UPSC Daily Current Affairs-9th July 2018

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Daily Current Affairs -9th July 2018

GS-II (GOVERNANCE)

Centre plans stronger defences for key data

Centre plans stronger defences for key data

  • To review the evolving cyber threats,Ministry of Home affairs directed that the National Information Security Policy and Guidelines (NISPG) be upgraded and updated for the government sector.
  • Earlier cyber security, which was the under Home Ministry, was moved to the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) under the PMO in 2013.
  • The new policy would cover issues pertaining to the Official Secrets Act.
  • The new upgrading policy to secure government data and control access to it.
NEC plenary to discuss AFSPA, Naga accord
  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chairs a 2 day plenary meeting of the North Eastern Council (NEC) in Shillong from Monday
  • It was established in 1971, the NEC would discuss topics related to security in the region.
  • The NEC is the nodal agency for the development of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
  • The NEC chairmanship was recently transferred to the Home Minister by a decision of the Union Cabinet. It was earlier held by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region
  • The main agenda in this plenary is The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and the proposed Naga accord.

AFSPA:

  • AFSPA gives armed forces the power to maintain public order in “disturbed areas”.
  • They have the authority to prohibit a gathering of five or more persons in an area, can use force or even open fire after giving due warning if they feel a person is in contravention of the law.
  • If reasonable suspicion exists, the army can also arrest a person without a warrant; enter or search a premises without a warrant; and ban the possession of firearms.
  • Any person arrested or taken into custody may be handed over to the officer in charge of the nearest police station along with a report detailing the circumstances that led to the arrest.
  • A disturbed area is one which is declared by notification under Section 3 of the AFSPA.
  • The Central Government, or the Governor of the State or administrator of the Union Territory can declare the whole or part of the State or Union Territory as a disturbed area.
  • It is effective in the whole of Nagaland, Assam, Manipur (excluding seven assembly constituencies of Imphal) and parts of Arunachal Pradesh. The Centre revoked it in Meghalaya on April 1, 2018.

GS-II (International Affairs)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in On 4-Day Visit to India

  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in New Delhi evening on a four-day visit to India. He is being accompanied by First Lady Kim Jung-sook on his maiden visit to the nation.
  • A financing arrangement of 10 billion dollars has been set by the Korean side for infrastructure development in India.
  • Major items of India’s exports to Korea are mineral fuels/oil distillates, cereals, iron and steel.

GS-I(History)

Prakash Javadekar Inaugurates 17th World Sanskrit Conference in Canada

  • Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 17th World Sanskrit Conference held at Vancouver, Canada.
  • The purpose of this conference is to promote, preserve and practice the Sanskrit language all over the world by the people.
  • The World Sanskrit Conference is being held in various countries across the globe once in every three years and so far it has been held thrice in India.

Sanskrit in India:

  • Sanskrit is a standardized dialect of Old Indo-Aryan, having originated in the 2nd millennium BCE as Vedic Sanskrit and tracing its linguistic ancestry back to the Proto-Indo-Aryan language (from which Vedic Sanskrit differs marginally), Proto-Indo-Iranian and the Proto-Indo-European language.
  • Sanskrit, as defined by Pāṇini, evolved out of the earlier Vedic form.
  • It is today one of the 22 languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India, which mandates the Indian government to develop the language.
  • It continues to be widely used as a ceremonial language in Hindu religious rituals and Buddhist practice in the form of hymns and chants.

GS-III(ENVIRONMENT)

Government Sets Noise Standards for Airports across India

  • The Union Environment Ministry has issued a notification setting noise standards for all airports across the country. The limits, however, exclude defense aircrafts, and those that are landing and taking off.
  • The rules state that busy airports a civil airport with more than 50,000 aircraft movements per year (take-off or a landing) should not exceed noise levels beyond 75 dB(A) Leq (decibels) during the daytime (6am to 10pm) and 65 dBA during the night (10pm to 6am).
  • All other airports an airport having more than 15,000 but less than 50,000 movements annually should not exceed levels beyond 65 dBA during the day and 60 dBA during the night. Proposed airports however, are excluded so far. 

GS-III (ECONOMY)

PM Modi Inaugurated World’s Largest Mobile Factory in Noida

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Noida and inaugurated the New Mobile Manufacturing Plant of Samsung at Noida.
  • It will be one of the world’s largest mobile factory.
  • With the beginning of this New Plant, India’s Make in India and Skill India Will get a major Push in the country. Samsung has Invested close to 5,000 Crore Rupees in this plant and aims to Manufacture 12 Crore Mobile Handsets annually which will result in massive job creation.
  • It creates huge opportunities in hardware, software, testing fields.
  • It will boost India’s service industry.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Launched ISCF and ISCI Program 

  • Mr Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched India Smart Cities Fellowship (ISCF) and Internship (ISCI) program that will provide the youth with an opportunity to experience the aspects of Urban planning and governance.
  • ‘Smart Cities Digital Payments Awards 2018’ was also launched which is intended to promote ‘Digital India’ and ease of living for India’s urban residents by promoting digital payments and encouraging Smart Cities to adopt innovative digital payments initiatives.

RBI Cancels Licence of Alwar Urban Co-Operative Bank

  • The Reserve Bank of India has announced that the license of Alwar Urban Co-operative Bank in Alwar, Rajasthan has been cancelled as it is not in a position to pay its depositors in full as and when their claims accrue, among other reasons.
  • The reasons for the cancellation of the license were, the bank does not have adequate capital and earning prospects, and hence does not comply with the relevant provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

Awards

The English Patient’ By Michael Ondaatje Declared ‘Best Booker Prize Winner in 50 Years’

  • Michael Ondaatje’s bestselling novel ‘The English Patient’ was announced as the winner of the Golden Man Booker Prize at the Southbank Centre in London.
  • The prize was instituted as part of celebrations to mark the Booker’s having completed 50 years.

Sports

Sreejesh to Lead Indian Hockey Team at Asian Games 2018

  • Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will lead the 18-member Indian men’s hockey squad while Chinglensana Singh Kangujam will serve as his deputy in the 18th Asian Games, which will begin in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia in August 2018.

Dipa Karmakar Clinches Gold Medal at Gymnastics World Cup

  • India’s premier gymnast Dipa Karmakar clinched a gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin in Turkey.
  • The 24-year-old from Tripura, Dipa Karmakar scored 14.150 to win gold. This is Dipa’s first medal in a World Challenge Cup. She had topped the qualification also with a score of 13.400.
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