Home Daily Updates IMPORTANT CURRENT AFFAIRS & DAILY NEWS UPDATES : 03 - SEPTEMBER - 2016
IMPORTANT CURRENT AFFAIRS & DAILY NEWS UPDATES : 03 - SEPTEMBER - 2016
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 12 September 2016 06:10

 

 

 


RMI'S Current Affairs - https://www.facebook.com/RMIS-Current-Affairs

DAILY NEWS UPDATES

03- SEPTEMBER - 2016

:: NATIONAL ::

INDIA AND THE U.S. SIGNED THE LOGISTICS EXCHANGE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT

  • India and the U.S. signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) that will give the militaries of both countries access to each other’s facilities for supplies and repairs.
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said in a joint statement that the pact “will facilitate additional opportunities for practical engagement and exchange.”
  • While it is an enabling agreement, LEMOA does not make logistical support automatic or obligatory for either party.
  • The agreement does not involve allowing military bases either. Each case will require individual clearance. The services or supplies accessed will be on a reimbursable basis.

NATIONAL CRIME RECORDS BUREAU COMES OUT

  • Incidents of rioting remained almost the same in 2015 as compared to 2014, but as communal riots decreased, big increases were seen in other categories – agrarian riots, sectarian riots, student riots and caste conflicts.
  • This data comes from the “Crime in India” report for 2015 released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
  • Recorded incidents of agrarian riots saw a 327 per cent increase from 628 in 2014 to 2683 in 2015.
  • The number of people arrested also increased nearly three fold from 3540 to 10353.
  • Sectarian riots — defined as violence between different sects of the same religion not considering caste conflict — showed a 2,700 and 9,000 per cent jump in incidents.
  • The decrease in communal riots incidents recorded by NCRB — from 1,227 in 2014 to 789 in 2015 — however does not mesh with data released by the Ministry of Home Affairs in response to a parliamentary question in July 2016.
  • Ministry data showed a slight increase from 644 incidents in 2014 to 751 in 2015.
  • Chennai recorded the lowest rate of total crimes among major cities (154.3 per 1 lakh population). Among all cities, only Surat (86.9), Kannur and Dhanbad had better rates.

INDIA FINDS AN ALLY IN US AGAINST TERRORISM

  • Echoing India’s concerns for an end to distinction between “good terrorism” and “bad terrorism”, the United States sought action from Pakistan on 26/11 attacks and the attack on the Pathankot airbase.
  • The tough announcement against terrorism was the highlight of the Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD).
  • It saw Secretary of State John Kerry and address Indian concerns on a wide range of issues like counter-terror, multi-lateralism and easier visa regime for Indian workers to the U.S.
  • Mr. Kerry’s announcement of a trilateral is a significant move ahead and indicates a hardening position on terror that hurts South Asia.
  • The first and second trilateral dialogues including India, the U.S. and Afghanistan were held in 2012 and 2013.
  • The comments from the visiting Secretary of State of the outgoing Obama administration came a day after he supported Bangladesh in its fight against international terrorism.
  • However, Mr. Kerry acknowledged that Pakistan had acted against the “Haqqani network.”

NUMBER OF RAPE OFFENDERS KNOWN TO THE VICTIM SHOWS AN INCREASE

  • Following a worrisome trend, the number of rape offenders known to the victim increased from 86 per cent in 2014 to 95.5 per cent in 2015, data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
  • Of the total cases reported in 2015, 33,098 offenders were known to the victim. In 25 per cent of the cases (8,788 incidents) neighbours were identified as offenders.
  • Overall, the number of reported rape cases witnessed a five per cent decline from 2014 to 2015, This is the first time in the last six years that this figure has decreased.
  • A total of 34,651 rape cases were reported in 2015 — around 95 cases every day — down from 36,735 in 2014. 82,422 cases of molestation were reported, categorised as ‘Assault on Women with Intent to Outrage her Modesty.
  • Delhi and Mumbai had the highest number of total reported rape incidents. But Jodhpur, with 152 incidents, had the highest crime rate for rapes, with 13.4 rapes per lakh women.
  • From being at the top of the table last time, Delhi is placed second in 2015 with a crime rate of 11.6 rapes per lakh women and 1,893 incidents.
  • Half of all the rape victims were in the age group of 18-30. About 442 victims were below the age of 6 and 97 were aged greater than 60.

:: INTERNATIONAL ::

FRANCE WANTS TRADE DEAL BETWEEN US AND EU TO COME AFTER NEW PRESIDENT

  • France rules out imminent EU-US trade deal, wants talks halted 3792 France said it wanted to halt thorny EU-U.S. trade talks as President Hollande said there would be no deal until after President Obama leaves office.
  • French junior trade minister Matthias Fekl said there was “no more political support in France” for the talks because U.S. negotiators were offering “nothing or just crumbs”.
  • Mr. Hollande, in a speech to France’s diplomatic corps, chose his words more carefully but said it would be an “illusion” to say a deal was close.

:: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY ::

GOVT TO SHARE SUBSIDY BURDEN TO REPLACE OLD VEHICLES

  • Union Road Transport minister has asked the Environment Ministry to share the subsidy burden for replacing commercial vehicles that are older than 15 years by tapping into funds earmarked for compensatory afforestation.
  • He said the Environment Ministry can help subsidise the interest payable on loans for new heavy commercial vehicles under the proposed policy for scrapping polluting automobiles.
  • The CAMPA, set up in 2009, currently has a corpus of about Rs.40,000 crore earmarked explicitly for compensatory afforestation projects to replenish forests lost to industrial and infrastructure projects.
  • The Centre now wants to replace it with a new authority, backed by a new bill that was cleared by Parliament in its monsoon session.
  • The Road Transport Ministry, has proposed a framework under which new vehicles would get concessions from the Centre, the state government and the automobile company in addition to the scrap value of the old vehicle.
  • In its first phase, the scrapping policy would be restricted to commercial vehicles older than 15 years, which the Minister said account for 65 per cent of the country’s pollution.
  • “While pollution will come down to that extent, we expect a benefit of Rs.4,000 crore to the Centre and Rs.10,000 crore to the state governments. The auto industry can also expect sales growth of around 22 per cent from this initiative,” Mr. Gadkari said.
  • Automobile players are enthusiastic about the idea not just because it would boost sales, but also because they will be able to access the high-grade metal scrap from old vehicles.

U.S. TO LOOK INTO INDIA’S CONCERNS ON VISA FEE HIKE

  • The U.S. agreed to “look into” India’s concerns about Obama administration’s move to increase fee for H1B and L1 visas.
  • Indian corporations raised the issue at the India-U.S. CEO Forum saying the move will hurt Indian IT firms, which are the main users of these non-immigrant temporary work visas meant for professionals.
  • "The move has “affected our people-to-people exchanges. I would urge you to find a just and non-discriminatory solution to these issues,” Ms. Swaraj told the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • India has already dragged the U.S. to the World Trade Organisation on the issue saying it is “discriminatory” against Indian firms.

RESERVE BANK MADE A STRONG CASE FOR PROVIDING MORE CAPITAL TO PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS

  • Reserve Bank made a strong case for providing more capital to public sector banks to deal with the problem of stressed assets and get back to a position from where they can start generating internal accruals.
  • Indian banks got into stress before implementation of Basel III and revised IFRS which provide protection against system level stresses.
  • The government has been supportive and they have provided requisite capital for the public sector banks.
  • However there is still need to ensure that stressed asset build-up is contained so that banks get back to generate adequate internal accruals.

:: IMPORTANT DETAILED NEWS ::

MAN KAUR, 100-YEAR-OLD ATHLETE FROM INDIA, WINS GOLD MEDAL AT MASTERS GAMES

India’s 100-year-old athlete, Man Kaur, won Gold medal at the American Masters Games in the 100-meter dash. She took a minute-and-a-half to cross the finish line in Vancouver.

Kaur from Chandigarh was the only female competitor in her age category at the competition for older athletes.

Earlier, she won gold medals in the javelin and shot put. Kaur has now won more than 20 medals in Masters Games across the globe.

The World Masters Games is an international multi-sport event that takes place every four years, with regional games in between. The average age of the athletes is 49, and there's one man who is even older than Kaur 101-year-old Nihal Gill of Richmond, British Columbia.

WEST BENGAL TO BE RENAMED AS BANGAL IN HINDI AND BENGAL IN ENGLISH

The West Bengal State Assembly passed a resolution to change the name of the state from West Bengal to Bangla in Bengali, Bengal in English and Bangal in Hindi.

The resolution was moved by state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee under rule 169 of the rules of procedures of the House. The resolution was passed by a voice vote.

However, the move to change the name was opposed by the opposition Congress, BJP and Left Front.

In Bengali, the state is currently referred to as Paschim Banga or Paschim Bangla.

In 2011, the State Government had sent a proposal to the Union Government for renaming West Bengal as Paschim Bango. However, the proposal never received a green signal.

Background

When India gained independence in 1947, Bengal was partitioned along religious lines.

The western part went to India and was named West Bengal.

The eastern part joined Pakistan as a province called East Bengal. It was later renamed East Pakistan, giving rise to independent Bangladesh in 1971.

UNION CABINET APPROVES DISSOLUTION OF CENTRAL INLAND WATER TRANSPORT CORPORATION LIMITED

The Union Cabinet approved the proposal for dissolution of Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited (CIWTC).

CIWTC was incorporated on 22 February 1967 under the Companies Act 1956 by the Union Government. It was incorporate after government took over the assets and liabilities of the erstwhile River Steam Navigation Company Limited under a scheme approved by the Calcutta High Court.

Due to inherent limitation and infrastructure bottle necks, the operations of CIWTC could never become viable and company has been incurring losses since inception. The Company has only five employees at present.

In line with the decision of the Government to revitalize sick CPSUs wherever possible or to wind up irretrievable cases, the dissolution of the CIWTC would be initiated after disposal of movable and immovable assets.

This would free up the assets for better utilization and for the benefit of the people. A number of assets would be taken up by Inland Waterways Authority of India to provide services on Brahmputra River (NW-4).

CRPF DECIDES TO APPOINT P V SINDHU AS COMMANDANT AND BRAND AMBASSADOR

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), India’s largest paramilitary force, decided to appoint ace badminton player P V Sindhu as its brand ambassador.

CRPF will also bestow the honorary rank of Commandant on the Olympic silver medallist.

The force has moved a formal proposal in this regard to the Union Home Ministry. After getting required sanctions, Sindhu will be honoured and presented the rank badges and camouflage combat fatigues of the CRPF at a ceremonial event.

A Commandant rank in the CRPF is equivalent to the position of a Superintendent of Police (SP).

Background

Ace shuttler P V Sindhu won a historic silver medal in the women’s singles badminton at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games.

She was recently conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour.

 

 

#‎RAY‬ - ‪#‎Empowering‬ ‪#‎Talent‬ ‪#‎Since‬ 1971
www.rosemaryinstitute.com

 

 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Articles
Newsletter Subscription
Fill the form below to subscribe for recieving email alerts from rosemaryinstitute.com