Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 19 June 2019
PM meets political parties to discuss one nation one election
Prime Minister NarendraModi will hold a meeting with the
Presidents of all political parties having representation in Parliament on
the issue of One Nation One Election in New Delhi today.
During the meeting, celebrations of 75 years of India's
Independence in 2022 and Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary celebrations
this year will also be discussed.
Increasing the productivity in parliament and the development of
aspirational districts are other items on the agenda.
The Prime Minister has pitched for One Nation One Election on
various occasions. During his Mann Ki Baat programme in All India Radio in
August last year, Mr Modi had described the debate on the issue as a healthy
sign for democracy.
He had said that it is an appropriate tribute to former Prime
Minister AtalBihari Vajpayee who changed the country's political culture.
North eastern council and NPC joins hand on capacity building
The North Eastern Council (NEC) and the National
Productivity Council (NPC) have agreed on a tie-up venture in the area of
capacity building and evaluation of projects, a press release informed.
Director General, NPC Dr.Amita Prasad, visited the NEC
Secretariat, Shillong today and discussed on the possibility of a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) to train officials in the area of project implementation and
management including third-party evaluation of projects, energy auditing, and
digitization for smart governance with Secretary NEC Ram Muivah, and other
With this initiative, the benefits to the North Eastern Region
would be immense in terms of improved capacity in project implementation and
management which will help in timely completion of projects added the press
Dr Prasad requested the States of the North East to approach the
NPC with proposals for capacity building programmes and have similar MoUs with
the NPC to train the State officials.
E-commerce companies to discuss data localisation issue with
E-commerce companies on Monday voiced their concerns about
the Reserve Bank of India’s data localisation norms with Commerce Minister
They also highlighted the data-related provisions of the draft
e-commerce policy during the meeting. Mr.Goyal asked them to submit their
concerns in writing within 10 days and assured them that his Ministry would take
them on board.
“The meeting was held by [Mr.] PiyushGoyal in order to
understand their concerns and take their suggestions towards building a robust
data protection framework that will achieve the dual purpose of privacy and
innovation and strengthen India’s position as a global tech leader with focus on
trust and innovation,” the Commerce Ministry said in a statement.
Some of the companies also raised concerns about the draft
e-commerce policy released by the government, especially provisions related to
treatment of data.
The other issue was the government’s demand for data from
companies, where the companies argued that the data should be shared only for
law and order and investigation situations.
SEBI permits exchanges to introduce futures on indices
Capital markets regulator SEBI today permitted stock
exchanges with commodity derivative segment to introduce futures on indices.
SEBI in a circular said, the stock exchanges, willing to start trading in
futures on commodity indices, are required to take prior approval for
launching such contracts.
The regulator has directed the stock exchanges to submit
proposal with contract specifications and risk management framework for approval
before launching any futures contract on an index.
The circular comes after SEBI floated a consultation paper in
January, where it had proposed rules for product design for future on the
indices as part of larger efforts to deepen the participation of institutions in
the derivatives segment. The SEBI directives are in line with recommendations of
Commodity Derivatives Advisory Committee.
UNHRC to conduct inquiry into former Egyptian president’s death
The United Nations human rights office called for an
"independent inquiry" into the death of former Egyptian president Mohamed
Morsi. Morsi died after collapsing during a trial hearing in a Cairo court
The spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights said that "any sudden death in custody must be followed by a prompt,
impartial, thorough and transparent investigation carried out by an independent
body to clarify the cause of death."
British MP Crispin Blunt also said "there must be proper
accountability " for the death. He led a review last year of the detention of
the deposed Egyptian president. Meanwhile, thousands joined in prayer for the
former Egyptian president in Istanbul today.
The prayers, called by Turkey's religious authority Diyanet,
took place in the city's Fatih mosque. President RecepTayyipErdogan, a close
ally of Morsi, is also due to attend the prayers.
U.S to start removing illegal migrants soon
The United States will start removing “millions” of illegal
migrants next week, President Donald Trump said on Monday, adding that
Guatemala is preparing to sign a safe third country deal.
He added that “Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third
Agreement,” an apparent reference to a pact in which migrants entering
Guatemalan territory would have to apply for refugee status there, not in the
The U.S. is facing a surge in migrant arrivals from Guatemala
and other impoverished Central American countries which are plagued by gang
Under a deal between the U.S. and Mexico this month to avert
threatened tariffs, Mexico agreed to deploy 6,000 National Guardsmen to
reinforce its southern border, and to expand its policy of taking back migrants
as the United States processes their asylum claims.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
ICG to co-host workshop on ReCAAP
Indian Coast Guard is co-hosting an international workshop
in New Delhi to deepen knowledge on issues related to piracy and armed
The two-day workshop is being organised in cooperation with the
Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against
Ships in Asia (ReCAAP). Presently, 20 countries are members of the ReCAAP.
The workshop was inaugurated by Additional Director General,
Indian Coast Guard V SR Murthy along with Mr Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Murthy recognized the efforts of
ReCAAP towards developing the cooperative framework to address the menace of
piracy and armed robbery and facilitating information exchange between various
India remains static in FIFA rankings
The Indian football team remained static at 101st place in
the FIFA rankings issued today. India had finished third in the King's Cup
in Thailand, which the organizers had said was a FIFA-sanctioned tournament.
India's ranking points remained the same -- 1219 -- as that of
the previous list, issued on 4th April this year.
The Indian team is at 18th spot among the Asian countries led by
Iran (20th), Japan (28), Korea (37), Australia (43) and Qatar (55) form the top
five in Asia.
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