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  • Current Affairs 21st November 2017

    Updated : 21-Nov-2017
    Current Affairs 21st November 2017

    Current Affairs 21st November 2017 - Important Points

    • 42nd International Congress of Military Medicine began on - 19th November 2017
    • Shia Waqf Board submits peaceful settlement before SC in Babri Masjid land dispute on -  20th November 2017
    • Final Hearing on Ram Janmabhoomi - Babri Masjid Case on - 5th December
    • India-Myanmar began joint army exercise on - 20th November 2017
    • World Fisheries Day observed globally on - 21st November 2017

      Current Affairs 21st November 2017 - Details

    42nd International Congress of Military Medicine began on - 19th November 2017

    The 42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine started on 19th November 2017 with the theme 'Military Medicine in Transition: Looking Ahead'. The congress was organized by the Armed Forces Medical Services under the aegis of the Ministry of Defense.

    The ICMM is an international inter-governmental organization designed in 1921 with its secretariat at Brussels in Belgium and presently has 112 countries as members.
    Important Highlights 

    • The 5-day event is being organized for the 1st time in India, and is the largest medical conference ever organized by the Armed Forces Medical Services.
    • Around 350-400 foreign representatives from 80 Nations will be attending the congress.
    • About 300 Indian representatives consist of Armed Forces Medical, Dental, Nursing and Veterinary Officers will be taking part in it.
    • Top Indian scientific institutions, the United Nations and the International Committee of Red Cross, Union Ministry of Health also represented at the Congress.
    • There are 26 thematic sessions presenting diverse areas including Combat Medical Support, Terrain Specific Military Medical Support, Health Protection and Promotion in the Military Environment and Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief.
    • Panel conversations on women in combat, medical disability advantages, health of veterans and health screening of recruits are also decided.

     Shia Waqf Board submits peaceful settlement before SC in Babri Masjid land dispute on -  20th November 2017

    The UP Shia Central Waqf Board on 20th November 2017 submitted a plan for settlement before the Supreme Court over the decades-old debate over the Ram Janmabhoomi - Babri Masjid land issue.
    Under the settlement, the board planned that the Ram temple can be constructed on the Ayodhya site while a mosque can be built in Lucknow.

    Key Highlights-

    • The peaceful plan, submitted by Shia Waqf Board chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi, will result into harmony between Hindus and Muslims in the Nation.
    • In their application, the Shia board insisted that despite being the rightful owner of the disputed property, they are ready to give up all their rights over the land to pave the way for building Ram Mandir.
    • The board also proposed that in order to finish the dispute, the UP Government should also cooperate and allocate one acre of land to the Shia community to build a new Masjid in Lucknow.
    • The board also disclosed that the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board was wrongly supporting its claim on the Babri Masjid. It simplified that the mosque construction on the disputed land was a Shia mosque and its last 'Mutawalli' (a trustee of waqf board) was a Shia Muslim as well.
    • In the past, the Shia Board had proposed a solution for building mosque in a Muslim-dominated area at a sensible distance from the disputed Ayodhya site.
    • This was not supported by All India Sunni Waqf Board which had insisted that the mosque, demolished on 6th December 1992, belonged to the Sunnis.
    • However, Sunni board's announcement of 22 February 1944 claiming Babri mosque as Sunni Waqf was held as inacceptable by the Supreme Court.

    Final Hearing on Ram Janmabhoomi - Babri Masjid Case on - 5th December

    The final hearing in the long-standing Ram Janmabhoomi - Babri Masjid title issue is scheduled to be held on 5th December 2017, a day before the 25th anniversary of the destruction of Babri Masjid.
    The Supreme Court will hear total 13 appeals filed against a 2010 judgment of the Allahabad High Court in 4 civil suits.
    The Allahabad High Court in 2010 ruled a 3-way division of the debatable 2.77 acre area of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid at Ayodhya among the parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Lord Ram Lalla (deity).

    World Fisheries Day observed globally on - 21st November 2017

    World Fisheries day was observed across the world on 21st November 2017.
    The day is observed annually by the fishing communities through rallies, exhibition, cultural programs, dramas, workshops, public meetings, music show and demonstrations to highlight the significance of maintaining the world's fisheries.

    Main objective-
    The day objects to highlight the critical significance of water to human lives and the lives it supports, both in and out of water.
    It focuses to address issues and problems resulting in the decrease of fish stocks and move towards detecting solutions.

    Did you know?
    As per a recent UNs study, more than two-thirds of the world's fisheries have been overfished or are fully gathered and more than one third are in a down state due to factors such as the loss of essential fish environment, pollution and global warming.

     Significance of the day-

    • Fish is a remarkable part of the diets of people around the world, particularly those living near water areas.
    • A verity of traditional societies and communities completely depend on the profession of fishing to run their families.
    • Thus majority of human settlements, whether small villages or big cities, are situated close proximity to water bodies.
      Cause behind depletion of fishes in water bodies
    • The closeness of human residences has had an adverse effect on the fish population. Run-offs and domestic and industrial projects have led to severe coastal pollution.
    • This has resulted into decrease of fish stocks in the immediate vicinity, forcing the fishermen to fish farther away from their traditional areas.
    • Overfishing and mechanization has also had a huge effect on the fish population. Their number has decreased mainly due to factories, bottom trawling and other means of unsustainable fishing techniques.

     India-Myanmar began joint army exercise on - 20th November 2017

    The India-Myanmar Bilateral Army Exercise began on 20th November 2017 at the Joint Warfare Centre at Umroi Cantonment, approximately 25 km from the capital of Meghalaya, Shillong.
    The week-long army warfare practice is the first-ever one to be organized in India. It is aimed at building and promoting closer relations with armies of the neighboring Nations. It will finish on 25th November 2017.

    Key Highlights-

    • The exercise will observe participation from a sum of 15 officers from the Myanmar Army and 16 officers from the Indian Army.
    • While Brigadier S Murugesan is heading the Indian delegation, Colonel Aung Kyaw Htun is heading the Myanmarese contingent.
    • The main objective of the exercise is to learn bilaterally from both the countries.
    • India is a major contributor to peace keeping and has much diverse experience in various peace-keeping operations.
    • Thus, the exercise will focus to enable the participants of Myanmar Army with requisite knowledge and skills to meet the developing challenges of peacekeeping operations in accordance with principles, policies and recommendations of the United Nations.
    • In fact, the exercise has specially been fabricated by the Indian Peace Keeping Centre, well known as the Centre for UN Peace Keeping, New Delhi.
    • Organizing such exercises in future will not only allow mutual capacity enhancement, but will also assist in building strong relations of friendship and cooperation between India and Myanmar.
    • Indian and Bangladesh armies  completed their Exercise SAMPRITI successfully at Umroi Joint Training Node on this november 11th.