National Bamboo Mission is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme started in the year 2006-07. The scheme was later subsumed under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) for the years 2014-15 and 2015- 16. The scheme aims at promoting the growth of Bamboo sector through the area based regionally differentiated strategy. Objectives: .Enhance the yields with improved and new varieties. In the potential areas, increase coverage area for bamboo Promotion and marketing of bamboo and handicrafts made of bamboo. Establish coordination and cooperation among stakeholders for the development of the bamboo sector. .Promote, develop and disseminate technologies through a perfect blend of the modern scientific knowledge and the traditional wisdom Generate employment opportunities for skilled and unskilled labourers, especially unemployed youths.
The NBM has now been extended till 2019-20. This extended mission aims at ensuring holistic development of the Bamboo Sector. It aims at establishing effective linkage between the industry and the producer. Approval has been granted by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) to set up an executive committee for the enlisting the guidelines of the National Bamboo Mission, including the norms for different interventions at certain intervals according to the needs and recommendations of the states, with the Agriculture and Farmer's Welfare Ministry's approval. Benefits: The scheme would, directly and indirectly, benefit the farmers, local artisans and associated people engaged in the bamboo sector, inclusive of the associated industries. The scheme proposes to bring about one lakh hectares under plantation. Thereby benefitting close to one lakh farmers directly, in terms of the plantation. The scheme would help in cutting down on the import of bamboo products and in enhancing the income of the farmers. .It creates a complete value chain for the growth of the bamboo sector.
Curbs on WhatsApp media groups in U.P. (GS-3) (Page-10) Officials of a district in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh have been accused of trying to suppress media freedom by monitoring WhatsApp media groups and threatening criminal action against journalists not following its directives. However, the administration on Sunday said it was a move to check circulation of fake news and the presence of "fake media portals". In a joint directive issued by Lalitpur District Magistrate Manvendra Singh and Superintendent of Police O.P. Singh, the admins of all WhatsApp media groups operating in the district had been told to get their groups registered with the District Information Officer or face action. "No WhatsApp media group in the district will be allowed to operate without registration and if found doing so, a case will be registered against the admin of the group under relevant sections of the IT Act" the two-page directive said.
The administration said that it took the step in view of increasing complaints of incidents in which "fake journalists" were intimidating and extorting money from the local people and government staff "News channels and YouTube portals have been circulating news and rumours that have caused a threat to the social harmony and unity of the district. The district also has many news portals that are not registered anywhere, and do not have a regulatory authority laid down for them," the directive said. The administration has also specified that no news portal will be allowed to function in Lalitpur without its approval. S. Clarifying on the directive, the District Magistrate said it was not to restrain the general media but to prevent the misuse of the platform by "fake" news channels and portals
Extortion charges "It is for those who claim to be news channels but have no registration to show it.They go and extort money from people we have been receiving complaints," Mr. Singh told The Hindu. He explained that the trigger for the directive came after a recent incident at Kursi village in Mehroni tehsil, where a portal spread news that some people had been denied entry into a temple, creating tension. ** "We had to deploy forces in the area even when there was nothing of that sort happening," the District Magistrate said.
Talks on for logistics deal with Russia India and Russia are in the process of concluding a logistics agreement, with both sides targeting to conclude consultations before the annual summit in October between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin The proposed agreement follows a series of such agreements India has signed since the first logistics agreement with the US. Draft from Moscow "A draft logistics agreement has come from Russia. At the end of July, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had sent it to the Integrated Defence Staff and the three services for their comments," an official source with knowledge of the matter said. The Army and Navy have since sent back their observations on the draft. Another official said the agreement with Russia will be on the lines of those signed with the U.S. and France "The idea is to increase our operational flexibility and we thought we should do one with our long term partner Russia," another official source said.
Short timeline * While the consultation process is on, officials are working against time to have the agreement ready by October. Logistics agreement .Administrative arrangements which give access to each other's .The logistics agreement with Russia will be on the lines of the one signed -N with the US, in August military facilities for fuel and rations between partner countries 2016 -Apart from this, India has concluded such agreements with France, . India and Russia have had deep military-to- military cooperation for several decades Oman, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia. Australia, too, has sent a draft agreement
"Drafts are being readied. It is work in progress. Timelines are tight but we will try and aim for the October summit," the source stated. India signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Understanding (LEMOA), with the U.S. in August 2016 after a decade of negotiations. Since then it has concluded several such agreements with France, Oman, Philippines, Singapore and for access to the Sabang port in Indonesia. Australia too has sent a draft agreement. Logistics agreements are administrative arrangements facilitating access to military facilities for exchange of fuel and provisions on mutual agreement simplifying logistical support and increasing operational turnaround of the military when operating away from India. Officials underscored the fact that India and Russia have had deep rooted military cooperation for several decades.
PSU refiners to use Iranian tankers for oil imports (GS-3) (Page-11) A. India will allow public sector refiners to import Iranian oil with Tehran arranging tankers and insurance after firms, including the country's top shipper Shipping Corp of India (SCI), halted voyages due to U.S. sanctions, sources said. New Delhi's attempt to keep Iranian oil flowing mirrors a step by China, where buyers are shifting nearly all their Iranian oil imports to vessels owned by National Iranian Tanker Co (NITC). The moves by the two top buyers of Iranian crude indicate that the Islamic Republic may not be fully cut off from global oil markets from November, when U.S. sanctions against Tehran's petroleum sector are due to kick in. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the re-imposition of economic curbs after withdrawing the U.S. from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers. No one trading with Iran will do business with America, he said. Insurers back away We have the same situation (as most Western shippers) because there is no cover, so we cannot go (to Iran)," an SCI official said.
New Delhi turned to the NITC fleet after most insurers and re-insurers had begun winding down services for Iran, wanting to avoid falling foul of the sanctions given their large exposure to the United States. SCI had a contract until August to import Iranian oil for Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL), two sources familiar with the matter said. Eurotankers, which had a deal with MRPL to import two Iranian oil cargoes every month, has also said it cannot undertake Iranian voyages from September, the sources said. S. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not allowed to talk to the media about commercial deals. "The Shipping Ministry has given refiners permission to buy Iranian oil on a CIF (cost, insurance and freight) basis," a government source said. Under a CIF arrangement, Iran would provide shipping and insurance, enabling Indian refiners to continue purchases of the country's oil despite the non-availability of cover from Western insurers due to the restrictions imposed by Washington.
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