GS Paper I- History and Geography of the World and Society.

India Re-Elected As Member Of UNESCO’s Executive Board.

Background-

  • India was re-elected on 10th November, 2017 as a member of the executive board of the UN educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO).
  • The election was held at the 39th session of the general conference of UNESCO in Paris.
  • The official of the UNESCO India office said that the news is quite significant and indicates the position of India globally. The executive board is the top decision- making body, so it is an important achievement.

Highlights Of The Development–

  • The general conference consists of the representatives of the states members of the organisation.
  • It meets every two years, and is attended by member states and associate members, together with observers for non-member states, intergovernmental organisations and non- governmental organisations (NGOs), according to the UNESCO.
  • Each country has one vote, irrespective of its size or the extent of its contribution to the budget. The general conference determines the policies and the main lines of work of the organisation.
  • Its duty is to set the programmes and the budget of the UNESCO. It also elects the members of the executive board and appoints, every four years, the director-general.

Sources- Livemint.

GS Paper II- International Relations.

Delhi Govt Signs Twin City Agreement Seoul.

Background

  • The Delhi government on 8th November, 2017 signed a twin city agreement with the Seoul Metropolitan Government for strengthening cooperation in the fields of e-governance, transportation, climate change and smart city.
  • The agreement – Establishment of Friendship City Relationship – was signed between Seoul (South Korea) Metropolitan Government led by Mayor Park Won Soon and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

 

Highlights Of The Development-

  • Speaking on the occasion, Kejriwal said that it is interesting to have a twin city agreement to establish friendship and cooperation.
  • Other areas of cooperation that the agreement proposes are – environment, culture & tourism, education, waste water, solid waste management, public health and youth exchange among others.
  • The agreement now needs the Union government’s approval to come into effect.

Sources- Business-Standard.

 

GS Paper III- Technology, Bio-Diversity.

Vizag Hosts First-Ever Agriculture Hackathon.

Background

  • Several experts, 300 delegates, and 500 farmers from various parts took part in the first-ever agriculture hackathon being organised by the State government of Andhra Pradesh in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for three days from November 15, 2017.
  • The hackathon, being attended by Microsoft Corporation co-founder Bill Gates, was inaugurated by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

 

 

Highlights Of The Development-

  • Mr. Bill Gates attended the valedictory on November 17. It is reported that 500 farmers from across Andhra Pradesh and other States as well as 250 students participated in the event.
  • On the second day, Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh participated. Mr. Rajasekhar said the Chief Minister, who was attaching a lot of importance to the event, would remain in the city all the three days.
  • An exhibition was organised with 50 stalls to showcase the latest agriculture technologies and products of companies.
  • The CII lent support to the government in organising the event, said its regional director (south) Satish Raman.
  • The hackathon was organized under the guidance of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with Delberg international agency as a consultant.

Sources- The Hindu.