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28th April, 2016

NABARD lent 1000 crore rupees to Haryana State
Warehousing Corporation (HSWC)
In the last week of April 2016 the National Bank for Agriculture
and Rural Development (NABARD) sanctioned a loan of 1000
crore rupees to Haryana State Warehousing Corporation
The loan aimed for the purchase of wheat during the ongoing
rabi marketing season.

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The loan will help the HSWC for payment of wheat purchased
from farmers in various mandis/outlets in Haryana, to pay the
farmers dues at the earliest.
The Haryana Food and Supplies Department expects around
75 lakh metric tonnes of wheat in the current season.

28th April, 2016

IIT scholar, K Ashok Kumar, won International
Plant Nutrition Scholar Award
K Ashok Kumar, a food engineering research scholar from IIT
Kharagpur has won the prestigious International Plant Nutrition
Scholar Award. The award was recently given by the US-based
International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI).
The award carries a cash prize of USD 2,000 and a recognition
Kumar has been pursuing his PhD at the department on nutrition
management of rice-chickpea production system in laterite soil.

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The research will help application of organic fertilizers such as
vermicompost in right amount and at the right time to the rice crop.
It will increase the yield of the rice-chickpea cropping system by 10%
as compared to the use of conventional synthetic fertilizers.

28th April, 2016

Union Tourism Ministry launched NMAs Online
Web Portal NOAPS
On 26 April 2016 Union Tourism Ministry launched NOC Online Application and
Processing System (NOAPS) Web Portal of National Monuments Authority (NMA).
The Portal was developed through the technology and expertise of Indian Space Research
Organization (ISRO), who are in the process of mapping of 3686 ASI protected
monuments and sites.
The web portal has been integrated with the online portal of local bodies of Delhi and
Mumbai viz. NDMC, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to facilitate single
window clearance for construction on a common application form.
However, large projects involving construction of building beyond 2000 square metres
have been kept out of the purview of Single Window Clearance System, keeping in view
their possible impact on the Monument or the site.

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Under the present rules of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains
(AMASR) Act, 1958, 100 meters area around the monument is a prohibited zone.
While the area between 100 to 300 metres is regulated zone for which no-objection
certificate is needed for construction-related works. The time limit for availing NoC was
90 days.

28th April, 2016

Nandu Natekar became a member of CCI's
Legend Club
Badminton ace Nandu Natekar in April 2016 became the first
non-Cricketer to be inducted into the Legends Club founded by
the late Cricket Club of India (CCI) president Raj Singh
Natekar was inducted into the club along with 1983 World Cupwinning captain Kapil Dev, who became the sixth cricketer to
be inducted in the club.
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The two, Nandu and Kapil were inducted into the Club’s legend
group after consultation with the Cricket Club of India (CCI)
president, Kekoo Nicholson.

28th April, 2016
India and the World

Heart of Asia conference
On 26 April 2016 The Heart of Asia (HoA) conference began in New Delhi. The conference
was attended by officials of a number of countries including Pakistan Foreign Secretary
Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.
The objective of the conference is to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan and to
speed up its reconstruction with a focus on enhancing investment and connectivity to the
The main aim of HoA process; to devise a sustained, incremental approach to
implementation of the Confidence Building Measures (CBM) in Afghanistan.
Heart of Asia conferences;

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1st Heart of Asia conference : Istanbul, Turkey
2nd Heart of Asia conference : Kabul
3rd Heart of Asia conference : Almaty
4th Heart of Asia conference : Beijing, China
5th Heart of Asia conference : Islamabad, Pakistan
The 14 participating countries in HoA process are : Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India,
Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey,
Turkmenistan and UAE.
The supporting countries include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France,
Germany, Italy, Iraq, Japan, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, U.K., U.S. and the E.U.
About Heart of Asia conference;
The Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process was established on 2 November 2011 to provide a
platform to discuss regional issues, particularly encouraging security, political and
economic cooperation among Afghanistan and its neighbours.

