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Bilateral Current Affairs September 3rd Week 2016
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1) Odisha government organized two-day national conference on labor 

  • The Odisha government in association with International Labor Organization(ILO) organised a two-day national conference on laborin Bhubaneswar.
  • Union minister of state for labour and employment Bandaru Dattatreya and ministers and chairpersons of labour welfare boards of 29 states attended the conference.
  • Major issues referring to social security of organized and unorganized sector labourers, child and bonded labourers, various welfare measures, skill development 
2) 2as well as wage issues was discussed at the conference.
  • The conference was discussed about how to manage the labour welfare boards and regulate child labour laws in a better and effective ways.
  • The conference had a lot of significance for the labourers and trade unions, who had recently staged strike on September 2 on various issues including minimum wage 
3) fixation and proper implementation of labour laws.
International Labour Organization (ILO):
 Headquarters: Geneva, Swizterland
 Founded: 1919.
 Head: Guy Rider.


4) Supreme Court moves away from death penalty

  • This judicial innovation, formalised by a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court in the Rajiv Gandhi killers’ case in December 2015, helped get rid of death  
  • penalty and addressed the genuine concerns of the society.
  • A three-judge Bench led by Justice J. Chelameswar observed the judgment. The innovation involved substituting death penalty with a special category of life  
  • imprisonment without the benefit of release on remission for prolonged periods ranging from 25 to 30 years, if not more.
  • The innovation, according to Justice S.K. Singh, who authored the Lodhi judgment for Justice Chelameswar’s Bench, was an endeavour by the apex court to make “no  
  • party (convict or the society) a loser”.
  • Law Commission of India Chairperson, Justice B.S. Chauhan, seconded the judgment’s optimism reported that  the Supreme Court might have indeed found an alternative 
5) Capital punishment in this special category of sentence.
  • Railways to introduce Yatri Mitra Sewa to book wheelchair cum porter services
  • To provide support to old and differently abled passengers requiring assistance at the stations, Ministry of Railways had decided to introduce Yatri Mitras Sewa for  
  • enabling passengers to book wheelchair services cum porter services.yatri-mitra-sewa
  • This service could be booked on IRCTC e-ticketing website and 139 or through a mobile. The responsibility of providing the Yatri Mitra Sewa has been entrusted with 
  • IRCTC.
  • The Railways declared that passengers would be able to access the service through a mobile application that is being developed by the Centre for Railway 
  • Information Systems (CRIS).
  • However, if this service could not be provided ‘free of cost’ due to lack of response from NGOs, charitable trust, PSUs etc., IRCTC might arrange this service on 
  • payment basis through a service provider or on its own.


6) Shri Radha Mohan Singh Concluded 3 Days Israel Visit

  • Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh concluded his three day Israel Visit. The Union Minister led a four member official  
  • delegation to Israel to deepen bilateral engagement in agriculture.
  • In his interaction with on Agriculture Minister of Israel, Shri Uri Ariel, Shri Singh expressed satisfaction at the level of cooperation in agriculture between the 
  • two countries.
  • Shri Singh also mentioned that there was potential for further collaboration in areas such as collaborative research, dairyand aquaculture. Israeli Agriculture  
  • Minister, Shri Ariel concurred that the potential between the two countries in agriculture was untapped.
  • iv. Shri Radha Mohan Singh visited the Agricultural Research Organization – Israel’s premium institute in agricultural research. Union Minister was briefed about  
  • post-harvesting technologies and food processing, areas which offer bright prospects to Indian farmers. .
  • Agriculture has been a main area of cooperation between the two countries ever since diplomatic ties were established in 1992. Under a bilateral agreement, various 
  • Israeli centers of excellence had been established in various states, covering a wide span of fields such as fruits, vegetables, horticulture etc.
  • A number of Indian officials received training in Israel and minister, during the visit, interacted with almost 20 officials who are currently undergoing a  
  • training programme in Israel. Both sides are also discussing a bilateral scheme to promote bilateral collaborative research.
 Capital: Jerusalem
 Currency: Israeli new shekel
 Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu