• Current Affairs, 24 December 2019

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. Taxation, Labour and Other Laws being simplified to boost the growth of the Corporate Sector
    2. Arrangements for the dissemination of results of Election to the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly
    3. Nagpur Resolution: A Holistic approach for empowering citizens’ adopted during regional conference organised by DARPG in Nagpur
    4. Indian Railways to Procure 44 rakes of Vande Bharat Trains from ICF
    5. Technical Sessions held during Regional Conference on ‘Improving Public Services Delivery
    6. CLW Produces 300th Locomotive Of 2019-20 In Less Than 9 Months
    7. Operation twist
    8. EChO Network
    9. 2nd Committee meet to commemorate Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary
    • Tested 2 Pinaka missiles in salvo mode
    1. Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QR-SAM)
    2. 2019 Pollution and Health Metrics: Global, Regional and Country Analysis
    3. 2nd follow-up committee meet by India, Afghan & Iran on Chabahar pact
    4. Maisnam Meiraba Luwang wins Bangladesh Junior International Badminton Series
    5. IOC chief thanks President Kovind for co-sponsoring UN Olympic Truce Resolution

     

     

    NATIONAL NEWS

     

     

    1. Taxation, Labour and Other Laws being simplified to boost the growth of the Corporate Sector

     

    • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that the goal of achieving the 5 Trillion Dollar Economy is achievable.
    • He was participating at the inaugural session of the Hundred Years of ASSOCHAM in New Delhi
    • Addressing a gathering of leaders from the Corporate World, Diplomats and others, the Prime Minister said that the idea of making India a 5 Trillion Dollar worth economy is not a sudden one.
    • He said that in the past five years the country had made itself so strong that it not only could set for itself such a target but also make efforts in that direction.
    • “Five years before, the economy was heading for disaster. Our Government not only stopped this but also brought in a discipline in the economy”
    • “We brought in fundamental changes in India’s Economy so that it can run with set rules in a disciplined manner. We have met with the decades old demands of the Industrial Sector and we have built a strong foundation for a 5 Trillion Dollar Economy”
    • He said, “We are building the Indian Economy on two strong pillars of formalisationand modernisation. We are trying to bring in more and more sectors into the horizon of formal economy. Along with this we are linking our economy with latest technology so that we can speed up the process of modernisation”
    • “Now instead of several weeks it merely takes a few hours to register a new company. Automation is helping quick Trading across borders. Better linking of Infrastructure is reducing the turn-around time at Ports and Airports. And these are all examples of a modern economy. “
    • “Today we have a Government that listens to the Industry, understands its needs and which is sensitive to its suggestions.
    • Prime Minister said that the country could make a significant jump in the rankings of Ease of Doing Business due to a sustained effort.
    • “Ease of Doing Business may sound just like four words, but in order to improve its rankings there is a lot of effort that goes into it including changing the policies and rules at the ground level”
    • Prime Minister also emphasised the efforts being made towards a faceless Tax Administration in the country in order to reduce the human interface between the tax payer and the authorities.
    • “In order to bring about transparency, efficiency and accountability in the Tax System, we are moving towards a faceless Tax Administration”, he said.
    • Prime Minister said that the Government has decriminalised several laws in the Corporate Sector in order to reduce the burden and allow the industry to function in a fearless ecosystem.
    • “You know that there were several provisions of the Company Act as per which even small deviations were also dealt as a Criminal Offence. Our Government has now decriminalised many such provisions. And we are trying decriminalise many other provisions.”
    • Prime Minister said that the Corporate Tax at this time in the country is the lowest ever and this would propel a boost in the economic growth.
    • “The Corporate Tax is the lowest at the moment, meaning if there is any Government that is taking the lowest Corporate Tax from the Industry, then it is ours”
    • Prime Minister also spoke about the efforts being made towards bringing about Labour Reforms.
    • He also spoke about the sweeping reforms in the Banking Sector to make it more transparent and profitable.
    • “Owing to the steps taken by the Government today 13 Banks are on the path of profit which 6 banks are out of PCA. We have also hastened the process of unification of the Banks. Today banks are expanding their countrywide networks and are in the direction of achieving Global recognition”
    • He said with this overall all round positivity the economy is propelling towards a 5 Trillion Dollar target. Prime Minister said that the Government would invest 100 Lakh Crore Rupees in the infrastructural sector and another 25 Lakh Crore Rupees in the Rural Sector in order to provide support to achieve the target.

