3 june 2016

Odisha becomes first state to give social welfare benefits to transgender community 

Odisha became the first state in the country to give transgender people social welfare benefits – such as a housing, pension and food grains. This move seeks to give the transgender community in the state same benefits as those living below the poverty line (BPL) in order to improve their overall social and economic status. 

Benefits to transgender community

 Members of the transgender community will be given BPL cards that will allow them to access benefits under various government welfare programmes. Henceforth they will get benefits such as free housing, pensions loans to start up their own businesses and 100 days of paid work annually. They would also be entitled 5 kg of food grains every month under National Food Security Act. Issues faced by transgender community Due to social exclusion, most transgender people are in very bad social and economic conditions. Many of them face ostracism and discrimination, as well as verbal, physical and sexual abuse. They also lack of access to education and employment opportunities, ending up into organised groups, forced begging or demanding money.

India, US ink MoU for exchange of information on terror database

India and United States (US) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to join the global terror database maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) of US. 
Under this MoU, both sides will give each other access to terrorism screening information through designated contact points, subject to domestic laws and regulations. The real time exchange of intelligence on terror would enhance the counter terrorism cooperation between India and the US TSC is a multi-agency organisation administered by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which consolidates several terrorist watch lists maintained by different US government agencies into single terrorist database on terror suspects. It has details of 11,000 terror suspects on its database, including nationality, photos, finger prints (if any), date of birth and passport number. So far US has finalised such agreements with 30 countries.

Navin Agarwal appointed as DG of NADA

Senior IPS officer Navin Agarwal was appointed Director General (DG)/ Chief Executive Officer (CEP) of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). His appointment was confirmed by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has been appointed to the post for five years. Navin Agarwal is a 1986 batch IPS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre. Prior to this appointment he was working in his cadre state J&K. 

About National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) 
  • NADA was set up as registered society under the Societies Registration Act of 1890 in November 2005 with a mandate for Dope free sports in India. 
  • It is national organization responsible for promoting, coordinating, and monitoring doping control program in sports in all its forms. 
  • It functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. 
  • The primary objectives of NADA are: Implement anti-doping rules as per World Anti-Doping Code, Regulate dope control programme, Promote education and research and Create awareness about doping and its ill effects.

LDF’s P Sreeramakrishnan elected speaker of Kerela Assembly

Rlinug Left Democratic Front’s (LDF) candidate P Sreeramakrishnan was elected as speaker of the 14th legislative assembly of Kerala. In the voting held in the 140-member legislative assembly, P Sreeramakrishnan secured 92 votes against opposition United Democratic Front’s (UDF) V.P. Sajeendran who got 46 votes.Image result for P SreeramakrishnanP Sreeramakrishnan is two-time legislator from Ponnani constituency. He was elected for the first time in 2011 and again in 2016. He is state committee member of CPI(M) and the Ex- President of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI).                                                                                                Background                                                                                    In the 2016 State Assembly Election, the CPI (M)-led left Democratic Front (LDF) had emerged victorious by winning 91 seats in the 140 member Assembly. veteran CPI-M leader Pinarayi Vijayan was sworn-in as 12th Chief Minister of Kerala. The LDF had returned to power in Kerala after 5 years, while then ruling UDF had emerged as largest opposition front by winning 47 seats. The remaining two seats were won by BJP and Independent candidate each.

Indian banker Raghavan Seetharaman awarded Green Economy Visionary Award

Among Important Banking Current Affairs, On 30th May 2016, Qatar-based Indian banker Raghavan Seetharaman was awarded with Green Economy Visionary award. He was awarded with this prestigious award for him environment-friendly activities and for promoting green economy.

He was honoured in a Summit held in Rome by Chairman of Union of Arab Banks Mohammed Jarrah Al-Sabah.

2 June 2016

Union Cabinet approves setting up of India Post Payments Bank

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for setting up the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) as a Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts. It will have 100% Government of India (GOI) equity and shall be established with total expenditure of 800 Crore rupees. Now, the IPPB will obtain banking licence from RBI by March 2017 and by September 2017. 

