4 October 2022 Daily Current Affairs: AFSPA extended, SASTRA Ramanujan Prize, India trade deficit

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I&B Ministry warns TV Channels and online media platforms on the continued broadcasting of illegal betting advertisements

Betting is illegal in most of India and so is its advertisement. Be prepared for fines and penalties if the advice is not heeded, said the Ministry.

on 13 June 2022 itself, the Ministry issued an Advisory to several media organizations including online media channels, TV channels and news publishers to not show advertisements on online betting platforms.

Betting advertisements – whether direct or surrogate – are illegal in India just like the game of betting itself.

Foreign betting platforms such as Fairplay, PariMatch, Betway, Wolf 777, and 1xBet are a few of the prominent culprits.

India’s trade deficit rises 19%, imports and exports both drop

The trade deficit for the month of September stands at .73 billion, 19% higher than in September 2021.

India’s merchandise (goods) exports decreases 3.5% in September to .62 billion. This is the first decline in exports since February 2021. Export in certain sectors is declining as their primary consumers – developed economies of the west – are witnessing a slowdown. The decline in Export is not considered good for a country.

Imports slip below billion for the first time in seven months to .35 billion. The decline in imports can be beneficial sometimes as it helps the country save on precious foreign reserves together with reducing the trade deficit.

69% of the 2 crore houses built under PM Awas Yojna (Gramin) are owned by Women

The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) was launched by the Prime Minister in 2016 with the aim of constructing 2.95 crore houses.
A total of 2.46 crore houses have been sanctioned so far and 2 crores of them have already been built.
Of this, 69% are owned partly or completely by women.

Over 9.4 crore LPG connections have been released under the Ujjwala Yojana. While over 12 crore toilets – 11.5 crore in rural and 70 lakhs in urban areas – have been constructed under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Both the schemes have contributed immensely to improving the health, dignity and security of women.

As per a government survey…
93% of women reported that they were no longer afraid of being hurt by someone or harmed by animals while defecating; 93% of women reported they are no longer afraid of contracting health infections; 92% of women said they were no longer afraid of going to the toilet in the dark of night.

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