Centre approves SCord to tackle smuggling
The Central Government has approved Anti-Smuggling National Coordination Centre (SCord) under the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to tackle Smuggling.
Scord will help India to formulate a national anti-smuggling policy to tackle Smuggling on real time basis.
Border Agencies BSF, Assam Rifles, ITBP, SSB and Coast Guards would be member of SCord and all organization be coordinate with each other on real time basis.
Three Day annual India Water Impact Summit-2018 held in New Delhi
Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated 3-day annual India Water Impact Summit 2018 in New Delhi.
To discuss, debate and develop model solutions for some of the biggest water related problems in the country.
It was jointly organized by:
- The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and
- The Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies(cGanga).
The theme for the 2018 version was: ‘Showcasing and Enhancing Impacts of National and International Efforts on Ganga Rejuvenation.’
National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG):
♦ Director General: Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra.
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi.
Two day Regional Customs Enforcement Meeting (RCEM) held in New Delhi
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) concluded day 2 day Regional Customs Enforcement Meeting (RCEM) organized at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi.
In the meeting extensive discussions were held regarding mutual strategy to counter crime related to drugs, precious metals and stones, money laundering and black economy.
During the Meeting, emphasis was made on sharing data and intelligence between the Custom Administrations.
Four Day 1st International conference on bears held in Agra, UP
A four day 1st International Conference on Bears commenced in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
To share knowledge on principles of welfare of bears and other wild animals in zoos, sanctuaries and rescue centres.
It was organized by Wildlife SOS, a conservation non-profit organisation in collaboration with Bear Care Group from the US and Canada.
The conference focused on bear care, wildlife conservation and human wildlife conflict mitigation.
Headquarters: New Delhi.
Annual Global Venture Capital Summit 2018 held in Goa
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Government of Goa hosted the annual #startupindia Global Venture Capital Summit in Goa.
To showcase the India opportunity, increase capital flow for Indian startups and further promote ease of doing business.
The theme of the Summit was: ‘Mobilizing Global Capital for Innovation in India.’
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a sister organisation of the World Bank Group, Invest India and the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA) were the partners for this initiative.
Government of Goa through its participation aims to make the state, one of the most preferred start-up destinations in India, and one of the top25 start-up destinations in Asia by 2025.
India has the world’s third largest startup base with more than 14,000 recognized Startups.
♦ Chief Minister: Manohar Parrikar.
♦ Governor: Smt. Mridula Sinha.
♦ National Parks: Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondia Wildlife Sanctuary, Netravali Wildlifr Sanctuary, Dandeli National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park.
Indian Coast Guard conducted Exercise ‘Clean Sea-2018’ at sea off Port Blair
The Indian Coast Guard conducted the Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise titled ‘Clean Sea – 2018’ at sea off Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
It was conducted under
- Observation of: Inspector General Maneesh V Pathak, Commander Coast Guard Region (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) and
- Overseen by Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Administration Shri Chetan B Sanghi.
The following participated in the exercise:
Coast Guard Ships Viswasth, Vijith, Rajveer, Rajshri, 4 interceptor boats and its air assets Dornier and Chetak helicopters.
Indian Coast Guard:
♦ Motto: We Protect.
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi.
♦ Director General: Mr. Rajendra Singh
India claims top ten in list of world’s fastest-growing cities
According to Oxford Economics report, the top 10 fastest growing cities in the world from 2019 to 2035 are in India. Gujarat’s Surat tops the list followed by Uttar Pradesh’s Agra.
Surat, a diamond processing and trading center in the western state of Gujarat, will see the fastest expansion through 2035, averaging more than 9 percent.
Agra and Bangalore gets 2nd and 3rd spot respectively.
Mumbai was termed as the world’s 12th richest city with a total wealth of $950 billion and India is the 6th largest wealth market in the world (in terms of total wealth held) after USA, China, Japan, Germany and the UK.
Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free
Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all public transport free, implementing the move in 2020.
The move is aimed at addressing environmental issues and the problem of traffic congestion.
Earlier this year, Luxembourg introduced free transport for all people under the age of 20
ECONOMY AND FINANCE
ADB enters an arrangement with World Bank for co-financed projects
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has entered into an arrangement with the World Bank to put in place a single framework that will make co-financed projects more efficient.
ADB’s first Alternative Procurement Arrangement (APA) with the World Bank will allow procedures on co-financed projects to follow a single procurement framework.
About World Bank
♦ Headquarter: Washington DC, United States
♦ President: Jim Yong Kim
About Asian Development Bank
♦ Headquarter: Mandaluyong, Philippines
♦ President:Takehiko Nakao
Italy won the Ninth edition of International Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2018 held in Ettikulam Beach at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala
Italy won the Ninth edition of International Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2018 with their consistent performance in all races held in Ettikulam Beach at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala.
About Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2018
♦ It was conducted at Ettikulum Bay from 02 December to 06 December 2018. The Regatta will witness participation by teams from 31 foreign Naval Academies competing in the Laser (Radial) class of sail boats.
♦ Bulgaria participated first time in this tournament.
♦ INA Vice Admiral RB Pandit, AVSM, inaugurated the event at an impressive ceremony on the Ettikulam Bay.
About Indian Naval Academy
♦ Location: Ezhimala, Kannur, Kerala, India
♦ Commandant: Vice Admiral RB Pandit
AWARDS AND HONOURS
iPhone artist and film maker Charlotte Prodger won the 2018 Turner Award
Glasgow based artist and film maker Charlotte Prodger won the 2018 Turner Award, Britain’s prestigious contemporary art award, at Tate Britain in London, UK.
Prodger, 44, won this award for her 33-minute film called ‘BRIDGIT’, that explores queer identity, which was shot in an iPhone.
Rattan Lal honoured with Glinka World Soil Prize 2018
Rattan Lal, has won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018 in a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his outstanding contribution to sustainable soil management.
Rattan Lal is a distinguished university professor of soil science at the Ohio State University and also the President of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS).
The Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka, is considered the highest honour in the soil science profession.
The first World Soil Day Award was on December 05 2018 given to “Practical Action”, Bangladesh for organizing the best World Soil Day celebration in 2017.
The new FAO-established award is funded by Thailand.
About Food and Agriculture Organization
♦ Headquarter: Rome, Italy
♦ President: Jose Graziano da Silva
Indian Armed Force Flag Day – 07 December
Indian Armed Forces Flag Day was observed throughout the nation to honour the martyrs as well as the soldiers who valiantly fight on our borders to safeguard the country from enemy.
Since 1949, 07 December is observed as Indian Armed Forces Flag Day and Government of India has constituted ”Armed Forces Flag Day Fund” for the welfare and rehabilitation of the Ex-servicemen (ESM).
International Civil Aviation Day
December 07 every year is observed as International Civil Aviation Day.The purpose of the annual celebration is to establish and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of States.
The theme for International Civil Aviation Day this year is: “Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind.”
About International Civil Aviation Organization
♦ Headquarter: Montreal,Canada
♦ Secretary-General: Fang Liu