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Evening News Digest: 06 Nov 2018

Central Government issues guidelines for OPERATION GREENS

  • The Union Food Processing Ministry on November 5, 2018 issued guidelines for Operation Greens, an initiative announced in the Union Budget with an outlay of Rs 500 crore.
  • The programme aims to stabilise the supply of tomato, onion and potato crops (TOP) and to ensure their availability through the year without price volatility.
  • As part of the short-term stabilisation measures, the Ministry will provide 50% subsidy for the transport of these crops from production to storage, and for hiring appropriate storage facilities.
  • The Ministry will also give financial assistance for long-term integrated value chain development projects.
  • National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) will be the nodal agency to implement these price stabilisation measures.

WAPCOS, Doppelmayr sign MoU for Passenger Ropeway Projects

  • WAPCOS and Doppelmayr on November 5, 2018 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for providing end-to-end solutions for passenger ropeway projects.
  • The signing of MoU was witnessed by the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari.
  • WAPCOS is a leading engineering consultancy organisation of the Government of India, which has grown into an Indian multinational with projects in over 45 countries across the world.
  • Doppelmayr, Austria are the world’s largest ropeway manufacturers with cutting-edge ropeway technologies. It has set up more than 15,000 ropeway installations across the world. 

India, South Korea sign two MoU on Tourism and Sports

  • India and South Korea on November 5, 2018 signed two memorandum of understandings (MOUs) in tourism and sports sector.
  • The MoUs were signed during the visit of South Korean first Lady Kim Jung-sook’s visit to India to strengthen bilateral cooperation.
  • Besides, the South Korean first lady on November 6, 2018 attended the ground-breaking ceremony for Queen Huh Memorial Park in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The two MoUs dovetail with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts under the ‘Act East’ policy and President Moon Jae-in’s moves to boost bilateral relations under the ‘New Southern Policy’.
  • The ‘New Southern Policy’ aims to bring Korea-India diplomatic ties up to the same level as those with the four major powers surrounding the Korean Peninsula (China, Japan, Russia and the United States).

INS Arihant crew felicitated on completion of Nuclear Triad

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi received on November 5, 2018, the crew of Strategic Strike Nuclear Submarine (SSBN) INS Arihant.
  • The submarine recently returned from its first deterrence patrol, completing the establishment of the country's survivable nuclear triad.
  • With the completion of nuclear triad, India has put in place a robust nuclear command and control structure, effective safety assurance architecture and strict political control, under its Nuclear Command Authority.
  • India’s nuclear policy is based on the doctrine of Credible Minimum Deterrence and No First Use, which was enunciated during the prime ministership of late Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on January 04, 2003.
  • INS Arihant is the indigenously-developed nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine. It was built under the Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project at the Ship Building Centre in the port city of Visakhapatnam. It was launched on July 26, 2009 and commissioned in August 2016.

India, Malawi sign MoUs in Extradition, Atomic Energy & VISA Waiver

  • India and Malawi on November 5, 2018 signed three MoUs on extradition, cooperation in atomic energy and visa waiver for diplomats and officials.
  • The MoUs were signed during the visit of Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu to African nation Malawi.
  • During the visit Vice President Naidu met Malawian President Arthur Peter Mutharika and offered specialised training programmes for Malawi defence forces.
  • India also agreed to extend the new line of credit of $215.16 million for 18 water projects in Malawi, besides constructing a Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Malawi.

India among 8 countries allowed to buy Iranian oil: US

  • The US has allowed India and seven other countries to temporarily keep buying Iranian crude oil despite sanctions against Iran.
  • The other seven countries exempted from Iran sanctions are China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Taiwan.
  • The basis for exempting is the fear of a possible jump in fuel prices if supplies from the OPEC countries were completely choked.
  • The sanctions re-imposed by the US on Iran cover 50 Iranian banks and subsidiaries, more than 200 people and vessels in its shipping sector, and targets Tehran’s national airline, Iran Air, and more than 65 of its aircraft.

Veteran journalist N. Ram chosen for Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award

  • N Ram, the veteran journalist and the Hindu Group of Publications Chairman, on November 5, 2018 was chosen for the prestigious Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award.
  • The award is presented by the Press Council of India (PCI) for outstanding contribution towards journalism on November 16 every year on the occasion of the National Press Day.
  • The PCI also announced other winners of the National Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2018. These are
  • Rural Journalism category: Ruby Sarkar, Chief Correspondent, Deshbandhu, Bhopal, and Rajesh Parshuram Joshte, Daily Pudhari, Ratnagiri.
  • Developmental Reporting: VS Rajesh, Deputy Editor, Kerala Kaumudhi.
  • ‘Photo Journalism-Single News’ category: Subhash Paul, Rashtriya Sahara, Delhi
  • ‘Photo Journalism-Photo Feature’: Mihir Singh, Punjab Kesari, Delhi
  • Best Newspaper Art: covering cartoons, caricature and illustrations’: P Narasimha, Cartoon Editor, Nava Telangana, Hyderabad

SHAKTI: Indigenous microprocessor chip developed by IIT Madras

  • Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) have designed and booted up India's first microprocessor, Shakti, which could be used in mobile computing and other devices.
  • According to IIT-M, the Shakti microprocessor can be used in low-power wireless systems and networking systems besides reducing reliance on imported microprocessors in communication and defence sectors.
  • The Shakti family of processors was fabricated at Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), Indian Space Research Organizations (ISRO) in Chandigarh, making it the first 'RISC V Microprocessor' to be completely designed and made in India.
  • Earlier, in July 2018, an initial batch of 300 chips, named RISECREEK was produced under Project Shakti, that were fabricated at the Multinational Chip Manufacturer Intel's facility at Oregon, USA.

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