Top 5 Current Affairs: 4 December 2017
The United States has withdrawn itself from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations deeming it ‘inconsistent’ with its policies. The announcement was made by the US Mission to the United Nations in a statement, in which it informed the UN Secretary-General about US’s intention of ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurates first phase of Chabahar port
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on 3 December 2017 inaugurated the first phase of the Chabahar port on the Gulf of Oman. Pon Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Shipping, represented India at the inauguration ceremony of the Phase 1 of the Shahid Beheshti Port at Chabahar.
Chabahar port is the new strategic route that connects Iran, India and Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan. The port in the Sistan-Balochistan province on the southern coast of Iran is easily accessible from India's western coast.
The port is being considered as a gateway for trade by India, Iran and Afghanistan with central Asian countries besides ramping up trade among these three countries.
Telangana to soon have world’s first IT campus for differently-abled
The state government of Telangana on 2 December 2017 signed an agreement with Vindhya E-Infomedia Private Limited to set up the world’s first Information and Technology (IT) campus for differently-abled persons in Hyderabad.
The agreement was signed on the eve of the World Disability Day (WDD). The proposed campus will focus on creating employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
The proposed campus will be set up in an area of 10 acres near the IT park developed by the state Government near the Hyderabad international airport.
First global summit on AYUSH & Wellness inaugurated in Delhi
The first International Exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness sector- AROGYA 2017 was inaugurated by Ayush Minister Shripad Yesso Naik in New Delhi on 4 December 2017. It will conclude on 7 December.
The main theme of the event is ‘Enhancing the global potential of AYUSH’. It is being organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in collaboration with Union government’s Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil).
The conference would witness participation from thousands of delegates from India as well as abroad including 200 hosted delegates from over 60 countries across the world.
US pulls out of UN’s migrant and refugee pact
The United States has withdrawn itself from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations deeming it ‘inconsistent’ with its policies.
The announcement was made by the US Mission to the United Nations in a statement, in which it informed the UN Secretary-General about US’s intention of ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration.
The statement read that the United Nation's New York declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with the Trump Administration's immigration principles.
Speaking on the occasion, US Ambassador to UN -Nikki Haley said that the United States would continue its generosity in supporting migrants and refugees around the world. However, she said that its decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone.
India submits document to oppose e-commerce talks at WTO
India has for the first time submitted a formal document opposing any talks on e-commerce at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The submission comes ahead of the key ministerial conference of the WTO, where India is likely to face pressure from many countries to begin talks to open cross-border digital trade.
The document submitted by India at WTO is a proposed agreement that could become an actual announcement if enough members are in agreement with it and pertinent changes are made to it to suit all.
With this document, India said that rapid developments in manufacturing through 3-D printing, the absence of customs duty could have a severe adverse impact on the domestic manufacturing sector.