Lok Sabha passes Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018
On 19th July 2018, the Lok Sabha passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018.
Lok Sabha passes Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018:
i. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018 will replace the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance promulgated by President Ram Nath Kovind in April 2018.
ii. The bill gives authorities power to attach and confiscate the proceeds of crime and properties of fraudsters and loan defaulters who flee India.
iii. Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said that, this will ensure that justice is not denied. He added that, the Government wants to bring back big defaulters in front of the law.
iv. He said that, cases where the total value involved in such offences is 100 crore rupees or more, will come under its view.
Some important lakes in India:
♦ Pandoh Lake – Himachal Pradesh
♦ Prashar Lake – Himachal Pradesh
♦ Renuka Lake – Himachal Pradesh
Govt launched a new technology called the MicroDot technology to check vehicle thefts
On July 18, 2018, Government has announced the launch of a new MicroDot Technology that would help check on vehicle thefts.
i. Under this thousands of small dots laser etched will be sprayed with a vehicle identification number on all over the vehicle’s body including its engine.
ii. This technology is yet to be finalized by the highest automobile technical standard making body CMVR-TSC.
iii. Delhi Police officials has been associated with this project as per transport ministry’s order.
i. 2.14 lakh vehicles are stolen across India annually.
ii. Delhi tops the list with 38,644 in 2016 which is 100 on a daily basis.
iii. The state of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra follows the list with 34,480 and 22,435 number of vehicles, respectively.
iv. 41,000 vehicles were stolen in 2017 that is 30 vehicles a month.
v. The auto-lifters take out the engines along with the other valuable parts and thereafter, they destroy the vehicle. Thus, most of the vehicles stolen go untraced.
4th Maritime Affairs Dialogue between India and Japan held in New Delhi
On July 20, 2018, The Ministry of External Affairs announced the fourth round of Maritime Affairs Dialogue between India and Japan that was held in New Delhi.
From the Indian side:
Pankaj Sharma, Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs) in the MEA.
From the Japanese Side:
Ambassador Kansuke Nagaoka, Policy Planning and International Security Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Aimed at discussing key issues related to the Indo-Pacific region and maritime security.
i. Key issues were : maritime security, cooperation in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), Search and Rescue (SAR).
ii. Also means of further strengthening the bilateral cooperation in the above areas were discussed.
i. Apart from the Dialogue , the seventh round of the India-Japan Bilateral Consultations were held.
ii. The Indian delegation was led by Pankaj Sharma,Joint Secretary(Disarmament and International Security Affairs) in the MEA.
iii. The Japanese side was led by Tomoyuki Yoshida, Director-General, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
iv. The key areas discussed were: Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Export Control.
International conference on “Empowering Women: Fostering Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability” organized by NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform
On 16th and 17th July 2018, a 2 day International conference on “Empowering Women: Fostering Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability” was organized by NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) and Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Office of International Programmes (OIP) University of Delhi.
Empowering Women: Fostering Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability:
i. The Inaugural event was presided by Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India as Chief Guest.
ii. Dr Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry was the Guest of Honor. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, and Ajay S. Shri Ram, Chairman, Governing Body, SRCC were also present.
iii. After the inaugural event, a Plenary Session and Panel Discussions were held. Discussions were held on topics like, how women-led enterprises enable change, how innovation can contribute to societal good and how technology and sustainability are complementary etc.
iv. Eminent personalities both from India and other countries took part in the conference.
v. Representatives were from Canada, United States of America, Australia, Ethopia, Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh and Thailand etc.
vi. Paper presentations were conducted on ‘Empowering Women’. Business and entrepreneurship oriented competitions were also conducted.
Some important dams in India:
♦ Parbati II Dam – Parbati River
♦ Chakra Dam – Chakra River
♦ Bandardhara Dam – Paravara River
Punjab tourism and cultural affairs minister Navjot Singh Sidhu unveils plan to develop Virasat-e-Khalsa
On 20th July 2018, Punjab tourism and cultural affairs minister Navjot Singh Sidhu finalized a blue print to further develop Virasat-e-Khalsa, a museum of the Sikhs, at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab.
