• Current Affairs , 21 November 2019

    • November 21, 2019
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. Giving Equal Importance to all Languages
    2. Spent fuel of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant will be stored in place far from reactor
    3. Tax Exemptions to Indian Exporters
    4. Five industrial corridor projects to be implemented through NICDIT
    5. Health Awareness and Check-up Camp at Parliament House
    6. First night trial of Agni II missile conducted successfully
    7. 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics(ICAS-VIII)
    8. New rules framed under IBC for rescue of non-bank lenders
    9. World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
    • China summons US Diplomat, warns of ‘Strong Measures’ over Hong Kong rights bill
    1. Sweden drops rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange
    2. Sri Lankan President to arrive in India on Nov 29
    3. Panasonic Open
    4. IAAF officially changes its name to “World Athletics”
    5. Indonesia Open TT Championship

     

     

     

    NATIONAL NEWS

     

     

    1. Giving Equal Importance to all Languages

    ·        Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, in a written reply to a question on One Nation-One Language, said that there is no proposal for one nation-one language and added that the Constitution accords equal importance to all the languages of the country.

    ·        The Minister also said that language matters are in the Concurrent List of the Constitution of India and are within the executive spheres of the Central Government and the respective State Governments.

    ·        The Minister noted that as per the information received from Ministry of Human Resource Development, grant are not released language wise by Ministry of Human Resource Development. The grants allocated during the last three years for the promotion and development of various languages are as under:

    Organisations 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
    CHD 046.53 046.53 046.30
    CIIL 040.50 040.50 040.07
    CSTT 012.10 012.10 012.10
    GPIL 293.15 355.50 415.25

     

    CHD: Central Hindi Directorate, New Delhi

    CIIL: Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore

    CSTT: Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology, New Delhi

    GPIL: Grants for Promotion of Indian Languages which includes Sindhi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Hindi, Classical Tamil

     

    2.Spent fuel of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant will be stored in place far from reactor

    ·     Minister of State for PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh allayed fears of the members on the Spent Fuel Storage facility in the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.He said that the spent fuels of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant will be stored in a place far from the reactor. He assured that the radiation levels in these fuels are very low and they are being stored to be used at a later stage.

    ·     Replying to a question raised by the DMK member S. Gnanathiraviam of Tirunelveli constituency in Tamil Nadu, during the question hour today in Lok Sabha, Minister also said that storing of the spent fuel in-house was as per the two agreements signed in 1988 and 1998. Minister also said that the in-house facility to store spent fuels located in the Kudankulam Nuclear reactor will reach its capacity by the year 2022.

    ·     Hence the need arose for constructing  ‘Away From Reactor’ ,AFR spent fuel storage facility for Kudankulam units 1 and 2. The Minister said that the AFR facility has been completed, and currently it is in  the process of obtaining environmental clearance.

    ·     He also requested the members to create a mass awareness on the safety of the plants.

    ·     Minister also clarified that the recent cyber attack in Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant was only in the administrative block of the plant.

    ·     The Minister assured that the computers placed to control the reactors were free from any attack, and they are protected with new mechanism and hardened sites.

     

    1. Tax Exemptions to Indian Exporters

     

    • In the current Goods and Services Tax regime, exports are zero rated to ensure that the goods produced in India for exports are not disadvantaged due to the domestic tax burden and stay competitive internationally.
    • Further, Under the Foreign Trade Policy, Duty Exemptions Schemes ensure that inputs imported/locally procured for use in the export products are either exempt from duties ab-initio, or the taxes are refunded to the exporters in the form of drawback after exports. Under the current Foreign Trade Policy, there are two duty exemption schemes, namely, Advance Authorization scheme and the Duty Free Import Authorization scheme.
    • The duty exemptions under the Schemes ensure competitiveness of Indian exports in international markets and are compliant with India’s international commitments.
    • The details of exemptions for last three years under Advance Authorization Scheme and Duty Free Import Authorization Scheme are as under:
    2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
    Number of Authorizations issued Number of Authorizations issued Number of Authorizations issued
    Advance Authorization Scheme 22853 21505 23042
    Duty Free Import Authorization Scheme 581 815 1321

     

     

     

    1. Five industrial corridor projects to be implemented through NICDIT

     

    • Government of India has approved the development of following five industrial corridor projects to be implemented through National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT):

