27.06.18 Andhra Pradesh (APPSC) Daily Current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

  • Enrolment ratio in A.P. schools below national average

 

  • The gross enrolment ratio (GER) in schools is far below the national average in Andhra Pradesh.

 

  • While the national GER is 99.21% in primary schools, it is 84.48% in A.P.

 

  • The GER in upper primary schools is 83.96%, compared to the national 92.81%. In secondary schools, however, it is 79.15%, close to the national 80.01%.

 

  • The GER in primary schools had declined to 83% in 2016-17, compared to 91% in 2010-11. However, in upper primary classes, it increased to 81% from 77% during the corresponding period.

 

  • Implementation of programmes such as ‘Badi Bata’, ‘Badi Pilustundi’ and ‘Mana Vooru Mana Badi’ have apparently failed to yield the desired result. This was vouched by the study conducted through the mobile App, ‘APGER’, which showed that 99,833 children were out of  school in 2017-18.

 

  • The dropout rate is high compared to States like Kerala. However, it is below the national average of 5.13% in primary education. The dropout rate was 6.27% in 2015-16, which the government considers as base year.

INTERNATIONAL

 

·        UNESCO may drop the Mesoamerican Reef, Belize from threatened sites list

 

  • The Mesoamerican Reefwas marked as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1960. It was placed on endangered status in 2009 because of Belize’s plans to allow oil exploration.
  • To protect the site a number of measures were taken by the Belizean government and the activists.
  • Now, UN body is considering to remove the reef from the UNESCO’s list of threatened World Heritage sites.

 

 

·        India gifts aircraft, Do-228, to Seychelles

 

  • India gifted a Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, Do-228 to Seychelles as an act of India’s firm commitment and cooperation towards Seychelles.
  • The Dornier is equipped with a 360-degree surveillance radar, a forward-looking Infra-red system, satellite communication, a traffic collision, and avoidance system and an enhanced ground proximity warning system, among others. It can be used for EEZ monitoring, Maritime surveillance, Pollution monitoring and control, search and rescue and commuter services.
  • This is the second Dornier aircraft to be gifted by India to Seychelles. The first onewas given in January 2013.
  • PM Narendra Modi has also announced a $100 million credit for Seychelles to buy military hardware from India.

 

·        USTR delegations meet Indian officials to settle trade issues

 

  • Indian Commerce Ministry official at the joint secretary level is meeting with United States Trade Representative (USTR) including Assistant Trade Representative Mark Linscott to discuss ways forward to resolve the escalating trade issues between the U.S. and India.
  • India’s notified tariffs on U.S. imports and duties on medical devicesare the key issues discussed in this meeting.

 

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