• Current Affairs , 9th OCTOBER 2019

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    NATIONAL NEWS

     

    1. India Air Force Day 

     

     

    • The Indian Air Force was established on 8 October 1932 in British Indiaas an auxiliary air force[16] of the Royal Air Force. The enactment of the Indian Air Force Act 1932 stipulated out their auxiliary status and enforced the adoption of the Royal Air Force uniforms, badges, brevets and insignia.
    • On 1 April 1933, the IAF commissioned its first squadron, No.1 Squadron, with four Westland Wapiti biplanesand five Indian pilots. The Indian pilots were led by British RAF Commanding officer Flight Lieutenant (later Air Vice Marshal) Cecil Bouchier.
    • Indian Air Force is also known as “Bhartiya Vayu Sena” and is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces.
    • The celebration of this day was officially started on October 8 in the year 1932 in order to increase the awareness of Indian air force in any organization of the national security both officially and publicly.
    • The Indian Air Force, the air arm of the Indian military, has its prime duty of protecting the Indian airspace and in addition to doing the ethereal warfare amid any clash.
    • This day is celebrated with same zeal and pride at various Air Stations all over the country. All Air Force stations in several states will conduct their parades at their respective Air bases.
    • Even the military parade will be conducted as per the same schedule and the protocol that is followed each year. The Supreme Commander of the IAF is the National Commander of the air force also contributes in many forms. In the last few years, Indian Air Force has been expanding immensely and has initiated the bringing up of women into the short service commissions.
    • Chief of the Air Staff: Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria,
    • Vice Chief of the Air Staff: Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora

     

     

     

    2.  CCI receives first green channel combination

    ·        The Competition Commission of India (CCI) received the first green channel combination filed under sub-section (2) of Section 6 of the Competition Act, 2002 (Act) read with regulations 5 and 5A of the Competition Commission of India (Procedure in regard to the transactions of business relating to combinations) Regulations, 2011 (Combination Regulations), 3rd October, 2019.

    ·        The notification relates to the acquisition of the Essel Mutual Fund (Essel MF), a mutual fund registered under the SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 (MF Regulations) by an entity forming a part of the Sachin Bansal Group.

    ·        Essel Finance AMC Limited acts as an investment manager to Essel MF. Essel MF Trustee Limited is the trustee of Essel MF. It ensures that the transactions entered into by Essel AMC are in accordance with the MF Regulations and also reviews the activities carried on by Essel AMC. Essel Finance Wealth Zone Private Limited is the sponsor entity for Essel MF and the parent entity of both Essel AMC and Essel Trustee.

    ·        The Proposed Combination filed in terms of Regulation 5A of the Combination Regulations (i.e. notice for approval of Combinations under Green Channel) shall be deemed to have been approved upon filing and acknowledgement thereof.

    3.  India to shift to BS VI vehicular emission norms by April next year

     

     

     

