1. GLOBAL CYBERSECURITY INDEX
- Releasing agency-International Telecommunication Union(ITU).
- Number of countries included-165.
- India’s position-23rd.
- The index measures the commitment of nations in the field of cyber security.
- Top three countries-1.Singapore 2.USA 3.Malaysia.
- Equatorial Guinea has been placed on the last position.
- Specialized Agency of UN.
- Member States-193.
- Functions of ITU-It coordinates the shared global use of the radio spectrum,promotes international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits,works to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world and assists in the development and coordination of worldwide technical standards.
2. TOP FOREIGN INVESTORS IN UK IN 2016-17
- Figures released by UK’s Department for International Trade.
- Top positions-1.US 2.China 3.France 4.India
- Reasons behind UK to remain an attractive destination for investment are-open liberal economy,world class talent,business friendly taxation,etc.
- A student-scientist connection programme.
- Objective-Extend student’s classroom learning with that of a very well planned research laboratory based learning.
- Joint venture of CSIR and KVS.
4. NEW ANTI-HIJACKING LAW CAME INTO FORCE
- The new Anti-Hijacking Act replaces a 1982 law which was very weak to deal with current situations.
- The new law has expanded the definition of a hijacking and covers offences against an aircraft or personnel even when it is on ground.
- The perpetrators of hijacking would now be punishable with death penalty where such an act results in the death of “any person”.
5. CENTRE INFORMS SC ABOUT EVERY POSSIBLE STEP TAKEN TO HELP FARMERS
- The Centre told the Supreme Court that the increasing incidence of suicide by distressed farmers was a “terrible tragedy” and it was doing “all in its powers” to tide over the agrarian crisis.
- The court agreed with the Centre’s view that the issue is serious and cannot be dealt with overnight.
- It was necessary to give the government some time to implement its welfare schemes, which ranged from crop insurance to agricultural credit and rescheduling of loans in case of crop failure.
- The court gave the government a six-month window to work its schemes before re-visiting the issue at the next hearing.
- The court, in its orders, recorded the government’s submissions that 5.34 crore farmers, constituting 40%, had already been covered by the welfare schemes and work was on to enhance the figure to 50% by 2018-19.
- ATM-enabled Kisan Credit cards had been introduced to enable farmers to purchase raw materials and draw cash.
- RBI had allowed banks to take a lenient view on rescheduling of loans if the crop loss was more than 33%.
- The Centre also detailed to SC other programmes like National Food Security Mission, National Mission for Oilseed and Oil Palm, Mission of Integrated Development for Horticulture, National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology.