CAO The Hindu NOTES – 08th Feb, 2018 (Daily News Paper Current Affairs Analysis)

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Date:- 08th Feb 2018

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 Nod for changes in Major Port Authorities Bill {Economy}

In news

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the incorporation of the Official Amendments to the Major Port Authorities Bill 2016.
The Amendments are based on the recommendations of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee.

Highlights

  • The changes sought include the number of the labour representatives to be appointed in the Port Authority Board among the serving employees of the Port has been increased from one to two, among others
  • The Union Cabinet also gave its approval for signing and ratification of protocol amending the Agreement between India and China for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income.
  • The MSP of Copra is expected to ensure appropriate minimum prices to the farmers and step up investment in coconut cultivation. The number of Independent Members in the Port Authority Board would be minimum two to maximum four.

 Space sports car now flying beyond Mars {Science & Tech}

  • The world’s first space sports car is cruising toward the asteroid belt, well beyond Mars.
  • The Heavy became the most powerful rocket flying today with Tuesday’s inaugural test flight.
  • In the driver seat of the Tesla is a space-suited mannequin nicknamed “Starman”. Mr. Musk doesn’t plan to fly people on the Heavy, but is working on an even bigger rocket for deep-space crews.
  • Mr. Musk said the final firing of the upper stage put his red convertible into a solar orbit that stretches all the way to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The original plan had the car travelling no farther than Mars.
  • Roadster became the fastest car ever, hurtling off the planet and zooming away on a route that will now take it all the way to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

 Taliperu reservoir hits rock bottom even before summer {Geography}

In news

With water level in Taliperu reservoir at Peddamidisileru village in the tribal heartland of Charla mandal hitting rock bottom even before the start of summer season, authorities have been compelled to declare a rabi crop holiday in the 24,000 acres of ayacut under the project.

Taliperu reservoir

Built across the Taliperu tributary of Godavari river more than three decades ago, the reservoir is considered to be a lifeline to tribal peasants in Charla and Dummugudem mandals of Bhadrachalam Agency.
It is also the major drinking water source for Charla, Kaliveru, Peddamidisileru and several other gram panchayats.

Modernisation works

The modernisation is aimed at strengthening its flood protection mechanism and enhance water storage capacity. The cost estimation has subsequently been revised and Rs. 84.80 crore has already been spent on modernisation, sources added.


Shravanabelagola ceremony begins {History}

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the grand anointing ceremony —Mahamastakabhisheka — held once in 12 years at Shravanabelagola by unveiling an idol of Lord Bahubali.

Shravanabelagola

(Śravaṇa Beḷagoḷa) is a town located near Channarayapatna of Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka and is 144 km from Bangalore, the capital of the state.

The Gommateshwara Bahubali statue at Shravanabelagola is one of the most important tirthas (pilgrimage destinations) in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Western Ganga dynasty of Talakad.

Chandragupta Maurya is said to have died here in 298 BCE after he became a Jain monk and assumed an ascetic life style.


Second shipwreck, Goliath grouper fish found near Vizag {Biodiversity}

The latest find is said to be located at 23 metres below the sea surface and is a much larger one spread over 180 metres

Key finding

Spotting of the extremely rare species of Goliath grouper fish, considered to be the keystone species of an ecosystem. This fish is entirely protected from harvest in the U.S. and is recognised as a critically endangered species by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
Some of the other interesting aqua life species spotted were large school of barracuda, the trevally and jack fish and a rich bed of corals like the star feather corals, sand corals and whip corals.


Nasheed snubs China, renews call for ‘liberator’ India’s help {International Relation}

In news

Maldivians see India’s potential role in resolving the crisis gripping the island not as an occupation, but as “liberating assistance”, exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed said, reiterating his earlier call for Indian intervention
A vast majority of Maldivians want New Delhi to intervene, says former President

  • Maldivians see India’s potential role in resolving the crisis gripping the island not as an occupation, but as a “liberating assistance”, exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed said, reiterating his earlier call for Indian intervention.
  • Apparently rebutting China’s recent statement that the Maldives could deal with the current situation on its own.
  • Following turbulence in the Indian Ocean Island over the last week, culminating in President Abdulla Yameen declaring a state of emergency on Monday, Mr. Nasheed had sought Indian military intervention to release jailed dissidents.
  • Pointing to an earlier instance of Indian intervention in the Maldives in 1988, Mr. Nasheed said: “They [India] come, they sort out the situation, and they promptly leave… it is because a vast majority of our people want India to intervene that I sought India’s help. I wouldn’t have called for that if it would backfire at home,” he told The Hindu . He was referring to a coup attempt that India helped put down, on then President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s request.
  • Meanwhile, the government on Wednesday said the state of emergency addressed “certain internal aspects of governance” affecting mostly the capital, and not tourist resorts. “Life in the Maldives continues as normal,” it said in a statement issued to “assure international community.”
  • After declaring the emergency, security officials arrested Supreme Court chief justice Abdulla Saeed, another judge of the court and former President Gayoom.
  • On Tuesday, three Supreme Court judges annulled a portion of an order of the court that set off the crisis. The earlier ruling called for the release of nine Opposition leaders firom prison, including Mr. Nasheed, who is currently in Colombo.

China calls for dialogue

  • With Male coming under increased international pressure to release the jailed leaders and lift the state of emergency, China on Wednesday signalled that it could activate international diplomacy to resolve the crisis.
  • An official source who did not want to be named told The Hindu that China was sounding the “international community”, including India, the U.S. and UN bodies, that the situation in the Maldives should be resolved through a home-grown process. This was in view of reports about the possibility of “external intervention” in the archipelago that would undermine the country’s “sovereignty”.
  • In response to a query, the spokesperson said that China’s Free Trade Area deal with the Maldives signed in December serves the common interests of the two countries and two peoples.

 

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