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05 - JUNE - 2016

 

ANURAG THAKUR UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED BCCI PRESIDENT

Anurag Thakur was unanimously elected as 34th BCCI President at the board’s special general meeting (SGM) in Mumbai. He will serve as President until September 2017.

Thakur, who is a BJP MP in Lok Sabha from Himachal Pradesh's Hamirpur district, is the second youngest BCCI chief. Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad in 1963 became the youngest BCCI President at the age of 33.

Thakur succeeds Shashank Manohar who stepped down from the position to take up the ICC chief's job. Manohar was elected the ICC's first independent chairman on 12 May 2016.

Before being appointed as President, Thakur resigned as BCCI Secretary. Thakur, 41, will also represent the BCCI on the ICC executive board and the Asian Cricket Council.

Anurag Singh Thakur

• He is the son of Prem Kumar Dhumal, the former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.

• He has been a member of 14th, 15th and 16th Lok Sabha.

• He was elected as the Honorary Secretary of the BCCI in January 2015.

• He played one match in first-class cricket representing Himachal Pradesh and leading the team as captain in a match against Jammu and Kashmir in the 2000/2001 season.

Apart from this, after taking the office of President, Thankur named Ajay Shirke as his successor as secretary. Shrike will represent the BCCI at the chief executives committee meetings of the ICC.

KIRAN BEDI APPOINTED LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF PUDUCHERRY

BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was appointed as the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Puducherry. Puducherry will now have a full time Lt. Governor after a gap of two year.

She will succeed Ajay Kumar Singh, the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, who was holding the additional charge of Puducherry since July 2014. The LG post of Puducherry was vacant after the union government in July 2014 sacked Virendra Kataria from the post.

The appointment comes into effect three days after the Congress-DMK alliance won 17 seats in the 30-member Assembly.

About Kiran Bedi

• She was India's first woman to join officer ranks of the Indian Police Service.

• In 2015, she joined BJP and was the party’s chief ministerial candidate during the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections.

• She is an IPS officer of 1972 batch who sought voluntary retirement from the service in 2007.

• At the time of retirement, she was posted as Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development.

• After retirement, she hosted as TV show called Aap Ki Kacheri.

• She was one of the pioneers of anti-corruption crusade in 2011 along with Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal against the then UPA government.

• As DCP of North Delhi, she launched a campaign against drug abuse, which evolved into the Navjyoti Delhi Police Foundation (renamed to Navjyoti India Foundation in 2007).

• She has been a tennis player and in 1966 won the national junior tennis championship.

Some awards and recognitions with which she was felicitated with

• In 1979, she won the President’s Police medal.

• In 1994, she became the recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award.

• In 1991, she was conferred with the Asia Region Award by International Organization of Good Templars, Norway.

• In 2004, she was conferred with UN Medal for outstanding service.

• In 2005, she was conferred with Mother Teresa Memorial National Award for Social Justice by All India Christian Council for reforms in prison and penal systems.

She is also the author of several books and some of them are

• Demand of Swaraj

• It's Always Possible: One Woman's Transformation of Tihar Prison

• What Went Wrong?... And Continues

• Galti Kiski

• Empowering Women… As I See

• Leadership & Governance… As I See

• Indian Police… As I See and many more

INDIA'S FIRST REUSABLE SPACE SHUTTLE, RLV-TD LAUNCHED FROM SRIHARIKOTA

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its maiden indigenous winged Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.

It was carried up on a solid rocket motor (SRM). The nine-ton SRM was designed to burn slowly to accommodate the vertical lifting of winged body.

After launch from the Sriharikota spaceport, it glided back onto a virtual runway in the Bay of Bengal. The vehicle re-entered the atmosphere after reaching a height of over 70 km.

The mission, known as the hypersonic flight experiment, lasted about 10 minutes.

About Reusable Launch Vehicle

• The Re-Usable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) is considered as a first step towards realising a Two Stage To Orbit (TSTO) fully reusable vehicle. That is, it can put satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter atmosphere.

• The 6.5 meter long RLV-TD has aeroplane like structure which weighs about 1.75 tons.