    • Efforts of the Central Pollution Control Board are resulting in more ‘good days’ in terms of environment in the National Capital Region of Delhi.  Giving details at a Press Conference in New Delhi today, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, said that a high level meeting of the five States to address the problem of air pollution in Delhi, due to stubble burning will be held soon.
    • To control stubble burning, the government has given more than 20 thousand machines to farmers in Punjab and Haryana at a cost of about Rs.1150 crore, the Minister said.
    • Shri Javadekar said “Recognition of existence of a problem is beginning of solution of the problem. The pollution problem of Delhi-NCR started aggravating since 2006 and was not recognized till 2014. In 2015, under the supervision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Air Quality Index (AQI) was launched.
    • 113 AQI monitoring stations are present in Delhi-NCR and 29 more are to be installed soon”. The Minister highlighted that out of 273 days till 30th September in 2019, number of ‘Good’, ‘Satisfactory’ and ‘Moderate’ days were 165 as against 104 in 2016.
    • The Minister further informed that Bharat Stage Six (BS VI), is a revolutionary step in the transformation of fuels. He added that there has been 80% reduction in Particulate Matter emissions and 30% reduction in Nitrogen Oxides emissions in BS IV heavy duty diesel vehicles compared with BS III norms.
    • Nearly ₹60,000 Cr were spent on switching over to BS VI fuels. “The Country will shift to BS VI vehicular emission norms from BS IV by April 2020. BS VI petrol/diesel is already available in Delhi/NCR”, said Shri Javadekar.
    • Terming the launch of green fire crackers with green logo and QR coding system on Saturday, a historic initiative, the Minister advised not to burst crackers this Diwali.
    • However if one chooses to, then opt for the green crackers which is aimed at reducing pollution and health risks, Shri Javadekar said.
    • Pointing out various efforts undertaken to control pollution, Shri Javadekar stated “From today onwards, 46 teams of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) are taking stock of pollution levels in Delhi-NCR and will take appropriate action wherever needed”.
    • The Minster highlighted that the creation of Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways, completed at cost of about ₹17000 Cr, has now led to 40000 goods vehicles, which are not destined for Delhi, to be diverted away from national capital, leading to a great positive impact on pollution.
    • Talking of initiatives relating to e-mobility and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation network, Shri Javadekar said, 377 Km of metro lines with 274 stations, is catering to more than 30 lakh passengers daily in an environmentally friendly manner.
    • He termed it has one of the best systems of public transport in the world because of which more than 4 lakh vehicles are avoided on roads, thereby, reducing pollution.
    • The Minister also called upon other States to work unitedly in curbing pollution.  It was informed that Delhi alone gets 52MW energy from solid waste management and waste compost plant is operational. The closure of Badarpur Thermal Plant, banning of pet coke and conversion of 2789 Brick kilns in NCR to Zig-Zag technology has also led to reduction of pollution.
    • Underlining the various actions undertaken by the Government to control road and construction and demolition (C&D) dust, the Minister said emulating the best dust management practices from Delhi Metro has led to pollution reduction and presently there is nearly 5 lakh MT waste which is being processed as Recycled Aggregate/Brick base.

    4.  National e-Assessment Centre of IT Department

     

     

     

    • Revenue Secretary Shri Ajay Bhushan Pandey inaugurated National e-Assessment Scheme (NeAC) here today in the presence of CBDT Chairman Shri P.C. Mody and Members Shri P.K. Das, Shri Akhilesh Ranjan and Shri Prabhash Shankar.
    • While inaugurating the NeAC, Shri Pandey said that it is matter of great pride and achievement for the Income Tax Department to bring NeAC to life in a small span of time. Retracing the origins of NeAC in 2017, Shri Pandey lauded the IT Department for striving to achieve transparency with speed.
    • Shri Pandey said that with the launch of National e-Assessment Centre (NeAC), the Income Tax Department will usher in a paradigm shift in its working by introducing faceless e-assessment to impart greater efficiency, transparency and accountability in the assessment process. He said that with NeAC, there would be no physical interface between the tax payers and the tax officers.
    • The setting up of NeAC of the Income Tax Department is a momentous step towards the larger objectives of better taxpayer service, reduction of taxpayer grievances in line with Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Digital India’ and promotion of Ease of Doing Business.
    • In the first phase, the Income Tax Department has selected 58,322 cases for scrutiny under the faceless e-Assessment Scheme 2019 and the e-notices have been served before 30th of September 2019 for the cases of Assessment Year 2018-19.
    • The taxpayers have been advised to check their registered e-filing accounts/ email ids and have been requested to furnish reply within 15 days. The Department hopes that with the ease of compliance for taxpayers, the cases would be disposed off expeditiously.

    Benefits of Faceless Assessment:

    • NeAC eliminates human interface between Assessing Officer and Assessee
    • New System optimises the utilisation of resources through economies of scale
    • NeAC introduces team based assessment with dynamic jurisdiction
    • Ease of compliance for taxpayers
    • Brings transparency and efficiency, thus improves quality of assessment and monitoring
    • Functional specialisation as only one agency dealing with faceless assessment
    • Expeditious disposal of cases
    • Standardisation and quality management

     

     

    About National e-Assessment Centre (NeAC) :

    NeAC will be an independent office that will look after the work of e-Assessment scheme which is recently notified for faceless e-assessment for income tax payers. There would be a NeAC in Delhi to be headed by Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (Pr.CCIT). There are 8 Regional e-Assessment Centres (ReAC) set up at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata Ahmedabad, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad which would comprise Assessment unit, Review unit, Technical unit and Verification units. Each ReAC will be headed by Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (CCIT). Cases for the specified work shall be assigned by the NeAC to different units by way of automated allocation systems. In view of the dynamic and all India jurisdiction of all officers of NeAC and ReAC, this kind of connective and collaborative effort of officers is likely to lead to better quality of assessments.

