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Bilateral Current Affairs November 1st Week 2016
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1) Modi launched Haryana’s year-long golden jubilee celebrations of Haryana

i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Haryana’s year-long golden jubilee celebrations of Haryana in Gurugram. PM Modi kicked-off Haryana’s ‘Swarna Jayanti’ celebrations from Gurugram’s Tau Devi Lal stadium on November 1, 2016.
ii. The Haryana Government has decided to set up Gurugram Development Authority(GDA) to avoid overlap in its functional and operational responsibilities and provide functional empowerment in administrative and financial structures at the local level
iii. 7 states celebrates state formation Day on November 1 2016 – Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
2) Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 to curb black money comes into effect from Nov 1, 2016

Black Money

i. The Income Tax department announced that the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 (BTP Amendment Act), came into force from 1st November 2016 in order to give more teeth to the authorities to curb benami transactions.
ii. The BTP Amendment Act, the existing Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988, shall be renamed as Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988 (PBPT Act).
iii. The Act defines benami transactions and also provides imprisonment upto seven years and fine for violation of the Act. The official notification says, ‘The PBPT Act prohibits recovery of the property held benami from benamidar by the real owner.Properties held benami are liable for confiscation by the government without payment of compensation.’
3) Centre notifies rules for Real Estate Act for five UTs

Real Estate

i. Centre notified the rules for Real Estate Act, that seeks to regulate the housing sector besides bringing transparency and ensuring timely completion of projects.Centre notifies rules for Real Estate Act for five UTs
ii. The rules will be applicable to five Union Territories namely Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep.
iii. This rules also require builders to deposit 70 per cent of unused amounts collected for ongoing projects in a separate bank account to ensure timely completion of the projects.
iv. The Ministry of Urban Development will come out with such rules for the National Capital Region of Delhi while the other states and UTs will come out with their own rules.
4) Government fixed minimum wage of farm worker Rs 350 per day
i. Government has decided to fix the minimum wage at Rs 350 per day for unskilled agricultural labour in C-class towns in central sphere.It was announced by Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya. It will effective from November 1, 2016.


ii. Now agriculture workers gets Rs 160 per day in the central sphere are paid as per the rates prescribed under the national floor level minimum wage.
iii. The states governments are free to fix wages for various category of workers as there is no benchmark minimum wage

5) Govt formulating national policy to reduce alcohol dependency


i. The Centre is working on formulation of a national policy to speak about the emerging challenge
of alcohol dependency in the country, especially among youth.
ii. In a first-of-its-kind lead, the policy would follow the same approach as it is being used in cases of drug de-addiction. It was specifically to manage the problem of alcohol dependence, a psychiatric disorder in which an individual is physically or psychologically dependent upon drinking alcohol.
iii. The aim is to organize communities to adopt effective approaches to prevent and reduce harmful use of alcohol, reduce the harm to public health and social consequences from alcohol intoxication, and consumption of illegalliquor. Alcohol is one of the largest risk factor for various disease, accounting for close to three million deaths.
iv. NGOs and public health activists have recommended that alcohol availability should be regulated, its marketing, especially fostered advertisements, which tempt adolescents and the young people be reduced.
6) International Forum on Adopting an ICT Perspective to Education and Learning held in New Delhi
i. The International Forum on Adopting an ICT Perspective to Education and Learning is being held in New Delhi from 31st October- 4th November 2016.


International Forum on Adopting an ICT Perspective to Education and Learning held in New Delhiii. Aim : To implementing the UNESCO developed General Education Quality Analysis Framework (GEQAF).
iii. It was organised by International Bureau of Education (IBE), International Institute of Technology for Education (IITE), National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) and Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD)
iv. Participants from Azerbaijan, Botswana, Egypt, Gabon, India, Lithuania, Oman, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Swaziland, Brazil, Mauritius and the United State are participated in this forum.
v. The sessions of the forum are designed to be interactive and to build on concrete cases of ICT integration and inclusion thought practical hands-on activities.
7) Kerala becomes 3rd open defecation free state


i. Southern state of Kerala became the third state overall and the largest state so far to be declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM- Gramin).
ii. 14 districts, 152 blocks, 940 Gram Panchayats and 2117 villages of Kerala have been declared free from open defecation.
iii. Kerala, with a rural population of approximately 3.5 crores, is also the largest state so far to have achieved the ODF Status, after Sikkim (6 lakhs) and Himachal Pradesh (70 lakhs).
Kerala also declared as drought-hit state:
  • All the 14 districts of Kerala have been declared drought-hit by the government. This was announced by Minister for Revenue, E. Chandrasekharan.
  • From June 1 this year to September 30, Kerala received only  1352.3 mm rain against the normal rainfall of 2039.7 mm.
8) Committee to review fire safety measures of Govt hospitals


i. The government has established a committee to review fire safety measures at various Central government hospitals and directed it to submit a report within 15 days.
ii. Union Health Minister J P Nadda held a meeting to review the fire safety rules which are being followed in all Central government hospitals all over the country.
iii. It can be recalled that more than 20 patients were killed and over 20 others injured in a fire that started suddenly at Sum private hospital in Odisha recently, in one of the worst such incidents involving a medical facility in the state.
iv. The blaze was suspected to have been triggered by an electric short circuit in the dialysis ward on the first floor of the private hospital which spread to the nearby Intensive Care Unit (ICU).


