Friday, 4 December 2015

NOV 10th 2015-Current Affairs

>>The World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) is annually held on November 10 to raise awareness of the benefits of science worldwide. The WSDPD is also known as World Science Day.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works with people, government agencies and organizations to promote the WSDPD each year. The WSDPD celebrations include:
§  Open days to highlight science’s important role in peace and development.
§  Classroom discussions to emphasize how science and technology affect daily life.
§  Distributing the WSDPD posters throughout tertiary institutions, school campuses, and public venues.
§  Arranged science museum visits to commemorate the day.
§  Visits to local schools on careers in science or scientific presentations.

>>The Government of India signed a loan with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for US $ 123.51 million for tranche 3 of the Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism to continue upgrading tourism infrastructure and services in Punjab, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

The loan will be used for development and conservation of places of tourist attractions. It will also be used to improve basic tourism facilities, and to build the capacity of sector agencies and local communities in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab. The third tranche loan is part of the $250 million multi-tranche financing facility that ADB approved in 2010.

This loan will support conservation of important heritage structures, including some century-old structures, new facilities including centers for arts and crafts in the three states. Eco-parks and eco-tourism will also be developed to help the states attract more tourists.

This loan further invests in upgraded tourism infrastructure like provisioning of drinking water, drainage, street lighting, solid waste management and improvements to approach roads at selected tourist destinations will enhance tourism environment in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand.

>>India has been re-elected to the UN Commission on International Trade Law for another six years term, maintaining its unbeaten track record of winning elections at the world body.

At an election held in the General Assembly, India was re-elected to UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) for the 2016-2022 term.

India would continue to play a constructive role in the UNCITRAL which is recognised as the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law.

A legal body with universal membership specialising in commercial law reform worldwide for over 40 years, UNCITRAL's business is the modernisation and harmonisation of rules on international business.

As a member, India has been playing an active role in the UN legal bodies which include International Court of Justice (ICJ), International law Commission (ILC), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) and UNCITRAL. 

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