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bharat ias - Karnataka passes Bill to allow Kambala and bullock-cart racing

Karnataka passes Bill to allow Kambala and bullock-cart racing

Karnataka passes Bill to allow Kambala and bullock-cart racing ·       Karnataka Assembly has passed Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017 to allow kambala, the traditional buffalo race and bullock-cart racing. ·       The bill seeks to exempt kambala and bullock-cart racing from the ambit of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. ·       Governor Vajubhai R. Vala may refer the Bill to President for his assent as it amends central law. History: ·       In November 2016, the Karnataka high court had banned the kambala along with bull-cart race in the state while hearing a case filed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) citing animal cruelty. ·        The high court had stayed these traditional sports in view of the Supreme Court’s ban on jallikattu, a traditional bull taming sport of Tamil Nadu.  About Kambala ·       Kambala is an annual traditional Buffalo Race (he-buffalo) held in coastal districts of Karnataka to entertain rural people of the area. ·       Slushy/marshy paddy field track is used for Kambala. ·       The sports season generally starts in November and lasts till March. ·        The contest generally takes place between two pairs of buffaloes, each pair race in two separate wet rice fields tracks, controlled by a whip-lashing farmer ·       In the traditional form of Kambala, buffalo racing is non-competitive and he-buffalo pairs run one by one in paddy fields. ·       There is also ritualistic approach as some agriculturists race their he-buffaloes for thanks giving to god for protecting their animals from diseases   ·        But in recent times, Kambala has become an organised rural sport.


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Publishes on : 16-Feb-2017 10:07 AM
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bharat ias - India to host counter-radicalisation conference with ASEAN

India to host counter-radicalisation conference with ASEAN

India to host counter-radicalisation conference with ASEAN ·       India is planning to host a conference on counter-radicalisation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in October 2017. ·        It will provide common platform to countries for sharing experiences and ideas on prevention of radicalisation amid rise of Islamic State and other extremist ideologies Objective: ·        This conference will also help participating countries to learn from each other’s best practices on promoting deradicalisation. ·        It will mainly deal with the growing IS threat and make effort to counter radicalisation and misuse of religion by groups and countries for inciting hatred and terrorism India will also share its experience and also benefit from that of ASEAN countries, especially Malaysia. ·        Besides, more countries may be also invited as observers depending on the interest. UAE will one of such country as it has expertise in deradicalisation that was one of the key areas of discussions during the recent India-UAE bilateral interactions. Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) ·       ASEAN is a group of 10 South Asian nations is a regional organisation comprising that aims to promote intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic integration amongst its members. ·       It came into existence on August 8, 1967 after ASEAN declaration (also known as Bangkok declaration). ·       Motto: “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”. ·       Headquarters: Jakarta, Indonesia. 10 Members: Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand were founder countries. Later 5 more countries Brunei Darussalam, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam were added. Cambodia was the last entrant added in the group in 1999.   ·       Principal aims: (i) Accelerating economic growth, social progress, and sociocultural evolution among its members, (ii) Protection of regional stability and the provision of a mechanism for member countries to resolve differences peacefully.


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Publishes on : 16-Feb-2017 10:04 AM
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bharat ias - INS Sarvekshak becomes India’s first ship to go green

INS Sarvekshak becomes India’s first ship to go green

INS Sarvekshak becomes India’s first ship to go green ·       Indian Navy’s survey vessel INS Sarvekshak, based at the Southern Naval Command in Kochi became the first naval ship to go green by installing a solar power system on board. ·        It has innovatively deployed the zero-maintenance solar power system, capable of generating 5.4KW electricity and replacing the ship’s traditional 4.4KW emergency diesel alternator.  ·       The solar power generating system has been installed by customising and installing ‘razor-thin, flexible’ solar panels on the canopy of its telescopic (retractable) helicopter deck. ·       It has light weight, extra-thin and flexible unbreakable solar panels imported from US along with no-fume solid electrolyte batteries. ·       These industrial grade panels are found to be performing well in all-light conditions and are shade-tolerant. ·       They also have a maintenance free life for 24 years making it maintenance free ·        The system is 100% reliable for power source that can be used for communication equipment, general lightings onboard and battery charging round the clock with battery outputs during night.   ·       The low cost system will slash a yearly carbon emission of 60,225 kg and save around 22,995 litres of diesel used to run the vessel’s emergency diesel alternator.


