Current Affairs, News & Facts of 04 Aug 2015

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  • Government signs historic peace accord with North East militant outfit NSCN (IM)

     

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    • With an aim of ending India’s longest running insurgency that caps almost two decades of peace talks government on Monday signed  a historic peace accord with a leading Naga group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) 
    • The peace accord was signed in the presence of the Prime Minister, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval by the outfit's leader T Muivah and government's interlocutor R N Ravi 

    National Socialist Council of Nagaland

    • The NSCN was formed by Isak Chishi Swu, Thuingaleng Muivah and SS Khaplang in early 1980 opposing the Shillong Accord signed by the then Naga National Council with the Indian government.
    • The objective of the group was to establish a sovereign nation called Nagalim through insurgency. The NSCN and Indian government agreed to hold talks and declared ceasefire on many occasions, but nothing concrete came out of them.
    • In 1988, the NSCN split into two groups  NSCN (Isak-Muivah) and NSCN (Khaplang) over disagreements between the group's leaders on holding peace talks with the Indian government.
    • The Khaplang group is held responsible for the deadly attack on a convoy of 6 Dogra that left 20 soldiers dead. This led the Indian Army to carry out cross-border raids inside Myanmar against the northeast insurgent groups based there.

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  • Dipa Karmakar bags bronze medal at Asian Gymnastics Championships

     

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    • Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar won  the women's vault bronze medal at the 6th Senior ART Gymnastics Asian Championships in Hiroshima.
    • Chinese Yan Wang defended her title with 14.988 points followed by Japanese Sae Miyakawa with 14.812 points.
    • Dipa, who won a bronze in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, stood third at the podium with 14.725 points.

    About Dipa Karmakar

    • Dipa Karmakar was born on  9 August 1993, Agartala she is an Indian artistic gymnast who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, becoming the first Indian woman Gymnast to do so in the history of the games
    • In February, Karmakar competed in the 2011 National Games of India representing Tripura. She won five golds in Floor, Vault, All Round, Balance beam and Uneven Bars

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  • IOC gives Olympic Sport recognition to ‘Frisbee’

     


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    International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recognised Flying disc sports, including Ultimate Frisbee as Olympic Sport. It should be noted that Disc-based games are played in 58 countries around the world by thousands of athletes.

    The World Flying Disc Federation is the international governing body of all flying disc sports. The World Flying Disc Federation includes 62 member associations and spans 58 countries.World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) governs several disc-based activities, including Ultimate Frisbee, Disc Golf and Freestyle. Unlike the majority of other team sports, it is does not have a referee and instead relies on "sportsmanship and fair play".

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  • HDFC Bank ties up with Snapdeal for co-branded credit card

     

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    India’s second largest private sector lender, HDFC Bank and e-commerce company Snapdeal have jointly launched co-branded credit card.

    • The card is aimed at getting Snapdeal's customers, 70 per cent of whom are from smaller cities and towns, to make online payments instead of availing the cash on delivery option 
    • A customer can apply for the card from Snapdeal's website, mobile site or mobile application. The applicant's credit eligibility will be checked instantly. For faster processing of application, the eligibility & CIBIL checks will be conducted while customer is filling the application form.
    • The card is aimed to encourage Snapdeal’s customers from tier 2 and 3 markets to adapt to digital payments
    • HDFC Bank is currently the leading issuer of credit cards in the country with over 6 million cards in circulation according to the latest data by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

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  • Sjostrom breaks women’s 100m butterfly record

     

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    • Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom broke the women's 100m butterfly world record in the semi-finals of the world swimming championships 
    • Sjostrom’s time of 55.64 seconds broke her previous mark of 55.74, which she set in the semi-finals on Sunday.

