Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 09 October 2018
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 09 October 2018
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
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
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.
Supreme Court quizzes RBI for banks being slow on lowering
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.
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
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.
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
Tababi Devi, an Asian cadet champion hailing from Manipur,
lost 11-0 in the summit showdown that lasted a little over two minutes on