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Daily Current Events by Civils360 January 4, 2018

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Women Empowerment: Read Here

  • The government on Wednesday said it could concede to the Opposition’s demand to send the triple talaq Bill to a select committee of Parliament but only after a debate in the Rajya Sabha. Union Finance Minister accused opposition parties of supporting the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, or the triple talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha but attempting to stall it in the Rajya Sabha by asking that it be sent to a select committee.
  • The current government has taken more progressive steps to bring about gender equality between women and men in different religious backgrounds of India. The Union government had made progressive changes in the Haj policy, allowing females unaccompanied by males to make the pilgrimage. The current government had negotiated an overall enhancement of our Haj quota to 36,000 visas.
  • However, in the case of OBC bill government rejected the proposal of opposition parties. Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha had demanded that the OBC Bill should make provisions for a woman and a member from minority communities in the commission. Government opines that there is no need for a separate quota for a member of the minority community.

Waterway: Read Here

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved the more than Rs. 5,369 crore Jal Marg Vikas Project for development of fairway on National Waterway-1 with the technical and investment support of the World Bank.
  • The project will extend over Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. It will cover major districts, including Varanasi, Ghazipur, Vaishali, Patna, Begusarai, Murshidabad, Pakur, Hoogly and Kolkata. NW-1 development and operations will lead to direct employment generation to the tune of 46,000 and indirect employment of 84,000 will be generated by vessel construction industry.
  • The project will provide an alternative mode of transport that will be environmentally friendly and cost-effective and also the project would contribute in bringing down the logistics cost in the country while providing a boost to infrastructure development.

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River Water Dispute: Read Here

  • Goa Chief Minister said that Goa is only objecting to Karnataka’s plans for the transfer of water from the deficit basin of Mahadayi to Malaprabha and that no state can object to another drawing water from a river that traverses through three States.
  • Goa has submitted documentary evidence to the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal that the Mahadayi basin had around 115 TMC water. The actual requirement in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa is about 145 TMC, and hence there is a deficit. Therefore, Goa argues that there should not be any inter-basin water transfer from Mahadayi.
  • The Kalasa-Banduri project aimed to divert 7.56 TMC of water from the Mahadayi to the Malaprabha river in Karnataka to address the drinking water needs in three parched north Karnataka districts of Belagavi, Dharwad and Gadag.

UN Official Language: Read Here

  • External Affairs Minister and opposition leader engaged in a war of words over making Hindi one of the official languages at the United Nations. Opposition questioned the proposed move of the government as Hindi was mainly spoken in India.
  • The biggest problem for the government to make and accept Hindi as an official language of UN is the procedure. It is because at least 129 member countries will have to agree to share the cost. Two-thirds of the 193 members of UN will not only have to vote for Hindi as the official language but also share the financial cost incurred to do so.
  • The Indian government is trying to make attempts to get the support of countries like Fiji, Mauritius, Surinam where people of Indian origin are there.

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Telecom: Read Here

  • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India released a consultation paper inviting stakeholder comments on the new National Telecom Policy. The consultation process follows a DoT letter in August last year, requesting the authority to give its policy inputs for the formulation of the National Telecom Policy-2018.
  • TRAI has sought stakeholders’ comments on structure and contents of the proposed inputs for National Telecom Policy-2018, clearly outlining the specifics, besides suggesting any other issue related to the policy framework which stakeholders feel are important for the growth of the telecom sector.
  • TRAI said, NTP-2018 can have twin goals (i) facilitate the development of communication infrastructure and services to achieve inclusive socio-economic growth in the country, and (ii) to propel India to become the front-runner in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.