Ministry of Home Affairs Current Affairs - 2019

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Home Ministry, UN Women Launches Campaign to End Violence Against Women

Union Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with UN Women launched an awareness campaign to end violence against women.  As part of campaign a ‘UNiTE to End Violence Against Women’ Metro was flagged of at the Sultanpur Metro station in New Delhi.  The flag-off took place as part of 16 Days of Activism ‘Orange The World’ global campaign, which is being observed ahead of ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’, marked annually on 25 November and will continue till International Day of Human Rights on December 10.

Key Highlights

As part of campaign, people would be made aware about India’s single emergency helpline 112. It is an internationally recognised emergency number used in several countries. Currently, the 112 services are available in 27 States/Union Territories.

The 112 service can be reached through voice call, SMS, email, 112 India App, respective state’s 112 websites and with even the panic button on mobile phones.

Dialing the ‘112’ number will provide an IT-based response system for timely dispatch of 1st responders (such as police, ambulance, fire etc.) to the location of distressed person, which is identified through Global Positioning System (GPS) or location based services of mobile phone.

The 112 India App and the emergency response support system has been developed in-house by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC). The 112 India mobile app has a unique integrated ‘shout’ facility which allows immediate assistance from verified volunteers in proximity to distressed person.

About UN Women

It is the UN organisation dedicated to gender equality and empowerment of women. UN Women, a global champion for women and girl was established in July 2010 and became operational in January 2011 to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. It supports Member States of United Nations to set global standards for achieving gender equality. It also works with governments and civil society to design policies, laws, services, and programmes needed to ensure that standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide.

Union Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal for 2019

Teams of Delhi Police Special Cell and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were awarded Union Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal for 2019. A 25-member team of Odisha Police has also been awarded the medal, along with the others.

Key Highlights

The Delhi Police Special Cell received the honour for thwarting a terror strike by two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists, Abdul Latif Ganai and Hilal Ahmad in January 2019. The JeM members were planning an attack in the national capital during the 2019 Republic Day celebrations.

16-member team of border guarding force ITBP was also given the honour for successful Nanda Devi Search and Rescue Mission. This mission involved the successful retrieval of 7 dead bodies near Nanda Devi in Pithoragarh after a 500 hours operation.

About Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal

The prestigious Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal was instituted in June 2018. It aims to promote high professional standards of Investigation of Crime in State and Union Territory Police and Central Investigating Agencies (CIAs) in India.

Eligibility: Police Officers of States and Union Territories (UTs), Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), Central Police Organisations (CPOs) and security organisations involved in special operations are eligible for the medal.