     

    1. Arrangements for the dissemination of results of Election to the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly

     

    • The Election Commission of India has developed an integrated ICT counting application which will display the results on the website http://results.eci.gov.in and Voter Helpline (Android & iOS) Mobile App.
    • The website will start displaying the results of the General Election to Jharkhand Legislative Assembly with effect from 8 AM onwards on 23rd December 2019.
    • The data is entered by the Returning Officers directly in the centralised software ‘ENCORE’ developed by the Election Commission of India. This application allows the Returning Officers to enter table-wise data in the software, thereby considerably reducing the time and makes the results & trends data error-free.
    • The counting software developed by the ICT team of ECI allows generation of various types of statutory reports during counting process which are mandatory for Returning Officers such as Form-20 Preparation / Compilation of Final Result Sheet, 21-C for Formal Declaration of Result and Return of Election in Form 21-E. The Returning Officers can download these system-generated reports after the counting is over and complete the statutory requirements in a hassle-free environment.
    • The Election Commission of India also launched Election Trends TV, on which the graphically-rich micro-details of result trends are published in real-time. As and when the counting data of each round is entered after officially been declared by the Returning Officers, the data is displayed on the Election Trends TV, without any manual intervention using advanced secure technologies. These panels can be customized and configured, for display automatically in public places using large TV Panels by Returning Officers & Chief Electoral Officer.

     

     

    1. Nagpur Resolution: A Holistic approach for empowering citizens’ adopted during regional conference organised by DARPG in Nagpur

     

    • The ‘Nagpur Resolution- A holistic  approach for empowering citizens’ was adopted during the Valedictory session of the two-day Regional Conference on ‘Improving Public Service Delivery – Role of Governments’, in Nagpur, Maharashtra today. The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari and Minister of State (Independent charge) of the Ministry of DONER, Minister of State for PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh were present during the adoption of the Resolution. The conference was organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India, in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra and the Maharashtra State Commission for Right to Public Services.
    • In his address, Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari said that positive approach, transparency, corruption-free system, fast track decision making and social sensitivity are essential to good governance. He said that collective team spirit and humane approach towards the subordinates is the most important quality of the successful leaders. He said that at the same time we should understand the spirit behind the law. He emphasized upon the independent and impartial decision making within the domain of law. He added that development-orientated approach and sensitivity towards the last man in the queue are important for job satisfaction.
    • The Minister said that performance audit of public servants should be done at regular intervals. He said that social and national commitment are important for any civil servant. He said that administration is the strength of our country and they are important stakeholders. He added that they play the role of an engine, so their leadership role is very important. Shri Gadkari said that conversion of knowledge into wealth is the future of country. Speaking about the role of IT and e-governance in bringing transparency and efficiency in the system, Shri Gadkari said that Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways has started Fastag system at tolls. This has led to rise in per day toll collection by Rs 13 crore per day resulting into collection of Rs 81 crore per day now. This has been implemented upto 51 percent till date and will be implemented completely by next month.
    • Speaking about the Nagpur Resolution adopted today, Dr Jitendra Singh said that on earlier occasions also, Shillong Declaration and Jammu Resolution have been adopted for good governance. He added that soon after the formation of J&K and Ladakh as UTs, DARPG organised the conference in Jammu, which was the first major event organised by Centre Government in the UT. The conference was attended by delegates from 19 states and 7 UTs. The Minister said that Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is committed to the mantra of ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’ since beginning. He said that the emphasis of the Government is on transparency, citizen centricity and participation. He mentioned about various initiatives taken by the Government: discontinuation of interviews for junior level posts, launching of portals, self-attestation and en-masse promotions, among others. He said that the Grievance redressal system has been made more responsive and prompt. The grievances lodged with the Government have gone up from about 1.5 lakh in the beginning to about 16 lakh now. This has been due to the prompt and time-bound response by the Government, he said. He added that telephonic feedback system has been introduced by the Department.
    • Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Government has started organising these conferences out of Delhi. Such conferences have been organised in Shillong, Jammu, Chandigarh and other places across the country. The Minister emphasised upon the maximum utilisation of technology in governance. He also said that the entire format of PM Excellence Awards has been changed in recent years and it is now based on implementation in priority programmes. He said the mantra of Government i.e. ‘Reform, Perform and Transform’. Mentioning about the Prevention of Corruption Act that was passed, Dr Jitendra Singh said that said that the Government is committed to zero tolerance towards corruption but shall protect the honest and sincere officers.

