DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 1ST APR 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. INDIA BECOMES ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY
i. India, the world’s 3rd-largest oil consumer has now joined International Energy Agency as an associate member. India’s entry into this elite energy group was jointly announced by Mr. Fatih Birol, IEA executive director, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, Mr. Piyush Goyal.
ii. With India’s inclusion, IEA now has 70% of world’s energy consumption under its ambit.
2. GUJARAT ASSEMBLY PASSES GUJARAT ANIMAL PRESERVATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2017
i. Gujarat State Assembly passed Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 that amends the existing Gujarat Animal Preservation Act, 1954.
ii. This amendment bill is aimed at adopting stringent measure for stopping illegal slaughter of animals protected by the law.
3. CHHATTISGARH GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTS 7TH PAY COMMISSION FOR STATE EMPLOYEES FROM APRIL 2017
i. The state government of Chhattisgarh has announced to implement the 7th Central Pay Commission for the state government employees from April 1, 2017, the beginning of new financial year.
ii. The announcement of the 7th pay commission was made by Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh.
iii. The implementation is expected to benefit 2.5 lakh state government employees with hiked payment.
iv. Haryana was the 1st state to implement the 7th Central Pay Commission to give the benefit of hiked pay to its employees with effect from January 1, 2016.
v. The state government also announced to increase the salary of managers of Primary Minor Forest Produce Cooperative Societies by 25%. Thus it would become Rs 12,500 per month from existing Rs. 10,000 per month.
vi. Among other things, Prabandhak Kalyan Nidhi was also announced to be set up for them and their families.
4. TURKEY CONCLUDES MILITARY OPERATION “EUPHRATES SHIELD” IN NORTHERN SYRIA
i. The military operation under the name “Euphrates Shield” undertaken by the Turkish troops in northern Syria about 7 months ago for national security, finally concluded on March 29.
ii. The announcement regarding this was made by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s President.
iii. The PM of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, has said that, though the operations was completed but in future many more such operations are likely to be undertaken with different names.
iv. Turkey aimed to secure Turkish Syrian border security against ISIS terrorist group and enable the Syrian refugees to return to their home.
v. Operation Euphrates Shield began by Turkish troops and Turkey-backed Syrian (Free Syrian Army) rebels to drive away Islamic State jihadists and Syrian Kurdish militia fighters from a 100km stretch of the border that Turkey controls in northern Syria.
vi. The operation also aimed to prevent the Kurdish Popular Protection Units to acquire any more area in northern Syria.Turkey believes that Kurdish Popular Protection Units is a terrorist organization.