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Current Affair 15 May 2018


UNDP to Set Up Skill Development Centre in Hyderabad

Aimed at empowering vulnerable and marginalised women by imparting skills training, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will soon set up a skill development centre at 'Bharosa,' an integrated support centre for distressed women and children.

  1. UNDP has proposed to set up a skill development centre exclusively for clients of Bharosa.
  2. 'Bharosa,' an initiative of Hyderabad City Police, is a state-of-the-art centre to support women and children who are victims of violence.
  3. 'Bharosa' provides under one roof, 24X7 services related to police, medical, legal, prosecution, psycho-therapeutic counselling and relief and rehabilitation services in completely private counselling rooms to maintain confidentiality and privacy.

Army Finalises Rs 15,000 crore Ammunition Production Project

The Army has finalised a mega Rs 15,000-crore project under which a range of ammunition for its critical weapons and tanks will be produced indigenously to overcome long delays in imports and address the problem of a dwindling stockpile.

The immediate aim of the closely guarded project - to create an inventory for all major weapons to enable the forces to fight a 30-day war while the long-term objective is to cut dependence on imports.

Last year, the government had empowered the Army to directly procure ammunition and spares for 10 types of weapon systems and equipment after an internal review found the optimum level of "war stores" was not being maintained.

Dharmendra Pradhan, UAE Minister Flag Off 1st Consignment of ADNOC Crude For India

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and UAE Minister of State & Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Group CEO Dr. Sultan Al Jaber flagged off the first consignment of 2 million barrels of ADNOC crude for Mangalore Cavern.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister also had an interactive session with over 250 Indian professionals, business leaders and community representatives working in the UAE. The event was organised by the Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi.

Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) launched

i. The Union Environment Ministry launched its full fledged Green Skill Development Programme(GSDP), that aims to train over 5.5 lakh workers in environment and forest sectors in the country through 30 courses by 2021.

ii. The GSDP was launched last year as a pilot project in 10 districts of the country wherein 154 youths (mainly school dropouts) were trained as parataxonomists and biodiversity conservationists.

iii. After the pilot project, now govt is going to launch GSPD on a large scale and 80,000 youths in the country will be trained at 80 institutions in next one year. The number will be raised to over 2 lakh in the following year and by 2021 a total over 5.5 lakh youths will be trained as green skilled workers.

Domestic Violence Act for divorced women too

The Domestic Violence Act — meant to punish men who abuse women in a relationship — extends to all man-woman relationships, and also protects divorced women from their former husbands, the Supreme Court has upheld.

  • The court held that domestic violence can continue even after divorce.
  • It amounts to domestic violence if the former husband tried to dispossess the woman from a jointly-owned property.

E-Gates to give immigration clearance

  • From January 2019, low-risk foreign travelers will not have to wait in long queues at airport immigration counters.
  • The Indian government plans to install special automated kiosks — e-Gates —  for speedy document and identity verification.
  • At the e-Gates, foreigners can present their machine-readable passports, place their fingerprints on the scanner and complete a customs declaration.


International Children’s Film Festival Of Kerala

Film festival is organised by Kerala State Council for Child Welfare, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Kerala State Film Development Corporation and the state Institute of Children's literature.

The first edition of the International Children's Film Festival of Kerala will get underway, with over 140 films, documentaries and short films set to be screened.

The festival will be an opportunity for the children to view world class films.

Modi, Oli launch Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service

  • PM Modi & his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli has jointly inaugurated a direct bus service b/w Janakpur & Ayodhya – the two sacred cities for Hindus.
  • Janakpur the birthplace of Sita will now be connected with Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram through the bus service.
  • The places are significant in the Ramayana tourism circuit that falls under the Indian Govt’s Swadesh Darshan Scheme.


Paytm introduced automatic recurring payments

Similar to standing instructions for bank accounts, the ‘My Payments’ feature on the Paytm app can be used for high-value payments for a variety of cases

  • Paytm has introduced automatic recurring payments, a new feature that lets users configure the payments app to pay for periodic recurring expenses automatically.
  • Similar to standing instructions for bank accounts, the ‘My Payments’ feature can be used for high-value payments for a variety of cases.
  • Company expects the feature to significantly boost bank-to-bank transactions on the Paytm app.


Kangara fort

  • The Kangara fort is located on a steep hill about 20 km from Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.
  • It occupies a narrow strip of land between the the Banganga and Majhi river.
  • The kot (fort) was earlier called Nagarkot or fort of the city or Kot Kangra.
  • It was built by the royal Rajput family of Kangra State (the Katoch dynasty).
  • The highest point in the fort is occupied by the palace courtyard.
  • Below the palace courtyard there is a large courtyard containing the stone carved temples of Laxmi Narayan, Ambika Devi and the Jain Temple.

India fast losing mangrove cover

  • According to the report, India has ranked ninth in the area of mangrove forests it lost between 2000 and 2015, but the rate of loss is only half the global average.
  • The report has been published by the Woods Hole Research Center, a think tank based in Massachusetts, USA.
  • While Malaysia, Myanmar, Brazil, and Thailand were other countries to lose maximum cover during the period of study.
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