Trust status given for 'Bharat Ke Veer' (GS-2) Page-7) The government granted status of a trust to 'Bharat Ke Veer, a private initiative promoted by actor Akshay Kumar, which aids families of paramilitary personnel killed in action. Contributions to Bharat Ke Veer has been exempted from Income Tax, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Thursday. I-T exempted Mr. Kumar and former national badminton champion Pullela Gopichand have been included as trustees. "Ministry of Finance @FinMinlndia has now given approval to @BharatKeVeer Trust under 80(G) which in effect means that all contributions to the trust will be exempted under the income tax. I thank the ministry and FM Sh. @Arunjaitley for the exemption to #BharatkeVeer Trust," Mr. Singh tweeted. Mr. Singh said the Home Ministry had taken up the Bharat Ke Veer initiative in April last year, and its success has been stupendous Mr. Singh said the initiative has now been formalised into a registered trust for providing a platform for all citizens to contribute and provide assistance to the families of martyred paramilitary personnel. The general public can visit the Bharat KeVeer application and website, and make a contribution to support the families of jawans who died in the line of duty.
'Industry must lift PSLV output' (GS-3) (Page-7) The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) wants industry to raise its engagement with the country's space programme by helping drive production of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLVs) that ISRO needs to meet its fast expanding launch schedule in the coming years, Chairman K.Sivan said. . "Industry is one of our pillars. But we are not satisfied with the current level of industry participation," Dr. Sivan told participants at the biennial Space Expo, BSX-2018, here on Thursday. "Our missions are growing at a fast pace, to 59 satellites in three years. It means that instead of doing six or seven launches a year we must do almost two launches a month."
observing that partner companies stood to gain substantially from the projects, Dr. Sivan, who is also Secretary, Department of Space, exhorted industry to take up bigger and independent roles in manufacturing satellites and launchers. This would free ISRO up to focus on pursuing new technologies and the challenge of the manned space misson, which is about 40 months away."Please help us in achieving this," he said. With 85% of the launch vehicle cost and 50% of the spacecraft cost going to industries that supply components and systems to ISRO, Dr. Sivan said domestic companies stood to gain substantially. Of the Rs. 10,400 crore worth of launch vehicles approved a few months back, Rs. 9,000 crore would go to supplier industries
India's interests secured in new pact: officials (GS-2/3) (Page-10) With Thursday's Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), India has concluded three of the four foundational agreements with the U.S. that had been planned for years. . India has already signed two of them-General Security Of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) in 2002 and the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016. The COMCASA will allow the U.S. to transfer specialised equipment for encrypted communications for U.S.- origin platforms like C-17, C-130 and P-8 aircraft. It comes into force immediately and is valid for 10 years. Sources said a person-in-charge will be specially designated in U.S. Central Command for coordination between India and the U.S. on this. Officials said the government had negotiated an India-specific agreement and specific additional provisions had been incorporated in the text to safeguard security and national interests.
"While the text of COMCASA is confidential, we have ensured that we have full access to the relevant equipment and there will be no disruptions. Data acquired through such systems cannot be disclosed or transferred to any person or entity without India's consent. Both countries will implement this agreement in a manner that is consistent with the national security interests of the other" an official source said. India and the U.S. will also hold a first-ever tri service joint exercise on the east coast of India in 2019, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced.
Role for private sector Ms. Sitharaman and Secretary of Defence James N. Mattis also announced their readiness to begin negotiations on an Industrial Security Annex (ISA) that would allow Indian private sector to collaborate with the U.S. defence industry The GSOMIA allows sharing of classified information from the US. government and American companies with the Indian government and defence Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) but not with Indian private companies. * To further defence innovation, a Memorandum of Intent was signed between the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and the Indian Defence Innovation Organization Innovation for Defence Excellence (DIO-iDEX), which will look into joint projects for co-production and co-development projects through the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI). Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 26/l l terror strikes in Mumbai, India and the US. resolved to combat international terrorism and asked Pakistan to bring those responsible for recent acts of terrorism against India to justice.
U.S. wants to cut its trade deficit (GS-3) (Page-11) The US. wants free, fair and reciprocal" trade and has conveyed to India that the American trade deficit with Delhi has "to be rectified." Attending the 2 +2 dialogue'. the visiting U.S. Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, said trade barriers for American companies in India have to "be reduced." They have made progress on that, and we thank them for thatThey're going to purchase more aircraft from the U.S.We truly do appreciate that. But the gap will remain, and so we are urging them to do all they can to narrow that gap," Mr. Pompeo told the U.S. media that travelled with him India and the U.S. have been in a deadlock over trade after the Trump administration wanted India to do additional purchases of $10 billion annually for the next three years.
On India's purchase of S-400 air defence systems from Russia, Mr. Pompeo said no decision had been made yet on granting a waiver and added that the U.S. was working to impose Section 23l of CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) in a way that is "appropriate and lawful." However, stating that the US. understood India's relationship with Russia, and would work on the issue, he added: "Our effort here, too, is not to penalise great strategic partners like India, a major defence partner. The sanction:s aren't intended to adversely impact countries like India." 12
whether the government has a position or not, the court must plainly do its duty to the LGBTQ community and the Indian Constitution. The challenge to the constitutional validity of Section 377 must squarely be addressed. "Constitutional issues are not decided on concession," Justice Chandrachud observed. Neutrality slammed' The government's neutrality was slammed, especially in the light of the fact that "Section 377 creates a class of criminals, consisting of individuals who engage in consensual sexual activity." "It typecasts LGBTQ individuals as sex-offenders, categorising their consensual conduct on par with sexual offences like rape and child molestation. Section 377 not only criminalises acts (consensual sexual conduct between adults) which should not constitute crime, but also stigmatises and condemns LGBTQ individuals in society," Justice Chandrachud said.
The observations against the government keeping mum came in the background of the "silence and secrecy" that accompanies the "institutional discrimination faced by the LGBTQ community in health care. Social stigma Noting that the stigma attached by health providers, employers and other service providers to the community contributes to the increased sexual risk behaviour and encourage escalation of the incidence of HIV/AIDS MSM and transgender persons do not approach State health care providers for fear of being prosecuted for engaging in criminalised intercourse.
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