• Current Affairs, 19 November 2019

     

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. Prime Minister says Government open to discuss all issues in Parliament
    2. Exhibition of paintings set up by Artists-In-Residence
    3. Landmark 250th session of Rajya Sabha begins
    4. Rajya Sabha passed 3,817 Bills in the last 67 years; Held 5,466 sittings since 1952
    5. Sachin meets Nepal PM, appreciated efforts for promotion of rights of children
    6. 1st Winter-Grade Diesel outlet for Ladakh
    7. Speaker, Lok Sabha Visits “Aadi Mahotsav” at Dilli Haat
    8. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh holds various bilateral meetings on the sidelines of ADMM-Plus in Bangkok
    9. Gotabaya Rajapakasa sworn-in as new President of Sri Lanka
    • Bangladesh HC orders shutting down of 25 factories along Buriganga river in Dhaka
    1. 6th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus
    2. Emirates Post issues commemorative stamp on Al Quds – Capital of Palestine
    3. GoI to extend Visa-on-Arrival facility to UAE nationals
    4. Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Dominic Thiem to win ATP Finals title
    5. England qualifies for UEFA Euro 2020 football tournament

     

     

    NATIONAL NEWS

     

    1. Prime Minister says Government open to discuss all issues in Parliament

     

     

    • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi described the current session of Parliament as a very important one as it would be the Rajya Sabha’s 250thSession and also the 70th Year of the Indian Constitution.
    • Prime Minister was addressing the Media before the commencement of the Winter Session of Parliament. He praised the Rajya Sabha for playing a major role in putting India on the track of progress. He praised the Rajya Sabha for playing a major role in putting India on the track of progress.
    • “Friends, this is the last session of Parliament for 2019 and also an important session as it is the 250thSession of the Rajya Sabha, which played a pivotal role in the development and progress of India”
    • On 26thof November India would be observing its 70th Constitution Day. The Indian Constitution was adopted on the 26th of November 1949 marking the completion of 70 years this year. Prime Minister said the Constitution as the great doctrine that upheld the Unity, Integrity and Diversity of India.
    • “On the 26thof November we are celebrating the 70th Constitution Day completing 70 years since the its adoption. This constitution upholds the country’s Unity, the country’s Integrity, India’s diversity. It encompasses in itself the beauty of India. And it is the driving force of the country. This session of Parliament should become a source of awareness to the public about the 70 years of our constitution”
    • Prime Minister appealed to all the MPs to actively and positively participate in various discussions as was the previous session, in order to help the country get the best out of their discussions, so that it can be used for the progress and welfare of the country.
    • “Last few days we had the opportunity to meet the various leaders of almost all parties. This session, like the previous one which met immediately after the formation of the new government, should also involve the active and positive participation of all the MPs. The last session saw unprecedented achievements. I have to publicly acknowledge with pride that these achievements belong to neither the Government nor the treasury benches but to that of the whole Parliament; all the members are the rightful owners of these achievements.
    • I once again express my gratitude to all the MPs for their active participation and hope that this session also would with renewed vigour work for the progress of the country.
    • We want a discussion on all issues and it is necessary we have great debates either for or against and use the best solutions that come out of it for the betterment and welfare of the country.

     

     

     

    2. Exhibition of paintings set up by Artists-In-Residence

     

    • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, witnessed an exhibition of paintings set up by the Artists-in-Residence at Rashtrapati Bhavan . The President also felicitated the artists after witnessing the exhibition.
    • The paintings, at display at the exhibition, were made by the Artists-in-Residence during their week-long stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Under the In-Residence programme, artists stayed within the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises from November 10 to 17, 2019.  They included eminent and internationally acclaimed artists – Krishen Khanna, Ganesh Haloi, Anjolie Ela Menon, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Sanat Kar, Arpita Singh, Paramjit Singh, Suhas Bahulkar, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Anwar Khan, Sanjay Bhattacharya, and Chinmay Roy – and young artists – Siddarth Shingade, Parnita Parveen Bora and Vimmi Indra.
    • During the stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Artists-in-Residence put their creating thinking on canvas and also mentored around 65 school children. The art works created by these children were also in display at the exhibition.
    • The visitors to the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum can also witness the exhibition of these paintings from November 19 to 24, 2019 between 0900 hrs and 1600 hrs.  Entry will be from Gate Number 30 (Mother Teresa Crescent) of Rashtrapati Bhavan. More information can be sought from Visitors’ Management Cell (011-23015321 Extn. 4751 and 011- 23017820).
    • The aim of the ‘In-Residence’ programme is to provide artists an opportunity to stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan and be a part of the life of Rashtrapati Bhavan. It seeks to provide an environment which will inspire creative thinking and rejuvenate artistic impulses. It is also intended to honour and recognize eminent and established artists as well as encourage young upcoming talent from different parts of the country.

     

     

    3. Landmark 250th session of Rajya Sabha begins

     

    • Rajya Sabha Chairman Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Upper House, since it’s inception in 1952 has come a long way contributing to the socio-economic transformation of the country but still has ‘miles to go’ towards proper functioning. He shared details of the accomplishments of the House and concerns over it’s functioning at a meeting of the leaders of various parties and groups at the official residence of the Vice President .
    • Giving an account of the journey of the Upper House during the last 67 years, Shri Naidu said; “Rajya Sabha has been an integral part of the socio-economic transformation of our country since it came into being in 1952. From passing the Hindu Marriage and Divorce Bill in 1952 to the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill in 2019(Triple Talak Bill), from imposition of additional excise duty on dhotis in 1953 to introduction of GST in 2017, from passing the Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Bill in 1954 to the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill in 2019, from the passage of the Andhra State Bill in 1953 to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill in 2019, from clearing the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bill in 1955 to the National Medical Council Bill in 2019, from setting up of the University Grants Commission in 1954 to empowering the Children with the Right to Free and Compulsory Education in 2009 and from passing the Preventive Detention (Second Amendment) Bill in 1952 to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill in 2019, Rajya Sabha has come a long way  in addressing the challenges faced and meeting the requirements of the nation from time to time. But we still have miles to go in letting our country realize it’s full potential by making up for the missed time and opportunities and in respect of the functioning of the  House itself.”
    • Referring to the highly productive last and the 249thsession, the best in several years, Shri Naidu urged the leaders to ensure that this positive momentum is sustained during this session so that a few more miles could be covered.
    • Referring to the reports of absenteeism of members in the meetings of the Department Related  Standing Committees, Shri Naidu urged the leaders to ensure proper attendance of MPs so that the Committees could effectively examine  and report on various subjects selected and Bills referred in a bipartisan and detailed manner on behalf of the Parliament for which the Committees were envisaged.
    • Shri Naidu informed the leaders of various events planned for celebrating the landmark 250thsession of Rajya Sabha beginning tomorrow. These include:
    • Release of a publication, titled “Rajya Sabha: The Journey since 1952” providing glimpses of various aspects of functioning of the House and it’s Hindi version;
    • Discussion in the House on the ‘Role of Rajya Sabha in Indian Polity: Need for Reform’ on the first working day;
    • Release of a commemorative volume on the evolution of Rajya Sabha and it’s functioning with 44 articles in Hindi and English by the sitting and former members and those associated with the functioning of the House;
    • Release of a Silver coin of Rs.250; and
    • Release of Postal Stamp of Rs.5.00.
    • Chairman Shri Naidu also informed the leaders that a Joint Sitting of Members of both the Houses of Parliament  will be held in the Central  Hall on the 26thof this month marking the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of India by the  Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949.
    • Shri Naidu also released a publication, titled “Rajya Sabha: The Journey since 1952” providing glimpses of various aspects of functioning of the House and it’s Hindi version.