9) PM Modi to become the mascot for Incredible India

PM Modi

i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to be the mascot of ‘Incredible India’ campaign with the tourism ministry finally deciding to do away with plans to rope in any Bollywood stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, for the role which was lying vacant after ouster of Aamir Khan earlier this year.
ii. Incredible India is the name of an international marketing campaign by the Government of India to promote tourism in India in 2002 to an audience of global appeal.
iii. Incredible India title was officially branded and promoted by Amitabh Kant, then the Joint Secretary under the Union Ministry of Tourism, in 2002.
10) Global Conference on Tobacco Control held at Greater Noida


i. India host the important global tobacco control conference for the first time, where it will push for include smokeless tobacco as an agenda.
ii. The Seventh Session of the Conference of Parties (COP7) to World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to be held at Greater Noida.
iii. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena would be the special invited speaker at the conference, which would be inaugurated by Union Health Minister J P Nadda.
iv. The Sri Lankan President, who served as the Minister of Health during the previous government, is a strong advocate of tobacco control and successfully implemented laws to display pictorial warnings up to 80 percent on both sides of cigarette packets.
v. India has provided a leadership role in the negotiations of FCTC and has also served as the regional coordinator for the South-East Asia Region.
vi. India ratified the treaty on February 27, 2005 and is obligated to comply with the treaty provisions and its guidelines to reduce tobacco consumption globally.
11) E-Court software launched by Home Minister to enable speedy disposal of Appeals/Complaints

E Court

i. E-Court software launched by Home Minister to do speedy disposal of Appeals/Complaints. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched ‘e-Court Software‘ to enable speedy disposal of Appeals/Complaints by using digital technology at the 2-day 11th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission (CIC) in New Delhi.-day 11th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission (CIC) .
iii. The system would allow online filing of appeals/complaints and case transfer using latest technology. It would generate a unique number which can be used by the applicant for tracking the status of a case filed with the Commission.
iv. Alerts will also be produced to inform the applicant at the stage of Registration, issue of Facilitation Memo, scheduling of the case hearing and also at the stage of decision uploading.
v. The system will provide an online search facility which allows a user to search for Dak, File, Hearing Notice and Decision,etc. On the occasion of 2-day 11th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission (CIC)  he added Right to Information (RTI) Act is a powerful medium of two-way communication between the citizens and the government.
vi. The Home Minister also released a book on RTI success stories. The book has been prepared for the Commission by Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration.
12) India, Britain signed MoUs on IPR, ease of doing business


i. India and Britain signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on intellectual property rights (IPR) and ease of doing business following delegation-level talks led by Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Theresa May.
ii. Both the MoUs were exchanged in the presence of Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and her British side Theresa May here.It is intended to promote innovation, creativity and economic growth in both countries.
iii. It established a broad and flexible framework through which both countries can exchange best practices and work together on training programmes and technical exchanges get bigger awareness on IPRs and better protect intellectual property rights.
Britain :
  • Capital: London.
  • Currency: Pound Sterling.
  • Prime Minister: Theresa May.
13) ‘Lost’ Chandrabhaga river found in Odisha


i. After the confirmation of  existence of the mythical Saraswati river in India’s North-West, scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur claim they have found evidence of another ‘lost’ Indian river.
ii. The River Named Chandrabhaga, the ancient river is believed to have existed at a distance of about 2 km from the 13th century Sun Temple at Konark, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Odisha.
iii. Almost all myths regarding Konark, including illustrations and photographs, indicate the presence of the Chandrabhaga river in the proximity of the temple.
iv. According to their report, the satellite imagery and Google Earth image showed a “sinusoidal” trace, characteristic of a typical “palaeo-channel” remains of an inactive river passing north of the Sun Temple extending approximately parallel to the coast.
v. Identification of such a palaeo-channel of Chandrabhaga River may lead to the description of small areas of freshwater zones within a dominantly saline water environment in coastal Odisha. It may even partially help to reduce the chronic drinking water problem along the Odisha coast.