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12- JULY - 2016

SOUTH AFRICAN WRITER LIDUDUMALINGANI MQOMBOTHI WINS 2016 CAINE PRIZE

South African writer, filmmaker and photographer Lidudumalingani Mqombothi won the 17th edition of prestigious Caine Prize 2016 for his short story Memories We Lost.

With this, Lidudumalingani was awarded with 10000 Euros and a month at Georgetown University in the US as a writer-in-residence.

The winning story explores a difficult subject of tackling schizophrenia. This is a troubling piece, depicting the great love between two young siblings in a beautifully drawn Eastern Cape.

About Caine Prize

• The Caine Prize is an annual literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in the English language.

• It was established in 2010 in the United Kingdom and was named in memory of Sir Michael Harris Caine, former Chairman of Booker Group plc.

• The award carrying 10000 Euros prize seeks to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally.

• It is famously referred as the African Booker.

INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA ANNOUNCED MOUS/PROGRAMME IN FOUR AREAS OF COOPERATION

India and South Africa announced Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and Programme in four areas of bilateral cooperation.

While the MoUs cover the information and communication technology (ICT), grass root innovation and tourism, the Programme of Cooperation will cover segments of arts and culture.

The MoUs and the Programme were announced after summit level talks between the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma in Johannesburg, South Africa.

During the meeting, both the leaders discussed a wide range of bilateral and international issues including reform of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Prime Mister Narendra Modi began his four-nation tour of African countries – Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya on 7 July 2016.

2ND ANTI-DRUG WORKING GROUP MEETING OF HEADS OF DRUG CONTROL AGENCIES OF BRICS CONCLUDED

The 2nd Anti-Drug Working Group meeting of Heads of Drug Control Agencies of BRICS countries concluded in New Delhi.

The day-long meeting was organised by the Narcotics Control Bureau of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Besides the Indian delegation, it was attended by officials and policy makers from the other BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa.

During the meeting, the participants discussed the following issues –

• Drug trafficking situation including the illicit cultivation and production of Opium and Heroin in South West Asia and South East Asia

• Illicit cultivation of Coca bush in South America

• Illicit cultivation of Cannabis plant used for production of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, Diversion and trafficking of precursor chemicals

• Illicit financial flows from drug proceeds and financing of terrorism in certain cases

• Maritime drug trafficking

• Challenges and emergence of new psycho-active substances that have posed serious threat to health, safety and well being of society across globe, especially of the youth

At the end of deliberations, the delegates resolved to develop and enhance cooperation and collaboration among the Member States to monitor current trends and drug trafficking routes.

They also agreed to exchange of information among the drug law enforcement agencies, share and exchange experiences, and best practices and enhance capacity building in order to prevent and counter illicit drug trafficking and related crimes.

Background

• The meeting was the second such meeting of the Heads of Drug Control Agencies. The first such meeting was held in Moscow, Russia in 2015 in keeping with the spirit of the eThekwani Declaration.

• The eThekwini Declaration and Action Plan that was adopted by the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban, South Africa calls for enhanced engagement among member nations.

• The present meeting also assumes significance as India shall be hosting the 8th BRICS summit in October 2016 in Goa.

NATO SUMMIT 2016 CONCLUDED IN WARSAW

The 2-day long NATO Summit concluded in Warsaw, Poland. It was the 27th summit biannual summit of NATO since its inception in 1949.

The summit was attended by Heads of State and Heads of Government of NATO members including the USA President Barack Obama, Polish president Andrzej Duda and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Besides, the summit also saw the presence of Heads of Government of non-member States and organizations of NATO including Afghanistan.

The agenda of the biannual summit included -

• The situation in Eastern Europe

• The risks emanating from the Middle East

• Reform of NATO’s partnership policy

• Question of enlargement

• Debate about the future nuclear strategy of the Alliance

At the end of the summit, the leaders agreed to deploy more troops along its eastern borders in Poland and Estonia. Besides, the leaders also supported Georgia’s membership aspirations.

About NATO

• The NATO stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It is also called the North Atlantic Alliance.

• It is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949.

• The previous summit was held in Wales, the United Kingdom in 2014.

• The grouping has 28 member countries including major countries of North America and Europe.

2016 WIMBLEDON CONCLUDED

Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the 2016 tennis season concluded on 10 June 2016.

It was held for two weeks beginning on 27 June 2016 at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London.