• The cost of this project is 95 crore rupees.

• It is very similar to the US space shuttle.

• The double delta-winged RLV-TD being experimented is a scale model which is almost 6 times smaller than the final version.

• Before moving on to the final version of the RLV will take off around 2030, ISRO has planned to test two more such prototypes.

• It has been designed with an aim to bring down the cost of making infrastructure in space.

• It was built at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram by a team of 600 scientists over five years.

Comment
At present, there is no country that flies a winged spacecraft into space. The two countries that used such spacecrafts were USA and Russia. The US retired such shuttles in 2011, while Russia flew such plane only in 1989.

In fact, RLV will be competing against two private companies namely SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Blue Origin's New Shephard rocket, which have already partially tested re-usable space shuttles.

INDIA, OMAN SIGNED 4 MOUS/AGREEMENTS ON DEFENCE COOPERATION

India and Oman signed 4 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs)/agreements in Muscat. They were signed during the visit of Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to Oman.

Details related to MoUs/Agreements

• MOU on Defence Cooperation between the Ministry of Defense of Sultanate of Oman and Ministry of Defence of India

• MOU between the Royal Oman Police (Coast Guard) and the Indian Coast Guard in the field of Marine Crime Prevention at Sea

• MOU between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and India on Maritime Issues

• Protocol between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman represented by Royal Air Force of Oman and the Government of India represented by the Indian Air Force on Flight Safety information Exchange

India-Oman defence relations

• Defence cooperation with Oman is of importance for India due to Oman’s strategic location at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

• Bilateral relation between Indian and Oman were formally established with signing of a 1953 Indo-Oman Treaty of friendship, Navigation and Commerce, a first between India and an Arab country.

• A military protocol was signed in 1972, and the two air forces together conducted Exercise Eastern Bridge in 2009 in Oman and in 2011 in India.

• The signing of a MoU on Defence Cooperation in Dec 2005 and subsequent establishment of the Joint Military Cooperation in Mar 2006 has set the foundation for increased defence cooperation.

• Since 1993, navies of both the countries have been conducting joint exercises - Naseem Al Bahr.

• The most recent exercise was conducted in the Arabian Sea off Goa coast in January 2016. It was the 10th edition Naseem Al Bahr.

• The Indian Navy has berthing rights in Oman and has been utilising Oman's ports as bases for conducting anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

DENMARK WINS FIRST THOMAS CUP BADMINTON TOURNAMENT

Denmark won the 2016 Thomas Cup badminton tournament. In the final match played at Kunshan, China, the Danish team defeated Indonesia 3-2.

In the fifth and final set, Danish Hans-Kristian Vittinghus defeated Indonesian Ihsan Maulana Mustofa in two straight games 21-16 and 21-7.

Ending a 67-year wait, this was Denmark’s first ever win in the international tournament. Earlier, it had finished runner-up at the men’s international team tournament.

Denmark is also the first European nation to win the Thomas Cup.

Denmark’s victory also erased Indonesia’s hopes of winning its first Thomas Cup title in 14 years. Last time Indonesia won the title in 2002.

The final was Indonesia and Denmark's fifth meeting in the Thomas Cup final, with Indonesia having won on all previous occasions, in 1964, 1973, 1979 and 1996. Despite its loss in 2016, Indonesia with 13 titles managed to remain the country with maximum Thomas Cup titles.

Indonesia won the tournament in 1958, 1961, 1964, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1984, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002.

Host China, which is home to some of the world's best men's badminton players, stumbled out of the tournament after a shocking 3-1 upset to South Korea in the quarter-finals.

On the other hand, Uber Cup (Women’s World Team Championships) was won by China. In the final, China defeated South Korea 3-1. This was China’s 14th Uber title. Indian women's team won bronze title at the Championship.

Thomas Cup

The Thomas Cup also known as Men’s World Team Championships is an international badminton competition.

It was first staged in 1948-49, and the Uber Cup or Women’s World Team Championships was added for the first time in 1956-7.

Thomas Cup, taking place every three years, was the BWF’s first major international tournament.

