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Daily Current Events – 25/01/17

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Centre seeks to withdraw its Jallikattu notification

  • The Center on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that it will move an application withdrawing the January 7, 2016 central notification allowing Jallikattu in the wake of the Bill passed unanimously by the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
  • ISSUED INVOLVED — 1. COOPERATIVE FEDERALISM OR CONFLICT FEDERALISM, eg -NEET
                                           2. ORDINANCE ROUTE EFFECTIVITY

SC rejects plea to put off BCCI panel appointment

  • Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Tuesday asked a three-judge Bench, led by Justice Dipak Misra, to freeze the process for appointment of a Committee of Administrators to run the BCCI by at least two weeks.
  • The court refused to keep in abeyance the process for appointment of the body of BCCI administrators. It, however, allowed the Centre and some State cricket associations to suggest names for the committee before January 30, the next date of court hearing.
  • “We are not for the destruction of autonomy. We are for removing the impure elements so that they (sports bodies) gain back true autonomy,” Justice Misra addressed Mr Rohatgi.
  • ISSUES – 1. SPORTS ADMINISTRATION           2. ROLE OF JUDICIARY IN INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
                              3.  EFFECTIVITY OF SPORTS MANAGEMENT IN INDIA

Malegaon witness accuses ATS of coercion

  • Almost a year after the 2008 Malegaon blasts, one of the witnesses had in a written complaint to the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC), alleged coercion by ATS officers.
  • ISSUES – 1.NEED FOR PARLIAMENTARY OVERSIGHT IN CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES AND SPECIALISED AGENCIES                       2.POWERS OF SHRC NEED TO BE REVAMPED    3.MALIMATH COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
 

HC stalls U.P. govt.’s bid to widen SC list

  • The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday stalled the Samajwadi Party-led Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to include 17 most Backward castes (MBCs) in the Scheduled Castes list
  • arguing that issuing the SC certificate would allow candidates from these castes to contest elections from reserved seats. The State has also been asked to file a counter-affidavit in two weeks.
  • ISSUES – 1.RESERVATION –DO WE NEED A SUNSET CLAUSE    2. ELECTORAL POLITICS

69% of political funds from unknown sources

  • Association for Democratic Reforms says the income of national parties from unknown sources increased by 313%
  • The total income of national and regional political parties between 2004-05 and 2014-15 stood at Rs. 11,367 crores, with the highest of Rs. 3,982 crore being the Congress’s share.
  • The ADR report, released on Tuesday, states that the details of donors pertaining only to Rs. 1,835.63 crore were available.
  • According to the ADR, the Income-Tax returns of 42 of the 51 regional parties analysed were unavailable for at least one financial year. The total declared income of regional parties during the period stood at Rs. 2,089 crores, the highest being that of the Samajwadi Party at Rs. 819 crores, followed by the DMK with Rs. 203 crore and the AIADMK with Rs. 165 crore.
  • ISSUES – 1.ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY OF POLITICAL PARTIES.   2.BLACK MONEY ENTERING POLITICS  3.CAN E-PAYMENT AND DONATIONS BE POSSIBLE       4.CAN ELECTION COMMISSION ACT AS AN INDEPENDENT REGULATOR   5.NEED FOR ELECTORAL TRUST
 

India to ratify amended version of Kyoto Protocol

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval to ratify the deal that is set to expire in 2020 and was shunned by several developed countries, most prominently the United States.
  • Until now, 75 countries have ratified the so-called Doha Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol, which spans from 2012 to 2020, and falls far short of the 144 needed to bring it into force.
  • However, the refusal of the U.S., the second largest polluter, to be part of the Protocol and lack of commitments by Canada, Japan and other major developing countries meant that global emissions actually rose during this period.
  • The Kyoto Protocol incentivised several firms in India to retrofit their polluting plants with newer technology in the hope of earning carbon credits. However after an initial spike, carbon credit prices — that could be traded in emission trading markets like shares — have crashed to rock-bottom prices.
  • ISSUES—1. INDIAN COMMITMENT TO CLIMATE CHANGE   2. INDCs 

India hopes for $75-bn infra fund from UAE

  • India and the UAE are expected to announce more than a dozen agreements as they spell out their strategic partnership on Wednesday, including a MoU on the proposed $75- billion UAE sovereign wealth fund investment in Indian infrastructure that has been hanging fire for 18 months.
  • ISSUES – 1. HAPPENING WEST POLICY OF INDIA   2.PROACTIVE ENGAGEMENT IN MIDDLE EAST  3.UAE INVESTMENT IN INDIAN STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE.\
 

The voice of Modi’s foreign policy

  • By granting Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar an extension for a year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a departure from the norm of a fixed two-year tenure for bureaucrats.
  • When it comes to actual policy, Mr Jaishankar’s biggest success is the Indo-U.S. relationship that has gone from being one of a number of India’s strategic partnerships to its most important one.
  • The signing of the joint vision statement for Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, followed by the signing of the LEMOA military exchanges agreement, indenting a $15 billion in defence purchases and leading up to the U.S. Congressional ratification of India as a “Major Defence Partner”, can all be notched up to a large extent to Mr. Jaishankar’s squiring of the Indo-U.S. and Modi-Obama relationship as India’s Ambassador to Washington (2014-2015) and as Foreign Secretary.
  • Mr Jaishankar will now be counted on to smooth the transition from President Obama to President Trump, and to ensure that Washington continues the Obama policy towards India: on support for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group,