Navjot Singh Sidhu unveils plan to develop Virasat-e-Khalsa:
i. Navjot Singh Sidhu said that, as Virasat-e-Khalsa attracts large number of tourist from all over the world, we need to develop tented accommodation, budget hotels, food courts and souvenir shops on that area.
ii. He also directed the foundation to get a comprehensive layout plan prepared from the architects to further develop the infrastructural facilities over remaining piece of 60 acres land.
iii. He said that, the Government of India under Swadesh Darshan Scheme had already approved Rs 99 crore for the development of historical and religious sites in Punjab.
iv. Out of this Rs 29 crore will be exclusively used for the all round development of Anandpur Sahib.
Some important museums in Punjab:
♦ Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (National Institute of Sports) – Patiala
♦ Sanghol Museum – Sanghol
♦ Sikh Ajaibghar – Balongi
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu launches e-Pragati core platform
On 19th July 2018, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu launched ‘e-Pragati core platform’ at Undavalli, Andhra Pradesh.
i. e-Pragati is a forward-looking digital initiative. It aims to connect citizens to 34 departments, 336 autonomous organisations and 745-plus services.
ii. Andhra Pradesh aims to realise the vision of ‘Sunrise AP 2022’ through this project.
iii. The e-Pragati authority will achieve the goals of the project by supporting the 7 development missions launched in the areas of e-Governance, Social Empowerment, Skill Development, Urban Development, Infrastructure, Industrial Development and the Services sector.
iv. N. Chandrababu Naidu said that, e-Pragati will act as a platform to connect all departments and stand alone to resolve the issues.
v. He said that, there should be coordination between citizens and the government to solve various issues.
vi. IT Minister Nara Lokesh said that, certificate-less admissions have been introduced in Andhra Pradesh. Issue of driving licences have also been made online.
vii .CEO of e-Pragati is N. Balasubrahmanyam. EY (erstwhile Ernst & Young) had played a major role in enabling the project.
viii. project was initially estimated to cost RS 1,500 crore. Later it was reduced to Rs 800 crore.
ix. Nearly 180-plus certificates, licences & permits will be available online. 100 plus mobile apps will be listed on App Store.
Some power plants in Andhra Pradesh:
♦ Simhadri Super Thermal Power Plant
♦ Sri Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station
A world class exhibition on four eminent personalities of Bengal to be organized at National Library in Kolkata
A world class exhibition on 4 eminent personalities of Bengal: Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Netaji Subha Chandra Bose, Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee will be organized soon at National Library in Kolkata on a permanent basis.
World class exhibition on 4 eminent personalities of Bengal:
i. This announcement was made by Raghvendra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture on 19th July 2018.
ii. He reviewing restoration, renovation and modernization works carried out by the Central Public Work Department (CPWD) at the Belvedere House of the National Library.
iii. He said that, literary festivals will also be held there. Permanent art galleries with paintings and pictures of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, sculptures and antiquities will be displayed.
iv. He said that all the renovation and revamping works will be finished before Durga Puja at a cost of nearly Rs. 8 crore.
v. He said that, a National Gallery of Modern Art of Kolkata Chapter will be opened at the Old Currency Building in Kolkata.
vi. He said that, the building would be adorned with paintings of painter Ramkinker Baij and paintings of other painters. Concert will be conducted in the ground floor.
vii. Restoration and renovation works at the Old Currency Building will be finished before Durga Puja at a cost of Rs. 3 crore.
viii. Currency Building was built in the nineteenth century (1833 CE). Initially it housed the Agra Bank Ltd. Later, it was used by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for housing the issue and exchange of government paper currency.
Some National Parks in West Bengal:
♦ Jaldapara National Park
♦ Gorumara National Park
♦ Neora Valley National Park