The idea for the competition and the donation of the trophy was by the first President of the World body, Sir George Thomas, legendary player (21 All England titles) and administrator of the Sport.

CHINA WINS UBER CUP BADMINTON TOURNAMENT FOR 14TH TIME

Chinese women badminton team showing its supremacy won the Uber Cup title. In the final played at the Kunshan Sports Centre Gymnasium in Beijing, the host country defeated South Korea 3-1.

It was the host country’s third triumph in a row since 2012 and overall it won the title for 14th time since it first started competing in the Uber Cup in 1984.

However, South Korean team was unable to end their six-year drought at the Uber Cup.

Denmark wins first Thomas Cup badminton tournament

Match Results

In the best of five series, reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui beat Sung Ji-hyun 14-21, 21-13, 21-10 in the first match.

In the second match and doubles Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan of South Korea beat the Chinese pair of Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei 16-21, 21-17, 25-23 to level the tie.

In the third match former World No 1 Wang Shixian beat Kim Hyo-min 21-13, 21-12 to put China back on top.

In the final and fourth match Chen Qingchen and Tang Yuanting of China beat Chang Ye-na and Lee So-hee 21-14, 21-16 to clinch the winning point and the title.

India’s performance in Uber Cup

India won the bronze of the Uber Cup tournament after they suffered a 0-3 defeat at the hands of defending champions China in the semifinals.

Indian women team comprise of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Jwala Gutta and N Sikki Reddy.

Indian team won the bronze medal of the tournament for the second consecutive time. They had won it for the first time and scripted history in the 2014 edition at New Delhi.

About Uber Cup

• The Uber Cup is the World Team Championships for Women and it was first held in 1956-7. It is held once in every three years. Since 1984, the Cup is held bi-ennially.

• It was named after a former British women's badminton player, Betty Uber. She gave the idea of hosting a women's event similar to that of the men (Thomas Cup).

• China has won the cup for maximum number of times. It has won the cup 13 times followed by Japan which has won it for five times. Indonesia and United States have won the cup for three times each.

MOHUN BAGAN BEATS AIZAWL FC 5-0 TO LIFT 14TH FEDERATION CUP TITLE

Mohun Bagan clinched the Federation Cup title for the 14th time. In the final played at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, Bagan defated Aizwal FC 5-0.

Bagan won this tournament after a gap of 8 years (in 2008), when it defeated Dempo 1-0.

The first half of the match went goalless. In the second half, Mizo striker Jeje Lalpekhlua netted two goals, while the other three goals were scored by Sony Norde, Dhanachandra Singh and Bikramjit Singh.

In the quarterfinals, the Aizwal FC defeated the I-League champions Bengaluru FC. In semi-finals, it defeated Sporting Clube de Goa to book its place in the final for the first time.

Federation Cup

The Federation Cup is an annual knockout style club football tournament in India. It has started in 1977. Presently it is the most important club tournament after the I-League, to which it has become a de facto League Cup.

The winning club of the Federation Cup gets a chance to compete in the continental level in AFC Cup.

2015 Federation Cup was won by Bengaluru FC.

UNION GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTED DB SHEKATKAR COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE SPENDING

The Union Government constituted a committee of experts on defence spending.

The 11-member committee will be headed by Lt Gen DB Shekatkar (retd) and include top military officers and civilian experts.

The committee will recommend measures to enhance the combat capabilities of the over 13-lakh strong armed forces.

It will also focus on re-balanceing the overall defence expenditure in view of the escalating salary and pension bills. It was mandated to submit the report in three months.

Why the committee was appointed?

• Since 2008-09, allocations to the Ministry of Defence have been dominated by the increases in manpower cost.

• The implementation of the defence One Rank One Pension (OROP) and 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations, which became effective from the 2016-17, brings into stark focus the desirability of manpower-led increases in the defence budget.

• The primary criticism against the pattern of defence expenditure is that the skewed allocations in favour of manpower led to diminishing capital expenditure.

• In the Budget 2015-16, around 3.1 lakh crore rupees were set aside for defence purposes. Out of this, 38.3 percent constituted capital expenditure.

