News Feed 2-Sept ‘2016

PM Modi leaves for China G-20 summit via Vietnam

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set off on a bilateral visit to Vietnam and to attend the annual summit of powerful G-20 grouping in China’s Hangzhou where India is likely to seek concrete measures to check terror financing and crackdown on tax evasion.
  • Modi’s first destination will be Vietnam from where he will leave for Hangzhou on August 3 to attend the G-20 summit on September 4 and 5. The Prime Minister will return to India on September 5 and will again leave for Laos on a two-day visit to attend the annual India-ASEAN and East Asia Summits.
  • In Vietnam, Modi will hold wide-ranging talks with top leadership of the resource-rich country to deepen ties in key areas of defence, security and trade, and ramping up India’s engagement in oil exploration.
  • India’s ONGC Videsh Limited is engaged in oil exploration projects in Vietnam for over three decades and there may be announcements about new projects in the sector during the bilateral visit, which is taking place after a gap of 15 years.
  • At the G-20 Summit, India is likely to raise a host of issues ranging from choking terror funding and checking tax evasion to cutting cost of remittances and market access for key drugs.
  • On the sidelines of the Summit, Modi will have bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and attend a BRICS leaders’ meet. A number of other bilaterals are being finalized.
  • Niti Ayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya is India’s sherpa for the G-20 and some of the issues were already discussed in the run up to the summit.
  • India has already agreed to the Automatic Exchange of Information Convention of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental economic organisation of around 35 countries.

 

Majuli named world’s largest river island

  • Majuli Island on the Brahmaputra in Assam was declared the largest river island in the world, toppling Marajo in Brazil, by Guinness World Records. The river island covers an area of around 880 sqkm.
  • According to Guinness World Records, the island lost around one-third of its area in the last 30-40 years due to frequent flooding of the river.
  • Home to an estimated 160,000 people of different ethnic groups, the island is an assembly constituency reserved for scheduled tribes. It was recently declared a district and was earlier a sub-division under Jorhat district. CM Sarbananda Sonowal was elected from Majuli constituency.
  • Majuli is the nerve centre of neo-Vaishnavite culture and has been vying for World Heritage Site status. It has been included in the tentative list by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). It has 195 member states and nine associate members. UNESCO pursues its objectives through five major programs: education, natural sciences, social/human sciences, culture and communication/information.

 

  1. V. Sindhu chosen to be brand ambassador for CRPF
  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has decided to appoint Olympic silver medallist P. V. Sindhu as its brand ambassador.
  • CRPF’s Director General K. Durga Prasad announced the 21-year-old badminton player as the force’s brand ambassador.
  • Sindhu would also be bestowed with the honorary rank of a commandant, which is equivalent to a Superintendent of Police.
  • CRPF, the largest paramilitary force in the country, has 3 lakh personnel in its fold.
  • The Central Reserve Police Force also has the credit of raising the first all-women battalion in a central paramilitary or a police force way back in 1987 and at present has four such contingents, with three in active duties.
  • Sindhu won a historic silver in the women’s singles badminton at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games and was today conferred India’s highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — along with other Olympic stars wrestler Sakshi Malik (bronze medallist), gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai by President Pranab Mukherjee.

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