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Important Current Affairs 10th November 2017

Important Current Affairs 10th November 2017

Current Affairs 10th November 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

President of India addressed Sadguru Kabir Mahotsav 

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the Sadguru Kabir Mahotsav in Bhopal today (November 10, 2017).
●    Speaking on the occasion, the President praised the Government of Madhya Pradesh for instituting the ‘Rashtriya Kabir Samman’. 
●    He stated that this honour encourages poets who pursue the philosophical tradition of Saint Kabir. 
●    He also congratulated the award winners and appreciated their contributions.
●    The President said that Sadhguru Kabir was not only a great spiritual leader but also a social reformer. 
●    He fought against social evils that prevailed in society at the time and made efforts to eradicate them. 
●    The President said that the path of equality and harmony shown by Saint Kabir remains an inspiration for our society.
●    The President also received the first copy of the book ‘Madhya Pradesh Mein Kabir’ on the occasion.
 

Cabinet approves continuation and Restructuring of National Rural Drinking Water Programme

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has accorded its approval for continuation and restructuring of National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) to make it outcome-based, competitive and better monitored with increased focus on sustainability (functionality) of schemes to ensure good quality service delivery to the rural population. 
●    A sum of Rs. 23,050 crore has been approved for the programme for the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) period 2017-18 to 2019-20.  
●    The programme will cover all the Rural Population across the country. 
●    The restructuring will make the programme flexible, result-oriented, competitive, and will enable the Ministry towards to reach the goal of increasing coverage of sustainable Piped Water Supply.
●    The NWQSM aims to cover all rural population in Arsenic/Fluoride affected habitations with clean drinking water on a sustainable basis by March 2021. 
●    States have been given more flexibility in utilization of NRDWP funds by reducing the number of components under the programme.
●    As per the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, about 77% of rural habitations in India have achieved a fully covered (FC) status (40 litres per capita per day) and 56% of the rural population have access to tap water through public stand posts within which 16.7% have household connections.

Cabinet approves Creation of National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions 

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved creation of National Testing Agency (NTA) as a Society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, and as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.
●    The NTA would initially conduct those entrance examinations which are currently being conducted by the CBSE.
●    Other examinations will be taken up gradually after NTA is fully geared up.
●    The entrance examinations will be conducted in online mode at least twice a year, thereby giving adequate opportunity to candidates to bring out their best.
●    In order to serve the requirements of the rural students, it would locate the centres at sub-district/district level and as far as possible would undertake hands-on training to the students.
●    NTA will be chaired by an eminent educationist appointed by MHRD.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Philippines on agriculture and related fields 


The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Philippines in the field of agriculture and related fields. 
●    The MoU will improve bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture and will be mutually beneficial to both countries. 
●    It will promote understanding of best agricultural practices in the two countries and will help in better productivity as well as improved global market access. 
●    This MoU provides for cooperation in the fields of rice production and processing, multi cropping system, dryland farming systems, bio-organic farming, solid and water conservation and management, soil fertility, sericulture, agro forestry, livestock improvement etc. 
●    The MoU provides for constitution of Joint Working Group composed of equal number of representatives. 
●    The Joint Working Group shall meet once every two years alternatively in the Philippines and India. 

Cabinet approves Development of Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre at Dwarka, New Delhi 


The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the following proposals of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion:
●    Development of Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (ECC), Dwarka and allied infrastructure in PPP and non-PPP Mode (including Exhibition & Convention spaces, arena, trunk-infrastructure, Metro/NHAI connectivity, hotels, office and retail spaces etc.) at an estimated cost of Rs. 25,703 crore by year 2025.
●    Incorporation of a new Government company as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the implementation and development of the project with 100% equity from Government through Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. 
●    Government of India will provide budgetary support of Rs. 2037.39 crore to the SPV as equity over a period of 3 years to fund trunk infrastructure, a part of Exhibition centre, Foyer, Convention Centre, Metro connectivity, NHAI road connectivity including cost of land to be paid to DDA, water & Sewerage infrastructure, Railway land for Metro Connectivity and expenses towards other Non-PPP components.
●    Mobilization of Rs.1,381 crore from the market as Government guaranteed loan and utilization of Rs. 4,000 crore by way of monetization of Government-owned land and annual project revenue by the SPV. 
●    The proceeds from land monetization and annual returns accrued by the SPV will be utilized for funding the non-PPP components of the Project.

Biannual talks between DGs of BSF and Pakistan Rangers conclude 


The three-day biennial talks between Directors General of Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers concluded here today. 
●    The 23 member Indian delegation was led by Shri K K Sharma, DG BSF. Major General Muhammad Saeed, Director General, Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) led a 19 member Pakistani delegation to India.
●    Both the delegations also had representatives from respective Home and Foreign Ministries along with officers from Narcotics Control and Survey Departments.
●    The Indian side firmly and strongly took up specific issues of concern including incidents of unprovoked cross border firing, smuggling of narcotics, infiltration attempts, tunneling and defence construction activities. 
●    The issue of inadvertent crossing over by the border population and ways to facilitate their return on both the sides was also discussed. 
●    It was agreed upon in deliberations that utmost caution and care should be exercised in dealing with the civilians.
●    The need for timely exchange of information, at the field level with increased frequency of field commanders level meetings, simultaneous coordinated patrolling etc. were also discussed.

Current Affairs 10th November 2017: APPOINTMENT

Cabinet approves appointment of Second National Judicial Pay Commission for Subordinate Judiciary in the country 


The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved appointment of Second National Judicial Pay Commission (SNJPC) for Subordinate Judiciary in the country.
●    The Commission is to be headed by Shri Justice (Retd.J P.Venkatarama Reddi, former Judge of Supreme Court of India. Shri R. Basant, a former Judge of the Kerala High Court is the Member of the Commission.
●    The Commission will make its recommendations to the State Governments preferably within a period of 18 months.
●    It will examine the present structure of emoluments and conditions of service of Judicial Officers in the States and UTs. 
●    The Commission aims to evolve the principles which would govern pay structure and other emoluments of Judicial Officers belonging to the Subordinate Judiciary of the country. 
●    It will examine the work methods and work environment as also the variety of allowance and benefits in kind that are available to Judicial Officers in addition to pay and to suggest rationalization and simplification thereof.
●    The Commission will devise its own procedures and formulate modalities necessary for accomplishing the task. 
●    The Commission also aims at making the pay scales and conditions of service of Judicial Officers uniform throughout the country.
 

Current Affairs 10th November 2017: DEFENCE

Ninth Gorkha Rifles Bi-Centenary Celebrations 


The Ninth Gorkha Rifles, one of the oldest and highly decorated Regiment of the Indian Army commemorated it’s 200 years of selfless service and sacrifice to the Nation with Bicentenary Celebrations held from 08 to 11 November 2017 at 39 Gorkha Training Centre, Varanasi Cantonment. 
●    A series of events were conducted on the occasion with pomp and gaiety attended by large number of serving and retired Officers, Veterans and Veer Naris.
●    Chief of Army Staff and the President Gorkha Brigade General Bipin Rawat graced the occasion by his benign presence on 09 to 10 November 2017, alongwith his wife Mrs Madhulika Rawat, President AWWA. 
●    A galaxy of senior officers both serving and retired, along with over 500 Veterans mainly from far flung areas in Nepal attended the celebration along with their families. 
●    During the event the General interacted extensively with Veterans and laid a wreath at the war memorial to pay homage to martyrs of the Regiment. 
●    He also released the First Day Cover to mark the occasion.
●    A magnificent parade followed by felicitation of Veer Naris was conducted on the occasion. 

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