     

    4. Rajya Sabha passed 3,817 Bills in the last 67 years; Held 5,466 sittings since 1952

     

     

    • The first ever effort by the Rajya Sabha secretariat to quantify and analyse the legislative work done by the Upper House since it came into being in 1952 has revealed that the House has passed 3,817 Bills till the end of the last and the 249th Of these, 60 Bills had lapsed due to the dissolution of Lok Sabha at various points of time while 63 Bills were deemed to have been passed by the Upper House while two Bills cleared by it are still to be taken up in Lok Sabha. In effect, a total of 3,818 Acts of Parliament have been made since the first general elections in 1952.
    • A wide range of such statistical summary and other details on various aspects of the functioning  of the House are contained in a publication “Rajya Sabha : The Journey since 1952” released by Chairman Shri M.Venkaiah  Naidu at a meeting of the leaders of various parties and groups here today. Shri Naidu convened the meeting to seek cooperation of the parties for smooth functioning of the landmark 250thsession of Rajya Sabha beginning tomorrow.
    • The 118 page publication with 29 chapters is a ready reckoner with interesting statistics, details of the first moves and some unique events besides details of major Bills passed by the Rajya Sabha in respect of social change, economic transformation, industrial development, health, education, agriculture, environment, national security and the objectives of 103 Constitution amendments so far made etc.
    • A glimpse of the content relating to the journey of Rajya Sabha during the last 67 years since it’s first sitting on 13.5.1952 is furnished below:
    • Members :
    • Total members of Rajya Sabha so far including those with more than one term is 2,282 including 208 women and 137 nominated members. Dr.Mahendra Prasad is serving the highest number of 7thterm followed by Dr.Manmohan Singh serving 6th Dr.Najma Heptulla and late Shri Ram Jethmalani are the other two with six terms each.  Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Shri A.K.Anthony, Shri Ahmed Patel and Smt.Ambika Soni are into their fifth term while Shri Pranab  Mukherjee, late Shri Bhupesh Gupta, Shri Sitaram Kesri, Ms.Sajor Khaparde, Shri B.V.Abdulla Koya  were among the 11 members with five terms in the Upper House. Rajya Sabha Chairman Shri Naidu is among the 45 members with four terms each.
    • The representation of women in Rajya Sabha increased from 15 (6.94%) in 1952 increased to 31(12.76%) in 2014 and is now  26(10.83%) in 2019.
    • Some unique events relating to Rajya Sabha:
    • Casting vote by the Chair: The first and the only time when a Presiding Officer of Rajya Sabha cast his  vote was when the Panel Chairman Shri M.A.Baby did so on 5.8. 1991 when the voting was tied 39-39 on the Statutory Resolution moved by the opposition seeking disapproval of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Ordinance resulting in the victory of the opposition in the House.
    • President Rule approved only by Rajya Sabha: It happened only twice in respect of extension of President Rule in Tamilnadu and Nagaland in 1977 and in case of Haryana in 1991 when Lok Sabha was dissolved.
    • Removal of a Judge: The only time Rajya Sabha adopted a motion for removal of a Judge was in respect of Justice Soumitra Sen of Calcutta High Court on 18.8.2011 but he resigned before the motion was taken up in Lok Sabha.
    • Expulsion of members: Rajya Sabha adopted a motion on 15.11.1976 for expulsion of Dr.Subramanian Swamy whose conduct and activities were found by a Committee to be derogatory to the dignity of the House and it’s members. Dr.Chatrapal Singh was expelled on 23.11.2005 after Ethics Committee found him guilty of accepting money for asking questions. Dr.Swami Sakhsi Ji Maharaj was expelled on 21.3.2006 for irregularities in recommending projects under MPLAD scheme.
    • Suspension of members for the remainder of the session: 7 members viz.,Shri Kamal Akhtar,Shri Veer  Pal  Singh Yadav, Dr.Ejaz Ali, Shri Sabir Ali, Shri Subhash Prasad Yadav, Shri Amil Alam Khan and Shri Nand Kishore Yadav were on 9.3.2010 suspended for the remainder of the 219th session for willfully obstructing the Business of the House during discussion on women’s reservation bill.
