Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 09 October 2018

SSC CGL Current Affairs

Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 09 October 2018

::NATIONAL::

Women & child development ministry wants easy filing of FIR’s in child abuse cases.

  •  Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has asserted that adult survivors of child sexual abuse must be allowed to file an FIR at any point in their lifetime.

  •  In a letter this month to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, a copy of which has been reviewed by The Hindu ,Ms. Gandhi wrote that her Ministry was “of the view that cases of child sexual abuse can be reported by the victim at any time and law enforcement agencies would be required to take appropriate action on the complaint of such victim.” She added: “I shall be grateful if the above could be ratified by the Law Ministry.”

  •  The Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) lays down the time limitations for filing a complaint after an offence has taken place, also known as the statute of limitation. However, there is no time bar for crimes that would attract a jail term of more than three years.

  •  Legal experts say that the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 — the law that deals with sexual crimes against children — lacks clarity on the statute of limitation.

Opposition clashes with election commission over voter’s list

  •  The Congress and the Election Commission sparred in the Supreme Court on Monday over the pleas by two senior Congress leaders alleging duplication of names in the voters’ lists for the upcoming Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

  •  A Bench comprising Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan reserved its verdict after concluded the hearing of the pleas during which senior lawyers KapilSibal and Vikas Singh traded charges over conduct of the polls.

  •  Mr.Sibal is representing Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot while Mr. Singh is the counsel for the EC.The two leaders also sought random verification of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines in the two States.

  •  Despite this, the Congress party alleged discrepancies in their petition in September and this was a clear attempt to malign the institution, he said, adding the leaders have “casually filed something” to “malign” and “denigrate” the poll panel.

::ECONOMY::

Supreme Court quizzes RBI for banks being slow on lowering interest rates

  •  The Supreme Court on Monday directed the RBI to come up with a decision on a representation that banks are delaying passing on the benefit of lower interest rates to those who have taken loans at floating interest rates.

  •  A Bench of Chief Justice of India RanjanGogoi and Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph asked the RBI to communicate within six weeks its decision to the public trust ‘Moneylife Foundation’, which has filed the representation alleging that banks and financial institutions take a tardy approach in lowering interest rates despite the central bank’s decision on the repo and reverse repo rates.

  •  “According to the petitioner(s), it has not been informed of the result of such consideration leaving the petitioners with no option but to approach this Court. We are of the view that, at this stage, the Reserve Bank of India should be directed to communicate its decision in the matter covered by the representation/ letter of the petitioner(s) dated 12.10.2017 to the petitioner(s) within a period of six weeks from today,” the Bench said.

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::INTERNATIONAL::

India–West Africa conclave held in Nigeria

  •  Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution, C. R. Chaudhary, is leading the Indian delegation to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)- EXIM Bank, Regional Conclave on India-West Africa Project Partnership being held in Abuja, Nigeria on 8th – 9th October 2018. President and Vice President of Nigeria along with Ministers and Delegation of West African countries are participating in the Conclave.

  •  Niger has appreciated India’s support to build Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC)in Niamey in Niger at the cost of USD 35.5 million on grant basis. The foundation stone of the project has been laid recently.

  •  India’s exports to Niger increased by more than 50% since 2014-15. There is tremendous scope for increase and diversification of trade between thetwo countries. Minister of State for Commerce & Industry held bilateral meeting with Mr.SadouSeydou, Niger Minister of Trade and Promotion of Private Sectorat the Conclave.

  •  Bilateral relations between India and Niger have expanded significantly since 2009. India has provided lines of credit worth USD 96.54 million for projects in transport, electrification, solar energy and potable drinking water. India’s grant assistance for MGICC will further contribute towards enhancing of bilateral ties. Niger will host the African Union (AU) Summit in 2019 in this Convention Centre.

Bangladesh brings in digital law that curbs media freedom

  •  Bangladesh’s President on Monday signed a digital security act into law despite protests by journalists and rights groups that it will severely curb media freedom

  •  Top editors and journalists had held a last-minute meeting with Ministers demanding some sections of the legislation be changed.The Law Minister had promised that he would discuss the issues, but the President went ahead and signed the act into law without waiting.

  •  The law, which carries heavy jail sentences for secretly recording government officials or spreading “negative propaganda” using a smartphone or computer, already had parliamentary approval.

  •  “We are very disappointed,” TI Bangladesh spokesman Sheikh Manjur E Alamsaid.“But we firmly want to believe that it won’t be used or abused before the government has a discussion as was promised about the amendment of the law,” he said.

SPORTS

Tadabidevi claims silver

  •  ThangjamTababi Devi became India’s first judo medallist at the Olympic level, claiming a silver at the Youth Games after losing to Venezuela’s Maria Giminez in the final of the women’s 44kg category here.

  •  Tababi Devi, an Asian cadet champion hailing from Manipur, lost 11-0 in the summit showdown that lasted a little over two minutes on Sunday.


     

 

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