Daily Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Preparation: 20 October 2017

Canada chosen as partner country for 2017 Technology Summit, New Delhi

Canada will be the partner country at the 23rd iteration of the Tech Summit, India’s largest knowledge and technology conference and exhibition to be held from November 14 to 15, 2017 in New Delhi. The Summit is organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST).

The India-Canada Tech Summit will highlight range of research and innovations areas where India and Canada are world leaders. The themes will be Advanced Manufacturing which includes advances in aerospace, Automotive and Robotics, Transportation which includes Intelligent Transport Systems, Aviation, and Infrastructure, Artificial Intelligence highlighting ICT, Data Sciences, Life Sciences, and Agricultural Technology, and Energy which covers Clean Technologies and Extractive Technologies.

A particular focus of the summit is highlighting the role of women in science and business as well as promoting the start-up and incubator communities in India and Canada.


Madame Tussauds among 3 FDI proposals cleared by DIPP

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has approved three foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals, including that of Merlin Entertainment-owned Madame Tussauds to undertake single-brand retail.

Mountain Trail Foods, which operates the Chai Point outlets, has got approval for food retailing, bringing in FDI inflows of $10 million (Rs 65 crore). Kohler India Corp’s proposal for single-brand retail has also been approved.

Madame Tussauds is expected to open its first museum in India in Delhi. The department has, so far, approved 20 single-brand retail proposals worth nearly Rs 4,900 crore for food product and single-brand retail trading, including those of Amazon, Grofers and Urban Ladder.


Centre constitutes SOPs to regulate deployment of CAPF in states, UT

Central Government has formulated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), to meet emergent and unforeseen needs of state and Union Territory governments.

The Chief Secretaries and DGPs of all states and Union Territories, Commissioners of Police, Delhi, and DGPs of CAPF have been requested to follow these SOPs while processing the requests for deployment of CAPF in their states/UTs. In a bid to make state governments self sufficient in maintaining law and order without being dependent on CAPF, Centre has taken the step.

Central Government has therefore advised state governments to constitute a state level committee under chairmanship of ADG (Law and Order) of the state where the local representatives of IB and CAPF at the level of DIG/ Commandant may be co-opted.

These committees may examine and scrutinize requirements of Central Armed Police Forces by keeping in view internal security, previous scale of deployment, optimal utilization of state resources, intelligence inputs, and the availability of CAPF in nearby locations.

The Central government has stated that recommendations of committee must be specific and indicate the quantum of CAPF deployment and duration along with the justifications. Moreover, requests for extension of deployment and increase in quantum must be examined by committee on similar lines.


Arunachal Assembly approves Kamle as 23rd district

The Arunachal Assembly has passed a bill paving way for creation of a new district to be named Kamle, bifurcating the present Upper and Lower Subansiri districts.

With the official creation of the new district, the total number of districts in the state shot up to 23. Chief Minister Pema Khandu introduced the Arunachal Pradesh (Re-Orgaisation of Districts) (Amendment) Bill 2017 in the Assembly on October 14.

Kamle district, constituting the eastern part of Lower Subansiri district and western part of Upper Subansiri district, would have a population of 22,256 of homogeneous people. It consists of six administrative units, three under Lower Subansiri and three under Upper Subansiri.