    • Reprimand: Former Member of Rajya Sabha Shri K.K.Tiwari was summoned to the Bar of the House and was reprimanded on 1.6.1990 for a statement published in newspapers the same day that brought the office of Chairman and the House to indignity and contempt.
    • Bill passed by Rajya Sabha but negative by Lok Sabha: The Constitution (Sixty-fourth Amendment) Bill, 1990 seeking to amend Article 356 relating to extension of President’s Rule in Punjab.
    • Bills passed by Lok Sabha but negatived by Rajya Sabha (5): The Constitution (Twenty-fourth Amendment) Bill, 1970 seeking to terminate privy purses and privileges of former Indian States, The Banking Service Commission (Repeal) Bill, 1977, The Constitution (Sixty-fourth Amendment) Bill, 1989 seeking to insert a new Part IX in the constitution relating to Panchayats, The Constitution (Sixty-fifth Amendment) Bill, 1989 relating to Nagar Panchayats and Municipalities and The Prevention of Terrorism Bill, 2002.
    • Bill reconsidered by Rajya Sabha: Rajya Sabha passed the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill on 17.5.2006 as earlier passed by Lok Sabha but the President referred the same for reconsideration on 30.5.2006. Rajya Sabha reconsidered the same and passed as it was on 27.7.2006 and Lok Sabha passed it four later and was later assented to by the President on 18.8.2006.
    • Bills passed at the joint sittings of both the Houses of Parliament (3):
    • -The Dowry  Prohibition Bill, 1959 was first introduced in and passed by Lok Sabha. Rajya Sabha later insisted on some amendments to which Lok Sabha did not agree. The Bill was passed on 9.5.1961 at a joint sitting.
    • -The Banking Service Commission (Repeal) Bill, 1978 first introduced in and passed by Lok Sabha was later rejected by Rajya Sabha. It was passed on 16.5.2018 at a joint sitting.
    • -The Prevention of Terrorism Bill, 2002 passed by Lok Sabha was negatived by Rajya Sabha and was later passed at a joint sitting on 26.3.2002.
    • Some firsts relating to Rajya Sabha:
    • First sitting of the House was held on 13.5.1952
    • First Bill passed : The Indian Tariff (Second Amendment) Bill, 1952
    • First Bill concerning social change: The Special Marriages Bill, 1952
    • First Constitution Amendment Bill passed by Rajya Sabha: The Constitution (Second Amendment) Bill, 1953 for readjustment of  representation in Lok Sabha by increasing the size of population per constituency.
    • First Bill on Law and Order: The Preventive Detention (Second Amendment) Bill, 1952
    • First Bill on imports: The Live-stock Importation (Amendment) Bill, 1953
    • First media related Bill: The Press (Objectionable Matters) Amendment Bill, 1953
    • First on reorganization of States: The Andhra State Bill, 1953
    • First Bill on health education: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bill, 1955
    • First on urban development : The Faridabad Development Corporation Bill, 1955
    • First on agriculture: The Agriculture Produce (Development and Warehousing Corporations) Bill, 1956
    • First Bill on all-India services: The All India Services (Amendment) Bill, 1958
    • First security related Bill: The Armed Forces (Assam and Manipur) Special Powers Bill, 1958
    • First relating to animals: The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Bill, 1959
    • First on corporate take over: The Jayanti Shipping Company (Taking Over of Management) Bill, 1966
    • First on pollution: The Prevention of Water Pollution Bill, 1969
    • First nationalization Bill: The Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Bill, 1970
    • First against economic offences: The Economic Offences (Incapability of Limitation) Bill, 1974
    • First Money Bill deemed to have been passed by Rajya Sabha: The Appropriation (Railways) No.4 Bill, 1978
    • First Bill referring to terrorism: The Terrorist Affected Areas (Special Courts) Bill, 1984
