Top 10 Events of National Importance August – 2016


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  • PIB
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  • The Hindu
  • Indian Express
  • Economic Times
  • Other References

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In this article, we have shared Events of National importance current affairs notes which are helpful for UPSC Mains and UPSC Prelims. These notes are also available in the form of Book and ebook.

These current events are also useful and helpful for SSC, Banking and state level PCS examination, but we have specially crafted and edited the notes for UPSC Mains and UPSC prelims.

Here we have listed the 10 most important events of national Importance for the month of September 2016. You may also download the full magazine here.

  1. NADA verdict

  2. Country first tiger repository

  3. Mission Bhagiratha launched

  4. First National Conference of IA

  5. Irom Sharmila ends fast

  6. KNPP dedicated to nation

  7. First ever National Teachers’ Congress

  8. First state to ratify GST bill

  9. First National Conference of IA inaugurated

  10. Smart Ganga City Scheme Launched

 


1. NADA verdict

In a sensational turn of events, Narsingh Yadav was on 1 August 2016 cleared to compete in the Rio Olympics after being exonerated of doping charges by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), which ruled that the wrestler was a victim of “sabotage” and deserved the benefit of doubt. Ending the suspense of the last few days, NADA DG Naveen Agarwal read out a statement clearing Narsingh, leading to wild celebrations among his supporters. “We kept in mind that in the past, till June 2, none of his samples were positive. It was inconceivable that one-time ingestion would be of benefit. Therefore, the panel is of the view that the one-time ingestion was not intentional,” Mr. Agarwal said while reading out the verdict.

What

  1. The panel concludes that the athlete deserves the benefit of article 10.4 of the NADA’s anti-doping code. Keeping in view that he was victim of a sabotage, the panel exonerates the athlete from charges of anti-doping rules of NADA.
  2. The Wrestling Federation of India said Narsingh would now be brought back into the squad.
  3. The NADA reached the conclusion after three days of marathon hearings last week during which Narsingh’s lawyers argued that the wrestler had been sabotaged by rivals.

2. Country first tiger repository

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will now house the country’s first repository on tigers, under its new Tiger Cell. “We have worked with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on tiger conservation and population estimation, and in the process we have generated a huge database,” WII Director V. B. Mathur told.

What

  1. The Dehradun-based WII has about 23,000 images of tigers. “This has to be maintained and the Tiger Cell will do that.
  2. If a tiger skin is recovered at a place, then a properly maintained database can be used to check where the tiger might have come from.
  3. Project clearanceThe Tiger Cell could also help with the development-conservation debate.

3. Mission Bhagiratha launched

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched Mission Bhagiratha at Komatibanda Village, Gajwel, in Medak District of Telangana. The scheme has been launched by the State Government with an objective to provide safe drinking water to all. The Prime Minister unveiled plaques to lay Foundation Stones for important development projects. These included the 1600 MW Thermal Power station of NTPC at Ramagundam; revival of a Fertilizer Plant at Ramagundam; Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences, Warangal; and Manoharabad-Kothapalli Railway line. He also dedicated to the nation the 1200 MW Thermal Power Station of Singareni Collieries at Jaipur, in Adilabad district.

What

  1. The State Government for the steps taken over the last two years to fulfil the aspirations of the people. Noting the importance of cooperative federalism for the country’s development, the Prime Minister said the Centre and States are now working together for this objective.
  2. The Mission Bhagiratha to provide drinking water to the people of the State.


4. First National Conference of IA

The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in coordination with National Investigation Agency (NIA) is organizing the 1st National Conference of Investigation Agencies on 12-13th August, 2016, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The conference has originated from the mandate of the BPR&D and the recommendations of Directors General of Police (DGPs)/Inspectors General of Police (IGPs) conferences which stipulated “To organize the All India Conference of Police and Law Enforcement officers engaged in investigation tasks”.

What

  1. The conference envisages to provide an annual national platform to all the officers of law enforcement agencies engaged in investigation tasks with the objective to discuss the latest laws and judgments and their implications for investigation and prosecution and to deliberate on new legislation/ criminal law amendments and systematic changes for meeting new challenges in investigation.
  2. The conference also envisages about adoption of latest technology in forensic sciences for expeditious and professional investigation and to share best practices followed by different investigation agencies which could be implemented by others.

