This brief collection of important news from national dailies and government releases on PIB useful for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc.)
National Important Current Affairs – 7 September 2017
■ The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that an expert committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of former apex court judge Justice BN Srikrishna to identify key data protection issues in India and recommend methods to address them. The committee will study various issues and make specific suggestions for consideration of the government on the principles to be considered for data protection.
■ A special TADA court has announced death penalty for Tahir Merchant and Feroze Khan, the two convicts in the 1993 Mumbai Blasts case. It has also announced life imprisonment for Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan. The fifth convict, Riyaz Siddiqui was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
■ The NITI Aayog has constituted Expert Task Force to provide major thrust to job creation by enhancing India’s exports. Head of this Taskforce is Dr Rajiv Kumar (NITI Aayog Vice Chairman). The task force will give sector-specific recommendations in key employment sectors for policy interventions and suggest measures to enhance trade in services with high employment potential.
■ In order to provide a digital platform to teacher, the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) has launched Diksha Portal (diksha.gov.in). This portal will serve as National Digital Infrastructure for Teachers.
- Diksha portal launched with a tagline “National Digital Infrastructures for Our Teacher Our Teacher”.
- The portal will consist the whole teacher’s life cycle – from the time they were enrolled as student teachers in Teacher Education Institutes (TEIs) to after they retire as teachers.
- Teacher can learn and train themselves for which assessment resources will be available.
- The complete work and accomplishment of teachers in Teacher’s educational institutes will be recorded from start to end point till their retirement.
Teacher can use the DIKSHA portal for the following:
- Teacher training content.
- Teacher profile.
- In-class resources.
- Assessment aids.
- News and announcement.
- Teacher community.
This portal will help teachers boost their teaching skills and create their own profile with their skills and knowledge. Not only the government, private institutes and NGO’s are also allowed to participate in the Diksha initiative.
■ The labour ministry has clarified that the Centre has not fixed Rs 18,000 as national minimum monthly wage under the Code on Wages Bill. It has also denied any move to revise the formula of fixing wages by increasing the number of family members from three to six, as demanded by trade unions.
The statement comes as a big relief to employers who have been “apprehensive” about the move, saying it would affect their competitiveness, but deals a blow to trade unions, who have been demanding higher minimum wages.
The Minimum Wages Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha last month. It seeks to consolidate laws relating to wages by replacing: (i) the Payment of Wages Act, 1936, (ii) the Minimum Wages Act, 1949, (iii) the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, and (iv) the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976.
The Code will apply to establishments where any industry, trade, business, manufacturing or occupation is carried out. This will also include government establishments. The Code specifies that the central or state governments will review or revise the minimum wage every five years.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 7 September 2017
■ External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is on a 3-day visit to Russia. During this visit, she is set to attend the 3rd Eastern Economic Forum which will deliberate on pressing issues relating to global trade. She held bilateral talks with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during which various issues relating to trade, investment and defence cooperation were discussed.
■ The 7th edition of India-Sri Lanka joint maritime naval exercise SLINEX 2017 has started near Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) in Bay of Bengal. This exercise will be held during 7th to 14th September 2017. I is aimed at reinforcing strong neighbourly ties between India and Sri Lanka by extensive maritime interaction and improved understanding.
■ Stepping up cooperation between the two coast guards, India has formally handed over ‘Varuna,’ an offshore patrol vessel to Sri Lanka.
■ Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that India will grant “gratis visa” (no-cost) to Myanmarese citizens wanting to visit the country.
- Gratis visa is generally granted to those travelling to the country on invitation of the government as its guest.
- It is also granted to diplomats and UN officials traveling on duty.
- Those granted scholarship under cultural exchange programmes are also granted gratis visa.
Currently, the government issues gratis visas to nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, North Korea, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius and South Africa, among others, as per the Ministry of External Affairs.
■ India and Japan have agreed to collaborate closely in defence production, including on dual-use technologies. Decision in this regard was taken at the India-Japan annual defence ministerial dialogue held in Tokyo.
This annual dialogue is meant to further strengthen defence and security cooperation under the framework of the ‘Japan-lndia Special Strategic and Global Partnership’.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 7 September 2017
■ The Andhra Pradesh government has signed an MoU with the US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to build India’s first Hyperloop system. The planned project is aimed at connecting cities Amaravati and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, supposedly covering the distance of over 35 km in just five minutes.
■ The government has decided to bar as many as 300,000 directors of companies that have defaulted on statutory compliances from serving on the boards of other firms in order to improve corporate governance and check financial irregularities through the use of shell companies.
The ministry of corporate affairs, which regulates unlisted companies, has also decided to track down the beneficial owners of suspected shell companies and take penal action against those who divert funds from companies that are struck off the records of the Registrar of Companies (RoC).
Sports Current Affairs – 7 September 2017
■ Virat Kohli has celebrated his milestone 50th T20 international match by reaching 15,000 international runs in just 304 matches. With this, he has also became the fastest cricket do so. He has become the 33rd player to reach 15,000 runs and the only one with an average of above 50.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”
Q1.NTPC has signed a Rs 3,000-crore term loan agreement with which bank for partially funding its capital expenditure?
- A) State Bank of India
- B) Bandhan Bank
- C) ICICI Bank
- D) HDFC Bank
Q2. Who has been appointed as the new Chairperson of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)?
- A) Tina Joshi
- B) Pritam Chaturvedi
- C) Prasoon Joshi
- D) Anita Karwal
Answer these questions in the comments below. We encourage you to discuss your thoughts on the news and issues mentioned in today’s current affairs post. The idea is to promote healthy discussions on interesting issues to make preparation fun. Have a good day!
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