Current Affairs, News & Facts of 19 Jun 2015

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  • Approval for inclusion of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh under National Dairy Plan Phase - I and extension of project period by two years upto 2018-19

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for:-

    1.  Inclusion of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh in the list of States to be covered under the National Dairy Plan- I (NDP-I). 
    2.  Extended the implementation period upto 2018-19 in order to achieve key outputs of National Dairy Plan- I. 
    • Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh are newly formed states comprising mainly tribal population and having substantial milch animal population and have the potential for coverage under NDP-I 
    • Although Uttarakhand was not included for all the approved components under the scheme NDP-I, the Project Implementation Plan document included sub projects of Animal Breeding and Strengthening of Semen Stations for implementation in Uttarakhand. 
    • At present two projects, that is one on Progeny Testing and the other on Strengthening of Semen Station are under implementation. Considering the potential for implementation of Ration Balancing Programme, Fodder Development and Village Based Milk Procurement System, Uttarakhand has also been included under NDP-I; along with Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. 
    • It is a scientifically planned multi-state initiative with the objective to help in increasing the productivity of milch animals and thereby raising milk production also 

    NDP-I was approved for implementation in 14 milk potential States by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) through the EIAs with a total outlay of Rs. 2242 crore for a period of six years from 2011-12 to 2016-17. NDP I is now being implemented in 15 States (after Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) viz. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. This 15 states accounts for more than 90 per cent of the country’s milk production, over 87 per cent of the breedable cattle and buffalo population and 98 per cent of the country’s fodder resources. However, coverage of NDP I is across the country in terms of benefits accruing from the project.

  • India ranked 143 out of 162 countries on 2015 Global Peace Index

    Violence comes at a very high cost. it impacted the economy to the tune of USD 341.7 billion in 2014, or 4.7% of its GDP, in 2014, the fourth highest cost in the world according to the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)

    India ranked 143 out of 162 countries on the Global Peace Index published on Tuesday by Australia-based global think-tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).escalating civil strife and the consequent refugee crisis have been among the major factors behind the rising cost of global violence containment.

    Violence in South Asia has increased because conditions have worsened at a faster pace in MENA (the Middle East and North Africa).Overall, scores of most countries in South Asia lowered with only Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh registering gains. India ranked 5th out of seven countries in South Asia since the past eight years when GPI was first introduced, India deteriorated by 6 per cent largely due to "deteriorations in indicators measuring deaths from external conflict, political terror and perceptions of criminality".

    Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world, Syria the least peaceful. Pakistan ranked 154 with a ‘very low’ state of peace.The Global Peace index gauged global peace using the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarization.

    Iceland led the pack of the Global Peace Index, followed by Denmark and Austria at second and third positions, respectively. Others in the top 10 include New Zealand, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Japan, Australia, and Czech Republic.

    The activities of violence took away $14.3 trillion from the global economy and it amounted to 13.4% of global GDP in the last year, according to the report. The cost of violence increased by $1.9 trillion or 15.3% since 2008.This was due to increased deaths from internal conflicts in countries in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena region)

    Countries such as Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan and Central African Republic brought up the bottom of the list, turning less peaceful. Since last year, 81 countries improved their levels of peace while 78 fared worse

  • India ranks third in global doping report for year 2013
    • India is considered to be at very good positions in the field of various sports  but in terms of doping by its athletes, it has been ranked third behind Russia and Turkey in a World Anti-Doping Agency Report for 2013 with as many as 91 from the country testing positive for banned substances in that year.
    • According to the 2013 Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report released by the WADA on June 15, Russia has maximum number of dope offenders with 212 testing positive while the figures for Turkey and India were 155 and 91 respectively. Of the 91 Indians, 20 were women athletes.
    • France came a close fourth with 90 dope cheats in the report compiled by the WADA based mainly on the information received from National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs). The comprehensive report, which dealt with testing of 207513 samples, covered 115 nationalities and 89 sports
    • If the four non-analytical Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) are taken into account, India has 95 ADRVs, fourth in the WADA list behind Russia (225), Turkey (188) and France (108). Russia had 13 non-analytical ADRVs, while the corresponding figures for Turkey and France were 33 and 18 respectively.

    What is Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) ?

    • Non-analytical ADRVs refer to cases that do not involve detection of a prohibited substance by a WADA-accredited laboratory but instances like failure to submit to a test, possession, use or trafficking of a prohibited substance following an investigation by athletes and support personnel
    • In all, 1953 athletes across the globe committed anti-doping rule violations out of which 1687 were actually caught for using banned substances while 266 violated other rules (non-analytical ADRVs).

    Sports events where doping cases are maximum

    • Among sports disciplines, track and field athletes lead the Indian dope cheats with 30 (28 sanctioned after testing positive with two of them committing non-analytical Anti-Doping Rule Violations) out of a global total of 280.
    • Weightlifting comes second with 19 from the discipline caught for doping with nine wrestlers committing Anti-Doping Rule violation. Other sports which contributed in the doping shame are powerlifters (8) and bodybuilding (8), judo (7), boxing (4), aquatics (2), cycling (2), kabaddi (2), cricket (1), football (1), taekwondo (1), volleyball (1).

    Among the NADOs, India's National Anti-Doping Agency recorded 93 adverse analytical findings  the third highest out of 4274 samples it tested in 2013 but three were exonerated later by anti-doping disciplinary and appeal panels, leaving 90 cases of Anti-Doping Rule Violations.The NADOs of Russia and Turkey reported ADRVs of 184 and 144 out of 14582 and 1527 samples they respectively tested.

    This is the first time that WADA has been able to pull together such a comprehensive report on ADRVs and this was made possible by unprecedented collaboration with World Anti-Doping Code signatories, notably NADOs.The data has been collated by WADA, following information received from Code signatories, who are responsible for the results management of doping cases.

  • B'desh crush India by 79 runs in 1st cricket ODI of 3-match series
    • Bangladesh defeated India by 79 runs in the first cricket ODI of the three-match series at Mirpur last nightChasing an imposing target of 308 for win, the Indians made a steady start but were bundled out for 228 with four overs to spare.
    • India got a good start as openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stitched a 95-run stand for the first wicket. Even Suresh Raina with a run-a-ball 40 and Ravindra Jadeja (32 off 42) also tried their bit to save the day but Nineteen year-old Mustafizur Rahman keeled over India's batsmen claiming a five-wicket haul in his first international match.He was named Man of the Match
    • The second ODI between the two teams is slated for Sunday at the same venue, Mirpur.
  • Union Government launches NOWCAST and Insurance Web-Portals for Farmers

    The Union Agriculture Minister Radha Ram Mohan launched a weather alert service named NOWCAST in collaboration with Insurance web portal for farmers ( that will enable farmers to insure their crops under three schemes

    Government started these services to inform farmers on extreme weather events and existing crop insurance schemes. The weather alerts service called NOWCAST will collect information from 146 weather stations spread across the country and send instant text messages to farmers located in areas likely to be affected by extreme weather.

    The free SMS alerts, to be sent in English, Hindi and regional languages as per farmers request will be issued to over one crore farmers whose mobile phones are already registered on the government “mKisan portal”

    On web portal, the Agriculture Minister said, “There is a lack of awareness about crop insurance among the farming community in the country. The portal will provide information about existing insurance products, premium rates, among other details.”



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