The US State Department has categorised North Korea as as one of the "worst human trafficking nation" for the 16th straight year, citing the use of forced labour. According to the annual '2018 Trafficking in Persons Report', North Korea has been included in the Tier 3 category, which is the lowest ranking, along with China, Russia and Iran.
Airlines operating out of the Terminal 1 (T1) of the city airport now provide self-bag drop (SBD) facility to passengers, making it the only terminal with such a fully-automated check-in system. Besides, the airport operator has also extended the check-in facility to a host of five-star hotels in the city, enabling the passengers to collect their boarding passes from the hotel itself. This is the only terminal in the country to have a fully-automated check-in system.
Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu has launched a mobile application called ReUnite which helps to trackandtrace missing and abandoned children in India. Speaking on this occasion the Minister appreciated the work being done by the NGO,Bachpan Bachao Andolan & Capgemini for developing this app. The app is multiuser where parents and citizens can upload pictures of children, and provide detailed description like name, birth mark, address, report to the police station, search and identify missing kids.
NITI Aayog and Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GNFC) have signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) to work together towards implementing a Proof-of-Concept (“PoC”) application using Blockchain Technology for fertiliser subsidy management. Fertilizer units manufacture approximately 31 Million MT of fertilizers across country, where total approximately Rs. 70,000 Cr. of subsidy is disbursed to the manufacturing units.
The NITI Aayog has launched the first Delta ranking (incremental progress) for the Aspirational Districts, based on self-reported data of districts between March 31, 2018 to May 31, 2018, across five developmental areas of Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion and Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure. The Districts started entering data from 1st April, 2018 in the Champions of Change Dashboard and 108 districts out of total 112, participated in this ranking. Dahod district of Gujarat improved 19.8 points to rank first in the Delta ranking (was Ranked 17 in Baseline ranking). West Sikkim district in Sikkim stood second with 18.9 points, a huge improvement from being in the 30th position in Baseline ranking.
Israel will gift 100 units of digital farming on an experimental basis in Gujarat. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani is on a six-day-long visit to Israel with a high-level delegation. Vijay Rupani met Netafim CEO Ran Maidan and discussed with him the potential of digital farming in Gujarat. Netafim is an Israeli irrigation solutions providing firm.
The Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has allowed Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to invest up to 51 percent in IDBI Bank. This is a special case dispensation that has been given to LIC and the 15 percent equity investment cap still remains. According to the regulator's norms on investment, insurance companies cannot hold more than 15 percent stake in any company.
Private lender ICICI Bank has appointed Girish Chandra Chaturvedi as an additional (independent) director effective July 1, 2018 for a period of 3 years. The bank, in a notification to the exchanges, also said that it has named Chaturvedi as non-executive part-time chairman subject to the approval of shareholders. Current chairman MK Sharma will retire on June 30.
Janardan Singh Gehlot was elected the president of the International Kabaddi Federation for the next four years. Among other developments, the England Kabaddi Association, headed by Ashok Das, was disaffiliated because of anti-federation activities.