Current Affairs

Current Affairs

Rs. 5,000 EC for possessing banned plastic in Delhi: NGT

  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today imposed an interim ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags which are less than 50 microns in the entire national Capital.
  • A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also announced an environment compensation of Rs. 5,000 on anyone found in possession of such banned plastic.
  • The tribunal has also directed the Delhi government to seize the entire stock of plastic within one week from today.
  • The green panel had last year banned the use of disposable plastic in Delhi and NCR with effect from January 1, 2017 and directed the city government to take steps to reduce dumped waste.

NCRB merged with bureau of police research



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  • National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) - the principal source of reference by policy makers, police, criminologists, researchers and media - both in India and abroad, with the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D).
  • BPR&D has been given charge of NCRB so that there is more research based and methodological data collection in future as data collection by NCRB as of now was that of taken from states and sometimes inaccurate.
  • BPR&D, which conducts its own researches and commissions many to private institutes/bodies to study the crime patterns, policing and other related aspects. 
  • NCRB's core function is to collect data on crimes related to IPC and other sections, courts, convictions etc... and then analysed.
  • On the other hand, BPRD's research is not related to crime.
  • It focusses more on research and data collection on how police, central paramilitary forces work, manpower problems, pattern of registration of crime, or influences of police on society etc.

Holistic Learning is the need of hour in our Present Education System

In a unique initiative to give a boost to the learning of science, technology and mathematics among the youth-especially the school students, Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan (VVM) - a nationwide science talent search examination held this November. This programme has been organized by eminent scientists and academicians associated with Vigyan Prasar (VP) - an autonomous organisation under Department of Science and Technology and National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) of Ministry of Human Resources and Development and Vijnana Bharati.

A Mobile app called the VVM App was launched at a function in the national capital today by Shri Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam, Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Tourism..After the App release, nearly 125 students appeared in the mock test during the function as a demonstration of the online examination in the presence of Honourable Union Minister. 

One of the unique features of this examination is that the test was conducted online. Students were attended the exam through the various digital devices like, mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop in line with the vision of Digital India Campaign.

Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) is one of the largest science movement in the country led by eminent scientists and to inculcate and generate scientific temper, foster excellence in students and nurture and mentor them for their careers in pure sciences. Through VVM programme, India’s next generation will be made aware about the India’s Rich Contribution to Science from ancient period to modern times. Registered students will undergo multilevel testing. Successful students will get a chance to undertake study tours and interactions with renowned scientists of our country as well as abroad. The details regarding VVM can be accessed on www.vvm.org.in. 


Global Clubfoot Conference

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Global Clubfoot Conference being organised by the CURE India in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, in New Delhi.

Clubfoot is one of the most common orthopaedic birth defects. It can cause permanent disability if not treated early. This affects the child’s mobility and confidence. Inevitably, education and schooling – and the child cannot fulfil his or her potential. In India the burden of disability affects more than 10 million people. The differently-abled or Divyang as we call them deserve equal opportunities in all avenues of life. Mainstreaming their social and professional experience is a commitment for all of us. Many of these disabilities are preventable or curable – which is often forgotten. Prevention, treatment and mainstreaming have to go in parallel. India is proud to have eradicated new cases of poliomyelitis. Polio was once a serious cause of loco- motor disability, but over the past six years we have not had a single case of paralytic poliomyelitis. This has been a major milestone in the history of public health not only in India but globally. It must motivate us to work towards eliminating other disabilities and other diseases and take on the challenge of clubfoot.

Public hospitals are partnering with CURE International India to reach out to as many children as possible. The programme is now active in 29 states of India. Despite these successes, the current rate only 8,000 fresh cases are brought into the ambit of treatment every year. This is a small number if one considers the 50,000 children who are born annually in India with clubfoot. In 2022, India completes 75 years of its Independence. It should be a national resolve that by then every child born with clubfoot gets access to treatment services as soon as the condition is diagnosed.


Tata Steel elevates T V Narendran as global CEO, MD

Tata Steel has elevated T V Narendran as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director globally, the company said on Tuesday.

“The Board of Directors of Tata Steel Ltd at its meeting on October 30, 2017 had decided to elevate T V Narendran as CEO and Managing Director of Tata Steel globally,” the has company said in a statement.

Narendran joined Tata Steel after completing his MBA from IIM Calcutta in 1988. His career has spanned many areas - in India and abroad — including marketing and sales, international trade, supply chain and planning, and operation and general management, it said.

He was appointed as Managing Director of Tata Steel for India and South East Asia on November 1, 2013.

During his 4 four years tenure as MD, India and South East Asia, “Tata Steel successfully executed and commissioned one of the largest greenfield projects in India - Kalinganagar steel plant — and also enhanced its ability to deliver to higher value segments like steel for automotives,” the statement added.

The company further said Koushik Chatterjee has been reappointed as Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer for a period of 5 years with effect from November 9, 2017, after his present term expires Novermber 8, 2017. He will report to Narendran.