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Current Affairs – August 08 2023
1. What is Delhi Services Bill? How this Bill will Impact the Governance of Capital?
The Delhi Services Bill, officially known as the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023 has been passed with a total of 131 votes in favor and 102 against in Rajya Sabha.
It aims to replace an existing ordinance that has caused conflicts between the Aam Aadmi Party, led by the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, and the Central Government.
The bill was introduced by the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, in the Lok Sabha on August 3, 2023. It was passed by the Lok Sabha on August 6, 2023, and by the Rajya Sabha on August 7, 2023.
The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023, also known as the Delhi Services Bill, was passed by the Indian Parliament on August 7, 2023.
The bill gives the central government control over the appointment, transfer, and posting of all bureaucrats in the Delhi government.
2. Cabinet approves Rs 1.39 lakh cr for connecting 6.4 lakh villages with broadband
The Union Cabinet has approved the final phase of the last-mile optical fiber-based broadband connectivity plan, covering 6.4 lakh villages across India under the BharatNet project.
This initiative is supported by a budget of Rs 1.39 lakh crore.
Through this enhancement, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) seeks to accelerate the endeavor of linking all 6.4 lakh villages within the upcoming two and a half years.
The ongoing progress has seen nearly 1.94 lakh villages already integrated into the BharatNet project.
3. Indian wrestlers win 11 medals at the World u17 championships
India ended their 2023 World Cadet Wrestling Championships, meant for under-17 grapplers, with a total of 11 medals, including a gold, at Istanbul, Turkey.
Savita, who entered the event as the defending champion, won the only gold medal for India at Istanbul in the women’s 61kg weight division.
India finished sixth in the men’s freestyle and fourth in men’s Greco-Roman team rankings as well.
However, it was the women’s freestyle where India shone best by finishing third, only behind Japan and USA, with 118 points in the team rankings.
4. ‘Digital India RISC-V’ Symposium
The Digital India RISC-V Symposium, a one-day event held on August 6, 2023, at the prestigious IIT Madras Research Park, was a momentous occasion for the Indian electronics industry.
Organized by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, in collaboration with IIT Madras and IITM Pravartak Technologies Foundation, the Symposium aimed to showcase the future of Electronics in India through the RISC-V pathway.
The primary goal of the Digital India RISC-V Symposium was to create a platform to demonstrate India’s potential in the electronics sector.
The Symposium brought together esteemed academics, industry experts, researchers, professors, and students to discuss the advancements and innovations in the field of electronics, particularly with a focus on the RISC-V pathway.
5. SEBI’s New Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) System
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has been making remarkable strides in safeguarding the interests of investors.
To enhance the grievance redressal process, Sebi has announced the launch of an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) mechanism, which aims to empower aggrieved investors to seek mediation and arbitration against various intermediaries.
This revolutionary initiative is set to revolutionize the way disputes are handled in the financial market, providing a cost-effective and time-efficient alternative for resolution.
6. 5th India-Vietnam Joint Trade Sub-Commission meeting in New Delhi
The 5th meeting of the India-Vietnam Joint Trade Sub-Commission (JTSC) was held in New Delhi today.
The meeting was co-chaired by the Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Shri Rajesh Agrawal from the Indian side, and Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ms. Phan Thi Thang from the Vietnam side.
This meeting was held after a gap of more than four years since the 4th JTSC meeting held in January 2019, on account of the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.
7. Rajya Sabha passes Inter-Services Organisation (Command, Control & Discipline) Bill – 2023
The Rajya Sabha, on August 08, 2023, passed the Inter-Services Organisation (Command, Control & Discipline) Bill – 2023. It was passed by the Lok Sabha on August 04, 2023.
The bill seeks to empower the Commander-in-Chief and Officer-in-Command of Inter-Services Organisations (ISOs) with all disciplinary and administrative powers in respect of the personnel serving in or attached to such organizations.
Initiating the bill in the Upper House, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh described the bill as necessary to strengthen the Armed Forces in view of the global security scenario, emphasizing that only through better jointness and integration can the military move forward towards securing national interests.
The bill will ensure better coordination among the three services and bolster the integrated structure, he said, assuring the House that it will prove to be a milestone in the path to India’s military reforms.