Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 03 September 2019
India gains consular access to kulbushanyadav further course of
action to be determined
India has accepted Pakistan's offer of consular access to
its national KulbhushanJadhav. Sources in External Affairs Ministry said
India's Charge d'affairesGauravAhluwalia will be meeting Jadhav today.
India hoped that Pakistan will ensure right atmosphere so that
the meeting is free, fair, meaningful and effective in keeping with the letter
and spirit of the International Court of Justice's orders.
India has been seeking consular access to KulbushanJadhav for
the last three years. The matter of denial of consular access was taken to
International Court of Justice by India. The court gave a unanimous decision in
favour of India.
India has said that it will decide on further course of action
in KulbhushanJadhav case after receiving the full report from its High
Commission in Islamabad on consular access. Officials from the High Commission
of India in Islamabad, met KulbhushanJadhav today.
The External Affairs Ministry said that after receiving a
detailed report, the extent of conformity to the International Court of Justice,
ICJ directives will be determined.
Officials further stated that while MEA awaits a comprehensive
report, it was clear that Jadhav appeared to be under extreme pressure to parrot
a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims.
Today’s consular access is a part of the binding obligations of
Pakistan, as ordered by the ICJ, to ensure effective review and reconsideration
of the conviction and sentence awarded to Jadhav through a farcical process he
PM assures drinking water to all by 2024
Prime Minister NarendraModi today inaugurated the Garvi
Gujarat Bhavan in New Delhi. Later addressing a gathering, the Prime
Minister listed out series of measures taken by the Gujarat government for
the development of the state.
He said Gujarat is doing well in terms of water harvesting. He
expressed confidence that every household will get drinking water by 2024.
The Prime Minister also talked about the preservation and
promotion of culture and tradition of a different state. He said, the culture,
social and economic strength of different states of India makes the country
Mr.Modi said, every state Bhawan in the national capital should
be the centre to promote the culture and tradition of the state as well as trade
and investment. The Prime Minister also made an appeal to the people not to use-
RBI claims early resolution measures led to decline in Gross
NPA ratios of banks
Reserve Bank says early recognition and resolution of
stressed assets have helped banks contain their Gross Non-Performing Loans
ratio at 9.1 percent down from 11.2 percent a year before.
AIR correspondent reports that the RBI said the steadfastly
pursued recognition, repair and resolution has resulted in the gross NPA ratio
The initial teething difficulties, the insolvency and bankruptcy
code is proving to be a game-changer. The report has added that recoveries have
gradually improved and as a result, deadlock in the potential path of the
investment cycle are easing.
The Capital buffers have been strengthened by recapitalisation
to the tune of Rs 2.7 lakh crore, including the budgetary allocations for FY20
and the abatement of stress has rekindled bank credit inflows, which are getting
The report also notes that the new NPA recognition and
resolution norms issued in June 2019 provide incentives for early resolution,
with discretion to lenders on the processes.
Growth in core sectors decline in April-July period
Growth in core sector activity quickened in July 2019 to
2.1%, due almost entirely to a recovery in the cement sector, according to
official data released on Monday.
The Index of Eight Core Industries had grown at just 0.7% in
June 2019. However, July's growth rate is far lower than the 7.3% growth
registered in the same month last year.
The cement sector saw growth accelerating to 7.9% in July 2019
compared with a contraction of 1.7% in the previous month. The coal sector,
however, slipped into contraction in July, contracting 1.4% compared with a
growth of 3.2% in June.
The crude oil sector continued contracting for at least the
thirteenth consecutive month, contracting 4.4% in July, compared with a
contraction of 6.8% in June. The natural gas sector contracted 0.5% in July
compared with a contraction of 2.1% in the previous month.
The refinery products sector also contracted in July, by 0.9%
compared with a contraction of 9.3% in June. Growth in the fertiliser sector
remained flat at 1.5% over the period.
The steel sector saw growth moderate to 6.6% compared with 8.4%
in June. The electricity sector, too, saw a slowdown in growth in July, to 4.2%,
compared with 8.1% in the previous month.
India-Japan to expand bilateral cooperation
India and Japan today discussed ways to strengthen the
existing bilateral cooperation and adoption of new initiatives for achieving
peace and security in the region.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh co-chaired India-Japan Defence
Ministerial Meeting with his Japanese counterpart Takeshi lwaya in Tokyo.
Describing it as extremely fruitful Ministerial Level Dialogue,
Mr Singh said, India and Japan will continue working together to further deepen
the defence ties between both the nations.
An official release said, the importance of the Special
Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan in addressing regional
peace, security and stability was also highlighted.
The Indo-Pacific vision was also discussed at length during the
meeting with emphasis on India's preference for a rules-based order along with
centrality of Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Describing the meeting as excellent, Mr Singh said, he conveyed
to Mr Abe India’s commitment to further enhance the defence engagements between
both the countries. In a tweet, the Defence Minister said, India attaches the
highest priority to the bilateral relationship with Japan.
Bangladesh denies telecom services to Rohingyas
Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has directed
mobile phone operators to halt sale of SIM cards to Rohingyas and ensure
that mobile phone use by them is stopped.
The directive was issued after Posts and Telecommunications
Minister Mustafa Jabbar asked Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory
Commission (BTRC) to take immediate steps to stop mobile phone services at
Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar.
The ban on the sale of mobile SIM cards to Rohingya refugees was
first imposed in September 2017. The phone operators have also been asked to
inform the BTRC within the next seven working days the measures taken in this
The BTRC also reiterated the directive issued in October last
year asking all mobile operators to restrict their networks in the
Bangladesh-Myanmar border areas as well as block networks in and around Rohingya
Following the directive, the mobile operators are reported to
have weakened their networks in the border areas including Cox Bazar and
The notice was issued following allegations that the telecom
operators were providing SIM cards to Rohingyas defying government
ban.Bangladesh government had imposed a ban on the sale of mobile SIM cards to
Rohingyas in September 2017 citing security reasons.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Russia to prepare Indian astronauts for Gaganyaan mission
India and Russia are stepping up cooperation in the space
sector with Moscow extending help in 4-5 critical areas of India’s ambitious
manned mission to space, Gaganyaan. This includes training of Indian
astronauts at Russian facilities beginning later this year, sources at the
Indian Embassy in Moscow said.
Following Prime Minister NarendraModi’s announcement on August
15, 2018 that an Indian will go to space by the 75th Independence Day, Indian
Space Research Research Organisation (ISRO) has outlined a road map to put a
three-man crew in a low earth orbit for 5-7 days by December 2021 by an
indigenous GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle from a third launch pad under construction
Stating that the programme is on track and the process of
astronaut selection will begin shortly, the source said that “towards the end of
the year, by November or so we will have four Indian astronauts who will come
The Gaganyaan programme is expected to cost under ₹10,000 crore
and there will be two unmanned missions prior to the manned mission to validate
ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan had stated earlier that they began
work on the manned mission in 2004 and many of the critical technologies
required have already been validated through various tests.
India beats West Indies to clinch test series
India beat West Indies by a thumping margin of 257 runs to
win the second Cricket Test and clinch series 2-0. Chasing a mammoth victory
target of 468 runs set by India, West Indies were all out for 210 in their
second innings on the penultimate day of the Test at Kingston, Jamaica last
India produced a top-notch bowling performance to demolish West
Indies as the series victory put them on top of ICC World Test Championship
For India, RavindraJadeja and Mohammed Shami claimed three
wickets each. The victory was 28th in Tests for ViratKohli making him the most
successful Indian captain in the traditional format of the sport.
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