Heritage tag for 2 irrigation facilities in Telangana

A meeting of the International Executive Council, the highest decision making a body of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), at Saskatoon in Canada last month has accepted Telangana government’s nomination of Sadarmatt anicut across river Godavari in Nirmal district and Pedda Cheruvu in Kamareddy district in the ICID Register of Heritage Irrigation Structures.

It was constructed during 1891-92 across Godavari river on the left arm on downstream of Sriram Sagar Project near Medampally village in Nirmal. It was built by Nawab Ikbal-ud-Dowla who bore the title of Vicar-ul-Umrah Bahadur about 50 km downstream of the Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) and is chiefly fed by Sawrnavagu stream.

The anicut was constructed only for irrigation purpose to provide water to 13,100 acres of land. While major crop being irrigated under Sadarmatt is paddy (contributing 80% of irrigated area), the other crops include maize and turmeric.

The Pedda Cheruvu (big tank in Telugu) was built in 1897 during the rule of Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad State. This tank was taken up under the second round of Mission Kakatiya to be developed as a mini-tank bund with an estimated outlay of ₹ 6.6 crores.

About International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID):

The ICID is a Technical and Voluntary Not-for-profit, International NGO, dedicated to enhancing the worldwide supply of food and fiber for all people by improving water and land management, and the productivity of irrigated and drained lands.

The ICID By-laws have been enacted its International Executive Council for the due implementation of the provisions of the Constitution of the Commission. It is headquartered in New Delhi.

ICID has been involved in the global discussions leading to Agenda 21, World Water Vision, World Water Forums etc., which have become the focal point of several of its technical activities.

In recognition of its significant contribution to the programs and objectives of International Year of Peace proclaimed by the UN General Assembly, on 15 September 1987 ICID was designated as a Peace Messenger by the UN Secretary General.

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International Women Entrepreneurs Summit gets underway in Nepal

Vice President of Nepal Nanda Bahadur Pun inaugurated International Women Entrepreneurs Summit

The theme of the 3-day event is “Equality begins with Economic Empowerment”.

The main objective of the summit is to bring together achievers, women business leaders, professionals, international service providers, resource organizations, experts, government representatives, and other stakeholders with a focus on innovative economic transformation through discussions and collaborations.

South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF):

SAWDF is an autonomous, nonprofit organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

It was granted the status of SAARC Recognized Body by 36th Session of SAARC Council Ministers at 18th SAARC Summit held in Kathmandu in 2014.

It is the first SAARC Recognized Body organization working on women entrepreneurs issues.

It represents national women entrepreneurs’ associations or organizations, institutions working towards economic issues of women entrepreneurs in the SAARC Region.

Its membership is based on organizations with extensive work around women’s entrepreneurship.

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Largest Bilateral Free Trade Agreement: Japan, EU Conclude Bilateral Economic Partnership Agreement

European Union and Japan signed a free trade agreement—the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement—the terms of which had been finalized in December 2017. The agreement eliminates tariffs on nearly all major goods traded between the two sides.

The agreement’s signing comes after both Japan and the EU—both U.S. allies—have faced heavy criticism from U.S. President Donald J. Trump for what he perceives as unfair trade practices. Recently, Trump described the 27-member EU as a “foe” for its trade practices.

Tusk underlined that the deal was the “largest bilateral trade deal ever.” Following China, Japan is the EU’s second-largest trading partner by volume in Asia. The total EU economy is and Japan together accounts for around a quarter of global economic output.

The agreement’s signing this week was scheduled to take place earlier in Europe, but Abe had to cancel travel due to heavy flooding in southern Japan for unusually heavy rains, which claimed scores of lives.

Even as the three leaders separated the conclusion of the agreement, they did not draw attention to their respective tensions with the United States. Both Japan and the EU are subject to ongoing steel and aluminum tariffs implemented earlier this year by the United States.

According to the European Commission, the EU primarily imports machinery, electrical machinery, motor vehicles, optical and medical instruments, and chemicals from Japan. Japan, meanwhile, imports motor vehicles, machinery, pharmaceuticals, optical, and medical instruments, and electrical machinery from the EU.

