of Culture are also implementing a number of schemes for promoting the folk/tribal art and culture, details of which are as below –
- Award to Young Talented Artists: The Scheme “Young Talented Artists” is carried out to encourage and recognize the young talents especially in the field of rare art forms. Talented youngsters of the age group of 18-30 years are selected and given a onetime cash award of Rs. 10,000/-.
- Guru Shishya Parampara: This scheme envisages transmitting our valued traditions to the coming generations. Disciples are trained under veterans in art forms which are rare and vanishing. Rare and vanishing art forms of the region are identified and eminent exponents are selected to carry out the training programmes in ‘Gurukula’ tradition. The monthly remuneration for Guru – Rs. 7,500/-, Accompanist – Rs. 3,750/- and Pupils – Rs. 1,500/- each for the period of six month to maximum 1 year for one scheme. The names of the Gurus are recommended by the State Cultural Affairs Departments.
iii. Theatre Rejuvenation: To promote theatre activities including stage shows and Production oriented workshops, etc. Honorarium Up to Rs. 30,000/- per show excluding TA & DA is paid. The groups finalized on the basis their credentials as well as the merit of project submitted by them.
- Research & Documentation: To preserve promote and propagate vanishing visual and performing art forms including folk, tribal and classical in the field of music, dance, theatre, literature, fine arts etc. in print/ audio – visual media. The art form is finalized in consultation with state Cultural Department.
- Shilpgram: To promote folk and tribal art and crafts of the zone by organizing seminar, workshops, exhibitions, craft fairs, design development and marketing support to the artisans living in the rural areas.
- Octave: To promote and propagate the rich cultural heritage of North East region comprising of eight States namely Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura to the rest of India.
vii. National Cultural Exchange Programme (NCEP): It can be termed as the lifeline of the Zonal Cultural Centers. Under this scheme, various festivals of performing arts, exhibitions, yatras etc are organized in member States. Artists from other zones/states are invited to participate in these programmes. Participation of artists from the Zone in festivals held in other parts of the country are also facilitated. Zonal centres also participate in Major festivals happening in member States by arranging performances during these festivals where large number of audience get chance to enjoy and understand art forms of other regions. These festivals provide opportunity to taste and understand various cultures of our country.
Sahitya Akademi, an autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture, encourages the preservation and promotion of languages, especially the unrecognized and tribal languages. The Akademi periodically organizes language conventions throughout the country in this regard.
- Overview of PM Modi Visit to Uttar Pradesh
PM laid the foundation stone of Bundelkhand Expressway in Chitrakoot
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the 296-km-long Bundelkhand Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot. The Uttar Pradesh government is constructing the Bundelkhand Expressway at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore, which will pass through Chitrakoot, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun districts.
- The expressway will link the Bundelkhand area to the national capital through the Agra-Lucknow Expressway and the Yamuna Expressway.
- The proposed expressway project will be supplementing the nodes of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor announced in the month of February 2018 by the government.
- The four-lane expressway is likely to be expandable to six-lane in the coming years.
- The deadline for the completion of the expressway work is 36 months, and if that is missed the companies will be fined.
- The construction for the first and the second phase will be handled by M/s APCO Infratech. Ashoka Buildconwill handle the third phase, Gawar Construction the fourth and fifth phase, and Dilip Buildcon the sixth phase.
PM launched 10,000 farmers producer organisations (FPOs) all over country at Chitrakoot
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also launched 10,000 farmers producer organisations (FPOs) all over the country at Chitrakoot to provide quality seeds, fertilizers and pesticides as well as requisite finances to small and marginal farmers. FPOs will also help achieve the dream of Gram Swaraj that promotes conversion of every village into a self-efficient autonomous entity where all the systems and facilities for a dignified living are available.
Completion of one year of launch of PM-KISAN scheme
The PM-KISAN scheme has completed one year which was launched on February 24, 2019. The Modi government had launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme as an income support scheme for farmers to enable them to take care of expenses related to agriculture and allied activities as well as domestic needs. Under the scheme, benefit is provided to the eligible beneficiary to the tune of Rs 6,000 per year. It is payable in three 4-monthly instalments of Rs 2,000 each.