• Though the defence budget has seen around 10 percent growth overall (3.4 lakh crore rupees) in 2016-17, the allocations for capital expenditure undergone decline (34.7 percent).

• The appointment of the committee is also in tune with the Government’s ‘Save and Raise’ policy adopted in the aftermath of 1999 Kargil conflict.

• The policy is aimed at improving combat capabilities of the armed forces without any increase in manpower.

• To achieve this, the focus has been on induction of cutting-edge technologies and manpower optimization.

GOVT HIKED MSP FOR PULSES

  • In a bid to boost the domestic production of pulses during the kharif season, the Centre announced a hike by up to Rs. 425 per quintal in the minimum support price (MSP) for pulses.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), which met here gave approval to the MSP for kharif crops of the 2016-17 season.
  • It increased the MSP for the common paddy (rice) variety by Rs. 60 to Rs. 1,470 per quintal and Grade A variety to Rs. 1,510 per quintal.
  • The CCEA approved the MSP, inclusive of bonus, for tur (arhar) dal at Rs. 5,050 per quintal for this year as against Rs. 4,625 last year, moong dal at Rs. 5,225 against Rs. 4,850 and urad dal at Rs. 5,000 from Rs. 4,625.
  • In the oilseeds category, the MSP for groundnut has been increased by Rs. 190 per quintal to Rs. 4,220, while for soyabean and nigerseed it has been hiked by Rs. 175 per quintal each to Rs. 2,775 and Rs. 3,825, respectively.

GOVT WOULD HAVE CONSULTATION WITH SEED COMPANIES FOR NEW POLICY

  • The Agriculture Ministry would have a wider consultation with seed companies, seed technology companies and farmers before introducing a new policy for technology agreements between seed technology companies and private seed companies.
  • On May 18, the Ministry issued — and retracted in less than a week — a new set of terms that would govern contracts between licensors and licensees of genetically modified cotton seeds.
  • The short-lived notification, called the Licensing and Formats for GM Technology Agreement Guidelines, 2016, specified that companies that licensed GM technology could charge seed companies royalty no more than 10% of the government-specified maximum sale price of a packet of cotton for 5 years.
  • Moreover, they would have to reduce this value by 10% every year from the sixth year and were it proved that the potency of the technology was waning, the company could no longer claim this royalty.
  • Finally, technology firms also could not refuse any eligible seed company wanting genes and any request not followed upon within 30 days would be deemed to have been granted.
  • Genetically modified seeds are only permitted in cotton and the dominant player in the business of licensing seed technology is Monsanto Mahyco Biotech Ltd (MMBL).
  • It licenses technology to several seed companies and underlies at least 95% of commercially grown cotton in the country.
  • Earlier this year, the Central government capped the sale price of cotton seeds and the royalty that companies like MMBL could charge.
  • The government caps have been challenged in the courts and separately MMBL is also fighting a legal battle to recover royalty payments from the Andhra Pradesh-based Nuziveedu Seeds.
  • Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said the government order was to ensure that cotton seeds were cheaply and readily available to farmers.

THAI AUTHORITIES FOUND 40 DEAD TIGER CUBS IN A FREEZER AT THE TIGER TEMPLE

  • Thai wildlife authorities found 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer at the Tiger Temple, a controversial tourist attraction in western Thailand.
  • The discovery came as Thai wildlife rangers were removing adult tigers from the temple in an effort to shut down the attraction after receiving complaints that the temple was trafficking in endangered species.
  • The temple, a Buddhist monastery that offered paying tourists close contact with tigers, has long been accused by conservationists and animal rights activists of exploiting and abusing the animals, accusations the temple has denied.
  • Tiger parts, while illegal to sell, are in high demand in Asia, particularly China, for use in traditional medicine. There is even a market for frozen tiger cubs, as the arrest last month of a Vietnamese man carrying four of them attests.
  • The wildlife agency has been trying for months to shut down the Tiger Temple’s zoo.
  • The temple has promoted itself as a spiritual centre where people and tigers lived in harmony, and it has charged tourists as much as $140 apiece for the chance to bathe, hand-feed and play with the tigers.
  • The temple was already under investigation on suspicion of illegally trading in tigers after a former veterinarian reported that three live adult tigers had vanished.
  • While adult tigers have more value, particularly for their pelts, teeth and claws, the cubs can be sold for their meat and for their bones, which are said to have medicinal value.