In the bilateral goods trading relationship, Japan maintains a substantial surplus. In 2017, Japan ran an 8.4 billion euro surplus on trade in goods. In services, the EU maintains a substantial surplus. In 2017, the EU’s services trade surplus with Japan was 13 billion euros.

The free trade agreement signed on Tuesday will eliminate 99 percent of tariffs on Japanese imports by the European Union and 94 percent of tariffs on European imports by Japan. Eventually, Japan will bring the number of lifted tariffs on European goods to cover 99 percent of all traded goods as well.

The two sides had been in talks over a free trade agreement for nearly five years. Last July, they reached an agreement in principle on the contours of the trade agreement.

For Japan, the conclusion of the agreement with Europe marks a major milestone. For Abe, the agreement is seen as a fillip to his ‘Abenomics’ set of monetary, fiscal, and structural policies.

While the EPA with the EU is Japan’s largest bilateral trade agreement, the country is the largest economy to participate in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, a high standard-focused multilateral trade pact that succeeds the original twelve-member Trans-Pacific Partnership that the United States withdrew from last January.

Similarly, Japan is a participant in ongoing talks to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership between the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other Asian states, including China and India.

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CUNPK Training of Trainers Course

The Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK), India and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect jointly started the pilot “Training of Trainers (ToT) Course on Civilian Protection and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)”,

The course is being attended by 30 officers including eight from Friendly Foreign Countries.

The course is designed for mid-level military officials from the countries that are active “Troop Contributing Countries” to the UN peacekeeping operations.

The Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK), has been set up in New Delhi, drawing on India’s vast experience in the field of UN Peacekeeping. It functions under the directions of a Board of management under the Chairmanship of Vice Chief of the Army Staff.

Role and important functions:

The Centre conducts International Training Capsules for Military Contingent Officers, Military Observers, and Staff and Logistics Officers.

The Centre regularly organizes Seminars, Joint Working Groups and Command Post Exercises at the National and International level.

It is also a repository of information on India’s involvement in UN Peacekeeping and is continuing to build and update its research on peacekeeping related issues.

United Nations Peacekeeping was created in 1948. Its first mission involved the establishment of the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), which served to observe and maintain ceasefire during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

UN Peacekeeping maintains three basic principles: Consent of the parties, impartiality, and non-use of Force except in self-defense and defense of the mandate.

The UN Peacekeepers are led by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DKPO).

There are currently 17 UN peace operations deployed on four continents.

UN Peacekeepers are from diverse backgrounds, from areas all around the world. They include police, military, and civilian personnel. They are often referred to as Blue Berets or Blue Helmets because of their light blue berets or helmets.

The UN Peacekeeping Force won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988.

The United Nations Charter gives the United Nations Security Council the power and responsibility to take collective action to maintain international peace and security. For this reason, the international community usually looks to the Security Council to authorize peacekeeping operations.

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India among over 90 nations without paid paternity leave for new dads: UNICEF

Almost two-thirds of the world’s children under one-year-old, nearly 90 million, live in countries where their fathers are not entitled by law to a single day of paid paternity leave, the UNICEF analysis said.

India and Nigeria, which have high infant populations, are among the 92 countries do not have national policies in place that ensure new fathers get adequate paid time off with their newborn babies.

The UN agency noted that around the world, momentum for family-friendly policies was growing. It cited the example of India, where officials are proposing a Paternity Benefit Bill for consideration in the next session of Parliament which would allow fathers up to three months of paid paternity leave.

According to a new UNICEF analysis, India is among almost 90 countries in the world without national policies in place that ensure new fathers get adequate paid time off with their newborn babies.

In eight countries across the world, including the United States which is home to nearly four million infants, there was no paid maternity or paternity leave policy.

Other countries with high infant populations, including Brazil and Congo, all have national paid paternity leave policies, albeit offering relatively short-term entitlements.

Evidence suggests that when fathers bond with their babies from the beginning of life, they are more likely to play a more active role in the child’s development. Research also suggests that when children positively interact with their fathers, they have better psychological health, self-esteem, and life-satisfaction in the long-term.