    • Bills passed by Lok Sabha and amended by Rajya Sabha : The 120 such  Bills include; The Companies Bill, 1953, The UGC Bill, 1954, The Constitution (Forty-fourth Amendment) Bill, 1978, The Chit Funds Bill, 1982, The Prevention of Corruption Bill, 1988, The Prevention of Money Laundering Bill, 2002, The Special Economic Zones Bill, 2005, The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Bill, 2013, The Lok Pal and Lok Ayuktas Bill, 2016, The National Medical Council Bill, 2019 and The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
    • The most impactful Bills passed by Rajya Sabha sector-wise since 1952 include:
    • -The  Hindu Marriage and Divorce Bill, 1952, The Hindu Succession Bill, 1954, The Sexual Harassment of  Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2012, The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 and the Constitution (One Hundred and Third) Amendment Act, 2019 providing for reservation for the economically weaker sections.
    • The Companies Bill, 1953 (and of 1956 and 2013), Banks Nationalisation Bill, 1970, Coal Mines Nationalisation Bill, 1973, the Prevention of Money Laundering Bill, 1999, the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Bill, 2003, the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Bill, 2015, the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2016 introducing GST, The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
    • The States Reorganisation Bill, 1956, The North-Eastern Council Bill, 1969, The National Capital Region Planning Board Bill, 1985, The Constitution 73rdand 74th Amendment Acts, 1992 providing for direct elections to Panchayats and Municipal bodies with one third reservation for women and The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019.
    • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Bill, 1981, The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Bill, 1985 and The National Dairy Development Board Bill, 1987.
    • The All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bill, 1955, The Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Bill, 1991, The Transplantation of Human Organs (Amendment) Bill, 2011 and the National  Medical Commission Bill, 2019
    • The University Grants Commission Bill, 1954 and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2009.
    • The Wild Life (Protection) Bill, 1972, The Forest (Conservation) Bill, 1980, The Environment (Protection) Bill, 1986, The Compensatory Afforestation Bill, 2016.
    • The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Bill, 1967, The Maintenance of Internal Security Bill, 1971, The National Security Bill, 1980, The Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Bill, 1985, The Prevention of Terrorism Bill, 2002, The National Investigation Agency Bill, 2008 and The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019.
    • Other impactful Bills passed by Rajya Sabha include; The Official Languages Bill, 1963, The Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Bill, 1980, The Consumer Protection Bill, 1986, The Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Bill, 1989, The Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Bill, 1991, The Acquisition of Certain Areas at Ayodhya Bill, 1993, The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Bill, 1995, The Electricity Regulatory Commission Bill, 1998, The Information Technology Bill, 2000, The Right to Information Bill, 2005, The National Rural Employment Guarantee Bill, 2005, The Lok Pal and Lok Ayuktas Bill, 2013, The Aadhar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 and the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
    • In his foreword to the publication, Chairman Shri Venkaiah Naidu said; “Indeed, Rajya Sabha has all through been a lively and sagacious institution. It should continue to function with even greater vigor and zeal towards fulfilling the aspirations of the people, especially, the younger ones. Still, some missed opportunities may not be ruled out. We need to learn from the experience of the last 67 years and strive to make our Parliament even more effective towards building a New India which compares favorably with the better placed in the comity of the nations. Time is the essence in doing so and for making up for the missed opportunities.”

