Current Affairs, News & Facts of 06 May 2016

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  • Govt retires 33 tax officials for non-performance

    Govt retires 33 tax officials for non-performanceThere is a general perception that no action is taken against the defaulting tax officials for their non-performance as well as in case of harassing the tax assesses among others but now those days are history as Govt is assesing the performance of tax officials on regular basis.

    Cracking the whip on non-performing and defaulting officials, the government has decided to prematurely retire 33 officers including seven Group 'A' officers from the Revenue Service.

    Further, 72 officers, including six Group ‘A’ officers have been dismissed in other departmental and disciplinary actions in the last two years.

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  • Kumar Rajesh Chandra appointed as Chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security

    Kumar Rajesh Chandra appointed as Chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation SecuritySenior IPS officer Kumar Rajesh Chandra has been appointed as chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the aviation security wing of the government.

    His appointment was cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

    He has been appointed in place of IPS officer G S Malhi, who had completed his tenure as BCAS chief in November 2012. The crucial post was lying vacant since then.

    Chandra is a 1985 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre. Prior to this appointment, Chandra was working as Additional Director General (Modernisation) of Bihar Police.

    Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) 

    It is an agency of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of India that acts as regulatory authority for civil aviation security. It was initially set up as a cell in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in January 1978 and than reorganised into an independent department on April 1, 1987 as a result of the bombing of Air India Flight 182 (Kanishka) in 1985 by the Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa in which 329 people died.

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  • Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Sell Off Wildlife

    Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Sell Off WildlifeDrought-hit and cash-strapped Zimbabwe has invited local farmers and private game rangers to buy wild animals as it destocks national game reserves to save fauna from starvation. 

    Zimbabwe has been battling since past few years to reduce its animals especially elephants whose population is more than twice what the parks can accommodate.

    In recent years it has also been exporting elephants to countries like China in a bid to raise funds and cut the ballooning population.

    Zimbawe which is spread over the landscapes of miombo woodlands and thorny acacia or kopje inhabits not  only the "big five" – buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino – but also antelopes, zebras and giraffes lezerd.

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  • Sudhir Yadav appointed as new Tihar DG

    Sudhir Yadav appointed as new Tihar DGSudhir Yadav, a 1985 batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre, has been appointed the director general of the Tihar Central Jail.

    His appointment comes after the  resignation of J.K. Sharma, who quit hours after taking charge on April 20 saying his appointment was not approved by the "competent authority" or the lieutenant governorof Delhi. 

    Prior to this appointment, he was serving as the special commissioner of police (provision and logistics) in Delhi.  

    He had earlier served in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and was transferred to Delhi in September 2015.

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  • Ban on diesel cabs may cause USD 1.2 bn loss to India

    Ban on diesel cabs may cause USD 1.2 bn loss to IndiaThe Centre  told the Supreme Court that the ban on plying of diesel cabs in Delhi and the National Capital Region may cause a loss to the tune of 1.2 billion US dollars as BPOs also known as 'call centers' may choose to go out of India, if their work is adversely impacted due to the ban. 

    The women employees have to be dropped at their door step during night hours and the buses cannot be plied in narrow lanes so the ban would cause inconvenience to  the BPO employees, so they may choose to move out of the country.

    The counsel for Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) informed the court that it is discussing the issue arising out of the ban on diesel taxis with the Delhi government.

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  • Andhra Pradesh Harita-Priya Agriculture Project wins 2016 WSIS Prize

    Andhra Pradesh Harita-Priya Agriculture Project wins 2016 WSIS PrizeHarita-Priya an agriculture project of Andhra Pradesh govt to collect very specific climate data from farms and give farmers personalised information through SMS has won the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2016 prize in the e-Agriculture category.

    Harita-Priya (Harmonized Information of Agriculture, Revenue and Irrigation for a Transformation Agenda – Precision Technology for Agriculture) Agriculture Project developed by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) in Hyderabad uses wireless sensor networks (WSN) to collect micro-climate information from farms.

    Harita-Priya Agriculture Project

    Harita-Priya (Harmonized Information of Agriculture, Revenue and Irrigation for a Transformation Agenda – Precision Technology for Agriculture) Project is meant to collect very specific climate data from farms and give farmers personalised information through SMS.

    This data is used to create advisories and alerts on irrigation schedules and pests and plant disease. Based on them state agriculture officers send out personalised crop advisories in Telugu to farmers by SMS.

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