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Current Affairs and GK Digest 5th September 2015

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Current Affairs and GK Digest 5th September 2015

1. SAARC countries’ conference on Disaster Mitigation begins in New Delhi

SAARC - News Updates 5th September

SAARC – News Updates 5th September

Disaster Mitigation conference of member counties of South Asian Association on Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has begun in New Delhi on 3 September 2015. The two day conference seeks to chalk out and undertake various joint efforts on various issues related to disaster mapping and mitigation in the member nations. Key facts The conference is being held by keeping in mind the prevalent geo-climatic conditions as well as increased frequency of natural disaster and calamities in the SAARC region. It is also being held in the wake of the recent Nepal earthquake (April 2015). Read More

2. RBI to issue Rs 5 coin on golden jubilee of 1965 Indo-Pak war

RBI - News Updates 5th September

RBI – News Updates 5th September

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to issue coins of 5 rupees denomination to commemorate golden jubilee year of Indo-Pak War 1965. These coins will be issued under in The Coinage Act, 2011 and will be considered as legal a tender. Features of Coin Obverse side: It will bear Lion Capital of Ashoka Pillar in the centre and Satyamev Jayate will be inscribed below it. Reverse side: In the centre it will bear image of ‘Amar Jawan’ monument along with the design of olive leaves branch on its left and right sides. The year 2015 will be written below the image of the monument. It will bear inscription ‘VALOUR AND SACRIFICE’ in English on the right upper periphery and ‘Veerata Aur Balidan’ in Devnagri script on the left upper periphery. Read More

3. India, Australia agree to deepen bilateral Defence Partnership

India, Australia - News Updates 5th September

India, Australia – News Updates 5th September

India and Australia have agreed to deepen their bilateral defence partnership based on their shared strategic interests by setting up of a joint working group on defence research and material cooperation. This decision was taken after the delegation-level talks between Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his visiting Australian counterpart Kevin Andrews in New Delhi. Both sides also decided Focus on maritime security ties in the Indian Ocean region and acknowledged the importance of freedom of maritime navigation. First-ever bilateral Maritime exercise AUSINDEX between both countries is scheduled to be held in September 2015. Read More

4. Union Government cancels registration of Greenpeace India

Union Government has cancelled licence of Greenpeace India, a non-profit Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) to receive foreign donations. The license was cancelled by Union Ministry of Home Affairs as per under Section 13 of Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA), 2011. Henceforth, Greenpeace India will be not able to receive any kind of foreign donations from its international network. Earlier in April 2015, MHA had suspended the license of Greenpeace India for six months for mixing foreign and domestic funds and not disclosing the movement of its funds. Greenpeace India had filed a petition challenging this suspension in the Delhi High Court. The court had allowed the NGO to use two of its accounts for the purpose of receiving and utilising fresh domestic donations for its day-to-day functioning. Read More

5. Haryana Government wins Skoch Order-of-Merit National award for implementing e-governance, IT

Haryana Government has won the Skoch Order-of-Merit national award for implementing 6 e-Governance and IT initiatives in the state. It was announced by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in the state Assembly on the second day of the monsoon session. The award will be presented to the state government on 22-23 September, 2015. Haryana Government has notified 163 e-Governance services which would be delivered to the citizens at their doorsteps with a view to provide time-bound and hassle-free services. About Skoch Order-of-Merit national award Bestowed upon top performing government organisations and private organisations working with the government. Read More

6. Punjab Government establishes Special MGNREGA cell

Punjab Government has established a special MGNREGA cell to coordinate effective implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the state. It has been established by Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Department at Chandigarh with an outlay of 233 crore rupees. This cell will monitor implementation of Union Government’s flagship 100 days employment guarantee scheme of MGNREGA. It will also monitor the wage rate under MGNREGA which has been fixed by Union Government on the basis of consumer Price Index- Agricultural Labourers (CPI-AL) which is implemented on 1st April every year and will be applicable for whole financial year. Read More

7. India to launch Indonesian satellite LAPAN A2/Orari

India will launch Indonesia’s second multi-spectral remote sensing satellite LAPAN A2/Orari. The satellite will be launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on September 27, 2015. About LAPAN A2/Orari satellite It is Indonesia’s domestically-made satellite and is successor to LAPAN A1/Tubsat satellite. It was produced entirely by the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) of Indonesia in 2012. Satellite on its board is equipped with an automatic packet reporting system to aid disaster mitigation especially for monitoring floods, changes in the sea level and movements of the population. Read More

8. India, UAE agree to increase bilateral trade by 60% in next 5 years

India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to enhance cooperation in different areas including trade, commerce, energy, defence, space, investments, security and combating Crime. Both sides reached to these agreements at the 11th session of the India-UAE Joint Commission meeting held in New Delhi. It was co-chaired by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her visiting counterpart, Foreign Minister of UAE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. Key decisions Both sides will increase the bilateral trade by 60 per cent over the next 5 years. India will encourage UAE’s investment institutions to raise investments in India. Read More


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