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Current Events 28 March 2017

 

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28 March 2017

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GS II : GOVERNANCE AADHAAR

SC counters push for Aadhaar

2.

GS II: POLITY BILL/ ACT

Suicide no more a crime

3.

GS II : GOVERNANCE

‘BJP trying to sneak in corporate funding'

4.

GS III : DEFENCE

Navy bids farewell to long range maritime patrol aircraft

5.

GS II: SOCIAL-HEALTH

A new frontier for active TB diagnosis

6.

GS II : POLITY JUDICIARY

Supreme Court for policy to curb farmer suicides

7.

GS II : BILATERAL INDIA-NEPAL

India, Nepal renew fuel pact

8.

GS III : ECONOMY INFRASTRUCTURE

Nod for 101 cold chain projects

9.

GS III : ECONOMY- RAILWAYS

‘Digital platform to help railways save Rs. 60,000 crore'

10.

GS III : ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION

BS-III fuel vehicles will not become redundant: Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GS II : GOVERNANCE AADHAAR

SC counters push for Aadhaar

  • Countering the government push to make Aadhaar compulsory for access to social welfare schemes, the Supreme Court said obtaining the 12-digit Unique Identification number, which requires the holder to part with his personal bio-metric data, and using it to avail himself of government subsidy was a voluntary exercise.
  • The court's observations follows a series of recent government circulars making Aadhaar mandatory to access welfare schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and Employees Pension Scheme.
  • The government has made Aadhaar compulsory for beneficiaries, many from the poorest of the poor, despite a Constitution Bench of the court directing the government in October 2015 that a citizen cannot be compelled to have Aadhaar as a pre-condition to access Centrally sponsored welfare schemes.
  • In short, the court had made it clear that the government was not free to discriminate between a person who has the Aadhaar card and one who does not.
  • However, a Bench led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar found no fault with the government's choice to make Aadhaar mandatory for "non-welfare" activities like opening a bank account or filing Income Tax returns or applying for a mobile connection.
  • The recently-passed Finance Bill made Aadhaar mandatory for filing tax returns and getting a permanent account number (PAN).
  • The court's observations came during a mentioning for an early date for hearing pending petitions raising the issue of Aadhaar as a violation of the citizen's privacy.
  • The court, however, did not agree for an out-of-turn hearing.
  • In October 2015, the government had assured the Constitution Bench that the requirement for Aadhaar would be purely of a voluntary nature for citizens to access public subsidy.
  • The court had said this would remain so till it took a final decision on whether the Aadhaar scheme was an invasion of privacy. The then Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu, who led the Constitution Bench, had even asked Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi, for UIDAI, to make a statement in open court that "you will not insist (on Aadhaar) till the matter is finally decided here or a legislation is introduced in the Parliament".
  • The Constitution Bench had extended the voluntary use of Aadhaar card to Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Scheme, all types of pensions schemes, employee provident fund and the Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana.
  • With this, the Supreme Court had modified an August 11, 2015 order issued by its three-judge bench restricting Aadhaar use to only PDS and LPG (cooking gas) distribution.
  • The government had argued that the Aadhaar card was not to be seen in the sinister light of State surveillance and censorship.
  • Mr. Rohatgi had argued that the Aadhaar was rather a fool-proof method for government to identify the actual beneficiaries of social benefit schemes and not get duped into distributing welfare paid by taxpayers' money on fraudsters.

 

GS II: POLITY BILL/ ACT

Suicide no more a crime

  • The Mental Healthcare Bill, which decriminalises suicide and guarantees the right to better healthcare for people with mental illness, was unanimously passed in the Lok Sabha on 27 March 2017.
  • The Bill mandates that a person who is attempting suicide shall be presumed to be suffering from "severe stress" and, therefore, shall not be tried or punished by law.
  • Further, the new Bill mandates that persons with suicidal tendencies be provided help and rehabilitated.
  • This is the first mental health law to take a "rights based" approach to mental illness by consolidating and safeguarding the fundamental human rights of the patients.
  • While suicides due to insanity declined from 7% in 2010 to 5.4% in 2014, data from the National Crime Records Bureau say nearly 7,000 people killed themselves because of mental disorders in 2014.
  • The Mental Healthcare Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha with 134 official amendments last August.
  • The Bill clearly defines mental illness adding that the earlier definition, under Mental Helath Act 1987 was vague.
  • A unique feature of the Bill is that it allows adults to make an advance directive on how they wish to be treated in case they got mental illness in the future.
  • Such a person can chose a nominative representative who would take care of him or her, the Minister said.
  • The Bill also promises free treatment for such persons if they are homeless or fall below the poverty line, even if they do not possess a BPL card.
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GS II : POLITY  BILL/ACT

‘BJP trying to sneak in corporate funding'

  • Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha accused the Centre of seeking to promote unchecked political funding by corporate houses and offering unbridled power to income tax officials through the Finance Bill.
  • They also saw in it an attempt to violate citizens' ‘privacy' by using Aadhaar in ways for which it was not envisaged.
  • Being a money Bill, the Lok Sabha - where the BJP has a majority - can choose to accept or reject the changes proposed by the Upper House to the Finance Bill.
  • This, Opposition leaders claimed during a discussion on the Bill, was an attempt to push through far-reaching, non-financial changes, bypassing the Rajya Sabha.
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GS III : DEFENCE

Navy bids farewell to long range maritime patrol aircraft

  • After close to three decades and 30,000 hours of accident-free flying to play a crucial role during major Naval operations, TU-142M long range maritime patrol aircraft will be de-inducted on 29 March 2017 at INS Rajali naval air station in Arakkonam.
  • Inducted from the erstwhile USSR in 1988, it has been the mainstay of long range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare operations of the Indian Navy.
  • The aircraft had been part of all major exercises and operations including Operation "Cactus" in Maldives, Operation Vijay in 1998, Operation Parakram in 2002 and anti-piracy operations from 2011 to till date.
  • With its four powerful engines, contra-rotating, slender fuselage and swept wings, TU-142M aircraft is the fastest turboprop aircraft in the world.
  • Its role will be taken on by the newly inducted Boeing P-8I aircraft.

Operation Cactus

  • In November 1988, speedboats carrying 80 armed militants of the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) landed in Maldives and along with allies who had infiltrated the country, began taking over the government.
  • The plot, planned in Sri Lanka by the Tamil nationalist group was believed to be an attempt by a Maldivian businessman and politician opposed to the regime of the President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to gain control while the PLOTE sought a safe haven and base for its activities.
  • The militants took control of the airport in Male, the national capital, but failed to capture the President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who had fled and asked for military aid from India on 3 November.
  • The then-Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi ordered 1,600 troops to aid the Maldivian government.
  • In a military operation codenamed "Operation Cactus," Indian forces arrived within 12 hours of the request for aid being made, squashed the coup attempt and achieved full control of the country within hours.
  • 19 PLOTE militants were killed and 1 Indian soldier wounded.
  • India's intervention was endorsed by other nations such as the United States, Soviet Union, Great Britain and its neighbours Nepal and Bangladesh.
  • President Reagan called India's action, a valuable contribution to regional stability'. Margaret Thatcher reportedly commented: ‘Thank God for India: President Gayoom's government has been saved. We could not have assembled and dispatched a force from here in good time to help him'.
  • Its speedy and decisive victory and the restoration of the Maldivian government brought both nations even closer in friendship and cooperation.

 

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GS II: SOCIAL-HEALTH

A new frontier for active TB diagnosis

  • In a marked departure from the current methods for active TB diagnosis that are based on the presence of live bacteria in sputum samples, a rapid blood test that relies on two proteins for diagnosis and quantification of the severity of active TB has shown promise.
  • The blood test accurately detects minute levels of two biomarkers - CFP-10 and ESAT-6 - that TB bacteria release only during active infections.
  • In a pilot study, the new blood test was able to diagnose active TB cases with "high sensitivity and specificity".
  • It was able to diagnose active TB even in people co-infected with HIV.
  • It was able to diagnose both pulmonary and extrapulmonary TB cases with high sensitivity - over 91% in the case of culture-positive pulmonary TB (PTB) and above 92% extra-pulmonary TB (EPTB), and 82% in culture- negative PTB and 75% in EPTB in HIV-positive patients.
  • Obtaining sputum samples is not always easy and is particularly difficult in the case of little children.
  • Biopsy samples are needed in the case of EPTB cases.
  • Even Gene Xpert, introduced a few years ago to improve sensitivity and specificity, relies on sputum samples, and as per a 2014 WHO update, Xpert has "very low quality evidence" for EPTB diagnosis.
  • Unlike Xpert, it cannot detect rifampicin resistance.

 

GS II : POLITY JUDICIARY

Supreme Court for policy to curb farmer suicides

  • The Supreme Court said the Centre should address the "serious issue" of farmers taking their own lives and implement a comprehensive policy to be adopted by the State governments for preventing the tragedy.
  • Additional Solicitor General P.S. Narasimha said the government was coming up with a comprehensive policy to address the problems of the farmers.
  • He said now the government was directly procuring food grains from the farmers at the minimum support price and they did not need to take the help of middlemen or market.
  • Mr. Narasimha said the policy would address crop loss or crop failure and a compensation for farmers.
  • "Insurance cover has been increased for the farmers. Earlier, it was for those who took agriculture loan but now it has been extended to all the farmers," he said.
  • Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for NGO Citizens Resource and Action and Initiative, said that over 3,000 farmers had committed suicide in the last few years.

 

GS II : BILATERAL INDIA-NEPAL

India, Nepal renew fuel pact

  • India signed an agreement to renew supply of petroleum to Nepal for a period of five years.
  • Indian Oil has been supplying petroleum and petroleum products to Nepal since 1974.
  • Both countries are also working to build a pipeline for petroleum products between Motihari and Amlekhgunj.
  • Both Ministers also discussed construction of a similar pipeline for supply of LPG between India and Nepal.

