National Current Affairs - 2019

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EC to host 4th General Assembly of Association of World Election Bodies

Election Commission of India (ECI) is hosting 4th General Assembly of Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) at Bengaluru, Karnataka from 2 to 4, September, 2019. At the same time, India will take over as A-WEB’s Chair for 2019-21 term.

4th General Assembly of A-WEB

It will be presided by Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora. Its deliberations includes discussions on challenges and furthering partnership among election management bodies (EMB) and programmes to be undertaken by A-WEB in 2019-20. It will see participation of over 120 participants from 50 countries in various A-WEB events. It is said to be the largest congregation of EMB delegates in India.

Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB)

It is the largest and first global association of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) worldwide. It was established in 2013 in Song-do, South Korea.. Its permanent secretariat is located at Seoul, South Korea. At present, it has 115 EMBs as Members & 20 Regional Associations/Organisations as Associate Members.

Under the slogan of ‘Democracy to Grow for All Worldwide’, its secretariat provides-

(i) Training programs for election officials of member nations

(ii) Undertakes country programs at request of member organization

(iii) Provides support during election cycle to boost election management capacity.

Cabinet approves Sugar export policy for evacuation of surplus stocks

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for sugar export policy for evacuation of surplus stocks during sugar season 2019-20. The policy provides lump sum export subsidy of Rs. 10,448 per Metric Tonne (MT) to sugar mills for season 2019-20.

Export Subsidy

It will be provided for expenses on marketing costs including handling, upgrading and other processing costs, international and internal transport costs and freight charges. It will be directly credited into farmers’ account on behalf of mills against cane price dues and subsequent balance, if any, will be credited to mill’s account. It shall be in conformity with the provisions of Article 9.1 (d) & (e) of Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) and thus World Trade Organisation (WTO) compatible. The decision will benefit millions of farmers in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Karnataka as well as other states.