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bharat ias - Sparrows nearing extinction due to lack of emotional connect

Sparrows nearing extinction due to lack of emotional connect

Sparrows nearing extinction due to lack of emotional connect  Context “Mindless urbanization” leading to a loss of the birds’ natural habitats  Backdrop The house sparrow that was declared the ‘State Bird of Delhi’ in 2012 is edging towards extinction due to the lack of an emotional connect  Reasons Technology: The current generation is so much surrounded by technology that they have forgotten about nature The indifference caused by a lack of emotional connect has pushed these birds to the edge of extinction  Food Source gone: Earlier women used to clean grain outside their houses and sparrows would have plenty of food from there Severe use of insecticides in farming is killing sparrows’ primary food source in insects and grains Increased use of packed food, insecticides in farming, and changing lifestyles, resulting in an inadequate availability of food for the birds  Architecture: Matchbox-styled” architecture that makes it difficult for the birds to locate pockets to build nest Sparrows need cavities to build their nests. Since the new matchbox style buildings don’t have cavities, sparrows are now homeless  The Human Touch People should hang wooden bird nests in balconies and put out a pot of water for the winged visitors    ...

Publishes on : 24-Mar-2017 09:42 AM
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bharat ias - Parents can evict abusive adult children from their house: HC

Parents can evict abusive adult children from their house: HC

 Parents can evict abusive adult children from their house: HC  Context The right of senior citizens or parents to live peacefully and with dignity  What has happened? According to Delhi High Court Ruling, Children who abuse their parents while staying with them in their house can be evicted from the property  Backdrop An appeal filed by an alcoholic former policeman and his brother, challenging a Maintenance Tribunal’s October 2015 order to evict the two from the residence where their elderly and ailing parents lived Main points   The house need not be self-acquired or owned by the parents. As long as parents have legal possession of the property, they can evict their abusive adult children Major improvisation in a 2007 law that had left it to State governments to frame rules to protect the life and property of senior citizens. Parents can evict abusive adult children from their house: HC  Context The right of senior citizens or parents to live peacefully and with dignity  What has happened? According to Delhi High Court Ruling, Children who abuse their parents while staying with them in their house can be evicted from the property  Backdrop An appeal filed by an alcoholic former policeman and his brother, challenging a Maintenance Tribunal’s October 2015 order to evict the two from the residence where their elderly and ailing parents lived Main points The house need not be self-acquired or owned by the parents. As long as parents have legal possession of the property, they can evict their abusive adult children Major improvisation in a 2007 law that had left it to State governments to frame rules to protect the life and property of senior citizens. ...

Publishes on : 24-Mar-2017 09:40 AM
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bharat ias - Start-up firms may soon find it easy to wind up

Start-up firms may soon find it easy to wind up

Start-up firms may soon find it easy to wind up  Context To enable faster exit for start-ups and to bring the winding up process in line with global best practices, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has written to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) to notify start-ups as ‘Fast Track firms’  What has happened? Once start-ups are notified as ‘Fast Track firms’ “they can wind up business within 90 days of making an application for the same Fast Track firms will be start-ups with simple debt structures or those meeting certain criteria that will be specified  The Bharat Navodaya: Start-Up India Reform Report Recommended expediting the company winding up process in India Backdrop:The Report was prepared by the Infosys founder N.R. Narayana Murthy-chaired Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee (AIPAC) following a request from capital markets regulator SEBI According to the report said expediting the company winding up process in India would require the notification of Sections 304-323 of the Companies Act, 2013, relating to voluntary winding up Carry Forward: It is recommended that the unutilized losses of an eligible start-up, which is being wound up, should be allowed to be carried forward and set off by the founder of that start-up, against the profits of a new eligible start-up set up within a period of three years from date of winding up of the failed start-up Start-ups and venture capital investors expressed concerns that the process of winding up a company is extremely long and cumbersome, adding to the risk of starting up and operating an enterprise as well as wastage of invaluable human capital    The Government: To facilitate easier exit for firms the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India has been constituted and the provisions regarding corporate insolvency resolution have been implemented....

Publishes on : 21-Mar-2017 07:02 AM
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bharat ias - Centre unveils plan for export infra

Centre unveils plan for export infra

Centre unveils plan for export infra   Context The Rs. 600 crore-scheme is aimed at strengthening India’s trade competitiveness  What has happened? The Centre has unveiled a Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) to create export-related infrastructure and boost the competitiveness of India’s shipments.  Budgetary allocation The scheme would have a budgetary allocation of Rs. 600 crore, with an annual outlay of Rs. 200 crore per year, and it would be implemented from FY’18 till FY’20  Objective of TIES Major Objectives are To enhance export competitiveness by bridging gaps in export infrastructure Creating focused export infrastructure First mile and last mile connectivity for export-oriented projects Addressing quality and certification measures  Focus The focus is not just to create infrastructure but to make sure it is professionally run and sustained Empowered Committee: There will be an (inter-ministerial) Empowered Committee (chaired by the Commerce Secretary) to periodically review the progress of the approved projects in the Scheme and will take necessary steps to ensure achievement of the objectives of the Scheme  Replacing ASIDE The scheme replaces a centrally sponsored scheme — Assistance to States for creating Infrastructure for the Development and growth of Exports (ASIDE)    ...

