Top 10 Events of National Importance June – 2016


To make this compilation we have used the following sources –

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

So be assured about quality and authenticity and just focus on preparation.

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. India tops global slavery index

  2. Country’s first-ever National Disaster Management Plan

  3. Exercise Desert Eagle-II Concludes

  4. Tiger Express train launched

  5. Switzerland backs India’s NSG bid

  6. Greenpeace Report On Nuclear Safety in India

  7. India ranks low in global peace index

  8. The Central Port Authorities Act’ 2016’ to replace the ‘Major Port Trust Act, 1963

  9. India’s Membership of the ICDP approved

  10. 1st Yoga Olympiad


1. India tops global slavery index

  • About 45.8 million people around the world are trapped in modern versions of enslavement, a human rights group reported.
  • The organization, the Walk Free Foundation, attributed the increased number in its report, the 2016 Global Slavery Index, to improved data collection and research methodology.
  • The organization said it had derived the index from 42,000 interviews conducted in 53 languages.
  • Some form of modern slavery exists in all 167 countries covered by the index.

Historical Definition

A slavery in which people were held as legal property, a practice that has been universally outlawed, modern slavery is generally defined as human trafficking, forced labor, bondage from indebtedness, forced or servile marriage or commercial sexual exploitation.


2. Country’s first-ever National Disaster Management Plan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the National Disaster Management Plan that seeks to provide a framework and direction to government agencies for prevention, mitigation, and management of disasters.

This is the first ever national plan prepared in the country. 

“Though Section 11of the Disaster Management Act mandates preparation of a national plan by the national executive committee headed by Union home secretary, no such plan had been drawn up so far.

The Centre has now fulfilled this requirement by releasing a national plan that will be aligned with the goals and priorities set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The plan will now have to be approved by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) headed by the prime minister.


3. Exercise Desert Eagle-II Concludes

Desert Eagle II, which was the second in the series of bilateral exercises between Indian Air Force (IAF) and United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAE AF), concluded on 03 Jun 2016.  This was a ten-day air combat exercise in which the IAF and the UAE Air Force undertook air exercises from Al-Dhafra Air Base, Abu Dhabi starting from 22 May 2016. It is pertinent to note that India and United Arab Emirates have strong bilateral relations which date back to more than hundreds of years. Both the nations have demonstrated keen resolve to engage each other in multiple facets and take the relationship to the next level. Defence Co-operation between the two nations gained momentum after signing of the ‘Agreement of Defence Co-operation’ during the visit of the Chief of Staff of UAE Armed Forces to India in 2003.


4. Tiger Express train launched

Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on 5 June 2016 flagged off the inaugural run of the Tiger Trail Circuit Train from Delhi Safdarjung Station through video conferencing between Mumbai and Delhi.

The launch of this Tiger Express on World Environment Day is to highlight the significance of environment in our lives. The Railway Minister took personal interest in conceptualizing this train. This tourist train will be operated by Indian Railway PSU namely Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The train with 5 days/6 nights’ itinerary will start from Delhi Sufdarjung railway station and travel via Katani, Jabalpur, Bandhavgadh, Kanha. The semi-luxury train will take the guests onboard to the world famous Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks in Madhya Pradesh. In addition, the trip will also take tourists to Dhuadhar Waterfall in Bedhaghat near Jabalpur. Referring to the Tiger Express which was launched that tiger is at the apex of the food chain which has tremendous ecological impact and hence it is befitting to launch a train focused on this subject. The ministry also announced that Indian Railways through its PSU IRCTC will launch more tourist circuit trains like elephant circuit, desert circuit etc.


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5. Switzerland backs India’s NSG bid

India on 6 June 2016 got the backing of Switzerland in its bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group ahead of the elite group’s crucial meeting even as the two countries resolved to strengthen cooperation in combating tax evasion and blackmoney.

Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann announced his country’s support to India’s membership in the 48-member grouping after holding comprehensive talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

What

  1. Agreeing to expand cooperation in tackling the problem of Indians stashing blackmoney in Swiss banks was one of the key focus areas of the talks between the two leaders besides stepping up ties in areas of trade, investment and vocational training.
  2. India has been pushing for membership of the bloc for last few years and had formally moved its application on May 12.

6. Greenpeace Report On Nuclear Safety in India

India’s nuclear disaster emergency plans are “not in line with international standard” and some interventions set by Indian nuclear regulator in case of an emergency provide “inadequate” protection against possible radiation, Greenpeace India claimed.

Some of the disaster intervention levels set by the Indian nuclear regulator allow inadequate protection against possible exposure, both internal (from consumption of irradiated foodstuffs or radioactive particle-laden air) and external (by simply being physically present in an area with high radiation levels) in case of a nuclear emergency. The NGO, which released a report ‘Red Alert – India’s nuclear disaster plans outdated and inadequate’, highlighted key issues like “lack” of emergency preparedness, “ancient” manual for emergency guidelines, “unacceptable “standards of food contamination among the reasons for India’s plans being “outdated” in case of an emergency.


7. India ranks low in global peace index

India was on 8 June 2016 ranked low at 141st place on a Global Peace Index — making it less peaceful than countries like Burundi, Serbia and Burkina Faso — with violence taking a USD 680-billion toll on its economy in 2015. In a ranking of 163 countries, compiled by global think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Syria has been named as the least peaceful, followed by South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. This report ranking 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness.

As per report

  • Iceland was ranked as the world’s most peaceful country, followed by Denmark and Austria.
  • India has moved up two position, from 141st last year, but the study said the country’s peace score has “deteriorated” over the past year — which means the slight rise in ranking could be due to worse performance of others.

 

 


8. The Central Port Authorities Act’ 2016’ to replace the ‘Major Port Trust Act, 1963

The Ministry of Shipping has prepared a draft bill ‘The Central Port Authorities Act’ 2016’ to replace the ‘Major Port Trust Act, 1963’. This step is being taken keeping in view the need to give more autonomy and flexibility to the Major Ports and to bring in a professional approach to their governance.

The salient features of the new Bill are:

  • The composition of the board has been simplified. The board will consist of 9 members including 3 to 4 independent members instead of 17-19 under the Port Trust Model. Provisions have been made for the inclusion of 3 functional heads of Major Port as Members in the Board apart from a Government Nominee Member and a Labour Nominee Member. (Section 3(2)).
  • The disqualification of the appointment of the Members of the Board, duties of the Members and provision of the meetings of the Board through video conferencing and other visual means have been introduced on the lines of Companies Act, 2013. (section 5,10 & 12)

9. India’s Membership of the ICDP approved

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for Indian membership of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP)consortium

by signing an MoU with the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for geosciences. This is a government-funded, Public Law Foundation of the State of Brandenburg, Germany.

What

  1. By signing the MoU on the membership for a period of five years with ICDP, India would enable engaging internationally renowned experts with profound expertise in different aspects of scientific drilling in order to accomplish deep drilling and associated investigations in Koyna region.
  2. As a part of the membership agreement, India will get a seat on two ICDP panels – Executive Committee (EC) and Assembly of Governors (AOG).

10. 1st Yoga Olympiad

Giving away prizes to winners of 1st National Yoga Olympiad in New Delhi on 20 June 2016 the Union HRD Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani exhorted the participants of Yoga Olympiad to make Yoga as an integral part of their life. Yoga is the only source to ensure peace and stability in life and to remove academic stress. Scientific evidence shows that Yoga improves motor skills and bettershand-eye coordination. It ensures good health as well as peace of mind.

What

  1. Making a special mention of participants in Yoga Olympiad from Andaman & Nicobar Islands and hoped participation from every State/UT in next year’s Yoga Olympiad.
  2. State/UT teams were divided into four categories viz., Upper Primary Girls, Upper Primary Boys, Secondary Girls and Secondary Boys.



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