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Current Affairs - 10 April 2015

Dhanush missile successfully test-fired

    • India successfully test-fired nuclear weapons-capable Dhanush missile from a ship, off the Odisha coast on Thursday.

      The ship-based missile was launched at 11.02 a.m. by personnel of the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) from an Offshore Patrolling Vessel (OPV), which was deep inside the sea, for its full range of 350 km, according to Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) missile scientists.

      It was a perfect mission and the missile splashed down near the target point with high degree of accuracy, they said.

      Dhanush, a manoeuvring missile is a naval variant of Prithvi-II, and can carry a nuclear payload of 500 kg.

      It can target both land-based and sea-based targets. The missile has already been inducted into the armed services and the SFC personnel randomly picked up the missile from the production lot for Thursday’s trial, which was carried out as part of regular user training.

      Dhanush was one of the five missiles developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

Human Resource and Skill Requirement Reports launched
    • Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy here today launched the Human Resource and Skill Requirement reports across 24 sectors in India which will serve as the baseline for all skill development initiatives being planned across the country.  

      According to the findings of the reports, the incremental human resource requirement across these 24 sectors is nearly 109.73* million whereby the top 10 sectors account for about 80 percent of requirements.

      Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rudy said that in line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of making India the skill capital of the world; this is yet another endeavour from his ministry. He said, as the old adage goes, what cannot be measured, cannot be corrected. The idea behind the Skill Gap Studies is to understand which sectors are likely to face the biggest gaps. He said, it is imperative for us to plan the skilling of future workforce of India on the basis of these reports.

      The Minister said, these reports will be used for the implementation of the recently announced Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY); for State Skill Missions, and for various other skill initiatives being planned across the country.

      Shri Rudy said, according to the implementation schedule for the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) (a competency based framework that organises all qualifications according to a series of levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude), after 27th December, 2016 government funding would not be available for any training, educational programme, course which is not NSQF-compliant. He said, all government funded training and educational institutions shall define eligibility criteria for admission to various course in terms of NSQF levels. Shri Rudy said, the recruitment rules of the government of India and PSUs of the Central Government shall be amended to define eligibility criteria for all positions in terms of NSQF levels. The State Governments and their PSUs shall also be encouraged to amend their recruitment rules on above lines. He said, after 27th December, 2018 it shall be mandatory for all training/educational programmes/courses to be NSQF compliant. All training and educational institutions shall define eligibility criteria for admission to various courses in terms of NSQF levels.

India elected key subsidiary bodies of UN ECOSOC
    • India has been elected to four key subsidiary bodies of the United Nations' agency on economic and social issues, continuing its impressive record of winning elections at the world body.

      India was elected by acclamation, a form of election that does not use a ballot, to the subsidiary bodies of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) during its coordination and management meeting yesterday.

      With the election wins, India maintained its 100 per cent record of winning elections held in the UN Headquarters here. It was elected, along with 13 other nations, to the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for a three-year term beginning January 2016.

      UNICEF addresses the needs of children with emphasis on giving long-term benefits to children everywhere, particularly those in developing countries.

      India was also re-elected to the Executive Board of the World Food Programme for the 2016-2018 term along with five other nations. WFP is the food assistance arm of the UN which provides food assistance to around 90 million people in 80 countries in a year.

      It was among the 20 nations to be elected to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) for a three-year term, beginning January 2016. Apart from India, other nations elected to CCPCJ include Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia Austria, France, Sweden and the United States

IRNSS-1D reaches its space home

  • Navigation satellite IRNSS-1D reached its space home on 8 April 2015, 12 days after it was launched from Sriharikota.

    After tests and validations, it is expected to be put to work and beam signals from early May, joining its three siblings — IRNSS-1A, 1B and 1C — that are already in orbit, according to senior officials of Indian Space Research Organisation.

    IRNSS-1D is the fourth of the seven-satellite Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System; the constellation was conceived to give location-related information across the country and is loosely called the Indian version of the popular GPS which the U.S. military owns and operates.

