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Important Current Affairs 1st August 2017

Important Current Affairs 1st August 2017

Current Affairs 1st August 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Jutice Krishna to head expert group on Data Protection Framework for India 

Recognising the importance of data protection and keeping personal data of citizens secure and protected, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India has, on 31st July 2017, constituted a Committee of Experts.
●    It will work under the Chairmanship of Justice B N Srikrishna, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India.
●    It will be comprising of members from Government, Academia and Industry to study and identify key data protection issues.
●    It will also recommend methods for addressing them. 
●    The committee will also suggest a draft Data Protection Bill. 
●    Protection of Data is expected to provide big boost to Digital economy of the country.

Inauguration of Technical Secretariat of National Education Policy Committee to draft National Education Policy, 2017 

Eminent Space Scientist and Padma Vibhushan awardee Dr. K. Kasturirangan inaugurated the new office of the Technical Secretariat of the Committee to draft National Education Policy 2017 at the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Campus, Bengaluru today. 
●    The committee has been constituted by Human Resource Developement Ministry, Government of India under the Chairmanship of Dr K. Kasturirangan comprising eminent experts from across the Country to draft National Education Policy, 2017. 
●    The Technical Secretariat has been housed in the premises of NAAC with UGC being the nodal agency.
●    Addressing the gathering at the inauguration, Dr. Kasturirangan, Chairman of Committee to Draft National Education Policy, 2017, said the New Education Policy will be precise, rigorous and will have an overarching perspective aimed towards overall National Development. 
●    “India has inherently provided powerful knowledge centres like ‘Takshashila’ & ‘Nalanda’ to the world. 
●    However there has been a strong disconnect in today’s scenario which needs to be bridged to bring Indian Higher Education into the higher pedestals of Global Education today.

Dr Subhash Bhamre Inaugurates 75th  Raising Day of AFHQ Civilian Services

Minister of State for Defence, Dr Subhash Bhamre inaugurated 75th raising day function of the Armed Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) Civilian Services here today. 
●    Speaking on the occasion, Dr Bhamre said that AFHQ civilian personnel have been standing firmly with the Armed Forces, providing them with the essential support and working for the safety of the nation with dedication and commitment, both in times of peace and war.
●    He appreciated the administrative acumen and work culture of the cadre who have been working shoulder to shoulder with Service personnel and providing them with the logistical support in manpower, quartering, material management, administration and human resources development.
●    The service cadre came to existence when the office of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) was constituted in the Ministry of Defence on August 1, 1942 and all the civilians were brought under one Cadre Controlling Authority.

Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Railways & Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra lays foundation stone to develop Cold Storage Warehouse for onion at Lasalgaon near Nashik

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Railways & Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra laid the  foundation stone for the cold storage on 30th July, 2017 at Lasalgaon near Nashik in Maharashtra. 
●    Indian Railways’ PSU CONCOR (Container Corporation of India ltd.) is developing a cold store at Lasalgaon near Nashik for storage of onions and other perishable produce.  
●    This cold storage will have a total capacity of 2500 MT out of which 1500 MT will be exclusively utilised for onion storage and remaining for other perishable commodities such as fruits & vegetables like Onion, Pomegranate, Grapes, Banana, Tomato, Citrus. 
●    Indian Railways has now steered into the areas of providing storage facility to the farmers and the cold storage at Lasalgaon will be a boon to the farmers of not only Nashik & Lasalgaon, but also of nearby areas of Jalgaon, Manmad, Dhule,etc.
●    The cold storage is being set up on CSR model by CONCOR at a cost of Rs. 5 crores.  
●    The cold storage will be maintained by M/s Lasalgaon Vibhag Sahakari Kharedi Vikri Sangh Ltd. Railways is a major transporter for onion and plays a key role in timely transportation of onion to various consumer market from producer states.  
●    To reduce the spoilages, Indian Railways allots the rakes/ wagons on priority basis wherever possible for carriage of onion.

Health Ministry to launch Intensified Mission Indradhanush

With the aim to accelerating the full immunization coverage and provide greater focus on urban areas and other pockets of low immunization coverage, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has drawn up an aggressive action plan to achieve the target by 2018. 
●    According to the plan, States will conduct Intensified Mission Indradhanush drives for 7 working days from 7th day of every month starting from 7th October 2017 for four consecutive months excluding Sundays, holidays and Routine Immunization days. 
●    A total of 118 districts, 17 urban areas and 52 districts of North East states will be targeted under Intensified Mission Indradhanush.
●    Under Intensified Mission Indradhanush, greater focus will be given on urban areas which were one of the gaps of Mission Indradhanush. 
●    This will be done through mapping of all underserved population in urban areas and need-based deployment of ANMs for providing vaccination services in these areas. 
●    Mobility support to field staff for deployment to such areas in urban as well as rural areas will be provided.

RBI slaps Rs 3 crore penalty on Union Bank

●    The RBI on Monday said it has imposed Rs3 crore penalty on state-owned Union Bank of India for "non- compliance" with the directions on Know Your Customer (KYC) norms in two separate cases.
●    While in one case a penalty of Rs 2 crore has been imposed, Rs1 crore has been slapped in another case. 
●    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that based on media reports related to a fraud in a bank, it conducted an examination of certain accounts in Union Bank of India, which had substantial transactions.
●    "Upon examination of the documents obtained in this regard, a notice was issued to the bank advising it to show cause as to why penalty should not be imposed for non- compliance with directions issued by RBI," the central bank said in a statement.
●    The second case related to a complaint regarding "huge cash withdrawals in certain accounts".

Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman, Arvind Panagariya resigns

Arvind Panagariya, Vice-Chairman of Niti Aayog announced his resignation from the post on 1 August 2017.
●    Panagariya revealed that he would be returning to the field of academics in the US.
●    His last working day in office would be 31 August 2017.
●    The 64-year-old was the first one to hold the post of Vice- Chairman in Niti Aayog. 
●    He was appointed to the position in January 2015. 
●    His resignation now brings an end to his two and a half year-long stint with the Government of India’s policy think-tank.
●    Panagariya is an Indian-American economist. 
●    He is known for his market-friendly views and is a close associate of the well-known trade economist, Jagdish Bhagwati.

LPG gas price subsidy to go

The government had previously asked Indian Oil (IOC), Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) to raise rates of subsidised domestic LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) by Rs 2 per 14.2-kg cylinder per month. 
●    The government has ordered state-run oil companies to raise subsidised cooking gas (LPG) prices by Rs 4 per cylinder every month to eliminate all the subsidies by March next year, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said today. 
●    The government had previously asked Indian Oil (IOC), Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) to raise rates of subsidised domestic LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) by Rs 2 per 14.2-kg cylinder per month.
●    Now, the quantum has been doubled so as to bring down the subsidy to nil, he said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here. 
●    Every household is entitled to 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rates in a year. 
●    Any requirement beyond that is to be purchased at market price.

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