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Current Events 29 March 2017

 

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29 March 2017

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GS III : DISATER MANAGEMENT

States get warning to brace for heat waves

2.

GS II : BILATERAL INDIA-MYANMAR

‘Request Myanmar to drop border fencing project'

3.

GS II : POLITY BILL/ACT

Can't appoint Lokpal for now, Centre tells SC

4.

GS II :  BILATERAL INDIA-NEPAL

Army Chief to be honoured in Nepal

5.

GS II :  BILATERAL INDIA-BANGLADESH

Stateless then, landless now

6.

GS II : GOVERNANCE

Centre may expand social security net

7.

GS III : ECONOMY

Quality checks now for Coal India's non-regulated buyers

8.

GS III : ECONOMY

‘Bitcoin not authorized by Reserve Bank of India'

9.

GS II : GOVERNANCE

Northeast may get subsidised capital

10.

GS III : ENVIRONMENT BIODIVERSITY

Footage of wild Thai tiger cubs sparks hope

11.

GS III : SCIENCE -BIOLOGY

How primates got big brains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GS III : DISATER MANAGEMENT

States get warning to brace for heat waves

  • Even as the country braces for a scorching summer and temperatures in several States have been going up over the past week, the India Meteorological Department, along with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), is exhorting the States to implement Heat Wave Action Plans.
  • These describe step-by-step procedures the States ought to implement - from communication and ensuring first-aid to imposing early summer vacations in schools and ensuring that labourers employed in MGNREGA schemes aren't assigned work during certain times of the day - in case of heatwave-like conditions.
  • NDMA's Anup Srivastava said heat waves killed 22,562 between 1992 and 2015.
  • "In 2016, the number of casualties came down drastically to 1,111 from 2,040 in 2015," he said in a paper.
  • It was from 2016 that the IMD began giving heat wave forecasts and the States began considering action plans.
  • While there are nuances and region-specific differences, the IMD broadly defines a heat wave as when a place's temperature is 5-6 degrees above normal.
  • On Feb. 28, the IMD forecast "above normal" temperatures this summer in Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana.
  • The summer forecast is in line with a generally warm trend over previous months; 2016 was the warmest year in a century, according to the IMD, with the country 0.91 C warmer than the 1961- 1990 average.
  • The summer months of March-May last year were 1.36 C higher than the historical average, making it the second warmest since 1901.
  • The higher temperatures coincide with three, consecutive years of weak monsoons.

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GS II : BILATERAL INDIA-MYANMAR

‘Request Myanmar to drop border fencing project'

  • Nagaland Assembly on 28 March 2017 passed a resolution appealing to the Centre to urge the Myanmar government to permanently drop the Indo- Myanmar border fencing project in Nagaland for continuing with the cordial and fraternal relations among the Nagas living on both sides of the border.
  • During the ongoing session, MLAs had expressed concern over the intention of the Myanmar government to fence the international border at Pangsha in Noklak sub-division of Tuensang district.

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GS II : POLITY  BILL/ACT

Can't appoint Lokpal for now, Centre tells SC

  • The Centre on 28 March 2017 informed the Supreme Court that appointment of the anti-corruption ombudsman, Lokpal, is not possible now.
  • Appearing before a Bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi said the amendments to the Lokpal law, concerning the substitution of the Leader of Opposition (LoP) with the leader of the single largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha on the highpower Lokpal selection committee, is still pending with Parliament.
  • The committee comprises the Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker, LoP and the Chief Justice of India or a SC judge as per the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act of 2013.
  • But the 16th Lok Sabha has not recognised LoP.
  • Mr. Rohatgi said the implementation of the Lokpal law would remain in limbo till Parliament allowed the single largest opposition party leader to take the place of the LoP in the latter's absence.
  • The court reserved the case for pronouncement of judgment.
  • During the hearing, Mr. Rohatgi said Parliament may discuss the amendment in the monsoon session along with other ones in the Lokpal Bill.
  • Mr. Bhushan submitted that the court should not leave it to the political parties to pass the Lokpal law, and give directions to Parliament to amend it.
  • He pointed out how the LoP has been substituted with the single largest opposition party leader in other laws concerned with the appointments of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, the CBI chief and the Chief Information Commissioner.
  • The SC had earlier criticised the government for "dragging its feet" on the appointment of Lokpal to usher in probity in public life.

