Current Affairs

Current Affairs

High level committee to examine working of CCIM, CCH and their governing legislation

The high-level Committee has been formed to examine the working of the regulatory bodies Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) and their governing legislations namely, Indian Medicine Central Council Act 1970 and Homoeopathy Central Council Act 1973 respectively, for suggesting suitable reforms for AYUSH.
The committee will be headed by Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog. Other members of the committee are Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NITI Aayog and Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH. 


Partha Mukhopadhay committe

       The Working Group on Migration — a panel constituted by the Union housing and urban poverty alleviation (HUPA) ministry — has recommended caste-based enumeration of migrants to ensure they get their entitlement

      The panel noted that as per Census 2011 data, as the national capital does not have any scheduled tribe on record, these people cannot avail government benefits which they are entitled to. 

       The panel has recommended that the protocols of the Registrar General of India needs to be amended so that beneficiaries can avail benefits in the states to which they migrate.

       The state should try to eliminate the violation their fundamental rights and ensure their rights.
         States should include migrant children in the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan’s (SSA) Annual Work Plans to uphold their Right to Education.





cyber security

             The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up standing committee on cyber security to review the threats inherent in the existing and emerging technology.

             The 11-member committee will be headed by Meena Hemchandra( RBI Executive Director).

Key Facts:

             The committee will study adoption of various security standards and protocols, interface with stakeholders. Based on study, it will suggest appropriate policy interventions to strengthen cyber security and resilience.


Thiruvannamalai project

A two-member expert committee which went into the Tiruvannamalai Girivalam Path Widening Project has submitted its report to the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) Southern Bench.

About the project:

The Girivalam is the path taken by devotees of the famed Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai district in Tamil Nadu. Implemented at a cost of Rs.65 crore, the widening project is creating a lane of 7 to 10 m width for pedestrians/pilgrims who take up circumambulation of the holy hill by walk.

key facts of report:

In its report, the committee indicated that the flora and fauna in the area may not be affected much by the project

It further said that the Highways Department shall undertake maintenance of the odais/channels leading to the receiving water bodies lying within 20m on either side of the road as part of the project cost.


Govt appointed panel recommends for MSP of gram to Rs 4,000 a quintal


A government appointed committee has recommended for Minimum Support Price, MSP of gram to 4,000 rupees a quintal for Rabi season 2016 and 6,000 rupees a quintal for both urad and tur for kharif season 2017.

The committee headed by Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian had been set up to to review the MSPs and related policies to incentivize the cultivation of pulses. Mr Subramanian today submitted the report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi.

Brieifng reporters, Mr Subramanian stressed on the need for enhancing domestic production of pulses. The report also suggested that government procurement machinery should be in high gear to ensure procurement of kharif pulses at this season's MSP.