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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

05- DECEMBER - 2016


:: NATIONAL ::

NITI AAYOG INCENTIVES FOR COLLECTORS

  • The NITI Aayog will provide incentives to District Collectors for every individual shifting to digital payment mode.
  • The transactions should be in either of the following forms: unified payment interface, USSD, Aadhaar-enabled payments, digital wallets, debit cards and prepaid cards.
  • To kick-start the activity, the NITI Aayog will be immediately transferring amounts up to Rs. 5 lakh per district based on population figures, the letter said.
  • The top ten best performing districts of India will be awarded the Digital Payment Champions of India award and the first 50 panchayats which go cashless will be awarded the Digital Payment Award of Honour by the NITI Aayog.

:: INTERNATIONAL ::

INDIA’S TRADE AND INVESTMENT TIES WITH CHINA

  • India’s decision to rapidly develop ports, especially along the east coast, and China’s renewed focus on an expansion of its harbours are resulting in an unintended fusion of the Sagarmala initiative and Beijing’s Maritime Silk Road (MSR).
  • The conference was co-hosted by the Indian Consulate General in Guangzhou and the local branch of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).
  • Unlike India, China is now at the cusp of a second cycle of port-led growth as part of the MSR. An inter-ministerial document on the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, which includes both the land and maritime wings of a massive connectivity plan spanning Asia, Europe and Africa, earmarks some of the lesser-known ports for major expansion.
  • Apart from Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, the document lists Zhanjiang, Qingdao, Yantai and Dalian, as among the shore-based gateways that are set for a facelift.

:: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY ::

RBI TO ISSUE NEW RS. 20, 50 NOTES

  • The Reserve Bank of India said it will shortly issue new Rs. 20 and Rs. 50 notes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005.
  • The new notes will bear the signature of RBI Governor Urjit R. Patel, and the year of printing 2016 on the reverse of the banknote.
  • The central bank clarified that all the notes in the denomination of Rs. 50 and Rs. 20 issued in the past would continue to be legal tender.

UNDISCLOSED INCOME FOUND IN JAN DHAN

  • The government announced that it has detected Rs 1.64 crore of undisclosed income deposited in Jan Dhan accounts by people who have never filed income tax returns before.
  • The statement added that Rs.40 lakh has been seized from one such account in Bihar.

:: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ::

U.S CYBERSECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS

  • The U.S. government and the private sector must cooperate to improve the security of digital networks, a U.S. presidential commission on cybersecurity recommended in a wide-ranging report.
  • The report urged the U.S. to seek harmonized international cybersecurity policies and global norms of behaviour and sought a “nutritional label” for impartial product safety ratings.
  • “Technological advancement is outpacing security and will continue to do so unless we change how we approach and implement cybersecurity strategies and practices,” the 100-page report said.

:: IMPORTANT DETAILED NEWS ::

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2016 OBSERVED ACROSS THE WORLD

3 December: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2016 was observed across the world. The theme for the day was Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want.

In 2016, the goal of the IDPD is assessing the current status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and SDGs. The day also looks forward for laying the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for persons with disabilities.

The observance of the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD. The CRPD is one of the most quickly and widely ratified international treaties put forth by the United Nations till now.

About International Day of Persons with Disabilities

  • The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992.

  • The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of specially-abled persons.

  • The Day also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

  • Until 2007, it was originally called the International Day of Disabled Persons.

ISRO TO LAUNCH 83 SATELLITES IN ONE GO IN 2017

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch 83 satellites into space in one go, aboard a single rocket in January 2017.

This announcement was made during the proceedings of the lower house, Lok Sabha on 30 November 2016. Among the 83 satellites, 3 belong to India while the other 80, weighing 500 kg, belong to five foreign nations including Israel, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and the United States of America.

The launch of these foreign satellites by India is a part of a commercial agreement signed between these countries and Antrix Corporation Ltd, which is the commercial arm and Public sector undertaking of ISRO.

The three Indian satellites that are going to be launched include:

1. Cartosat – 2 series, weighing 730 kg as primary payload

2. INS-IA

3. INS-1B

The second and third satellites in total weigh 30kg.

