14th May, 2022 Current Affairs
Government bans wheat export with immediate effect to manage overall food security
- Union Government has prohibited wheat export with immediate effect. Directorate General of Foreign Trade issued a notification in this regard.
- It has been stated in the notification that amendment in the export policy of wheat has been done in order to manage the overall food security of the country and to support the needs of the neighboring countries and other vulnerable countries.
- It has been further stated that export will also be allowed on the basis of permission granted by the Government to other countries to meet their food security needs and based on the request of their government.
- Directorate General of Foreign Trade said, there is a sudden spike in the global prices of wheat due to several factors and as a result, food security of India, neighboring countries and other vulnerable countries is at risk. It said, the government is committed to provide food security.
President Ram Nath Kovind embarks on two nation visit to Jamaica and St. Vincent & Grenadines
- President Ram Nath Kovind left on a state visit to Jamaica and St. Vincent & Grenadines. This is the first-ever visit by an Indian Head of State to these Caribbean nations.
- The President will be in Jamaica from 15th to 18th of this month where he will hold delegation-level talks with his counterpart, the Governor-General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen. He will also meet Prime Minister, Andrew Holness and other dignitaries. During the visit, the President will address the Joint Sitting of the two Houses of Jamaican Parliament.
- Jamaica and India have friendly relations. Jamaica is also one of the Girmitya countries with a strong Indian diaspora, who act as a living bridge with India. The visit comes at a significant milestone as 2022 is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Jamaica.
- Mr. Kovind will also pay a state visit to St. Vincent & Grenadines (SVG) from 18th to 21st of this month and hold discussions with his counterpart Governor-General Ms. Susan Dougan. He will also meet Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves as well as other dignitaries. President Kovind will address the House of Assembly of SVG.
- According to reports, the Visit of the President Kovind to Jamaica and Saint Vincent and Grenadines assumes importance as both these nations are active members in the Caribbean Community. The first-ever Head of State visit to these countries is a continuation of India’s high-level engagement in the Caribbean region and emphasizes India's continued commitment to work with Small Island developing countries.
Nine new judges appointed to Delhi High Court
- The President of India has appointed nine Advocates as Judges of the Delhi High Court.
- In a press release, Ministry of Law and Justice said, Ms. Tara Vitasta Ganju, Ms. Mini Pushkarna, Mr. Vikas Mahajan, Mr Tushar Rao Gedela, Ms. Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora, Mr Sachin Datta, Mr. Amit Mahajan, Mr. Gaurang Kanth and Mr. Saurabh Banerjee have been appointed as Judges of the Delhi High Court in that order of seniority, with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices.
- The Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana had recommended their names for appointment.
Science and Technology
NAL successfully validates digital anti-skid brake management system developed for SARAS Mark II- 19 seat Light Transport aircraft
- The National Aerospace Laboratories, NAL based in Bengaluru has successfully validated the digital anti-skid brake management system developed for SARAS Mark 2- 19 seat Light Transport aircraft.
- The state-of-the-art brake by wire electro-hydraulic braking system is developed for the first time in India for civil aircrafts by NAL which is part of CSIR labs.
- The taxi trial of the anti-skid brake system was conducted at the speed of about 30 knots and the results were highly satisfactory. Digital Anti-Skid Braking System integration on SARAS Mark 2 will benefit operation from airfields with short runways to boost regional air connectivity.
- SARAS Mark 2 aircraft being developed by NAL has indigenously built most advanced high performance integrated avionics and flight control computer embedded with multicore power PC, VPX bus architecture and ARINC 635 compliant real-time operating system with safety-critical partitioned virtual wall.
- The Central Government had sanctioned the SARAS-Mk2-19 seat Light Transport project to NAL in June 2019.
- The Indian Air Force has already committed to induct 15 SARAS Mk 2 aircraft. It is also considered the most versatile aircraft of its class for connecting remotely located Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities and towns under UDAAN Scheme. The first flight of SARAS Mk 2 is planned for December 2024.
India-Bangladesh joint committee meeting on peaceful uses of Nuclear energy held in Dhaka
- The Joint Committee Meeting on peaceful uses of nuclear energy was held in Dhaka on 11-12 May 2022.
- The two sides expressed satisfaction at the ongoing collaboration on the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project. They discussed avenues to further enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of Science and Technology.
- The Bangladesh side expressed appreciation for the services being rendered by the Indian experts currently deployed at the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. Both sides also stated their desire for collaboration in societal applications of radiation technologies in areas such as cancer care, nuclear medicine and food preservation.
- The meeting was fruitful and covered the entire gamut of our bilateral cooperation in peaceful uses of Nuclear Energy applications in the field of health, agriculture, water purification including capacity building, training among others, said a press release issued by the High Commission of India in Bangladesh on Friday.
- The Indian delegation was led by Ranajit Kumar, Chairman Advisory Council, Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) & Head, Nuclear Controls and Planning Wing (NCPW) in the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Bangladesh delegation was led by Md. Ali Hossain, Additional Secretary (Nuclear Power), Ministry of Science and Technology of Bangladesh.
ISSF Junior World Cup: Esha Singh and Saurabh Chaudhary win Gold in Mixed Team Pistol event in Germany
- Indian pistol pairs Esha Singh and Saurabh Chaudhary won the mixed team pistol gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.
- India's Palak and Sarabjot Singh settled for the silver medal after losing to Esha and Saurabh 16-12 in the gold medal match.
- Ramita and Paarth Makhija also won silver in the 10m air rifle mixed team competition, going down 13-17 to the Polish pair of Julia Piotrowska and Wiktor Sajdak but not before making it three medals on the day.
- Esha and Saurabh came through after topping a 38-field qualification round of 60 shots with scores of 578 and 575 respectively.
- In all, India has so far won 10 medals, including four gold medals.
IBA Women's World Boxing: Indian boxers Anamika, Shiksha and Jaismine advances to pre-quarterfinals in Istanbul
- Indian boxers Anamika, Shiksha and Jaismine advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of their respective events at IBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Istanbul.
- While Anamika got the better off Romania's Eugenia Anghel by unanimous decision to win her opening bout of the 50 kilogram category, Shiksha too prevailed with a similar 5-0 margin against Argentine Herrera Milagros Rosario the 54 kilogram category.
- The third Indian boxer in the fray, Jaismine beat two-time youth Asian champion Porntip Buapa of Thailand by a 4-1 spilt decision in 60 kilogram category.
- Two-time Asian champion Pooja Rani in 81 kg category and Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain in 70 kg category will play their respective round-of-16 bouts.
- Pooja, who will begin her campaign, will take on Hungary's Timea Nagy while Lovlina will fight against Cindy Ngamba of Fair Chance Team.
- Anamika will next face World Championships bronze medallist Kristy Lee Harris of Australia in the round-of-16 bout on Sunday.