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Current Affairs - 13 April 2015

1st National Symposium on Excellence

  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, and Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated the 1st National Symposium on Excellence in Training (NSET) today. In his inaugural address Dr Jitendra Singh, complimented DOPT for organizing 1st Symposium on Excellence in Training while emphasizing that learning is a lifelong process. He mentioned that the Symposium will provide a national level platform to stakeholders to interact with national and international experts and know about global best practices in training. Dr Singh reiterated the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister by highlighting the importance of Good Governance, Citizen Centricity and focus on effective Public Service Delivery. 

    Speaking on the occasion Shri Sanjay Kothari, Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training mentioned the importance of training for Public Service Delivery because at the cutting edge it is the Group B & C employees who are functioning at a large scale and primarily responsible for image of the Government. 

    The two-day Symposium has been organized by the Department of Personnel and Training in collaboration with UNDP India. The overarching objective of NSET is to provide an annual National Platform for experience sharing and interaction of various stakeholders associated with training of government sector employees. It was attended by more than 450 Delegates from all over India including faculty, trainers and administrators of National/State Training Institutes, Master/Recognized Trainers, Training Managers of various Ministries/Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities..

India & France Sign An Mou to Establish a Marine Biology Institute
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed yesterday in the presence of Prime Ministers of India & France during the visit Shri Narendra Modi to France, for establishing an Institute for frontier Marine Science & Technology Research in the five years.
    Under the MOU India’s Department of Biotechnology would  join hands with the Universit√© Pierre Et Marie Curie (UPMC) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France’s National Centre for Scientific Research- CNRS) to set up a the National Institute of Marine Biology and Biotechnology in India. As a part of this France would contribute expertise in developing high standard marine stations for collaborative research programmes, train manpower, facilitate setting up efficient research infrastructure, facilities & technologies. Indian would bring interest & proficiency in cell & molecular biology & biotechnology. It will also provide Indian researchers access to the French marine stations with extraordinary technical capabilities.

    The Institute will carry out fundamental science research with a multidisciplinary approach and will collaboratively address the most important topics in marine biology and marine biotechnology.

    India’s several marine zones offer immense resources which can be tapped for biology and biotechnology research. Applications of molecules and bio-materials discovered from marine sources are also numerous. But most of the resources remain poorly charted and relatively untouched. The country can boast of a handful of talented biologists, who can rapidly chart our marine and island diversity, make discoveries and apply them to human and animal welfare. They can be potential leaders in this venture.

    The charting of our Island diversity will soon be accomplished in collaboration with ISRO and the deep sea exploration will be done in collaboration with the Earth Sciences Ministry.

Air pollution monitoring stations in city exceed national average

  • BENGALURU: That long wait at the Silk Board junction for the signal is not only delaying you but also slowly killing you, adding pollutants to your lungs. For, the air pollution at the junction on Hosur Road is 146% higher than the national permissible limit.

    The Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM), an indicator of pollutants in the air, measured at the junction a few weeks ago was 246 g/m3 (microgram per cubic metre air).

    However, if you thought other areas are safer you would be disappointed. At least 10 out of the 13 areas in the city, where the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) monitors the ambient air quality, have exceeded the national limit for RSPM, which is 100.0 g/M3. This includes the ever busy Mysuru Road, Whitefield and Peenya Industrial area.

    Vamana Acharya, chairman of KSPCB, told STOI that the Silk Board junction is a clear example of how slow vehicular movement can cause pollution. "Vehicle engines continuing to burn fuel are a big worry for us on such stretches. Same is the case with Mysuru Road and Whitefiled. In fact, 40 per cent of air pollution in the city is because of vehicular emissions followed by road dust (12 %), industries (12 %), diesel and other generators (8 %) and remaining from burning of garbage like materials etc," he said

  • In yet another difficult and challenging operation, Indian Naval Ship Tarkash evacuated 464 personnel of different nationalities from the war torn city of Aden, Yemen on 10 April 2015. Body of Late Shri Manjeet Singh, who succumbed to injuries sustained during bombing in Aden city was embarked onboard INS Tarkash for passage to Djibouti. He was a resident of Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh. 46 Indians nationals and 422 persons hailing from 14 countries were evacuated in this trip from the port city of Aden and disembarked at Djibouti on 11 April 15. The personnel evacuated were observed to be in a state of shock and were greatly relieved to be onboard an Indian Naval Ship safely. 

