Current Affairs Today for UPSC IAS Preparation: 26 October 2017

Bastar SP Sheikh Aarif Hussain honoured with IACP Award

Bastar Superintendent of Police (SP) Sheikh Aarif Hussain has been awarded the prestigious International Association of Chief of Police (IACP) Award 2017 in Pennsylvania in the ‘Homeland Security’ category for his campaign ‘Amcho Bastar, Amcho Police’.

International chiefs of Police -IACP organization is 126 years old organization of all the chiefs of police in USA with its headquarters located in Virginia.

The IACP Leadership award in Community Policing recognizes outstanding community Policing initiatives undertaken by law enforcement agencies worldwide. The award identifies and rewards the best practices in Community Policing by recognizing police organizations that use power of collaboration and partnerships to make local, national and global communities safer from crime and terrorism.

The ‘Amcho Bastar, Amcho Police’ initiative aims at bridging the gap between the Police and the tribal communities by assimilating with their culture. At the same time police has focused on neutralizing the Left wing extremist and also by encouraging the ultras to surrender and join the main stream.

SP Bastar Arif Shaikh becomes the only IPS officer to have won this prestigious award in Community Policing twice in a row. The earlier award was won by him when he was SP Balod in 2016 for his Initiative Navodaya. Arif Shaikh has dedicated this award to the martyrs who have sacrificed their life at the altar of their duty in Bastar and to the brave and innocent tribals of Bastar who have supported and collaborated with the Bastar Police in this fight against the Naxalism.


DoT further simplifies the process for linking of Aadhaar with mobile number

In a bid to expedite compliance of telecom service providers with the Hon. Supreme Court’s order dated 6th February regarding linking of Aadhaar card with mobile number and reverification process of mobile users, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) issued a comprehensive instruction.

As per the new rules, the DoT has introduced three new methods to link the registered mobile number with Aadhaar i.e. OTP (One Time Password) based, App based and the IVRS facility. These new methods will help subscribers to get their mobile number linked to Aadhaar without visiting the stores of the telcos. For the ease of senior citizens and the people with disability and chronic illness, DoT has also recommended for the re-verification at subscribers’ doorstep. According to the new guidelines, the telecom operators should provide an online mechanism for people to request such service and based on availability schedule the visit and complete the process.


Indian Navy to conduct Phase II of joint oceanographic survey off Sri Lanka coast

The Indian Navy will conduct Phase II of the joint oceanographic survey off the Southern and Western Coasts of Sri Lanka in collaboration with Sri Lanka Navy. The survey will be undertaken by Indian Naval ship INS Sutlej, which is an indigenously designed vessel fitted with the latest state of the art survey equipments.

The Phase I of the joint oceanographic survey was successfully completed by both the navies in May this year. The joint survey resulted in generation of extensive oceanographic data that is currently being used for updating all information and navigational charts covering the Southern Sri Lankan waters so as to make navigation safer.

The Phase II survey would be more complex and detailed than previous survey undertaken and would focus on waters closer to the coast as well as the coastline features. The deployment presents an opportunity for both navies to learn from each other in the highly specialised field of hydrography and would serve to build on the strong professional bond that exist between the two navies.

During its deployment, INS Sutlej will also undertake a series of community welfare activities, sports and professional training exchanges with Sri Lanka Navy personnel.


Rajasthan CM launches Rajiv Mehrishi’s ‘India 2017 Yearbook’

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje launched an e-book titled ‘India 2017 Yearbook’, compiled by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and former Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.

The e-book includes a plethora of information on important dignitaries, state policy, public schemes and important data about demographics, trade, economy and many other topics. Additional articles were contributed by a leading group of intellectuals, academics and civil servants.


Deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to govt schemes extended till March 31, 2018

The deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail benefits of government schemes has been postponed to March 31, 2018, the Centre informed the Supreme Court.

Attorney General K K Venugopal told the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that extension of the deadline would apply only to those persons who do not have Aadhaar and are willing to enrol for it. He told the court that no coercive action would be taken against those who do not have Aadhaar but were willing to enrol for it. He added that they would not be denied the benefits of social welfare schemes till March 31 next year.

The Centre had earlier extended the last date for mandatory linking of the 12-digit biometric identification number to avail social benefits to December 31, 2017 from the earlier September 30.

As many as 135 schemes (of 35 ministries) including the free cooking gas (LPG) to poor women, kerosene and fertilizer subsidy, targeted public distribution system (PDS) and MGNREGA will be covered by the extension.