1. Operation Vanilla

Why in News?
  • Indian navy will perform Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations in Madagascar under ‘Operation Vanilla’.
About Operation Vanilla:
  • The Operation has been launched to assist the population of Madagascarthat was affected by Cyclone Diane.
  • The Indian Navy ship Airavathas been deployed in the relief mission. The operation will provide succor to the flood affected population.
  • The ship will also set up a medical camp and offer water, food and other essential relief Materials.
About Madagascar:
  • Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean. It is the fourth largest island in the world.
  • India has been trying to include Madagascar and Comoros in its Indian Ocean Vision for their strategic location. On the other hand, Seychelles and Mauritius are part of Indian Ocean Region division.
  • All the four islands Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar and Comoros are members of African Union and Indian Ocean Commission.

 

2. No Fly List

Why in News?
  • A renowned stand-up comedian was banned from taking his Flight by some of the Airlines Recently.
About:
  • The government has issued rules for preventing disruptive behaviour by air travellers and laid down guidelines for a no-fly list.
  • As per the rules, a complaint of unruly behaviour needs to be filed by the pilot-in-command, and this is to be probed by an internal committee to be set up by the airline.
  • During the period of pendency of the inquiry, the rules empower the concerned airline to impose a ban on the passenger. The committee is to decide the matter within 30 days, and also specify the ban duration.
  • The rules define three categories of unruly behaviour:

1. Level 1:refers to behaviour that is verbally unruly, and calls for debarment up to three months;

2. Level 2:indicates physical unruliness and can lead to the passenger being debarred from flying for up to six months;

3. Level 3:indicates life-threatening behaviour for which the debarment would be for a Minimum of two years.

  • Any aggrieved person, upon receipt of communication of a ban from the airline, may appeal within 60 days from the date of issue of the order, to an Appellate Committee constituted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

3. Trump’s Middle East Plan

Why in News?
  • President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan, Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People was recently released.
About:
  • Both Israel and the Palestinians make non-negotiable claims over Jerusalem. The plan says Jerusalem will not be divided, and it will remainthe sovereign capital of the State of Israel”. 
  • The capital of Palestine can occupy far-flung eastern neighbourhood’s lying beyond “the existing security barrier”, which can be renamed Al Quds, the Arabic name for Jerusalem.
  • Israel does not have to dismantle any of its illegal settlements in the West Bank.
  • To the Palestinians, the deal offers the possibility of a US-recognised quasi sovereign state that will not, however, have a standing army; they will also have to give up violent resistance to Israel, and ensure the disbandment of Hamas, which governs Gaza.

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