Current Affairs, News & Facts of 23 Jan 2016

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  • Sri Lanka tops South Asia in human development

     

    Sri Lanka tops South Asia in human development

    As per Global Human Development Report (HDR) 2015 released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP ), Sri Lanka has maintained its high ranking in human development. Sri Lanka has been placed at the 73rd rank with an HDI value of 0.757.  In the previous year’s report, it occupied the 74th place. Since the end of the civil war in 2009, the country’s rank went up by five.

    • The report, which studied a total of 188 countries and territories, has determined the HDI values by assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development—a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.
    • Rankings of other seven South Asian Countries are Maldives (104), India (130), Bhutan (132), Bangladesh (142), Nepal (145), Pakistan (147) and Afghanistan (171). India and Bhutan fall under the medium human development countries the category. While Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan fall under low human development countries category.

    The UNDP took 1990 into account as it was from that year that the series of global HDI reports began. In the context of Sri Lanka, too, the year was significant as the Eelam War resumed in June 1990 after the withdrawal of the Indian Peacekeeping Force three months earlier.

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  • India to be fastest growing economy at 7.3% in 2016: UN report 

     

    As per recently released United Nations world economy report India will be the world's fastest growing large economy at 7.3 per cent in 2016, improving further to 7.5 per cent in the following year. In the South Asia region, India’s economy will account for over 70 % of regions GDP.

    Key facts of the report :

    • The sharp decline in the prices of oil, metals and food has boosted the macroeconomic environment in India. The decline in oil prices reduce the burden of fuel bill So this is the time for India to recheck fiscal efforts and raise revenues and do more spending on some of the social sectors. 
    • Spending on infrastructure, health and education is very low compared to other nations such as China in the region so govt need to look at how to increase revenues so that it can invest more in these sctors.
    • Consumer and investor confidence has risen even as India's government faces difficulties in implementing its wide-ranging reform agenda and some economic indicators, such as industrial production, remain volatile 

    The report is produced annually by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the five UN regional commissions and the World Tourism Organisation. 

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  • Former Deputy Speaker of Gujarat Assembly Nirmala Gajwani passes away

     

    Reputed social worker and former Deputy Speaker of Gujarat Assembly Nirmala Gajwani (87) passed away in Rajkot, Gujarat. She was the first lady Deputy Speaker of Gujarat legislative Assembly and one of the leading lights of the Sindhi community in the state.

    Nirmala Gajwani:

    • Born in Rohri Sindh (now in Pakistan) on December 28 1928. She came to India after partition of India and Pakistan. She was first woman MLA from Kutch district in Gujarat Assembly and also served as deputy speaker of the house.
    • As a social worker she had worked in education field and was responsible for starting many educational institutions in the state. She has also served as the Chairperson of Sindhu Resettlement Corporation (SRC) which is responsible for all the land development in the Gandhidham-Adipur metropolitan area.
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  • MSDE and DoT sign MoU for national action plan for skill development in telecom sector 

     

    Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Department of Telecommunication (DoT), or Skill Development in Telecom Sector. The MoU has signed to implement National Action Plan for Skill Development in Telecom Sector and at the same time providing quality opportunities for employment / entrepreneurship. 

    MSDE and DoT together will make concerted joint efforts towards skill development by facilitating mobilisation of financial support for various activities under the National Ecosystem for Development of Telecom Skills. They will also suggest PSUs under DOT to utilize at least 20% of their CSR funds for skilling purposes. National Institute for Policy Research Innovation and Training (NTIPRT)' will be developed for training and skill upgradation in Telecom Sector

    India is currently the second-largest telecommunication market and has the third highest number of internet users in the world. With the advent of newer technology in communications every day and our focus on Digital India and Make in India, there will be consistent requirement for skilled and up-skilled manpower so  skill development in  telecom sector  will make the youth Job ready.

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