Lok Sabha passes Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017
On 20th December 2017, the Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed in the Lok Sabha.
Lok Sabha passes Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017:
- The Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was introduced by Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan.
- As per the bill’s Statement of Objects and Reasons, section 2, the amended will exclude the word “bamboos” from the definition of tree. This will eliminate the need for permission to transport bamboos grown in non-forest area.
- This will also allow farmers to plant bamboos in degraded land. Some of the acts passed in India in 2017:
- Mental Healthcare Act, 2017
- Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017
- Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017
- Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017
Uttar Pradesh government sets up Cow Protection Committees
On 19th December 2017, Uttar Pradesh government announced the setting up of Cow Protection Committees (Gau Sanrakshan Samitis) in all districts of Uttar Pradesh to make sure that cow sheds (gaushalas) are operated efficiently.
Gau Sanrakshan Samitis in UP:
- The Cow Protection Committees will be headed by the district magistrate.
The superintendent of police and the district’s chief development officer will act as the district magistrate’s deputies.
- The Cow Protection Committees would sell cow-related products like soaps, incense sticks, mosquito repellant coils, biogas, compost and phenyl made from cow urine. This has been done in order to make the cow sheds self-sufficient.
- These committees would also rescue and take care of cattle, to prevent them from getting illegally slaughtered or smuggled.
About Blue Cross of India:
- Headquarters – Chennai
- Motto – Animals—It’s their world too
- Formation – 1959
- Founder – Captain Sundaram
India, Myanmar sign MoU for socio-economic development of Rakhine State On 20th December 2017, India and Myanmar signed a MoU for improving socio- economic condition of Rakhine State.
India & Myanmar – sign pact for improvement of Rakhine:
- The MoU was signed by India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Myanmar Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung in Nay Pyi
Taw, Myanmar. S Jaishankar had been to Myanmar on an official visit.
- This is the first government to government MoU signed by Myanmar for the socio- economic development of Rakhine.
- This MoU will enable Myanmar to restore normalcy in Rakhine and help return of displaced persons.
- As a part of this MoU, India would take up a project to build prefabricated housing in Rakhine State Chittagong.
Foreign Ministers of few countries:
- Bangladesh – Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali
- Canada – Chrystia Freeland
- Egypt – Sameh Shoukry
- Germany – Sigmar Gabriel