     

    S.No. Industrial Corridor States
    1 Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra
    2 Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC) Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal
    3 Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC) Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala
    4 East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC) with Vizag Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) as Phase-1 West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    5 Bengaluru Mumbai Industrial Corridor (BMIC) Karnataka, Maharashtra

     

     

    • Only one city ‘Tumakuru” has been identified in Karnataka for development as ‘node’ in Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor.
    • Since the projects are presently in development stage, completion date of these projects cannot be fixed.  Government of Andhra Pradesh has provided the following status of land acquisition in respect of prioritized nodes of Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor:
    Name of Prioritized Node Total Land

    (in acres)

    Already Acquired

    (in acres)

    Visakhapatnam 7324.70 3891.48
    Chittoor 24191.29 928.38
    Total 31515.99 4819.86
    • Land acquisition status in respect of identified nodes of Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor is as follows:
    S. No. Name of the node Area required for phase-1 (in acres) Status of land acquisition

    (in acres)

    1 Tumakuru Industrial Area 1736.20 Entire land in possession of State Govt.
    2 Krishnapatnam Industrial Area 2500.4 Approx. 2300 acres in possession of State Govt.
    3 Ponneri Industrial Area 1366.11 Project development activities are yet to be initiated and details of land acquisition will accordingly be confirmed with State Govt.

    Status of Industrial Corridors

    1. Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC):

    Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) for all identified nodes/cities have been incorporated, trunk infrastructure works are nearing completion, land disposal policies have been finalized and the process of land allotment to investors has been initiated at the following locations:

    1. Dholera Special Investment Region in Gujarat (22.5 sqkms);
    2. Shendra-Bidkin Industrial Area in Maharashtra (18.55 sqkms);
    • Integrated Industrial Township Project at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh (747.5 acres);
    1. Integrated Industrial Township Project ‘VikramUdyogpuri’ near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh (1100 acres).

    A total of 67 plots have been allotted covering an area of 478.9 acres.

    1. Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC):

    Perspective plan for the overall AKIC Corridor has been completed and one Integrated Manufacturing Cluster (IMC) site in following States has been finalized for further development:

    1. Punjab (Rajpura-Patiala)
    2. Uttarakhand (Prag-Khurpia Farms)
    • Uttar Pradesh (Bhaupur)
    1. Bihar (Gamhariya)
    2. Jharkhand (Barhi)
    3. West Bengal (Raghunathpur)
    • Haryana (Saha)

    The detailed master planning and Preliminary Engineering activities are underway for IMC site at West Bengal (Raghunathpur).

    1. Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC):

    Perspective plan for the overall corridor has been completed and following three nodes have been identified for further development:

    1. Krishnapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)
    2. Tumakuru (Karnataka)
    • Ponneri (Tamil Nadu)

    A SPV for execution of the project at Krishnapatnam node in Andhra Pradesh has been incorporated. Detailed master planning and Preliminary Engineering activities for the Activation Area (2500 acres) have been finalized and NICDIT in its meeting held on 30th August, 2019 considered the project proposal and recommended the same for seeking final approval from Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).

    A SPV for execution of the project at Tumakuru node in Karnataka has been incorporated. Detailed master planning and Preliminary Engineering activities for the Activation Area (1736 acres) have been finalized and NICDIT in its meeting held on 30th August, 2019 considered the project proposal and recommended the same for seeking final approval from CCEA.

    For Ponneri node in Tamil Nadu, NICDIT in its meeting held on 30th August, 2019 has accorded its approval on Shareholder’s Agreement (SHA) and State Support Agreement (SSA).

    Further, NICDIT in its meeting held on 30th August, 2019 has accorded its approval for extension of Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC) to Kochi and Coimbatore and inclusion of IMC sites identified in the State of Kerala & Tamil Nadu.

    1. Vizag Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC):

    Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) is implementing the VCIC project with ADB loan of US$ 631 million. Asian Development Bank (ADB) has carried out the initial project development activities for VCIC.  ADB has identified four nodes namely, Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, Donakonda and Machilipatnam for development. Amongst these, Visakhapatnam and Chittoor have been prioritized by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Following seven civil works contracts which are to be met out of ADB financing, have been awarded and works are in progress:

    1. Construction of 1 MLD Common effluent treatment plant, Naidupeta
    2. Augmentation of Industrial area, Naidupeta
    • Bulk water supply &  summer storage tank, Naidupeta
    1. Samaralakota –Rajanagaram Road
    2. Augmentation of  Sub Stations  in Visakhapatnam  Node
    3. Augmentation of Sub Stations in Chittoor Node
    • Water Supply distribution network improvement in GVMC area

    NICDIT in its meeting held on 30th August, 2019 has accorded its approval for development of Vishakhapatnam and Chittoor as priority nodes in phase-1 of VCIC.

