Punjab police launches foot patrolling in all districts
On October 16, 2017, Punjab police launched foot patrolling i.e. an initiative whereby police personnel will patrol designated areas on foot to keep a watch on anti-social elements.
Foot Patrolling by Punjab Police:
i. This initiative has been launched in all districts of Punjab.
ii. Objective of foot patrolling is to reduce incidence of crime by increasing the presence of police in vulnerable locations.
iii. Patrolling by police officials in this way would not only ensure safety and security of women, children and senior citizens but will also build a bridge for people-friendly policing.
iv. Foot patrol will be done by designated officers in their respective areas round the clock every day in eight-hour shifts.
v. All foot patrol officers will be wearing jungle boots, specially designed arm-band and will carry weapons, baton, handcuffs and wireless sets.
vi. Impact of this initiative will be evaluated at regular intervals.
Footwear Design & Development Institute Act 2017 comes into force
Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) has been declared an ‘Institute of National Importance’ as the provisions FDDI Act 2017 have come into force from October 16, 2017.
i. With the provisions of FDDI Act 2017 coming into force, FDDI will now be upgraded to deal with international standards and address the shortage of trained human resource in the sector.
ii. Courses leading to graduate and post graduate degrees, doctoral and post-doctoral courses and research in the areas of footwear and leather products design and development and allied fields will now be developed and conducted independently by FDDI.
About Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI):
FDDI was established up by the Govt. of India in 1986 with an objective to provide human resource and technical services to the industry.
♦ It was established under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
♦ Headquarters of FDDI is located in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
♦ It has campuses in Noida, Fursatganj (Raebareli), Guna, Chennai, Kolkata, Rohtak, Chhindwara and Jodhpur.
Agricultural Minister Radha Mohan Singh reviews Project CHAMAN, likely to be completed by March 2018
On 16th October 2017, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh reviewed Project CHAMAN during a presentation on the project in New Delhi.
i. In order to provide strategic development to the horticulture sector, and to increase farmers income, a pioneer project called CHAMAN, was launched 3 years ago by the Government.
ii. This project is being implemented by Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC) using remote sensing technology. It is likely to be completed in March 2018.
iii. This project gives methodology for preparing reliable estimates of horticulture crops. This methodology will help the farmers to generate better income.
iv. The Minister informed that, it is proposed to hand over the interim reports of North Eastern States Site Suitability Studies to the respective State Governments by January 2018 for immediate consideration.
About Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC):
♦ Objective – to provide in-season crop forecasts and assessment of drought situation
♦ Director – Dr.Shibendu S. Ray
Pakistan-Iran sign deal to boost border security
Pakistan and Iran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve border security between the two countries.
More Details about deal between Pakistan-Iran sign to boost border security:
i. This MoU was signed in Gwadar, Pakistan during the 21st two-day meeting of Pak-Iran Joint Border Commission.
ii. Provincial Chief Secretary Aurangzeb Haque represented the Pakistani side while Iranian side was headed by Deputy Governor of Sistan-Balochistan province, Ali Asghar Mir Shikari.
iii. Issues discussed during this meeting included border situation, security matters, immigration and border trade between two countries.
iv. Iran and Pakistan have also committed to end drugs smuggling, intrusion of illegal immigrants and not supporting terrorist activities on their soil against each other.
Quick Facts about Pakistan and Iran:
|Current Head of Government||Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi||Hassan Rouhani|