Going by the size of the project, this mission would be the first of its kind in ISRO’s space history. The last mission that comes just close to this event is when ISRO launched 20 satellites with the PSLV-C34 launch. Similarly, then also the launch included foreign satellites from countries such as Canada, Germany, Indonesia and the United States of America.

NICO ROSBERG ANNOUNCES SHOCKING RETIREMENT AFTER WORLD TITLE WIN

In an unexpected move, Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from Formula One, just five days after he grabbed his first-ever F1 World Champion title in the season’s final race at Abu Dhabi.

The 31-year-old, who beat his Mercedes team-mate and three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton by five points, stated that he was retiring from the sport to spend more quality time with his wife, Vivian and baby daughter, Alaia.

This is the first time that a reigning world champion has decided to quit the sport. Last time something similar happened was in 1993 when Alain Prost announced his retirement after winning his fourth driver’s title.

About Rosberg and his accomplishments

• He is the son of former F1 world champion, Keke Rosberg, who won the title in 1982.

• He won the 2005 GP2 series for the French motor racing team, ART

• He made his F1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2006 for Williams, his father’s old team.

• He raced for the team from 2006- 2009 and then joined Mercedes from 2010 until 2016.

• He raced in 206 Grand Prix competitions and has 23 Formula one wins and 30 Formula one pole positions to his name.

• He is also the fourth driver in the history of Formula one to win the Monaco Grand Prix thrice in a row and to have 7 consecutive Grand Prix wins.

• He has also won the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy in 2011, FIA Pole Trophy in 2014 and DHL Fastest Lap.

Rosberg made the shocking announcement through a post on his social media account. His departure does surely raise an important question of – who will take his position in the Mercedes team. The popular names that cropped up were Sebastian Vettel, Pascal Wehrlein, and Fernando Alonso. However, Vettel and Alonso are already to their tied to their respective teams for another season.

UAE-BASED INDIAN TEEN KEHKASHAN BASU WINS CHILDREN'S PEACE PRIZE

Kehkashan Basu, a 16-year-old UAE-based Indian teenager won the International Children’s Peace Prize for her work towards climate justice and combating environmental degradation.

The award was conferred to her by Bangladesh’s Nobel peace prize winner Mohammad Yunus at a ceremony held in The Hague. The teen in her award-winning speech stressed on the importance of continuing the fight against climate change and focusing on creating a more sustainable future.

Her speech comes not long after the new President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump revealed his decision of withdrawing the U.S from a global agreement on climate change.

About Kehkashan Basu

• She was born in Dubai to Indian Parents.

• At the age of eight years, she planted her first tree and had started educating her neighbours on the importance of saving the environment.

• She also brought together other children to collect and recycle waste.

• She founded Green Hope at the age of twelve. Through the organisation, she launched several awareness campaigns and cleanup activities.

• The peace award is a symbol of recognition for her work involving the same organisation.

About Green Hope

• Founded by Basu , the organisation, which started as a small initiative has grown into a fully-established International organisation.

• It has over 1000 volunteers and conducts activities in at least 10 countries across the world.

• It is run by children, who often consume their pocket money to fund their environmental activities.

• Within just four years of its founding, the organisation completed several successful environmental projects, some of which included planting 5,000 trees in Columbia, France, Mexico, Nepal, Oman and the United States.

• Aside from planting trees, Green Hope also indulges in other activities such as cleaning up mangrove swamps around UAE, which is very significant, especially since their deforestation rates are almost five times higher than average global forest loss.

The International Children’s Peace Prize is an annual award, which is conferred to those children who fight courageously for children’s rights. The award also includes an investment prize of $106000 for projects in the winner’s home country.

Basu was selected for the award from a total of 120 nominees from 49 countries. Some of the previous winners of the prize include Liberian child rights activist Abraham M Keita, American Neha Gupta for her NGO-Empower Orphans and Pakistani activist/ survivor Malala Yousafzai who is also the youngest recipient of Nobel Peace Prize for her work towards female education.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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