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Important Current Affairs:
January – June Current Affairs 2017
1. Karnatka amended law for conducting kambala :
The karnatka government has recently decided to bring an amendment to the prevention of cruelty to animals Act, for conducting kambala and bull-cart race, traditional sports of the state. The state cabinet approved amendments to the Act, and the bill to be placed before both houses of the state Legislative .
NOTE – : Kambala is an annual traditional Buffalo race held in coastal districts of Karnataka to enterain rural people of the area. The sports season generally starts in November and lasts till march. Slushy/Marshy/paddy/field yrack is used for kambala.
2.Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan Approve :
PMGDISHA is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world. This approval comes in line with the announcement made by Union Finance Minister in the Union Budget 2016-17.
Under the scheme, 25 lakh candidates will be trained in the FY 2016-17; 275 lakh in 2017-18 and 300 lakh in 2018 -19. The outlay for this project is Rs. 2,351.38 crore to usher in digital literacy in rural India.
To ensure equitable geographical reach, each of the 250,000 Gram Panchayats across the country will be expected to register an average of 200-300 candidates.
Digitally literate persons will be able to operate computers/digital access devices, send and receive emails, access government services, browse internet, search for information, Undertaking cashless transactions, etc..
The scheme will be implemented under the supervision of Ministry of Electronics and IT in collaboration with States/UTs through their designated State Implementing Agencies, District e-Governance Society (DeGS), etc
3.Assembly Election 2017 Results :
The election commission on 11 march 2017 announced the results of legislative assembly electon 2017 for five states namely UP, Punjab,Uttrakhand,Goa , Manipur.
Uttar Pradesh : The counting of votes for the 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh (UP) assembly elections 2017 saw a historic landslide verdict in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies in 403-member UP assembly.
Uttarakhand : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won a majority in the 70 seat-Uttarakhand assembly, ousting the Congress led by chief minister Harish Rawat.
Punjab : Congress won 77 seats in the 117-member Punjab assembly with Amarinder Singh as its chief ministerial nominee, only one short of the 78 needed for a two-thirds majority.
Manipur : The Congress won 28 seats, but the BJP is hot on its heels with 21 wins and neither party is yet assured of a majority.N.Biren Singh to form the government after being assured of requities support from regional parties and independents.
Goa : The counting of votes for the 40 seats in Goa assembly elections 2017 show a close contest between the Congress and BJP, while other smaller parties such as the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak (MGP) also making in roads. chief minister (Manohar Parrikar).
4.Tamil Nadu Assembly asses Jalli kattu Bill :
Tamil Nadu Assembly has recently unanimously passed an amendment bill for conducting the bull-taming sport without any hindrance.Replacing an ordinance promulgated two days ago to allow jallikattu, the Bill to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 was unanimously adopted by the House after members of all parties spoke welcoming the legislative initiative.
The government had Promulgated the ordinance in a bid to defuse the raging protests across the State, especially at the Marina Beach, by students and others, demanding lifting of the ban on jallikattu.
About Jallikattu – Jallikaatu could be referred to as bull taming event typically practiced in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations on MattuPongal day, third day of the four-day Pongal festival. The term ‘jallikattu’ is derived from the tamil words ‘jalli’ and ‘kattu’. Jalli refers to gold or silver coins. Kattu means ‘tied’. Therefore, combined together it refers to coins being tied to the bulls’ horns, which is considered the prize for whoever tames the bull. The bull that wins is used to service numerous cows preserving the native breed. It is renowned as an ancient ‘sport’, believed to have been Practised some 2500 years ago. It is controversial because the sport often results in major injuries and even deaths.:
5.PM Launched UPI based mobile Payment app BHIM :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched UPI based mobile payment application called BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) at the DigiDhanMela held in Talkatora stadium, New Delhi, The app is rebranded version of UPI (Unified Payment Interface) and USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) for simpler digital payments without cash.
Key Facts – : BHIM is Aadhaar-based payments app developed by the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI).
The App allows easily transferring money or making a payment from your bank account using only phone number.
It can work even on basic phones as it supports USSD payments. It has mobile wallet facility in which money can be loaded. Using it anyone can directly connect their phone to bank
Account like a debit card. : The app also allows user to scan a QR code. The merchant can also generate his QR code through the app. Payment can be done through scanning QR code.
Merchants can also use the BHIM app to receive money from a smart Phone or Aadhaar Pay if customer has linked a bank account and Aadhaar ID.
Payments through this app are happening directly from and to bank accounts, so merchants don’t have to worry about transferring wallet earnings to the bank account.
All major UPI connected Indian banks accepts money through BHIM app. Even banks not
Connected to UPI can receive money through BHIM through IFSC assigned to banks.
6. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Launched :
The (PMGKY) came into effect from 17 dec 2016. it will remain open until march 31, 2017
PMGKY is government second income disclosure scheme to allow tax evaders to come clean with Un Accounted wealth. It provides for 50 per cent and surcharge on declarations of unaccounted cash deposited in banks.
7. PM Narendra Modi’s New Year Eve’s speech :
PM Narendra Modi in his Address to the nation on new year’s eve made a series of announcements to the reiterating his government ‘s focus on the welfare of farmers anthe poor. Demonitisation was aimed at combating tax evasion and money laundering and the PM Modi Praised the People for working should to shoulder with the goverment to defeat corruption.
Key Announcement :
- Rural & Urban housing for Poor
- Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises
- Pregnant women & lacating women
- Senior Citizen
9. India ranked 79th in the corruption Perception Index :
India has been ranked 79th out of 176 countries in the recently released Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for the year 2016 by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI).
The index has been complied by using World Bank data, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and other institutions It ranks countries on the score in the scale ranging from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean)
Key Facts Top 10 Countries : New Zealand and Denmark in joint first place (with a score of 90), followed by Finland (3rd), Sweden (4th), Switzerland (5th), Norway (6th), Singapore (7th), Netherlands (8th), Canada (9th) and Germany (10th).
Counties bottom of the index: Somalia was ranked the most corrupt country. Other countries with lower rankings were Syria, South Sudan, North Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
9. Supream Court makes National Anthem mandatory in Cinema halls :
The Supreme Court ordered cinema halls to mandatorily play the national anthem before every screening even as all those present have to “stand up to show respect.” The Practice, according to the court, will “instil a feeling of committed Patriotism and Nationalism.”
It also referred to Article 51 (A) of the Indian Constitution to contend that it was the duty of every person to show respect when the Anthem was played. However, the petition had not asked the court to direct the anthem to be played in movie halls. Instead, it had focused on the commercial exploitation of the Anthem.
10. Ex-CAG Vinod Rai Appointed head of 4- member BCCI Panel by Supream Court :
The supream court has appointed former Comptroller and auditor General (CAG) of India Vinod Rai to run the affairs of the BCCI and implement court-approved recommendations of the Justice RM Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body.
Other three members of the committee of administrators are famous cricket historian Ramachandra Guha, Vikram Limaye, managing director of Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) and former Indian women’s cricket captain Diana Edulji, who would interact with Rahul Johri, CEO of BCCI, for supervision and functioning of the cricket Board.