Daily GK Update: Current Affairs in English Medium. Date: 20.10.2016

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  • Conference on environment on Oct 22, 23
  • Death toll of RTI activists goes up to 56
  • India, Myanmar sign three pacts to expand security, economic ties
  • Canadian Solar buys 49% each in 2 Suzlon units
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council divided over cess on luxe goods
  • City photographer wins wildlife award
  • UN chief becomes godfather to newborn Galapagos tortoise
  • Compulsory voting is not practical in India, says Zaidi
  • India, China conduct first military exercise in J&K
Conference on environment on Oct 22, 23
  • The southern bench of the National Green Tribunal, in association with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the pollution control boards of south Indian states, will conduct a `Regional Conference on Environment' on October 22 and 23.The conference will be held on the premises of the Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University . “It aims at further standardisation of environmental laws in the southern region. Also, it will focus on streamlining the guidelines for executive and regulatory bodies on a par with the expected international standards. It will also keep sustainable development into consideration,“ said a release.
Death toll of RTI activists goes up to 56
  • With the recent murder of RTI activist Bhupendra Vira, the death toll of those using the transparency law to target corruption and malpractices has gone up to 56. Reports indicate at least 51 murders and five suicides have taken place between October 2005 to 2016. Maharashtra tops this list with 10 alleged murders and at least two suicides (12 deaths) followed by Gujarat with eight alleged murders and one suicide (nine deaths) and Uttar Pradesh with six alleged murders and one suicide (seven deaths).The total number of persons attacked or assaulted could be more than 150 because more than one person was attacked in some incidents.Again Maharashtra tops this list with 29 incidents, followed by Gujarat (15 incidents), Delhi (12 incidents), Karnataka (10 incidents), Odisha and Uttar Pradesh (9 incidents each).
India, Myanmar sign three pacts to expand security, economic ties
  • Resolving to expand security ties, India and Myanmar on Wednesday decided to boost cooperation in a vast range of areas including guarding the1,640-km-long border even as the two traditionally close neighbours asserted that states which encourage, support or finance terrorism must be held accountable.The two sides inked three pacts to enhance ties in power, banking and insurance sectors after comprehensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi while sectors like oil and gas, agriculture, renewable energy and health care were identified for deeper engagement.
Canadian Solar buys 49% each in 2 Suzlon units
  • Canadian Solar, one of the biggest solar power companies in the world, made its first investment in India's alternative energy sector by acquiring 49% stake each in two projects of Suzlon Energy in Telangana for an aggregate amount of Rs 26.4 crore. The Nasdaq-listed company , with a market capitalisation of $880 million, has the option to buy the rest of the 51% stake in each of Suzlon's 15-megawatt projects one year after they turn commercially operational. Suzlon on Wednesday also sold a 49% stake in another 15megawatt project in Telangana to Shanghai-based Unisun Energy for Rs 13.5 crore. Unisun, too, has the option to buy the remaining 51% stake in the project, Vayudoot Solarfarms, in future.
GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council divided over cess on luxe goods
  • Differences over the levy of cess on high-end products prevented a decision on slabs for the proposed goods and services tax (GST) even as the Centre and the states said that they were close to clinching a deal. On Tuesday the Centre had proposed four slabs of 6%, 12%, 18% and 26%. While luxury , sin and environmentally sensitive goods were to be in the top bracket, they were also supposed to face a cess. The cess on coal alone was expected to fetch Rs 26,000 crore annually , with the levy on other goods expected to rake in another Rs 24,000 crore. This money will flow into a dedicated fund and is proposed to be used for compensating states for any revenue loss on implementing GST.
City photographer wins wildlife award
  • City-based photographer and conservationist Nayan Khanolkar has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award in the Urban Wildlife category, in a contest organised by the Natural History Museum, London and BBC Wildlife, regarded as the most prestigious in the world. Mr. Khanolkar’s photograph, ‘The Alley Cat’, was taken in the Aarey Milk Colony, on the fringe of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).
UN chief becomes godfather to newborn Galapagos tortoise
  • U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon became the godparent of a newborn giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador during a conservation promotion tour
Compulsory voting is not practical in India, says Zaidi
  • Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi on Wednesday said the idea of compulsory voting has not been found so practical in India, but comparative benefits of compulsory voting and education-led mobilisation of voters will be worth examining again.
India, China conduct first military exercise in J&K
  • India and China for the first time conducted military exercises in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Eastern Ladakh on Wednesday amidst the growing uneasiness in the bilateral relationship.The exercise comes in the backdrop of stalemate over India's multilateral disagreements with China over blacklisting of terrorists at the United Nations and membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Sources: The Times of India / The Hindu
Courtesy: The Times of India / The Hindu

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