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Current Events 10 January 2017

 

NEWS

10 JANUARY 2017

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News

1.

GS II: POLITY - JUDICIARY

SC hints at setting up SIT for Panama papers probe

2.

GS II : POLITY - JUDICIARY

SC seeks response of 7 states on land for SEZs

3.

GS II: POLITY – INTER-STATE WATERS

Telangana plea against Krishna tribunal award dismissed

4.

GS III : ENVIRONMENT

NGT notice to Centre, Delhi govt over plastic ban

5.

GS II : SOCIAL - WOMEN

Sex ratio in Haryana touches 900-mark for first time in 20 years

6.

GS II: SOCIAL- HEALTH

Tuberculosis institute warns against use of new drug

7.

GS II : DEFENCE

Second Scorpene submarine ready

8.

GS III :  ECONOMY

Centre allows PF contribution via private banks

9.

GS II: INDIAN DIASPORA

Awarding PIOs in recognition of their services                                                             


GS II: POLITY - JUDICIARY

SC hints at setting up SIT for Panama papers probe

  • The Supreme Court indicated that it may order, at a “relevant time,” the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the revelations made in the Panama papers allegedly about nearly 500 high-profile Indians who have money parked in offshore accounts.
  • The Bench said, “everything” could not be under the control of the SIT set up to investigate black money. That SIT is headed by the former Supreme Court judge, M.B. Shah. “One SIT should not control everything. We are thinking of another SIT. We want an independent SIT,” Justice Misra observed.
  • At an earlier hearing, Additional Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta had submitted that a Multi Agency Group (MAG) of various investigating agencies was formed by the government to go into the disclosures made in the list which included 500 Indian entities.
  • The Panama papers contain huge amount of information, including over 11 million documents covering 2,10,000 firms in 21 offshore jurisdictions.

GS II : POLITY - JUDICIARY

SC seeks response of 7 states on land for SEZs

  • Invoking the legal victory of West Bengal’s farmers over the mighty state in Singur, West Bengal, their compatriots across the country, stripped of their agricultural land by their governments in the name of Special Economic Zones (SEZ), found their voice in the Supreme Court.
  • A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar asked the Centre and seven State governments — Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Punjab — to explain why vast tracts of fertile agricultural lands, forcefully acquired from farmers and tribal people, lay barren and abandoned, or in the hands of private real estate developers.

GS II: POLITY

Telangana plea against Krishna tribunal award dismissed

  • The Supreme Court dismissed a Telangana government petition against a decision of the Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal-II to limit the re-allocation of the river water only to the two successor States of Andhra and Telangana, and not dabble with the share of water enjoyed by the other two riparian States — Maharashtra and Karnataka.
  • The tribunal had decided that the details of the re-distribution would be decided as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act of 2014 by an apex council headed by top officials.
  • The Bench explicitly told Telangana that it would not want to go into the entire award of the tribunal nor delve into a fresh consideration of the water dispute.

Telangana was formed as the 29th state of India in June 2014.

GS III : ENVIRONMENT

NGT notice to Centre, Delhi govt over plastic ban

  • The National Green Tribunal has issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Delhi government, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Delhi Cantonment Board while hearing a plea that challenged the ban on manufacture, sale, storage, usage, import and transport of plastic bags in the city.
  • The court also asked the Delhi government not to take coercive steps against the petitioner, the All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association, for eight weeks.
  • The association had challenged the notification saying that the city government had exceeded its jurisdiction in issuing the notification.
  • The Sheila Dikshit government’s order against plastic, which was to come into force from November 23, 2012, had been stayed by the court.
  • The plea said “declare impugned notification of October 23, 2012, null and void being ultra vires to the parent Act, i.e. the Environment Protection Act and Rules framed thereunder. The notification also violates the fundamental rights of the petitioner”.

National Green Tribunal (NGT)

  • The National Green Tribunal has been established in 2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010 for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources including enforcement of any legal right relating to environment and giving relief and compensation for damages to persons and property and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
  • The Tribunal shall not be bound by the procedure laid down under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, but shall be guided by principles of natural justice.
  • The Tribunal is mandated to make and endeavour for disposal of applications or appeals finally within 6 months of filing of the same.
  • Initially, the NGT is proposed to be set up at five places of sittings and will follow circuit procedure for making itself more accessible. New Delhi is the Principal Place of Sitting of the Tribunal and Bhopal, Pune, Kolkata and Chennai shall be the other four place of sitting of the Tribunal.


GS II : SOCIAL - WOMEN

Sex ratio in Haryana touches 900-mark for first time in 20 years

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ambitious “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” (B3P) campaign against female foeticide in Panipat in January 2015.
  • Two years later, Haryana, notorious for its skewed sex ratio and patriarchal mindset, saw a historic turnaround.
  • Sex ratio at birth (SRB) in the State this past year touched the 900-mark for the first time in almost two decades.

GS II: SOCIAL- HEALTH

Tuberculosis institute warns against use of new drug

  • Uncertainty continues to shroud the fate of 18-year-old girl suffering  from extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) who is waiting for the drug Bedaquiline (BDQ).
  • The National Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases (NITRD) on Monday told the Delhi High Court that the drug could not be administered without proper tests as it might lead to the TB-causing bacteria becoming further drug resistant and may spread to the community and have catastrophic effects.
  • On the petitioner’s concerns about delayed rollout of BDQ in India, the Institute said: “ It is a new drug discovered after five decades of research on TB treatment and its efficacy and effects are still being evaluated and therefore, it is being rolled out in a phased manner to avoid its misuse, development and spread of fatal BDQ resistant bacteria in the community.”

GS II : DEFENCE

Second Scorpene submarine ready

  • Khanderi, the second Scorpene submarine under Project-75 being built at Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL) in Mumbai is all set to be launched into water.
  • Meanwhile, the first submarine Kalvari is close to completing sea trials and likely to be inducted into the Navy by the middle of this year.
  • Six Scorpene submarines are being built with assistance and technology transfer from DCNS and others of France and under a $3.75-billion deal signed in October 2005.
  • It is scheduled to be commissioned into the Navy in December 2017. 

 

GS III :  ECONOMY

Centre allows PF contribution via private banks

  • Companies can now make statutory provident fund contributions to the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation “through scheduled banks in India, including private sector banks.”, as per Labour Ministry notification dated January 4.
  • Till date, contribution could be made only through nationalised banks and payment portal PayGov.

 

GS II: INDIAN DIASPORA

Awarding PIOs in recognition of their services

  • Zeenat Jafri started  the second Indian school in Saudi ArabiaInternational Indian School — in 1982 with her husband.
  • She was among the 30 people feted for her achievement during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, when the Pravasi Samman Awards were given away by President Pranab Mukherjee.
  • Among the other prominent winners of the award were

1.       Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Luis Santos da Costa

2.       Mauritius Minister of Finance and Economic Development - Pravind Kumar Jugnauth

3.       Labour Member of the European Parliament representing the West Midlands - Neena Gill

4.       British politician - Priti Patel

5.       Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs in the United States Department of State - Nisha Desai Biswal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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