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  • Nitin Gadkari flagged off Apiary on Wheels-A concept for Bee Keeping

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    Union Minister of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari flagged off 'Apiary on Wheels' on 13 February. The unique concept designed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) for the easy upkeep and migration of Bee Boxes having live Bee colonies.

    Apiary on Wheels:
    ♦ Apiary on Wheels is a holistic approach to address the challenges faced by the beekeepers.
    ♦ It has been designed to reduce the labour and cost of maintaining and upkeeping Bee Boxes and live bee colonies across India. 
    ♦ In this platform 20 Bee Boxes can be carried from one place to another without any difficulty. 
    ♦ Two large wheels on either side of the Apiary on Wheels and 4 separate compartments with independent doors, having 5 bee boxes each help the platform to remain intact without disturbing the live bee colonies. 
    ♦ It is connected with a solar panel system that automatically triggers a fan inside the compartment as soon as the temperature reaches 35-degree centigrade or above. Cooling with the help of solar panels and sugar drips with zero risks to the lives of bees.
    ♦ Apiary on Wheels will prevent any damages to the bee boxes or bee colonies and help produce quality honey.

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    Amit Shah inaugurated BIMSTEC Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking

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    The Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah inaugurated the two-day Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) 'Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking' in New Delhi 13 February. The conference was organized by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). He also released the administrative and operational manuals of NCB on the occasion.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The conference highlighted the need for all nations to join hands in fighting Drug Trafficking.
    ♦ The conference provided a platform to devise coordinated strategies in ending the evil from its roots.
    India's effort to combat drug trafficking:
    ♦ Government of India has laid out a strategy to increase coordination among the agencies of the Centre, States and has established a joint coordination committee to increase surveillance over drug trafficking.
    ♦ The Home Ministry has started an e-portal for the digitalization of drug data that may be utilized by various drug enforcement agencies. 
    ♦ Over 1.89 lakh Narcotics cases have been registered in India in the past 5 years. Over 2.31 lakh drug smugglers have been arrested by the agencies including over 1500 foreign nationals.

    President Ram Nath Kovind presented Colour to INS Shivaji

    3 days ago
    President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented 'Colour' to the INS Shivaji in Lonavala, Maharashtra on 13 February to appreciate its remarkable contribution to the Indian Navy.

    INS Shivaji:
    Built on: 15 February 1945
    Owned by: Government of India
    Current commander: Commodore K Srinivas
    ♦ INS Shivaji is an Indian Naval station located in Lonavala, Maharashtra.
    ♦ The motto of INS Shivaji is, ‘Karmasu Kaushalam’ (meaning Skill at Work). 
    ♦ INS Shivaji has distinguished itself with stellar service to the nation over the years. INS Shivaji completed 75 years of excellence.
    ♦ It holds professional excellence and has discharged its responsibilities with distinction.
    Category: Defence

    President of Portugal arrives for a 4-day visit in India

    3 days ago
    President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is on a four-day visit to India from 14 February. He arrived on 13 February. This is President Marcelo's first visit to India. He will be accompanied by Professor Eurico Brilhante Dias, Secretary of State for Internationalization, Professor Augusto Santos Silva Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, and Jorge Seguro Sanches, Secretary of State for National Defense.

    Agenda:
    ♦ President Marcelo will visit Rajghat.
    ♦ He will hold talks will be held with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    ♦ The President will visit Maharashtra and Goa.

    Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra to be renamed as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan

    3 days ago
    Government has decided to rename Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan. Also, it has decided to rename the Foreign Service Institute to Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service. It was announced by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the birth anniversary of Mrs.Swaraj. The aim is to honour the legacy and decades of public service of the former External Affairs Minister. 

    Sushma Swaraj Career:
    Sushma Swaraj was educated at Sanatan Dharma College in Ambala Cantonment. She earned a bachelor's degree with majors in Sanskrit and Political Science. She studied law at Punjab University, Chandigarh.
    Political Career:
    Swaraj's political career started at the age of 25 in 1977. She became the youngest cabinet minister in Haryana in 1977. She served as the 5th Chief Minister of Delhi from 13th October to 3rd December 1998. She was a seven-time Member of Parliament. She served as MLA for three terms. 
    Sushma Swaraj won from Vidisha constituency in Madhya Pradesh for a second term in 2014. Swaraj took charge as Foreign Minister on 26 May 2014. After Indira Gandhi, she was the second woman to hold the External Affairs Ministry. She was popularly known as the People’s Minister. She introduces a new sensitivity and sensibility in the functioning of the External Affairs Ministry.
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  • The 20th International Seminar on Comprehends the Evolving Contours of Terrorism is held in Haryana

    4 days ago
    The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated the 20th International Seminar on "Comprehends the Evolving Contours of  Terrorism & IED Threat-Way ahead for the Security Community". The seminar was organized by the National Security Guard (NSG), at Manesar, Haryana 12 February 2020. It will be held on 12-13 February.

    Aim:
    The seminar urged the need of the global community to come together against terrorism across the world that faces the menace, suffering both economic and social losses.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The seminar highlighted measures to resolve and reaffirmed commitment to the policy of "Zero tolerance towards Terrorism".
    ♦ Discussion to quip for the next generation warfare, latest technology, and advanced weaponry as the terror modules are also evolving to survive through collaborations and adapting to changing dynamics.
    ♦ It highlighted the importance of improving IED detection and prevention has gained significant importance for the security forces these days, we need strategy and develop capabilities to prevent such attacks.
    ♦ It will cover a wide spectrum of Counter-Terrorism and Counter-IED issues in panel discussions. 

