Current Affairs in Short: 16 November 2018
The WCD Ministry has approved three major proposals under Nirbhaya Fund including the Law Ministry’s proposal to set up 1023 Fast Track Special Courts to dispose of pending cases of rape, and POCSO Act across the country.
WCD Ministry approves 3 proposals under Nirbhaya Fund
• The Empowered Committee of Officers under Nirbhaya Fund, under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Women and Child Development Ministry on November 16, 2018 approved the following three major proposals:
1. Law Ministry’s proposal to set up 1023 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) to dispose of pending cases of rape, and POCSO Act across the country. The project has a total financial implication of Rs 767.25 crores. In the First phase, 777 FTSCs may be set up in 9 states and in second phase 246 FTSCs will be set up.
2. The Proposal of Home Ministry for procurement of forensic kits for sexual assault cases to kick start usage of such kits in States/UTs through TOTs (Training of Trainers), capacity building/training for forensics in sexual assault cases and strengthening of State FSLs under Nirbhaya Fund with a total financial implication of Rs 107.19 crores.
3. The Proposal from Konkan Railway Corporation Limited for setting up video surveillance system at 50 Railway Stations with a total Project cost of Rs 17.64 crores that will be utilised for surveillance hardware and accessories, local connectivity equipment and power supply devices.
• Also, in-principle approval was given to the proposal, from Ministry of Road Transport and highways, of C-DAC for customisation, deployment and management of state wise vehicle tracking platform for safety and enforcement with AIS 140 specification.
UP: Passengers will now be able to get services of Dial 100 in any case of eventuality
• In Uttar Pradesh, passengers travelling in train will now be able to get services of Dial 100 in any case of eventuality.
• The callers just have to dial 100 from their phone to get the help of police, fire brigade and Government Railway Police.
• The service first of its kind in the country, was launched by Director General of Police OP Singh in Lucknow on November 15, 2018.
• The passengers travelling by train in the state can also contact police from social media platforms, mobile app, website and SMS apart from dialling 100 from their telephone.
• In this unified service, location of the passenger will be traced automatically and help will reach to them as soon as possible on the nearest location or station with the network of dial 100 service.
Sushil, Swapna dropped from revised TOPS list
• Double Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar and India's first Asian Games gold medallist heptathlete Swapna Barman were on November 15, 2018 dropped from the latest Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) that was revised keeping in mind the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
• Sushil, who won bronze and silver medals respectively in 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics in 66kg freestyle category, crashed out in his first qualification bout at this year's Jakarta Asian Games in the 74kg and the latest result didn't go in his favour.
• Besides Sushil, another big name to have been dropped from the latest TOPS list, which was reviewed last in July 18 before the Asian Games, is Swapna, who created a flutter in Jakarta by becoming India's first gold medallist in heptathlon.
• Keeping an eye on 2020 and 2024 Olympics, the government's Mission Olympic Cell reviewed three sporting disciplines - athletics, wrestling and weightlifting.
• In athletics, the number has been reduced from 31 to just 10, which includes two new faces in triple jumper Arpinder Singh and steeplechaser Avinash Sable, who will be supported till the 2019 World Championships.
• Besides, star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, Seema Punia, Mohammad Anas, Hima Das, Ayyasamy Dharun, Jinson Johnson and Sreeshankar Murali are other athletes who have retained their places in the new TOPS list.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un inspects testing of newly developed tactical weapon
• North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has overseen the testing of a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon. According to the nation, the test was successful but it did not specify the type of device involved.
• This is North Korea's first official report of a weapons test since it began a diplomatic process with Washington over its nuclear and missile programme.
• North Korea's suspension of testing for nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles has been key to this year's rapid diplomatic developments and North Korean-US negotiations and has been repeatedly praised by President Donald Trump.
• Trump and Kim met in a historic summit in Singapore in June, where they signed a vaguely worded document on denuclearisation of the peninsula.
UNSC condemns killing of UN peacekeepers & national soldiers in DRC
• UN Security Council has condemned the killing of at least 20 soldiers during operations against insurgents in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
• In a press statement, the council members expressed condolences to the families of the killed, including seven Malawian and one Tanzanian UN peacekeepers and at least 12 Congo soldiers, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
• The soldiers were killed on November 14 during joint operations of the UN peacekeeping mission in Beni territory of North Kivu.
Ashok Chawla resigns as Yes Bank chairman
• Former bureaucrat Ashok Chawla on November 14, 2018 resigned as non-executive chairman of Yes Bank.
• According to sources, Chawla offered to quit as controversy was being generated on his continuance on the Board of Directors following his name appearing in a CBI chargesheet in the Aircel-Maxis case.
• The bank shall in due course announce the appointment of a Chairman, post RBI's approval.
• As per sources, representations were being made by shareholders and stakeholders to the bank as well as regulators like Sebi questioning his continuance on the Yes Bank's Board after being named in chargesheet filed in Aircel-Maxis case by the premier investigating agency CBI in July.
Delhi Police Commissioner launches e-learning portal
• Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik launched the force's e-learning portal NIPUN and training division website on November 14, 2018.
• Through the website, the Delhi Police will be using advanced technology in imparting in-service training to its personnel.
• The e-learning portal aims to give online training and information through specialised courses designed by experts in the field.
• With resources such as law, standing orders, investigation checklists, forms for case files, latest High Court and Supreme Court rulings being made available online through the e-learning portal, it is envisioned that the investigating officers will be able to take the benefit of this information during the course of their duty.
• The flexibility of taking courses anytime and anywhere will now make it possible for police personnel to upgrade their skills and re-enforce their learning while balancing training time with work time.
• Many of the courses have been developed in-house while others have been finalised through collaboration with the University Grants Commission, industry body FICCI, National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Janaki Devi Memorial College under the project CLAP (The Collaborative Learning and Partnership).
First India-Japan joint military exercise concludes
• The first joint military exercise of Indian and Japanese armies concluded in Mizoram on November 14, 2018.
• The two-week exercise 'Dharma Guardian 2018' commenced on November 1 at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte with India describing it as a significant step towards fostering military and diplomatic ties between the two countries.
• The primary focus of the exercise was to train and equip the contingents to undertake joint counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in urban and semi urban terrain.
• The contingents honed their tactical and technical skills in a wide spectrum of counter-insurgency operations including joint training on weapons and equipment, field training exercise and handling of improved explosive devices.
• The commanders at various levels from both sides were exercised to work in close coordination to receive and collate information jointly, plan operations and issue suitable orders to respective integrated groups.
• The Japanese contingent was represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion, while the Indian side was represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles.