16Th June 2018 : Daily Current Affairs - UPSC CSE/IAS & State PSC

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1) Farmers's protest against Centre's pulses import despite overflowing godowns.

The union government has decided to import pulses even when domestic godowns are at their heighest, domestic production is expected to increase and prices are falling.

Farmers are unhappy with the decision but government is saying that it is balancing out domestic consumer needs and international trade agreements on one hand and domestic farmer's interest on the other.

Two lakh tonnes of tur or arhar dal, and 1.5 lakh tonnes each of moong and urad ? were made at a meeting at the Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

Agriculture Commissioner has predicted domestic pulse production of 24 million tonnes in 2018-19, refering good monsoon this year, sligtly higher than last year.

In the wake of soaring pulse prices in 2016, angry consumers made government to sign MoU for 5 years with African Countries to double its pulse import. This obliged government to buy 1.5 million pulse to be imprted from mazambique this year. Government also considered same possibilities of MoU with Kenya.

Prices outside India are higher than domestic rates, so it is not viable to import, Indian rates for tur were at ₹3,400 a tonne, it would cost at least ₹27,000 to import from Kenya.

MAP: East African Countries

2) UAE visa Rules

The United Arab Emirates is planning to loosen its visa rules a positive sign for globalization, and decided to grant long term residential visas upto 10 year to specialists in science, medicine and research and to exceptional students.

UAE Cabinet is also planning to grant 100% ownership to foreigner investors in their UAE based companies. Till now Emirati must have 51% shares in them unless they are operated in free zone. Major brands Apple and Tesla are believed to be exceptions to the rule.

Eight moves to enhance the UAE?s economic competitiveness:

1) A new system in place to replace the bank guarantees required for private sector employees? visas
2) Release the current bank guarantees totaling AED 14 billion back to private sector companies
3) Implement a new insurance system for private sector employees valued at AED 60 per year to replace the AED 3,000 bank guarantee per employee
4) Facilitate the process for job seekers in the UAE and grant a six-month temporary visa without fee
5) Exempt transit tourists from entry visa fees for the first 48 hours of their stay
6) Grant a two-year visa for talented and outstanding students
7) Allow visa status adjustment without having to leave and re-enter the country
8) Facilitate the voluntary departure of people overstaying their visa without incurring a ban
MAP: UAE, Persian gulf and adjoining area.

3) Indian-Ocean, Seychelles, Maldives & Rim Association

Why in News

The decision taken by Seychelles president to drop the agreement with India for the development of Assumption Island in the Indian Ocean and the Maldives, where the government has demanded that India withdraw two helicopters, pilots and personnel from its atolls; is a blow to the government?s ?SAGAR? (Security and Growth for All in the Region) programme, announced by Mr. Modi during a visit to Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) countries in March 2015.

The cancellation of the agreement in a strategically important island could have far-reaching implications.

Indian-Ocean Rim Association

The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), formerly known as the Indian Ocean Rim Initiative and Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), is an international organisation consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean.

The IORA is a regional forum, tripartite in nature, bringing together representatives of Government, Business and Academia, for promoting co-operation and closer interaction among them. It is based on the principles of Open Regionalism for strengthening Economic Cooperation particularly on Trade Facilitation and Investment, Promotion as well as Social Development of the region.

The Coordinating Secretariat of IORA is located at Ebene, Mauritius. The Association comprises 21 member states and 7 dialogue partners, the Indian Ocean Tourism Organisation and the Indian Ocean Research Group has observer status.

4) Water Productivity Mapping of Major Indian Crops : NABARD

A report titled "Water Productivity Mapping of Major Indian Crops", released by NABARD, says Indian agriculture needs to stop being ?obsessed? with the land productivity and instead start worrying about water productivity.

Agriculture development objectives needs to be changed as we are living in an era where 80% of the country's water resources are used by agriculture, despite the fact that resources are increasingly under stress.

For an example Pubjab reports heighest land productivity for rice, around 4 tonnes/hectare, however it produces only 0.22kg rice per meter cube irrigation water used.

For sugarcane, another water-guzzling crop, Tamil Nadu reports the highest land productivity, producing 105 tonnes per hectare. Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh also have high rates of land productivity. But all four States in the water-stressed sub-tropical belt have an irrigation water productivity of less than 5 kg per meter cube.

The report recommends that cropping patterns be re-aligned to water availability using both demand and supply side interventions.

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