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Daily Current Events by Civils360 November 30, 2017

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Issues faced by Women: Read Here

  • Supreme Court on Wednesday said it do not intend to frame guidelines for the police regarding dowry cases. SC said the process had to be governed by statutory provisions.
  • The bench apparently disagreed with the guidelines set by two judges in cases of dowry harassment cases.The top court was hearing pleas filed by NGOs Social Action Forum and ‘Nyayadhar’ alleging that such guidelines had created roadblocks in the registration of FIR.
  • The stand taken by Supreme Court underline its commitment to the separation of power and not interfere in the domain of legislature, thereby limiting its role of judicial activism.

Triple Talaq: Read Here

  • To make instant triple talaq a criminal offence, the government is considering amendments to The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986.
  • The law allowed maintenance to a divorced woman only during the period of three lunar months after the divorce. The act will have to be re-drafted since the existing law applies only after the divorce of a Muslim woman.
  • Other than changes to the Act, the government is considering amendments to provisions of Section 125 CrPC to provide maintenance and other safeguards to Muslim women if they are abandoned via instant triple talaq.

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Disease Burden: Read Here

  • According to a report by the World Health Organisation, India accounted for 6% of global malaria cases and 7% of deaths caused by it in 2016.WHO figures also suggest that India is unlikely to reduce its case burden beyond 40% by 2020.
  • A key impediment to eliminating malaria is a weak surveillance system.India was able to detect only 8% of cases respectively via the system.
  • India is only expected to achieve a 20%-40% reduction due to low funding per person at risk and resistance to certain frontline insecticides.

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Manufacturing: Read Here

  • The Centre is mulling a new approach that institutionalises the combined strengths of its Make In India and Invest India initiatives with an aim to streamline them for attracting more investments including overseas investment.
  •  Make In India was unveiled to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub while Invest India is the government’s investment promotion and facilitation agency.
  • The government was also trying to improve the Start-up India policy by studying why only 74 start-ups had qualified for tax benefits since the policy was unveiled.

WTO: Read Here

  • India seeks a permanent solution on public stockholding programmes for food security purposes.It has to be an improvement over the existing perpetual peace clause agreed upon the Bali ministerial meeting.
  • India and other members of the G33 coalition remain concerned about the excessively stringent transparency requirements and safeguard being proposed by some opponents, particularly developed countries.
  • The proposed measures by these countries include ensuring the stocks procured under PSH do not distort trade, mandatorily informing WTO about the domestic subsidy rate, notification of statistical information etc.
  • G-33 countries remain adamant about the establishment of a permanent solution on PSH for all developing members and accessible, simple and effective SSM remain priority for the Group which is also supported by some developing countries and LDC