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18 March 2017

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India ranks 148 in representation of women in government, Europe at top

  • India ranks 148 globally in terms of representation of women in executive government and parliament, according to a report published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women. The data published in the report Women in Politics 2017 Map showed that women make up only 11.8 per cent (64 MPs) of the 542-member Lok Sabha and 11 per cent (27) of the 245-member Rajya Sabha.
  • India ranks 148 globally in terms of representation of women in executive government and parliament, according to a report published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women. The data published in the report Women in Politics 2017 Map showed that women make up only 11.8 per cent (64 MPs) of the 542-member Lok Sabha and 11 per cent (27) of the 245-member Rajya Sabha.
  • Regionally, women’s representation in the Americas made the most significant gains, according to the report, rising from 22.45 per cent in 2015 to 25 per cent. 
  • In Europe, the total percentage stood at 22.5 per cent.
  • The report was launched on the sidelines of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women.
  • A total of 227 countries were analysed in the survey.

 


 

Mallikarjun Kharge Set to Become Next PAC Chairman

  • The Congress's floor leader in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge is all set to become the next chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
  • Kharge will succeed his party colleague K V Thomas, who will complete his third term as Chairman of Public Accounts Committee on April 30.
  • The Congress leadership had yesterday written to the Lok Sabha Speaker recommending Kharge's name for the PAC chairmanship.
  • The chair of the PAC is given to an MP of the main Opposition party.
  • The PAC post will make him entitled to a Cabinet rank and an office at the Parliament House

 


 

ESAF Small Finance Bank launched

  • SAF Small Finance Bank, Kerala’s first private sector in micro financing, was launched by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
  • The bank, promoted by ESAF Microfinance and Investments (P) Ltd plans to open 85 branches in the first year, of which RBI approval has been obtained for opening 15 branches on the inaugural day.
  • Bank also launched ATM cum Debit cards, website and digital banking channels.
  • ESAF, which has own fund of over Rs 300 crore, recently raised another Rs 330 crore through the issue of commercial papers. The bank is targeting a business of Rs 20,000 crores by 2020

 


 

Australia research centre enters into agreement with Indian Railways 

  • A Railway research centre in Australia has entered into an agreement with the Indian Railways to support future research and technology development related to critical infrastructure in India. 
  • Representatives from Monash University Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) and Indian Ministry of Railways corporation DFCCIL (Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited) signed an agreement. 
  • IRT with partners - Balaji Railroad Systems Ltd (BARSYL), leading railway consultants in India, PwC, and Indian Institute of Bombay (IITB) were selected as the preferred supplier from a competitive global selection process. 
  • They will provide guidance on the establishment of a new applied research and development institute in India known as SRESTHA (Special Railway Establishment for Strategic Technology & Holistic Advancement). 
  • SRESTHA will be locally engaged, but have a global reach with the aim to become a world leader in the advancement of rail. 

 


 

 MIT Pune, IBM unveil robot 'Chintu' to assist senior citizens

  • The students of Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Pune and technology giant IBM have developed a robot, Chintu, which would assist senior citizens in their everyday tasks.
  • Chintu, under 2ft tall robot, was developed after MIT Pune received a grant of Rs 10 lakh last year from IBM.
  • It is powered by the US-based company's cognitive assistant, IBM Watson. Chintu can move his hands and read books to an audience.
  • Chintu will assist senior citizens in conducting everyday tasks such as reading the newspaper/book and generate reminders on their daily medication

 


 

India, Brazil conclude social security agreement 

  • India and Brazil initialled the finalised text of the Social Security Agreement taking forward the spirit of the Goa Declaration at the 8th BRICS Summit, outcomes of the meetings of BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers held on 9 June 2016 in Geneva and on 27-28 September 2016 in New Delhi.
  • The SSA between India and Brazil once in force (by early 2018) will also be the first such agreement between the BRICS countries. 

 


 

New Zealand river granted same legal rights as human being

 

  • In a world-first a New Zealand river has been granted the same legal rights as a human being.
  • The local Māori tribe of Whanganui river in the North Island has fought for the recognition of their river.
  • The new status of the river means if someone abused or harmed it the law now sees no differentiation between harming the tribe or harming the river because they are one and the same.

 


 

Whanganui river granted same legal rights as human being

  • In a world-first a New Zealand river has been granted the same legal rights as a human being.
  • The local Māori tribe of Whanganui in the North Island has fought for the recognition of their river – the third-largest in New Zealand – as an ancestor for 140 years.
  • The new status of the river means if someone abused or harmed it the law now sees no differentiation between harming the tribe or harming the river because they are one and the same.
  • Two guardians will be appointed to act on behalf of the Whanganui river, one from the crown and one from the Whanganui iwi.

 


 

 Inauguration of 3 Day International Buddhist Conference at Rajgir

 

  • The three days “International Buddhist Conference” organized by Ministry of Culture and Nava Nalanda Mahaviahra, Deemed University was inaugurated by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Dr.Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Culture and Tourism at Rajgir International Buddhist Conference, Bihar.
  • Shri N.K. Sinha,Secretary M/o Culture and Shri M.L. Shrivastava, Vice-Chancellor, Nava Nalanda Mahaviahra Deemed University were present on the occasion.

There were two highlights of the inaugural session:

  • One is the release of the reprint of the Pali Tripitaka in Devanagri script by His Holiness the Dalai lama.
  • The second highlight was the announcement of the opening of the department of the Buddhist science for the first time in Asia.

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