- C’garh in niti aayog’s draft roadmap for aspirational districts
- A draft roadmap has been prepared in-house in NITI Aayog for development of North-Eastern States and similarly positioned Eastern States i.e. Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, odisha and west Bengal, a NITI Aayog report titled ‘ Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ 2018 has informed.
- The draft Road-map has been circulated to all concerned central Ministries/Departments and States for comments’
- To finalize the draft road map assistance of World Bank shall be taken and all North Eastern States, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West Bengal have been requested to provide their consent before finalization of Terms of Reference (ToR).
- The total reported area damaged >33% in these states due to drought was 0.542 lakh ha in Kerala, 6.05 lakh ha in Chhattisgarh and 18.64 lakh ha in Madhya Pradesh. The IMCTs recommended financial supports from the NDRF to the tune of Rs. 112.05 crore for Kerala; Rs. 395.91 crore for Chhattisgarh.
- In a bid to strengthen education system, in principle approval was given for declaration of 10 LWE affected blocks as educationally backward blocks. During the meeting, approval was given for sanction of additional hostels for girls and upgrade ‘Kasturba Gandhi girls’ schools to high schools. The approval was also given for providing assistance to ‘Vidya Mitan Yojana’ under National Mission for Secondary Education.
- World Immunization Week: 24 April- 30 April 2018
- World Immunization Week 2018 is celebrated from April 24 to April 30.
- Immunization is considered to be one of the most cost-effective and successful plans in the health industry.
- World Immunization Week aims at highlighting the collective effort which is needed to ensure that every person gets protection from diseases which can be prevented from vaccines.
- Theme for the year 2018 is “Protected Together, Vaccines Work”.
- International Buddhist Conference concluded in Lumbini
- International Buddhist Conference concluded in Lumbini, Nepal, which is the birth place of Gautama Buddha.
- It was organised as part of 2562nd Buddha Jayanti celebrations.
- The basic objective of the conference was to disseminate teachings of Gautam Buddha and spread the messages of nonviolence, brotherhood, co-existence, love and peace to the international community.
- First Ever Joint Army exercise on Malaysian Soil Commences
- Exercise Harimau Shakti 2018, between the Indian Army and the Malaysian Army commenced on 30 April at Wardieburn Camp, Kuala Lumpur with a brief and impressive handing over of troops ceremony.
- Lt Col Irwan Ibrahim, Commanding officer of the 1st Royal Ranger Regiment of Malaysian Army welcomed the Indian contingent and wished the Indian and Malaysian troops for a successful and mutually beneficial joint exercise.
- First phase of the two week long joint military exercise begin with the formal handing over of the Regimental Flag to the Malaysian Army signifying merging of the two contingents under one Commander.
- Pilot scheme Procurement of Aggregate Power of 2500 MW for three years
- The Government kicks off a Pilot Scheme for Procurement of Aggregate Power of 2500 MW on competitive basis for 3 (three) years under medium term i.e. from generators with commissioned projects but without Power Purchase Agreement.
- The Ministry of Power had recently issued the model bid documents, model PAPP and PPSA on 6thApril, 2018. The Guidelines for the said scheme were issued on 10th April, 2018.
- PFC Consulting Limited (A wholly owned subsidiary of PFC Ltd) has been appointed as Nodal Agency and PTC India Limited as the Aggregator.
- PTC India would sign three-year (mid-term) Agreement for Procurement of Power with successful bidders and Power Supply Agreement with the Discoms.
- Under the scheme a single entity can be allotted maximum capacity of 600 MW. The Scheme assures a minimum off-take of 55 per cent of contracted capacity.
- The Tariff will be fixed for three years without any escalation.
· West Bengal to promote cultural tourism at Darjeeling hills
- Taking on an enhancing route of tourism in the state, West Bengalchalked out development plans so as to promote cultural tourism in the hilly chilled region of Darjeeling.
- The state tourism department will be showcasing the customs, food habits and rituals of the tribal groups residing there. West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board (WBKVIB), which comes under the aegis of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Department, will be executing the project.
- Exhibiting cultural variability, West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board (WBKVIB) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 15 of the culture and development boards set up by the government.
- Taking cognizance of each of these boards, the WBKVIB will set up folk art centers, where the tribal people will be able to display their traditional dress, weapons, musical instruments and other specialties.
· Telecom Commission clears proposal for in-flight mobile services in India
- Telecom Commission today approved a proposal for allowing mobile phone calls and Internet services in domestic and international flights in India, with certain riders.
- The Telecom Commission —the highest decision making body of telecom department — also approved regulator TRAI’s recommendations on Internet telephony.
- Another proposal that received approval entails creation of an ombudsman to deal with telecom grievances.
- The ombudsman will be set up under TRAI and will require amendment to the TRAI Act.
- Nearly 10 million grievances are received per quarter in the telecom sector.
· Supreme Court wants trials in child sexual abuse cases to be fast-tracked
- The Supreme Court issued a slew of directions to all the high courts of the country regarding trial in sexual assault cases involving children.
- The Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed all high courts to ensure that the cases of sexual assault of children to be fast-tracked and decided by special courts.
- The apex court also asked the the high courts to instruct the trial courts not to grant unnecessary adjournments during trial of cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
- Earlier,the Union Cabinet had on April 21 approved the ordinance to provide stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those convicted of rape of girls below 12 years.