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  • Tenure of ED Chief Rajan S Katoch extended for third time

     


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    • The tenure of senior IAS officer Rajan S Katoch as the chief of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has been extended by another three-months as the . This is the third extension being given to the 1979-batch IAS officer in the post.
    • An order issued by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the government has "approved continuation" of the additional charge of Katoch in ED for three more months beyond July 31, which is till October 31.
    • Katoch is handling the ED charge in an additional capacity since August 2014 after he was promoted and appointed Heavy Industries Secretary. Upon his elevation, he was asked to hold the ED Director's charge till January 2015 after which he was given an extension to continue on the post till April 30. 
    • Rajan S Katoch is an IAS officer of  Madhya Pradesh cadre, Katoch has been heading ED, under the Finance Ministry, for about three-and-a-half years now after he was first appointed in March 2012. 
    • The ED Chief's post is an Additional Secretary-rank position in the Union government 

    About Enforcement Directorate 

    • The Directorate General of Economic Enforcement  is a law enforcement agency and economic intelligence agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India
    • It is part of the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. It comprises officers of the Indian Revenue Service, Indian Police Service and the Indian Administrative Service

    Establishment :- It was established on the 1st day of June, 2000 by the Central Govt. of India to investigate provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999

    Objective:- The prime objective of the Enforcement Directorate is the enforcement of two key Acts of the Government of India namely, the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999 (FEMA) and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002 (PMLA)

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  • Spices Board launches subsidy scheme to boost production

     

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    • The Spices Board has launched certain crucial measures to support farmers by offering various subsidies and sensitise them on the need to enhance the quality of spices through post-harvest improvement techniques, as a part of boosting spices production in the country.
    • Spices Board will also provide financial assistance to farmers for irrigation, land development, mechanisation, replanting, soil conservation and organic farming of various spices. It will also give financial aid to purchase irrigation and farming equipment and tools.
    • The initiatives are part of the Board’s 12th Plan to improve export-oriented production of small cardamom and post-harvest improvement of other spices across spice-growing regions in the country
    • The eligibility criteria for availing the benefits are based on land held by the grower and is different for each programme
    • Under the schemes, small cardamom cultivators in Kerala and Tamil Nadu will get up to Rs 70,000 for replanting, while farmers in Karnataka will receive up to Rs 50,000. They will also receive an aid for planting material production. Kerala’s Idukki district is having the largest cardamom plantations across the country and produces about 6,000 tonnes annually
    • Board will provide financial assistance up to 25 per cent of the actual cost for acquiring pump sets, sprinkler sets, equipment for gravity-fed irrigation system, and up to 50 per cent for water storage structure to support irrigation and land development.
    • Farmers  would be given a subsidy of Rs.1 lakh for purchasing improved cardamom curing devices and 50 per cent subsidy for GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) kits and bee-keeping boxes.

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  • Department of Telecommunication bans 857 porn websites on grounds of decency and morality

     

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    • Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) has released the document that lists 857 adult websites that were ordered to be blocked by the Department of Telecommunication (DOT). 
    • Since Saturday, Indians have been unable to access more than 800 websites, as the government of India has banned access to at least 857 websites it considers pornographic in a bid to “protect social decency”. The order was directed to the internet service providers (ISPs) citing that they violate “morality and decency” of Article 19 (2) of the Constitution and Section 79(3)(b) of the IT Act
    • The ban has provoked a furious debate online about extreme and unwarranted moral policing by the government.The sites that are banned include some of the world's biggest porn sites like Pornhub and Xvideos. A copy of the government's order, which has been marked as 'restricted', has been leaked by the Centre of Internet Studies

    Click here for the full list of all the 857 adult sites blocked in India

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  • Only 8.15% of Indians are graduates, Census data show

     

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    • The office of the Census Commissioner and Registrar-General of India released new numbers on the level of education achieved by Indians as of 2011. They show that with 6.8 crore graduates and above, India still has more than six times as many illiterates.
    • Although there has been big increase in college attendance, especially among women, but even tha fewer than one out of every 10 Indians is a graduate, new Census data show.
    • While rural India accounts for only a third of all graduates, the rate of increase in graduates was faster in rural than in urban India over the last decade, and fastest of all among rural women.
    • From 26 lakh graduates 10 years ago, nearly 67 lakh rural women are now graduates. Rural Indians are more likely to have non-technical graduate degrees than urban Indians, while urban India accounts for 80 per cent of all Indian technology and medicine graduates.

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