14 August 2017 Current Affairs : Janmashtami, Telecom suspension rules, ‘Shaurya’, Indo-Russia Indra, IONS

///14 August 2017 Current Affairs : Janmashtami, Telecom suspension rules, ‘Shaurya’, Indo-Russia Indra, IONS

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National Important Current Affairs – 14 August 2017

■ 14th August is being celebrated across the country as the festival of Janmashtami – the eighth day of the Hindu month of Shravan – which is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna, considered Lord Vishnu’s incarnation.


■ The government has issued the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency and Public Safety) Rules, 2017. In order to fill the lack of a comprehensive guideline for situations of disturbed law and order. The government often suspends telecom services in disturbed areas with an aim to maintain law and order, but due to lack of a comprehensive rule had created confusion among the law enforcing agencies.

Now, the Union and state home secretary can order suspension of telecom services in a given area in case of emergency. Under unavoidable circumstances, where obtaining of prior direction is not feasible, such order may be issued by an officer, not below the rank of a joint secretary to the Government of India, duly authorised by the Union home secretary or the state home secretary. Such order will have to be approved within 24 hors by the HOME SECRETARY.

According to these rules, a copy of any order issued for suspension of telecom services needs to be forwarded to a three-member review committee headed by Chief Secretary of State or Cabinet secretary at centre, within 24 hours along with the reason. The new rules make it binding for the committee to meet and review the order within five working days from the date the order is issued.


■ The first phase of National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) has become operational, to scan the country’s web traffic to detect cyber security threats at metadata level.  It is a multi-stakeholder cyber-security and e-surveillance agency implemented by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It will be India’s 1st layer for cyber threat monitoring and all communication with government and private service providers will be monitored by it.


■ Indian Coast Guard ship “Shaurya”, which is the fifth in the series of six 105-metre offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), has been commissioned in Goa. It is built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries.

The ship is designed to carry a light helicopter and 5 high-speed boats, for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.

The OPV, which draws 2,350 tonne and is propelled by 9100 kilowatt diesel engine, has 30mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, integrated bridge system, integrated machinery control system, power management system and high-power external fire fighting system.


■ ‘Gaj Yatra’, a nationwide campaign to protect elephants, has been launched recently by the government on the occasion of World Elephant Day. The campaign is planned to cover 12 elephant range states. It is a 15 months campaign which will be led by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). The campaign aims to create awareness about elephant corridors to encourage free movement in their habitat.


Note that : Asian elephants as “endangered” in the IUCN Red List of threatened species, but African elephants are listed as “vulnerable”.


International Current Affairs Capsule – 14 August 2017

India and Russia increase their military ties further by holding a mega war game “Indra” in October involving their armies, navies and the air forces for the first time.

The exercise Indra will be held in Russia in October, primarily focussing on achieving coordination between forces of the two countries in a tri-services integrated theatre command scenario. This is going to be the first time India will participate in a tri-services exercise with a foreign country with such a large scale. This assumes significance amidst the deteriorating ties with China over Doklam standoff.


■ Indian Navy will be joining the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in a maiden maritime search and rescue exercise to be chaired by Bangladesh at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) to be held in November this year.

Bangladesh is scheduling a maiden International Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) in November in the Bay of Bengal to be attended by ships and aircraft of the members and observers of the IONS.

About IONS : 

The IONS is a regional forum of Indian Ocean littoral states, represented by their Navy chiefs, which was launched by India as a voluntary initiative in February 2008. It presently has 23 members and nine observers. It seeks to increase maritime co-operation among navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region by providing an open and inclusive forum for discussion of regionally relevant maritime issues.


■ The landlocked country of Central Africa, Republic of Chad is releasing a Limited edition Lord Krishna silver coin on the occasion of Janmashtami in commemoration of the 5,244th birth anniversary of the Hindu Deity.


Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 14 August 2017

■ The government has taken the first step to deal with duty free imports of gold jewellery and coins from South Korea under the ASEAN Free Trade agreement (FTA).  Domestic trade associations have alleged that such imports are distorting the market by putting those importing bullion at 10% duty at a distinct disadvantage. The customs department is now seeking a bank guarantee equivalent of the usual 10 per cent from traders to neutralise the impact of the clause.




“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”

Q1. Which state government has launched mobile therapy vans for elderly people?

  • A) Bihar
  • B) Gujarat
  • C) Uttar Pradesh
  • D) Karnataka


Q2. What is the Sustainable Development Goal seven (SDG 7) related to?

  • A) Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • B) Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
  • C) Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • D)Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.


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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