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Directorate General Of Trade Remedies

Relevancy

  • G.S. Paper 2

Why in news?

  • The Government has recently created Directorate General of Trade Remedies.

Directorate General of Trade Remedies:

  • DGTR will be created in Department of Commerce by an amendment to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961.
  • DGTR will be the apex National Authority for administering all trade remedial measures including anti-dumping, countervailing duties and safeguard measures.
  • The DGTR will bring Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied duties (DGAD), Directorate General of Safeguards (DGS) and Safeguards (QR) functions of DGFT into its fold by merging them into one single national entity.
  • It will also provide trade defence support to our domestic industry and exporters in dealing with increasing instances of trade remedy investigations instituted against them by other countries.
  • In the last three years, India initiated more than 130 anti-dumping/countervailing duty/safeguard cases to deal with the rising incidences of unfair trade practices and to provide a level playing field to the domestic industry.
  • DGTR will be a multi service organization drawing upon the skill-set of various officers from the field of International Trade, Customs, Revenue, Finance, Economics, Costing and Law.

The National Sports University Bill, 2017

 

Relevancy

  • G.S. Paper 2

Why in news?

  • India will soon have its first sports university in Imphal.

India’s first sports university:

  • The Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance to set up the country’s first national sports university in
  • The Manipur government has allocated land for the proposed university.
  • A void exists in the sports environment of the country in various areas such as sports science, sports technology, high performance training.
  • The proposed university is expected to bridge this gap.

 

The National Sports University Bill, 2017:

  • The Bill establishes a National Sports University located in Manipur.
  • It will promote sports education in the areas of:
    • sports sciences
    • sports technology
    • sports management
    • sports coaching
  • It will function as a national training centre for select sports disciplines.
  • It may also establish campuses and study centres in other parts of the country.
  • The University will be empowered to grant degrees, diplomas and certificates.
  • The key objectives of the University are:
    • research, development and dissemination of knowledge in physical education and sports sciences
    • strengthening physical education and sports training programmes
    • generating knowledge capabilities, skills and competence at various levels
    • training talented athletes to help them to evolve into international level athletes
  • The Executive Council: The Executive Council will conduct all of the University’s administrative affairs.
  • The members of the Executive Council will include:
    • the Vice-Chancellor (appointed by the central government)
    • Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
    • four persons from amongst eminent sports persons, among others
  • Functions of the Council include:
    • creating academic and non-academic posts
    • managing and regulating the University’s finances and property
    • partnering with industry and non-government agencies for advancement of knowledge

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