Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 25 January 2016

Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 25 January 2016


Modi and Hollande both agree to fight terror

  • India and France are set for a new partnership in counter-terror cooperation, the visiting French President, Francois Hollande, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi indicated.

  • In separate speeches at the CEO forum in Chandigarh, they under- scored the need for the two countries to work together on fighting terror and enhancing their strategic partnership.

  • Mr. Hollande said his first goal of visiting India was to “consolidate the strategic partnership”.

  • Both leaders will hold bilateral talks, during which they are likely to discuss upgrading the “special and strategic partnership” signed in 1998.

  • For the past few months, officials have been discussing a closer engagement on counter-terrorism cooperation on the lines of the India-U.S. homeland security dialogue.

Amit shah became BJP president for the second time

  • Amit Shah was elected unopposed president of the Bharatiya Janata Party for a second term, this time for a full tenure of three years.

  • Mr. Shah had earlier completed Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s interrupt- ed tenure as president from July 2014.

  • While party veterans L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were absent from the election process and the ensuing festivities, it was more than made up for by the presence of other leaders, including the Chief Ministers of most BJP-ruled States, senior Ministers and party office-bearers.

  • Mr. Shah is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and it is believed that despite the defeats in the Delhi and the Bihar Assembly elections, Mr. Modi continues to favour him.

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Greek Islanders will be nominated for Nobel peace prize

  • Greek islanders who have been on the frontline of the refugee crisis are to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize with the support of their national government.

  • Of the 9,00,000 refugees who entered Europe last year, most were received — scared, soaked and travelling in rickety boats — by those who live on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

  • The islanders, including fishermen who gave up their work to rescue people from the sea, are in line to be honoured with one of the world’s most esteemed awards.

  • The nomination deadline is February 1, but those behind the plan have already met the Greek Minister for Migration, Yiannis Mouzalas, who they say has offered his government’s full support.

  • A petition on the web- site of the grassroots campaign group, Avaaz, in favour of the nomination has amassed 2,80,000 signatures.

  • While the official nomination letter is yet to be finalised, it is understood the academics, whose identities will be revealed in the coming days, will implore the Nobel committee members to accept their nomination.

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:: INDIA and WORLD ::

US President Obama says Pakistan can and must take action against terrorism

  • Voicing his belief that the India-U.S. relationship can be one of the defining partner- ships of the century, he said Mr. Modi shared his enthusiasm for a strong partnership and “we have developed a friendship and close working relationship, including our conversations on the new secure lines between our offices.”

  • On the Pathankot attack, he said: “We join India in condemning the attack, saluting the Indians who fought to pre- vent more loss of life and extending our condolences to the victims and their families.

  • Tragedies like this also under- score why the U.S. and India continue to be such close partners in fighting terrorism.”

  • The President was of the view that Mr. Sharif recognised that insecurity in Pakistan is a threat to its own stability and that of the region.

  • After the December, 2014 school massacre in Peshawar, he vowed to target all militants, regardless of their agenda or affiliation.

  • That is the right policy. Since then, we have seen Pakistan take action against several specific groups. We have also seen continued terrorism inside Pakistan such as the recent attack on the university in northwest Pakistan.

  • The President said that he still believed that “Pakistan can and must” take more effective action against terrorist groups that operated from its territory.

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Government making changes in scheme to make it more attractive

  • The government has made a slew of changes in its gold monetisation scheme to make it more flexible and attractive.

  • Since the scheme was introduced two months ago the government has collected over 900 kilos of gold.

  • The new norms issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in consultation with the government are based on suggestions to make the scheme more accessible for potential gold depositors, and allow premature redemptions after three years and five years for medium term and long term deposits, respectively.

  • The interest payable to depositors in such cases would be reduced, while allowing them an exit option.

  • Further, the quantity of gold collected under the scheme will be expressed up to three decimals of a gram to give consumers better value for their gold deposits that can be of any purity level.

  • The gold monetisation scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The gold collected under the scheme is refined for domestic purpose with an eye on cutting India’s high gold imports, which registered a surge of 179 per cent in the month of December 2015.

  • Gold depositors can now give their gold directly to the refiner rather than only though collection and purity testing centres (CPTCs).

  • Adding that this would encourage bulk depositors including institutions to participate in the scheme.

  • Banks would now be paid a 2.5 per cent commission for their services on medium and long term deposits which include testing the purity of gold deposits, refining, storage and transportation.

  • Banks have also been given the freedom to hedge their positions in the case of short-term deposits, and issues around interest rate calculation as well as extending loans against gold deposits have been clarified.

:: Sports ::

Indian shuttler P.V.Sindhu won Malaysia masters

  • Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu continued her rampaging run to clinch the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title with a straight-game win over Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour, making a resounding start to the new season.

  • The third-seeded Indian prevailed 21-15, 21-9 in a 32-minute clash to clinch her fifth Grand Prix Gold title to avenge a 2013 loss to the Scot, their only previous encounter before this match.

  • This is also Sindhu’s second Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title, having won it in 2013 as well. She also completed a hat-trick at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold in November last year.

  • The Indian had reached her maiden finals of a Super Series premier event at the Denmark Super Series Premier.

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