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4th Annual Devolution Conference

4th Annual Devolution Conference

Question: 4th Annual Devolution Conference is being held from 06th to 09th March, 2017 In which of the following countries?
(a) Bharat
(b) China
(c) West Indies
(d) Kenya
Ans: (d)
Related Fact :

  • 4th Annual Devolution Conference is being held from 06th to 09th March, 2017 at Nakuru County of Kenya.
  • The theme of the conference is: Devolution- Transforming Lives: Tell your story!
    Objective of the Conference:
  • The overall objective of the conference will be to safeguard the gains, enhance the understanding and appreciation of devolution as a system of governance that focuses on public accountability and learning new ways of socio-economic development and delivering services. The conference has the following objectives:
  • To review the socio-economic impact of devolution over the past four years.
  • To discuss how devolution has been a tool for socio-economic integration in the country in promoting equity and inclusivity.
  • To demonstrate the achievements in adopting the “Big Bang” Devolution implementation approach over the past four years.
  • To identify opportunities for change, growth and enhanced cooperation in changing perspectives, changing the narrative and entrenching devolution in Kenya.
  • Review the financial burden in applying two thirds gender principle as opposed to an inclusive policy in an electoral system.
    India’s Participation:
  • The Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arjun Ram Meghwal will represent India in the 4th Annual Devolution Conference .
  • Mr. Meghwal would specifically highlight the 73rd-74th Constitutional Amendments and provisions there under for strengthening the local governance.
  • He will also brief the Conference on the revenue sharing between the Centre and the States as well as showcase the smooth devolution from the earlier 32% share in 13thFinance Commission to 42% of Union’s net tax receipts, to the States.

Reference:
http://www.devolution.cog.go.ke/
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=158859

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Rabi Ray passes away

Lok Sabha ex-Speaker Rabi Ray passed away

Question: Former Lok Sabha speaker Rabi Ray who recently passed away, was elected Speaker of the … Lok Sabha.
(a) 9th
(b) 2nd
(c) 5th
(d) 7th
Ans: (a)
Related Fact :

  • On 6th March, 2017, noted socialist leader and former Lok Sabha speaker Rabi Ray passed away due to age-related ailments at SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack. He was 90.
  • He was born at Bhanragarh village in Khurda district of Odisha on November 26, 1926.
  • Ray was elected to the 4th Lok Sabha from Puri in Odisha in 1967.
  • Mr. Ray was the union minister of health and family welfare in the Morarji Desai ministry from January 1979 to January 1980.
  • On December 19, 1989, he was unanimously elected as Speaker of the 9th Lok Sabha from 1989-1991. He was also a former chairman of Common Wealth Speakers’ Forum.

Reference:
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/former-ls-speaker-rabi-ray-passes-away-4557151/

Country's tallest Tricolour hoisted at Attari border

India tallest Tricolour

Question: Where was India’s tallest Tricolour hoisted recently?
(a) Pathankot
(b) Laddakh
(c) Attari
(d) Hyderabad
Ans: (c)
Related Fact :

  • On 5th March, 2017, India hoisted the tallest tricolour in the country at the Attari border. The 360-foot tall flag is high enough to be spotted from Lahore in Pakistan.
  • It was hoisted on a 110-meter high mast, the flag is 120-foot long and 80-foot wide. The weight of the flag pole is 55 tonnes.
  • Punjab government spent an estimated Rs 3.50 crore rupees on this project.
  • The decision to install tallest tricolour at the Attari border was taken by the Amritsar Improvement Trust.
  • Before this, the title of the tallest national flag in India belonged to a 293-foot-high tricolour that was hoisted in Jharkhand’s Ranchi.

Reference:
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/india-tricolour-attari-wagah-tallest-flagpole-pakistan-spying/1/897492.html

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