Also, positive and meaningful interaction with mothers and fathers from the very beginning helps shape children’s brain growth and development for life, making them healthier and happier, and increasing their ability to learn.

Around the world, momentum for family-friendly policies is growing. For example, India has proposed a Paternity Benefit Bill for consideration in the next session of Parliament which would allow fathers up to three months of paid paternity leave.

UNICEF has urged governments to implement national family-friendly policies that support early childhood development, including paid paternity leave, to help provide parents with the time, resources and information they need to care for their children.

UNICEF has launched ‘Super Dads’ campaign which aims to break down barriers preventing fathers from playing an active role in their young children’s development.

The campaign celebrates Father’s Day – recognized in more than 80 countries in June – and focuses on the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.

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Berne Convention: India submits declaration

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has notified declaration submitted by Indian relating to Article II and III of Appendix to Paris Act (1971) related to Berne Convention for Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. The declaration will enter into force, with respect to India from March 28, 2018. It will enable India to avail itself faculties provided for Article II and III of the Appendix to Berne Convention during 10 years period that will expire, on October 10, 2024.

India has been a member of Berne Convention since April 1928. It has been submitting a declaration as per Article II and III of Appendix from time to time. The present notification is in continuation of India’s earlier position.

Article II of Appendix: It will enable India to substitute for the exclusive right of translation of work, which has been published in printed or analogous forms of reproduction granted by competent authority only for purpose of teaching, research or scholarship.

Article III of Appendix: It will enable India to substitute for exclusive right of reproduction of literally work, published either in printed or analogous forms of reproduction or in audio-visual form of lawfully made audio-visual fixations, to publish edition which has not been distributed on sale for period of 6 months, except when either translation is not published by owner of right of translation or with his authorization, or when translation is not in language general in use in India.

Berne Convention

Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Berne Convention) is international copyright agreement that mandates equal treatment of copyrighted works by signatories, known as Berne Union. It was adopted in 1886 in Berne, Switzerland. The convention requires signatory member countries to recognize copyrighted literary or artistic works in the same way that its national copyrights are recognized.

Under it, all works (except cinematography and photography) are copyrighted for minimum 50 years term after the death of the author, but longer terms may be provided related parties. It also allows signatories to apply the fair use of copyrighted works in other broadcasts or publications, as reflected in  WIPO Copyright Treaty, 1996.

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PM Modi launches 3 Indian digital payment apps in Singapore

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched three Indian mobile payment apps in Singapore at a business event here aimed at internationalisation of the country’s digital payment platforms.

At the ‘Business, Innovation and Community Event’ here where the digital platform was the main theme, Modi launched India’s BHIM, RuPay, and SBI app.

The RuPay digital payments system was linked up with Singapore’s 33-year-old Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS).

RuPay users will be able to make payments at all NETS acceptance points across Singapore.

Holders of Singapore NETS will be able to make online purchases on the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) e-commerce merchant website, using 2.8 million RuPay point-of-sale terminals in India.

Industry observers said it would create multi-billion- dollar transactions as some five million Indians travel to and transit through Singapore, internationalising RuPay beginning with the first cross-border usage.

Also, a new app-based rupee remittance mode of the SBI’s Singapore branch was launched at the event.

“In order to expand our remittance offering, we are launching rupee remittance to India through United Payments Interface (UPI),” SBI country head in Singapore, Soma Sankara Prasad, said today after the launch at the event where a digital platform was the main feature.

Singapore branch of the SBI is the first to launch this new mode of remittance in collaboration with NPCI.

“This is a major step towards the internationalisation of India’s digital payment platform,” Prasad said.

It will be most convenient for Indian blue-collar workers here to use the app for sending money home from their dormitories at work sites, he said.

Remittance of up to Rs 100,000 will be made quick, easy and convenient with the help of Virtual Payment Address (VPA). This service will be available to all savings account holders of SBI Singapore.

