Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - May 10, 2017

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India - Indonesia Co-Ordinated Patrol Commences

The 29th India-Indonesia CORPAT has commenced at Port Blair under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command. The bilateral exercise is scheduled to be held from 9th to 25th May. The Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sutedi Senoputra has arrived to take part in the 29th series of Ind–Indo CORPAT. An Indonesian Maritime Patrol Aircraft has also arrived with the Indonesian Naval delegation. Defence relations between India and Indonesia are growing steadily with regular joint activities and interactions between the Armed Forces of the two countries. The bilateral exercise aims to enhance mutual understanding and interoperability between the two navies. It also reflects the shared concerns between the two navies for the peaceful Indian Ocean for the benefit of the International community.

CORPAT:
CORPAT is a bilateral maritime exercise held between India and Indonesia under the broad ambit of strategic partnership. Both countries have been carrying out maritime exercise twice a year since 2002. The CORPAT exercise between the two navies carries search and rescue operations, institutes measures for vessels indulged in unlawful activities as well as control pollution. The main aim of CORPAT is to keep the vital part of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) safe and secure for commercial shipping, International trade, and legitimate marine activities. The CORPAT has helped to strengthen understanding and interoperability between the two navies and also has promoted net maritime security in the region.

India & Japan To Strengthen Defence Cooperation

India and Japan have decided to strengthen their military cooperation and hope to pursue a strategic partnership for ensuring regional peace and stability. The visit of  Defence Minister Arun Jaitley to Tokyo comes at the backdrop of rising tension in the region such as territorial rows over the South China Sea and nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. The purpose of the visit of Arun Jaitley to Tokyo was to attend an annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank. India and Japan have been increasing their defence cooperation amid China’s increasing assertiveness in the region. India has welcomed the conduct of a planned trilateral naval exercise among the US, India, and Japan in July as a means to strengthen cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. The Malabar trilateral exercise between  Japan, the U.S., and India are slated to be held in the Bay of Bengal from July 10. Japan would send its helicopter carrier Izumo which is its largest warship to take part in the exercise. The Malabar series of exercises was initiated by the U.S. and India in 1992. Japan joined the exercise in 2007. However, only since 2014, Japan has started to take part in every year’s exercise. Recently, it was agreed that Japan will become a regular Malabar member.  

Supreme Court Sentences Justice Karnan To 6 Months Imprisonment

A seven-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar has sentenced the Calcutta High Court judge, Justice C S Karnan to six months of imprisonment for repeated incidents of contempt of court. This is the first time that the Supreme Court has sent a high court judge to jail on charges of contempt. Further, the bench also comprising Justices Dipak Misra, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and Kurian Joseph has prohibited media, both print and electronic from publishing any further orders if any passed by Justice Karnan. The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked all the state governments to link prisons with courts through video conferencing in order to expedite trials and to save costs of escorting undertrials to courts. The Home Ministry’s advisory to the states has been issued following a national conference of heads of prisons in states and UTs on prison reforms.

Salient Highlights: In the conference, the state governments were advised to implement the following suggestions aimed at having an effective prison administration system:
The states have been asked to integrate prison e-system with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) as well as e-courts on a priority basis. At periodic intervals, combined training of prison, police, health department and judiciary on undertrial management should be conducted. Separate training module on deradicalisation of prisoners should also be conducted.

Supreme Court To Become Paperless, Digital Court From Today

The Supreme Court will take its first step towards becoming a paperless, digital court today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the digital filing system at a function in New Delhi where the Integrated Case Management System will be connected with the Supreme Court website. The event will also be attended by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and judges of the Apex Court.


Maharashtra Cabinet Approves State GST Bill


Maharashtra Cabinet approved the State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) draft bill, having provision to provide financial security to local bodies in state and protecting their autonomy. The decision was taken in the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai. According to a release from the CM's office, the sugarcane purchase tax, Central Sales tax, entry tax on vehicles, entry tax on goods, lottery tax, forest produce tax, betting tax, octroi and local bodies tax will be scrapped after the State GST comes into force.

India And The Netherlands Agree To Fight Terrorism Together

India and the Netherlands have resolved to work bilaterally and globally to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Dutch counterpart Bert Koenders in New Delhi on the 9th May 2017 and discussed a wide range of issues. Ms. Swaraj sought the Netherlands' support for early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the United Nations. She also thanked the Dutch Foreign Minister for their support to India's accession to the various multilateral export control regimes as well as for its bid to get the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Indian American Nominated For Key Post In FERC


US President Donald Trump has nominated Indian-American Neil Chatterjee as a Member of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC is an agency responsible for overseeing America’s power grid and deciding on multibillion-dollar energy projects. His term will expire on June 30, 2021. US Senate has to confirm Chatterjee before he can be sworn in as a member of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

International Court Of Justice Stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's Hanging


The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying. The Hague-based ICJ said that Pakistan must take all necessary measures to ensure that Jadhav is not executed. It also directed Pakistan to inform it about the action taken. The official order by ICJ comes a day after India approached the court against the death sentence given to the former Naval officer. India, in its appeal, had said Pakistan was denying consular access to Jadhav, despite repeated requests, which is a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

South Korea Elects Moon Jae-In Of Democratic Party As Country's New President

Moon Jae-In of the Democratic Party has won South Korea's Presidential elections. The National Election Commission said, Moon, a former human rights lawyer, bagged around 41 percent votes in the elections held on the 9th May 2017. The ballot was needed after former President Park Geun-Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption. The voting also took place against the backdrop of high tensions with the nuclear-armed North Korea.

Jhulan Goswami Named Highest Wicket-Taker In Women’s One-Day Internationals


Jhulan Goswami has become the highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals. Goswami has so far taken 181 wickets in 153 matches. She has broken the world record held by Australia fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick who has taken 180 wickets during India’s ongoing match against South Africa in the Women’s Quadrangular Series in Potchefstroom. She achieved this feat with the wicket of No.11 batsman Raisibe Ntozakhe of South Africa.

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