1.PM addresses International Convention on Universal Message of Simhastha
2.Exercise Red Flag:
The IAF Team Sets Course Back at the end of a ‘Perfect Flag’
Red Flag Alaska 16-1, which was an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (a successor to the previous COPE THUNDER exercise series) held in the Alaska region, concluded on 14 May 16.
The main phase of the exercise had commenced on 28 Apr 16 with a mix of combat and support elements participating from IAF, USAF and USN.
3.Cabinet approves National Intellectual Property Rights Policy
“Creative India; Innovative India: रचनात्मक भारत; अभिनव भारत”
The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy that will lay the future roadmap for intellectual property in India.
The Policy recognises the abundance of creative and innovative energies that flow in India, and the need to tap into and channelise these energies towards a better and brighter future for all.
The Policy recognizes that India has a well-established TRIPS-compliant legislative, administrative and judicial framework to safeguard IPRs, which meets its international obligations while utilizing the flexibilities provided in the international regime to address its developmental concerns. It reiterates India’s commitment to the Doha Development Agenda and the TRIPS agreement.
The broad contours of the National IPR Policy are as follows:
Vision Statement: An India where creativity and innovation are stimulated by Intellectual Property for the benefit of all; an India where intellectual property promotes advancement in science and technology, arts and culture, traditional knowledge and biodiversity resources; an India where knowledge is the main driver of development, and knowledge owned is transformed into knowledge shared.
Stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced intellectual property rights system in India to:
The Policy lays down the following seven objectives:
1.IPR Awareness: Outreach and Promotion – To create public awareness about the economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs among all sections of society.
2.Generation of IPRs – To stimulate the generation of IPRs.
3.Legal and Legislative Framework – To have strong and effective IPR laws, which balance the interests of rights owners with larger public interest.
4.Administration and Management – To modernize and strengthen service-oriented IPR administration.
5.Commercialization of IPRs – Get value for IPRs through commercialization.
6.Enforcement and Adjudication – To strengthen the enforcement and adjudicatory mechanisms for combating IPR infringements.
7.Human Capital Development – To strengthen and expand human resources, institutions and capacities for teaching, training, research and skill building in IPRs.
These objectives are sought to be achieved through detailed action points.
The action by different Ministries/ Departments shall be monitored by DIPP which shall be the nodal department to coordinate, guide and oversee implementation and future development of IPRs in India.
The National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy will endeavor for a “Creative India; Innovative India.
4.Earth Day :
The National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) has implemented following major research activities in respect of climate change on North Pole.
i. Long term monitoring of Kongsfjorden system of Arctic region for climate change studies to study long term variability of physical and biogeochemical parameters of the fjord.
ii. Investigations of atmospheric aerosols and there characterization over the Arctic during summer season to study Arctic haze formation and its impact on ice melt in the region in association with changes in radiative forcing and snow scavenging.
iii. Holocene climate change and sedimentation Pattern in Ny-Ålesund area, Svalbard through studying sediment dynamics and deposition of core samples collected.
iv. Mass balance and dynamics of selected glaciers of Spitsbergen, Svalbard to collect relevant number of snow samples (installed stake/snow pit) and further analyse them for ionic and trace metal concentration. Similarly meltwater will be collected from stream for their analysis of ionic and trace metal concentration.
v. Monitoring of Arctic using Micro Rain Radar and measuring the temperature and humidity profiles using a Microwave Radiometer.
vi. Investigation of dissolved as well as sedimentary forms of Organic matter in the Kongsfjorden for Dissolved as well as Particulate Partitioning of organic Matter Pool through measurement of DOC (Dissolved Organic Carbon) and DON (Dissolved Organic Nitrogen). Particulate organic Carbon and Nitrogen (POC and PON) Carbohydrates Monosacharides and Polysacharides.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S.Chowdary in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
6.Conversion of sea water into potable water
7 .Parliament passes the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code :
In India, the legal and institutional machinery for dealing with debt default has not been in line with global standards.