     

    1. Indian Railways to Procure 44 rakes of Vande Bharat Trains from ICF

    • Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had flagged off the maiden run of the Vande Bharat trainset on New Delhi -Varanasi route on 15thFebruary 2019. The second such Train set service between New Delhi and Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Katra was flagged off by Hon’ble Home Minister Shri Amit Shah on 3rd October 2019.
    • As part of the continuing initiative of Make in India, the Integral Coach Factory at Chennai has published, today, the tender for supply of electrical equipment and other items for 44 Trainsets of 16 coaches each. The procurement process promotes transparency, accountability, speed of delivery. It ensures compliance with RDSO specifications and vendor neutrality to allow maximum potential bidders to ensure competitive rates.
    • This is an invitation for two packet Global Competitive bids to procure 3 Phase propulsion equipment (electrics) with passenger and operator related peripheral items suitable for maximum service speed 160 kmph speed with 50 % powering (8 Motor Coaches out of 16 cars in the formation as per clause no. 1.3.12 of RDSO Specification no. RDSO/PE/SPEC/EMU/0196–2019 (Rev.0).
    • Bids can be submitted till 1415 hrs on 24th March 2020. A Pre-bid conference will be held on 23/01/2020 at 10.30 Hrs. in the meeting room at the Design & Development Building, Integral Coach Factory, Chennai. The procurement shall be done in accordance with extant  “Make in India” policy of DPIIT, Government of India.
    • In order to improve upon the passenger throughput by way of higher acceleration/ deceleration and reduction in turnaround time,Indian Railways have planned to introduce passenger train sets with distributed powering, working on 25000 V single phase 50 Hz OHE system. This project is driven by corporate mission of providing semi high speed trains with service speed of 160 KMPH having world class technology and passenger amenities.
    • All coaches in Train set will be Chair Car type for day travel.  All the Train sets will be provided with cab AC in DTCs , above roof HT equipment, 25 KV Roof through HT cable assembly with associated accessories like insulators, jumper cables etc, fully air-conditioned passenger compartment with vestibule arrangement, automatic plug doors with retractable footsteps, automatic intercommunication door, PAPIS consisting of in coach displays, speakers, side destination boards etc, luggage racks with reading lamps, direct lighting (for passengers) and diffused lighting (for luggage racks), continuous LED light fixtures, modular pantry equipments and GPS antenna in all coaches, Mobile/laptop charging sockets in the passenger seats, CCTVs and Emergency talk back units with networking system in all coaches.
    • The tender will be two packetsingle stage bid, where the bidder has to submit electronic bids for the technical and financial bid simultaneously. The technical bid will be opened first and the offers found eligible will be categorised as qualified. The offer not complying with the essential technical and commercial requirement of the tender will be declared as in- eligible for award of contract. After evaluation of the technical and commercial suitability of offers for placement of order, the Financial bid will be opened for these Technically suitable offers.
    • The revised specification takes care of the improvements pointed out by Chief Commissioner for Railway Safety in the prototype rake and will provide more reliable service along with ease of operations and improved passenger comfort.These light weight energy efficient trainsets will have a ride index of less than 3.5 against the earlier value of less than 4, which will improve passenger comfort even for longer journeys. These optimized trainsets will also be suitable for operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the electrics will be tested for continuous operations at 160 kmph.
    • A residual acceleration value of 0.1 ms2, which is double the earlier value of 0.05 ms2,  will enable the trainset to reach the top speed of 160 kmph in maximum 140 seconds. The new trainsets will provide an actual saving of 20% in journey time and all equipment are suitable for flooding conditions.
    • The trainset interiors will have improved fire safety as per EN 45545 HL2 and improved electrical protection and safety with a well-defined protection scheme for High Voltage roof cable, Automatic fire detection and alarm. The trainset is also provided with explosion proof, light weight lithium-iron-phosphate batteries specified to provide back up for duration of 3 hours, state of the art aluminium body roof mounted packaged unit (RMPU) type air-conditioning units with thermal comfort based Microprocessor controller. The peak efficiency of propulsion system of these trainsets will not be less than 87% which provides for a more robust, efficient and reliable system. These trainsets will be supplied in multiples of Basic Units of 4 coaches each which can be attached or detached from the train as per requirement. This will be a major improvement in reliability and operational efficiency as it will be possible to replace basic units in case of defects, or augment the train length upto 24 coaches in case of increased demand. The present trainsets do not have this feature because of which the entire trainset is rendered ineffective in case of any defect in a coach.

