BIMSTEC leaders to attend PM’s swearing in ceremony
India has invited the leaders of the BIMSTEC Member States for the
swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister NarendraModi on Thursday evening.
Ministry of External Affairs, MEA said that invitations have also been
sent to the President of Kyrgyzstan SooronbayJeenbekov who is the current
Chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Mauritius Prime Minister
PravindJugnauth, the Chief Guest at this year's PravasiBhartiya Divas.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a media query, this
is in line with the Government's focus on its 'Neighbourhood First' policy.
The BIMSTEC, or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral
Technical and Economic Cooperation, member states are: Bangladesh, Myanmar,
Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan including India.
WHO study claims majority Indian women facing violence from partners
Global estimates published by the World Health Organization (WHO)
indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either
physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual
violence in their lifetime.
Worldwide as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by a male
intimate partner. What makes this worse for countries like India is the fact
that intimate partner violence is the highest at 37.7% in the WHO South-East
As per figures released by WHO, the violence ranges from 23.2% in
high-income countries and 24.6% in the WHO Western Pacific region to 37% in
the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region.
Warning that intimate partner violence cause serious short-and long-term
problems for women and adversely affect their children besides leading to
high social and economic costs for women, their families and societies, WHO
said: “There is now evidence that advocacy and empowerment counselling
interventions, as well as home visitation are promising in preventing or
reducing intimate partner violence against women.’’
New draft export policy unveiled
The Commerce Ministry has come out with a comprehensive draft of the
export policy which includes product- specific rules with a view to provide
a ready reckoner for exporters.
The draft policy aims at consolidating the export norms for each product
as applicable at different government agencies.ITC-HS Codes are Indian Trade
Clarification based on Harmonised System of Coding. It was adopted by India
for import-export operations.
This exercise is for consolidating the norms and not for making any
changes in the existing export policy of the country. The DGFT said that the
updated draft had been prepared by including all existing policy conditions,
all notifications and public notices issued after January 2018. Besides, it
also includes non-tariff regulations imposed by different government
CIC asks RBI to release list of large defaulters
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has again directed the Reserve
Bank of India (RBI) to disclose the list of large loan defaulters to
activist Nutan Thakur. However, Central Information Commissioner Suresh
Chandra said the RBI need not provide copies of files related to the list.
In November 2018, the CIC had issued a show cause notice to RBI Governor
Urjit Patel, holding him responsible for not disclosing the same
information, in a different case. The recent CIC order comes a month after
the Supreme Court backed the transparency watchdog against the central bank
in an April 26 ruling.
The SC gave the RBI “a last opportunity” to withdraw a November 2016
Disclosure Policy which stonewalls the disclosure of many types of
information under the Right to Information Act, including the list of wilful
defaulters and annual inspection reports. The policy was directly contrary
to the court’s December 2015 judgement that the RBI could not withhold
information sought under the RTI Act, said an SC Bench.
In the wake of the SC ruling, the CIC has again directed the RBI to
partially disclose the details requested by Ms. Thakur. She had initially
filed her RTI request in September 2017, on the basis of a lecture by RBI
Deputy Governor Viral Acharya who said the RBI had directed banks to file
insolvency applications against 12 large accounts comprising about 25% of
the total non-performing assets.
Austrian Parliament has removed Chancellor Sebastian Kurz from office as
he lost the no confidence in a special Parliamentary session.His previous
coalition ally, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the opposition Social
Democrats (SPÖ) backed the no-confidence motions.
The FPÖ had become embroiled in a political scandal caused by a secret
video, which ended the coalition.
Opposition parties brought forward the two no-confidence votes - one
against Kurz and the other against his government.
Austria's President Alexander Van der Bellen named Vice Chancellor
HartwigLöger as the interim leader. Löger will serve until a new
transitional government can be appointed ahead of elections expected in
Kurz, head of the conservative Austrian People's Party, is the first
Chancellor in post-war Austrian history to lose a confidence vote. He was
the world's youngest state leader when elected in 2017, at 31.Kurz's
surprise strong showing in recent European Union elections - with a
projected 35% of the vote - was not enough to save him.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
DRDO test fires Akash missile system
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully
test fired AKASH-MK-1S missile from ITR ,Chandipur, Odhisa on 25 and 27 May
2019. Akash Mk1S is an upgrade of existing AKASH missile with indigenous
AKASH Mk1S is a surface to air missile which can neutralize advanced
aerial targets. The Akash weapon system has combination of both command
guidance and active terminal seeker guidance.
Seeker and guidance performance have been consistently established in
both the missions. All the mission objectives have been met.
Surabhchaudhary breaks world record in ISSF
In ISSF shooting World Cup, in Munich Germany, India's SaurabhChaudhary
has won 10m Air Pistol Gold beating his own World Record.
The 17-year old Chaudhary scored 246.3 bettering his previous best of
245 points that was set in New Delhi World Cup Shooting in February this