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JULY 21,2017

Ram Nath Kovind elected as the 14th President of India

• Former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind is the 14th President of India. He won with over 7 lakh votes against Opposition candidate Meira Kumar.
About Presidential election:
• “Election of President – The President shall be elected by the members of an electoral college consisting of the elected members of both Houses of Parliament; and the elected members of the Legislative Assemblies of the States.” – Article 54
• The nominated members of Parliament, Legislative Assemblies, and members of Legislative Council don’t vote in the Presidential election.
o A person who is 35 years of age.
o An Indian National.
o Must have a support of 50 MPs/MLAs (these can’t be nominated members).
o Must deposit Rs 15,000 as a security amount with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
o Must not hold any Office of Profit. (Any Constitutional position, which may further give rise to a conflict of interests in discharging of duties).

200th anniversary celebrations of the Paika Rebellion

• The President of India Shri Pranab Mukharjee recently inaugurated the “Bicentenary celebration of the heroic Paika Rebellion of Odisha, a valiant uprising of Paikas against the British rule” organised by the Ministry of Culture.
About Paika rebellion:
• Two-hundred years ago in 1817, a valiant uprising of soldiers led by Buxi Jagabandhu (Bidyadhar Mohapatra) took place in Khurda of Odisha. This is known as Paika rebellion.
• The Paikas were the traditional land-owning militia of Odisha and served as warriors.
• When armies of the East India Company overran most of Odisha in 1803, the Raja of Khurda lost his primacy and the power and prestige of the Paikas went on a decline.
• The British were not comfortable with these aggressive, warlike new subjects and set up a commission under Walter Ewer to look into the issue.

What’s the problem in giving data to state: SC

• If 99% of citizens are ‘unconcerned’ about sharing personal data with private players , how is it qualitatively different if the State has the same information, Supreme Court judge, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, asked on Thursday.
• “Right to privacy does not stand on the pedestal of secrecy, it holds forth from the pedestal of dignity,” advocate Sajan Poovayya submitted.

GST’s impact on textile industry raised in RS

• Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday raised the issue of problems being faced by textile manufacturers and traders owing to Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation. Some MPs also demanded that the sector be exempted from the new indirect tax.
• Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu from Telangana highlighted the grievances of the handloom, power loom and the textile sector as a whole.
• “About 70 lakh workers are employed in the power loom sector. They are worried about the excessive slabs of the GST as it is hampering their livelihood. As a result, the entire textile sector is in agitation mode,” he said.

U.K.’s Indian community joins consultation on anti-caste law

• The British government published details of its long-awaited public consultation on whether caste should be introduced as an aspect of race in anti-discrimination legislation in March.
• It’s an issue that has been a very emotive and divisive one for the nation’s large Indian community.
• Section 9 of the Equality Act 2010, amended by Parliament in 2013, required the government to introduce secondary legislation to make caste an aspect of race, and caste discrimination a form of race discrimination, but allowed for consultations.