Current Affairs 23rd Nov 2017

1 . MARTYRDOM  DAY  OF  GURU  TEGH  BAHADUR

SOURCE – PIB

  • Guru Tegh Bahadur  (1 April 1621 – 24 November 1675), revered as the ninth Nanak, was the ninth of ten Gurus of the Sikh religion.
  • Tegh Bahadur continued in the spirit of the first guru, Nanak; his 115 poetic hymns are in the text Guru Granth Sahib.
  • Tegh Bahadur resisted the forced conversions of Kashmiri Pandits and non-Muslims to Islam, and was publicly beheaded in 1675 on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in Delhi for refusing to convert to Islam.
  • Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib and Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in Delhi mark the places of execution and cremation of the Guru’s body.
  • The martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur is remembered as the Shaheedi Divas of Guru Tegh Bahadur every year on 24 November.

 

2 . NORTH – EAST  RURAL  LIVELIHOOD  PROJECT

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  • It is being supported by the World Bank and will primarily benefit the tribals and the lower socioeconomic groups, including women, in the North-Eastern Region (NER).
  •  To begin with, four states, – Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura, will be taken up for helping the tribal and even the non-tribal lower groups living in remote areas.
  • The project is aimed at assisting over 10,000 Self Help Groups (SHGs) and benefit about three lakh poor households.
  • The North-Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMAC) Ltd, a PSU under the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region, is also assisting the farmers and agriculturists to obtain remunerative price for their produce.
  •  The more vulnerable tribal groups like Reang in Tripura and Lepsha and Bhutias in Sikkim are also going to benefit from it.

 

3 . ORDINANCE  TO  AMEND  THE  INSOLVENCY  AND  BANKRUPTCY  CODE , 2016 , PROMULGATED

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  • The Government of India has promulgated the Ordinance to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (the Code).
  • The Ordinance aims at putting in place safeguards to prevent unscrupulous, undesirable persons from misusing or vitiating the provisions of the Code.
  • The amendments aim to keep-out such persons who have wilfully defaulted, are associated with non-performing assets, or are habitually non-compliant and, therefore, are likely to be a risk to successful resolution of insolvency of a company.
  • In addition to putting in place restrictions for such persons to participate in the resolution or liquidation process, the Amendment also provides such check by specifying that the Committee of Creditors ensure the viability and feasibility of the resolution plan before approving it.
  • The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has also been given additional powers.

 

4 . GCCS  2017

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  • Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India inaugurated the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017 in the Capital today in the presence of His Excellency, Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe the guest of honour.
  • Themed on Cyber4All: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development, this is the fifth edition of GCCS wherein international leaders, policymakers, industry experts, think tanks and cyber experts will gather to deliberate on issues and challenges for optimally using cyber space.
  •  The overall goals of GCCS 2017 are to promote the importance of inclusiveness and human rights in global cyber policy, to defend the status quo of an open, interoperable and unregimented cyberspace, to create political commitment for capacity building initiatives to address the digital divide and assist countries, and to develop security solutions in a balanced fashion that duly acknowledge the importance of the private sector and technical community.

 

5 . UMANG  APP

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  • Uniform User Friendly Interface across Government services
  • 162 services of 33 department/ applications and 4 States
  • Single mobile app to access 1200+ services of various government services from Centre, State and utility services
  • Supports 13 Indian languages and caters to on-demand scalability
  • Will soon support feature phones without internet connectivity through USSD

 

6 . CENTRE  PROMULGATES  INDIAN  FOREST (AMENDMENT)  ORDINANCE, 2017

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  • Centre has promulgated the Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 to exempt bamboo grown in non-forest areas from definition of tree, thereby dispensing with the requirement of felling/transit permit for its economic use.
  •   Bamboo, though, taxonomically a grass, was legally defined as a tree under the Indian Forest Act, 1927.
  •   Before this amendment, the felling and transit of bamboo grown on forest as well non-forest land attracted the provisions of the Indian Forest Act, 1927 (IFA, 1927).
  • This was a major impediment for bamboo cultivation by farmers on non-forest land.
  • A major objective of the amendment is to promote cultivation of bamboo in non-forest areas to achieve twin objectives of increasing the income of farmers and also increasing the green cover of the country.
  • Bamboo grown in the forest areas shall continue to be governed by the provisions of Indian Forest Act, 1927.