A study conducted by the Disability Rights India
Foundation (DRIF) on the implementation of the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities (RPWD) Act, across 24 States, has revealed that more than half
have not notified the State rules, despite a significant lapse of time.
Ten States including Bihar, Chandigarh, Manipur,
Meghalaya, Odisha, Telengana, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have notified the
State rules, the survey said.
The study, conducted in collaboration with the
National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and
National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (NCRPD), said
the Act, passed in December 2016, should have been notified by all States
within six months.
The study, which concentrated on the States’
administrative machinery with respect to the Act, found that 79.2% of the
States had not constituted the funds for implementation of the RPWD Act.
Among the five States to have constituted the funds, Tamil Nadu has
allocated Rs. 10 crore while Himachal Pradesh has allocated Rs. 5 crore.
Though 62.5% of the States have appointed
Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities, “the progress has not been
substantial. Only three States have constituted Advisory Committees,
comprising of experts, to assist the State Commissioners” the study noted.
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu
has said that India has the potential to become global aviation hub for MRO
(Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) in view of the growing aviation business,
huge pool of engineering talent and low labour costs.
Calling aviation sector as the backbone of the global
transport system, Shri Naidu said that was indeed an important driver of the
economy and the most vital sector for linking businesses, bringing people
together and promoting tourism worldwide. Growth in aviation sector would
yield positive results in promoting connectivity and creating jobs, he
Shri Naidu said that the government has taken a series
of measures to improve infrastructure and regional air connectivity in the
country and added that schemes such as UDAN would develop regional
connectivity and promote economically viable flights on regional routes.
The Vice President called upon State Governments to
partner with the Centre in a true ‘Team India’ spirit for building a new
prosperous, inclusive New India by creating the right ecosystem for the
growth of various sectors. The political differences between parties must
end with elections and focus should be given to governance after assuming
power, he added.
The Vice President said that increase in public
investments in infrastructure projects of aviation and other areas were
contributing in overall development of economy. Indian economy which is
growing at a steady pace and the systemic governance reforms are helping to
create a more inclusive society, he added.
India also has the potential to become a global hub
for MRO (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) in view of the growing aviation
business, huge pool of engineering talent and low labour costs,he said.
India and the U.S. are planning to “sort out” issues
around a U.S. sanctions waiver related to India’s purchase of the S-400
Triumf missile defence system from Russia, U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim
Mattis told the press at the Pentagon on Monday.
Asked if he expects India to get a waiver, Mr.Mattis
said, “Yeah, you know, India has spent many, many years in its non-aligned
status. It’s drawn a lot of weapons from Russia. We have a growing strategic
confluence of interests with our country and theirs and we’ll sort out all
those issues here today, and in the days ahead.”
However, the President may make an exemption to CAATSA
as per the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY19
— Mr.Mattis was pivotal in pushing for this part of the legislation, citing
India and other countries as examples of those with historic ties to Russia
now wanting to purchase U.S. defence equipment.
Ms.Sitharaman was given an extended honour cordon
(guard) at the Pentagon on Monday where she and other Indian officials
visited for talks with Mr.Mattis and his team. Ms.Sitharaman and Mr.Mattis
spoke briefly on bilateral ties and Mr.Mattis took a few questions from the
Regarding the White House reaching out to Pakistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan about supporting the peace process in Afghanistan,
Mr.Mattis said, “It’s time for everyone to get onboard, support the United
Nations, support Prime Minister Modi, support President Ghani and all those
who are trying to maintain peace and make for a better world here.”
India and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday signed a
currency swap agreement to boost investment and enable direct trade without
using dollars or other international currencies.
The swap is for 200 crore dirhams or Rs. 3,500 crore
($496 million), depending on which central bank requests the amount, an
official statement said.
"The bilateral currency swap agreement between India
and the UAE is expected to reduce the dependency on hard currencies like the
U.S dollar," the statement said, adding that the two central banks had
agreed the deal.
The agreement was signed after the 12th India-UAE
joint commission meeting co-chaired by External Affairs Minister
SushmaSwaraj and the UAE's Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed al
Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.
Bilateral trade between the two countries stood at
around $52 billion in 2017, according to figures from the Indian embassy in
the UAE. In 2015, China's central bank extended a currency swap agreement
with the UAE Central bank worth $5.54 billion.
Swaraj and Abdullah also jointly inaugurated a digital
interactive museum showcasing the life, works and philosophy of Mahatma
Gandhi and the founder of modern UAE ShaikhZayed.
The Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum, which will promote
peace, tolerance and sustainability, is part of the celebrations by the two
countries to mark 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and centenary
celebrations of the birth of ShaikhZayed.
The number of patents granted by India shot up by 50%
in 2017, keeping up a trend of steep increases, according to the UN’s World
Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
The patents granted by India increased from 8,248 in
2016 to 12,387 last year, the WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators
2018 report released in Geneva on Monday said
Last year’s number was more than double the 6,022
patents granted in 2015, according to WIPO statistics.Of the patents granted
last year, 1,712 went to entities and individuals based in India, and 10,675
to foreigners, according to the WIPO report
The WIPO said that the steep increase in the number
was driven by patents granted to foreigners, which accounted for 85% of the