A ‘National Conference on Public Procurement &
Competition Law’ is being organised by the Competition Commission of India (CCI)
in Delhi on 5th November, 2018 with a view to scale up Competition Advocacy
and reach out to important stakeholders in public procurement ecosystem.
The National Conference is being organised in association
with Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), a think tank under the aegis
of Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
Ahead of the National Conference, CCI Chairperson
ShriSudhirMital said that the National Conference is a unique initiative of the
Commission which provides a platform to various stakeholders to engage in an
active discussion with the policymakers and the industry on various aspects of
competition law and public procurement.
He further added that infusing competition and checking
anti-competitive conduct in public procurement is a priority for the CCI.
The National Conference will be attended by senior policy
makers from Central Government, various State Governments, participants from the
public sector enterprises, industry, legal and finance professionals, corporate
lawyers, academics, and other relevant stakeholders.
While the intensity of Manipur’s decades-old
insurgency has been contained, with security forces ensuring there are no
insurgent camps left in the State, militants continue to take advantage of
the hilly terrain and porous border with Myanmar to carry out attacks with
IEDs and sophisticated weapons, army officials said.
With the forces conducting intelligence based operations
that have limited the militants’ operational ability, Improvised Explosive
Devices (IEDs) and ambushes have become the insurgents’ mainstay and pose the
biggest challenges for the Army and the Assam Rifles.
There have been 17 IED blasts so far this year, compared
with 44 explosions in 2017. At the same time, 30 IEDs and 112 weapons were
recovered this year, compared with 29 IEDs and 98 weapons in 2017.
Maj. Gen. Mishra said the terrain posed challenges, as it
is mostly hilly and thickly forested and added, “Wherever there is insurgency,
there are a number of over ground workers and there is also an element of
agitation which is engineered.”
Gen. Rawat observed that as part of the government’s Act
East policy Manipur assumed greater significance. It becomes a key centre as the
“Asian Highway 1 will link India to the Association of South East Asian Nations
(ASEAN) through Moreh,” he added.
U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested he is open
to a new comprehensive deal with Iran, saying that till then the
toughest-ever sanctions on the West Asian country that kick off on Monday
Iran reached an agreement with the six world powers
including the U.S. and the EU in 2015, which curtailed its nuclear programme in
return for lifting of the international economic sanctions. In May, Mr. Trump
announced the U.S.’s withdrawal from what he described as “the horrible,
one-sided” nuclear deal.
In his statement, Mr. Trump called on the regime to
abandon its nuclear ambitions, change its “destructive behaviour”, respect the
rights of its people, and return in good faith to the negotiating table.
“On Monday, November 5, the termination of U.S.
participation in the Iran nuclear deal will be complete. The last set of
sanctions lifted under the terrible nuclear deal will come back into force,
including powerful sanctions on Iran’s energy, shipping, and shipbuilding
sectors, and sanctions targeting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran and
sanctioned Iranian banks,” the President said.
GSAT-11, the heaviest Indian communication satellite
built to date, for faster Internet connectivity, is back once again at the
Guiana Space Centre for an early December launch.
It returns to the South American port for the second time
in six months after it was taken back to Bengaluru in April for inspections.
K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO) and Secretary, Department of Space, confirmed on Wednesday
that the 5,700 kg spacecraft was shipped out of Bengaluru last week and has
reached the European launch port.
Arianespace, ISRO’s long-time European launch services
contractor, has paired GSAT-11 with South Korea’s weather satellite GEO-Kompsat
2A. The two are slated to go to space on the same Ariane 5 launch vehicle,
Arianespace's CEO Stephane Israel tweeted a pictorial
welcome on October 29 local time as the satellite arrived at the port halfway
across the globe by a special Russian Antonov cargo flight.