Winners of Wimbledon

Category

Winner

Runner-up

Men’s Singles

Andy Murray (Great Britain)

Milos Raonic (Canada)

Women's Singles

Serena Williams (United States)

Angelique Kerber (Germany)

Men's Doubles

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut (France)

Julien Benneteauand Édouard Roger-Vasselin (France)

Women's Doubles

Serena Williams and Venus Williams

Timea Babos (Hungary) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Russia)

Mixed doubles

Heather Watson (Britain) and Henri Kontinen (Finland)

Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Germany) and Roberto Farah (Colombia)

Key highlight of 2016 Wimbledon

• Serena equalled Steffi Graf's open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles

• For William sisters, Serna and Venus, it was the sixth title at Wimbledon, and 14 in Grand Slams.

PORTUGAL WINS EURO 2016 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP; DEFEATED FRANCE 1-0

Portugal lifted the Euro 2016 football championship. In the final clash played at Saint-Denis in Paris, Portugal defeated France 1-0.

Substitute Eder scored in extra-time to give Portugal a win at their first major international title despite losing captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to injury.

Eder scored the goal with 11 minutes of extra time left to stun France after the host team had dominated the match.

UEFA

Ronaldo, Portugal's all-time leading scorer went down after a heavy tackle from Dimitri Payet in the eighth minute but played on before being replaced in the 25th minute.

This was France's first tournament defeat on home soil in 19 games, since 1960 third-place play-off.

Man of the Match:Pepe (Portugal)

Young Player of the Tournament:Renato Sanches

LEWIS HAMILTON WINS 2016 BRITISH GRAND PRIX

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed the 2016 British Grand Prix title of Formula One at the Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, United Kingdom.

It is Hamilton’s overall fourth British Grand Prix title after winning it in 2008, 2014 and 2015. He also became the first driver to win the British Grand Prix three times in a row.

Red Bull-TAG Heuer’s Max Verstappen occupied the second placein the race. Nico Rosberg from Germany stood third in the race.

Earlier on 3 July 2016, Hamilton had emerged victorious in the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix.

About British Grand Prix

The British Grand Prix is currently held at the Silverstone Circuit near the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire in England.

The British and Italian Grands Prix are the oldest continuously staged Formula One World Championship Grands Prix.

It was designated the European Grand Prix five times between 1950 and 1977. This title was an honorary designation given each year to one Grand Prix race in Europe.

GOOD RAINFALL INCREASED RICE CULTIVATION

  • The area under rice (paddy) has gone up from 77.31 lakh hectares during 2015-16 to 81.93 lakh hectares as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Haryana have received good rainfall.
  • Monsoon has covered most parts of the country, and in the coming days, the planting of kharif crops such as rice, soybeans, pulses and cotton will be further boosted.
  • In all, the kharif crops have been planted on 406.27 lakh hectares so far as against 431.82 lakh hectares in the corresponding period last year.
  • The good monsoon, however, has not yet had a positive impact on the water level in major reservoirs, which has gone down because of the poor rainfall in the preceding years.
  • The IMD is expecting the monsoon to gain momentum during July-August.

APEX COURT PUTS LIMITATION ON AFSPA

  • Every death caused by the armed forces in a disturbed area, whether the victim is a dreaded criminal or a militant or a terrorist or an insurgent, should be thoroughly enquired into.
  • “It does not matter whether the victim was a common person or a militant or a terrorist, nor does it matter whether the aggressor was a common person or the state. The law is the same for both and is equally applicable to both."
  • The verdict tears down the cloak of secrecy about unaccounted deaths involving security forces in disturbed areas and serves as a judicial precedent to uphold civilian and human rights in sensitive areas under military control.
  • Dealing a blow to the immunity enjoyed by security personnel under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA) against criminal action for acts committed in disturbed areas.
  • A thorough enquiry should be conducted into “encounter” killings in disturbed areas because the “alleged enemy is a citizen of our country entitled to all fundamental rights including under Article 21 of the Constitution.”

