SEMINARS - MEETINGS - 2017 June

June 1

70th world health assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland.
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.
Member states also agreed on a five-year action plan that will initiate collaboration between World Health Organisation (WHO) the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in tackling shortfalls in global health and social workforce.

June 2

Pakistan, India to officially join SCO at Astana Summit.
India and Pakistan's admission to the China-backed Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be formalised at the SCO’s summit to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The Astana Summit will be held on 8-9 June. The summit will complete the admission procedures of these two countries.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisaiton (SCO) granted full membership status to Pakistan and India during its Ufa summit held in Russia in 2015. India signed the Memorandum on accession in 2016.
The presence of world's two most populous countries, China and India in the grouping would make SCO as the organisation with the largest population coverage.

June 8

Rajnath Singh inaugurated conference on disaster management.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate a two-day national level conference on "Capacity Building of SDRF-2017".
The conference, organised by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), would hold discussions to develop a synergy and to highlight the way ahead to strengthen the response capabilities of State Disaster Response Forces (SDRF).
During the conference, various agenda points like streamlining the training process of SDRFs and conducting it in a planned and coordinated manner, strategy for joint efforts towards community preparedness, integrations of operational efforts between NDRF and SDRF, requirement and creation of training infrastructure in each state, creation of a pool of instructors, sharing of best practices, improving response time by SDRF's shall be discusse
The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on disaster management for differently-abled persons would also be released.

June 9

2nd National Health Editors Conference on Yoga in New Delhi.
The 2nd National Health Editors Conference on Yoga begins in New Delhi. The conference aims at giving insight to the journalists about the scientific aspects of yoga and its benefits for health.
The theme of conference is Yoga for Health and Harmony. Eminent experts of yoga and modern medicine will present highlights from recent research works on aspects of yoga.The event will be inaugurated by Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik. It is being organized by Ministy of AYUSH in association with Press Information Bureau as a part of celebrations of the 3rd International Day of Yoga on 21st of June.
More than 150 Health Editors and media persons from National, Regional and International media organizations are expected to attend the conference.
The workshop will also include short yoga demonstration as well as experience sharing by people who have been benefited by Yoga. The Conference will be live streamed on PIB website including YouTube channel of PIB, PIB Facebook and PIB Twitter.

June 10

Indian Railway conducts first HR Round Table conference.
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated Indian Railways' 1st HR Round Table Conference. Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A. K. Mital, Member Staff Shri Pradeep Kumar, other Railway Board Members and senior officials were also present on the occasion.
Aim of the Conference: Improving the productivity of the human resources through inter-change of ideas with various stakeholders and HR practitioners and academics.
The Conference was organized around three themes i.e.
Stakeholders Expectations from HR
The Future of Work – HR Role
Creativity within Constraints.

June 13

G7 environment ministers meeting 2017 held in Bologna, Italy.
Group of Seven (G7) Environment Ministers Meeting was held in Bologna, Italy to discuss issues ranging from climate change to sustainable development and litter at sea.
The meeting was attended by the Environment Ministers of the seven countries (US,UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan) and the Commissioners of the European Union for Environment and Climate.
The meeting was also attended by the Environment Ministers of four outreach countries (Chile, Maldives, Ethiopia and Rwanda) that are committed to environmental policies.
Discussions at the meeting focused on global environmental challenge, such as the state of implementation of the goals set by the Paris Agreement to fight climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN 2030 Agenda.
Traditional G7 important issues, such as Marine Litter and Resource Efficiency were also discussed.
'5­year Bologna Roadmap' was adopted at the meeting, which focuses on important issues such as resource efficiency indicators, citizen involvement, awareness on food waste and economic analysis of the efficient use of resources.

June 15

Lok Sabha Speaker inaugurates 16th NERCPA Conference at Imphal.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will inaugurate the 16th North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA) Conference.
The conference will deliberate on themes such as 'North East and Look East Policy', 'Special plan for development of railways and airways for speedy economic development of North East region', and 'Setting up of a chapter of Speaker's Research Initiative (SRI) in the region'.
The SRI was institutionalized to generate high-quality research inputs on strategic and topical issues, and to devise appropriate mechanism for interaction with members of both Houses of Parliament for information dissemination and capacity building.
The SRI has conducted several meetings and workshops with stakeholders in democracy and eminent domain experts for members of Parliament during sessions, specifically on subjects listed before Parliament.

June 18

17th meeting of GST Council underway in New Delhi.
The 17th meeting of the Goods and Services Tax Council (GSTC) will be held in national capital New Delhi with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the chair.
Finance ministers of states and union territories will be attending the one-day meeting that will focus its attention on confirming minutes of the 16th GST Council meeting, approving the draft GST Rules and related forms for advance ruling, assessment and audit and others.
The council has already finalised tax rates on almost all goods and services in the bracket of nil, 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent.
In the last meeting tax rates on 66 items, including agarbatti, packaged food and insulin, were lowered.


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