Friday, 13 July 2018

13th July 2018 | Daily current affairs for APSC

  • Assam girl Hima Das sprinted into record books when she won the women’s 400m gold for India on day three of the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships at Tampere in Finland today.The 18-year-old Hima clocked 51.46 seconds to win the race becoming the first Indian athlete to win a gold in a track event in an U-20 World Championships.
  • State-run telecom firm BSNL today unveiled first internet telephony service in the country that will allow users to dial any telephone number in India through its mobile app. Now BSNL customers will be able to make calls using the company's mobile app "Wings" to any phone number in the country. Before this, phone calls on mobile apps was possible within users of a particular app and not on telephone numbers. Telecom Commission, highest-decision making body of the Department of Telecom, had allowed companies who hold valid telecom licence, to provide app-based calling service even by using wi-fi connection.
  • The Centre told the Supreme Court that it would leave it to the wisdom of its judges to decide on the constitutional validity of Section 377 on the issue of criminalising unnatural intercourse between two consenting adults. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which is hearing a batch of petitions challenging its 2013 verdict that had re-criminalised consensual sex between two consenting adults of the same gender, was told by the Centre that it has no objection with the court dealing with the validity of this penal provision.
  • Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain  ordered installation of CCTV cameras in all stations under the jurisdiction of the Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR).

The factors leading to the present crisis in the State’s tea industry include below average production, inferior quality of tea produced in a large number of factories, poor price realization and failure to make reasonable profit, among others. 

  • These factors include the water-related woes like drought-like situations, flood, water-logging and erosion due to high intensity rainfall, etc., triggered by the phenomenon of climate change and railway culverts with inadequate openings, among others.
  • The big tea estates are facing low production because of the age of their tea bushes, their failure to properly follow the cultural operations recommended by the Tea Research Association (TRA), indiscriminate use of agro-chemicals, soil degradation etc.
  • Many countries reject the teas that contain pesticide residue beyond the maximum limit of pesticide residue acceptable to them. But as the expenditure incurred by the TEs here vary between Rs 4,000 and Rs 15,000 per hectare or more, it becomes clear that in some of our TEs, high quantity of pesticide is used.
  • The tea industry should bring this situation under control and for the purpose, an instrument may be used by them to determine the pesticide residue in the green tea leaves, either at the garden level or on arrival at the factory, in conformity with the Plant Protection Code approved by the Tea Board of India. This will help Assam Tea regaining, or, strengthening its competitiveness in the global market.


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