The India-Singapore Enterprise and Innovation Exhibitions at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre showcased innovation in frontier technologies, including artificial intelligence, fin-tech, and innovation for social impact.

The exhibition was put up jointly by Indian and Singaporean companies.

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Hamburg to host 2018 Global Wind Summit

The first edition of the Global Wind Summit will be held here from September 25-28, 2018.

The organisers of the four-day event are expecting speakers from about 100 countries, including India, China, the US, Spain, and Denmark.

About the Global Wind Summit:

The conference on wind is the largest and most important meeting of the wind industry worldwide. The event combines two conferences, WindEnergy Hamburg and WindEurope.

The event will provide a platform for experts from across the globe to discuss innovative and green technologies for harnessing wind energy making.

The focus of the conferences would be on three major subjects. Dynamic markets, cost efficiency and smart energy. How to develop new markets, make the product competitive in auctions and use wind power for all energy applications.

India is fourth largest country — after China, the US and Germany — in terms of wind energy installation capacity at around 33 GW. The government has set a target of achieving 60 GW by 2022.

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Dr. Harsh Vardhan to lead the Indian delegation in the Mission Innovation Ministerial

Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Dr. Harsh Vardhan will be leading an Indian delegation for participation in the Mission Innovation Ministerial being held at Malmo-Sweden during 22-23 May 2018.

Mission Innovation:

Mission Innovation is a global platform of 23 countries and European Union aimed at accelerating clean energy innovations through enhanced Government funding, greater public-private sector partnership, and enhanced global cooperation.

Mission Innovation is complemented by private sector-led investments of extraordinary levels of private capital in clean energy, focusing on early-stage innovations.

As part of the initiative, participating countries have committed to seek to double their governments’ clean energy research and development (R&D) investments over five years, while encouraging greater levels of private sector investment in transformative clean energy technologies. These additional resources will dramatically accelerate the availability of the advanced technologies that will define a future global energy mix that is clean, affordable, and reliable.

Mission Innovation was announced on November 30, 2015, as world leaders came together in Paris to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change.

India is Founding Member of the Steering Committee and also a Member of the two sub-groups: Joint research and Capacity Building and Private Sector Engagement.

The power of innovation – driven by sustained public investment in research and development (R&D) coupled with business leadership – can push down costs further and bring fledgling ideas into the mainstream. Further reducing the cost of tomorrow’s clean energy technologies, along with adoption of today’s clean energy solutions, underpin global strategies to enhance global energy security, drive economic growth, bring life-changing energy services to the poor, and increase ambition in combatting climate change.

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Green Good Deeds Movement

Green Good Deeds, the societal movement launched by the Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, to protect the environment and promote good living in the country, has found acceptance by the global community. The ongoing BRICS Ministerial on Environment at Durban, South Africa, has agreed to include “Green Good Deeds” in its official agenda in the next Ministerial in Brazil and another meeting in Russia”,

Dr. Harsh Vardhan had formally launched the nation-wide campaign in January 2018. He enlisted the cooperation of thousands of people – students, teachers, voluntary organizations, Residents Welfare Associations and professionals to adopt these deeds. The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change had drawn up a list of over 500 Green Good Deeds and asked people to alter their behavior to Green Good Behaviour to fulfill their Green Social Responsibility. These small, positive actions, to be performed by individuals or organizations to strengthen the cause of environmental protection have been put up on a mobile App named “Dr. Harsh Vardhan”.

“Green Good Deeds” campaign:

The campaign has been launched by the Environment Ministry to sensitize the people and students, in particular, about climate change and global warming. The objective of the campaign is to restore and return the clean and green environment to the next generation.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change had drawn up a list of over 500 Green Good Deeds and asked people to alter their behavior to Green Good Behaviour to fulfill their Green Social Responsibility.

These small positive actions to be performed by individuals or organizations to strengthen the cause of environmental protection were put on a mobile application named “Dr. Harsh Vardhan App”.

International conferences on Environment have been deliberating and adopting declarations. However, these declarations are hardly put to practice at the ground level, involving every section of the society. “Green Good Deeds” is an idea to take it to the people and get them involved.

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