PM Modi Launched KCC cards
The prime minister also launched a saturation drive for distribution of Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) to all the beneficiaries under the PM-KISAN Scheme. Over 6.5 crore of the approximately 8.5 crore beneficiaries under PM-KISAN Scheme possess Kisan Credit Cards. The saturation ensured that the remaining about 2 crore PM-KISAN beneficiaries are also distributed KCCs the statement said. KCC provides provide loans at minimal rates.
PM Modi addressed Samajik Adhikarita Shivir in Prayagraj; breaks 2017 Rajkot record
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Samajik Adhikarita Shivir organised by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at Prayagraj (Allahabad). He distributed assistive aids and devices to senior citizens, under the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana, and people with disablities (divyangajans), under the ADIP scheme, at a mega distribution camp.
- This is the biggest ever distribution camp being held in the country as over 56,000 assistive aids and devices of different types was distributed free of cost to more than 26,000 of beneficiaries. The cost of the aids and devices is over Rs 19 crore.
- This shivir breaks the record set by the distribution camp organised in 2017 at Rajkot (Gujarat) where 18430 were benefited.
About ADIP Scheme
The main objective of the Assistance to Disabled persons for purchasing / fitting of aids / appliances (ADIP) scheme to assist the needy disabled persons in procuring durable, sophisticated and scientifically manufactured appliances that can promote their physical, social and psychological rehabilitation. The scheme is implemented through implementing agencies such as the NGOs, National Institutes and ALIMCO (Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India)-a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
About Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana
Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana is scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to BPL category. This is a Central Sector Scheme, fully funded by the Central Government. The expenditure for implementation of the scheme is being met from the “Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund”. The Scheme is being implemented by ALIMCO.
i.Schemes such as soil health cards, E-NAM (National Agriculture Market), Kisan Samman Nidhi and financial assistance to benefit farmers have been launched.
ii.Infrastructure to strengthen warehouses and Food processing units has also been expanded.
- Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes
- The Government is implementing a Scheme namely “Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes” to improve financial and socio-economic status of the old aged artistes and scholars including various Folk Artists who have contributed significantly in their specialized fields of arts, letters etc., but leading a miserable life or are in penury condition. An amount of maximum Rs. 4000/- per month is being given to each beneficiary, out of which minimum Rs. 500/- financial assistance from State/UT Govt. is included. In case of death of a beneficiary, the financial assistance may be transferred, in the name of the spouse of the beneficiary till life if such request is received in the Ministry from the spouse along with the requisite documents within the period of six months from the date of death of the beneficiary artiste.
- The total number of Artists received Pension and Medical Aid by the government during the last three years/state wise including Andhra Pradesh are given at Annexure. He also informed that The drama artists are also covered under the Scheme.
- Dholavira: A Harappan City’ and ‘Monuments and Forts of Deccan Sultanate’
- Government of India has submitted two nomination dossiers namely ‘Dholavira: A Harappan City’and ‘Monuments and Forts of Deccan Sultanate’ for inclusion in the World Heritage List for the year 2020. Govt. of Madhya Pradesh has submitted the proposal of ‘Group of Monuments at Mandu’ in the year 2019. The dossier was further forwarded to World Heritage Centre (WHC) for completeness check. Inputs received from WHC have been conveyed to the State Government for further incorporation.
- A consultation workshop was organized by the Wild Life Institute of India and State Govt. of Madhya Pradesh to inventorize and prioritize the potential World Heritage Sites of M.P. The workshop has proposed Bhedaghat (Narmada Valley) as one of the recommended potential site subject to criteria set by UNESCO World Heritage Centre
- Establishment of Defence Corridors at Tamil Nadu
- In pursuance to the Union Budget announcement (2018-19), it has been decided to set up two Defence Industrial Corridors in the Country, one in Uttar Pradesh and another in Tamil Nadu. Subsequently, five nodes for Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor, viz. Chennai, Coimbatore, Hosur, Salem and Tiruchirapalli have been identified. Investments of approximately Rs. 3100 crore were announced by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)/Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSUs) & Private Industries in Tamil Nadu Corridor.
- Till date, six consultation meetings of stakeholders in Tamil Nadu were organized across its various nodes. Further, Government has also appointed a consultant for the preparation of Detailed Project Report for these two Defence Corridors.
