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- The government of Karnataka has launched the water conservation scheme Jalamrutha that focuses on drought-proofing measures, including protection and rejuvenation of water bodies. Under the scheme, scientific approaches will be deployed for water budgeting, water harvesting and water conservation through the use of geospatial data, satellite imagery, topographical and geological data. Emphasising on water conservation the government of Karnataka has announced 2019 as the ‘Year of Water’
- The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of P V Ramesh, the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Rural Electrification Corporation, as the director-general of the National Archives of India. At present National Archives of India is an attached office under the Ministry of Culture and has a Regional Office at Bhopal and three Records Centres at Jaipur, Puducherry and Bhubaneswar.
- The World Bank will provide a $250-million loan for the National Rural Economic Transformation Project (NRETP), a new sub-component under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) of the Ministry of Rural Development. NRETP supports enterprise development programmes for rural poor women and youth by creating a platform to access finance including start-up financing options to build their individual and/or collectively owned and managed enterprises.
- Malaysia has ratified the Rome Statute making it the 124th State party to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Even though Malaysia had helped to negotiate the Rome Statute, it has long been reluctant to ratify it. Ratification after 20 years is seen as a welcome move. The downing of flight MH17 and the Rohingya crisis have focused Malaysia’s attention on the ICC.
- The latest report released by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has referred to India as a Key Hub for Illicit Drug Trade. The study has found more than 1,000 drug listings from India published across 50 online crypto-market platforms. India, Australia, France and Turkey together accounted for 83 per cent of global production of morphine-rich opiate raw materials in 2017. United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) established in 1997 is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime.
- President Ram Nath Kovind has nominated Justice SA Bobde of the Supreme Court as Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). He will succeed Justice AK Sikri. The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) is a statutory body constituted on November 9, 1995 under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society. The Chief Justice of India is the Patron-in-Chief and the senior most Judge of the Supreme Court of India is the Executive Chairman of the Authority.
- India has nominated member of Niti Ayog, Ramesh Chandra to head Food and Agricultural Organisation. To get elected to the post of Director-General of FAO, the candidate needs to secure a simple majority of the 194 members. The only Indian to head the FAO was Binay Ranjan Sen, who was the Director-General from 1956 to 1967. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was established in 1945.
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