    About Faceless e-Assessment:

     

    Centre Government had recently notified e-Assessment scheme to facilitate faceless assessment of income tax returns through completely electronic communication between tax officials and tax payers.

    Under the new system of faceless e-Assessment, tax payers will receive notices on their registered emails as well as on registered accounts on the web portal www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in with real time alert by way of SMS on their registered mobile number, specifying the issues for which their cases have been selected for scrutiny. The replies to the notices can be prepared at ease by the tax payers at their own residence or office and be sent by email to the National e-Assessment Centre by uploading the same on the designated web portal.

    This new initiative of faceless assessment is expected to increase ease of compliance for taxpayers as the cost and anxiety of taxpayers are likely to be greatly reduced. No human interface with the Department would be a game changer. This is another initiative by CBDT in the field of ease of compliance for our tax payers.

     

     

    5.  eDantseva website and mobile application

    ·       Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched the eDantseva website and mobile application, the first ever national digital platform on oral health information and knowledge dissemination, here today. This marks an important milestone as e-DantSeva will reach out to more than one billion people with one click in the form of a dedicated website and mobile application.

    ·       The Union Health Minister also released the Braille booklet and Voice over on Oral Health Education for the visually impaired individuals, along with the oral health posters for pregnant women and children.

    ·       At the event, Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that these significant initiatives have taken inspiration from the importance given to digital platforms for people’s knowledge and information by the Hon. Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji. “e-DantSeva is the first ever national digital platform that provides oral health information both in the form of a website and mobile application,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said. He further added that oral health is indispensable for the wellbeing and good quality of life. “Poor oral health affects growth negatively in all aspects of human development,” he said.

    ·       He further said that dental caries/cavities and periodontal disease remain the two most prevalent dental diseases of the Indian population and dental infections have a potential for serious diseases/infections. This initiative of the Ministry with AIIMS and other stakeholders aims to sensitize the public about the significance of maintaining optimum oral health and equips them with the tools and knowledge to do so, including awareness on the nearest oral health service facility.

    ·       The website and mobile application provide oral health information gathered from authentic scientific resources and connects the public to timely advice for managing any dental emergency or oral health problem.

    ·       e-DantSeva contains information about the National Oral Health Program, detailed list of all the dental facility and colleges, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material and a unique feature called the ‘Symptom Checker’, which provides information on symptoms of dental/oral health problems, ways to prevent these, the treatment modes, and also directs the user to find their nearest available dental facility (public and private sectors both).  The website also provides GPRS route/images/satellite images of the facility for easier access to the general population.

    ·       Braille is the primary reading method for the visually impaired people to access information and education independently. Dissemination of Printed Braille oral health books along with the voice-over among visually impaired individuals will provide them with the opportunity to read and hear about the essentials and importance of oral health. At the event, two visually impaired children demonstrated how the Braille booklets can be useful tools for such information.

    ·       The developed IEC material aims to eliminate the prevailing myths and misconception regarding maternal and child health and also encourages a visit to the dentist during pregnancy and early childhood years.

    ·       In 2014, National Oral Health Programme in its current form was introduced. The Center for Dental Education and Research (CDER), AIIMS, New Delhi functions as the National Center of Excellence for Implementation of NOHP. The Centre has been instrumental in providing consultation and support for the research and other activities for the National Oral Health Program.

