Centre grants ?1,000 crore relief for Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand
PM Modi took an aerial survey of cyclone Yaas-ravaged parts of East Midnapore district in Bengal and Balasore and Bhadrak districts in Odisha and announced Rs1,000-crore package in immediate relief — Rs 500 crore for Odisha and the remaining amount for Bengal and Jharkhand.
While Rs 500 crore would be immediately given to Odisha, the Rs 500 crore announced for West Bengal and Jharkhand will be released on the basis of damage report submitted by the two states, a release from the PIB said. The PM also announced Rs 2 lakh ex gratia for the next of kin of the dead.
International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
The United Nations is celebrating the “International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories” from May 25 to 31, 2021.
A Non-Self-Governing Territory is one where “people have not attained a full measure of self-government,” according to the UN Charter.
In 1946, UN Member States identified a number of non-self-governing territories under their administration and placed them on the UN list.
The country that administers Non-Self-Governing Territories is called the administering powers.
However, due to the decolonization process, some territories were removed from the list.
India and Israel – Cooperation Work Program
India and Israel signed a three-year agricultural cooperation work program.
The “Indo-Israel Agricultural Project Centres of Excellence” and “Indo-Israel Villages of Excellence” are being implemented by Isreal and India.
Indo-Israel Agricultural Project Centres of Excellence:
The Agriculture Ministry, the Government of India, and Mashav (Israel’s International Development Cooperation Agency) are leading Israel’s largest G2G cooperation, with 29 operational Centres of Excellence (COEs) across India in 12 states.
They are establishing Advanced-Intensive Agriculture farms using Israeli Agro-Technology tailored to local conditions.
The Centres of Excellence generate knowledge, demonstrate best practices, and provide farmer training.
Mekedatu Multi-Purpose Project – NGT
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has formed a joint committee to investigate allegations of illegal construction activity in Mekedatu. The Karnataka government had proposed building a dam across the Cauvery River in the same location.
The Mekedatu multi-purpose project entails the construction of a balancing reservoir across the Cauvery River near Kanakapura in Ramanagaram district.
It intends to supply drinking water to the districts of Bengaluru and Ramanagaram, as well as generate electricity.
However, Tamil Nadu has objected on the grounds that the project violates the award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.
Government Clarification Regarding Issues with Whatsapp
The Indian government has stated that it recognises the right to privacy as a fundamental right and is committed to providing it to Indian citizens and at the same time it is also committed to maintaining law and order as well as national security.
The Information and Technology (IT) Minister stated that “none of the measures proposed by India will have any impact on the normal functioning of WhatsApp in any way whatsoever, and there will be no impact on ordinary users.”
According to the clarification, the right to privacy, like all fundamental rights, is not absolute and is subject to reasonable limitations.
It stated that the requirements in the Intermediary Guidelines pertaining to the first source of information are an example of a reasonable restriction.
Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery in India
Gold jewellery hallmarking will start on June 15th. Due to the Covid pandemic, this date has been pushed back even further to January 15, 2021.
Mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery/artefacts was scheduled to begin on January 15, 2020, but was pushed back to June 1, 2021, in order to clear out old stock of unhallmarked jewellery.
Jewellers who sell gold jewellery and artefacts will be required to register with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and sell only hallmarked gold jewellery and artefacts.
The goal of making hallmarking mandatory is to ensure that consumers are not cheated when purchasing gold ornaments and receive the purity indicated on the ornaments.