     

    1. Technical Sessions held during Regional Conference on ‘Improving Public Services Delivery

     

    • The two-day Regional Conference on ‘Improving Public Service Delivery – Role of Governments’ is being organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra and the Maharashtra State Commission for Right to Public Services. The conference was inaugurated in Nagpur, Maharashtra yesterday.
    • During the Conference, the Technical Sessions were organised on the following topics:
    • How the Enactment of the Right to Services Law has helped in Improving Delivery of Public Services
    • Electronic Delivery of Public Services
    • Creating Awareness in Society regarding Right to Public Services
    • Centralized Public Grievances – Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS)
    • Innovative Practices regarding delivery of Public Services
    • Ek Bharat-Shresht Bharat with focus on Improving Public Services Delivery in the Districts of Maharashtra and Odisha.
    1. CLW Produces 300th Locomotive Of 2019-20 In Less Than 9 Months

     

     

     

    • Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) has turned out 300thlocomotive of the FY 2019-20 on 21st December 2019 evening, in less than 9 months (in 216 working days) of current financial year.
    • The working days for production of 300th loco has reduced from 292 days in the year 2017-18 to 249 days in 2018-19 and further to 216 days in the current FY 2019-20. Therefore, a reduction of 28% since 2017-18.
    • Shri Praveen Kumar Mishra, General Manager flagged off the 300thloco, WAG-9 HC (32692) from CLW on 21st Dec 2019 evening amidst the presence of senior officers and staff. He appreciated the efforts of all the dedicated team of officers and staff in production of 300th electric locomotive from CLW.
    • Shri Praveen Kumar Mishra also expressed hope that with this trend in production, CLW will be able to even surpass the target of this FY 2019-20 and will be all set for creating a new record. CLW produced 402 locomotives in 2018-19 and thus became the world’s largest producer of locomotives.

     

    7.      Operation twist

     

    • India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)has decided to conduct simultaneous sale and purchase of government bonds under the Open Market Operations (OMO) mechanism, a concept similar to “Operation Twist” that was last adopted by the US (United States) Federal Reserve in 2013.
    • So, the RBI will buy bonds worth Rs 10,000 crore of 6.45%maturing in the year 2029 and issuing bonds worth Rs 10,000 crore maturing in the year 2020.
    • This decision will reduce interest rates on long-term bonds & improve the liquidity position in the market. Currently, the difference between the repo rate and the interest rate payable on long-term bonds is around 1.50 % (or 150 bps -basis points).
    • By lowering the interest rates payable on long-term government bonds, central banks pave the way for lowering long-term interest rates because interest rates for long-term debt are also based on the interest rates payable on government securities.
    • If RBI continues such an operation twist even further, it will help in reducing the rates of fixed long term loans that will open the way for the industry to get loans at rates lower than the current rate, which will make it easier for them to expand their business.
    • The benchmark 10-year yield had increased as much as 37 bp to 6.84% from its level. It is currently still up 28 bps.
    • It is the name given to a monetary policy tool that the Jerome Powell-led US Federal Reserve had started to influence the rate of interest in the world’s largest economy. The process involves buying & selling of both short- and long-term government bonds .The method was later adopted by several other central banks.
    • It is the sale and purchase of government securities and treasury bills by RBI to regulate the money supply in the economy. When the RBI wants to increase the money supply in the economy, it purchases the government securities (G-Secs) from the market and it sells them to suck out liquidity from the system.

