Current Affairs – January 2018

WEF launches Global Centre for Cybersecurity

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has launched new Global Centre for Cybersecurity in a bid to safeguard world from hackers and growing data breaches — especially from nation-states. The centre will be headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and will become operational from March 2018

Global Centre for Cybersecurity

The Global Centre for Cybersecurity will function as an autonomous organization under WEF. It will help to build a safe and secure global cyberspace. Its aim is to establish first global platform for governments, businesses, experts and law enforcement agencies to collaborate on cybersecurity challenges. It will draw on WEF’s government and industry support to work towards more secure cyberspace through its established multistakeholder approach.

Mandate of Global Centre for Cybersecurity

  • Consolidate existing cybersecurity initiatives of WEF.
  • Establish independent library of cyber best practices.
  • Help partners to enhance knowledge on cybersecurity.
  • Work towards an appropriate and agile regulatory framework on cybersecurity.
  • Serve as laboratory and early-warning think tank for future cybersecurity scenarios.

World Economic Forum (WEF)

WEF is Swiss nonprofit foundation, based in Geneva. It is recognized as international institution for public-private cooperation. It is committed to improve state of world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.

WEF is best known for its annual winter meeting for five days in Davos, a mountain resort in Graubünden, in eastern Alps region of Switzerland. The meeting brings together some international political leaders, 2,500 top business leaders, selected intellectuals, and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world.

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Government announces PM’s Shram Awards for 2016 to 50 workers

The Ministry of Labour & Employment has announced Prime Minister’s Shram Awards for the year 2016 to be awarded to 50 workers including 3 women employed in Departmental Undertakings & Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) of Central/ State Governments and Private Sector Units employing 500 or more workers. In 2016, 34 workers are from PSUs and 16 workers are from Private Sectors.

2016 Shram Awards

Shram Ratna Award: No nomination was found suitable for it.

Shram Bhushan: 12 workers from SAIL, BHEL and TATA Steel Ltd. were selected.

Shram Vir/Shram Veerangana Award: 18 workers from Naval Dockyard, Ordinance Factory, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam, TATA Steel, Hindalco Industries, Paradeep Phosphates Ltd., Brahmos Aerospace were selected.

Shram Shree/Shram Devi Award: 20 workers from Cement Corporation of India, Naval Ship Repair Yard, TATA Motors, Surat Lignite Power Plant, Larsen & Toubro Ltd. etc were selected.

Shram Awards

They were instituted in 1985 and are announced every year by Ministry of Labour and Employment. These awards are given to workers in PSUs, Departmental Undertakings of Central/State Governments and Private Sector units employing 500 or more workers.

Objective: It recognises workers for their distinguished performance, innovative ability, outstanding contribution in the field of productivity and exhibition of exceptional courage and presence of mind.  It also recognises outstanding contributions made by workmen as defined in Industrial Dispute Act, 1947 in organizations both in public and private sector

There are four types of Shram awards viz. Shram Ratna (monetary award of Rs. 2 lakhs and Sanad), Shram Bhushan (Rs. 1 lakh and Sanad), Shram Vir / Shram Veerangana (Rs. 60000 and Sanad), Shram Devi / Shram Shree (Rs. 40000 and Sanad).

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