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Daily Current Events 24/01/17

Jallikattu protests turn violent across Tamil Nadu

  • Violence broke out early on Monday as police sought to remove protesters occupying landmarks in many cities in Tamil Nadu seeking a “permanent solution” to the holding of jallikattu,
  • ‘anti-social elements’ crept into the protests and instigated vulnerable youth to indulge in violence.
  • At a special sitting, the Assembly unanimously passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Bill, 2017. The legislation seeks to amend certain Sections of the Central Act to ensure that bulls are not barred from being used for the rural sport. The Bill is to replace an ordinance.
  • ISSUES RELATED —-1) HOW WELL A STATE POLICE FORCE CAN MANAGE MASS MOVEMENTS? 
                                   2) WHAT SHOULD BE IMPORTANT CULTURE OR MODERN LIBERAL VALUES?

CBI ordered to probe ‘abuse of office’ by its former chief

  • The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under a new chief will, on the basis of a Supreme Court order, investigate and, probably prosecute, its former director for prima facie abusing his authority while in office.
  • A three-judge Bench led by Justices Madan B. Lokur, Kurian Joseph and A.K. Sikri on Monday asked CBI chief Alok Verma, who took office only last week, to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT), which he will personally head, to probe the role played by former CBI director Ranjit Sinha to “scuttle enquiries, investigations and prosecutions being carried out by the CBI in coal block allocation and other important cases.”
  • ISSUES RELATED —  1) ROLE OF JUDICIARY IN CLEANING UP CORRUPTION AND NEPOTISM
                                   2)IS THIS ACTION JUDICIAL ACTIVISM
 

Extend Lodha panel reforms to all sports

  • Sports administration in India has fallen into the hands of the “moneyed and powerful few”. Games like kabbadi, hockey, wrestling — all sports which were once the forte of India — have been reduced to pale shadows of their former selves in the hands of administrators who run National Sports Federations in the country.
  • A Bench led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar agreed with them on Monday.Issuing notice, the court now wants a response from the Union of India, Sports Authority of India and the Indian Olympic Association on why the Lodha reforms cannot be extended to National Sports Federations and other sporting bodies and their State entities.
  • ISSUES RELATED—-1)WHY INDIA DOES NOT HAVE A SPORTS CULTURE?    
                                   2)DOES LODHA RECOMMENDATION IS ONE RULE FITS ALL 

What mackerel and a volcano can tell us about climate change

  • A cooled climate led to deaths of livestock and changed fish patterns in New England, leaving many people dependent on the mackerel, an edible fish that was less affected than many animals. The researchers assert that bit of history gives clues about what food security could be like in the modern era of climate change
  • The Tambora eruption was one of the most powerful in recorded history, and was followed by a short time of climate change specifically, global cooling and severe weather. Its impact on weather, food availability and human and animals deaths worldwide has been studied extensively. The year that followed the eruption, 1816, is often described as the “Year Without a Summer.”
  • As crops failed and famine began to spread, the little fish emerged as a staff of life, the report states. It’s a scenario similar to what parts of the developing world are experiencing today as climate change affects food security.
  • “Understanding how adaptive responses to extreme events can trigger unintended consequences may advance long-term planning for in an uncertain future,” the report states.

India rejects attempts by EU, Canada for global investment agreement

  • India, along with Brazil, Argentina and some other nations, has rejected an informal attempt by the European Union (EU) and Canada to work towards a global investment agreement at the World Trade Organisation (WTO)-level that would incorporate a contentious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism.
  • Only after all local options have been exhausted for settling disputes between a corporate and a government, do we want to permit issues to be taken up in international arbitration tribunals. Such provisions could be a part of bilateral agreements but they can’t be allowed in a multilateral agreement.

N.K. Singh panel submits report on FRBM Act

  • The five-member committee — including Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel, former Finance Secretary Sumit Bose, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, and National Institute of Public Finance and Policy Director Rathin Roy — was constituted in May 2016 following Mr. Jaitley’s announcement, in Budget 2016-17, of the creation of a panel to review the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act.

UAE signals a ‘Look East’ policy

  • The United Arab Emirates is likely to highlight its “Look East” policy with its participation in the Republic Day celebrations in India, a prominent Gulf studies expert has said.
  • The UAE has been carrying out military modernization in recent years and, according to SIPRI, was one of the five biggest arms importers in the world between 2011 and 2015. Alongside Qatar, the UAE has spread out to several conflict zones in the world in a show of Arab assertion.
  • Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who will arrive in Delhi on Tuesday, is likely to conclude the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations, at his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
  • There has been continuous Indian presence in the UAE since at least the 18th century. Today, Indians make up 30% of the country’s population — the single largest expatriate community in the UAE,” said Mr. Onley.
 

Haryana prepares for fresh Jat stir

  • After Jat outfits threatened to launch a fresh stir in support of Jat reservation from January 29 in Haryana, that had seen violent protests last year, the State government is in no mood to take any chance and has called for central forces to deal with any eventuality.
  • The Haryana government has sent a requisition for 55 companies of central security forces to the Centre. Besides, it has also issued a call-out notice to depute 7,000 home guards in the State.
  • Notably, pro-Jat reservation outfit have announced to start the next round of agitation — under All India Jat Arakshan Samiti (AIJASS) — as they accused the BJP government in Haryana of not fulfilling their reservation demands.
 

Govt. delays judges’ appointments: CJI

  • Tripura High Court Chief Justice T. Vaiphei has a unique problem in his court, prompting him to write to the Supreme Court.The High Court has only three judges. Though it has a sanctioned strength of four judges, one post has been lying vacant.Chief Justice Vaiphei wrote to the Supreme Court, saying if a litigant wants one of the sitting judges to recuse from hearing his case, justice delivery would become a casualty. The court found that there are at least 26 cases caught in this quandary.
  • The court has now asked the Registrar-General of the Tripura High Court to find out in two weeks as to how many of these litigants in the 26 cases would like to transfer their cases to the neighbouring Gauhati High Court.