Friday, 7 April 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - April 7, 2017

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CCEA Approves Extension Of Implementation Of CCTNS Project By One Year


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the extension of the implementation phase of the Crime and Criminals Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) Project for another year beyond 31 March 2017. The proposal in this regard was forwarded by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. The extension will help in achieving the remaining objectives of the project comprehensively.

About CCTNS:
CCTNS is a mission mode project under the National e-Governance Plan of Central Government that aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of policing by adopting of the principle of e-Governance. It seeks to create nationwide networking infrastructure for evolution of IT-enabled-state-of-the-art tracking system for investigation of crime and detection of criminals. It was originally approved in 2009. 

Objective of CCTNS:
The core objective of CCTNS is to connect all the police stations so that any of the police stations can contact any other police station. The interlinking of police stations will facilitate the collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and transfer of the information among police stations, state headquarters, and central police organizations. Under it, approximately 14,000 police stations throughout the country will be automated along with 6000 higher offices in police hierarchy. Scientific and technical organizations will be also connected with it. Moreover, Inter-operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) also aims to integrate the CCTNS project with the e-courts and e-prisons databases and with the other pillars of the criminal justice system. It was added in 2015.

Union Cabinet Approves Collaboration Agreement To Support Belmont Forum Secretariat

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of the Collaborative Agreement with French National Research Agency (ANR), France. The MoU will be signed for supporting the Belmont Forum Secretariat from January 2015 to December 2017 at a total estimated expenditure of 40,000 euros. The Cabinet also approved continued financial support to Belmont Forum Secretariat beyond 2017.

About Belmont Forum: Belmont Forum is a high-level group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils. It was established in 2009. It aims to accelerate delivery of the environmental research needed to remove critical barriers to sustainability by aligning and mobilizing international resources. It provides an opportunity to identify, study and deliver international environmental research priorities through the trans­national research collaboration between natural and social scientists. 

Members: India, Australia, Brazil, Canada, European Commission, France, Germany, Japan, Netherland, South Africa, UK and US etc. India is represented by the Union Ministry of Earth Science (MoES) since 2012.

The Union Cabinet Has Approved The MoU On Cooperation In The Field Of Mass Media Between India And Bangladesh

Salient features of the MoU: Both countries will facilitate training and study tour of personnel in the field of mass media and public relations. They will encourage the exchange of experts in the field of Mass Media. They will also encourage cooperation between educational, training and research institutions in the field of Mass Media & Communication and exchange of publications generated by these institutions. They will facilitate co-operation and sharing experiences in the field of regulations of the Mass Media activities and statistical data relating to the Mass Media. They will also facilitate accredited mass media representatives to set up offices in the creation of conditions necessary for the performance of professional duties on the basis of reciprocity.

Union Cabinet Approves Agreement Between India And Bangladesh On Audio Visual Co-Production

Salient features of the Agreement: It will cover co-production of films, animations and documentary films. An audio-visual co-production made under the agreement will be entitled to all the benefits which may be accorded to any national audio-visual work by both countries in accordance with their respective laws and regulations. It will lead to an exchange of art and culture among the two countries and create goodwill and better understanding among the peoples of both the countries. Facilitate utilization of Indian locales for shooting, thus raising the prospect of India as a preferred film shooting destination across the globe. 

Benefits: Audio-visual co-productions will provide an opportunity to create and showcase our soft power. It will lead to a generation of employment among artistic, technical as well as non-technical personnel including post-production and its marketing, thus adding to the GDP of both the countries. So far, India has entered into audio-visual co-production agreements with Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, France, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Canada, Spain, China and the Republic of Korea.

Union Cabinet Approves Mou Between India And Australia In Field Of Health And Medicine

The MoU will involve cooperation through joint initiatives in the Health Sector and strengthen bilateral ties between both countries. 

The main areas of cooperation are:
i. Communicable diseases such as Tuberculosis and Malaria. 
ii. Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health. 
iii. Anti-Microbial Resistance and responding to public health emergencies. 
iv. Regulation of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.
v. Digital Health. 
vi. Tobacco Control
vii.  Any other area of cooperation decided mutually by both countriesin the field of health and medicine.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Lays The Foundation Stone Of A Multi-Modal Terminal On River Ganga At Sahebganj In Jharkhand; Also Dedicates To The Nation A Solar Power Facility

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stones of several development projects, including a multi-modal terminal over River Ganga at Sahebganj in Jharkhand. Speaking after laying the foundation stones, Mr. Modi said that these projects will provide employment to the people of Jharkhand and skill development will also be boosted. He said, development is the only key to improving lives of the people of the state. The Prime Minister said that this will lead to the speedier empowerment of people. He also dedicated to the nation Solar Power Facility at the Sahebganj district court premises and Sahebganj district hospital.

RBI Keeps Repo Rate Unchanged At 6.25 Percent; Increases Reverse Repo Rate To 6 Per Cent; Projects Inflation At 4.5 Percent For The First Half Of This Fiscal


The Reserve Bank left its benchmark lending rate, Repo rate, unchanged at 6.25 percent for the fourth monetary policy review in a row today citing upside risk to inflation. The RBI in its first bi-monthly monetary policy review of 2017-18, however, increased the reverse repo rate, which it pays to banks for parking funds with it, by 0.25 per cent to 6 per cent, narrowing the policy rate corridor. The Marginal Standing Facility, on the other hand, has been revised downwards by 0.25 per cent to 6.5 per cent. MSF is RBI's lending rate for banks against government securities. Later talking to media, RBI Governor Dr. Urjit Patel said the policy decisions by the Monetary Policy Committee are unanimous. "The MPC made a detailed assessment of macroeconomic and financial conditions both domestically and globally on the basis of its judgment on the evolving outlook.  The MPC decided unanimously to keep the policy rate unchanged in this review. For 2017-18, inflation is projected to an average of 4.5 percent in the first half of the year and 5 percent in the second half." 

Lok Sabha approves Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Bill seeks to amend the Customs Act 1962, the Customs Tariff Act 1975, the Central Excise Act 1944, the Finance Act, 2001 and the Finance Act, 2005 and to repeal certain enactments. Replying to the debate, Minister of State for Finance Santosh Gangwar said, the amendments were necessitated due to the subsuming of various excise duties in the GST law.

World Health Day Is Being Observed With The Theme 'Depression: Let's Talk'

Today is World Health Day. The theme for this year is 'Depression: Let's Talk'. WHO is leading a one-year global campaign on depression which is the leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide. World Health Day is celebrated on the 7th of April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization.

India Takes Control Of Kudankulam Unit I

India has taken over full operational control of Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNNP). India signed a joint statement on 6th April 2017 with Russia on the final takeover of the Unit, formally marking the full transition. The agreement was signed between representatives of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd and the ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of ROSATOOM State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia. All service and warranty services have been fulfilled by both sides.


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