MORE CASUALTIES REPORTED IN CENTRAL AMMUNITION DEPOT FIRE

  • The Army recovered at least three more bodies from the debris in the Army’s Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) at Pulgaon in Maharashtra taking the death toll in Tuesday’s fire to 19
  • The war preparedness of the Army could have been dramatically affected had the fire spread to other storage facilities in the vicinity.
  • At least one more firefighter is suspected to be missing in the fire and blasts. About 130 tonnes of mines and other ammunition blew up in the fire, which luckily did not spread.
  • In such explosions much of the ammunition usually goes down into the earth, while the shards fly in all directions. The unexploded bombs make the cleaning-up process particularly dangerous.
  • The bigger task now is to sanitise the whole area, locate and defuse the ordnance.

3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY GETTING BETTER

  • Scientists have developed a new interactive 3D printing system that can allow designers to make changes to the model while it is still in the printer.
  • WirePrint aimed to speed prototyping by creating a model of the shape of an object instead of printing the entire solid.

PAK ARMY SAYS U.S. DRONE STRIKES IN PAKISTANI TERRITORY ARE REGRETTABLE AND MUST STOP

  • U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan “must stop”, Pakistan’s Army chief General Raheel Sharif said, days after American special forces killed Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a drone attack in the country’s restive Balochistan province.
  • Gen. Sharif said: “U.S. drone strikes in Pakistani territory are regrettable and must stop.”
  • U.S. President Barack Obama, hailing Mansour’s death as an “important milestone” in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan, had said American forces would continue to go after threats on Pakistani soil.
  • Gen. Sharif added the border management with Afghanistan was improving and urged Kabul to take matching measures on its side of the border.
  • He declared that the $46-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was a national project and it would be completed at any cost.
  • The security situation in the country, especially in Karachi city and Balochistan province, is improving, he added.

THE UN CHILDREN’S FUND ISSUED WARNING TO IRAQI TROOPS AND IS MILITANTS FOR CHILDREN

  • The UN children’s fund on Wednesday issued a stark warning to Iraqi troops and Islamic State (IS) militants in the battle for Fallujah to spare the children.
  • Children are the most vulnerable among tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city west of Baghdad.
  • Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led air strikes and mainly Shia militias, launched an operation more than a week ago to recapture Fallujah, which has been held by the extremist group for more than two years.
  • More than 50,000 people are believed to be trapped inside the Sunni majority city. Government forces have imposed a tight blockade on the city and IS militants are reportedly preventing residents from leaving.
  • UNICEF estimated the number of the children trapped with their families inside the city at about 20,000, warning that they face a dire humanitarian situation, in addition to the risk of forced recruitment by IS.
  • Iraqi special forces, meanwhile, continued their push into the city from its southern edge, said Brig. Haider al-Obeidi, who said “fierce” clashes were under way on Wednesday.
  • The fight for Fallujah is expected to be protracted because IS has had more than two years to dig in. Hidden bombs are believed to be strewn throughout the city, and the presence of trapped civilians will limit the use of supporting airstrikes.

NIIT TO PROVIDE TRAINING TO 50000 CHINESE STUDENTS

  • At a brand new industrial park in southwest China, where buildings still smell of fresh paint and masonry, the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) is gearing up to train 50,000 Chinese students over the next five years.
  • The training contract was signed on the sidelines of China’s ‘Big Data’ conference and exhibition at Guiyang.
  • Separately, the company sealed an agreement with the provincial government to establish a Big Data Talent Research Centre in Guiyang “to enhance innovation and research”.
  • The once impoverished city of Guiyang, well known in history for its role during Mao Zedong’s Long March — is now fast emerging as one of the most prominent landmarks in China’s cyberspace.
  • Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, who addressed a conference last week, formally endorsed Guiyang as the country’s ‘Big Data’ hub.
  • Analysts say this endorsement dovetails with China’s transition from a low-end manufacturing hub to an advanced digital economy based on high-end consumption and production.
  • ‘Big Data’ refers to a massive accumulation of information, siphoned from multiple sources and domains, which can then be analysed to make informed decisions.
  • Several factors have gone Guiyang’s way to emerge as China’s ‘Big Data’ core.
  • The climate here is mild, power is plentiful and cost of establishing businesses lower than in China’s more developed parts along the coast. Besides, the local government has been relentless in pushing the hi-tech industry.

