Weekly Current Affairs Mains (3rd to 9th May, 2019)

International Religious Freedom 2019 report

Weekly Current Affairs Mains  (3rd to 9th May, 2019)

Topic: Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies 

Topic in syllabus: Ecology & Environment

 

Context:

Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for setting up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies for implementation of sustainable, scientific and technological solutions for waste management, through validation and deployment of available technologies for transformation of waste to wealth.

 

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Topic:  Effectiveness of Election Commission in ensuring Fair Elections

Topic in syllabus: Indian Polity

 

EFFECTIVENESS OF ELECTION COMMISSION IN ENSURING FAIR ELECTIONS

  • The Supreme Court has examined the scope of powers of Election Commission of India to deal with political leaders and candidates violatingthe Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
  • Of late, Political leaders have been indulging in hate speeches and appealing for votes on the basis of religion and caste.
  • Such scenarios polarize the otherwise “free and fair” election environment and displace goals of “by the people” substantive democracy.

 

 

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EFFECTIVENESS OF ELECTION COMMISSION IN ENSURING FAIR ELECTIONS infograph

 


 

TOPIC : Farmers Protest in India

Topic in syllabus: Indian Economy

 

FARMERS PROTEST IN INDIA

  • For the past three years, farmers have been protesting across India, demanding favourable policies or concrete initiatives that would get them a fair price for their produce. The Kisan long march from Nasik to Mumbai in March 2019, the All India Kisan Sabha’s protest in Delhi and the Bhartiya Kisan Union rally in 2018, protest by farmers of Tamil Nadu in 2017
  • India’s last national census conducted every decade — in 2011 recorded nearly 15 million fewer farmers than there were in 1991. It said that 2,040 farmers quit agriculture every 24 hours. Cultivation costs have risen manifold since the mid-1990s, but the farmers’ incomes have stagnated or declinedThis is a major cause for their dissatisfaction causing them to protest or move to cities for better employment opportunities.
  • Small land holdings, low prices, weather induced crop loss have pushed farmers into cyclical debt. They demand implementation of Swaminathan committee report and loan waiver

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Topic: International Religious Freedom 2019 report

Topic in syllabus: International Affairs

 

International Religious Freedom 2019 report

Context:

United States Commission has released its International Religious Freedom 2019 report.

US Commission on International Religious Freedom is a bipartisan, independent federal government commission, created by International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

 

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 Topic: US ends waiver for Iranian Oil

Topic in syllabus: International Affairs

 

US ENDS WAIVER FOR IRANIAN OIL

  • Trump administration has decided to no longer renew exemptions for importing Iranian oil and has threatened sanctions on nations importing it after May 2, 2019.
  • Six months of waivers, known as Significant Reduction Exceptions (SRE),was granted to Iran’s eight biggest buyers (including China and India) of crude to continue to import limited volumesafter the US pulled out of its n-deal with Iran in 2018.
  • Among these eight buyers, Greece, Italy and Taiwan have stopped importing Iranian oil, while others, except China, are seeking waivers to be extended. China remains defiant.

 

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