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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 11 AUG 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 11 AUG 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1. NATIONAL CYBER COORDINATION CENTRE MADE OPERATIONAL: GOVERNMENT
i. Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology PP Chaudhary said 1st phase of National Cyber Coordination Centre, set up to scan the country’s web traffic to detect cyber security threats, has been made operational now
ii. NCCC, a multi-stakeholder body, will be implemented by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team at Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It derives necessary powers as per provisions of section 69B of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and the Rules notified there under.
iii. NCCC will scan internet traffic coming into the country at metadata level to detect real-time cyber threat and alert various organisations as well as internet service providers for timely action.

2. RECENT APPROVALS BY CENTRAL GOVERNMENT – AUGUST 9 2017
i. Union Government announced that it has set up institutional mechanisms including a task force, an inter-ministerial synergy group and a steering committee to realise the full potential of textile sector.
ii. National Mission for Clean Ganga has approved 10 projects in Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh to the tune of about Rs 2,033 cr.
iii. The Medium-term Expenditure Framework Statement was laid in Parliament. The MTEF is a vertical expansion of the aggregates of the expenditure projections in the fiscal framework presented along with the Annual Financial Statement and Demands for Grants.
iv. Union Government and the State Government of Uttar Pradesh signed Memorandum of Understanding for opening 1000 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana Kendras in the State.


3. UP GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES NAMAMI GANGE JAGRITI YATRA
i. The Uttar Pradesh Government has launched a new awareness drive called Namami Gange Jagriti Yatra. The drive will mainly focus on cleanliness along the banks of Ganga river and maintain hygiene.
ii. The campaign was flagged off in the state capital Lucknow by CM Adityanath. The main objective is to make the river and the banks much more cleaner in the future.
iii. The drive has been organised by Uttar Pradesh Homeguard volunteers and will help in spreading awareness in about 25 districts situated on the banks of river Ganga in the state. The drive will be covering a total area of around 1,025 kms.

4. DELHI INDIA’S LARGEST, ASIA’S FASTEST GROWING CITY
i. According to Asian Cities & Regions Outlook 2016 by Oxford Economics, Delhi will have the fastest growth among all Asian cities with the economy growing almost 50 larger in 2021 than it was at the end of last year.
ii. The study outlined that there will be a slight slowdown across the region amid moderating import demand from China, with growth expected to average 4.2% per year over the five years to 2021, down from 4.5% in 2012-2016.

5. SEBI LAUNCHES ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR CUSTODIANS OF SECURITIES
i. Markets regulator SEBI has introduced an online registration mechanism for custodians of securities to make it convenient for them to do business.
ii. The new system would help custodian of securities to complete registration and other regulatory filings with SEBI much faster and in a cost-effective manner. Custodian of securities holds shares and other assets in electronic or physical form.
iii. The Securities and Exchange Board of India mentioned that the new system has been made operational with immediate effect. All applicants desirous of seeking registration as a custodian of securities are now required to submit their applications online only, through SEBI intermediary portal.
iv. The custodian of securities seeking approval as Designated Depository Participant in terms of SEBI regulations shall also apply through this portal.
v. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech for 2017 announced that the process of registration of financial market intermediaries will be made fully online by SEBI.

6. GOOGLE, NSDC LAUNCH PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE MOBILE DEVELOPER ECOSYSTEM
i. National Skill Development Corporation and Google India  launched Android Skill Development Programme to impart mobile app development training on the Android and Web platform and improve the quality of mobile app development ecosystem in India.
ii. Under the initiative, NSDC would introduce a specific course to create applications for the mobile platform that can be used on smart phones and tablets running on the Android operating system.
iii. The 100-hour duration course is designed to be delivered by NSDC’s partner agencies, outside the formal education system.

7. ISRO TO DEVELOP FULL-FLEDGED HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING EARTH OBSERVATION SATELLITE
i. The Indian Space Research Organisation is planning to launch a full-fledged niche Earth observation satellite called the Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite or HySIS using a critical chip called optical imaging detector array it has developed.
ii. Hyperspectral or hyspex imaging is considered to be an EO trend that is being experimented globally An EO expert called it equivalent to ‘CATSCAN’ of Earth from space.
iii. ISRO 1st tried it out in an 83-kg IMS-1 experimental satellite in May 2008. The same year, a hyperspectral camera was put on Chandrayaan-1 and used to map lunar mineral resources.

8. NATIONAL DEWORMING DAY TO BE HELD BETWEEN AUG 10 & 23
i. The 2nd round of National Deworming Day is observed between 10th of August to 23rd August in 33 States and Union Territories to tackle worm Infections, targeting more than 11 cr children. The NDD program was launched in 2015.
ii. According to the Health Ministry, the deworming programme can potentially improve the nutritional status of children. The ministry also confirmed that the deworming tablet, Albendazole, is a perfectly safe and efficacious drug.
iii. Under the NDD program, children aged between 1-19 are provided deworming tablets in schools and Anganwadi across the country.
iv. The Health Ministry stated that among the total number of children, at least 7.8 Cr were from private schools while the rest, 3.5 Cr, were out of school children.

v. The day is organised twice a year in the country except for Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where it is carried out just once in a year. The 1st round of the programme this year was held in February during which, around 26 Cr children were covered. 

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