27.10.21 Daily GPSC Current Affairs

GUJARAT

Drop of 3.3 lakh in rural telecom subscribers in Gujarat

With people discontinuing mobile connections and service issues due to the Covid-19 pandemic, rural Gujarat saw a reduction of some 3.3 lakh telecom subscribers in the April to June quarter this year. The latest performance indicator report of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), suggests that rural telecom subscribers in Gujarat fell from 2.788 crore to 2.755 crore from the January-March quarter to the April-June quarter.

Telecom operators said many connections expired and could not be renewed due to Covid-19 restrictions imposed due to the second wave of Covid-19 cases in April and May.

The trend, according to TRAI, was similar across the country. “Rural telephone subscribers decreased from 53.74 crore at the end of March 2021 to 53.64 crore at the end of June 2021. Rural tele-density also decreased from 60.27% to 60.10% in this period,” states the performance indicator report.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

UN Disarmament Week Is Observed From 24 To 30 October.

 

The UN Disarmament Week is observed from 24 to 30 October to create awareness about the issues of Disarmament worldwide.

Highlights:

♦ The aim is to reduce the use of weapons particularly, nuclear weapons and bring peace to society.

♦ In 1995, the UNGA invited the government and non-governmental organizations to be part of the disarmament week.

♦ The Disarmament plays a significant role in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 16.

♦ The United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs was established in January 1998 in New York, USA.

♦ In 2018, UN Secretary-general Antonio Guterres declared ‘Securing our common future: An Agenda for disarmament’.

 

 

Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue Begins

 

The Indo – Pacific Dialogue is organized for 3 days from 27 to 29 October as an online event.

Highlights:

♦ Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) 2021 is organized as a three-day online event on 27, 28 and 29 October 2021.

♦ IPRD 2021 will focus on the theme ‘Evolution in Maritime Strategy during the 21st Century: Imperatives, Challenges and Way Ahead’.

♦ It will focus on eight sub-themes.

♦ The National Maritime Foundation is the Indian Navy’s knowledge partner for IPRD 2021.
It is also the Indian Navy’s chief organizer for IPRD 2021.

♦ Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) is the apex international annual conference of the Indian Navy.

♦ It was first conducted in 2018.

♦ IPRD aims to review both opportunities and challenges that arise within the Indo-Pacific.

 

NATIONAL

 

National Employment Policy Panel Set By Govt.

 

The central government has planned to set up a National Employment Policy (NEP) committee, which aims to improve job opportunities in India.

Highlights

♦ The committee will comprise representatives from the Ministry of labour and other ministries.

♦ It will also include prominent people from the industry with the high-powered committee, of which views and recommendations will be taken.

National Employment Policy (NEP)

♦ The NEP seeks to create a sector-wise approach to improve job creation potential by pulling investments towards employment-intensive sectors, attracting new industries by generating an enabling environment and policy interventions.

♦ It will be created based on data from five all-India labour studies and the E-Shram portal for promoting evidence-based policymaking to create employment. The consequent consultations, it will be sent for cabinet approval.

AQEES survey

♦ The first All-India Quarterly Establishment-based Employment Survey (AQEES) was launched in September 2021 for the April-June 2021 quarter.

♦ This survey is administered by the Labour Bureau, an office of the Ministry of Labour & Employment.

 

AI Pe Charcha – AI Dialogue Organized By MeitY

 

AI Pe Charcha – AI Dialogue was organized by the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) under the Ministry of Electronics and IT.

Highlights

♦ AI pe charcha was organized under the theme “AI for Data driven government” on 28 October.

♦ It was arranged to cover the importance of data-driven and AI-enabled governance along with best practices from across the globe.

♦ AI Pe Charcha is a range of panel discussions, which involves several global and domestic leaders from the government and industry.

♦ In the discussions, researchers & academicians share their views & experiences on Artificial Intelligence, breakthrough innovations, related case studies, best practices from around the world and challenges faced in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

♦ In the ‘AI for Data Driven Governance’ session, experts will discuss leveraging AI for Public Sector, Postal Services, Defence & Security and Future Cities.

♦ They will also showcase a “presentation on important AI-driven solutions”, which have played an essential role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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