tt on editorials civils360
Print Friendly, PDF & Email


November 3, 2017

India offers to share real-time maritime data

  • India has made an offer to share intelligence of maritime movements in the Indian Ocean in real-time with 10 Indian Ocean littoral states.This comes even as India gears up to counter China’s increased presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).The information to be shared includes movement of commercial traffic as well as intelligence.
  • India already has co-operative arrangements with several countries in the region and this initiative would see that expanding further. For instance, white shipping agreements to share commercial shipping data have been signed with 12 countries and more are in the works.
  • “We have offered them to share real time data on movement in the Indian Ocean. Now let them review it and get them. This is not so much for conventional military purposes but to deal with non-traditional threats arising at sea,” a senior officer said.
  • India is in a position to be a fusion centre, the officer added and this would be based on the Navy’s nerve centre for coastal surveillance and monitoring, the Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) located outside the national capital.

Delhi LG cannot sit on govt. schemes: SC

  • The Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) of Delhi cannot stultify proposals or schemes forwarded by the Council of Ministers to him by simply sitting on it, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud orally observed on Thursday.
  • “The Delhi High Court actually said this LG has special powers greater than the President, greater than other Governors of States,” senior advocate Gopal Subramanium submitted for the Delhi government.
  • The 69th Amendment of the Constitution in 1992 gave the National Capital of Delhi special status with its own democratically elected government and legislature. Sub-section (4) of Article 239AA mandates that a Council of Ministers shall aid and advise the LG in his functions regarding laws made by the Assembly.
  • The focus of the current controversy is a proviso to Article 239AA (4), which mandates that in case of a difference of opinion between the LG and the Council of Ministers, the former has to refer the issue to the President.
  • In the meanwhile, while that decision is pending before the President, the LG, if the matter is urgent, can use his discretion to take immediate action.
  • The Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra prima facie said the Delhi government’s ability to ‘aid and advise’ the Lieutenant Governor is limited to subjects other than public order, police and land in the National Capital. It said that the proviso to Article 239AA (4), on plain reading, seems to give primacy to the Lieutenant Governor. Justice Ashok Bhushan remarked that the LG is entitled to take a different view and is not bound by the aid and advice of the Delhi Cabinet.
  • Mr. Subramanium alleged that the LG has misused the discretion in this proviso to block governance to such an extent that decisions from appointment of teachers in municipal schools to opening of mohalla clinics have been pending for over a year. The Chief Secretary and other officers simply forward the files to the LG, where it remains indeterminately.

All roads lead to Hampi, cultural extravaganza to unfold

  • Hampi is ready to host Hampi Utsav 2017, a three-day cultural extravaganza of dance, drama and music, beginning Friday. The holding of the cultural festival on a mega scale by the government was to recapture the past glory of the erstwhile Vijayanagar empire.
  • The utsav organising committee lined up a series of programmes as pre-event to Hampi Utsav in the last one week to attract connoisseurs. Vijayanagar Vasant Habba, in which over 200 troupes of various folk forms participated, was among the other programmes.
  • A 10-day sculpture camp concluded with sculptors from across the State turning stones into very beautiful art pieces. The art works included traditional and the modern.

Etikoppaka artisans upbeat over GI tag

  • The mood is upbeat in Etikoppaka village located on the banks of the river Varaha in Visakhapatnam district, as the Geographical Indication Registry has given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to the traditional toys made by the artisans in the village.
  • The GI is a name or sign used on certain products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin.
  • As per the norms, goods and products having the tag are recognised for their origin, quality and reputation and this would give us the required edge in the global market, says Sreesailam Chinnayachari, an artisan. This will also ensure that none can use our name giving us the exclusivity, he says.
  • According to the artisans, the art is more than 400 years old and it has been traditionally handed over to them by their ancestors through generations.The toys are unique not only in shape and form but also the material used. They are made of wood and painted with natural dyes. There is no heavy metal or toxic content and that is why it is unique, says Mr. Sreesailam.The natural dyes are prepared from seeds, lacquer, bark, roots and leaves.The wood used is from ‘Ankudi Karra’ (Wrightia tinctoria) tree that is soft in nature and the art is also known as turned wood Lacquer craft.
  • The Etikoppaka toys now join the elite products from Andhra Pradesh such as Kondapalli toys, Bobbili Veena, Tirupati laddu, Srikalahasthi Kalamkari, Uppada Jamdani sarees and Shadow puppets.




The tribe that loves to party

  • Members of the tiny, remote Waiapi tribe in Brazil’s eastern Amazon raise calabash gourds to their painted faces and quaff the homemade brew they call caxiri.
  • The tribesmen of Manilha village, dressed in red loincloths, black-and-red body art, and sashes made of bright beads, soon get merrily drunk.
  • The party, which kicks off after lunch and continues late into the star-filled night, was called in honour of the Waiapi river spirit, a giant anaconda-like serpent called Sucuri who demands constant appeasement
  • As the caxiri flows, the music picks up. Half a dozen men play bamboo flutes, others sing, and everyone takes turns to blow on a giant flute made from an embauba. “We play the flutes so that Sucuri is happy and doesn’t snatch people when they swim,” Japarupi Waiapi says. “The river is very important. We use it to fish, to wash, to play in.”
  • The Waiapi are self-sufficient, able to do without electricity, phones, cars, most clothes or even money. But while everything they need for survival can be found in the forest, daily life as hunters and subsistence farmers can be gruelling.