- Gujarat farmers seek compensation from PepsiCo for harassment
ð Three of the Gujarat potato farmers sued by PepsiCo the company must pay compensation for the harassment they were subjected to even though the law is very clear on the subject.
ð The three of the potato farmers sued by PepsiCo along with farmer union leaders and farmers’ rights activists asserted that Indian farmers’ seed freedoms were non-negotiable.
ð The company has to pay us compensation for all the harassment we were put through even though the law is clear on the subject,
The company had sued nine potato farmers in Gujarat, including five last year and four this year for allegedly buying seeds and selling potato of the FL 2027 variety registered by PepsiCo.
ð The sued potato farmers also called for increased awareness of the legislation around plant varieties among farmers across the country.
The potato growers and farmer activists also sought support from the government for pressuring PepsiCo to agree to their demands for compensation.
- India slips 5 places to 141 on Global Peace Index 2019
- India has slipped by four points in an annual global index on peacefulness this year, finishing at 141 among 163 countries.
- Iceland remained at the top position, according to a report by an international think tank.
- The Global Peace Index (GPI) gauges ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society, and the degree of militarisation in 163 countries and territories by taking into account 23 indicators.
- Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008.
- June month is celebrated as the LGBTQ Pride month
- June monthis celebrated as the Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) Pride month all over the world. The LGBTQ pride month is celebrated to commemorate the anniversary of Stonewall riots at Stonewall Inn in New York, a gathering space for LGBTQ community during the 60s.
- It provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBT community. The month is observed by United States, United Kingdom, Canada. LGBT History Month originated in the United States. It was first celebrated in 1994.
- The commemoration of the month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Union Cabinet cleared NDIAC Bill, 2019 on institutionalised arbitration
- The Union Cabinet has cleared the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) Bill, 2019, which provides for setting up of an independent and autonomous body for institutional arbitration.
- It also aims to acquire and transfer the undertakings of International Centre For Alternative Dispute Resolution to New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) with effect from March 2 this year.
- The Bill provides to replace and repeal the NDIAC Ordinance, 2019.
- The proposed New Delhi International Arbitration Centre is headed by a chairperson, who has been a judge of the Supreme Court or a judge of a high court or an eminent person, having special knowledge and experience in the conduct or administration of arbitration.
- India accounts for 6.3% of global fish production
- India is the second largest fish producing country in the world as it accounts for 6.3 per cent of the global fish production, a release by the Fisheries Department.
- The fisheries sector in the country is growing at a rate of 7 per cent, sustaining 14.5 million fishermen.
- There is a huge potential in harnessing tuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
- India to celebrated the 20th anniversary of victory in Operation VIJAY
- India is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of victory in Operation VIJAY, which popularly known as the Kargil War.The Kargil War is a saga of strong political, military and diplomatic actions.
- The Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations for the year 2019 will be spread over three days from 25-27 July 2019 and will be organized atDras and New Delhi.However, as part of the build up to the main event, numerous activities are planned to be organized all over the country with effect from first week of July 2019.
- Thetheme of the day is ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew’. The objective of these celebrations is to evoke feeling of nationalism and patriotism through nationwide campaigns especially amongst youth and to pay homage to the valiant soldiers.
- Operation Sunrise was carried out between India and Myanmar to target militant group
- Operation Sunrise 2 is a coordinated military operation which was carried out between India and Myanmar to target militant groups.The Indian army and Myanmar Army carried out a three-week-long coordinated operation in their respective border areas fromMay 16. The operation targeted several militant groups operating in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam.
- Himachal Pradesh made GPS mandatory for trekkers
- TheHimachal Pradesh government made it mandatory for trekkers to carry a GPS device to tackle any exigency on 18 June 2019. The decision was made in a review meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi on preparedness for the monsoon in Shimla.
- The announcement also added that it is important that trekking and other yatras must be restricted during adverse weather. Being a disaster-prone state special attention must be taken to disseminate weather advisoriesand installing early warning systems in Himachal Pradesh.
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