    6.  Ganga Aamantran – a unique initiative to connect with Ganga’s Stakeholders

     

     

    • The ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’ is a pioneering and historic exploratory open-water rafting and kayaking expedition on the Ganga River to be held between 10thOctober 2019 to 11 November 2019. Starting at Devprayag and culminating at Ganga Sagar, the expedition will cover the entire streatch of over 2500 kms of the Ganga River.
    • This is the first ever effort by National Mission for Clean Ganga to raft across the entire stretch of the river and also the longest ever social campaign undertaken through an adventure sporting activity to spread the message of River Rejuvenation and Water Conservation on a massive scale. The expedition will draw attention to the ecological challenges being faced by Ganga.
    • The expedition will encompass the five Ganga basin states including Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal with stops at Rishikesh, Haridwar, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Sonepur and Kolkata.
    • A nine-member team of swimmer and rafters from the three Services of the Indian Armed Forces, led by acclaimed international open-water swimmer Wg Cdr Paramvir Singh is being launched in New Delhi by Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on 7thOctober 2019. This nine-member team would be joined by 3 members from NDRF, 2 members each from WII and CSIR-IITR.
    • The team, during the expedition will take up public awareness campaign on the locations at which they will stop. They will organise mass cleaning drives, interact with students of the village/city and will further the message of river conservation.
    • Apart from the awareness campaign, the team from CSIR–Indian Institute of Toxicology Research will collect water samples from across diverse ranges of the river for the purpose of water testing, while members of the Wildlife Institute of India will undertake flora and fauna census for the year 2019.
    • The Expedition would comprise of members primarily from the Indian Armed Forces. The Armed Forces is supporting this expedition extensively by way of involving all the Commands & Units on the Ganga stretch and also the members from the Armed Forces Wives Welfare Association all along the Ganga Basin.
    • The Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawatwill lead from the front and will not only flag-off the expedition but also be a part of the expedition from Devprayag to Rishikesh.
    • The expedition is led by Wing Commander Paramvir Singhfrom Indian Air Force, who is the only person to have swum the entire length of Ganga from Devprayag to Gangasagar in 2015. A distinguished adventure sports enthusiast, he holds 13 World, 3 Asian and 7 National Records.
    • The expedition will commence on 10th October 2019, at Devprayag, where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda merge and the Ganga begins. The expedition will continue for 33 days, through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal and culminate on 11thNovember 2019 at Bakkhali Beach, Frazerganj covering a total distance of almost 2,500 kms.
    • The expedition will be supported by all the stakeholders of Namami Gange including the MPs of the constituency along Ganga, members of Ganga Praharis, Ganga Vichar Manch among others. The expedition is aimed to reach millions of people on Ganga Basin and would be the largest social outreach through an adventure sporting event ever.

     

     

    1. 39th World Congress of Poets

     

    • Chief minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the 39th World Congress of Poets (WCP) for 2019 at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
    • It was held from October 2-6, 2019 under the theme ‘Compassion through Poetry’. It was held for the third time in India.
    • There were 4 venues for WCP which are as follows:
    • Venue for wisdom poetry – KIIT
    • Venue for tourism poetry – Konark Sun Temple
    • Venue for spiritual poetry – Puri Sea Beach
    • Venue for reflection poetry – Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)
    • Over 1000 poets, who are members of WCP from 82 countries participated in the event.
    • 39th WCP conferred Honorary D.Litt (Doctor of Literature) to eminent writer and poet, Padma Bhushan Mr. Ruskin Bond and eminent artist, Ganesh Haloi.
    • It also presented Gandhi Prize for literature to eminent Gandhian and Anthropologist, Acharya Bhabananda, Honorary Diploma was presented to Padma Shri Bhabani Charan Pattnayak, noted Gandhian and Freedom Fighter.
    • A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled and the public library Karamchand (Gandhi Library) was inaugurated.
    • Various kinds of poetry including Compassion Poetry, Wisdom Poetry, Tourism Poetry, Spiritual Poetry and Reflection Poetry was held during the event.
    • Members present:  Achyuta Samanta, President of 39th WCP; Akhilesh Mishra, Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Prof. Ernesto Kahan, the 1st Vice President, World Academy of Arts and Culture (WAAC); Dr. Maurus Young, President, World Congress of Poets were present during the inaugural ceremony.
    • The congress is essential to achieve united Nation Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG)  4 – Quality Education.