     

    8.      EChO Network

    • Krishnasamy VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Govt of India launched a national program called “EChO Network” in New Delhi. The EChO network provides a template for cross-disciplinary leadership in India. The purpose of this programme is to bring citizens, govt etc to solve problems in the areas of research knowledge, and awareness of Indian ecology and the environment.
    • EChO Network will develop a national network to catalyse a new generation of Indians who can make use of interdisciplinary concepts and handle real-world problems in the field of medicine, agriculture, ecology, and technology.
    • The network will identify gaps in knowledge on certain topics of human and environmental ecosystems through interactive sessions with citizens, govt, industry and academia.
    • Postdoctoral leaders in research will be given training under the EChO Network programme.
    • Mass awareness campaigns nationwide, will be established through public discourse and education for citizens, industry, and government.
    • The programme is led by the office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to Govt. of India under the guidance of Prof. Shannon Olsson, Director, EChO Network.
    • The other funding partners of the network include Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hindustan Unilever Limited(HUL), RoundGlass, India Climate Collaborative, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP).

     

     

     

    9.      2nd Committee meet to commemorate Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary

     

    • The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind presided the2nd meeting of National Committee for Commemoration of the 150th Birth anniversary (October 2) of Mahatma Gandhi ‘Gandhi@150’ which was held in New Delhi. The highlights of the meeting in brief are as follows:
    • Ebook launched:During the committee meeting the President Shri Kovind received 1st copies of ebook on commemorative activities. The e-book was compiled by the Ministry of Culture(MoC).
    • Anthology on Gandhi launched:An anthology (collection of poems or collection of writing) on Gandhi compiled by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) from the Prime Minister(PM) formally released them. 126 persons from around the world have written the anthology on their experiences with Gandhi’s teachings.
    • Short film: A short film on commemorative activities undertaken by the govt. as part of the global celebrations of ‘Gandhi@150’ was shown during the meeting.
    • The Prime Minister of Portugal, António Luís Santos da Costa, announced the Portuguese govt’s launch of Gandhi Citizenship Education Prizeto perpetuate Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals. The announced prize will be given annually. The announcement was made During his Antonio’s visit to India from December 19-20, 2019 on the invitation by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
    • 1st edition:1st edition of the prize will be awarded to animal welfare. The decision to award animal welfare in 1st edition was taken considering the view of Mahatma Gandhi that a nation is judged based on how its animals are treated.
    • It is to be noted that António Costais the only foreign Prime Minister to be a part of the National committee.

    10.  Tested 2 Pinaka missiles in salvo mode

     

    • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the premier Research and development (R&D) organization of the country, has successfully flight tested the upgraded version of the Pinaka rocket Mark-IIin salvo mode from DRDO’s Proof and Experimental Establishment firing test range at Chandipur testing center in Odisha. These were tracked by multiple range systems viz. telemetry, radars, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS).
    • It is a developed as a missile by combining navigation, control and guidance systems.
    • Pinaka,an artillery missile system, can hit up to 75 km in enemy territory with full accuracy & and can fire 12 rockets in less than 45 seconds. It is jointly developed by Armament Research and Development Center, Pune, ARCI and Defense Research and Development Laboratory of Hyderabad.
    1. Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QR-SAM)

     

    • DRDO also test-fired its all-weather tracked-chassis Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QR-SAM)from the launch pad-3 at the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.
    • Developed by DRDO,It also hit multiple targets within a range of about 25 – 30 km with two vehicle configurations for area air defence.
    • The special thing of QR-SAM missile is that it aims to defend Army formations operating in plains & semi-desert areas, including those enemy missiles that suddenly appear at close range.
    • It uses solid-fuel propellant &equipped with electronic countermeasures against jamming by aircraft radars. It was integrated with live warhead with proximity fuse and was tracked by multiple range systems viz. telemetry, radars, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS).
    • The Indian Army had used the Pinaka Mark-1 variant during the 1999 Kargil War. The Indian Army had precisely targeted Pakistani posts stationed on the outposts of the mountain. It fires 12 high explosive rockets in just 44 seconds.
      While,The 1sttrial of the QRSAM was conducted on June 4, 2017.

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

     

    1. 2019 Pollution and Health Metrics: Global, Regional and Country Analysis

     

    • According to the new report, “2019 Pollution and Health Metrics: Global, Regional and Country Analysis”released by Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP)India leads the world with about 3 million (23,26,771 deaths) in 2017 in terms of premature deaths due to pollution.
    • India is followed by China (18,65,566 deaths) & Nigeria (2,79,318 deaths). The United States (US), the world’s third most populous country with 325 million people, stood at 7thposition (1,96,930 deaths).
    • The report ,based on the findings of the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, estimates the global impact of contaminants in the air, water and workplace.
    • Pollution death per 1 lakh population:In terms of total untimely deaths per 1 lakh population due to pollution, Chad ranks 1st  with 287 deaths, followed by Central African Republic (251) & North Korea (202) .while India ranks 10th  in this list with (174).
    • Deaths related to Air-pollution:  In terms of untimely deaths due to air pollution only, Chinaranks first with 12, 42,987 deaths, India ranked 2nd with (12,40,529 deaths) and Pakistan ranks third (1,28,005).
    • India is the only country included in the 3 lists issued by this report. However, the number of deaths due to pollution has decreased during the years 2015 to 2017. In 2015 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) estimate, there were 90 lakh deaths due to pollution whereas in the year 2017, it was 83 lakh.
    • According to these reports, while traditional sources of pollution such as dirt and household smoke have decreased, modern sources like urbanization and industrialization have increased. Globally, modern pollution causes 5.3 million deaths every year, which is the highest among all other causes.
    • As per the report, pollution was the cause of 21% of the total cardiovascular diseases, 23% of heart attacks, 26% of ischemic heart disease and 43% of lung cancer cases.
    • It is the 1stinternational alliance formed in 2012 by the World Bank (WB), the European Commission, UN(United Nations) Environment, the Ministries of Environment and Health of more than 25 low- and middle-income countries, and the nonprofit Pure Earth and other agencies to address pollution and health at scale.

     

     

    13.  2nd follow-up committee meet by India, Afghan & Iran on Chabahar pact

     

     

    • The2nd meeting of the Follow-up Committee for implementing trilateral Chabahar Agreement between India, Afghanistan and Iran was held in New Delhi. The meeting was held at the level of Joint Secretary/ Director General.
    • During the meeting, it was agreed to include Mormugao(Goa) and New Mangalore Port(Karnataka) from India in addition to JNPT (Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust), Mundra(Gujarat), Kandla(Gujarat) and Cochin(Kerala) ports as part of designated route under the Chabahar Agreement.
    • Streamlining the cargo transit through Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar in Iran will be studied by the Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI).
    • Agreement was made to finalise protocol to harmonise transit, roads, customs and consular matters. Until a protocol is finalised Convention on International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) will be used for cargo movement.
    • Business events in Afghanistan and India will be conducted to popularize Chabahar port.
    • 3rd followup meeting:The 3rd followup committee meeting was decided to be conducted in India in the 1st half of 2020 followed by 2nd Coordination Council meeting.
    • These 3 countries headed a steady progress in port operations by India Ports Global Ltd company since the company took over the port operations Shaheed Beheshti Port at Chabahar in December 2018.
    • Over 5 lakh tons of cargo were handled successfully which also included exports from Afghanistan through Chabahar Port which began in February 2019.

     

     

     

     

    SPORTS NEWS

     

    1. Maisnam Meiraba Luwang wins Bangladesh Junior International Badminton Series

     

    • India’s shuttler Maisnam Meiraba Luwang has won the Men’s singles Bangladesh Junior International Badminton Series 2019 in Dhaka. Top-seeded Meiraba, who hails from Manipur, beat Ken Yong Ong 21, 14, 21-18 in the final lasting 38 minutes today.
    • Meiraba had defeated another Malaysian, M Fazriq Mohamad Razif, in the semifinals. He was one of the five Indians in the main draw. Meiraba had also clinched the boys’ singles U-19 title at the Woncheon Yonex Korea Junior Open International Challenge last month.
    • In women’s singles, Indian shuttler Treesa Jolly lost to Thailand’s third seed Krittaporn Jiantanet 21-12, 16-21, 21-16 in finals.

     

     

     

     

    1. IOC chief thanks President Kovind for co-sponsoring UN Olympic Truce Resolution

    • International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach has thanked President Ram Nath Kovind for co-sponsoring the United Nation Olympic Truce Resolution.
    • In keeping with the tradition dating back to the original Olympic Games in Ancient Olympia in 776 BC, the resolution will aim to ensure a halt to all hostilities, allowing the safe passage and participation of athletes and spectators for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
    • Bach in a letter addressed to the Indian President expressed gratitude for Indian government’s active support for the Olympic Games by co-sponsoring the UN Olympic Truce Resolution.
    • The resolution entitled Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal, was adopted in the United Nation General Assembly on December 9.

     

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