9 PM Current Affairs Brief – February 11, 2019


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Push for generous rehab scheme for Naga cadres

Push for generous rehab scheme for Naga cadres

  1. A Parliamentary panel on Home Affairs, has urged the Centre to conclude the Naga peace Accord. It has also advocated to formulate a rehabilitation-cum-settlement scheme for the cadres of National Socialist Council of Nagaland Isak-Muivah (NSC-IM).
  2. The NSCN-IM is an insurgent group of Nagas, operating in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh. Its objective is to establish Greater Nagaland (Nagalim) consisting of all Naga inhabited areas in Northeast India and it has spearheaded a rebellion for the same.
  3. The Naga Peace Accord was signed between the Government of India and the Naga armed groups headed by the NSCN-IM in 2015. The accord seeks to end the Naga insurgency.
  4. The parliamentary panel has also raised concerns over Assam government’s decision over the continuance of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in the state. This is in contrary to the government’s claim that the security situation in Assam has improved.
  5. Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) gives armed forces the power to maintain public order in “disturbed areas”. An area is considered to be disturbed when there are disputes between religious, racial, language, regional groups, castes or communities that it necessitates the use of armed forces to maintain law and order.
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Taliban says no agreement reached on ending hostilities

Taliban says no agreement reached on ending hostilities

  1. Taliban-the Islamist insurgent group in Afghanistan- has said that the recent peace negotiations with USA and regional powers have been inconclusive.
  2. Recently, USA and Taliban has held a series of peace talks in Doha and Moscow. However, the Afghanistan government remained absent from both the talks.
  3. The negotiations culminated in a basic framework of a possible peace deal in which the U.S.-led military coalition would withdraw its forces from Afghanistan and Taliban would pledge to prevent terrorist activities in the country.
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TRAI’s New Tariff Regulations kick in for Feb 1st

TRAI’s New Tariff Regulations kick in for Feb 1st

  1. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) – the regulator of the telecommunications sector in India- has put forward a new tariff and regulatory framework for Direct-to-Home (DTH) and cable services. The new framework aims to lower the cost of TV viewing for consumers.
  2. According to the new regulations, a) Customer have to pay fixed Network Capacity Fee for 100 standard definition (SD) channels, b) Service providers can waive off or offer discounts on NCF for the additional DTH connections, c) Service providers have to provide an electronic programme guide with transparent display of rates d) Customers can opt for channels via an a la carte list and make customized packages, d) Customers need to pay only for channels they subscribe for.
  3. A recent Crisil report has claimed that costs of TV viewing may rise by 25% under the new regulatory regime.
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Third round of OALP offers 23 oil, gas, coal-bed methane blocks

Third round of OALP offers 23 oil, gas, coal-bed methane blocks

  1. The union government has launched the third round of oilfield auctions under the Open acreage Licensing Programme (OALP)
  2. OALP is a part of Hydrocarbons Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP). It aims at enabling faster survey and assessment of areas with oil and gas potential. Under the programme, exploration companies can select their operation blocks without waiting for the formal bid round from the Government.
  3. HELP is a contractual and fiscal model for award of hydrocarbon acreages towards exploration and production. It brings all hydrocarbons such as oil, gas, coal bed methane etc. under a single licensing framework.
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‘Road traffic injuries are a growing health issue’

‘Road traffic injuries are a growing health issue’

  1. The Health Ministry has released a communication material on prevention and First Aid for road traffic injuries.
  2. Road traffic injuries have become a major public health issue in India, accounting for 1.47 lakh deaths in 2017.
  3. It has significant impacts like a) loss of economically productive young people which reflects on family and national economy, b) financial burden on families due to prolonged medical care, c) strain on healthcare finance and infrastructure and d) psychological effects.
  4. The Health Ministry has been implementing ‘National Programme for Trauma Care’. It focuses on pre-hospital, hospital and rehabilitative services for injury victims. Under the programme, Trauma Care Facilities in the existing government Hospitals, near the State and National Highway are strengthened.
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Only 4 UDAN routes in northeast operational

Only 4 UDAN routes in northeast operational

  1. According to Airport Authority of India’s records, only 4 UDAN routes in North-East India is currently operational.
  2. Launched in 2017, the UdeDeshkaAamNaagrik (UDAN) scheme aims to promote affordable regional air connectivity. It seeks to connect under-served and un-served airports in India through revival of existing air-strips and airports. The scheme is being implemented by Airport Authority of India.
  3. Under the scheme, airlines have to cap airfares for 50% of the total seats at Rs. 2,500 per hour of flight.
  4. The losses for the price cap is compensated by a mechanism called Viability Gap Funding- A government grant provided to the airlines to bridge the gap between the cost of operations and expected revenue.
  5. The scheme is a component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP). NCAP aims at making flying affordable to the masses and strengthening the regional air connectivity.
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