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PIB Daily – 15th & 16th October 2019 – IASToppers

India-Netherland relations; Development of minor ports; Maritime States Development Council (MSDC); Location of Netherlands; National Security Guard (NSG); Third India Energy Forum;
By IASToppers
October 16, 2019

Contents

Economy

  • Govt to form committee for development of minor ports

Bilateral & International Relations

  • President Hosts King and Queen of Netherlands

Defence & Security Issues

  • Union Home Minister presides over the 35th Raising Day Ceremony of NSG

Key Facts for Prelims

  • Third India Energy Forum by CERAWeek

 

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Economy

Govt to form committee for development of minor ports

While addressing the media after the 17th Meeting of Maritime States Development Council (MSDC), the shipping Mister announced that the Ministry of Shipping is working on a plan to develop a National Grid for Ports based on synergy between the Major and Minor ports in the country.

17th-Meeting-of-Maritime-States-Development-Council PIB Daily

DEVELOPMENT OF MINOR PORTS

  • Of the 204 minor ports in India, only 44 are functional. Hence, a new committee, devised by the shipping ministry, will assess the potential of each minor port, their downstream industry, agricultural potential, and will then suggest a plan to states for their comprehensive development.
  • The Committee will consist of representatives from shipping ministry, maritime states, Indian private ports and terminals association (IPPTA), and chaired by Additional Secretary, shipping ministry.
  • National grid for ports will be made which will connect major ports to minor ones.
  • Because the shipping rules are different across various states, inter-state movement of barges becomes an issue. Hence, government have decided to issue common rules and guidelines for all states to implement.
  • Government is also planning to improve the share of coastal cargo movement from 6% at present to around 12% in the next five years.
  • The move will help increase India’s export-import (EXIM) cargo.

KEY FACTS

India has 12 major ports:

the-Major-Ports-in-India

  • Kandla Port (Gujarat)
  • Paradip Port (Odisha)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Port (Maharashtra)
  • Mumbai Port Trust
  • Visakhapatnam Port (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Port of Kolkata
  • Chennai Port
  • New Mangalore Port (Karnataka)
  • Tuticorin Port Trust (Tamil Nadu)
  • Ennore Port (Chennai)
  • Cochin Port (Kerala)
  • Mormugao Port Trust (Goa)

ABOUT MARITIME STATES DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (MSDC)

Maritime-State-Development-Council

  • MSDC is an apex advisory body for the development of the Maritime sector and aims to ensure integrated development of Major and non-Major Ports.
  • The MSDC was constituted in 1997.

FUNCTIONS

  • To assess the future development of existing and new Minor Ports by the respective Maritime States either directly or through captive users and private participation.
  • To monitors the development of minor ports, captive ports and private ports in the Maritime States to ensure their integrated development with Major Ports.
  • To assess the requirements of other infrastructure requirements and make suitable recommendations.
[Ref: PIB, Economic Times]

 

Bilateral & International Relations

President Hosts King and Queen of Netherlands

The President of India received King and Queen of Netherlands at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Pillar-of-India-Netherlands-Bilateral-Ties

INDIA-NETHERLAND RELATIONS

  • The Netherlands is India’s 4th largest trading partner in the European Union. Netherlands is also among the leading investors in India.

Netherland

  • Netherlands supported for India`s membership to the different Export Control Regimes and in permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
  • The Netherlands today is home to the largest Indian community on mainland Europe.

LOCATION OF NETHERLANDS

Location of Netherlands

Location of Netherlands 1

  • It is located in northwestern Europe and bordered by the countries of Belgium and Germany, and the North Sea.
  • Netherland is also known as Holland.
[Ref: PIB]

 

Defence & Security Issues

Union Home Minister presides over the 35th Raising Day Ceremony of NSG

Union Minister for Home Affairs over as Chief Guest on the 35th Raising Day Ceremony of National Security Guard (NSG), at NSG HQ in Manesar, Gurugram.

35th-Raising-Day-Ceremony

WHO ARE THE NATIONAL SECURITY GUARD (NSG)?

NSG

  • The NSG (Black Cat commando) was founded as a special commando unit for surgical strikes against organised terrorist attacks within the country.
  • It was envisaged in the wake of high casualties and damage during Operation Blue Star in 1984.
  • It is a “Federal Contingency World Class Zero Error Force” to deal with terrorism.
  • It a force specially trained to deal with specific situations and used only in exceptional circumstances to thwart serious acts of terrorism.
  • NSG has two groups of personnel and officers: Special Action Group (SAG) and Special Ranger Group (SRG). SAG is drawn from the Army and focuses on counter-terror training and actionwhile SRG is used for VIP security.
[Ref: PIB]

 

Key Facts for Prelims

Third India Energy Forum by CERAWeek

At the third India Ministerial Dialogue held at third India Energy Forum by CERAWeek, minister of petroleum said that India is making concerted efforts and taking all necessary steps to make achieve $5 trillion-dollar economy goal.

CERAWeek

HIGHLIGHT OF THE INDIA MINISTERIAL DIALOGUE

  • The share of renewables in electricity capacity has significantly gone up to 22% from around 10% in 2014-15.
  • The ethanol blending percentage has risen from 0.67% in 2012-13 to now close to 6%.
  • More than 95% households now have access to LPG, making their kitchens smoke free.
  • Indian Railways is aiming to be 100% electrified by 2023.
[Ref: PIB]

 

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