Eastern Air Command commanders’ conference held in Shillong
On 21st and 22nd November 2017, conference of all Commanders of Eastern Air Command was held at Shillong.
Eastern Air Command commanders’ conference:
i. Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa addressed the EAC Commanders. The conference was hosted by Air Marshal Anil Khosla, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command.
ii. Mrs. Kamalpreet Dhanoa, President of Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) also participated. A ceremonial Guard of Honour was also presented to the CAS on his arrival at Shillong.
iii.During the conference, the Air Chief Marshal awarded Trophies to the Commanders for achieving excellence in the fields of Operations, Maintenance and Administration.
iv. Air Force Station, Chabua was awarded the ‘Pride of EAC’ Trophy, for standing best in overall performance. Air Force Station, Laitkor Peak was awarded the ‘Best Non-Flying Station’.
About Eastern Air Command:
♦ Headquarters – Shillong
♦ Role – Air Defence, Offensive Ground Support, Civilian Relief etc.
♦ Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief – Anil Khosla
Centre bans artificial lights in mechanised fishing vessels
On the World Fisheries Day (21st November 2017), Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, the Centre has banned use of LED lights and other artificial lights on mechanised fishing vessels in order to protect the marine ecology.
Artificial lights banned in mechanized fishing vessels:
i. The government has also prohibited the practice of bull-trawling, purse seining and gill netting operations in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) beyond territorial waters. A notification in this regard has been issued on 10th November 2017.
ii. The decision was taken after coastal States, including Goa, made a representation to the Centre to prohibit these activities to save the marine ecology.
iii. He said, fishing ban has been exempted during monsoon period to traditional fishermen in the area of EEZ beyond 12 nautical miles which is regulated by the government.
iv. Also, the duration of fishing ban has been increased from 47 days to 61 days, with the consent of all coastal State Governments.
About Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT):
♦ Location – Kochi, Kerala
♦ Established – 1954
♦ Subsidiary of – Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
Cabinet gives nod to wage policy framework for CPSE workers
On November 22, 2017, Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modiapproved the ‘Wage Policy’ framework for the 8th Round of Wage negotiations for workmen in central public sector enterprises (CPSEs).
More Information about ‘Wage Policy’ Framework for CPSEs:
i. This decision will impact 9.35 lakh unionised workmen in central public sector enterprises. \
ii. Wage revision of unionised workmen is decided through negotiations by trade unions and managements of CPSEs.
iii. The terms of guidelines for wage negotiations are issued by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE).
iv. As per the guidelines, wage revision should not lead to an increase in labour cost per physical unit of output. However, cases, where central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) are already working at optimum capacity, Department of Public Enterprises should be consulted by the respective administrative ministry/department.
International Seminar on Indian Space Programme held in New Delhi
International Seminar on Indian Space Programme: ‘Trends and Opportunities for Industry’ was inaugurated in New Delhi on November 20, 2017.
More Information about International Seminar on Indian Space Programme, New Delhi:
i. The seminar was jointly organised by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Antrix Corporation Limited (the commercial arm of ISRO) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
ii. Objective of this seminar was to deliberate on the best practices in space sector and to develop a coherent framework for enabling the domestic and global expansion of India’s Space Sector.
iii. The seminar also highlighted the recent achievements and major milestones of Indian Space Sector and provided information about its future programs and plans.
iv. Eminent speakers including Dr M Annadurai, Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (Bangalore), K. Sivan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Kunhikrishnan, Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre attended this seminar.
Northeast development summit held in Manipur
Manipur hosted the first- ever North East Development Summit (NEDS) 2017 in Imphal on21st and 22nd November, 2017.
Highlights of North East Development Summit (NEDS) 2017:
i. NEDS 2017 was jointly organised by Manipur State Government in collaboration with Union Commerce Ministry and India Foundation.
ii. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the summit on November 21, 2017.
iii. Objective of this summit was to showcase the economic potential and to attract investments in food processing, bamboo industry, real estate and other businesses within the state.
iv. Union Minister for Commerce and Industries, Suresh Prabhu, Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, and Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Rajeev Kumar also attended this Summit.
v. During the course of this Summit, around 20 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed between various Departments of Manipur State Government and National and International Companies/Investors.
Zurich-based think tank Horasis to hold first Asia meet in India
Zurich-based global think-tank Horasis’ first Asia Meet will be held in Kolkata, West Bengal on 26th and 27th November, 2017.
More Information about Horasis’ Asia Meet:
i. This event will be organised in partnership with West Bengal State Government.
ii. Over 350 business leaders from across 65 countries are expected to attend this event.
iii. Besides, West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal is expected to attend the event.
iv. The event will also be attended by delegates from other Asian nations like Malaysia, Philippines, Japan and Myanmar.
v. Union minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu and Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer of Niti Aayog will address the meet on the first day.
vi. Top Indian business leaders including Sanjiv Puri, CEO, ITC, Sanjiv Goenka of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group will also grace this event.
Quick Facts about Horasis:
♦ Founded in – 2005
♦ Location – Zurich, Switzerland
♦ Current Chairman – Frank-Jurgen Richter