- Setting up of Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor would catalyse indigenous production of defence and aerospace related items, thereby reducing our reliance on imports and promoting export of these items to other countries. This will lead to generation of direct & indirect employment opportunities and growth of private domestic manufacturers including Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and start-ups.
- Export Promotion of Indigenously made Defence Products
Various reforms/steps have been taken to enhance Defence exports. These reforms have provided a big boost to defence exports in the recent times. The authorisation for defence exports in the country have grown seven folds in the last two years. Following are the steps taken to promote defence exports:
- Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment and Technologies (SCOMET) Category 6 titled “Munitions List” that was hitherto “Reserved” has been populated and Military Stores list notified vide Notification No.115(RE-2013)/2009-2014 dated 13th March 2015 stands rescinded.
- The Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) vide Public Notice No. 4/2015-20 dated 24th April, 2017, notified Department of Defence Production (DDP) as the Licensing Authority for export items in Category 6 of SCOMET. The export of items specified in Category 6 (Munitions List) except those covered under Notes 2 & 3 of Commodity Identification Note (CIN) of the SCOMET is now governed by the Standard Operating Procedure issued by the Department of Defence Production (DDP), Ministry of Defence.
- Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the export of munitions list items has been modified and placed on the website of the DDP.
- A completely end-to-end online portal for receiving and processing authorisation permission has been developed. The applications submitted on this portal are digitally signed and the authorisation issued is also digitally signed.
- In repeat orders of same product to the same entity, consultation process has been done away with and permission is issued immediately. For the repeat order of same product to different entity, the consultation earlier done with all stakeholders is now limited only with MEA.
- In Intra-Company business (which is especially relevant for outsourcing of work by defence related parent company abroad to its subsidiary in India), the earlier requirement of getting End User Certificate (EUC) from the Government of importing country has been done away with and ‘Buying’ Company is authorized to issue the EUC.
- The legitimate export of the parts and components of small arms and body armour for civil use are now being permitted after prior consultation with MEA.
- For export of items for exhibition purposes, the requirement of consultation with stakeholders has been done way with (except for select countries).
- Powers have been delegated to DRDO, DGOF, and CMD’s of DPSUs for exploring export opportunities and participation in global tenders.
- New End User Certificate Format for Parts & Components has been provided in SOP.
- Validity of Export Authorization has been increased for 02 years to date of completion of order/component whichever is later.
- A new provision for re-exporting parts and components for undertaking repair or rework to provide replacement for a component under warranty obligation is inserted in the SOP as a sub-classification of repeat orders.
- MHA vide Notification dated 1.11.2018 has delegated its powers to this Department to issue export license under Arms Rules 2016 in Form X-A, for parts & components of small arms. With this the Department of Defence Production becomes the single point of contact for exporter for export of parts and components of Small Arms & Ammunitions.
- The Government has notified the Open General Export License (OGEL) – a one time export license, which permits the industry to export specified items to specified destinations, enumerated in the OGEL, without seeking export authorisation during the validity of the OGEL.
- Scheme for Promotion of Defence Exports has been notified to provide an opportunity to the prospective exporters an option to get their product certified by the Govt. and provides access to the testing infrastructure of Ministry of Defence for initial validation of the product and its subsequent field trials. The certificate can be produced by the prospective exporter for marketing their products suitably in the global market.
- A separate Cell has been formed in the Department of Defence Production to co-ordinate and follow up on export related action including enquiries received from various countries and facilitate private sector and public sector companies for export promotion.
- A Scheme to provide financial support to Defence Attaches for taking up actions for promoting exports of Indian made defence products both of public and private sector in the countries to which they are attached has been notified.
Based on the value of Authorization/Licence issued by DDP to Private companies and actual export by DPSUs/OFB, defence exports during the last three years is as under:
|Total Export ( in Rs Crores)
|* As on 31.12.2019
- Under CSR initiative, SPMCIL contributes Rs 1 crore towards National Sports Development Fund
- Under the CSR initiatives of the Company, Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India (SPMCIL) contributed a sum of Rs 1 Crore towards National Sports Development Fund under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for the top athletes of our Country selected for Tokyo Olympics and beyond. The cheque of Rs 1 Crore was handed over to Shri Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs & Sports on 27.02.2020 by Ms Tripti Patra Ghosh, Chairman and Managing Director, SPMCIL and Shri S.K. Sinha, Director (HR), SPMCIL. Shri Inder Dhamija, Joint Secretary (Sports) and Shri B.J. Gupta, General Manager (HR), SPMCIL were also present.
