The leaders of the member states of BIMSTEC were invited to the swearing ceremony of PM-Narendra Modi. It was regarded as a key aspectofIndia’s‘neighbourhoodfirst’and‘ActEast’policy.
Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation is what BIMSTEC stands for. Comprising of seven member states, it is a regional organization. India along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand are the Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand are the constituentmembers.ThepermanentsecretariatisinDhaka.
Five of its member-states are rim countries of the Bay of Bengal and two (Bhutan and Nepal) are landlocked countries, which neverthelessdepend on the Bay of Bengal for access to maritime trade. Importantly, with the exception of India and Bhutan, the other BIMSTEC members are participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative(BRI).
On 6 June 1997, a new sub-regional grouping was formed in Bangkok under the name BIST-EC (Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, andThailandEconomicCooperation).
Following the inclusion of Myanmar on 22 December 1997 during a special Ministerial Meeting in Bangkok, the Group was renamed ‘BIMST-EC’ (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand Economic Cooperation). In 1998, Nepal became an observer. In February2004,NepalandBhutanbecame fullmembers.
On 31 July 2004, in the first Summit the grouping was renamed as BIMSTEC or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and BIMSTEC or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation. BIMSTEC uses the alphabetical order for the Chairmanship. The Chairmanship of BIMSTEC has been taken in rotationcommencingwithBangladesh(1997–1999).
The 18-point Kathmandu Declaration of 4th Summit is expected to enhance the effectiveness of BIMSTEC Secretariat by engaging it in various technical and economic activities in the region. During the Summit, foreign ministers of BIMSTEC member countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of BIMSTEC Grid Interconnection.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (popularly known as Oscar Academy), e-launched the Hindi translation of an Academy Publication,”Digital Dilemma”,in Delhi with National Film Archive of India.
There are many challenges thrown by the technological changes in the film storage medium and this book will help film makers in understanding and planning the storage of born-digital material.National Film Archive of India, the premier organization of Ministry of Information and India, the premier organization of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting which is involved in film conservation, preservation and restoration.
In its landmark report, the Academy’s Science and Technology Council examined ways in which key players in the movie business currently store and access important digital data. Through years of research, the Council discovered that issues of digital storage reliability go far beyond lost snapshots and spreadsheets. The publication discusses the challenges of efficiently archiving and accessing the massive datainthelongterm.
Merger of CSO and NSSO
Commission under Chairpersonship of Dr. C. Rangarajan, recommended for the creation of National Statistical Office (NSO) to be headed by a National Statistician, with appropriate autonomy and independence for producing Official Statistics as is prevalent in other countries.
It would have worked under the National Statistical Commission (NSC), which was to be answerable to Parliament, not the government. The intent was to clean up collection, calculation and dissemination of The intent was to clean up collection, calculation and dissemination of data. NSC was set up in June 2005, but didn’t have a statutory role. It was given supervisory powers over one arm of the statistical system, NSSO. The idea of an NSO that would include NSSO and CSO was not effected.
The Government, while accepting the recommendations, approved the establishment of NSO to be headed by Chief Statistician of India by merging the then Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) and National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) to form the NSO The order puts the entity under MoSPI secretary.
The government had set up the NSC through a resolution on June 1, 2005. The setting up of the NSC followed the decision of the Union Cabinet to accept the recommendations of the Rangarajan Commission, which reviewed the Indian Statistical System in 2001.
The NSC was constituted on July 12, 2006 with a mandate to evolve policies, priorities and standards in statistical matters. The NSC has four Members besides a Chairperson, each having four Members besides a Chairperson, each having specialization and experience in specified statistical fields.
The CSO headed by a DG brings out macro economic data like economic (GDP) growth data, industrial production and inflation.
The NSSO conducts large-scale surveys and brings out reports on health, education, household expenditure and other social and economic indicators. The NSSO and the CSO were functioning independently.
In May, the NSSO came out with a report which cast serious doubt on the reliability of raw data that is used to calculate India’s gross domestic product (GDP). The NSSO stated that it could not either trace or classify 38.7% of the companies included in the MCA-21,a database of private companies that is maintained by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, whose financial numbers the government currently uses to calculate financial numbers the government currently uses to calculate GDP figures.
Earlier in January this year, two non-governmental members of the NSC PC Mohananand JV Meenakshihad put in their papers because they were reportedly disappointed over the way the government had sidelined them.
Election on more than one seat:
Under the Constitution,an individual cannot simultaneously be a member of both Houses of Parliament (or a state legislature),or both Parliament and a state legislature, or represent more than oneseatin aHouse.
With regard to the Houses of Parliament, if a person is elected simultaneously to both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha,and if elected simultaneously to both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha,and if he has not yet taken his seat in either House, he can choose, within 10 days from the later of the dates on which he is chosen to those Houses, the House of which he would like to be a member. [Article 101(1) of the Constitution read with Section 68(1) of The Representation of the People Act, 1951]
The member must intimate his choice in writing to the Secretary to the Election Commission of India (ECI) within the 10-day window, failing which his seat in Rajya Sabha will fall vacant at the end of this period. [Sec 68(2), RPA 1951]. The choice, once intimated,isfinal.[Sec68(3),RPA,1951]
No such option is, however, available to a person who is already a member of one House and has contested the election for membership of the other House. So, if. The same applies to a for membership of the other House. So, if. The same applies to a Lok Sabha member who contests an eleca sitting Rajya Sabha member contests and wins a Lok Sabha election, his seat in the Upper House becomes automatically vacant on the date he is declared elected to Lok Sabhation to Rajya Sabha. [Sec 69 read with Sec 67A, RPA 1951]. ECI issues the ‘Due Constitution’ notification for the new Lok Sabha under Sec 73 of the RPA 1951.