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04- DECEMBER - 2016

 

:: NATIONAL ::

CHILDREN’S PEACE PRIZE

  • A 16-year-old Indian environmental activist based in the U.A.E has won this year’s prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize for her fight for climate justice and combating environmental degradation. The 16-year-old Indian activist based in the U.A.E. is thefounder of Green Hope
  • Kehkashan Basu was presented the award by Bangladesh’s Nobel peace laureate Mohammad Yunus at a ceremony in The Hague.
  • Kehkashan was nominated for the Children’s Peace Prize by her father and was selected for the award from among 120 nominees from 49 countries.
  • The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of Marc Dullaert, Chairman and Founder of the Dutch KidsRights Foundation, and is awarded annually to a child, anywhere in the world, for his or her dedication to children’s rights.

:: INTERNATIONAL ::

TRUMP’S ‘TAIWAN TALK’

  • The U.S President-elect Donald Trump signalled a potential rupture in the country’s China policy by holding a telephone conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. He is the first American President or President-elect to talk to a Taiwanese President since 1979, when the U.S. cut off diplomatic ties with the island while getting closer to China.
  • Recognising Taiwan as a part of China is a fundamental principle of the U.S.-China relations and Mr. Trump’s engagement with the Taiwanese leader drew strong reactions from Beijing.
  • During the campaign, Mr. Trump had repeatedly called China a “currency manipulator” and threatened to impose high tariffs on Chinese imports to the U.S. He had also promised to remain “unpredictable” in international affairs. His engagement with a territory that China considers its own is in sharp contrast with that of Barack Obama, who in 2009 became the first American President to visit China in the first year in office.
  • Mr. Obama’s ‘Pivot to Asia’ policy and the push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal had increased tensions between the countries. Now, China is trying to make sense of Mr. Trump’s policy toward it.

:: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY ::

GST COUNCIL FAILS TO REACH CONSENSUS ON KEY ISSUES

  • The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council failed to reach a consensus on critical issues, including the laws that need to be passed in the winter session in order to stick to the April 1, 2017 rollout date set by the Centre.
  • With the pending legislations, including the draft model GST law, as well as the contentious issue of dual administrative control over assessees between the Centre remaining unresolved, the GST Council would now meet on December 11 and 12.

:: IMPORTANT DETAILED NEWS ::

YOGA NOW ON UNESCO’S LIST OF INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF HUMANITY

Yoga, India’s one of the ancient practices to keep oneself healthy, has been inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

It was inscribed on the list during the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The declaration describing Yoga as a Human Treasure got unanimous support of the 24 members of the Committee.

UNESCO adds Cuban rumba and Belgian beer to list of world’s intangible heritage

With this, Yoga became the 13th intangible cultural heritage that has been listed from India so far with UNESCO. The previous intangible cultural heritage list includes

  • Chhau dance (inscribed in 2010)
  • The Buddhist chanting of Ladakh (inscribed in 2012)
  • Sankirtana - the ritual singing, drumming, and dancing of Manipur (inscribed in 2013)
  • The traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making among the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab (inscribed in 2014)
  • Ramlila- the traditional performance of the Ramayana (inscribed in 2008)

Yoga

  • It is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India.
  • Records suggest that Yoga originated in the pre-Vedic India, it is mentioned in the Rigveda.
  • But it developed around the sixth and fifth Century BC, in ancient India's ascetic and śramaṇa movements.
  • It is practised in different schools of Yoga namely Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
  • It was introduced in the west first by Swami Vivekananda and later in the 1980s by Yoga gurus from India
  • Earlier in 2014, the United Nations declared 21 June as the International Yoga Day.

‘VITTIYA SAKSHARATA ABHIYAN’ LAUNCHED BY UNION HRD MINISTER

Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, launched ‘Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan’. The Abhiyan aims at making people aware about the cashless economic system.

The programme was launched in line to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to youth in Mann Ki Baat, where Prime Minister called for making people aware about digital economy and cashless modes of transactions.

For creation of a cashless economy, Javadekar appealed to the faculty and especially young students to come forward and join Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan. They, the youth and teachers, can help in encouraging people around them to use a digitally enabled cashless economic system for transfer of fund.

For participation of youth and faculty, HRD Minister also launched a webpage where students can register themselves. They can also provide their feedback and suggestions on the initiative as well as upload the progress of their work.

Comment: At present, India is undergoing transformational shift towards digital economy and youth can be an agent of change in this process of transformation.

Besides, the HRD Minister also appealed to higher education institutes to receive nothing in cash (fee/fines/deposits) and pay nothing in cash (wages/salaries/vendor payments). He asked these institutions to develop a cashless campus (canteens/covering shops/services).

12 EMINENT PERSONALITIES BESTOWED WITH YASH BHARTI AWARDS 2016

Twelve more eminent personalities were bestowed with the prestigious Yash Bharti Award 2016 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

With this, a total of 77 personalities have so far received the highest award of the state for the year 2016.

The personalities who received the award are:

  • Lieutenant General (Retd.) AK Singh

  • Dr Manzur Hasan: Renowned cardiologist of the country

  • Atul Tiwari: Film writer

  • Dr Deen Muhammad Deen: Hindi litterateur

  • Suhas LY: District Magistrate of Azamgarh. He also won gold medal in badminton at Beijing Paralympics.

  • Dr Abbas Raza Naiyyar: HOD of Urdu department of Lucknow University

  • Murad Ali Khan: Trap shooter

  • Naseeruddin Shah: Actor

  • Archana Satish: Anchor

  • Shikha Dwivedi: Anchor

  • Rachna Govil: Sportsperson

  • Pramod Kumar Choudhary: Social activist

About Yash Bharti Awards

  • Yash Bharti Awards was instituted by Mulayam Singh Yadav Government in 1994.

  • The award is conferred by the Uttar Pradesh Government for excellence in literature, fine arts, folk and classical music and sports.

  • The award carries cash prize of 11 lakh rupees, a citation and a shawl.

  • The award was discontinued by the Bahujan Samaj Party Government from 2007-2013, but later it was revived after a gap of six years.

THAILAND OFFICIALLY NAMED ITS NEW KING

Thailand named its crown prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as its new king, 50 days after the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadei.

Dressed in white, prince Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne and accepted his new responsibilities at the invitation of the National Legislative Assembly’s (NLA) President in his Bangkok Palace amidst the whole of Thai media. The ceremony was attended by several senior officials like the chief of NLA, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the head of the privv council, Prem Tinsulanonda.

Key Highlights

• The Prince became Rama X, the 10th king of the Thailand’s Chakri dynasty. The dynasty was established in 1782.

• His official title will be - King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

• Originally, Vajiralongkorn was supposed to take the throne the very day his father passed away but he asked for the ceremony to be postponed so that he could have time to mourn.

• The responsibility of handling the throne matters for the time went to the head of the privv council, 96-year-old Prem Tinsulanonda.

About King Bhumibol Adulyadei

• He died on 13 October 2016 at the age of 88, following a long span of illness.

• He ruled for 70 years. He named his only son Vajiralongkorn, as his successor way back in 1972.

• Though his rule wasn’t as easy one, as it was hit by a communist insurgency, coup and street protests, he played a significant role in bringing stability to the nation and restoring faith in the monarchy.

• For many Thais, he was the only consistent force in an era of rapid change and violent political upheaval.

The new king definitely doesn’t enjoy the same respect reputation as his father before him. His personal life especially is very controversial. He has been divorced thrice and has a very flamboyant image. He is also known to spend a lot of his time in his property in Germany.

While Vajiralongkorn has been named as the new king, his official coronation will take place next year, following the cremation of the late king.

 

 

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