Daily Current Affairs (English) - 05.08.2018

National

MAHARASHTRA GOVT APPROVES OVER RS 7,000 CR TO COMPLETE DRINKING WATER PROJECTS

The Maharashtra government has approved over Rs 7,000 crore to complete the drinking water projects in scarcity-hit areas, state minister Babanrao Lonikar said. The government is committed toprovide water to all villages that are perennially dry, the water supply and sanitation minister said in a release issued last night.

Under the National Rural Drinking Water Scheme, the government has approved a proposal of Rs 7,952 crore for completing 6,624 water projects in 10,583 villages, he said. The jumbo proposal is aimed at the completion of works in Konkan, Nashik, Aurangabad, Amravati, Nagpur and Pune divisions. Nearly 6,500 projects have already been completed in the last four years by spending Rs 5,500 crore, Lonikar said. During the last four years, the main emphasis was to complete the pending projects, he said.The water supply department ensured that funds were properly utilised and action was taken against district bodies misusing the money, he added. Notably, the Marathwada region of Maharashtra is a perennially drought-hit area. The region received only 86 per cent of its average rainfall last year, a senior revenue official had earlier said.


NITI AAYOG LAUNCHES AN INITIATIVE TO HELP FIND SOLUTIONS TO CHALLENGES IN TRANSPORT & ROAD SAFETY

The NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has launched ‘Move Hack’ initiative to help find solutions to challenges in public and private transport and road safety.

An objective: The Policy Commission has launched the Global Mobility Hackthon-Move Hack for the purpose of the future of mobility in India. The purpose of Moewahak is to bring innovative, dynamic and scalable solutions to the problems related to mobility.

Key Facts:

  • To deliver mobility services, rapidly developing technologies and business models have the ability to change the global transport sector.
  • The mobility of pedestrians and personal transport to public transport and freight transport is extremely important and it affects rural and urban daily life.
  • Move Hack is expected to solve the pioneering and simple solutions to the challenges related to mobility and will be paved for the development of integrated, embedded and inventive global community.

Hackathon two-level:

  • Just code it: In technology / product / software and data analysis, solutions will be resolved through.
  • Just Solve It: Through the innovative business idea or durable solution technology, mobility will be driven on changing the infrastructure.
  • Mov hack is open to all citizens of the country:
  • Move hack is open to all citizens of the country. Registration for this can be done at https://www.movehack.gov.in.
  • The top thirty members of the online application will travel to Singapore on September 1 and 2, 2018, and will be advised by a curated group of top experts.
  • The parties will be advised on many parameters including shape improvement, business viability, technical solutions and customer targeting / marketing. The top 20 teams of the Singapore phase will participate in the final round held on 5 and 6 September 2018 in New Delhi.

Winners announce:

  • The winners will be announced at the Move Summit 2018, organized by the Commission on 7 and 8 September 2018 and inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra
  • Top 10 winners will be selected for Hackathon and a prize money of more than 2 crores will be provided.
  • Hackathon held jointly with the Government of Singapore:Hackathon will be jointly organized with the Government of Singapore and will be operated by means of hacker.
  • In the program, PwC Knowledge Partners and Nescarm are strategic partners. It will be evaluated by a jury comprising subject specialist specialists, venture capitalists, business leaders and successful entrepreneurs.

Move Hack: Move hack is the world's first platform that has incorporated new age transport technology such as public transport, private transport, road safety, multi-dimensional connectivity and zero-emission vehicles.

 

International

FRANCE'S PARLIAMENT HAS SIGNED INTO LAW A CONTROVERSIAL ASYLUM AND IMMIGRATION BILL

France's Parliament has signed into law a controversial asylum and immigration bill. The bill is designed to accelerate asylum procedures by cutting the maximum processing time from the current 120 days to 90 days after entering France. The text was adopted on a final reading by 100 votes in favour to 25 against with 11 abstentions. The senate had rejected the bill on Tuesday, but the lower house passed the text as President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche party holds a large majority, even if the law has exposed divisions within his own camp.As well as slimming down the time taken to overcome administrative hurdles the text cuts to six months, from 11, the time limit to make an asylum claim while facilitating both the expulsion of those rejected and the acceptance of those whose bid succeeds.We are giving ourselves the means of preserving a right to asylum which, had nothing been done, could rapidly have been called into question as one fears may happen in a number of European countries," Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told parliament.But the extent of the doubts harboured by some lawmakers had already been laid bare by one member of Macron's party -- former Socialist Party MP Jean-Michel Clement -- who left the party after voting against the text on an earlier reading for the first time in the assembly since the president's election 15 months ago.


Zanu-PF's Emmerson Mnangagwa wins Zimbabwe election

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s president and leader of the ruling Zanu-PF party, has won the country’s historic and hotly contested presidential election. Officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced early on Friday that Mnangagwa had received 2.46m votes, or 50.8% of the 4.8m votes cast. Nelson Chamisa, the candidate of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC), won 2.14m votes or 44.3%, the ZEC said. Mnangagwa needed to win by more than 50% to avoid a runoff vote.Mnangagwa, 75, was a close aide of Robert Mugabe, the 94-year-old autocrat who ruled for 37 years and was ousted by the army nine months ago, and was implicated in atrocities committed under his rule. Chamisa, 40, is a former lawyer and pastor. Priscilla Chigumba, the chair of the ZEC, urged the country to “move on” with the hopeful spirit of election day and beyond the “blemishes” of Wednesday’s “chaos”, when the army opened fire on protesters in Harare, killing six people. “May God bless this nation and its people,” she said.
 

Appointment

KUMAR MANGALAM BIRLA AND Y.C. DEVESHWAR

Renowned industrialists Kumar Mangalam Birla and Y.C. Deveshwar were appointed as non-official independent directors in Air India.It is perhaps for the first time that big industrialists like them have been named on the board of a public sector enterprise. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the appointment of Mr. Birla and Mr. Deveshwar as non-official independent directors in Air India for a period of three years.