THE CABINET APPROVED AMENDING PUBLIC SECTOR RECRUITMENT RULES

  • The Cabinet gave an ‘ex-post facto’ approval for amending public sector recruitment rules to allow the selection of candidates from the private sector and state public sector enterprises.
  • The nod is for the selection of candidates from state public sector enterprises and the private sector as “non-internal candidates for a period of five years for appointment in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).
  • The move is expected to bring in greater efficiency but there are some concerns that need to be addressed.
  • Those who do well in the private sector will get better returns there than in the public sector while the public sector offers greater job security.
  • The good talent at the top of the private sector will not migrate. Those not in the top rungs may see an advantage in PSUs.
  • The Cabinet also approved the decision that the chairperson and members of the public enterprises selection board (PESB) should hold office for a period of three years from the assumption of charge or until they turn 65 years of age, whichever is earlier.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its nod to develop a new 51 kilometer broad-gauge line in Uttar Pradesh between Mau station of North Eastern Railway and Tarighat terminal station of East Central Railway.
  • The CCEA also approved the Telecom Ministry’s proposal for the continuation of 30 per cent quota reserved for Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) on procurement orders by state-owned BSNL, MTNL and BBNL.
  • Also, 20 per cent of the network roll-out orders for turnkey projects such as GSM network roll-out of BSNL and MTNL, and National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) of BBNL will be reserved for ITI.
  • The Cabinet approved the signing of three memoranda of understanding (MoU) between India and Qatar for cooperation in skill development and ‘recognition of qualifications.’
  • Another MoU approved by the Cabinet was one between the United States of America and India to enhance cooperation in wildlife conservation and combating wildlife trafficking.

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING AN ‘OUTCOME-LINKED’ PAYMENT PACKAGE FOR NIIF CEO

  • The government is considering an ‘outcome-linked’ payment package as part of incentives for the recruitment of a chief executive of India’s first sovereign wealth fund, the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF).
  • Negotiations on the incentive payment, which will be paid for every $10 billion the fund succeeds in raising, are still on. But an official source said that it could be as high as Rs.10 crore.
  • Another source privy to the details of the negotiations said that efforts are on to have it pegged closer to Rs.2 crore.
  • The government is expected to announce the appointment of the executive soon.
  • After much delay, the search committee has finalised a candidate, Sujoy Bose, global co-head of infrastructure and natural resources of the International Finance Corporation, from about 70 applicants for the post.
  • The Rs.40,000 crore NIIF will act as the nodal agency for the development of greenfield and brownfield infrastructure projects and help revive stalled projects. The Centre will invest Rs 20,000 crore in the fund.
  • The remaining is expected to come from private investors. The government’s share in the corpus will not exceed 49 per cent.
  • Sovereign funds and pension funds from a number of countries, including the U.K., UAE, Russia and Singapore, have already expressed interest in investing in NIIF.

GOVERNMENT TO COME OUT WITH MSME POLICY

  • The national policy for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), which seeks to boost the overall growth of the sector, is expected to be released by the end of this year.
  • MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra said a committee headed by Former Cabinet Secretary Prabhat Kumar is drafting the policy and govt is expecting the report by October 31.
  • He said the committee would meet some more stakeholders for the proposed policy and they are also looking at policies of other countries.
  • A committee will be set up by the end of this month to look after the revival and rehabilitation of sick MSME units, he added.

 

 


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World Environment


World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


History


It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972on the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began.