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GS III : ECONOMY - INFRASTRUCTURE

Nod for 101 cold chain projects

  • The Centre has sanctioned 101 new integrated cold chain projects that will leverage a total investment of Rs. 3,100 crore for creation of modern infrastructure for the food processing sector, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (FPI) said.
  • In May 2015, the Ministry announced the sanctioning of 30 cold chain projects.
  • It also said 50 more similar projects would be announced soon.
  • The total expected grant-in-aid to be released to these projects is Rs. 838 crore.
  • The balance funds would come from the private sector.
  • The projects, which will be developed by companies including Balmer Lawrie, Sterling Agro and Haldiram Snacks, are aimed at doubling farmers' income, reducing wastage in the agri-supply chain and creating huge employment opportunities.
  • The scheme of cold chain and value addition infrastructure provides financial assistance of up to Rs. 10 crore for entrepreneurs.
  • The 101 new projects - which are for fruits and vegetables (53 projects), dairy (33), fish, meat, marine, poultry, ready-to-eat/ ready-to-cook sectors - will create additional capacity of 2.76 lakh MT of cold storage/controlled atmosphere/frozen storage.
  • Maharashtra cornered the maximum number (21) of the projects followed by Uttar Pradesh (14), Gujarat (12), Andhra Pradesh (eight) and Punjab and Madhya Pradesh (six each).
  • CIPHET (Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology) study, had estimated that the total wastage of fruits and vegetables was pegged at Rs. 92,000 crore on the basis of the wholesale prices of 2014.
  • The Minister said 4.7 million tonnes of agri and horticulture produce with a value of up to Rs. 12,000 crore will be processed in these projects and help reduce wastage by 13%.
  • India is one of the largest food producers in the world and the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables yet only 2.2% of our fruits and vegetables are processed, according to a statement from the government.
  • Existing cold storages are concentrated in a few States and roughly 80% to 90% are used for potatoes, the statement said.
  • The FPI Ministry is building National Cold Chain Grid in the country so that all food producing hubs are connected to cold storage and processing industries, it added.

 

 

GS III : ECONOMY- RAILWAYS

‘Digital platform to help railways save Rs. 60,000 crore'

  • "In the last Rail Budget, I had announced an Enterprise Resource Planning system that will be an IT-based platform for system-wide integration and planning," Mr. Prabhu said during a conference involving leading software companies, to draw the roadmap for the software.
  • The Minister said Rs. 10,000-Rs. 12,000 crore of investments will be required for the enterprise-wide digital platform called IR-One ICT that will lead to benefits worth Rs.50,000-Rs. 60,000 crore to the Indian Railways in the long run.
  • During the conference, the Minister said passenger complaints were the best pieces of information available to the Railways free-of-cost which can be used as a management tool to take informed decisions.
  • ‘One ICT' will cover all the aspects of the Indian Railways, including cost analysis, attendance, accounting, asset management, medical management and land management.
  • "Better capacity and asset utilisation would help the railways run more trains, carry more freight, provide better and reliable services to passengers, increase its revenues and make its operations more safe," according to a statement from the Railway Ministry.

 

GS III : ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION

BS-III fuel vehicles will not become redundant: Centre

  • Allaying fears of car manufacturers, the Centre told the Supreme Court that the 19 crore vehicles running on BS-III fuel will not become redundant with the government's upgradation to BS-IV fuel.
  • The Bharat Stage IV (BS-IV) emission norms are scheduled to come into force from April 1, 2017.
  • The court is monitoring alarming increase in air pollution levels in the National Capital and satellite regions.
  • Noting that the government was "not wishing away all BS-III vehicles from the roads", Mr. Kumar submitted that even vehicles using BS-III fuel could switch to BS-IV model.
  • The court was hearing pleas by automobile manufacturers seeking clarity on the future of their stockpile of 8.2 lakh BS-III vehicles.
  • The court had earlier asked automobile companies not to frustrate the government's initiative to check increasing levels of pollution by selling BS-III vehicles.
  • The amicus curiae, assisting the court in the matter, urged the Bench to ban manufacture and sale of BS-III vehicles as the Centre had spent around Rs. 18,000 to 20,000 crore for producing cleaner fuel.
  • The manufacturers told the court that they were allowed to sell their stocks with old emission norms when new technology was brought in force on the previous two occasions at the time the industry had switched to BS-II and BS-III in 2005 and 2010.

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3. GS II : GOVERNANCE - ‘BJP trying to sneak in corporate funding'
4. GS III : DEFENCE - Navy bids farewell to long range maritime patrol aircraft
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6. GS II : POLITY JUDICIARY - Supreme Court for policy to curb farmer suicides
7. GS II : BILATERAL INDIA-NEPAL - India, Nepal renew fuel pact
8. GS III : ECONOMY INFRASTRUCTURE - Nod for 101 cold chain projects
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