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Publishes on : 16-Feb-2017 09:58 AM
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bharat ias - 11th Biennial Edition Aero India 2017 Takes Off at Bengaluru

11th Biennial Edition Aero India 2017 Takes Off at Bengaluru

11th Biennial Edition Aero India 2017 Takes Off at Bengaluru  ·       Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the 11th biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition and declared the Aero India 2017 open today at Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru. ·       This edition of Aero India, for the first time, combines the defence and civil aviation segments into a holistic event with the co involvement of the defence and civil aviation ministries in the event.  ·       During his inaugural address Shri Parrikar said that this edition of Aero India would witness the emerging dynamism of defence manufacturing in India, especially the rising role of Indian defence industry. ·       This edition of Aero India has to its credit the first ever public display of Light Utility Helicopter LUH and the handing over by DRDO of the first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) aircraft, the Embraer ERJ-145, in the Initial Operational Clearance configuration to the Indian Air Force.  ·       The Air Show witnessed a fly past by the Make in India formation consisting of HTT-40, Hawk-i, Dornier-228, Su-30MKI and the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft. ·        This was followed by the fighters tearing through the skies displaying a host of aerobatic manoeuvres – the Su 30 MKI followed by Sweden’s SAAB Gripen, Tejas LCA, the American F-16 Falcon and the French Rafale. ·        The Yakovlev aerobatic team, the Skycats, the Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team and the Sarang helicopter display team enthralled the spectators with their performance. ·       This edition of Aero India sees the participation of 549 companies with 53 Aircraft gracing the event. The total area of the show has grown from 24,403 sqm to 27,678 sqm this year. The gross area has also increased from 2,50,000 sqm to 2,60,000 sqm.    ...

Publishes on : 16-Feb-2017 09:54 AM
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bharat ias - Ministries, sectoral regulators to screen FDI proposals

Ministries, sectoral regulators to screen FDI proposals

 Ministries, sectoral regulators to screen FDI proposals  Context The Centre had proposed to abolish the FIPB in its Budget for 2017-18  What has happened? The applications on foreign direct investment (FDI) in India in sectors under the approval route considered by the inter-ministerial Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) will soon be taken up by the concerned ministries and sectoral regulators, according to Commerce and Industry Minister NirmalaSitharaman  Backdrop The Centre had, in the Budget 2017-18, proposed that the FIPB will be abolished in FY’18  What is FIPB? FIPB offers a single window clearance mechanism for FDI applications in sectors under the approval route Economic Affairs Secretary heads the FIPB currently DIPP (Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy) is the nodal agency on FDI issues  No need for FIPB More than 92% of the FDI inflows were through the automatic route For the rest of the FDI (about 8% of the total FDI inflows), every department concerned has a framework or a regulator for it which is sufficient to take care of the screening and approval of such investment proposals In line with the minimum government, maximum governance idea. Now that majority of the investments coming in are through the automatic route, a superfluous or an additional layer in the form of FIPB is not any longer required.  FIPB vs DIPP FIPB is an inter-ministerial body inside Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. It has representation from Department of Revenue, Home Affairs, Department of Economic Affairs and other Ministries. The main function of FIPB is to recommend if a foreign investment under Government approval route should be allowed or not according to the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy issued by DIPP. This recommendation is made to the Finance Minister (FM). The FM may or may not accept FIPB’s recommendation.   DIPP is a department within the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. It issues press notes which lays down the broad framework for foreign direct investment in India. These are converted in regulations by RBI under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999. In July every year, DIPP consolidates these press notes and releases a Consolidated FDI policy.    ...

Publishes on : 16-Feb-2017 09:50 AM
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