The salient features of the law are as follows:
i- Clear, coherent and speedy process for early identification of financial distress and resolution of companies and limited liability entities if the underlying business is found to be viable.
ii- Two distinct processes for resolution of individuals, namely- “Fresh Start” and “Insolvency Resolution”.
iii- Debt Recovery Tribunal and National Company Law Tribunal to act as Adjudicating Authority and deal with the cases related to insolvency, liquidation and bankruptcy process in respect of individuals and unlimited partnership firms and in respect of companies and limited liabilities entities respectively.
iv- Establishment of an Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India to exercise regulatory oversight over insolvency professionals, insolvency professional agencies and information utilities.
v- Insolvency professionals would handle the commercial aspects of insolvency resolution process. Insolvency professional agencies will develop professional standards, code of ethics and be first level regulator for insolvency professionals members leading to development of a competitive industry for such professionals.
vi- Information utilities would collect, collate, authenticate and disseminate financial information to be used in insolvency, liquidation and bankruptcy proceedings.
vii- Enabling provisions to deal with cross border insolvency.
8.Union Home Minister addresses 4th Ministerial Meeting of SAIEVAC
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh addressed the 4th Ministerial Meeting of the South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC), here today.
Chairing the meeting Shri Rajnath Singh said that the safety, security, dignity and wellbeing of our children and young people will determine the wellbeing and strength of our countries.
Following is the text of the Union Home Minister’s address:
9.Literacy Among Muslims
The Government is already implementing a number of schemes / initiatives for educational empowerment of minorities, including Muslims, so as to ensure their adequate representation in technical and higher educational institutions as well as the Government jobs for the minorities. A list of schemes/initiatives implemented by theMinistry of Minority Affairs and other Central Ministries for educational empowerment of minorities, including Muslims, is-
4.Maulana Azad National Fellowship
5.Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme for providing services through Anganwadi Centres
6.Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and opening of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas
7.‘Padho Pardesh’- Interest subsidy on educational loans for overseas studies
8.‘Nai Udaan’- Support for students clearing Prelims conducted by UPSC, SSC, State Public Service Commissions, etc.
9.Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madarsas (SPQEM)
10.Scheme for Infrastructure Development of Minority Institutions (IDMI)
11.Greater Resources for Teaching Urdu
12.Free Coaching and Allied Scheme
13.Schemes of Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF) for promotion of education.
14.Mid Day Meal Scheme
15.Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA)
16.Sakshar Bharat/ Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Balighan
17.Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS)
18.Block Institutes of Teachers Education
20.Educational loans given by the National Minority Development & Finance Commission (NMDFC).
21.Educational loans under Priority Sector Lending.
22.Issue of guidelines for giving special consideration for recruitment of minorities.
23.Educational infrastructures created under Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) in the minority concentration blocks/towns.
24.Nai Manzil- A Scheme to Provide Education and Skill Training to the Youth from Minority Communities (a new scheme).
The salient features of the Sachar Committee, which submitted its Report on 17.11.2006, inter-alia, with respect to educational status and Employment and Economic opportunities of the Muslims in the country are at enlisted
Educational status of the Muslims
i.The literacy rate among Muslims was 59.1%, which was below the national average of 64.8%.
iii. 25% of Muslim children in the age of 6 — 14 years age group have either never attended school or have dropped out.
vi.There is a strong desire and enthusiasm for education among Muslim women and girls across the board.
vii. Schools beyond primary level are few in Muslim localities. Exclusive schools for girls are fewer.
viii. Lack of hostel facilities is a limiting factor, especially for girls.
Employment and Economic opportunities of the Muslims
iii. The percentage of women Muslim workers undertaking work within their own homes is much larger at 70 per cent compared to all workers at 51 per cent.
vii. While the participation of Muslim workers is relatively higher in production and sales related occupations, their participation was relatively lower in professional, technical, clerical and to some extent managerial work.
viii. Muslims, by and large, are engaged in the unorganized sector of the economy and have to bear the brunt of liberalization.
This Information was given by Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority affairs, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is a flagship skill development scheme of Government of India targeting to cover 24 lakh youth in the country.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today the Minister said, The scheme is being implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
As on 25th April, 2016, a total of 17.58 lakh candidates have been trained and 5.77 lakh have been certified and 81978 placed under PMKVY.
