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Daily Current Affairs 5th February 2019

1. India-US Case at WTO
The United States’ unilateral measure of imposition of additional customs duty of 25% on steel products and 10% on aluminium products are violative of the WTO provisions.
  • As these measures affect India’s trade, India has challenged the US before the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) seeking to bring these measures consistent with WTO provisions.
  • Since the bilateral consultations under the Dispute Settlement Mechanism held on 20th July 2018 did not result in resolution of the dispute, a Dispute Settlement Panel was established on 4 December 2018 to adjudicate the dispute.
Points to remember
  • The World Trade Organization is an intergovernmental organization that is concerned with the regulation of international trade between nations.
  • Founded: 1 January 1995
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
2. First State Level Awareness Programme on Agri Export Policy held in Pune
Government of India has recently released an Agriculture Export Policy which aims at reinvigorating the entire value chain from export oriented farm production and processing to transportation, infrastructure and market access.
  • The Agriculture Export Policy is framed with a focus on agriculture export oriented production, export promotion, better farm realization and synchronization with policies and programmes of Government of India.
Point to remember
  • In India, agriculture and horticulture production is around 600 million tonnes per year and 30% of fresh horticulture produces goes waste.
  • For creating awareness among the farmers, exporters and other concerned stakeholders, a first State level awareness programme on Agriculture Export Policy was organized in Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management (VAMNICOM), Pune.
3. Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) meet on Disaster Risk Management
The Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is organising a meeting of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Cluster Group on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) on 5-6 February 2019 in New Delhi.
  • The two-day meeting will feature interactive sessions and will focus on development of a draft Work Plan for DRM in IORA.
  • It will also deliberate on the need for establishing a DRM Core Group to take forward the agreed objectives under the Work Plan.
Points to remember
  • Indian Ocean Rim Association is an inter-governmental organization and has many disaster-prone countries among its 22 members and nine dialogue partners.
  • DRM is one of its priority areas and its Action Plan (2017-2021) has specific goals to improve resilience in IORA countries.
4. Upgradation of Secondary Schools to Senior Secondary level under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan
Department of School Education and Literacy has launched an Integrated Scheme for School Education-Samagra Shiksha, subsuming three erstwhile Centrally Sponsored Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE), with effect from 2018-19.
  • The new integrated scheme envisages school education as a continuum from pre-school to senior secondary level and aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels.
  • During the year 2018-19, under Samagra Shiksha, 44 schools have been upgraded from secondary to senior secondary level school.
5. Draft National River Ganga Bill, 2018
Draft of "The National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Bill 2018" provides for the constitution of Ganga Protection Corps as an armed forces of the union.
  • The Ganga Protection Corps is proposed to be empowered to arrest or caused to be arrested for offence under the Act, and to take the person to the nearest police station. The Court would take cognizance of the offence on the basis of the complaint filed by the officers who are authrorized under the proposed Act.
  • The draft Act contemplates certain provisions conferring powers to the "National Council for Rejuvenation, Protection and Management of River Ganga" [National Ganga Council].
Points to remember
  • National Ganga River Basin Authority is a financing, planning, implementing, monitoring and coordinating authority for the Ganges River, functioning under the water resource ministry of India.
  • It was founded in 2009.
6. Fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya's extradition to India approved by UK minister
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has ordered the extradition of Vijay Mallya on charges of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences.
  • The 63-year-old businessman had been found to have a case to answer before the Indian courts by Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on December 10, 2018.
Points to remember
  • Vijay Mallya is accused in India of conspiracy to defraud, making false representations and money laundering offences.
  • India welcomed the UK government ordering the extradition of embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya.
7. Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev to flag off 'Tridhaatu Navi Mumbai Half Marathon' on 17th Feb
Legendary cricketer and former India skipper Kapil Dev will flag off the 'Tridhaatu Navi Mumbai Half Marathon' on February 17th from Vashi, in Navi Mumbai.
  • Well-known marathon coach and ultra-marathon athlete Norrie Williamson is the race director for the event.
  • The race will be held in two categories - the half marathon run over a distance of 21.097 kms, where participants above 18 years of age can take part, while another category is the 'Future Generali 10K run, where participants above 16 years of age can participate.
Points to remember
  • Kapil Dev Nikhanj, better known as Kapil Dev, is a former Indian cricketer. He was named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002, Dev captained the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
  • He was India's national cricket coach between October 1999 and August 2000.
8. Team India rise to 2nd in ICC ODI rankings
Team India claims the number 2 spot in the ICC ODI rankings after series wins in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Captain Virat Kohli and pacer Jasprit Bumrah take the top spots in the batting and bowling rankings.
  • India have accumulated 122 points on the back of series wins over Australia and New Zealand and are placed behind England in the fresh list.
Points to remember
  • The ICC ODI Championship is an international One Day International cricket competition run by the International Cricket Council.
  • The competition is notional in that it is simply a ranking scheme overlaid on the regular ODI match schedule.

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