Current Affairs, News & Facts of 13 Apr 2016

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  • PM Narendtra Modi inaugurates 3rd Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation

     

    PM Narendtra Modi inaugurates 3rd Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger ConservationPrime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 3rd Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

    More than 700 tiger experts, scientists, managers, donors and other stakeholders are gathering to discuss issues related to tiger conservation. 

    Ministers and government officials from countries having Tiger population are participating in the conference. The conference will discuss issues related to tiger conservation and anti-poaching strategies. 

    The first edition of Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation was held in Hua Hin, Thailand in 2010 and second edition was held in Thimphu, Bhutan in 2013.

    For the first time in a century, the global wild tiger population has increased, as per the data revealed by The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Global Tiger Forum, approximately 3,890 tigers had been counted in the latest global census which is up from 3,200 in the year 2010. In the year 1900, there were 100,000 tigers. 

    Ministers and government officials from all 13 tiger range countries (TRCs) are participating in the conference. These 13 TRCs are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    Tiger population in different countries:  India (2226), Russia (433), Indonesia (371), Malaysia (250), Nepal (198), Thailand (189), Bangladesh (106) and Bhutan (103). Besides, tiger population is also found in countries like China, Myanmar and Laos PDR.

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  • Gurgaon district will now be known as Gurugram

     

    Gurgaon district will now be known as GurugramThe Haryana government has decided to rename Gurgaon,  the corporate hub of Haryana on the outskirts of Delhi, as 'Gurugram'.

    The government has renamed Mewat as Nuh. Decision to change the name of Gurgaon has been taken on the basis of the representations received at several forums. 

    Gurgaon had been known as Gurugram since the times of Guru Dronacharya but in course of time got distorted to Gurgaon.Therefore, since long the people of the area had been demanding that Gurgaon be renamed as Gurugram. 

    Mewat is not a town and in fact it is a geographical and cultural unit spread beyond Haryana in the adjoining States of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The Headquarters of Mewat district is at Nuh town. The elected representatives and the people of area had been demanding that the name of Mewat be changed as Nuh.

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  • Cabinet nod for India-UAE MoU to prevent human trafficking  

     

    Cabinet nod for India-UAE MoU to prevent human traffickingThe Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi  has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) on cooperation in preventing and combating of human trafficking.

    The MoU will strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries and increase the bilateral cooperation on the issues of prevention, rescue, recovery and repatriation related to human trafficking especially women and children expeditiously.

    Objective of the MoU : This MoU is aimed at strengthening cooperation to prevent all forms of human trafficking, especially that of women and children and ensure speedy investigation and prosecution of traffickers and organized crime syndicates in either country.

    Salient features of MoU

    (1) Anti-trafficking cells and task forces will work on both sides to prevent human trafficking. The police and other concerned authorities will work in close cooperation and exchange information which can be used to interdict human traffickers.

    (2) The repatriation of victims would be done as expeditiously as possible and the home country will undertake the safe and effective re-integration of the victims. A Joint Task Force with representatives from both sides would be constituted to monitor the working of the MoU.

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  • Ex-army chief JJ Singh gets highest French civilian honour

     

    Ex-army chief JJ Singh gets highest French civilian honourFormer army chief Gen. (retd) JJ Singh on 12 April 2016 was conferred the highest French civilian honour, Officier de l Ordre national de la Legion d Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour), the highest French civilian distinction  given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipients. Singh was conferred the honour by French Ambassador to India Francois Richier.

    Singh was chosen for the honour in recognition of his "stellar role" in modernising the Indian Army and initiating robust exchanges between the Indian and French armies leading to “unprecedented” levels of inter-operability and cooperation.

    About JJ Singh 

    General Joginder Jaswant Singh born 17 September 1945 at Samma Satta in the Punjab,  is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and was commissioned into the 9 Maratha Light Infantry on 2 August 1964.

    In January, 2003, he was appointed as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) and took over as Army Commander - Western Command in January, 2004. 

    On January 31, 2005, Singh assumed the office of Chief of Army Staff. In 2007, he also held the appointment of Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee of the three forces. 

    During his stint in the Indian Army he had played important role for the enhancement of military cooperation between the Indian and French armies.

    It was during his tenure that he mooted the idea of holding joint army exercises at the level already existing between the two countries' air forces (Garuda) and navies (Varuna). 

    In 2009, he was invited as the Guest of Honour for the French National Day military parade in Paris in which an Indian Army contingent took part for the first time. After his retirement in September 2007, Singh served as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh from 2008 to 2013. 

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  • EPFO settles 118 lakh claims in FY16, 96% in 20 days

     

    EPFO settles 118 lakh claims in FY16, 96% in 20 daysEmployees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has settled 118 lakh claims including PF withdrawals during last fiscal.

    As per EPFO, of the total settled claims, 96 per cent were settled within the mandated period of 20 days. The EPFO also redressed over two lakh grievances during the fiscal year 2015-16.

    In order to widen the social security scheme, the government took a major decision to bring all banks under the ambit of Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act employing 20 or more persons. All such banks will be covered under the Act with effect from 10th of February this year.

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  • Militaries of US, India to share their facilities

     

    Militaries of US, India to share their facilitiesIndia and the U.S.  have agreed “in principle” on a logistics support agreement  that would make it easier for both militaries to share each other’s facilities and further strengthen the growing strategic partnership. 

    The agreement in this regard was covered under "The Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA)" which was first proposed in 2004 but resisted by the UPA government for a decade.

    Besides LEMOA,  the others are Communications Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA) and Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-spatial Cooperation (BECA).

    Maritime cooperation : The two countries also agreed to set up a new Maritime Security Dialogue between officials from their respective Defence and External Affairs Ministries and conclude an agreement to improve maritime domain awareness with an arrangement to improve sharing of data on commercial shipping traffic. Both countries will also deepen cooperation in Maritime Domain Awareness by finalising a ‘White Shipping’ Agreement. The two countries have agreed to start Navy-to-Navy discussions on submarine safety and anti-submarine warfare.

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