This Daily Current Affair Capsule is a brief collection of important news from national dailies and government releases, useful for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. It covers national, international, economic, sports news that is relevant for exams.
Important National Current Affairs – 6 January 2017
☀ The World Bank has announced it would temporarily halt the setting up of a Court of Arbitration (CoA) to resolve the differences between Indiqa and Pakistan. India had asked the World Bank not to rush in brokering a deal on its dispute with Pakistan over Kishenganga and Ratle project coming up in Jammu and Kashmi, as these differences can be resolved bilaterally. Note that: The World Bank had decided to set up to settle the disputes following Pakistan’s demand and also agreed to appoint a neutral expert sought by India. However, India reacted strongly to the decision to appoint the CoA last month.
☀ Supreme Court has asked Women and Child Development Ministry to examine the contradictions in the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 and the Indian Penal Code on the question of sexual abuse of a minor girl.
- Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi, through his NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, has appealed to the Supreme Court regarding this.
- The organisation has contended that while any sexual offence against a child below the age of 18 years is a crime, but exemption II under Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code allows sex with a wife not being under 15 years of age.
- The Bench has directed the Centre to address these issues within four months.
Controversial colonial-era Provisions Under Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) :
It is Rape when – a man is said to be have committed a rape on a woman if it was against her will or without consent or with a girl of unsound mind,
It is not Rape when – According to exception II which says: “Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not a rape.”
☀ School teachers in Maharashtra will start marking students’ attendance on an online application, called Upastithi, beginning from the next academic year. This application will instantly generate attendance reports, which will help education officials keep a check on schools and will help ensure that no fake students are on a school’s roll.
☀ Delhi High Court has observed that “courts, while endeavoring to deliver speedy justice, must not hand out hasty decisions without any concern for justice”.
☀ The Island Tourism Festival 2017 begins at Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar islands. Lt. Governor Jagdish Mukhi will inaugurate the mega event at ITF Ground.
☀ For the first time in the country, such Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in the upcoming Manipur and Uttarakhand Assembly elections which will display photographs of candidates. You can read all about EVMs on the Election Commissions site here.
International Daily Current Affairs Capsule – 6 January 2017
☀ In US, for the first time, the Marine Corps has put three enlisted female Marines in a ground combat unit which was once open only to men. Womens’ entry in the unit marks ongoing efforts to comply with Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s directive in December 2015 to open all military jobs to women, including the most dangerous commando posts.
☀ Indonesia has suspended all military cooperation for an undisclosed time with Australia citing “technical reasons”. Note that: This comes after Indonesia found material insulting Indonesia’s founding principles of ‘Pancasila’ at an Australian training base.
☀ NASA has announced two missions to explore the early Solar System by studying the metallic asteroid Psyche and perform the first orbital reconnaissance of Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. These two missions have been dubbed “Lucy” and “Psyche.” According to the NASA these missions will help scientists understand how planets and other bodies separated into their layers, including cores, mantles and crusts, early in their histories.
☀ China has successfully launched a new-generation telecommunications satellite. This launch was carried out from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center using the Chang Zheng 3B carrier rocket. This second Tongxin Jishu Shiyan satellite will help test multi-frequency high-speed data transmission. Note that: China plans to carry out about 30 space launches in 2017.
☀ Former head of USAID (US Agency for International Development), Rajiv J Shah is named as President of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of America’s largest and most influential philanthropies.
Economics News Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 6 January 2017
☀ The State Bank of India (SBI) has temporarily blocked major digital wallets including Paytm, MobiKwik and FreeCharge from its net banking service. This disables SBI customers from transferring money from their bank account to the mobile wallets.
☀ The Centre will tie up with the States to soon roll-out a new scheme called ‘TIES’ — or Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme to boost export infrastructure in the country.
☀ The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has banned the import of skins of reptiles and fur of minks, foxes and chinchillas in a landmark decision that will spare the lives of numerous animals from the exotic leather industry.
☀ The Government has imposed an anti-dumping duty on imports of jute and its products from Bangladesh and Nepal for five years. This anti-dumping duty has been imposed in order to protect the domestic industry. Further, the import restrictive levy has been imposed on jute yarn, twine, Hessian fabric and jute sacking bags in all forms and specifications.
Sports News Current Affair Capsule – 6 January 2017
☀ The Union Sports Ministry has constituted a nine-member committee to make recommendations for bringing out a comprehensive National Sports Development Code across sports disciplines.
- The committee will be headed by Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas
- It will study issues related to sports governance, including court judgments and best international practices.
- Abhinav Bindra, Anju Bobby George, legendary shuttler Prakash Padukone are part of the committee.
☀ Veteran actor Om Puri passed away after a massive heart attack early this morning in Mumbai at age of 66 years.
- Hailing from Ambala in Haryana, he was on the forefront of what was called art films movement in the 70s.
- An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India as well as National School of Drama, Om Puri has received an OBE as well as Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India.
- He made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal.
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