Publishes on : 21-Mar-2017 07:00 AM
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bharat ias - Karnataka Budget 2017: Highlights

Karnataka Budget 2017: Highlights

Karnataka Budget 2017: Highlights   * 150 Electric Buses will be introduced in Bengaluru City and 50 Electric Buses in Mysuru.

* Karnataka State Road Safety Authority will be constituted, to reduce road accidents and to improve road safety.

* To fight crime against women and children, technology based police accessories and downloadable apps, will be introduced.

* Mandatory screening of Kannada and regional language films in one screen of multiplex cinemas in prime time between 1.30 pm to 7.30 pm.

* Forensic Sciences and Technology Center will be established in Bengaluru at a cost of Rs 20 crore.

* "Dial 100" system will be further strengthened and will be extended to districts.

* Separate toilet facilities will be provided for lady staff in all the police stations in the state.

* Rs 10 crore allocated for strengthening basic infrastructure for women in police training schools.

* 10,000 liters of water will be provided every month, free of cost to the residents of slums living in 30X20 sites.

* Feasibility study for Namma Metro phase 3 is complete. Suitable alignment to connect KIA is under finalisation.

* Rs 150 crore will be made available to BBMP for railway over bridge and under bridge construction to enable uninterrupted movement of vehicles.

* Grant of Rs 300 crore for development of storm water drains with in BBMP limits.

* Enhancement of financial assistance to 25,000 HIV infected and affected children, to Rs 1000.

* To overcome the shortage of specialized doctors in govt hospitals, govt medical colleges will commence DNB post graduate course.

* Opening balance: Rs -176.04cr. Total Receipts: Rs 1,44,891.54cr. Total Expenditure: Rs 1,44,755cr. Surplus: Rs 136cr.

* Integrated Ayush hospitals having 50 beds will be established in Chitradurga and Chickamagaluru District hospitals at at total cost of 6 crore.

* One ambulance service will be provided for a radius of 10 to 15 km.

* 20 bedded poly trauma centre and 10 bedded ICU, with ventilator proposed at Sanjay Gandhi Accident Trauma and Rehabilitation Centre in Bengaluru.

* Mortuaries will be constructed in 150 community health centers.

* Dialysis centres to be established in 114 talukas. Blood Transfusion Units to be set up in 10 district hospitals.

* Five super specialty hospitals proposed in Davanagere, Ramanagara, Tumakuru, Vijayapura and Kolar for cancer and heart disease treatment.

* Approval granted for Bengaluru Dr BR Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) on the lines of London School of Economics.

* Shoes, socks, chudidhars for girl students from class 8 to 10, spectacles and story books with social message proposed for school children.

* Free laptops for 1st year engineering, medical, polytechnic and first grade colleges proposed.

* New Raichur university with all colleges in Raichur and Yadgir districts to be established. 25 new polytechnics in rural areas proposed.

* Ambulance services to be streamlined with all 1538 ambulances under two different departments to be integrated. One ambulance for every 10 to 15 kms or 35000 population proposed.

* Like Namma Canteen in Bengaluru, Saviruchi Mobile Canteens in all 30 districts through Zilla Stree Shakthi associations.

* Popular Ksheera Bhagya scheme of providing milk to school children proposed to be increased from existing 3 days to 5 days in a week.

* Eggs for Anganwadi children two days a week from June 2017 across state.

* New airports to be built in Karwara, Madikeri and Chikkamagaluru.

* Govt to set up film city in Himmavu in Mysuru for the development of Kannada film industry.

* Planetariums proposed in Mangaluru, Madikeri and Gadag.

* New scheme of Yuva Yuga to train 1.10 lakh people in IT, electronics, animation and other sectors proposed.

* For decongestion of traffic in Bengaluru city, PWD to develop 150 km road through K'taka Road development corporation at a cost of Rs 1455 crore.

* New scheme of free LPG service for 5 lakh poor families not covered under the Ujjvala scheme announced.

* Anna Bhagya to see an increase in food grains distribution from current 5 kg to 7 kg per person.

* Rs 1600 per beneficiary under the scheme named Anila Bhagya announced.

* With the controversial steel bridge shelved, budget proposes widening of Hebbal flyover and construction of an under bridge at a cost of Rs 88 crore.

* Cash prize for Olympic medal winners hiked to Rs 5 cr for gold, Rs 3 cr for silver and Rs 2 cr for bronze medals along with group A govt jobs.

* Namma canteen to serve breakfast for Rs 5 and lunch for Rs 10.

  High end motorbikes, above Rs 1 lakh, to become expensive as MVT increased to 18 per cent from 12 per cent.

* BMTC to induct 3000 more buses, out of which 150 will be run on electricity, 50 electric buses for Mysuru.

* Karnataka government to regulate multiplexes by making the maximum entry fee at Rs 200.

* Rs 5080 crore allotted for agricultural sector. Industrial growth expected at 2.2%.

* Siddaramaiah lifts VAT on wine, beer, wine and hard liquor.

* Rice quota under 'Anna Bhagya scheme' has been increased to 7kg from 5kg.

* Rs 400 crore grant for Chennai-Bengaluru- Chitradurga Industrial corridor.

* Separate toilets for women staff in police stations. Dial 100 service extended to districts.

* Siddaramaiah announces Siddaramaiah 'Namma Canteen' on the lines of Tamil Nadu's 'Amma Canteen'

* Rs 1.86 lakh crore budget presented in Bengaluru. No major changes in VAT rate structure in view of GST....

Publishes on : 21-Mar-2017 06:56 AM
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