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IMPORTANT CURRENT AFFAIRS & DAILY NEWS UPDATES : 01 - DECEMBER - 2016
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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

01- DECEMBER - 2016

 

:: NATIONAL ::

DEFENCE TIES WITH BANGLADESH

  • Indian Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is visiting Bangladesh to bolster defence cooperation initiatives ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India in December, say diplomatic sources.
  • Another key focus during Ms. Hasina’s visit would be to present awards and financial assistance to families of the Indian soldiers who were killed during the Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.
  • Mr. Parrikar and his entourage were greeted by Bangladesh Defence Forces’ Principal Staff Officer Lt-Gen. Mohammed Mahfuzur Rahman and top government officials.
  • An Inter-Service Public relation (ISPR) press release said Mr. Parikkar would meet Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Ms. Hasina, who is also the Defence Minister. Besides, he and his team will meet the PM’s Security Adviser Major General Tarique Ahmed Sidique (retd) to discuss matters relating to bilateral issues.

:: INTERNATIONAL ::

UNESCO’S HERITAGE LIST

  • Portuguese pottery and Belgian beer also named intangible cultural treasures
  • Cuba’s sensual rumba dance and Belgium’s thriving beer culture brought new effervescence to UNESCO’s coveted list of “intangible” heritage.
  • UNESCO noted that Belgium produces some 1,500 types of beer, while in Cuba because the rumba sprang from poor communities the dance is an enduring “expression of resistance and self-esteem”.
  • The list of “intangible” cultural treasures was created 10 years ago, mainly to increase awareness about them, while UNESCO also sometimes offers financial or technical support to countries struggling to protect them.

:: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY ::

TRADE COSTS OF INDIA HIGH: UNESCAP

  • The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said international and intra-regional trade costs of India remained higher compared with the trade costs of best-performing economies in Asia and the Pacific, although a declining trend has been observed since 2009.
  • Asia-Pacific trade flows were wavering amid sluggish global economic and trade growth, downward movement of world commodity prices and an uncertain policy environment, the report said. Sluggish growth in trade is expected to continue through to the end of 2016. 

ADITYA BIRLA GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE

  • Aditya Birla Financial Services Group (ABFSG) has announced the unveiling of its standalone health insurance arm under the brand Aditya Birla Health Insurance (ABHICL).
  • ABHICL is a joint venture between the Aditya Birla Group and MMI Holdings Ltd. (MMI), a South Africa-based financial services group.

:: IMPORTANT DETAILED NEWS ::

LT-GENERAL A K BHATT APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF MILITARY OPERATIONS

Lt-General A K Bhatt was appointed as the Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO).

Lt-Gen Bhatt will succeed Lt-General Ranbir Singh, who declared at a press briefing that Army Special Forces had conducted surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir on 29 September 2016.

While, Lt-Gen Ranbir Singh will now head the 1 Corps (headquarters at Mathura), which is one of four strike corps among the 14 corps of the 1.3 million strong Army. He will replace Lt-Gen Shokin Chauhan, who in turn has been appointed as the director-general of Assam Rifles.

General Dalbir Singh Suhag and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha will retire from their posts on 31 December 2016.

About Lt-General A K Bhatt

• Bhatt belongs to the Gorkha Rifles.

• He has earlier served in the Military Operations Directorate as a Brigadier.

• He is currently posted as the Additional Director General of the Complaints and Advisory Board at the Army Headquarters after he commanded the 21 Division in Assam.

AKODARA IN GUJARAT BECOMES INDIA’S FIRST DIGITAL VILLAGE

Akodara village in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat recently has earned the title of becoming first digital village in India.

The village, which sustains a total population of 1191 people, uses various cashless systems for payments of goods and services. All transactions in the village are carried out through digital modes like net-banking, SMS or debit cards.

Key highlights

Akodara, which is located some 90 km from Ahmedabad, was adopted and developed by the ICICI Foundation as a digitised village with a rural branch of the bank.

In the village, most transactions between Rs. 10 and Rs. 5000 are done via SMS. The payment goes directly into the shopkeeper’s bank account as the buyer and seller are both connected through their accounts in the same bank.

The village has its own website: http://akodara-digitalvillage.in.

Its wi-fi with high speed broadband connectivity has some 50 subscribers across 200-odd households.

The wi-fi facility also enables farmers to access the latest price of agricultural commodities on NCDEX, with the bank acting as a hub for business activity.

The ICICI Bank has developed a dedicated and customised SMS banking platform and software for the village to enable users to do basic banking transactions in English and Gujarati.

The bank has also developed a micro-ATM-based solution to facilitate the local mandi commission agents to make payments to farmers for their produce.

M M KUTTY APPOINTED CHIEF SECRETARY OF DELHI

Senior IAS officer M. M. Kutty was appointed the Chief Secretary of Delhi.

Kutty replaced K. K. Sharma, who was transferred to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development as Officer on Special Duty (OSD).

The Union Government had sent back Kutty to his parent Union Territories cadre before the completion of the tenure of his Central deputation.

Previously, Kutty, who is a 1985 batch IAS officer, was working as the Additional Secretary in the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The IAS officer had also served as the Principal Secretary to the former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit. He has also been the Finance Secretary in the present AAP Government.

Roles of a Chief Secretary

The Chief Secretary is the head of the state administrative machinery.

The position of the Chief Secretary has been there in India since the British Empire. The Chief Secretary was the second most important official in the colonies of British Empire, after the Governor. He was known as the Colonial Secretary.

The Chief Secretary serves as Chief of all government staff in the state and is the Secretary of the State Cabinet of Ministers.

The post of Chief Secretary belongs to the cadre within the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

The Chief Secretary of a state is the leader of the state’s administrative machinery, the Cabinet Secretary, the chief of the state’s public service commission as well as the principal Public Relation Officer of the state’s government.

In view of the importance of the post, the post of the Chief Secretary has been kept out of the tenure system.

TRUMP NOMINATED SEEMA VERMA TO HEAD CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES

Donald Trump, the new President-elect of the United States, nominated Seema Verma to the post of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

She is the second Indian-American to be placed in one of the top administration positions, only after Nikki Haley, who created history by becoming the first-ever Indian-American to be appointed to a cabinet-level position under any US president.

Seema Verma will be expected to work along with the newly elected Health and Human Services Secretary- Tom Price.

About Seema Verma

• Verma, an Indiana resident, is the founder and CEO of a health policy consulting firm- SVC Inc.

• She has decades of experience in advising on Medicare and Medicaid policy.

• Previously, she has worked for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County as vice president of planning and also at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in Washington, D.C.

• As the president of SVC Inc, she has been an advisor to many US states including Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Maine, and Tennessee.

• She has worked with various Republican governors including Mitch Daniels, the Governor of Indiana and Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky.

• She has also previously worked with Vice President- Elect Mike Pence, as she constructed his Obamacare Medicaid expansion model called Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, a policy carved for low-income groups.

 

 

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