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Current Affairs for 16th March 2024

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Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970

Recently, the Supreme Court highlighted that workers engaged in permanent or perennial work should not be classified as contract workers under the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970, to deny them job regularization benefits. The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970, was enacted to regulate the employment of contract labour in certain establishments and abolish it in specific circumstances. It aims to prevent the exploitation of contract labour and improve working conditions. The Act applies to establishments with twenty or more contract workers and contractors with twenty or more employees, excluding those involved in intermittent work or located in special economic zones. Every establishment planning to hire contract workers must obtain registration, while contractors employing twenty or more workers need a license. The Act also prescribes penalties for violations and establishes Central and State Advisory Boards.

Sagar Parikrama

The Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying will launch a book and video on "Sagar Parikrama," an outreach program aimed at the fishing community along India's entire coastal belt. The initiative seeks to understand the community's issues, raise awareness about government schemes, and distribute certificates related to schemes like PMMSY and KCC. The Sagar Parikrama Yatra covered an impressive coastal length and touched numerous fishing villages, promoting awareness through various media channels.

National Mission For Edible Oils

The Prime Minister recently inaugurated the first Oil Palm Processing Mill under the National Mission for Edible Oils – Oil Palm (NMEO-OP), focusing on increasing oil palm cultivation and crude palm oil production. The mission targets a substantial increase in oil palm cultivation, consumer awareness, and productivity, with a special focus on the Northeast and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Criminal Case Management System

The Union Home Minister inaugurated a digital Criminal Case Management System (CCMS) and launched the Sankalan mobile app. The CCMS, developed by the NIA, aims to improve coordination in terrorism cases and streamline investigations and prosecution. The Sankalan app serves as a comprehensive guide for navigating criminal laws.

World Gold Council

According to World Gold Council data, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made its largest gold purchase since July 2022, highlighting the importance of gold in the global market.

Human Development Index

India's improved ranking on the global Human Development Index (HDI) reflects progress in various indicators such as life expectancy, education, and Gross National Income (GNI) per capita.

Regulatory Sandbox (RS)

The RBI revised the timeline for the completion of stages of a Regulatory Sandbox (RS) to foster responsible innovation in financial services and promote efficiency.

Sabarmati Ashram Redevelopment Project

On the 94th anniversary of the Dandi March, the Prime Minister laid the foundation for the Sabarmati Ashram Redevelopment Project in Ahmedabad, aiming to restore and conserve Mahatma Gandhi's original ashram.

Internet In Remote Tribal Villages (VSAT)

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs plans to deploy V-SAT stations in remote tribal villages to improve connectivity and e-governance, especially in challenging terrains.

World Monuments Fund Watch 2025

Conservationists plan to propose the Kazhuveli watershed region in Tamil Nadu for nomination to the World Monuments Fund Watch 2025 program to preserve its cultural heritage.

UN IGME Report

The UN IGME report highlights progress in reducing child mortality rates globally but emphasizes the need for further action to address disparities.

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