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Current Affairs of 1 March 2018

Keshav Kishore, Published On:01-Mar-2018

 1.     Trafficking of Persons Bill gets approval of cabinet

• Union cabinet gave approval for Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 for introduction in the Parliament.

• The trafficking in the bill includes begging, forced labour, trafficking of woman or child for the pretext of marriage and other things such as chemicals and hormones for the purpose of sexual maturity.

• The bill has detailed provision of time bound trial i.e within a period of 1 year from taking into cognizance.

• It also seeks to create a Rehabilitation Fund for the first time which will be used for physical, psychological and social well being of victim including skill development, education, health care, legal support, safe accommodation etc.


2.      PM Employment generation Programme to be continued

• Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme will be continued even after 12th plan period for 3 yrs up to 2020 as decided by Cabinet committee of Economic affairs (CCEA).

• The scheme will have a corpus of Rs.5500 crore to create sustainable estimated employment opportunities for 15 lakh persons in three financial years.

• It is decided that minimum 75 projects per district should be awarded across the country to achieve inclusive growth.

• The complete process of application, processing, sanction by banks, transfer of margin money subsidy till creation of Term Deposit Receipt (TDR) in name of applicant will be online.


3.     World’s first 5G chip is Balong 5G01

• Huawei became the first country in the world to unveil 5G chip at Mobile World Congress 2018 held in Barcelona, Spain.

• The chip provides downlink speeds up to 2.3 Gbps. 

• Fifth-Generation wireless communication technology (5G) is based on third generation partnership project (3GPP).


4.      What is Swajal Yojna?

• Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched second project of ‘Swajal Yojna’ at Bhikampura Village in Rajasthan and the first project was launched in Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand a few days ago.

• It is a community owned water management programme for sustained drinking water supply.

• 90% cost of the scheme will be given by government and rest 10% by community.


Source : The Hindu, The Indian E xpress




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