Kenya Current Affairs

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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India inks MoUs with six countries in the field of International Civil Aviation Negotiations

India has inked Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with six countries namely in the field of International Civil Aviation Negotiations.

They were signed by Indian delegation representing Union Ministry of Civil Aviation in the International Civil Aviation Negotiations (ICAN) 2015 conference.

These 6 signed MoUs are with

  • Oman: MoU was signed to for adding additional 5131 seats in order to make the total capacity entitlements from present 16018 seats per week to 21149 seats per week.
  • Kazakhstan: MoU was signed to review the initialled Air Services Agreement (ASA) as per the latest Article 11 given by the Indian side.
  • Kenya: MoU was signed to enhance the capacity entitlements between both sides by increasing it from present 14 frequencies to 21 additional frequencies.
  • Ethiopia: MoU was signed to enhance the capacity entitlements between both sides by increasing it from the existing 21 frequencies per week to 28 frequencies per week.
  • Finland: MoU was signed for code share, intermodal services, routing flexibility and open sky on cargo, which are mandatory requirement of Horizontal Agreement.
  • Sweden, Norway and Denmark: MoU was signed by both the parties in 4 provisions namely, code shares, routing flexibility, intermodal and open sky on cargo which is a mandatory requirement of Horizontal Agreement agreed by these three Scandinavian countries.

In this conference, the Indian delegation also met the delegations from Greece, Qatar, Serbia, European Union and Brunei Darussalam. They discussed about expansion of air services between India and these countries.

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