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5. Irom Sharmila ends fast

Manipur’s ‘Iron Lady’ Irom Chanu Sharmila, who has been on fast for about 16 years demanding repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state, was released by a court after signing Personal Recognition (PR) Bond. The 44-year-old iconic rights activist is, however, yet to walk out of her jail ward at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences pending the release order.

Flashpoint

  1. The AFSPA: – The Armed Forces (Assam and Manipur) Special Powers Act was signed into law in September 1958, and was later renamed the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). It authorizes the central government and heads of states and Union Territories to declare the regions they govern to be “disturbed areas.” The act gives armed forces extarordinary powers, including immunity from legal action, and the licence to shoot to kill and arrest people without obtaining warrants.
  2. ‘Disturbed’ regions: – Besides parts of the North East, the AFSPA has been in force in two other regions: Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh (withdrawn in 1997 in both jurisdictions) and Jammu and Kashmir (still in force).

6. KNPP dedicated to nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on 10 August 2016 jointly dedicated to the nation the 1,000 MW Nuclear Power Plant-I in Kudankulam, assuring it was one of the safest atomic plants in the world. Speaking on the occasion through video conferencing from New Delhi, Modi said Kudankulum 1, an India-Russian project, was an important addition to the continuing efforts to scale up production of clean energy in India.

What

  1. The KNPP had been set up using the Russian VVER type reactors based on enriched uranium and its second unit was expected to start operations later this year.
  2. The completion of the first unit was delayed in view of strident protests by local people, who raised safety concerns, before it became operational.

7. First ever National Teachers’ Congress

The country’s first ever National Teachers’ Congress will be held for three days at Pune from Sept.23 to 25. Is being organised by the National Teachers Congress Foundation, Pune, of which the Chief Minister of Maharashtra is the Chief Patron.

What

  1. The event is being organised under the aegis of MAEER’s MIT School of Government, Pune, in association with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Association of Indian Universities, Maharashtra State Principals’ Forum, Government of Maharashtra and UNESCO Chair of Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance, Pune.
  2. It is actively supported by AICTE, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Maharashtra State Principal’s Forum, Maharashtra State Government and UNESCO Chair of Human Rights, Democracy, Peace & Tolerance, Pune.

 

 


8. First state to ratify GST bill

Assam on 12 August 2016 became the first state to ratify the constitution amendment bill for the goods and services tax (GST) taking India a step closer to the implementation of this seminal tax reform.

What

  1. The 122nd Constitution amendment bill received Parliament’s nod earlier this week and has subsequently been sent to states for their consent. The bill needs to be ratified by 50% of the Indian states before it can be sent for Presidential assent.
  2. The government is aiming to get the bill ratified by 16 states within the first week of September to stay on course its 1 April 2017 implementation deadline. States need to pass the bill by a simple majority to ratify the bill.

9. First National Conference of IA inaugurated

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the first National Conference of investigating agencies. The two-day conference is being organised by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in coordination with National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Why

  1. The investigation agencies are facing many challenges in the investigation of traditional and modern crimes. This conference is an opportunity to discuss these challenges and ways to overcome them. This conference will discuss ways to improve quality of investigation especially for economic and organized crimes and related legal issues.
  2. The crime is an act which is committed by persons with perverted mind or in adverse circumstances. Whatever the circumstances under which a crime is committed, crime cannot be accepted as legitimate by any civilized society.

10. Smart Ganga City Scheme Launched

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti and Union Urban Development Minister Shri M Venkaiah Naidu launched Smart Ganga City Scheme in ten important cities through video conference. These cities are – Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mathura-Vrindavan, Varanasi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Patna, Sahibgunj and Barrackpore. National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)has chosen these cities in the first phase for infrastructure development for sewage treatment. This will be on hybrid annuity mode based on PPP model.

What

  1. The cooperation of Union Urban Development Ministry is key to the success of Namami Gange programme. Learning from the past experience of gaga action plan her Ministry this time has gone for hybrid annuity mode based on PPP model.
  2. The Minister said district level mentoring committees will be constituted to monitor the speedy implementation of Namami Gange programme.

 


 



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