     

     

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

     

     

    8.  SOP with Bangladesh on Chattogram and Mongla ports

    ·      Shri Mansukh Mandavia, MoS(I/C)  Shipping has said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s  foreign policy initiative  regarding use of Chattogram and Mongla Ports in Bangladesh for movement of goods to and from India will bring revolutionary cost-cutting in  shipments to and from the North Eastern States.

    ·      During the official visit of H.E Sheikh Hasina ,Prime Minister of People`s Republic of Bangladesh to India , a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) wherein Bangladesh allowed the use of its Chattogram and Mongla Ports for movement of goods to and from India through its territory was signed and exchanged  by India and Bangladesh before the Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh on 5.10.2019 .

    ·      The SOP on use of Chattogram and Mongla ports has been finalized after the two countries signed an MOU on 6.6.2015 and an Agreement on 25.10.18.

    • The agreement and SOP permit the movement of goods in Bangladesh through waterways, rail, road or multi-modal transport. Eight routes are provided under the Agreement which would enable access of North East Region (NER) via Bangladesh. The routes are:
    • Chattogram/Mongla Port to Agartala(Tripura) via Akhura
    • Chattogram/Mongla Port to Dawki (Meghalaya) via Tamabil
    • Chattogram/Mongla Port to Sutarkandi (Assam) via Sheola
    • Chattogram/Mongla Port to Srimantpur (Tripura) via Bibirbazar

    ·      The conclusion of the SOP on Chattogram and  Mongla ports  would reduce distance, time and logistic cost for transport of goods and is a win win situation for both the economies.

    ·      Three landlocked states of India viz. Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura will get access to open sea trade routes from Chattogram and Mongla ports via Indian ports. Tripura will be connected to Chattogram Port through the Maitree Setu on Feni river at Sabroom in South Tripura and Ramgarh in Bangladesh. While Agartala is 135 kms from Sabroom, Chattogram port is 75 kms from Sabroom.

    ·      Cargo transportation through IBP waterway route from Kolkata/ Haldia to North East is limited to 2000 ton vessels. Now, larger ships carrying cargo destined for North East can call at Chattogram and Mongla ports thereby increasing trade volumes and reducing logistic costs.

    ·      The expected cargo to North East is construction material, iron & steel, fertilizer,  consumer goods, POL, cement etc. Foodgrains, fruits, organic products, tea, fish, jute etc are the cargo expected to be transported from the North East to various parts of India through Chattogram and Mongla ports.

    ·      On shipping and maritime affairs, India and Bangladesh have had very close cooperation in the last few years. Under the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade, in addition to the five Ports of Call (POC), Dhubri (India) and Pangaon (Bangladesh) have been added and both countries have agreed to add for more POCs  in each country.

    ·      Dredging has commenced under an MOU signed by the two countries on development of fairway in selected stretches of Bangladesh waterways with Government of India bearing 80 % of the project expenditure and the balance by Govt. of Bangladesh.

    ·       Cruise services have also commenced between the two countries promoting people to people contact after an MOU and SOP were signed.

     

    9.  First Training Squadron at Mombasa, Kenya

    ·        As part of Indian Navy’s Overseas Deployment, four indigenously built ships of Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron, Indian Naval Ships TirSujata and Shardul  and Indian Coast Guard Ship Sarathi, arrived at Mombasa Kenya, today on 07 Oct 19 for a three day visit. The Senior Officer of First Training Squadron is Captain Varun Singh, who is also Commanding Officer of INS Tir.

    ·        The Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron, under the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command based at Kochi, imparts training to Officer Cadets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard as well as from Friendly Foreign Countries. The training curriculum includes subjects like Seamanship, Navigation, Shiphandling, Boat Work and Engineering, imparted onboard the 1TS Ships, and Sail Training onboard IN Sail Training Ships Tarangini and Sudarshini.

    ·          During the port call, the Senior Officer of First Training Squadron will call on various dignitaries and government officials of Kenya and the Kenyan Navy. Professional interactions are planned with the Kenyan Navy towards enhancing      co-operation. In addition, social engagements, sports events and best practices will also be shared between the two Navies.

