Daily Current Affairs: GK Today- 12 & 13 November 2017

National Conference on BharatNet – Launch of Phase II

Today, DoT is organizing a National Conference with the State Governments and Service Providers to brainstorm and showcase various utilization models leveraging BharatNet infrastructure.  The Conference will be attended by IT Ministers and IT Secretaries from States.

Broadband infrastructure on Optical Fibre network has been made available at over 1 lakh Gram Panchayats across the country as part of BharatNet Phase I. State Governments shall be sharing their plans for leveraging the BharatNet infrastructure. DoT, on its part, has taken initiative to demonstrate various models that could possibly be adopted for these services. The Telecom Service Providers, who in collaboration with DoT, have taken initiative to set up centers in rural areas to demonstrate service delivery on BharatNet infrastructure, shall also be present to share their experiences.

The DoT had significantly increased the pace of implementation during the last six months to complete Phase I. Under BharatNet Phase I, Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connectivity has reached in over 1, 00, 000 Gram Panchayats (GPs) across different States in the country.  By Dec 2017, all 1, 00, 000 GPs will be operational on the BharatNet infrastructure. As of today, almost 90,000 installations have been completed and Services are expected to commence in 80,000 GPs shortly.

DoT will also sign Memorandum of Understanding with States for the implementation of BharatNet Phase II during the Conference.


PM Modi participates in ASEAN Summit in Manila

Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila. On the sidelines of the summit, the Prime Minister is also likely to meet other world leaders who are in the city to attend the ASEAN and East Asia Summits.

The ten-member ASEAN include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, Prime Minister Modi will be showcasing India as a credible and promising investment destination.


India re-elected as member of UNESCO’s executive board

India was re-elected as a member of the executive board of the UN educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO). The election was held at the 39th session of the general conference of UNESCO in Paris. The executive board is the top decision- making body.

According to the UNESCO, the general conference consists of the representatives of the states members of the organisation. It meets every two years, and is attended by member states and associate members, together with observers for non-member states, intergovernmental organisations and non- governmental organisations (NGOs).

Each country has one vote, irrespective of its size or the extent of its contribution to the budget. The general conference determines the policies and the main lines of work of the organisation. Its duty is to set the programmes and the budget of the UNESCO. It also elects the members of the executive board and appoints.