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Topic 1:Economic development
Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership
Trade ministers from 11 countries gathered in Santiago, the capital of Chile, to sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP.
- Without the US, it’s a hugely significant deal and could become a blueprint for future regional free trade agreements.
- Other nations have the chance to enter at a later time, if they so wish, and there have been suggestions Indonesia and even the United Kingdom may have some interest.
- The TPP also comes at a time when major powers, such as the US, are reverting to protectionist trade policies.
- It shows that despite the protectionism coming out of the US, there is still momentum to increasing shared prosperity through freer trade.
The CPTPP, also dubbed the TPP-11, was negotiated by Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The revived deal will look to reduce tariffs in economies that together represent 500 million people and account for 13.5 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) – equivalent to a total of US$10 trillion.
Read more at:The Hindu
Topic 1:Social development
Steps to Curb Road Accidents
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has taken a number of steps to prevent road accidents and road accident fatalities as per details mentioned under:
- The Government has approved a National Road Safety Policy. This Policy outlines various policy measures such as promoting awareness, establishing road safety information database, encouraging safer road infrastructure including application of intelligent transport, enforcement of safety laws etc.
- The Government has constituted the National Road Safety Council as the apex body to take policy decisions in matters of road safety.
- The Ministry has constituted Group of Ministers of State Transport Minister to examine the best practices of Transport and suggest issues to improve road safety.
- Based on the recommendation of Group of Minister, the Ministry introduced Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2017 covering entire gamut of road safety.
- The Ministry has formulated a multi-pronged strategy to address the issue of road safety based on 4 ‘E’s viz. Education, Engineering (both of roads and vehicles), Enforcement and Emergency Care.
National Road Safety Policy
The Government of India has recognized that road accidents is a leading cause of death in the country. It has also recognized the importance of addressing road safety in order to reduce the number of accidents, deaths and injuries on the road. This must also be seen as a joint effort/responsibility of State and Central Government. The National Road Safety Policy is an effort for this movement by the government.
Read more at: PIB
Topic 1:Industrial development
Centre to declare 2018 as ‘national year of millets’
Nutrient-rich millets have got a boost with the Union government deciding to declare 2018 as the ‘national year of millets’.
- Millet is a common term to categorize small-seeded grasses that are often termed nutri-cereals or dryland-cereals.
- It includes sorghum, pearl millet, ragi,small millet, foxtail millet, proso millet,barnyard millet, kodo millet and other millets.
- Karnataka is the country’s leader in the millet sector.
Read more at: The Hindu
International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (iCreate)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated the iCreate centre in Ahmedabad.
- To promote and nurture entrepreneurs by providing the finance, mentors and technology.
- iCreate aims to develop an ecosystem in India to generate
- It is a joint venture between Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Limited (GMDC) and Gujarat Entrepreneurship and Venture Promotion Foundation (GEVPF).
- iCreate is an independent centre to promote ‘Start-up India’ scheme.
Read more at: ET
Topic 2 : Energy
NDB and ISA tie up to promote solar energy
New Development Bank (NDB) and International Solar Alliance(ISA) have joined hands to promote solar energy across the globe
- The NDB and the ISA agreed to consider a roadmap for the mobilisation of financing to promote solar energy in countries of common interest and to explore mechanisms for supporting solar energy development.
- The parties will mutually support the implementation of the NDB’s and ISA’s plans for solar energy development and deployment through technical assistance and knowledge transfer.
About New Development Bank:
The New Development Bank (NDB), formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, is a multilateral development bank established by the BRICS states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).The NDB “shall cooperate with international organizations and other financial entities, and provide technical assistance for projects to be supported by the Bank.The bank is headquartered in Shanghai, China. The first regional office of the NDB is in Johannesburg, South Africa
Read more at: ET
Topic 3 : ICT
Panasonic India launches new energy storage solution for telecom towers
Panasonic India has introduced its new line of energy storage solutions targeting the Telecom Tower market at ELECRAMA 2018.
- The newly launched compact business power solution also known as the CBPS 8000 essentially houses all the imperative functional tools in a single box which manages power requirements at the site comprehensively.
- Its plug and play system addresses challenges faced by more than half a million telecom towers located across geographies, and the compact size makes it easy to install and maintain
- The products remote configuration and diagnostic feature enables trouble free and cost effective O&M experience, which helps identify faults remotely with quick resolution and minimum downtime.
- the CBPS 8000 is an easy to install and maintain product which allows consumers to manage power needs at the site efficiently.
Read more at: ET