     

     

     

    5.Sachin meets Nepal PM, appreciated efforts for promotion of rights of children

    ·     Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar met Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli in Kathmandu today. In a tweet Prime Minister Oli said “Pleased to meet with @sachin_rt, famous cricket player, and UNICEF goodwill ambassador today. He appreciated the efforts undertaken by Nepal for the promotion of the rights of the children and their welfare”.

    ·     Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, arrived in Kathmandu on Friday as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) goodwill ambassador. He played a friendly cricket match alongside children at Tribhuvan University Stadium in Kirtipur on Saturday.

    ·     On this occasion, Sachin said “let’s try to better understand the strengths of each child, eat, play and laugh with them more and support them in doing what they love. Sachin added, “Don’t clip their wings, let them fly.” The game was organised by UNICEF and European Union Programme to commemorate 30 years of UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. Sachin also visited the famous Pashupatinath temple and offered prayers.

    6. 1st Winter-Grade Diesel outlet for Ladakh

    ·     Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah today launched the the first Winter-Grade Diesel outlet for Ladakh region, which will help to address the problem faced by people due to loss of fluidity in Diesel fuel during extreme winter conditions. He said, the winter grade diesel produced by Panipat Refinery for the first time has a pour point of – 33degreeCelsius and does not lose its fluidity function even in the extreme winter weather of the region unlike the normal grade of Diesel which becomes exceedingly difficult to utilize.

    ·     Speaking on the occasion, Shri Shah said that the government led by Shri Narendra Modi was committed since 2014 to bring the region of Ladakhat par with the rest of the country, which wasneglected for the last 70 years. He said that the abrogation of Article 370 was a step in that direction. He also said that by bringing change in the status of Ladakh and the enhanced budget, all round development of the region has been ensured. He added that the newly introduced provisions of local taxation will also augment their financial resources.

    ·     Referring to a series of developmental measures taken by the Narendra Modi Government in the last 5 years including the Srinagar-Leh Transmission Line for electricity, 14 Solar projects for Leh and Kargil, Ladakh University, 2 new degree colleges, 5 new Tourist Circuits and Tracks for tourists and mountaineers, subsidised helicopter sewaand up gradation of District Hospital, Shri Shah said that people of Ladakh, Leh and Kargilnow enjoy same rights and will be an equal partner in the development of the country.

    ·     Shri Shah said that besides 9 MW Hydro power project, India’s largestSolar project of 7500 MW with an outlay of Rs, 50,000 Crore will be completed in 4 years. This will not only bring development in the Ladakh region but will also create employment opportunities.

    ·     The Home Minister said that this Winter-Grade Diesel will not only smoothen the travel and transportation during peak tourist season in extreme cold, but will also help in giving a boost to tourism and supply needs of the people of the region and helping in the overall economic development.

    ·     Tour and Taxi operators and the common man linked through the video-conferencing from Leh thanked the Union Home Minister for taking this historic measure and said this new version of Diesel will bring a New Dawn in the region.

    ·     Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Member of Parliament from Ladakh,JamyangTseringNamgyal and other senior officials of the Home Ministry and Petroleum Ministry were present on the occasion.

    7. Speaker, Lok Sabha Visits “Aadi Mahotsav” at Dilli Haat

    ·     The Speaker, Lok Sabha Shri Om Birla visited the National Tribal Festival “Aadi Mahotsav”at Dilli Haat, INA, today. The 15 days’ festival (16th to 30th November, 2019) is the celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture, Cuisine and Commerce. Union Tribal Affairs Minister Shri Arjun Munda, Chairman, TRIFED, Shri R.C. Meenaand MD, TRIFED, Shri Pravir Krishna were present on the occasion.

    ·     The Speaker visited the Stalls put up by tribal artisans and interacted with them. He witnessed the Tribal Cultural performances on the occasion.

    ·     Addressing the tribal artists and artisans, Shri Birla praised Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED for their unique exemplary efforts for transforming the lives of tribal people of our country. He paid homage to tribal freedom fighters. He opined that the tribal people are true protectors of our nature and environment. Aadi Mahotsav is a very novel initiative for overall development and welfare of tribal people of our country. He congratulated all participating tribal artists and artisans for their creative endeavors and it is very important that their natural skills must be channeled to promote their sources of income for their better life.

    ·     In his address, Shri Arjun Munda said that thetribal people have always fought for our country since ancient period till freedom struggle. They are firm believer in Panchtatva and have always protected our nature and environment. He opined that tribal people are protector of our ancient culture also and always away from social evils. The Adivasi way of life is guided by primal truth, eternal values and a natural simplicity. The tribes of India have a wide range of handicrafts. The Aadi Mahotsav is an effort to take tribal commerce to the next level of digital and electronic transactions. The concept of organizing Aadi Mahotsav in major cities of the country has proved to be a boon for tribal artisans.

    ·     Chairman TRIFED, Shri R. C. Meena, in his speech said that TRIFED is doing significant workfor the overall development and welfare of tribal people and events like Aadi Mahotsav are veryimportant in this regard. The tribes of India have a wide range of handicrafts and the governmentseeks to promote interaction between tribal artisans and the people.