    1. Bengaluru Mumbai Industrial Corridor (BMIC):

    Perspective plan has been completed for the overall BMEC Project and Dharwad node in Karnataka has been identified as the priority node for further implementation.

    NICDIT in its meeting held on 23rd August, 2017 directed that project development works may not be undertaken for the time-being as it does not have any back-bone in terms of a Dedicated Freight Corridor and is quite distant from the coast. Besides, Government of Maharashtra has not been able to finalize the nodes due to problems of land and water.

    (B) The amount sanctioned, approved, released and utilized so far on each of the Industrial Corridor, corridor-wise:

     

    (Rs. in crore)

    Particulars DMIC AKIC BMIC CBIC  

    VCIC*

    A. Project Development Fund (PDF)
    Amount sanctioned by Government of India 1000.00 1500.00
    Amount approved

    (through budgetary allocation)

    620.21 14.70 4.15 0.29  

    Nil

    Amount released & utilized 579.50 10.80 4.15 0.29 Nil
    B. Project Implementation Fund (PIF)
    Amount sanctioned by Government of India 17500.00
    Amount approved

    (through budgetary allocation)

    5409.66 Nil Nil Nil  

    Nil

    Amount released & utilized 5126.36 Nil Nil Nil Nil
    *This is being funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) at present.

     

     

    5. Health Awareness and Check-up Camp at Parliament House

    ·        Shri Om Birla, Speaker Lok Sabha along with Dr. Harsh Vardhan Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MOS (HFW) and Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of State for Finance inaugurated a Health Awareness and Check-up Camp at Parliament House that shall provide health awareness and diagnostic services to the Parliamentarians and their family members.

    ·        The health camp is being organized from 20th November to 4th December 2019 excluding Sundays by CGHS in co-ordination with the Lok Sabha Secretariat, while specialists from AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital,  Dr RML Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College and Sucheta Kriplani Hospital are providing specialist health services. Diagnostic facilities for relevant important investigations in Radiology and Bio-chemistry are being provided at these health camps in addition to facilities for consultation along with health education in Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Unani, Sidha, Naturopathy and Yoga. An exhibition is also organised as part of the Health Camp for enhancing awareness around various diseases.

    ·        Also present at the event were Dr. Arun Panda, i/c Secretary (Health), Shri Alok Saxena, JS and senior officers and doctors from the Health Ministry.

     

    1. First night trial of Agni II missile conducted successfully

     

    • Indiahas successfully conducted the first night trial of Agni-II, its versatile surface-to-surface medium-range nuclear-capable missile from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.
    • Agni-II, an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), has already been inducted into the armed forces.
    • The entire trajectory of the trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and two naval ships located near the impact point in the down-range area of Bay of Bengal.
    • The test was carried out by the specially formed Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army with logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
    • The two-stage ballistic missile can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance of 2000 km.

     

     

     

     

    1. 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics(ICAS-VIII)

     

    • The Ministry of Agriculture will organize the 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics(ICAS-VIII) in New Delhi.
    • The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar will inaugurated the conference and Bill Gates will be the Chief Guest at the Conference.
    • The conference will be held with the themeof ‘Statistics for Transformation of Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’.
    1. New rules framed under IBC for rescue of non-bank lenders

     

    • The Government of Indiahas issued fresh rules under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) to govern the rescue of non-bank lenders.
    • The new rules are likely to help out distressed shadow banks and housing financiers, which have been battling a liquidity crunch for a year.
    • These entities will be covered by a special window under the bankruptcy code, which will be notified from time to time.
    • Reserve Bank of Indiahas been given the authority to decide which companies will be taken up to a bankruptcy tribunal under these rules.
    • The bankruptcy tribunal will appoint an administrator who will be nominated by the regulator, will try to stitch together a turnaround plan.
    • In case a turnaround of the financial institution is not possible, the tribunal will gather the views of the regulator before deciding to liquidate it.

