What is COMCASA Agreement?
India and the United States on September 6, 2018 signed the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA). The agreement was signed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and US Secretary of Defence James Mattis.
The Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) is one of the four foundational agreements that a country needs to sign to become a major defence partner of the United States. The agreement comes into effect immediately and has a lifespan of 10 years. COMCASA is an India-specific version of the Communication and Information on Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA).
Dilbagh Singh appointed as DGP of Jammu & Kashmir; replaces SP Vaid
Jammu and Kashmir Government on September 6, 2018 appointed Dilbagh Singh as the Director General of Police (DGP) of the state. Singh replaces Shesh Paul Vaid, who was removed from the post and was appointed as the Transport Commissioner in the State’s General Administrative Department (GAD). Vaid, a 1986-batch IPS officer, was appointed as the Director General of Police in December 2016 and is due to retire in October 2019.
As per the government order, Director General (Prisons), Dilbagh Singh has been given additional charge of Director General of Police, till a regular arrangement is made. He will have a regular appointment only after his name is cleared by the UPSC.
India, France sign MoU to form working group for Gaganyaan Mission
India and France on September 6, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to constitute a working group for Gaganyaan Mission, India’s first manned space mission.
The announcement regarding the same was made at the 6th Bengaluru Space Expo by French space agency CNES President, Jean-Yves Le Gall. The Gaganyaan mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 72nd Independence Day speech. It is India’s first manned space mission that will be launched by ISRO by 2022.
Former RBI governor Bimal Jalan to head panel to select new Chief Economic Advisor
The Union Government has appointed former Reserve Bank of India governor Bimal Jalan as the head of the panel that has been tasked with selecting India’s next chief economic advisor (CEA).
The other members of the panel include secretary of the department of personnel and training C Chandramouli and economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg. The panel will screen the applications received and conduct interviews. The move comes two months after the government sought applications for the post after previous CEA Arvind Subramanian resigned from office.
PM Jan Dhan Yojana to be made open-ended scheme with more incentives
The Union Government on August 5, 2018 decided to make the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) an open-ended scheme and added more incentives to encourage people to open bank accounts.
The flagship financial inclusion scheme was launched in August 2014 for a period of four years. Banking on its successful implementation, the government has decided to make the scheme open-ended with more incentives. The Government has decided to continue the flagship financial inclusion programme with the main focus on opening an account from every household to every adult.
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