    ·        Kenya and India have traditionally enjoyed warm and friendly bilateral relations, sharing common values of democracy and development. There have been regular high level exchanges and interactions in numerous fields between both countries. Bilateral Defence Cooperation is being progressed through regular interactions between the governments of the two countries.

    ·        Indian Navy ships are regularly deployed overseas as part of Indian Navy’s mission of building ‘bridges of friendship’ and strengthening international cooperation with friendly countries.

     

    10.      Vice President to visit Comoros and Sierra Leone

    ·        Continuing India’s engagement with Africa, the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will embark on a tour to Comoros and Sierra Leone on October 10.

    ·        This will be the first-ever visit by such a high-level Indian dignitary to Comoros, an archipelago situated off the Southeast coast of Africa and to Sierra Leone.

    ·        Soon after arrival in Moroni, the capital of Comoros, Shri Naidu will meet President of the Union of Comoros, Mr. Azali Assoumani. Later, Shri Naidu will address the Indian community living in Comoros.

    ·        On October 11, the Vice President will hold delegation-level talks with the President of the Union of Comoros. Subsequently, both the dignitaries will witness the signing of agreements in various areas between the countries. They will also issue press statements following a tête-à-tête between them.

    ·        During his visit to the Island nation, Shri Naidu will also interact with the President of the Assembly of the Union of Comoros, Mr. Abdou Ousseni and address the Parliament (Assembly of the Union of Comoros) before departing to Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone.

    ·        The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Sierra Leone, Ms. Nabeela Fareeda Tunis will call on Vice President soon after his arrival.

    ·        On October 13, the Vice President will have a tête-à-tête with the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mr. Julius Maada Bio, and later hold delegation-level talks with him and both the dignitaries will witness the signing of agreements.

    ·        The same day, Shri Naidu will also address the Indian community. On October 14, he will meet Dr. Abass Bundu, Speaker of Parliament, before emplaning for Delhi.

    ·        The present visit is the second one by the Vice President of India to Africa. Earlier in November 2018, Shri Naidu had visited Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Malawi as part of strengthening bilateral ties with those countries.

     

     

    1. List of MoUs/Agreements exchanged during Official Visit of Prime Minister of Bangladesh to India

     

     

    Sl. No. Name of MoU/Agreement/Treaty This will be exchanged on the Bangladesh side by And on the Indian side by
    1. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on the use of Chattogram and Mongla ports H.E. Mr. Syed Muazzem Ali

    High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India

    Shri Gopal Krishna,

    Secretary, Ministry of Shipping

    2. MoU on withdrawal of 1.82 cusec of water from Feni river by India for drinking water supply, scheme for Sabroom town, Tripura, India Mr. Kabir Bin Anwar,

    Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources

    Mr. Upendra Prasad Singh,

    Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources

    3. Agreement concerning implementation of GoI Line of Credits (LOC) extended to Bangladesh Md. Shahriar Kader Siddiky, Joint Secretary,

    Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance

    Smt.Riva Ganguly Das,

    High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

    4. MoU between University of Hyderabad and University of Dhaka Prof. Dr. Md. Akhteruzzaman, Vice Chancellor,

    University of Dhaka

    Smt.Riva Ganguly Das,

    High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

    4. Cultural Exchange Programme- Renewal Dr. Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal,

    Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

    Smt. Riva Ganguly Das,

    High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

    6. MoU on Co-operation in Youth Affairs Md. Akhter Hossain,

    Secretary,

    Ministry of Youth and Sports

    Smt. Riva Ganguly Das,

    High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

    7. MoU on providing Coastal Surveillance System Mr. Mostafa Kamal Uddin,

    Sr. Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs

    Smt. Riva Ganguly Das,

    High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

     

     

    12.      India announces TAP for 5 African Countries on World Cotton Day

     

    • Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, said that India remains committed to building on its longstanding development partnership with Africa, especially in the field of cotton. For this, Textiles Minister said that India will be announcing the launch of the second phase of the Cotton Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) for Africa at the Partners Conference in Geneva today. In the five year long second phase, the programme will be scaled up in size and coverage and will be introduced in five additional countries, namely Mali, Ghana, Togo, Zambia and Tanzania. The Cotton TAP programme will now cover 11 African countries including the C4 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali). India implemented a Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) for cotton in 6 African countries, namely – Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda from 2012 to 2018.
    • Smriti Zubin Irani further said that India is also engaging meaningfully in providing assistance to strengthen both the agriculture and textile part of the cotton value chain in Africa through training and capacity-building of farmers, scientists, government officials and industry representatives and through the creation of cotton-related infrastructure.
    • As one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of cotton, India supports the World Cotton Day as an opportunity to recognise the significance of cotton as a global commodity, and, more importantly, as a source of livelihood for millions of small and marginal farmers in developing countries said Smriti Zubin Irani, at the opening session of World Cotton Day in GenevaThe Textiles Minister also informed that cotton farming and the domestic cotton textile industry continue to be important pillars of India’s economy. As a country of 8 million small and marginal cotton farmers, India is sensitive to the challenges faced by the cotton sector in developing countries and India has been a proponent for the elimination of asymmetries and imbalances in the WTO agreements that lead to a distortion of global cotton markets, the Minister added.

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    • Smriti Zubin Irani said that it is fitting that Mahatma Gandhi has been chosen as the icon for the World Cotton Day and to mark the celebration of the first World Cotton Day, India will gift a replica of Mahatma Gandhi’s Charkha to the WTO.  She also informed that a live demonstration of the Charkha has been arranged a by Pitta Ramulu, National Award winning weaver from India.
    • Smriti Zubin Irani expressed hope that the World Cotton Day will help showcase innovative initiatives in the cotton eco-system and channel more development assistance for cotton.

     

     

    1. Overview of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India

    • Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinapaid a four-day official visit to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is the first visit of Bangladesh PM since the completion of elections in both Bangladesh and India.
    • A total of 3 bilateral projects were inaugurated through video link. The three projects unveiled were in three separate but key areas like energy, skill development and people to people ties. They were
    • Import of Bulk LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) from Bangladesh.
    • Vocational training and
    • Social training facilities.
    • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was invited as the Chief Guest at the 33rd edition of the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from 03-04 October 2019. The theme for the 2019 summit was ’Innovating for India: Strengthening South Asia, Impacting the World‘.

     

     

    1. 33rd India Economic Summit in New Delhi

    • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was invited as the Chief Guest at the 33rd edition of the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from 03-04 October 2019.
    • The theme for the 2019 summit was ’Innovating for India: Strengthening South Asia, Impacting the World‘.
    • Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina co-chaired the summit along with India’s Sania Mirza, the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister HengSwee Kea. Other officials who co-chaired the Summit included ShobanaKamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise, Shailendra Singh, Managing Director of Sequoia Capital, India.
    • Talks were held on artificial intelligence(AI) and drones, start-up unicorns, infrastructure, environmental reforms, gender parity, education and South Asia’s economic outlook. The talks in detail are as follows.
    • Medicines from the Sky: The Telangana govt. in collaboration with Apollo Hospitals and the WEF formalised a 6-month pilot project called ‘Medicines from the Sky’. The project will begin in 2020 and aims to explore drone usage in healthcare. For this, the WEF has collaborated with Marut Drones, India Flying Labs and GEN India etc.
    • EV corridor in Punjab: A 100 km electric vehicle corridor is to be established in Punjab soon.
    • WEF survey: The WEF has released a report stating that India has the potential to become the largest EV (Electric Vehicle) market in the world. The WEF Survey that had 10,000 respondents for the opinion poll from 29 countries found that Indian respondents are exceptional in terms of their optimism.
    • The programme also outlined the South Asia’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
    • Participants: More than 800 leaders from 40 countries from civil society, arts and culture, science, business and academia participated in the event.

     

     

     

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    15.    ICC women’s ODI rankings: India maintains second position

     

    • In the latest ICC women’s ODI rankings, India maintained their second position but increased the points lead over third-placed England.
    • The ICC ranking released today said, the Indian women’s team is now three points ahead of England. India now has 125 points against England’s  122.
    • In the T20 International ranking, India are placed at the fifth position.

     

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