Current Affairs June 17, 2011

New Land acquisition Policy in Kerala

  • Kerala Govt. planning to bring new land acquisition policy
  • It will please the interests of the land owners whose property is acquired for expansion projects
  • Govt examining possibility of making land owners shareholders, whose property is acquired for BOT projects
  • Kerala Chief Minister : Ommen Chandy

Law to be brought to protect Journalists

  • Govt considering to bring central law to protect journalists
  • The objective: To avoid recurrence of incidents like murder of investigative journalist J Dey in Mumbai. To prepare a draft bill to protect journalists and their properties, such as cameras.
  • Main provision of the draft bill is to make attacks on journalists a non-bailable offence
  • The Law Minister of India: M Veerappa Moily

PM: Manual scavenging to be eradicated within 6 months

At the inaugural session of the conference of the state ministers of Welfare and Social Justice, Dr. Manmohan Singh (PM) stated the following points:-

  • In the next 6 Months : Manual Scavenging will be eliminated from every part of the country
  • Conversion of dry latrines to be completed once and for all.
  • Centre to bear the financial liability of the post metric scholarship schemes for SC Students for the entire 12th Plan period.
  • The State Govt to ensure that the benefits of the scheme reach the SC Students in a transparent manner.
  • The expert group of the ministry of Social justice and Empowerment to draft a new Law in place of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995
  • After consulting the state governments and other stake holders, the government will introduce the bill in Parliament

For CECA, India, Russia expresses political intent

  • CECA: Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement
  • During the bilateral meeting b/w Mr. Anand Sharma (Union Minister of Commerce and Industry) and Elvira Nebullina (Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation), Mr Sharma said that the economic collaboration b/w two nations must expand further than G-2-G trade and investment
    The two Nations to jointly set up steel plant worth Rs 9K crore rupees near Bellary in Karnataka by
  • National Mineral Development Corporation, NMDC (India’s largest iron ore producer) and Russian steel maker OJSC Severstal
  • The two nations also agreed to form 6 working groups under India Russia Working Group on Trade and Economic Cooperation, with Government and private participation on :
    • IT
    • Pharma
    • Banking and Finance modernization
    • Precision Engineering
    • Nano Technology

Political Parties’ Tax Return details to be provided by the IT Department

  • Under the RTI Act, the Income Tax Department to provide full details of tax returns of political parties
  • This came after the CIC (Central Information Commission) issued it orders in this regard
  • Thus a step to bring in transparency in the funding of parties
  • Earlier such information was restricted by the IT Dept. citing the section of the Income Tax Act, which allowed denial of any such information. 
  • Chief Election Commissioner S Y Qureshi. 
  • The general public will now be able to obtain the details of income, donations and expenditure by all the political parties, which file their income tax returns. 

Hi-tech shelters for high altitudes handed over by DRDO to Indian Army

  • DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) handed over hi-tech shelters to the Indian Army for use at high altitudes
  • These Shelters designed and developed by DRDO are Integrated Thermally Regulated Shelters
  • They will provide protection to the soldiers against extreme climatic condition of the Himalayan regions
  • Equipped with integrated air monitoring systems bio digesters and temperature regulators.
  • Shelter design is modular and all the services like electrical, plumbing and water supply, sewage disposal, kerosene gensets and solar power are well integrated
  • Shelters have been designed to withstand seismic activities upto a level of zone 5 and sub-zero temperature upto minus 35 degree Celsius. 
  • Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister : Dr V K Saraswat committed the shelters to the HQ 14 Corps at a function in Leh, Ladakh. 

Germany restates its plea to India to sign the CTBT

  • Germany restates plea to India to sign the CTBT
  • Germany said that it would support India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)
  • Thomas Matussek: German Ambassador

In ongoing Kharif season area under paddy slightly higher so far than last year

  • In the ongoing Kharif season the area under Paddy is slightly higher so far than last year

Product

Sown Area this Year

Sown Area in previous Year

Rice

10.35

10.32

Cotton

21.65

15.42

Sugarcane

50.94

48.71

Oilseeds

3.47

3.00

Pulses

2.86

2.36

Values: Lakh Hectares


 

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