- 19th edition of World Productivity Congress (WPC)
- The 19th edition of World Productivity Congress (WPC)will be held from May 6 to May 8, 2020 at the Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka. WPC is the world’s largest convention for productivity development which promotes innovation and world class practices that shape future productivity growth and to be held in India after 45 years. WPC was held in India in 1974.
- Theme of 19th Productivity Congress 2020:“Industry 4.0 – Innovation and Productivity”.
- The theme represents the 4th Industrial Revolution & innovations based on AI (Artificial Intelligence), IoT (Internet of things) and connectivity in industry, advanced manufacturing & the service sectors to increase productivity in a sustainable manner.
i.World Confederation of Productivity Science (WCPS) headquartered at Montreal, Canada has been organising this future-shaping event since 1969.
ii.The event is co-organized by PDA ventures private limited, ( a group of Trade Fairs Pvt. Ltd), is one of India’s largest home-grown Trade fair organising companies.
iii.This global event has been held in the UK (United Kingdom), USA (United States of America), Canada, China, Australia, India, Chile, South Africa, Malaysia, Norway, Sweden and Bahrain in its past editions.
iv.WPC event brings together a group of leading businessmen, industrialists, scholars, politicians, administrators & productivity sectors around the globe.
v.Future of India: India’s long-term GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth is considered stable and is expected to grow over 7% per year. India is expected to be the 3rd largest consumer economy as its consumption is projected to reach 4 trillion US dollar by 2025, due to an expanding middle-class population, growing disposable incomes, urbanisation and rising affluence & this WPC event will further boosts India to achieve its goal in economy.
vi.The WPC topics under these events are Digital Transformation, Technologies for I-4.0, Innovation in Service Industries, Implications for Global challenges, Smart manufacturing, Warehousing & logistics, Smart Agriculture and aquaculture, Capacity building for I-4.0.
About World Confederation of Productivity Science (WCPS):
The World Confederation of Productivity Science is an international association of industry, government, research centers, universities and scientists etc., which increases the economy and productivity growth to create a better society and a peaceful world.
It was established in 1969 and has hosted World Congress events approximately every 2 or 3 years.
The 2 branches of WCPS are:
- World Academy of Productivity Science (WAPS)
- World Network of Productivity Organisations (WNPO)
- President Hosts President of Myanmar; Says Myanmar Stands at the Confluence of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ and ‘Act East Policy’
- The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, received His Excellency U Win Myint, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (February 27, 2020). He also hosted a banquet in his honour.
- Welcoming President Myint on his first ever visit to India, the President said that India attaches the highest priority to its partnership with Myanmar. Myanmar stands at the confluence of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ and ‘Act East policy’. India-Myanmar partnership is at the heart of India’s vision to create a connected and cooperative neighbourhood.
- The President said that a peaceful, united, federal, democratic and prosperous Myanmar is in India’s core national interest. India wishes to expand its partnership with Myanmar in key dimensions like energy, transportation, digital connectivity, tourism and heritage management. India is ready to provide more assistance, including developing training centres and new socio-economic infrastructure in rural areas.
- The President said that India appreciates Myanmar’s assurances that Myanmar would not allow groups that are inimical to India’s interests to operate from its territory. India also appreciates the enhanced coordination and cooperation from the Myanmar Army in maintaining the security of our borders.
- Subsequently, in his banquet speech, President Kovind said that to foster sustainable peace, we must ensure a peace dividend through prosperity. Connectivity is already expanding, through the building of roads, use of waterways, upgradation of ports and increase of bilateral air services. We need to widen such connectivity to include energy as well.
- All passengers from Italy and Iran will be screened for coronavirus: DGCA
- Aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation today said that all passengers coming from Italy and Iran would undergo thermal screening for Novel Coronavirus. Passengers from 10 countries including China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia are already being screened at Indian airports.