    The satellite reached its home after four orbit manoeuvres were conducted since its launch on March 28. It is now slotted at about 36,000 km from Earth at 111 degrees East longitude.

India ranks lower than even Nepal

  • Out of 133 countries rated on indicators of well-being such as health, water and sanitation, personal safety, access to opportunity, tolerance, inclusion, personal freedom and choice India has secured the 101th place. This is lower than India’s rank, of 93, for GDP per capita income. Even Nepal and Bangladesh rank higher than India on the Social Progress Index (SPI) ratings to be released globally on Thursday. Norway has bagged the first rank; the U.S. is at the 16th place.

    On the parameter ‘Tolerance and inclusion’ India ranks 128th and is at the 120th place on ‘health and wellness’ that, says economist and executive director of the SPI, Michael Green, is the toughest parameter for a country to excel at. As a country becomes richer while tackling sanitation and water becomes easier, tougher challenges emerge such as air pollution and obesity, Dr. Green told The Hindu in an exclusive phone interview. The U.S. despite its high levels of spending on health and wellness ranks 68th.

    Even harder to tackle are freedom and tolerance, he says. “The most striking findings for India are the worst performance on the tolerance and inclusion front…It’s a complex problem in a diverse country…another thing I will be watching for as India grows economically is when obesity as a crisis will start hitting.” The SPI was launched in 2013 and is based on 52 indicators of countries’ social and environmental performance. It includes no economic indicators and measures outcomes. The UN’s Human Development Index and Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index are also alternate measures for well being but they use GDP or other economic measures.

    Focusing exclusively on GDP implies measuring progress in purely monetary terms and failing to consider the wider picture of the real things that matter to real people, Dr. Green says. “GDP isn’t bad but it’s not the whole story… alongside economic growth social progress is more important for policymaking.”

    Need for a complete model to measure growth: SPI official

Pay 23% less for roaming from May 1
    • NEW DELHI: Starting next month, mobile calls while on roaming will be cheaper by up to 23%, while sending a local SMS will cost only 25 paise, a steep cut of 75% from the present Re 1, as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(Trai) has slashed ceiling tariffs. However, following this Trai order, subscribers will not be able to avail of schemes that allowed them to make calls and send SMSs while on roaming at home circle rates.

      "Trai has mandated telecom service providers to offer a special roaming tariff plan. These changes will come into effect from May 1, 2015," Trai said in a statement on Thursday. Trai cut the maximum, or ceiling, rate that a telecom operator can charge for STD calls on roaming to Rs 1.15 per minute from Rs 1.5. Similarly, national SMS rate has been reduced to 38 paise from Rs 1.5 per SMS.

      Under the revised local tariff, a telecom operator can charge a maximum of 80 paise per minute for a local call instead of Re 1 permitted at present. Reacting to the revised tariff, director general of industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Rajan S Mathews, said that a revision in roaming rates should have been left to market forces. He, however, added, "I am glad that the authority differentiated between local and roaming rates because it recognized that there is an STD interconnect charges component which has to be recovered."

IB spied on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's kins for 20 years under Jawaharlal Nehru rule
  • After the government declassified two files on Netaji Sibhash Chandra Bose, it has been revealed that Netaji relatives were spied upon by the Jawaharlal Nehru for nearly twenty years, says an Indian Todayreport. The files show that Intelligence Bureau which came directly under Nehru carried the espionage activities between 1948 to 1968. Nehru was the Prime Ministers for 16 of those years.
    The IB resumed British-style surveillance on his two of his homes at 1 Woodburn Park and 38/2 Elgin Road. 
    Apart from that the IB kept a close eye on Netaji's relatives' by tracking their movements and constantly the contents of the letters they wrote and received. The sleuths were particularly interested in the Netaji's nephews, sons of his brother Sarat Chandra Bose. The nephews were close to Netaji's during since his years as a Congress  activist. they were also in touch Netaji's wife Emily Schenkl and exchange letters with her.

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