    ·     The theme of the Mahotsav is: “A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce”. The festival features exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery and much more through 220stalls. Over 1000 tribal artisans and artists from different States creating a Mini-India are participating in thefestival.

     

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    8. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh holds various bilateral meetings on the sidelines of ADMM-Plus in Bangkok

     

    • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh is in Thailand’s capital Bangkok to attend the 6thASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus). Today, on the sidelines of ADMM-Plus, Raksha Mantri held bilateral meetings with US Secretary of Defence Dr Mark T Esper, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand General Prawit Wongsuwan, Defence Minister of Japan Mr Taro Kono, Defence Minister of Australia Ms Linda Reynolds and Defence Minister of New Zealand Mr Ron Mark.In the deliberations, Shri Rajnath Singh reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral defence relations with the respective leaders and discussed ways to further improving the ties.
    • It was Raksha Mantri’s first meeting with US Secretary of Defence. Both the leaders expressed satisfaction over the increasing defence engagements between the two countries and looked forward to meeting again for the 2+2 meeting in Washington DC later next month. Shri Rajnath Singh also discussed the regional security situation and shared with Dr Mark Esper India’s vision and perspective on the Indo-Pacific.
    • In his meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand General Prawit Wongsuwan, Raksha Mantri discussed wide-range of issues pertaining to bilateral relations between India and Thailand. Raksha Mantri complimented the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand for the successful conduct of activities during the year as the chair of ADMM-Plus and ASEAN for 2019. Shri Rajnath Singh also apprised General Prawit Wongsuwan about the Act East policy of the Government of India and the centrality of ASEAN in the Indo-Pacific policy.
    • Raksha Mantri’s meeting with the Defence Minister of Japan Mr Taro Konowas also his first with the leader. Both of them will meetagain in New Delhi for the 2+2 meeting scheduled later this month. Both the leaders had a detailed discussion on adding further momentum to India-Japan defence cooperation. They expressed satisfaction over the defence engagements and exercises between the Armed Forces.
    • Shri Rajnath Singh also met his counterparts from Australia and New Zealand and discussed ongoing defence cooperation and potential areas for enhanced engagement. The Australia Defence Minister is likely to visit New Delhi early next year during the Raisina dialogue.
    • The ADMM-Plus meeting will be held tomorrow in which Defence Ministers of 18 ADMM-Plus countries will take part.

     

    9.Gotabaya Rajapakasa sworn-in as new President of Sri Lanka

    ·     Sri Lanka’s newly sworn-in President Gotabaya Rajapakasa has said that he will follow a neutral foreign policy and stay out of any conflict with world powers. Mr. Gotabaya was sworn in as seventh President of Sri Lanka at a ceremony in Anuradhapura on Monday morning. Speaking after the ceremony, the new President said, he knew that the response to his request to the Tamil and Muslim community to join in his victory was less than expected. However, as new President, he invited all to work together with him for the future prosperity of the country as true Sri Lankans.

    ·     He also promised a technocratic and meritocratic system with no place for corruption. The new President added that the government should always set an example for society saying professionalism and efficiency should be the cornerstone of government administration. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was among those who attended the swearing-in ceremony.

    ·     Meanwhile, government MPs of Sri Lanka’s ruling party are meeting this afternoon to decide on the next step for the government led by Mr. Wickremesinghe. Minister Mano Ganesan said that the final decision on whether to quit the government or support a general election would be taken during the meeting. More than half a dozen ministers have already resigned following the results of Presidential elections and there are indications of change in government.

    10.       Bangladesh HC orders shutting down of 25 factories along Buriganga river in Dhaka

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    ·     The High Court in Bangladesh has ordered the closure of 25 factories and two private hospitals along the banks of river Buriganga in Dhaka. The factories and hospitals have been operating without environmental clearance. The HC has ordered the Department of Environment to execute its order within 15 days.

