DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB -1st March 2020- IASbhai

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IASbhai DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS(THE HINDU+LIVEMINT+PIB)

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you-Walt Whitman

HIGHLIGHT INFO:

ORANGE COLOUR: Important for Prelims.

RED COLOUR: Important for Mains.

BLACK COLOUR: Must Read !

BLUE COLOUR : Important Links/Survey.

PINK COLOUR: Reports/Themes/Summits.

Pension Adalat

      HEADLINES:

Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates ‘Pension Adalat’, NPS awareness, grievance redressal at Jammu

      WHY IN NEWS:

The Minister launches “Do You Know” Twitter Series on Family Pension

MINISTRY?Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 2:Judiciary

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS understand the importance of Pension Adalat and its objective.

For MAINS analyse how this will reflect in Ease of doing business Index.

      ISSUE: 

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the ‘Pension Adalat’ and National Pension System (NPS) Awareness and Grievance Redressal Programme at Convention Centre, Jammu today.

PENSION ADALAT

AIM:

Pension Adalat is being conducted outside Delhi as the government wants to reach every part of society, every part of country to get the pensioner’s grievances redressed in the real-time .

The Pension Adalats are being convened with the objective of bringing on a common table the aggrieved pensioner, the concerned department, the bank or CGHS representative, wherever relevant, so that such cases can be settled across the table within the framework of extant rules.

The Minister further said that the Pension Adalats will help in on-the-spot redressal of pensioners’ grievances which has given the right of “Ease of Living” to the pensioners.

Dr.Jitendra Singh also said that the Prime Minster Shri Narendra Modi has directed that Pensioners be provided a hassle-free administrative system to resolve their grievances.

GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL PROGRAMME

The grievances have increased manifold from two lakhs to twenty lakhs.

One of the main initiatives taken was to fix the minimum pension at Rs 1,000.

Retired population is increasing in India and it is in national interest to channelize their energies in a positive manner as this government takes them as an asset and not as a liability.

The Minister also said that the real time portal, the dash board for the security personnel’s and a toll free number 1800111960 started by the government is the proof that the present government is serious towards the welfare of the employees both serving, retiring and the retired.

Initiatives such as Bhavishya, Sankalp, JeevanPraman-digital life certificates, doing away with the obsolete laws and self-attestation, among others have also been taken.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

In the Pension Adalat, 342 cases pertaining to Central government pensioners of various departments and Ministries like Textiles, Defence, Forests, ASI, GSI,CGWB, CWC, C&AG, NSSO, DGDD, BSF, SSB, CISF, CRPF, ITBP, MIB and JKGAD were discussed and subsequently 289 such cases were settled on spot.

     SOURCES:THE HINDU/DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS for UPSC CSE Prelims & Mains

“Restaurant on Wheels”

      HEADLINES:

Indian Railways launches its First “Restaurant on Wheels” at Asansol Station for railway passengers and citizens of the city

      WHY IN NEWS:

Shri Babul Supriyo also inaugurated two new air-conditioned Retiring Rooms and Electronic Reservation Chart Display System (through MPLAD fund) and a Battery operated Car at Asansol station.

MINISTRY?Ministry of Railways

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Railways

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS remember railway zone and how these coaches were made.

For MAINS nothing much here.

      ISSUE: 

Shri Babul Supriyo inaugurates First “Restaurant on Wheels” and various passenger amenities at Asansol Station in Eastern Railway

 

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Two over aged coaches have been converted into signature restaurants.

This is likely to generate Rs. 50 lakhs of non fare revenue during next 5 years

Indian Railways launched its first ‘Restaurant on Wheels’ at the circulating area of Asansol Railway station for the use of Railway passengers as well as general public of Asansol.

The Restaurant on Wheels at Asansol station circulating area was developed by refurbishing two over aged MEMU coaches.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

The two new air-conditioned Retiring Rooms equipped with the state-of-the-art furniture and other equipment will provide much comfort to the passengers.

The battery operated car will be very helpful for the Divyangjan and senior citizen passengers for their comfortable movement at the station area.

     SOURCES:THE HINDU/DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS for UPSC CSE Prelims & Mains

U.S. strikes a deal with Taliban

      HEADLINES:

U.S. strikes a deal with Taliban to end 18-year-long Afghan war

      WHY IN NEWS:

A good step but the road ahead will not be easy: Defense Secretary Mark Esper

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 2:IR

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS nothing much here.

For MAINS this is a prominent deal of the year ! This will be dicussed in depth in editorials.

      ISSUE: 

The U.S. signed a deal with the Taliban on Saturday that could pave the way for a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan over the next 14 months and represents a step towards ending the 18-year-war in the nation.

‘PATIENCE, COMPROMISE’

“The road ahead will not be easy. Achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan will require patience and compromise among all parties.

The U.S. said it is committed to reducing the number of its troops to 8,600 from the current 13,000 within 135 days of signing the deal.

It also said it is working with allies to proportionally reduce the number of coalition forces in Afghanistan, if the Taliban were to adhere to its commitments.

A full withdrawal of all foreign forces would occur within 14 months of the deal getting signed if the Taliban holds up its end of the deal, the joint statement said.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

While the agreement creates a path for the U.S. to gradually pull out of its longest war, many feel that the talks, scheduled to take place between the Afghan sides, could be much more complicated.

     SOURCES:THE HINDU/DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS for UPSC CSE Prelims & Mains

Araku Utsav

      HEADLINES:

Two-day Araku Utsav off to a colourful start in Vizag

      WHY IN NEWS:

Aim of the festival is to spread tribal tradition to other regions

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1:Festivals

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS understand the aim of this festival and remember the venue.

      ISSUE: 

ARAKU UTSAV 2020

The two-day festival — Araku Utsav 2020 — got off to a grand start at Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district on Saturday.

Joining the festivities: Minister M. Srinivasa Rao dancing with artistes at the Araku Utsav in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

The primary aim of organizing such festivals was to spread the tribal tradition and culture to other regions..

This festival would be made an annual affair.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU/DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS for UPSC CSE Prelims & Mains

 

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