Current Affairs 2017 – May

Harsh Malhotra Committee on Scouts and Guides Submits Report to the Sports Ministry

A seven-member High-Level Committee on Scouts and Guides has submitted its Final Report to Minister for State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Vijay Goel with various recommendations.

Salient Highlights

The committee has suggested for the constitution of an Enquiry Committee to take stock of complaints and grievances and submit its report.

The committee has suggested for completely revamping the Bharat Scout & Guides and Hindustan Scouts and Guides. It has stressed upon the need for streamlining the organizational set up of Bharat Scouts and Guides and Hindustan Scouts and Guides. It has also said that it has observed a number of irregularities and anomalies in the financial management of the Scouts and Guides which are audited by the Chartered Accountant. So, the committee has recommended for the constitution of a permanent monitoring Committee to periodically assess the activities of both the organisations and submit report to the Union Sports Ministry.

The committee has suggested for the nomination of government nominees on the Boards of both the organizations.

Background

After receiving various complaints from various sectors against the Bharat Scouts and Guides and Hindustan Scouts and Guides, sports ministry had constituted a seven-member High Level Committee under the chairmanship of Harsh Malhotra in October 2016 to look into the infrastructure and assets of the two recognized Scouts and Guides Organizations.

The high level committee submitted its first interim report on January 31, 2017 recommending to make Scouts movement as an integral part of Youth movement.

Bharat Scouts and Guides and Hindustan Scouts and Guides are the two organizations recognized by the Sports Ministry for conducting scouting and guiding activities across the country. These two organizations also receives grant-in-aid for conducting the scouting/guiding activities.

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NASA Names New Species After Abdul Kalam

NASA has named a new bacteria discovered on the filters of the International Space Station, ISS, as Solibacillus kalamii to honour the late president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.  The genus is Solibacillus and the species name is kalamii. Researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has found that the bacteria remained on board the International Space Station for 40 months. The new organism is found only on the ISS and has not been found anywhere on the earth. In 1963, Dr. Kalam had his early training at NASA before setting up India’s first rocket launching facility at Thumba in Kerala.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (A.P.J) Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 in Rameswaram, Ramanathapuram District of Tamil Nadu. In 1960, he had joined Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as a scientist and started his career by designing a small helicopter for the Indian Army. In 1969, he had joined India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as the project director for India’s first indigenous satellite launch vehicle programme. Under his leadership and vision, India entered into the elite space club after Rohini satellite was place into the orbit in 1980. He was a pioneer and instrumental in development of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), India’s space workhorse. In 1980, he was appointed Chairman of Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and was brain behind developing Agni and Prithvi missiles. Thus he came to be known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile. He was Chief Project Coordinator of Pokhran II Nuclear Test (Operation Shakti) which was conducted on 11 May 1998. He was the 11th President of India and was in office from 2002 to 2007. He was India’s most popular President and famously known as People’s President. He has been awarded with Bharat Ratna (1997), Padma Vibhushan (1990), Padma Bhushan (1981).

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