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IPPB will start operations in March 2017 in about 50 districts and will cover the entire country by the end of FY 2018-19. 
It will generate employment opportunities for about 3,500 skilled banking professionals, will set up 650 branches and 5,000 ATMs across the country. 
Services of IPPB will be available across the country through its 650 payments bank branches. Its services will be linked post offices and alternative channels riding on modern technology including ATMs, mobiles, simple digital payments and PoS/m-PoS devices etc.
 It will also generate opportunities for propagating financial literacy across the country and help furthering the cause of financial inclusion.
 The Secretary, Department of Posts will be the Part time, Non-Executive Chairman of the Bank

Rahul Johri assumes charge as first ever CEO of BCCI

·Rahul Johri assumed charge as first ever chief executive officer (CEO) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai.

· He was appointed on the recommendation of the Justice Lodha Committee.

· He will be report to the BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke and will be based at headquarters of BCCI in Mumbai.

·He will be responsible for “smooth functioning of operations, stakeholder management and building robust strategies for promoting of sport.

Sachin Tendulkar's name to be used in Kerala Government's Anti-Drug Campaign

·Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the cricket icon has given his consent to use his name to strengthen the campaign against liquor and drug abuse in the state.

· This agreement was reached when Tendulkar along with three other co-owners of the Kerala Blaste
rs Football Club (KBFC) met Vijayan at the state secretariat.

·The other co-owners of KBFC are actor-turned politician Chiranjeevi, actor Akkineni Nagarjuna and Prasad.

· Besides, KBFC also agreed to set up a residential Football Academy to train young talents in the state.

India, World Bank sign agreement for efficient bus service

The Union Government and World Bank have signed a US 9.2 million dollar grant agreement for the Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Project. The grant agreement was signed under World Bank-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Programme

 Key Facts 
The Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Project aims at improving the efficiency and attractiveness of city bus transport and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in select Indian cities.
 These select demonstration cities are Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Chandigarh, Jaipur (Rajasthan) and Mira Bhayandar municipality in the Thane district of Maharashtra. 
The project has been designed to specifically focus on identifying institutional, regulatory and fiscal constraints to operation of sustainable city bus services. 
The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) will be the implementing agency of the GEF for the project.
 The project will complement Union Government’s Bus Funding Scheme which was launched to promote public transport in cities by modernizing their bus services. 
It will introduce modern Management Information Systems and Intelligent Transport Systems for better planning and management of operations.

Prime Minister releases National Disaster Management Plan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) to make India disaster resilient and reduce loss of lives. The first of its kind of national plan is based on the four priority themes of the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-30”.
 They are (i) Understanding disaster risk 
(ii) Improving disaster risk governance 
(iii) Investing in disaster risk reduction (through structural and non-structural measures) and 
(iv) Disaster preparedness, early warning and building back better in the aftermath of a disaster. 
Salient Features of the Plan 
The plan covers all phases of disaster management: prevention, response, mitigation and recovery. It provides for vertical and horizontal integration among all the Government agencies and departments. 
It also spells out the roles and responsibilities of all levels of Government right up to Urban Local Body (ULB) and Panchayat level in a matrix format. The plan has a regional approach, which will be beneficial for disaster management and also for development planning.
 It has been designed in such a way that it can be implemented in all phases of disaster management in a scalable manner. 
The plan also identifies major activities such as early warning, medical care, information dissemination, fuel, search and rescue, transportation, evacuation, etc. to serve as a checklist for agencies responding to a disaster. 
It also provides a generalized framework for recovery and offers flexibility to assess a situation and build back better. It emphasizes on a greater need for Information, Education and Communication activities to prepare communities to cope with disasters. 
The plan incorporates provisions for strengthening disaster risk governance and lays down six thematic areas. They are integrated and mainstream disaster risk reduction, promoting participatory approach, capacity development, working with elected representatives, grievance redress mechanism and promoting quality standards, certification and awards for disaster risk management.