Kenya Current Affairs

Kenya to close Dadaab, world’s biggest refugee camp

The Kenyan Government has decided to close Dadaab refugee camp which is often referred to as the world’s largest refugee camp over the issue national security.

The camp is home to 330000 refugees mostly from Somalia who have fled from the civil war in their country.

Security threat: Kenyan Government has stated that the Dadaab refugee camp has become safe haven for terrorist organizations like al-Shabaab, a Somali-based Islamist extremists group and also a conduit for smuggling weapons. al-Shabab also had planned three large-scale attacks from Dadaab.

The United Nations and non-governmental organizations have urged Kenya Government to reconsider its decision to close Dadaab camp.

Dadaab Refugee Camp was established in 1991 to receive Somalis fleeing civil war. Since then the population of the Dadaab camps expanded.

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India raises concerns over massive subsidization of farm sectors by developed countries at WTO meet

India has raised concerns over massive subsidization of farm sectors by developed (rich) countries.

These concerns were raised Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman during the 10th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Concerns raised by India

  • Pulled up developed (rich) countries for failing to reduce massive agricultural subsidisation which are generally trade distorting agribusiness subsidies.
  • Agricultural reforms remain the corner stone of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) 2001 negotiations.
  • All member countries must deliver on all three pillars of the negotiations in a balanced and logical manner of the DDA.
  • Pitched for special safeguard mechanism (SSM) to protect legitimate interests of poor farmers and the food security of hundreds of millions in developing countries.
  • Member countries should not continue with the rhetoric of a development agenda without an attempt to address issues which are of primary concern to developing economies.
  • Trade distorting agribusiness subsidies of developed (rich) countries mainly framed by handful of farm lobbies of some countries is worsening destiny of millions of subsistence farmers of the developing countries.

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Ethiopian Birhanu Legese, Kenyan Cynthia Limo win 2015 Delhi Half Marathon

Birhanu Legese from Ethiopia and Cynthia Limo from Kenya have won the 2015 Delhi Half Marathon in men’s and women’s categories respectively.

In this eighth edition of marathon around 34,000 athletes and amateur runners from different parts of the world had participated.

Men’s category winners

Birhanu Legese claimed the first spot by finishing race in 59:20 minutes and was followed Mosinet Geremew (Ethopia) and Zersenay Tadese (Eritrea) at second and third spots respectively.

Women’s category winners

Cynthia Limo claimed the first spot by finishing race in 1:08:35 hour and was followed by Helah Kiprop (Kenya) and Gladys Chesir (Kenya) at second and third spots respectively.

Among the Indian runners

  • Nitendra Singh Rawat and Lalita Babar topped in the men’s and women’s category.
  • In men’s category, Nitendra Singh Rawat finished the race in 1:04:41 and was followed by Gopi T and Mohd Yunus at second and third spots respectively.
  • In women’s category, Lalita Babar finished the race in 1:10:52 and was followed by O P Jaisha and Sudha Singh at second and third spots respectively.

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