18 June 2019: UPSC Exam PIB Summary & Analysis

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CCI begins Market Study in E-Commerce in India

Context

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is conducting a Market Study on E-commerce in India (‘Study’)
  • In view of the rapid growth of electronic commerce (‘e-commerce’) and the rising importance of online trade in a large number of goods and services in India, to develop a better understanding of the functioning of e-commerce and its implications for markets and competition.

Objectives of the study

  • To study market trends with a particular focus on emerging distribution methods and strategies in response to ecommerce
  • To understand business practices and contractual provisions in ecommerce, their underlying rationale and implications for competition.
  • To identify impediments to competition, if any, relating to ecommerce
  • To ascertain enforcement and advocacy priorities for the CCI in e-commerce

Restoration of ‘Rations in Kind’

Context

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, today announced the restoration of the ‘ration in kind’ for the officers of the three Armed Forces posted in peace areas.

Background

  • Centre had withdrawn the facility given to armed forces officers and replaced it with an allowance two years back
  • The decision to withdraw the facility was not taken well by the forces, who had not agreed to it.
  • The government had decided on July 1, 2017 that officers would be given an allowance instead of free ration in kind, a practice that was being followed since 1983.

ICG co-hosts 12th ReCAAP ISC

Context

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) will be co-hosting 12th Capacity Building workshop with Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC).

About ReCAAP

  • The ReCAAP is the first regional Government-to-Government agreement to deal with piracy and armed robbery at sea in Asia.
  • Presently 20 countries are members of ReCAAP. India played an active role in the setting up and functioning of ReCAAPISC along with Japan and Singapore.
  • Information sharing, capacity building and mutual legal assistance are the three pillars of co-operation under the ReCAAP agreement.
  • An ISC has been established at Singapore to collate and disseminate the information among the contracting parties and the maritime community.

About the workshop

  • Capacity building workshop is organised annually by the ISC and is co-hosted by one of the contracting parties.
  • The main objective of this workshop is to share updated situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia and best practices of Asian countries.
  • The workshop also aims to deepen the knowledge of participants on various issues related with piracy and armed robbery such as international laws, prosecution process, forensics and emerging threats.

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