Current Affairs: 9 July 2017

Published on Sunday, July 09, 2017

India, Bangladesh To Construct Bridge Along Mizoram Border

  • India and Bangladesh have decided to construct a bridge over Mizoram’s Khawthlangtuipui river to facilitate trade and improve communication between the two neighbours
  • It has been proposed that the location of the bridge be made as closer as possible to the nearest land custom station in the Bangladesh side.
  • After the meeting, officials of the two countries inspected possible locations to construct the bridge.
  • Mizoram shares a 318 km unfenced border with Bangladesh.

Harinder wins South Australian Open title

  • India's Harinder Pal Sandhu beat Rhys Dowling of Australia 11-8 12-10 11-4 in the final to win the South Australian Open squash title. After winning the first game comfortably, Sandhu was down 1-7 as the Australian fought back strongly.
  • However, Sandhu mounted a comeback to win the game. 
  • The third game was a no-contest as the Indian, a former national champion, shut out Dowling's challenge to wrap up the title win in the PSA World Tour event. 
  • Sandhu had upset top seed Piedro Schweertman of the Netherlands 11-9 14-12 7-11 11-9 in the semifinal yesterday.

Govt launches IPR awareness scheme for MSMEs, Startups

  • The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India, has launched a the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy 2016, a 'Scheme for IPR Awareness – Creative India; Innovative India'.
  • The Scheme aims at raising IPR awareness amongst students, youth, authors, artists, budding inventors and professionals to inspire them to create, innovate and protect their creations and inventions across India including Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 cities as well as rural areas in the next 3 years. 
  • The Scheme for IPR Awareness aims to conduct over 4000 IPR awareness workshops/ seminars in academic institutions (schools and colleges) and the industry, including MSMEs and Startups, as also IP training and sensitization programmes for enforcement agencies and the judiciary. 
  • Workshops will cover all vital IP topics including international filing procedures, promotion of Geographical Indications and highlighting the ill effects of piracy and counterfeiting. 
  • The Scheme for IPR Awareness would be implemented through partner organizations to promote innovation and entrepreneurship

Chhattisgarh tops list of states in issuance of soil health cards

  • Chhattisgarh has topped the list among all the states in the country for having issued over 43 lakh soil health cards (SHCs) to farmers in the past two years
  • In the second phase of the scheme, which has started from the current financial year, the target is to provide 23,46,890 SHCs to farmers, of which, so far 74,211 have been given, Agrawal said.
  • The examination of soil samples is being done at 33 permanent laboratories and 174 mini laboratories, he added.
  • To maintain the fertility of land for long, it is necessary to cover it under such a scheme
  • The soil health cards contain technical and other key information about the cultivation of the land concerned and details of type of soil and proper crops to be cultivated in it

India’s first university only for Dalit students to come up in Hyderabad by 2018

  • A proposal to establish an exclusive university for Dalit students in Hyderabad is under active consideration of the state government, official sources said. The university is said to be part of the government’s policy of providing education free of cost to students from weaker sections from kindergarten to post-graduation (KG to PG) level.
  • The proposal was mooted by a government arm - Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) which runs nearly 268 residential institutions for Dalit students from Class V to under-graduate level, besides the recently sanctioned 39 non-residential play schools with pre-primary education.
  • Once established, it will be the first of its kind university for Dalit students in the country. At present, there are universities exclusively for women and religious minorities but not for weaker sections, though they are given reservations in various state-run universities.

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