Current Affairs Today 1 : India signed grant agreement with US for India Aviation Safety Technical Assistance Phase II
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of India and United States Technical Development Agency (USTDA) signed the funding agreement for India Aviation Safety Technical Assistance Phase II in New Delhi on 9 February 2016.
The phase II of the project is aimed at:
- Sustaining efforts undertaken during 2014 for restoration of IASA Category 1 status
- Bringing in more systemic improvements in the area of operation, airworthiness and licensing.
- Includes components on general and business aviation.
- The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) raised a few safety concerns about Indian aviation in its 2012 audit. Following this the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of USA carried out an International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) audit in September 2013 and a review in December 2013.
- India was assigned Category 2 rating in January 2014.
- United States Technical Development Agency (USTDA) in coordination with FAA approached DGCA and offered assistance under a USTDA Grant Agreement project to address the FAA IASA findings and help restore Category 1 status to India in March 2014
- Under the Grant Agreement, US based Contractor ‘The Wicks Group’(TWG) assisted DGCA in addressing the findings and prepared for a reassessment by FAA in December 2014.
- Based on the reassessment and a follow-up visit in March 2015, India’s Category 1 status was restored in April 2015.
Current Affairs Today 2 : Royal Navy of UK to study India’s Operation Raahat
The Operation Rahaat came in news in second week of February 2016 after the Royal Navy of United Kingdom (UK) presented its wish to officially study India’s humanitarian rescue operation in Yemen.
The Royal Navy wants to:
- Study the Operation Raahat with all its details
- Understand the careful planning process that was followed
- Know the way the plans were executed.
About Operation Raahat
- Massive air and sea operation carried out by India in Yemen in 2015
- One of the most stellar rescue missions ever conducted in a strife-torn area internationally.
- Overseen by Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd) VK Singh.
- Rescued about 5600 people including 960 foreign nations from 41 countries in a short span of 10 days.
- Executed with the participation of INS Mumbai, INS Sumitra, INS Tarkash, merchant vessels namely, Kavaratti and Coral and two 180-seater Airbus A320 plane.
- Coordinated efforts of Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Navy, Air India, Indian Air Force, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Shipping, and the state governments.
- The countries whose nationals were rescued includes United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Canada, France, Indonesia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Romania, Egypt, Hungary, Italy, Jordon, Sweden, Nepal and many more.
Current Affairs Today 3 : Prime Minister Shram Awards 2014 announced
On 9 February 2016 Union Ministry of Labour and Employment announced the Prime Minister Shram Awards for the year 2014.
- 9 nominations for the Shram Bhushan Award,
- 19 nominations for Shram Vir or Shram Veerangana and
- 26 nominations for Shram Shree or Shram Devi Awards
The total number of Shram Awards is 32 and the number of workers receiving the awards is 54 which include 3 women, as some of the awards are shared by workers or teams of workers consisting of more than one worker. They include 36 workers from the public sector and 18 workers from the private sector.
Shram awards were set up by the Union Government to recognize the outstanding contributions of workers for public and private sectors in 1985.
- Highest award (one in number) among the Shram Awards
- Carries a cash award of 2 lakh rupees with a Sanad.
- For 2014, this prestigious award was not awarded to any one as screening committee did not consider any nominee eligible for the award.
- Total number of these awardees is 9.
- Carries a cash award of one lakh rupees and a Sanad.
- Nine nominations were found suitable for 2014 in respect of Public Sector Undertaking and Private Sector.
Carries a cash prize of 60000 rupees and a Sanad.
Carries a cash prize of 40000 rupees and a Sanad.
Current Affairs Today 4 : Orissa HC Chief Justice Waghela transferred to Bombay HC as Chief Justice
Justice Dhirendra Hiralal Waghela was appointed the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court on 8 February 2016.
Justice Waghela has been asked to assume charge by 16 February 2016. He is currently serving as the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court.
After the retirement of Justice Mohit S Shah in September 2015, The Bombay High Court has been functioning with an officiating Chief Justice since October 2015.
About Justice Waghela
- Born in August 1954 at Rajkot in Gujarat
- Began legal practice in his hometown in November 1975
- Elevated to the Bench of the Gujarat High Court as Additional Judge in September 1999.