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National Current Affairs Semptember 3rd Week 2016
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1) Cabinet approves signing of the Extradition Treaty between India and Afghanistan.

  • Cabinet approves Cadre Review of Group `A` Executive Officers of Border Security Force.
  • Cabinet approves extension of contract between India and the International Seabed Authority for exploration of Polymetallic Nodules.
  • Cabinet approves Bilateral Technical Arrangement between India and Switzerland on the identification and return of Swiss and Indian Nationals.
  • Cabinet approves Exchange of Tariff concessions under the Fourth Round of Negotiations APTA.
  • Cabinet approves establishment of Higher Education Financing Agency for creating capital assets in higher educational institutions.
  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and Kenya on cooperation in the field of National Housing Policy Development and Management.
  • Cabinet approves creation of GST Council and its Secretariat.
  • Cabinet apprised of the MoU between India and Mozambique on cooperation in the field of Youth Affairs.
  • Cabinet apprised of the MoU between India and South Africa in the field of Information and Communication Technologies.
  • Cabinet approves initiation of the Third Phase of Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP).
  • Cabinet approves enhancing the buffer stock of pulses up to 20 lakh tonnes.


2) Govt launches toll-free number for postal complaints.

  • The government launched toll free number 1924 to register postal complaints, over a month after introducing Twitter Sewa for redressal of telecom and postal grievances. 
  • The service will be operational initially for 12 hours on working days between 0800 hrs to 2000 hrs. 
  • The service has been started initially in three languages - Hindi, English and Malayalam.

3) HP, Singapore sign MoU for smart integrated township.

  • Himachal Pradesh government signed a preliminary Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore government for developing a smart integrated township in Jathiadevi near Shimla airport. 
  • Development of a smart integrated township near the state capital was an ambitious project of the government which would go a long way in decongesting the highly populated city. 
  • Which was initially developed for 25 thousand people only, resulting in congestion and over utilisation of infrastructure and it was high time for development of a smart integrated township outside the city with a state-of-the-art social, physical, institutional and economic infrastructure.
4) Committee to identify people below the poverty line (BPL).
  • A task force headed by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya to prepare a road map for elimination of poverty has submitted its report to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and suggested setting up of a committee to identify people below the poverty line (BPL).