Central government constituted a Panel headed by CWC chairman to coordinate the discharge of floodwaters from Kerala-TN inter-State projects
On August 17, 2018, on the event of heavy rainfall and flood in Kerala, the Central government has constituted a coordination committee to work on the discharge of floodwaters between Kerala-Tamilnadu.
i. The committee is headed by the Central Water Commission Chairman Narendra Kumar to coordinate the discharge of floodwaters from inter-State projects involving Kerala and Tamil Nadu,
ii. The inter-state projects would include Mullaperiyar and Aliyar.
iii. The Chairman of the CWC will monitor the situation at Mullaperiyar dam in view of rising water level and continued heavy inflow.
As the water level Mullaperiyar has crossed 142 ft the Supreme Court has approved the application seeking Central governments intervention in the matter.
♦ Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan.
♦ Capital: Thiruvananthapuram.
♦ National Parks: Anamudi Shola National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Mathikettan Shola National Park, Pambadum Shola National Park, Periyar National Park, Silent Valley National Park.
♦ Dams: Mullaperiyar Dam, Idukki Dam, Idamalayar Dam, Banasura Sagar Dam.
♦ Kerala has 44 rivers and 42 dams.
Campaign against sexual abuse of children launched by Amnesty International India
On August 17, 2018, Amnesty International India launched a new campaign named ‘Our Safety, Our Rights’, among children against sexual abuse.
The campaign will culminate on October 11 – International Day of the Girl Child.
To help them understand and identify sexual abuse.
i. The campaign in collaboration with Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, People’s Action for Rural Awakening (PARA) and Institute of Social Education.
ii. 50,000 students, parents, teachers and children from 400 schools, across four Indian states will be participating in this campaign.
iii. This include schools in Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education network in Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
iv. This would empower children to speak up and report sexual abuse without fear.
Amnesty International India:
♦ Headquarters: Bengaluru.
♦ Founded: 1966 in Bihar.
♦ Motto: Global Defenders of Human Rights.
POCSO or The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012 was established to protect the children against offences like sexual abuse, sexual harassment and pornography.
It received the President’s assent on June 19, 2012
International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology (iCRAFPT) gets held at IIFPT, Thanjavur
On August 17, 2018, commemorating its golden jubilee ‘iCRAFPT ’18’ , the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), started an international conference on recent advances in food processing technology till August 19, 2018 at its campus in Thanjavur.
i. It would be inaugurated by union minister of food processing industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
ii. The theme of the conference is: ‘Doubling Farmers Income through Food Processing’
iii. In the event:
iv. A total of 1800 registered participants have taken part in this event.
About Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology:
♦ The Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (Formerly Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology) is Research and Educational Institution under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India.
♦ Headquarters: Thanjavur .
Panel headed by B Sesikeran to review red-labelling draft of FSSAI
On August 17, 2018, bill for red-labelling of packaged products containing fat, sugar and salt has been halted by the government as per FSSAI’s report.
i. Additionally, a group of experts from health and nutrition background has been set up to look into the issue of labeling.
ii. The group is headed by B Sesikeran, former director of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) as well as the current director Hemalatha and doctor Nikhil Tandon.
iii. It will study in detail the concerns of the industry and make recommendations.
Although FSSAI CEO suggest that Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will go ahead with the labelling norms even if there is no full consensus on the matter after the panel’s suggestions.
About Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations 2018:
In April, food safety regulator FSSAI had come out with the draft of Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations 2018 that proposed mandatory red-label marking on packaged products for the consumer to identify between healthy and un-healthy food.
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi.
♦ CEO: Pawan Kumar Agarwal.
Special film festival themed “Freedom Struggle & Freedom Fighters” held in Mumbai
On 15th August 2018, a special film festival on the theme “Freedom Struggle and Freedom Fighters” was held to mark India’s 72nd Independence Day, in Mumbai.
i. The festival was organized by Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
ii. It was inaugurated by Smt. Rama Khandwala, a freedom fighter and Indian National Army (INA) veteran.
iii. Documentary films on freedom struggle and freedom fighters were screened at the festival.