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# National E-comm policy conference
Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, will chair the first meeting of the think tank on the Framework for National Policy on E-commerce to be held on April 24th, 2018.The think tank has been established by the Department of Commerce.Issues related to the e-commerce sector such as regulatory regime, taxation policy, data flows, FDI etc will be discussed.
# Adilabad Dokra & Warangal Durries get GI tag
Adilabad Dokra, an ancient bell metal craft popular in the tribal regions of Adilabad district in Telangana, and Warangal Durries have been issued the Geographical Indication (GI) Registration Certificate by the GI Registry, Chennai.GI tag can be used as a marketing tool to promote the products in India and abroad.The Dokra craftsmen belong to the Woj community, called Wojaris.
# Panchayati Raj Day observed on 24th April
National Panchayati Raj Day (National Local Self-Government day) is celebrated by Ministry of Panchayati Raj on 24 April annually.Then Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first National Panchayati Raj Day in 2010.The PM will launch Rashtriya Gramin Swaraj Abhiyan and address Panchayati Raj representatives across the country, from Mandla, Madhya Pradesh.
# Foreigners can travel to North-East states
Foreign tourists, except those from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, would now be allowed to visit some of the most pristine locations of the country.Till now, some places were out of bounds for them without a special permit.The Home Ministry has decided to relax the Protected Area Permit regime from Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur from April 1.
# EU, UN to co-host conference on Syria aid
The EU and the UN will co-chair a two-day international conference in Brussels.The aim of the conference is to pump financial aid for Syrians and garner political support for UN-led intra-Syrian talks.The conference will bring together participants from more than 85 countries and organisations at the ministerial level.It is the second confernce of its kind since 2017.
# English Language Day observed on 23rd April
English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April.The Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information, establishing language days for each of the Organization’s six official languages.The purpose of the UN’s language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages at the UN.
# Six countries suspend membership in UNASUR
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru announced that they would indefinitely suspend their participation in the meetings of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).UNASUR was officially founded in 2008 in Brasilia between 12 governments in South America.The remaining active UNASUR members are Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Guyana and Suriname.
# AP, Mastercard to host cyber security summit
The Andhra Pradesh Government and Mastercard are together holding AP Cyber Security Summit.The summit is being conducted here as a part of the MoU signed between the State Government and Mastercard to implement best practices in cyber security.The partnership would help the state government to enable more robust digital payments solutions for the government’s Fintech Valley initiative.
# India, UAE to engage on skill harmonisation
India and the UAE have agreed to work together for harmonisation of skills that aims to match India’s programmes for upskilling workers with the requirements of job market in the Gulf nation.This will help meet the skill demands of the UAE’s employers.The two governments announced a partnership to strengthen the certification and joint recognition of skills.
# SAIL ties-up with AAI under UDAN
SAIL and AAI have signed an MoU on utilisation of airstrips under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – UDAN.SAIL have airstrips at its Rourkela (Odisha), Bokaro (Jharkhand) and Burnpur (West Bengal) steel plants.AAI will operate and manage airport operations for Burnpur, Rourkela and Bokaro airport on behalf for SAIL.The UDAN scheme has been launched by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
# E-way bill roll out in four more states
The Centre stated that the e-way bill system for intra-state movement of goods will be rolled out in four more states and one Union Territory on 25th April.The e-way bill system is being introduced in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Sikkim, and in Puducherry.The new system was implemented from April 15 in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.
# Diu Smart City runs 100% on renewable energy
The Diu Smart City has become the first city in India that runs on 100 percent renewable energy during the daytime.The city has developed a 9-MW solar park, besides installing solar panels on the rooftops on 79 government buildings, generating 1.3 MW annually.Diu also offers its residents a subsidy of Rs 10,000-50,000 for installing 1-5-KW rooftop solar panels.
# HCl, MOIL sign MoU for copper project
Hindustan Copper Ltd has signed a MoU with Manganese Ore (India) Ltd for the Malanjkhand Copper Project.As per the memorandum, MOIL will procure its entire requirement of silica sand, from HCL’s unit located at Malanjkhand in Balaghat District.This sand will be suitable for road making, construction of building etc.
# ADB to give Rs 1,700 crore aid to U’khand
The Asian Development Bank has agreed to give an aid of Rs 1,700 crore to Uttarakhand.The aid will be given for the creation of infrastructural facilities, sewer treatment plants and water supply facilities in urban areas of Uttarakhand.This was conveyed to Chief Minister of Uttrakhand by the country director of ADB’s India Regiment Mission.
# Haryana signed pact with IOC
The Haryana government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Oil Corporation for setting up a biomethenation plant in Faridabad.The plant will produce cooking gas and compost from organic waste.The plant will also produce about four tonnes of compost per day from five tonnes of organic waste. This compost will be supplied to HSVP for parks.
# Mechanism of deadly fungal infection found
Scientists have discovered a unique mechanism that drives the spread of a rare and deadly fungal infection that affects the lungs and brain.Cptococcosirys is a fungal infection that usually only occurs in people with impaired immunity, according to researchers at the University of Birmingham.The infection affects the lungs first, because it is acquired by inhaling fungal spores.
# BoI inks pact with NeSL
Bank of India has entered into an agreement with National E-Governance Services (NeSL) for Information Utility arrangement under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.As per the agreement, BoI will avail NeSL service to expedite corporate insolvency resolution process.In September 2017, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India registered NeSL as the first Information Utility.
# Cyber Security Operations Centre in AP
Tech Mahindra has set up the country’s first “Cyber Security Operations Centre” (APCSOC) in Vijayawada, in collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh government.The APCSOC will leverage Tech Mahindra’s global expertise in cyber security and risk management.The Cyber Security Operations Centre is equipped with traditional SOC and predictive threat analytics capabilities.
# Manipur observes Khongjom Day
Manipur on April 23 observed ‘Khongjom Day’ in commemoration of the Anglo-Manipur War of 1891.The 1891 armed conflict was the last battle fought between the Kingdom of Manipur and the British Empire, wherein Manipur lost its sovereignty.In commemoration of the historic battle, the Manipur government has been observing April 23 as ‘Khongjom Day’ every year.
# AFSPA removed from Meghalaya
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, AFSPA has been removed completely from Meghalaya.The AFSPA act, empowers security forces to conduct operations and arrest anyone anywhere without prior notice.In Arunachal Pradesh, the AFSPA has been reduced from 16 police stations areas bordering Assam to eight police stations.