    ·     The court has also asked the of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) to explain why action should not be taken against it for supplying wrong information to the court that no sewage line is connected to the river Buriganga. The WASA had informed the HC recently that no sewage line is connected to the river Buriganga but Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) in its report said that several sewage lines were connected to the river.

    ·     According to a study conducted by the World Bank, 1.5 million cubic metres of waste water is dumped into the four major rivers of Dhaka namely Buriganga, Shitalakhya, Turag and Balu from 7,000 industrial units in the surrounding areas.

    ·     Buriganga is one of the most polluted rivers in the world. Some experts refer to it as the largest sewer in the world. Uncontrolled dumping of human and industrial waste and encroachment has made the river biologically dead.

    11.       6th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus

    ·     The 6th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with 17 other Defence Ministers of ADMM-Plus countries will attend the meeting.

    ·     On the sidelines of ADMM-Plus on Sunday, Rajnath Singh held bilateral meetings with US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, General Prawit Wongsuwan, Defence Minister of Japan Taro Kono, Defence Minister of Australia Linda Reynolds and Defence Minister of New Zealand Ron Mark. Mr Singh reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral defence relations with the respective leaders and discussed ways to further improve the ties.

    12.       Emirates Post issues commemorative stamp on Al Quds – Capital of Palestine

    ·     Emirates Post, in association with Arab Postal Authorities, has issued a unified commemorative stamp entitled ‘Al Quds – Capital of Palestine’, to support Al Quds’ cause and to protect its Arabian heritage, as well as serve a reminder of the emotional and cultural importance the city holds in the eyes of every Arab.

    ·     The Emirates News Agency reported that during a meeting in March 2018 in Muscat, Oman, the Arab Permanent Postal Committee agreed to issue a unified commemorative stamp entitled ‘Al Quds – Capital of Palestine’ in every Arab country, based on a favourable unilateral vote by all member states in response to Palestine’s request.

    ·     The distinguished stamp design highlights the features of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the flag of Palestine. The design also shows a white dove symbolising peace.

    13.       GoI to extend Visa-on-Arrival facility to UAE nationals

    ·     Government of India has decided to extend the Visa-on-Arrival facility to nationals of the United Arab Emirates. This facility, which came into effect yesterday, is aimed at further strengthening people to people and trade links as well as strategic ties between the two countries.

    ·     Visa-on-Arrival is available to UAE nationals for a period of up to 60 days with double entry for business, tourism, conference and medical purposes. This facility is available at six designated International Airports namely, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

    ·     Visa-on-Arrival is available only to those UAE nationals who have earlier obtained an e-Visa or a normal paper Visa for India, irrespective of whether the person actually visited India or not.  Those UAE nationals going to India for first time, may be advised to apply for e-Visa or a normal paper Visa.

    ·     However, Pakistan Origin UAE nationals will not be eligible for Visa-on-Arrival Scheme. Ambassador Pavan Kapoor in a tweet said that this was a ‘special gesture’ for the UAE with whom India has a comprehensive strategic partnership.

     

     

     

    SPORTS NEWS

     

    14.       Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Dominic Thiem to win ATP Finals title

     

    • Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas has won the ATP Finals on Sunday beating Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-7, 6-2, 7-6. This was the debut of Tsisipas in ATP Finals. The match, which was held at the O2 Arena in London, lasted for 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • Tsitsipas had qualified for the finals after defeating six-time champion Roger Federer in the semi-finals on Saturday.

     

    15.       England qualifies for UEFA Euro 2020 football tournament

     

    • England has qualified for the UEFA Euro 2020 football tournament and also become the top scorer with 38 goals in 2019. This is England’s second-highest number ever and the highest since achieving the same total in 1966.
    • On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 99th international goal as Portugal secured its place at the Euro 2020 finals on Sunday. Portugal became the 17th nation to qualify for next year’s multi-host tournament, which will kick off in Rome on June 12.
    • Earlier in the day, Serbia failed to secure a direct ticket for UEFA Euro 2020, as they tied 2-2 with Group B leader Ukraine in the final match of the qualifications. Serbia will look for a second chance to qualify in the Nations League Finals next year.

     

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