Weekly Current Affairs Mains (23rd to 29th July, 2019)

The judicial presumption of non-citizenship

Weekly Current Affairs Mains (23rd to 29th July, 2019)

Topic : Faceless tax scrutiny assessment

Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 3: Indian Economy

 

Context:

Faceless tax scrutiny assessment

An important announcement in the finance minister’s budget speech pertains to the introduction of a system of faceless tax scrutiny assessment..

 

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Topic : National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill

Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 1: Indian Society

 

Context:

National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill

Union Health Minister has introduced the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill in Lok Sabha. The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, seeks to replace the 63-year-old Medical Council of India (MCI) to reform the medical sector in India.Once the NMC Bill is enacted, the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, will stand repealed.

 

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Topic : Having the last word on ‘population control’

Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 2: International Affairs

 

Context:

Having the last word on ‘population control’

On July 11, World Population Day, a Union Minister expressed alarm, in a Tweet, over what he called the “population explosion” in the country, wanting all political parties to enact population control laws and annulling the voting rights of those having more than two children.

 

However, the recently launched Economic Survey notes that India is set to witness a “sharp slowdown in population growth in the next two decades”. The fact is that by the 2030s, some States will start transitioning to an aging society as part of a well-studied process of “demographic transition” which sees nations slowly move toward a stable population as fertility rates fall with an improvement in social and economic development indices over time.

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Topic : Sucking up surplus

Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 3: Indian Economy

 

Context:

Sucking up surplus

As part of the 2019-20 Budget, the Finance Bill has been introduced in the Parliament and the Centre has proposed amendments to the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992. Thegovernment’s proposal to transfer surplus money with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to the Consolidated Fund of India (CFI) has met with a strong opposition from the regulatory body.

 

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Topic : The judicial presumption of non-citizenship

Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 2: Indian Polity

 

Context:

The judicial presumption of non-citizenship

The Controversy in Assam pertaining to citizenship.

 

Background:

  • On May 17, in a very short hearing, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court (the Chief Justie of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna) decided a batch of 15 petitions under the title Abdul Kuddus v Union of India.
  • Abdul Kuddus, a resident of Assam had been declared a foreigner by the Foreigner’s Tribunal
  • But his name had appeared in the final draft of the NRC for Assam along with his family
  • There is a conflict in inclusion under NRC and exclusion under Foreigner Tribunals. This was a case asking the SC if the Foreigner Tribunal had powers to declare a person as foreigner.
  • As many as 64,000 people have been declared non-citizens in ex-parte proceedings, i.e., without being heard by the Foreigners Tribunals.

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Topic : The terrorist tag: on the latest Amendments to the NIA 

Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 2: Indian Governance

 

Context

The terrorist tag- on the latest Amendments to the NIA

Lok Sabha passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 after a heated debate in the House. While the government assured that the Bill seeks to take tougher action against terrorism,The idea of designating an individual as a terrorist, as the latest amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act propose to do, may appear innocuous. However, designating an individual as a terrorist raises serious constitutional questions and has the potential for misuse.

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Topic : The tremor of unwelcome amendments to the RTI Act

Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 2: Indian Governance

 

Context:

The tremor of unwelcome amendments to the RTI Act

Recently, The government introduced in Lok Sabha the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which proposes to give the Centre the powers to set the salaries and service conditions of Information Commissioners at central as well as state levels.

 

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