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Daily Current Events by Civils360 November 18, 2017

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India, France to boost ties in counter-terror, trade: Read Here

  • India and France on Friday decided to strengthen counter-terror cooperation, and asked the international community to oppose countries which are financing, sheltering and providing safe havens to terrorists.
  • As part of the 2008 nuclear cooperation agreement between India and France, Paris is to help build atomic power reactors for New Delhi. The French Minister said he was here to lay the groundwork for the visit of the French president which would take place early next year during the summit of the International Solar Alliance.

Ready to alter economic corridor route – China: Read Here

  • China may consider alternative routes through Jammu and Kashmir to address India’s concerns regarding the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
  • “We can change the name of CPEC [China Pakistan Economic Corridor]. Create an alternative corridor through Jammu and Kashmir, Nathu La pass or Nepal to deal with India’s concerns,” said the envoy in a speech at the Centre for Chinese and South-East Asian Studies in the School of Language, JNU, on Friday.
  • “One of my goals is to have a treaty of friendship and free trade with India,” he said, elaborating that both sides need to find more areas to collaborate like the Delhi smog. “Beijing also has smog and two sides can jointly deal with this issue.”

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India’s heritage city races to save icons from ruin: Read Here

  • Conservation experts warn Ahmedabad, one of the world’s most polluted cities, faces a mammoth task defending its newly won UNESCO status as its fragile cultural icons decay under neglect, traffic and trash.
  • The 600-year-old enclave was named India’s first ‘World Heritage City’ in July — despite warnings from some of UNESCO’s own experts that it lacked a convincing plan for protecting its ancient citadels, mosques and tombs.
  • Ahmedabad hosts the towering Bhadra fort, the legendary stone latticework of the 16th-century Sidi Saiyyed mosque, and countless relics fusing the unique Hindu and Muslim architectural styles of its conquerors.
  • Many traditional ‘pols’ — clusters of settlements identified by UNESCO as bearing “enormous” historical value — are all but abandoned, the iconic wooden homes collapsing from neglect.

NGT lifts ban on construction, entry of trucks : Read Here

  • After the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) submitted data on the present pollution levels in the Capital, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday lifted the ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR.
  • A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also asked Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to submit detailed action plans with regard to the steps that they would take to curb pollution.
  • The Tribunal maintained that directions related to the burning of waste and crop residue would continue to remain in force.
  • Additionally, the NGT observed that sprinkling of water had proved to be successful in bringing down pollution levels.
  • Meanwhile, the CPCB and the respective State pollution control boards have been asked to file ambient air quality analysis before the NGT on a monthly basis.

SC for nationwide ban on furnace oil, pet coke : Read Here

  • The Supreme Court on Friday requested all States and Union Territories to move forward towards a nationwide ban on the use of pet coke and furnace oil to power up industries, in a bid to fight pollution.
  • This ban specifically came after an Environment Pollution Control Authority Report recommended the ban on sale, distribution and use of furnace oil and pet coke in the National Capital Region (NCR). Their use is already prohibited in Delhi.

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Allow Kambala races without cruelty, Centre tells SC : Read Here

  • The Centre on Friday supported the cause of having Kambala races in Karnataka, provided steps are taken to avoid cruelty to the participating bulls.