12.ECO-Tourism Around Freshwater Lakes in India
For development of tourism infrastructure in the country, the Ministry of Tourism has launched the Swadesh Darshan scheme – Integrated Development of Theme-Based Tourist Circuits, in 2014-15. Eco Circuit has been identified as one of the thirteen thematic circuits for development under the scheme. The Ministry has sanctioned following projects to various State Governments under Eco Circuit theme of Swadesh Darshan scheme:
(Rs. in Crore)
|Sl. No.||Name of the Project||Amt. Sanctioned|
|1.||Integrated Development of Eco-Tourism, Adventure Sports, Associated Tourism related Infrastructure for Development of Tehri Lake & Surroundings as New Destination-District Tehri, Uttarakhand.||80.37|
|2.||Integrated Development of Eco Tourism Circuit in Mahaboobnagar district, Telangana.||91.62|
|3.||Development of Pathanamthitta – Gavi – Vagamon – Thekkady as Eco Tourism Circuit in Idduki and Pathanamthitta Districts in Kerala.||99.22|
13.High Incidence of Sickle Cell Anaemia
The prevalence of Sickle Cell Anemia is higher in the tribal belt of Western,Central and Southern Indian States having Schedule V Areas; not so much in the tribes of North-East India including Schedule VI areas.
The sickle cell gene is passed from generation to generation in a pattern of inheritance. Government has decided to screen three crore tribal children across the country to find the severity of incidences of Sickle Cell Anemia among them.
The children with Sickle Cell trait or disease are counselled through their parents not to marry the other carrying trait or disease in order to control spread of the disease to next generation.
The Ministry organized regional training workshops in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to facilitate State/ UTs to train adequate manpower to undertake the screening exercise using a simple and cost effective screening test developed by ICMR.
In addition, Department of Biotechnology is involved in research to find cure of the disease.
A statement showing result of screening process for determining incidences of Sickle Cell Trait / Disease among ST persons in the States having Schedule V areas is given below:-
|S. No.||Name of the States having Schedule V areas||Result of Sickle Cell Anemia Screening as on 31.12.2015|
|No. of persons screened||No. of Cases Detected Positive (Trait / Disease)|
NA = Not Available
This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
14.Projects allotted to NGOS
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has formulated the following schemes for the welfare of STs:-
(a) Grants in aid to Voluntary Organizations working for the welfare of Scheduled Tribes.
(b) Strengthening Education among Scheduled Tribe Girls in Low Literacy Districts.
(c) Vocational Training in Tribal Areas.
(d) Development of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).
The objective of the schemes, inter-alia, is to encourage development of tribal through voluntary efforts for temporarily filling gaps in areas like health, education, livelihood etc. Ministry of Tribal Affairs had got evaluation of the schemes conducted by an Independent Agency in States of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. The gap-filling intervention thorough these schemes have made positive impact in the life of needy tribals as reported by the independent evaluation study.
This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
15.The three day historic meeting of SAARC countries ends with a commitment to set up a uniform toll free Helpline for children across the region
Member countries to cooperate on ICT initiatives to trace missing children, on the lines of Track child and Khoya paya
16.Exercise Chakravyuh-II Culminates
In a follow up to ‘Exercise Shatrujeet’ by the Strike Corps (Strike One) last month, the pivot formations held the fortnight-longmilitary training exercise codenamed “Exercise CHAKRAVYUH-II” which concluded today in the general area of Suratgarh in Rajasthan.
17.Government takes various steps in last two years to curb the menace of Black Money both within and outside the country.
The present Government has taken various decisions and steps to curb the menace of black money both within and outside the country in last two years. Some of the major decisions and actions taken in this regard are given below:
(a) A new Black Money Act has been enacted with strict penalty provisions.
(b) Special Investigation Team has been constituted which is chaired by ex-Supreme Court Judge Justice M.B. Shah vide notification dated 29th May, 2014.. Many recommendations of SIT have been implemented since then.
(c) A new Income Disclosure Scheme is formulated for domestic black money.
(d) Enhanced enforcement measures have resulted in un-earthing of tax evasion of approximately Rs 50,000 Crore of indirect taxes and undisclosed income of Rs 21,000 Crore (Prov.). The value of goods seized on account of smuggling activities has increased to Rs 3,963 Crore in the last two years (32% increase over corresponding two previous years).
(e) Prosecution has been launched in 1466 cases as against 1169 cases in the previous two years (25% increase).