IUCN PUTS BORNEAN ORANGUTAN IN CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

  • A global conservation group says Borneo’s orangutans are now a critically endangered species due to hunting and destruction of forest habitat.
  • The International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates the number of Bornean orangutans has dropped by nearly two-thirds since the early 1970s and will further decline to 47,000 animals by 2025.
  • The assessment for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species was carried out earlier this year and published this week. Previously the species was considered to be endangered.
  • It said deforestation has dramatically shrunk the primate’s habitat, with about 40 percent of Borneo’s forests lost since the early 1970s and another swathe of forest expected to be converted to plantation agriculture in the next decade.
  • On top of that, hunting is also a significant pressure because orangutans are slow breeders, producing only one offspring every six to eight years on average.
  • IUCN estimates between 2,000 and 3,000 of Borneo’s orangutans have been killed every year for the past four decades, mainly for their meat.
  • Orangutans only live in the wild on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and on Borneo in the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah and Kalimantan, which is the Indonesian part of Borneo.

CHINA WANTS INDIA TO ENGAGE WITH CHINA DIRECTLY

  • India should engage China directly for better coordination on multilateral platforms like the Nuclear Suppliers Group and avoid blaming China as an obstacle for accessing high technology from the global market,
  • India had been pointing out since its failed attempt to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on June 24 that “only one country” opposed its membership bid at the plenary of NSG held in Seoul.
  • The strong defence on the South China Sea issue was part of China’s ongoing attempts to convey its position in the run-up to the scheduled session of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague where the Tribunal will issue its Award for the case started by the Philippines.

AFTER BREXIT TALKS BETWEEN INDIA AND UK

  • A fortnight after Britain voted to exit the European Union (EU), U.K. Business Secretary held talks with Commerce & Industry Minister on the possibility of inking a separate U.K.-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
  • On the nature of future talks with the EU on the proposed India-EU, Ms. Sitharaman said: “With the EU of course, it shall continue but it will be recalibrated now that U.K. is out of EU, so we shall be doing both.”
  • Trade with U.K. is substantial. Indian investments in UK are one of the biggest. A lot of jobs created in the U.K. are by Indian investors. Similarly on services, we have great potential.
  • The Tata group wanted to sell its steel business in U.K. owing to fall in steel prices, cheap imports of the commodity from China and rising energy costs. Tatas move would have hit around 11,000 jobs.
  • Mr. Javid met Tata Steel senior management chairman Cyrus Mistry ahead of the company’s board meeting and held discussions regarding fate of Tata Steel’s UK assets, put on sale.
  • In FY’16, India’s exports to the EU were $35.35 billion, while India’s exports to Britain were $9.35 billion.
  • The U.K. government statement said the U.K. is the largest G20 investor in India, while India invests more in the U.K. than the rest of the European Union combined.
  • India has also emerged as the third largest source of FDI for the U.K. Commerce.

CENTRE BEGINS STAKE SALE IN 51 FIRMS

  • The government has invited merchant bankers to help it sell minority stakes in 51 companies, including RIL, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and L&T, and is looking at exiting them within three years.
  • The Specified Undertaking of UTI (SUUTI) has investments in these 51 listed as well as unlisted companies, like Hindustan Unilever, ITC Ltd, Jaiprakash Associates and a host of Tata Group firms.
  • Government holds minority stake in these companies through SUUTI, which was formed in 2003 as an offshoot of erstwhile UTI, and is looking at selling them either through an OFS, block deal, bulk deal or regular sale through stock exchanges.
  • The bankers would have to put in a single consolidated bid for the entire SUUTI Holdings. However, the sale process of each of the 51 companies would be carried out individually.
  • The government has set up an ambitious disinvestment target of Rs.56,500 crore for 2016-17.
  • Of the budgeted target, Rs.36,000 crore is to come from minority stake sale in PSUs and the remaining Rs 20.500 crore is estimated to come from strategic sale in both profit and loss-making companies.

THE MINISTRY OF NRE TO MAKE BIS COMPULSORY FOR ALL SOLAR WATER HEATERS

  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is working on a ‘quality order’ to make it compulsory for all solar water heaters installed in buildings to be certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
  • This follows a BIS announcement on the quality standards for evacuated tube collector-based solar water heaters, which have rapidly become the design of choice for such water heaters.
  • The Indian government used to subsidise solar water heaters, but stopped the practice in September 2014, leading to an increase in imports from China, which offered products up to 50 per cent cheaper than Indian alternatives.
  • While it depends on the level of chlorides and nitrates in the water in different regions, this low level of thickness is such that the walls will corrode anywhere in the country within a year. Even 0.5 mm does not last more than a year in some regions.
  • Another factor is that the Chinese products are being used to bypass the intention of rules set by states.

 

 

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