World Environment Day Anthem


"Earth Anthem" by poet-diplomat Abhay K was launched in June 2013 on the occasion of the World Environment Day by Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor, Union Ministers of India at a function organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in New Delhi.[8] It is in eight languages including all official languages of the United Nations which are- . Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish.[9] The other two languages are Hindi and Nepali.
(""Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl the most beautiful planet in the universe all the continents and the oceans of the world united we stand as flora and fauna united we stand as species of one earth black, brown, white, different colours we are humans, the earth is our home.
Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl the most beautiful planet in the universe all the people and the nations of the world all for one and one for all united we unfurl the blue marble flag black, brown, white, different colours we are humans, the earth is our home.“”)
"Earth Anthem" by Abhay K

 


Themes

 

2015
Theme:- 'Seven Billion Dreams; One Planet; Consume with Care' '

 

2014

Theme:-'Small Islands and Climate Change',
Slogan:-'Raise Your Voice Not The Sea Level.

Host cities
World Environment Day celebrations have been (and will be) hosted in the following cities:

Year -Theme - Host city

1974
Only one Earth during Expo '74
Spokane, United States

 

1975
Human Settlements
Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

1976
Water: Vital Resource for Life
Canada

 

1977
Ozone Layer Environmental Concern; Lands Loss and Soil Degradation
Sylhet, Bangladesh

 

1978
Development Without Destruction
Sylhet, Bangladesh

 

1979
Only One Future for Our Children – Development Without Destruction
Sylhet, Bangladesh

 

1980
A New Challenge for the New Decade: Development Without Destruction
Sylhet, Bangladesh

 

1981
Ground Water; Toxic Chemicals in Human Food Chains
Sylhet, Bangladesh

 

1982
Ten Years After Stockholm (Renewal of Environmental Concerns)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

1983
Managing and Disposing Hazardous Waste: Acid Rain and Energy
Sylhet, Bangladesh

 

1984
Desertification
Rajshahi, Bangladesh

 

1985
Youth: Population and the Environment
Pakistan

 

1986
A Tree for Peace
Ontario, Canada

 

1987
Environment and Shelter: More Than A Roof Nairobi,
Kenya

 

1988
When People Put the Environment First, Development Will Last
Bangkok, Thailand

 

1989
Global Warming; Global Warning
Brussels, Belgium

 

1990
Children and the Environment
Mexico City, Mexico

 

1991
Climate Change. Need for Global Partnership
Stockholm, Sweden

 

1992
Only One Earth, Care and Share
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

1993
Poverty and the Environment – Breaking the Vicious Circle
Beijing, People's Republic of China

 

1994
One Earth One Family
London, United Kingdom

 

1995
We the Peoples: United for the Global Environment
Pretoria, South Africa

 

1996
Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home
Istanbul, Turkey

 

1997
For Life on Earth
Seoul, Republic of Korea

 

1998
For Life on Earth – Save Our Seas
Moscow, Russian Federation

 

1999
Our Earth – Our Future – Just Save It!
Tokyo, Japan

 

2000
The Environment Millennium – Time to Act
Adelaide, Australia

 

2001
Connect with the World Wide Web of Life
Torino, Italy and Havana, Cuba

 

2002
Give Earth a Chance
Shenzhen, People's Republic of China

 

2003
Water – Two Billion People are Dying for It!
Beirut, Lebanon

 

2004
Wanted! Seas and Oceans – Dead or Alive?
Barcelona, Spain

 

2005

Green Cities – Plan for the Planet!
San Francisco, United States

 

2006
Deserts and Desertification – Don't Desert Drylands!
Algiers, Algeria

 

2007
Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?
London, England

 

2008
Kick The Habit – Towards A Low Carbon Economy
Wellington, New Zealand

 

2009
Your Planet Needs You – Unite to Combat Climate Change
Mexico City, Mexico

 

2010
Many Species. One Planet. One Future
Rangpur, Bangladesh

 

2011
Forests: Nature at your Service
New Delhi, India

 

2012
Green Economy: Does it include you?
Brazil

 

2013
Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint
Mongolia

 

2014
Raise your voice, not the sea level
barbados,

 

2015
Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.
Italy

 

2016
Join the race to make world a better place
Saudi Arabia

 

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