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GS II : BILATERAL INDIA-NEPAL

Army Chief to be honoured in Nepal

  • The Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, will be conferred the title "Honorary General of the Nepalese Army" during his ongoing visit to the Himalayan country.
  • Gen. Rawat is on an official visit to Nepal and Bangladesh from March 28 to April 2, his first foreign visit after assuming office.
  • General Rajendra Chettri, the Chief of the Nepalese Army, was conferred the title of "Honorary General of the Indian Army" on February 3 during his first visit to India after assuming office.
  • This tradition, a reciprocal arrangement to honour each other's Army chiefs with the honorary titles, has been continuing uninterrupted since it began in 1969.
  • From Nepal, Gen. Rawat will proceed to Bangladesh, where he will meet the President, the Prime Minister and the Chief of the Bangladesh Army.

GS II : GOVERNANCE

Stateless then, landless now

  • After living in camps for nearly 16 months, 201 families of erstwhile enclave dwellers who chose to come to India after the historic enclave swap in 2015 are demanding that they be given small pieces of land to construct houses rather than apartments.
  • Apart from approaching local district officials, the people who received citizenship rights after decades of living in a "stateless condition" have approached the Prime Minister.
  • People from the Haldibari camp in the district, which houses 96 such families, met the sub-divisional officer (SDO) of Mekhliganj on 27 March 2017 to request that they be given small pieces of land instead of apartments.
  • "We have come to know from certain reports that Rs. 22 crore will be spent on the rehabilitation of the 201 families. This would come to about Rs. 10 lakh per family and with the same money, we can be given a few cottahs of land with a small rural house on it," Joy Prakash Roy of the Haldibari camp said.
  • Forty-seven families in the Mekhliganj camp raise similar demands, and met district officials, giving them a memorandum on the issue.
  • The Trinamool Congress MP said that if those residing in these camps were willing to relocate to the interior parts of the district, where land was available, they could be provided small patches of land.
  • As per the Land Boundary Agreement between the two countries and the subsequently established protocol, 51 Bangladeshi enclaves in India and 151 Indian ones in Bangladesh were transferred on July 31, 2015.
  • While no enclave dweller from the Bangladeshi enclaves in India left for Bangladesh, 920 people of 201 families from the erstwhile Indian enclaves in Bangladesh came to India in November 2015.

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GS II : GOVERNANCE

Centre may expand social security net

  • The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's central board of trustees met to consider extending social security benefits to volunteers under anganwadi, mid-day meal and Accredited Social Health Activists (Asha) schemes.
  • The EPFO has proposed to the Labour Ministry that a lower contributory rate of 10% of income towards the Employees' Provident Fund be allowed for scheme workers as against 12% contribution stipulated for the organised workers.
  • According to estimates, there are 14 lakh anganwadi workers, 12 lakh anganwadi helpers, 25.50 lakh mid-day meal workers in the country, as per the agenda of the EPFO's central board of trustees meeting.
  • The meeting will be chaired by Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya.
  • There is no mandatory social security cover for such scheme workers at present.
  • However, the Centre can issue a notification to cover any class of establishments with a lower contributory rate under the Employees' Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952.
  • This will only be applicable to scheme workers in organisations employing at least 20 workers.
  • Providing social security coverage to the unorganised workers has been one of the key demands of the central trade unions.
  • The EPFO will also consider a proposal to increase wage ceiling for its social security coverage to Rs. 25,000 a month from Rs. 15,000 a month at present in a bid to bring more workers under the provident fund net.
  • At present, EPF is optional for employees earning more than Rs. 15,000 a month.
  • However, the move may lead to additional financial burden on the Union government as it contributes 1.16% of the employee's salary as subsidy towards the Employees' Pension Scheme.
  • The wage ceiling hike will lead to additional burden of Rs. 2,708 crore per annum on the central government, the EPFO said.
  • The previous wage ceiling was revised in September 2014 when the limit was increased from Rs. 6,500 to Rs. 15,000 per month.
  • At present, out of around 3.7 crore active members are subscribed to EPFO, close to three crore workers are those in the earning category of Rs. 15,000 and below.

