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Bilateral Current Affairs September 4th Week 2016
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Bilateral Current Affairs September 4th Week 2016

1) PM inaugurated India Sanitation Conference – INDOSAN

  • Narendra Modi inaugurated the day long INDOSAN – India Sanitation Conference, which is meant for taking stock of the progress made under the Swachh Bharat mission.   
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed chief ministers, ministers, elected representatives of people, district collectors, municipal commissioners of 500 AMRUT cities and other stakeholders in New Delhi, Ahead of the second anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • 19 States and the Union Territory of Chandigarh were rewarded with performance incentive for promoting urban reforms under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) during 2015-16.
  • The Union Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation and Panchayati Raj Shri Narendra Singh Tomar addressed that by 2nd October, 2016, one lakh villages will become Open Defecation Free, ODF and 40 Districts will achieve the status of ODF Districts in this financial Year. 
2) Conference on empowering handloom and Khadi held in Vadodara.
  • A two-day international conference on empowering handloom and Khadi held in Vadodara.
  • This two day conference is organised by Consortium of Green Fashion (CGF) in association with the department of clothing, textiles of Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) of Baroda.
  • CGF is an initiative by MKSSS’s school of Fashion Technology Pune.
  • The true purest definition of Khadi & Handloom is suggested as the mission of the conference. The aim is to increase the acceptability of Khadi among the youth and to sensitize the young fashion talent for innovation in Handloom. 
  • Right direction and encouragement to follow these green footsteps by giving them experience and guidance, is the new approach taken this year.
This conference will promote :
  1. Creative surfaces in Khadi and Handloom (Individual Contribution,    Student- Artisan).
  2. Quality enhancement in Khadi and Handloom (Group of Two Students, One Teacher & Artisans / NGO).
  3. Innovations in Design in Khadi and Handloom (Group of Students min.6- maximum 8, Artisan/ NGO, Educationalist.
  4. Promotion and Branding of Khadi and Handloom Artisans and Consumer Awareness for Khadi and Handloom.

3) India to host 18th World Congress of Criminology

  • The 18th edition of World Congress of Criminology would be held in India  from December 15-19 in Sonipat, Haryana.
  • Theme : ‘Urbanization, Globalization, Development and Crime: Opportunities and Challenges of the XXI Century’.
  • Organisers: O P Jindal Global University (JGU)  and International Society of Criminology (ISC).
  • The 3 days Congress will feature some of the most important voices on the challenges faced by the criminal justice systems in developing economies and will seek to
  1. Address critical issues surrounding criminological research in great detail.
  2. Discuss some of the most serious challenges relating to the rule of law in our societies
  3. Create meaningful platforms and enable deliberations that can reflect upon such issues in an intellectually rigorous manner.
4) Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across LoC
  • Indian Army had successfully conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control () in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
  • The strikes were India’s first direct military response to the attack on the Uri army base earlier this month that killed 18 Indian soldiers and was blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
  • The cross-border action came days after New Delhi reviewed its 56-year-old Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan and pulled out of the regional Saarc Summit in Islamabad as part of a wider diplomatic offensive to isolate its nettlesome neighbor.
  • Surgical strike is a military attack which is intended to only damage to the intended legitimate military target and no or minimal collateral damage to surrounding structures, general public infrastructure, vehicles, buildings and utilities.
  • The news of the strikes deprived the Indian stock market, which shed more than 550 points before recovering to close at lower level. 
5) West Bengal govt decided to install monorail
  • The West Bengal Chief Minister Ms.Mamata Banerjee has decided to install monorail from Budge in South 24-Parganas to Ruby Connector in Kolkata at a cost of 4,216 crore rupees.
  • The 14-kilometre-long monorail route would connect Budge Budge to Ruby via Taratala, New Alipore and Prince Anwar Shah Road and would come up at a cost of 4216 crore rupees.West Bengal govt decided to install monorail
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between Burn Standard Company Limited and the state transport department for execution of the project to install the monorail.
  • The Chief Minister announced   that there would not be any problem over land acquisition as minimum land would be required to construct pillars and elevated tracks would be laid connecting them.

6) Centre launched Progress Panchayat for all round development & empowerment of minorities

  • The Centre would  launch ‘Progress Panchayat’, an outreach campaign to create awareness about its programmes for the welfare of religious minorities and remove their “fear and misconceptions” about the NDAgovernment.
  • Minister of State for Minority Affairs (independent charge) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi would kick-start the programme from Mewat region of Haryana.
  • The programme would  be organised in 100 places across the country in the coming days where union ministers would  interact with people about the several schemes.
  • The launch of the outreach programme came   a few days after Prime MinisterNarendra Modi pitched for empowerment of Muslims.
  • This is the first, unique and different kind of outreach programme launched by us, during which we would inform people about developmental activities in social, educational, health and infrastructural sectors and their employment.
7) Patna High Court quashed Bihar Prohibition of Liquor Act
  • The Patna high court quashed the government notification completing banning liquor in the state by  saying it was ultra vires to the Constitution.
  • A division bench of the court comprising Chief Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari and Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh quashed the 5 April 2016 notification of the state government to stop consumption and sale of alcohol in the state.
  • The same bench had on 20 May 2016 reserved its order on a batch of writ petitions filed by Liquor Trade Association and many individuals challenging the liquor law which has stringent penal provisions.
  • Ultra vires means beyond one’s legal power or authority. If an act requires legal authority and it is done with such authority, it is characterised in law as intra vires.
  • Nitish Kumar-led Grand Secular Alliance government had first banned the manufacture, trade,
  • sale, consumption of country-made liquor since 1 April, but later imposed a blanket ban on all types of liquor including foreign liquor in the state.



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