India, Nepal Consent To Use Global Navigation Satellite System for Border Pillars
- Over 8,000 pillars have been decided to be linked along the India-Nepal border to a global navigation satellite system which will allow authorities to successfully manage the over 1,700-km-long porous boundary.
- According to the Nepal’s ministry of foreign affairs, the Nepal-India Boundary Global Navigation Satellite System (NIB GNSS) will be used for the boundary pillars.
- According to the ministry, the decision regarding the arrangement was made at the third meeting of Nepal-India Boundary Working Group (BWG) which was held in Kathmandu.
- The Indian delegation was led by Swarna Subba Rao, surveyor general of India while Krishna Raj BC, director general of the survey department, led the Nepali delegation during the three-day meeting.
- Ahead of the BWG meeting, the fourth meeting of the SOC (Survey Officials’ Committee) was held in Kathmandu from 20th to 22nd June. The two countries have decided that the SOC would next meet in September this year and the BWG in August 2017, in India.
India to Become Full Member of MTCR
- India will be joining the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) on 27th June as a full member, after it failed to get NSG membership due to stiff opposition from China and a few other countries.
- External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup revealed that India had applied for the membership of MTCR.
- Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will sign the document of accession into MTCR in the company of Ambassadors of France, Netherlands and Luxembourg.
- Post the civil nuclear deal with the US, India is willing to get into export control regimes like NSG, MTCR, the Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement that regulate the conventional, nuclear, biological and chemicals weapons and technologies.
- The MTCR membership will facilitate India to buy high-end missile technology and also boost its joint ventures with Russia.
- The aim of the MTCR is to limit the proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles and related technology for those systems capable of carrying a 500 kilogramme payload for at least 300 kilometres, as well as systems intended for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Soon, an e-Dropbox for Kids to Report Abuse
- An online portal will soon be introduced which will allow children to complain about abuse in school or at home without divulging their identities, is on the anvil.
- Ministry of women and child development (WCD) is working on an e-dropbox which will let children complain about abuse, molestation or harassment in everyday situations in school, bus, tuition classes or at home.
- The e-dropbox will be hosted on the website of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). The icons and the response system are being designed by the commission. Simple language, pictures and icons will be used to ensure that even young children can use this facility.
- The project was inspired by Delhi Police’s ‘Operation Nirbheek’, under which complaint boxes were placed in different schools, allowing girls to anonymously complain about any abuse.
- According to governmental study in 2007, it was found that more than 53% of children in India are subjected to sexual abuse. The survey was carried across 13 states and with a sample size of 12,447, revealed that 53.22% of children reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse, with Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and Delhi reporting the highest percentage of such incidents.
Lionel Messi Announces Retirement from International Football
- Argentina’s skipper and ace footballer Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina lost a fourth major final in nine years.
- Chile stunned Argentina to win the Copa America Centenario in a penalty shootout. Messi had scored five times during the tournament, including a outstanding free-kick in the semi-final against hosts the USA to become his country’s record scorer with 55 goals.
- As an Argentine international, he was Argentina’s all-time leading goal scorer with 55 goals in 112 matches. He has represented his country in six major tournaments.
- Messi is a five-time FIFA player of the year, winner of four Champions League titles and eight Spanish La Liga crowns with Barcelona.
- Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga, a La Liga season (50), a calendar year (91), a single season (73), a Champions League match (5), and most Champions League seasons (5).