 

GS III : ECONOMY

Quality checks now for Coal India's non-regulated buyers

  • As part of the ongoing thrust on quality, Coal India Ltd. will start validation of coal supplies by a third party for non-regulated sectors (cement, steel and others) by April, Coal India Ltd. Director (Marketing) S.N. Prasad said.
  • In August 2016, a tripartite agreement was executed among coal companies, the regulated sector (power, fertiliser and defence) and the Central Institute for Mining and Fuel Research for third party sampling.
  • The IIT (Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad) and the Quality Council of India will validate the quality for the non-regulated sectors which account for about 20% of coal consumption.

 

GS III : ECONOMY

‘Bitcoin not authorized by Reserve Bank of India'

  • The Centre on 28 March 2017 said use of Bitcoins has not been authorised by RBI and could breach anti-money laundering provisions.
  • The RBI has warned users of Bitcoin, about the financial, legal and security risks.
  • "No regulatory approval, registration or authorisation is stated to have been obtained by the entities concerned for carrying on such activities," Minister of State for Finance, A.R. Meghwal said.

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GS II : GOVERNANCE

Northeast may get subsidised capital

  • "It is a challenge to access funds in India," said Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Secretary Ramesh Abhishek.
  • "Cost of funds is high, and the government is working to bring this down and make funds easily accessible.
  • We have interest subsidy schemes specifically for more difficult areas like the northeast.
  • We are trying to come out with an industrial policy for backward areas of northeast and the Himalayan States and we are going to see how we can subsidise the cost of capital in these areas," he said at an interactive session on Make In India initiative online.
  • Mr. Abhishek said norms were yet to be announced by the regulators concerned, including the RBI and the SEBI, regarding regulations for online lending platforms.
  • Mr. Abhishek said Invest India - the national investment promotion agency - in the last one and a half years had promoted foreign investments to the tune of $70 billion, of which already $3.1 billion worth of investments had come into the country.

 

GS III : ENVIRONMENT BIODIVERSITY

Footage of wild Thai tiger cubs sparks hope

  • Conservationists on 28 March 2017 hailed the discovery of a new breeding population of tigers in Thailand as a "miraculous" victory for a sub-species nearly wiped out by poaching.
  • Images of some tigers including six cubs, captured by camera traps in an eastern Thai jungle throughout 2016, confirm the presence of what is only the world's second known breeding population of the endangered Indochinese tiger.
  • The only other growing population - the largest in the world with about three dozen tigers - is based in a western forest corridor in Thailand near the border with Myanmar.
  • Indochinese tigers, which are generally smaller than their Bengal and Siberian counterparts, once roamed across much of Asia.
  • But today only an estimated 221 remain, with the vast majority in Thailand and a handful in neighbouring Myanmar.
  • Aggressive poaching, weak law enforcement and habitat loss has rendered the animals all but extinct in southern China, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, according to scientists.
  • Tiger farms around the region have also boosted the trafficking trade by propping up demand for tiger parts, which are treasured as talismans and used in traditional medicines popular in China.

 

GS III : SCIENCE -BIOLOGY

How primates got big brains

  • Large brain sizes in primates may have been a result of their diverse diet, which included fruits and vegetables, rather than living complex social lives, scientists have found.
  • These results call into question "the social brain hypothesis," which has posited that humans and primates are big-brained due to factors pertaining to social living.
  • The findings reinforce the notion that human and primate brain evolution may be driven by differences in feeding rather than in socialisation.
  • They took into account food consumption across the studied species - folivores (leaves), frugivores (fruit), frugivores/folivores, and omnivores (addition of animal protein) - as well as several measures of sociality, such as group size, social system, and mating system.
  • Results showed that brain size is predicted by diet rather than by the various measures of sociality - after controlling for body size and phylogeny.
  • Frugivores and frugivore/folivores exhibit larger brains than folivores and, to a lesser extent, omnivores show significantly larger brains than folivores.
  • "Fruit is patchier in space and time in the environment, and the consumption of it often involves extraction from difficult-to-reach-places or protective skins," said Mr. DeCasien.
  • "Together, these factors may lead to the need for relatively greater cognitive complexity and flexibility in frugivorous species," he said.

 


 

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3. GS II : POLITY BILL/ACT Can't appoint Lokpal for now, Centre tells SC
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