- The DGCA said, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) disease in India, it has been decided to expand the universal screening of all passengers arriving on flights from Italy and Iran.
- Iraq’s PM-designate Mohammed Allawi withdraws his candidature for the post
- Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Allawi has withdrawn his candidature for the post. Mr Allawi accused members of the country’s fractured Parliament of standing in his way and prolonging a months-long political crisis.
- . Mr Allawi said in a statement presented to President Barham Salih that he tried with all possible ways to save our country from sliding into the unknown and to solve the current problem. But, during the negotiations, he ran into many things unrelated to the country’s interests, he added.
- President Salih will begin consultations to choose a new candidate for Prime Minister within 15 days.
- Mr Allawi’s move came hours after legislators failed for the second time this week to approve his Cabinet of independents amid political infighting in a country that has been rocked by months of anti-establishment protests that forced the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. His resignation came a month after he was selected for the post and two months after Abdul Mahdi, who remains a caretaker Prime Minister, stepped down.
- More than 500 people have been killed and 30,000 wounded since the mass protests seeking an overhaul of the country’s political system began in October in the capital, Baghdad and several southern cities with rights groups accusing security forces of using excessive force against demonstrators.
- Saudi Arabia starts issuance of permanent premium residency permit to foreigners
- As Saudi Arabia officially started the issuance of Permanent Premium Residency Permit to Foreigners, Indian investor Yosuffali M A, Chairman of the Lulu group became one of the first to be given the permanent residency permit by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- The Premium Residency, informally known as Saudi Green Card, is a residence permit in Saudi Arabia that grants expatriates the right to live, work and own business and property in the Kingdom without need for a sponsor.
- The introduction of the Premium Residency comes as a part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reform plan, which was announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to boost the Saudi economy.
- Reacting to the news Yusuffali said that it is obviously a very proud and humbling moment in his life. This is a great honour not only for him but for the entire Indian expat community. He thanked King Salman, Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and the government of Saudi Arabia. This new permanent residency initiative will further boost Saudi Arabia’s image as one of the key investments and business hubs of the region as well as attract and retain new investors.
- This initiative of Saudi Arabia is to target key investors and prominent personalities from various fields including sports, arts and culture, who have played a defining role in the nation-building process.
- Mr Yusuffali, the NRI businessman based in Abu Dhabi is Chairman of Lulu Group which owns and operates more than 35 hypermarkets and supermarkets which includes ARAMCO Commissaries and National Guards superstores.
- United Arab Emirates welcomes US-Taliban peace agreement
- The United Arab Emirates has welcomed the signing of the US-Taliban peace agreement, expressing hope that it represents a step towards achieving peace and security throughout Afghanistan.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement today that the UAE hopes that the four-point agreement will be a starting point for stability in Afghanistan and will lead to a lasting and comprehensive ceasefire to bring peace and prosperity to the country and its people.
- First KIU Games concludes in Bhubaneswar; Panjab University, Chandigarh tops medals tally
- The Khelo India University Games concluded in Bhubaneswar, Odisha last night. Panjab University, Chandigarh took home the champions trophy-winning 46 medals including 17 gold, 19 silver, and 10 bronze.
- Savitribai Phule Pune University claimed the second position and Punjabi University, Patiala declared as the second runners up. Panjab University won a total of 46 medals while Savitribai Phule Pune University won 37 medals including 17 gold, 11 silver, and 9 bronze medals.
- Punjabi University, Patiala won 33 medals including 13 gold, 6 silver, and 14 bronze medals. A total of 113 universities took part in the games.
- On the last day of the games yesterday, India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand representing Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, clinched gold medal with a timing of 23.66 seconds in the 200m final.
- Kirti Vijay Bhoite from the University of Mumbai settled for silver with a timing of 24.98 seconds while Deepali Mahapatra from Utkal University won the bronze, clocking 25.19 seconds
- It was a grand closing ceremony for first-ever Khelo India University Games in the Odisha capital, which was attended by a host of dignitaries including Indian Olympic Association President Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, Sports Minister of Odisha Tusharkanti Behera and Secretary-General of Association of Indian Universities Dr. Pankaj Mittal.
- Speaking on the occasion Union Minister, Kiren Rijiju said, the first edition of the Khelo India University Games has been truly successful.