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2-Day Special Meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the UN Security Council 2022

  • A 2-day special meeting of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee was held in India for the first time. While the first day meeting was held in Mumbai, the second day meeting was held in Delhi.
  • In this, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said: Technological innovations such as virtual networks, encrypted messaging services, blockchain and cryptocurrencies in the last 20 years have changed the way the world works and created a very promising future with economic and social benefits.
  • At the same time, there is a flip side to those technological innovations. It has created new challenges for governments and investigative bodies. In recent years, terrorist organizations and those involved in terrorist activities have enhanced their capabilities with such technologies.
  • Social media platforms are becoming the new powerful tools of extremist groups. Sabotage forces are spreading false information through internet and social media against freedom, tolerance etc.
  • They use unmanned drones to carry out cross-border attacks, smuggle drugs and weapons. Therefore, global concerted measures are needed to prevent misuse of new technologies. This is what he said.
Passage of a resolution in the UN Council named New Delhi Declaration
  • All the countries participating in the meeting unanimously passed a resolution to this effect called the New Delhi Declaration. It said that the problem of terrorism and financing of terrorism will be tackled on a priority basis.
  • We will not accept terrorism in any form. The group strongly opposes the spread of terrorism through information technology facilities including the Internet and social networking sites. It says so.
1st November will be celebrated as Local Bodies Day - Tamil Nadu Government Notification
  • On 22.04.2022 Chief Minister Stalin announced that 1st November every year will be celebrated as Local Bodies Day under Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Rules No.110. Gram Sabhas were held every year till now 4 times a year on Independence Day (August 15), Labor Day (May 1), Republic Day (January 26) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2) respectively.
  • Currently, it is conducted 6 times a year as per the order of the Chief Minister. In addition, it will be held on Local Government Day (November 1) and World Water Day (March 22).
  • As per Chief Minister Stalin's announcement, from 2022 onwards, events like holding Gram Sabha meetings, exhibitions, recognition of outstanding employees and discussions will be held to celebrate Local Bodies Day on 1st November.
  • A computer/telephone software called 'Namma Grama Sabha' has been developed to monitor Gram Sabha meeting events in real time. A facility has been established to monitor Gram Sabha events using it.
General Civil Code Implementation Committee: Gujarat State Cabinet approval
  • Gujarat is under BJP rule led by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. As there are separate laws for different religions, some parties have expressed their support for bringing a common civil code for all religions as an alternative.
  • Accordingly, the state governments of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have formed a committee in this regard to implement this law. Governments are also planning to set up a drafting committee headed by a retired judge and implement this.
  • In this situation, the state's Home Minister Harsh Sanghvi has said that the Cabinet has approved the formation of a committee by Chief Minister Bhupendra Nath to implement the Civil Service Act in Gujarat as well.
The Election Commission is organizing a two-day international conference on the role of election management system
  • The Election Commission of India is organizing a two-day international conference on 'Role, Structure and Capacity of Election Management Organisations' in New Delhi. The Election Commission leads the Coalition for Fair Elections, established as a follow-up to the 'Summit for Democracy' held in December 2021.
  • Chief Election Commissioner Mr. Rajeev Kumar will inaugurate the two-day conference on October 31 & November 1, 2022. Election Commissioner Mr. Anup Chandra Pandey will preside over the concluding session. 
  • The Electoral Commission, which chairs the consortium on 'Electoral Integrity', invited Greece, Mauritius and IFES to co-chair a joint approach. In addition to election management bodies and government representatives involved in conducting elections around the world, organizations such as the UNDP have also been invited.
  • 50 participants from 11 countries are expected to attend, including Armenia, Mauritius, Nepal, Cabo Verde, Australia, Chile, Federated States of Micronesia, Greece, Philippines, Sao Tome & Principe, USA and three international organizations, IT EAES, IFES, UNDP. Many more countries are represented by their embassies in New Delhi.
  • The first two sessions will discuss current and future challenges with respect to the role and structure of EMPs to ensure 'Electoral Integrity'.
Goa Maritime Symposium (GMS) 2022
  • The fourth Goa Maritime Seminar (GMS) will be held from 31 October to 01 November 2022 at the Naval War College, Goa. Captains, Commanders and equivalent senior officers from naval and maritime defense forces of India and allied countries like Bangladesh, Comoros, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand will participate in this seminar.
  • The Goa Maritime Symposium, conceptualized and launched by the Indian Navy in 2016, is an ideal platform for developing joint action, cooperation and mutual understanding between India and the major maritime nations of the Indian Ocean region.
  • The seminar is held every two years at the Naval War College, Goa. And three previous events of this seminar have been held so far.
  • The theme of the Goa Maritime Symposium (GMS) 2022 is “Maritime Security Challenges in the Indian Ocean Region: Bringing Key Maritime Activities Together into a Collaborative Framework”.
  • The theme interprets the 'Security and Development for All in the Region' (Sagar) and the five principles of maritime security announced by the Prime Minister of India, signifying that the prosperity of our region is interlinked.
Naval Commanders Conference 2022
  • The second Naval Commanders' Conference of the year is being held in New Delhi from October 31 to November 3. In this conference, naval commanders will exchange views on important maritime operations and military affairs.
  • Due to the dynamic and rapid developments in security related activities in the Indian Ocean region and the rest of the world, this conference assumes importance.
  • In this important conference, the Naval Commander and senior officers will jointly review the major operational, logistical, manpower development, training and administrative activities undertaken by the Indian Navy in the last few months.
  • They will also discuss in detail future plans and actions to be taken. They will also discuss the readiness of the Navy to deal with any eventuality, especially considering the geopolitical situation of the region.
  • The Indian Navy has seen significant growth in its operations over the years in line with India's maritime interests. It is noteworthy that the position of the Indian Navy as a 'favorable and preferred partner for defense operations' has been emerging in recent times.
  • Union Defense Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh will attend and address this conference. He will also interact with the naval commanders on national security related activities. Defense chiefs, Indian Army and Indian Air Force chiefs will meet with naval commanders to discuss ways to improve tri-force coordination.
  • They will also take important decisions regarding measures to prepare for India's defense and national interests.

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