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Current Affairs of 25 April 2018

Keshav Kishore, Published On:25-Apr-2018


 1.    What is AFSPA?

• The full form of AFSPA is Armed Force Special Power Act.

• The Central government has decided to lift AFSPA from Meghalaya recently and also reduced this act in only 8 police stations of Arunachal Pradesh from 16 police stations.

• Three years ago Tripura withdrew AFSPA when Manik Sarkar government confirmed no insurgency in that year.

• Now the act continues to be in operation in Assam, Nagaland and most parts of Manipur.

• Jammu and Kashmir has also such act since 1990.

• AFSPA gives special powers to the Indian Armed Forces in the disturbed areas.


2.    Panchayati Raj Day: 24th April

• National Panchayati Raj Day is celebrated on 24th April every year.

• First Panchayati Raj Day was celebrated on 24th April 2010.

• It is also called National Local Self –Government Day.

• The Prime Minister of India also launched Rashtriya Garmin Swaraj Abhiyan and addressed representatives of panchayats across the country in Mandla, Madhya Pradesh.


3.    All about H-1B Visa

• H-1B visas are issued in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows U.S. employers to employ foreign workers in special occupation.

• If any foreign worker quits the job or dismissed by the employer, he must either apply for and be granted change in status or find another employer or leave the United States.

• There is a proposal to end the provision of allowing extension to H-1B visa holders whose application for green card has been accepted.

• Currently, under the existing laws, an outside worker having H-1B visa can remain in the US up to six years i.e. initially for three years but can be extended for additional three years.

• The act currently allows the administration to extend the H-1B visas for thousands of immigrants beyond two three-year terms if a green card is pending.


4.    International SME Convention in New Delhi

• The first International Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Convention is being held in New Delhi.

• The convention is organised by the Ministry of MSME and National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) along with KVIC and Coir Board.

• The theme of this convention is “Business beyond Borders”.

• It is a platform for intensive business discussion, progressive entrepreneurs from all over the world and offers a special focus on business and trade opportunities in India.


5.    GI status for Adilabad Dokra and Warangal Durries

• Adilabad Dokra an ancient metal craft popular in the state’s tribal regions got Geographical Indication (GI) status recently.

• Warangal durries is a style of weaving in which weavers create beautiful patterns and dye them using vegetable colours also got GI tag.

• GI tag is given to an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (Goods or Handicraft) originating from a definite geographical region.

• Once the GI tag is issued, no other producer can misuse the name for similar products.


Source: The Hindu, The Indian Express, PTI, PIB


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