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- Economic Times
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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.
First Country to signs open skies agreement
The first state to roll out ‘Twitter Seva’
ICGS ‘sarathi’ commissioned
India Declares Itself Free from H5N1
Missile destroyer ‘Mormugao’ launched
27 new cities include in Smart City list
Rail Budget scrapped
Digital India gets local language
15% of world’s maternal deaths in India
Proposal to replace MCI approved
1. First Country to signs open skies agreement
India signs open skies agreement with Greece. Greece is the first country that has signed open skies with India after the aviation policy was cleared by the Cabinet. This will allow carriers from our country to launch any number of flights to any destination in Greece. The key cities areDelhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai. At present, there are no direct flights between India and Greece and passengers travel one stop via Gulf states or Turkey to Greece. In fact, there was no air services agreement between India and Greece till now thus preventing the start of air services between two countries.
- The aviation ministry is also going to call Indian airlines to discuss their demands for the Dubai.
- The Indians carriers have exhausted the seat entitlements between India and Dubai and the government is looking at increasing it depending on the requirements of the Indian carriers.
- Indian carriers have in the past complained that they do not get desired slots at Dubai.
2. First state to roll out ‘Twitter Seva’
Uttar Pradesh became the first state in the country on 8 September 2016 to roll out the “Twitter Seva” project, when in one go 122 Twitter handles were unveiled in the state capital. The live customer services resolution solution, senior officials of the micro-blogging site said, was by far the biggest engagement by them with any department of any government in India.
- The idea behind the service was to provide the UP police, among other things, strengthening of its primary relationship with the citizens by providing fast, efficient and real time response to complaints and SoS’s raised by the 220 plus million population in the state.
- It is the next level of public engagement wherein we have facilities like time stamping so that the whole process is not only transparent but also accountable.
3. ICGS ‘sarathi’ commissioned
Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Sarathi’, third ship in the series of six Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) was commissioned by the Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh at Goa, in the presence of Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar. ‘Sarathi’ meaning charioteer is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment ‘To serve and protect’ the maritime interest of the nation.
- This 105 meters OPV has been designed and built indigenously by GSL and is fitted with most advanced state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries.
- The features include 30 mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) andHigh Power External Fire Fighting System.
4. India Declares Itself Free from H5N1
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare has
declared India free from Avian Influenza (H5N1). India had notified outbreak of Avian Influenza (H5N1) at Humnabad, Bidar district, Karnataka. There has been no further outbreak reported in the country thereafter.
The control measures adopted in the radius of one Km around outbreak location included following:
- Stamping out of entire poultry population including destruction of eggs, feed, litter and other infected materials, restriction on movement of poultry and poultry products to and from the area of outbreak, disinfection and cleaning up of infected premises and the Post Operation Surveillance Plan (POSP) from 6th June, 2016
- Surveillance was carried out throughout the country. Surveillance around the areas of the outbreaks since completion of the operation (including culling, disinfection and clean -up)
- Post the surveillance the state has shown no evidence of presence of Avian Influenza. India has declared itself free from Avian Influenza (H5N1) from 5th September, 2016 and notified the same to OIE.
5. Missile destroyer ‘Mormugao’ launched
The Indian Navy on 17 september 2016 launched country’s latest destroyer, the Mormugao, at Mumbai’s Mazagon Docks. The ship will be inducted into the Navy two years later. MDL (Mazagon Dock Limited) priest Shri Puranik did the mandatory pooja and blessed the ship.
- The indigenous content of the ship is 68 per cent.
- The Mormugao is 163.2 metres long and is powered by four Ukranian gas turbine engines to achieve speeds over 56 km per hour.
- The Mormugao is the second of a class of Project 15B destroyers, slated to be the most advanced destroyers built in India.
6. 27 new cities include in Smart City list
Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu announced the next set of 27 cities for financing under the Smart City Mission. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi along with Kanpur and Agra are among the 27 centres to be developed as smart cities.
- Uttar Pradesh has three cities in the list. Vadodara, Agra, Nagpur, Ajmer, Amritsar, Gwalior, Thane and Thanjavur are some of the other cities that have been named to be developed as smart cities.
- So far, the urban development ministry has selected 60 cities in three rounds and has covered 27 states and Union Territories. Only nine more states and UTs are still to get on board including Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
7. Rail Budget scrapped
The Cabinet has cleared merger of Railway Budget with General Budget and that will end the 92-year long journey of separate budget for Railways. The cabinet has also given an in-principle approval for advancing of presentation of budget dates in Parliament from the existing last day of February. However, the cabinet did not decide the new date. “Budget date will be decided depending on state assembly polls,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told.
- The government wants finance bill to be passed before March 31. This will set in motion the process of the biggest overhaul in the budgeting process in 15 years.
- The Modi government is likely to present the Union Budget in the last week of January or the first week of February. This will ensure the Finance Bill is passed before the start of the financial year, on April 1, so that all central government departments get their full allocations to work with right from the first day.
8. Digital India gets local language
At a time when global technology giants such as Google and Microsoft are exploring ways to incorporate Indian languages in their products and services, a government-run research organisation hasdeveloped a language interface that facilitates real-time translation of online content in more than 15 languages.
- Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), a research organisation of theDepartment of Electronics and Information Technology, has developed a localisation framework that translates content from websites, applications and databases into multiple Indian languages.
- There is a huge government focus on e-governance. Under Digital India, the government has been talking about making digital information databases and services available to citizens… This requires massive inputs in languages, because 90 per cent of people require their local language to be able to consume that information.
9. 15% of world’s maternal deaths in India
One-third of the total deaths during pregnancy and childbirth in 2015 happened in India and Nigeria even as the total number of global maternal deaths has almost halved since 1990, a Lancet report revealed.
As per report
- Worldwide, the annual number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births fell by 44% between 1990 and 2015, from approximately 385 to 216.
- The sub-Saharan African region accounted for an estimated 66% (201,000) of global maternal deaths, followed by southern Asia at 22% (66,000 deaths).
10. Proposal to replace MCI approved
NITI Aayog’s proposal to replace the existing scandals-tainted Medical Council of India (MCI) with a National Medical Commission has received the go-ahead with a majority of the States in favour of the recommendations. NITI Aayog met representatives from 20 States to hold discussion on the overhaul of the MCI. The meeting was chaired by its Vice-Chairman, Arvind Panagariya. Most States were on board with the recommendations given by the Aayog’s. One of the significant proposals is that instead of just one chairman of the new regulatory body, there should be some members also. Also, the States have asked for more representation in the commission.
- Separately, it has been proposed that a consultative committee be formed, whose function will be to advise the commission.
- However, the suggestions will not be binding on the commission.