     

     

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

     

     

    1. World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

     

    • The United Nationsobserves “World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims” on 17 November every year.
    • The day has become an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties.
    • It offers an opportunity for drawing attention to the scale of emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes and for giving recognition to the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support and rescue services.
    • The themeis based on Pillar 3 of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety – Safer vehicles.

    10.       China summons US Diplomat, warns of ‘Strong Measures’ over Hong Kong rights bill

     

    ·     China’s foreign ministry today summoned a top US diplomat over the Senate’s passing of a Hong Kong rights bill, warning of strong countermeasures against the United States should the legislation be signed into law.

    ·     China’s Foreign Ministry in a statement said that Vice foreign minister Ma Zhaoxu called in acting charge d’affaires William Klein to lodge a strong protest.

    ·     The US Senate, on Tuesday, has unanimously passed The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 that would also require the Secretary of State to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong still retains enough autonomy to warrant the special US trading consideration that bolsters its status as a world financial center.

    ·     The US treats semi-autonomous Hong Kong, which has its own legal and political systems, differently from the Chinese mainland when it comes to trade and export controls.

    ·     The bill – if it becomes law – will demand greater scrutiny of the city’s special status.

    ·     The bill, which among other things prohibit the commercial export of certain munitions to the Communist party-controlled Hong Kong Police Force, would provide sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations in Hong Kong.

    ·     The House of Representatives passed similar legislation in October.

    ·     Since June, Hong Kong has seen massive, regular demonstrations, which started in opposition to a proposed bill that would have allowed its citizens to be extradited to the mainland.

    • The protests quickly morphed into wider calls for democracy and opposition to growing Chinese influence. Beijing denies interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs and has blamed Western countries for stirring up unrest.

    11.        Sweden drops rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange

    ·     Swedish authorities have discontinued an investigation into a rape allegation against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, after a review of the evidence.

    ·     The deputy chief prosecutor, Eva-Marie Persson, said the complainant’s evidence was deemed credible and reliable, but that after nearly a decade, witnesses’ memories had faded.

    ·     In June, a Swedish court ruled that Assange should not be detained, meaning that while a preliminary investigation in Sweden shouldn’t be abandoned, he wouldn’t be extradited and could be questioned in Britain.

    ·     Two months earlier, Assange was evicted from the Ecuador Embassy in London where he had been holed up since 2012. He was immediately arrested and is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for jumping bail in 2012. He is also fighting extradition to the US, which accuses him of publishing secret documents

    12.       Sri Lankan President to arrive in India on Nov 29

    ·     Sri Lanka’s new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will embark on his maiden visit to India later this month.

    ·     Gotabaya assumed office as the seventh President of Sri Lanka this morning, after his victory in the election, on Saturday. He will reach New Delhi on 29th November on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    ·     This was finalised during External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar short visit to Colombo today, during which he called on Mr Rajapaksa.

    ·     The minister said he conveyed Prime Minister Modi’s message of a partnership for shared peace, progress, prosperity and security.

    ·     The visit signifies the importance attached to bilateral relations between the two neighbours.

    ·     Prime Minister Modi was the first foreign leader to telephone the Sri Lankan President on Sunday after his victory.

     

     

    SPORTS NEWS

     

     

    1. Panasonic Open

     

    • South Korea’s Kim Joo Hyunghas won the Panasonic Open held at the Classic Golf and Country Club in Gurugram, India.
    • India’s Shiv Kapurfinished tied runner-up with S. Chikkarangappa.
    • The victory has made Hyung the second-youngest winner behind Thailand’s Chinnarat Phadugsil on the Tour at 17 years and 149 days.

     

    1. IAAF officially changes its name to “World Athletics”

     

    • The International Association of Athletics Federations(IAAF) has officially changed its name and will now be known as “World Athletics”.
    • The name has been changed in a bid to make the sport more accessible.
    • The IAAF was founded in 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation and changed its name to the “International Association of Athletics Federations” in 2001.
    1. Indonesia Open TT Championship

     

    • Indian paddler Harmeet Desai wins men’s singles title at International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Challenge Indonesia Open 2019 Table Tennis tournament held at Batam, Indonesia.
    • Harmeet had defeated compatriot Amalraj Anthonyby 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 score.

     

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