    Participants:
    Delegates from various countries and senior Police and security officers from various states and other stakeholders are participating in the Conference. 

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    Amit Shah to inaugurate Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking

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    Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah will be inaugurating the two-day 'Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking' for Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Partner Nations, in New Delhi on 13 February. 

    The conference is in pursuance of the commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 4th BIMSTEC summit held at Kathmandu in 2018. The conference is organized by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The platform will provide the opportunity to all the member nations to deliberate on the increased threats posed by drug trafficking and the collective steps that are required to negate the threats by learning from the best practices adopted by member countries. 

    Cabinet approves MoU signed between India and Iceland in the field of Fisheries

    4 days ago
    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Iceland in the field of Fisheries. The MoU was signed on 10 September 2019.

    Aim:
    The MoU will strengthen the existing friendly relations between India and Iceland. It will also enhance consultation and cooperation on Fisheries including consultation on bilateral issues.

    MoU Provisions:
    ♦ The MoU will create facilities for the exchange of scientists and technical experts and their proper placement, especially in areas of estimating Total Allowable Catches in offshore and deep-sea areas.
    ♦ Provision of training to fisheries professionals from key fisheries institutions in the various management aspects on areas of modern fisheries management and fish processing.
    ♦ Under the MoU, scientific literature research findings and other information will be exchanged.
    ♦ It will hold an exchange of experts/expertise to study the prospects of fishing.
    Category: Agreements MoU

    World Unnani Day was observed on 11 February

    4 days ago
    World Unnani Day was observed on 11 February. The day marks the birthday of great Unani scholar and social reformer "Hakim Ajmal Khan".

    Aim:
    The day aims to pay tribute to Hakim Ajmal Khan for his wonderful contribution to the sustained development of the Unani system of medicine in the country and the rest of the world. It also aims to spread awareness in masses and action about healthcare delivery through the Unani system of medicine worldwide through its preventive and curative philosophy.

    Hakim Ajmal Khan:
    Hakim Ajmal Khan was born on 11 February 1868. He was an eminent Indian Unani physician. He was a great scholar, a social reformer, a noted freedom fighter, an Unani medical educationist. He established the scientific research in Unani System of Medicine. He died on 29 December 1927. 

    History:
    Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India declared Hakim Ajmal Khan's birthday as World Unani Day. The day was designated to recognize his tremendous role and immense contribution to the development of the Unani system of medicine.

    Note:
    Unani system of medicine is a science of life, a system of health and medicine which aims to assist people in living a healthy life. It provides knowledge of how to live a longer and healthier life.
    Category: Important Days

    Cabinet approves protocol amending agreement between India and Sri Lanka for avoidance of DTAA

    4 days ago
    The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the Signing and Ratification of the Protocol amending the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Sri Lanka. The protocol avoids double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. The Updation of preamble text and inclusion of Principal Purpose Test, a general anti-abuse provision in DTAA will result in the curbing of tax planning strategies that exploit gaps and mismatches in tax rules.

    Background:
    The existing DTAA between the two countries was signed on 22 January 2013 and entered into force on 22 October 2013. India and Sri Lanka are members of the Inclusive Framework. It requires implementing the minimum standards under the G-20 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Action Reports in respect of their DTAAs with Inclusive Framework countries.
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  • AP govt signed MoUs with Agri institutions to provide technical assistance to farmers

    6 days ago
    The Andhra Pradesh State government signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with 11 premier agricultural institutions in the country on 10 February 2020. MoUs were exchanged between the state Agriculture Department and institutions, including the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), National Institute of Plant Health Management, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Central Fertiliser Quality, and Training Institute, and National Seed Research and Training Institute, Amaravati. 

    Aim:
    The aim is to usher in revolutionary changes in the agriculture sector through technology and knowledge transfer to farmers in the state.

    MoU Provisions:
    Under the MoU, the institutions will provide technical assistance which will lead to a sustainable increase in farmers' income using organic and natural farming processes.

    Rythu Bharosa Kendras:
    ♦ Also, the AP government is to set up 11,158 Rythu Bharosa Kendras across the state by June.
    ♦ It would be manned by agriculture, horticulture, veterinary and aquaculture assistants to guide farmers in best practices.
    ♦ These centres will have fertilizer, quality seed, and pesticides guaranteed by the state government.
    ♦ It aims to enhance farm management practices and train farmers in organic and natural farming.

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    JK government approved the two light metro rail projects

    6 days ago
    The Jammu & Kashmir government has approved the two light metro rail projects in the state to ease the public transport in twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar. The Administrative Council (AC) approved the proposal of the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD) in a meeting chaired by Lieutenant Governor, GC Murmu.

    Light metro rail projects proposal:
    ♦ HUDD proposed to build an elevated Light Rail System in both the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar. 
    ♦ The move comes as an efficient urban transport system including Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) is essential for an inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth process. 
    ♦ It is expected that elevated Light Rail Systems will provide best-in-class mobility in terms of reliable, safe, cost-effective, convenient, and sustainable public transport systems. 
    ♦ The elevated light metro rail system will not only facilitate easy and quick movement of people but also have a positive impact on the economy and quality of life in these cities.
    ♦ The Light Rail Transit System (LRTS) in Jammu will have one corridor from Bantalab to Bari Brahmana with a total length of 23 km. In Srinagar, it will have two corridors, one from Indira Nagar to HMT Junction and second from Usmanabad to Hazuri Bagh, with a total length of 25 km. 
    ♦ The estimated cost of the project including land, R&R and taxes are estimated to be Rs.4,825 crore for Jammu Light Metro and Rs.5,734 crore for Srinagar Light Metro.
    Category: Indian Affairs
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