28th April, 2016

Parliamentary panel suggested fine, jail for
celebrities of misleading ads
On 26 April 2016 Parliamentary Standing Committee’s report on the
Consumer Protection Bill 2015 was tabled in Parliament.
The committee was headed by Telugu Desam Party MP J C Divakar
The report holds the celebrities accountable for misleading
advertisements and recommends stringent provisions such as jail
term up to five years and penalty up to 50 lakh rupees.

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The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has been suggested
to minimize misleading ads apart from proposing stringent penalties,
jail and cancellation of licenses of those involved in food adulteration.
For first time offence, the offender may be penalised with either a fine
of 10 lakh rupees or imprisonment up to two years or both. For second
time offence, it recommends a fine of 50 lakh rupees and
imprisonment of five years.
For every complaint against an advertisement, FIR will be launched
within a defined timeline without fail.

28th April, 2016

India may surpass China in attracting FDI:
Nomura Group
In the last week of April 2016 the Japanese financial services firm, Nomura announced
that India may surpass China in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2016. The
firm mentioned that the gap in inflows between the two nations has been narrowing due
to ongoing reforms in India.
The trend of rising inflows to India and moderating inflows to China began in 2013 and
FDI inflows to India can surpass those into China in 2016. It is because India already has
large investment commitments from MNCs in sectors like electronics, solar energy, auto,
defence and railways.
These trends of rising inflows to India and moderating inflows to China are likely driven by
a mix of pull and push factors, such as divergent growth outlooks, ongoing FDI
liberalisation or economic reforms in India and rising labour costs in China.

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FDI inflows not only provide a stable source of financing the Current Account Deficit
(CAD), but also bring in technical know-how, which can boost India's productivity growth
in the near future.
About Nomura Group;
Nomura is an Asia-based financial services group with an integrated global network
spanning over 30 countries.

28th April, 2016

Gopal Subramanium appointed as amicus curiae
On 25 April 2016 Supreme Court appointed senior advocate
Gopal Subramanium as ‘amicus curiae’ and requested his
assistance to explore how the recommendations of the Justice
RM Lodha committee could be implemented.
The recommendations pertain to large-scale structural reforms
that the BCCI has been resisting.

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Further, he will examine the main matter in which the state
associations argued that the implementation of several
recommendations of the RM Lodha committee would violate
their fundamental right under Article 19 (i)(c) of the Indian
Constitution to form an association.

28th April, 2016

Shyam Benegal panel submitted report on Censor
Board functioning
On 26 April 2016 the Shyam Benegal-headed committee constituted to revamp Central
Board of Film Certification (CBFC) submitted its report to Information & Broadcasting
Minister Arun Jaitley.
Censor Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) role should be restricted to categorising the
suitability of films to various audience groups based on age and maturity.
Certification guidelines should allow the audience to make informed viewing decisions
and ensure artistic expression and creative freedom are not unduly curbed.
The CBFC should refuse certification when a film contains anything that contravenes with
the Cinematograph Act, or if the content of the film crosses the ceiling laid down in the
highest category of certification.
In addition to different classifications that we have currently, we should have two
categories of U/A, one plus 12 years of age and one plus 15 years of age and two
categories of adult, one is normal adult and another adult with caution.

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The Shyam Benegal committee was constituted on 1 January 2016 by the Information
and Broadcasting ministry for holistic interpretation of the provisions of the
Cinematograph Act, 1952.
The committee was asked to take note of the best practices in other parts of the world,
especially where the film industry is given sufficient and adequate space for creative and
aesthetic expression.
The panel also includes actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan, filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash
Mehra, adman Piyush Pandey and film journalist Bhawana Somayaa, among others.

28th April, 2016

Naval detachment set up at Lakshadweep’s
Androth Island
On 26 April 2016 a Naval Detachment (NAVDET) was inaugurated by
Southern Command of the Indian Navy at the Androth Island of

The setting up of this naval detachment will extend Indian naval
presence at Androth Island. It will provide communication network
connectivity with mainland.
It will enable Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC) monitoring.
It will function as an Observance and reporting organisation, besides
radar surveillance.

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The setting up of a Naval Detachment at Androth Island will enhance
the Navy’s reach and surveillance, and contribute significantly to
strengthen maritime security and stability.

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