    Amongst the evacuees there were four pregnant women, one patient each suffering from cancer and renal failure and two malnourished children were provided succor and medical aid by INS Tarkash. It was learnt from the evacuees that the city Aden continues to remain under siege by the Houthis and the situation there was grim with continuous shelling and firing taking place. Despite the difficult conditions, embarkation continued to be undertaken by INS Tarkash. Gun/ shots, shelling and firing in port area and on the jetty were reported by crew of INS Tarkash. 

    Earlier on 09 Apr 15, INS Sumitra had safely evacuated 349 personnel including some foreign nationals from the Port Al Hodeidah. Sumitra was received in Djibouti harbour by Indian Ambassador to Ethopia and Bangladeshi Ambassador to Kuwait. All evacuees were safely disembarked at Djibouti for further passage to India by Indian Air Force Aircraft and civil flights on 10 April 15

India clinch bronze in Azlan Shah hockey
  • India defeated South Korea 4-1 (6-3) on penalties to win the bronze medal in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here on Sunday.

    The bronze-medal playoff match ended 2-2 after regulation time at the Azlan Shah Stadium. Goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh was India’s hero effecting three saves in the penalty shoot-out.

    For India, Akashdeep Singh, Sardar Singh, Rupinderpal Singh and Birender Lakra scored in the shootout.

    Striker Nikkin Thimmaiah, scorer of a fine hat-trick against Australia on Saturday, gave India the lead in the 10th minute.

    But attacker Hyosik You converted a penalty corner to level the scores nine minutes later.

    India again surged ahead in the 22nd minute through forward Satbir Singh in the 22nd minute.

    But forward Hyunwoo Nam (28th) equalised again to stretch the match into penalties.

    India stunned reigning world hockey champions Australia 4-2 on Saturday. They lost to lower-ranked Malaysia and New Zealand, while edging past minnows Canada 5-3 and playing a 2-2 draw against South Korea to qualify for the bronze-medal play-off.

In Germany, PM Narendra Modi says govt trying to end frequent rule changes and surprises

  • HANNOVER: Promising a stable business environment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wooed German investors saying opportunities in India are "seamless" and huge for a vibrant economic partnership.

    Inaugurating the Hannover Messe, the world's biggest business fair, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the PM said India was working on a "predictable and transparent" environment to open up investments.

    "We are creating an environment that is stable, where rules will not be changed frequently and there will be no surprise elements," he said.

    Strongly pitching for his "Make in India" campaign, he said it was not a "slogan or a brand, but a new national movement".

Fight for net neutrality unites internet
  • NEW DELHI: For once, the constant bickering on the internet and social media has been put aside. People of all beliefs and affiliations have come together to unite on the net neutrality issue, campaigning, persuading, and getting more people involved.

    In a span of 24 hours, over 27,000 emails have been sent to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) through the  responding to the regulator's call for public consultation. An online petition has nearly 150,000 supporters petitioning Union minister for communication and information technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, the department of telecom, and the TRAI to act against the violation of net neutrality by corporate interests. A visit to the r/india forum Reddit will show you backroom activities in coordinating online campaigns and debates on the same.

NRIs may vote from abroad in Bihar polls
  • NEW DELHI: Bihar polls, due late this year, could create history irrespective of its electoral outcome -if the government and poll panel were to have their way, the state will become the first to allow non-resident Indians to cast their vote in assembly elections from overseas. 

    The Election Commission (EC) is working closely with the law ministry on a pilot project to facilitate nonresident Indian (NRI) voting in the upcoming polls through either proxy (read nominee) or e-postal ballot. 

    According to sources privy to the joint effort, the poll panel is pushing the government to effect necessary amendments in the Representation of People Act latest by the monsoon session of Parliament, so that the pilot can be tested in Bihar elections. The EC will have to constitute a new assembly in Bihar before November 29. 

    There are about 1,000 NRIs registered as voters in Bihar. The EC is yet to decide whether the pilot will cover the whole of Bihar or will be limited to a few constituencies. "We can decide that once the amendments come through," said an official requesting anonymity . 

    If found successful here, the EC will then scale up this experiment to other state elections and finally cover the whole country during the 2019 parliamentary elections.

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