Hindusthan ias academy current affairs-april 01. 04. 2015 Gujarat Anti-Terror Bill (2015) : a bill To Curb Terrorism

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Gujarat Anti-Terror Bill (2015) : A Bill To Curb Terrorism

The Gujarat Government on Tuesday passed a historic Bill which aims at curbing terrorist activities the new Bill is said to be a filtered version of "Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Bill (GUJCOC)", 2003,GUJCOC was returned twice to the State legislature in 2004 and 2008 by then Presidents A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Devi singh Patil respectively

The new Bill provides Autonomy to the police and state to take necessary steps in order to curb terrorism some of its provisions are similar to those in erstwhile anti-terror laws Tada and Pota that were widely misused

Crucial Points Of Gujarat Anti-Terror Bill (2015):-

  • 1-The Bill makes “evidence collected through the interception of wire, electronic or oral communication” admissible in the court.

  • 2-The legislation makes offences under the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Act, 2015, non-bailable. Clause 20 (4) of the Bill states,

  • 3-It provides immunity to the State government from legal action. Clause 25 of the Bill states, “No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against the State government or any officer or authority of the State government for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in pursuance of this Act.”

  • 4-The Gujarat Control of Terror-ism and Organised Crime Bill, 2015 also empowers police to tap phone conversations and use them as evidence in court, to extend the custody of an accused from the current 90 days to 180 days without filing a charge sheet

Previous laws by Indian Govt to Combat Terrorism:-

  • Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA)- This Act was passed by the parliament in 2002 ,the year when terrorist attack on parliament took place.This act was passed with the sole objective to curb terrorist actvities by providing special powers to the investigating authorities describes under the act.This act replaced all major anti-terrorist act as Prevention Of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO 2001) and Terrorist and Disruptive Activities TADA (1985-95)

  • Terrorist and Disruptive Activities(TADA) 1985-95:- It was the first anti-terrorism law by the Govt. which could defined and counter terrorism. It was in force for ten years 1985-1995 parallel to punjab insurgency

Defination of a Terrorist according to "TADA"

  • "Whoever with intent to overawe the Government as by law established or to strike terror in the people or any section of the people or to alienate any section of the people or to adversely affect the harmony amongst different sections of the people does any act or thing by using bombs, dynamite or other explosive substances or inflammable substances or lethal weapons or poisons or noxious gases or other chemicals or by any other substances (whether biological or otherwise) of a hazardous nature in such a manner as to cause, or as is likely to cause, death of, or injuries to, any person or persons or loss of, or damage to, or destruction of, property or disruption of any supplies or services essential to the life of the community, or detains any person and threatens to kill or injure such person in order to compel the Government or any other person to do or abstain from doing any act, commits a terrorist act.

 Major Terrorist Attacks in India:-

  • Indian Parliament Attack:13 December 2001

  • Delhi Serial Bombings: 29 October 2005

  • Varanasi Bombings: 7 March 2006

  • Malegaon Blasts: 8 September 2006

  • Mumbai Train Bombings: 11 July 2006

  • Jaipur Bombings: 13 May 2008

  • Bangalore Serial Blasts: July 25, 2008

  • Mumbai Terrorist Attack:26 November 2008

  • Germen Bakery Bomb Blast -Koregaon Park Pune: 13th February 2010

Top 10 Most dangerous countries of the world based on CTI (country Threat Index) Report prepared by US based "think tank Intel Centre" which has been providing as been counter terrorism intelligence services for more than 20 years











" Muhammadu Buhari" Secures Election Victory In Nigeria by 2.7 Million Votes


Former military ruler Muhamammadu Buhari became the first Nigerian to defeat a sitting pesident through election. Buhari was declared the winner after he gained 2.7 million more votes than his rival, Goodluck Jonathan former President of Nigeria who is from "Peoples's Democratic Party".Muhammad Buhari the former military ruler managed to win more than 25% of votesin 24 states.He was influential in the country's north-western states, which have suffered most from attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.In Borno state, one of the worst-affected by Islamist violence, Gen Buhari won 94% of the vote.voters believe that Gen Buhari is positioned well to defeat Boko Haram.

"Daniel Vettori" New Zealand's most-capped player Announces Retirement


New Zealand's most capped left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori bid adieu to the international cricket by announcing that his 18-year international career was over Vettori has already retired from Tests and Twenty-Twenty cricket

  • He was the youngest player to represent New Zealand in Test Cricket

  • He has played 113 test matches with a tally 362 wickets and 4531 runs

  • He has played in 295 ODI and has a taken 305 wickets

  • In the fourth season of Indian Premier League, he was contracted by Royal Challengers Bangalore

India launches "Operation Rahat" to evacuate It's citizens

  • India on Tuesday night received permission to dock its vessel at the port of Aden to evacuate nearly 400 stranded Indians to Djibouti

  • Two more ships, the destroyer INS Mumbai and the frigate INS Tarkash have set sail from India, and would reach the Yemen coast by April 2, and are equipped to deal with several contingencies

  • UN says Yemen 'on verge of total collapse',the UN children's fund said that at least 62 children had been killed and 30 injured during the fighting over the past week

Russian freezer trawler With 132 internationl crew sank off the Kamchatka Peninsula 54 Confirmed Dead,15 missing

  • Dalniy Vostok a Russian freezer trawler with an international crew of 132 sank in the Sea of Okhotsk off the Kamchatka peninsula

  • Seventy-eight of the crew were Russian, with the remainder coming from countries including Latvia, Ukraine, Myanmar and Vanuatu

  • 54 people are Confirmed are to be Dead, and 15 people are still missing

  • The concrete cause of the incident is not known however drifting ice may have torn a hole in the vessel, according to BBC , citing Russian emergency services

Aahar Scheme launched by Odhisa govt:"A scheme to feed every stomach"

  • Odhisa chief minister Naveen Patnaik today launched Aahar,a subsidised meal scheme for the urban poor in the state.Under Aahar Scheme rice and dal curry would be served as lunch to the poor people at a very low price of  RS 5 per meal.

  • The scheme was launched at Capital hospital in Bhubneshwar and Rourkela Govt Hospital later.

  • The state government has also opened centres near city bus stand campus, Mancheswar and Museum Square in the city.

  • The Aahar Scheme was simultaneously launched in Cuttack,Sambalpur and Berhampur these are the places where scheme will be launched in first phase.

Supporters of the "Aahar  Scheme"

  • The scheme is supported by Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar

  • Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) in Rourkela and Odisha

  • Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) in Sambalpur

  • Tata Steel is sponsoring the scheme in Berhampur.

Mustafa Kamal resigns from the post ICC president

  • Mustafa Kamal of Bangladesh resigned from the post of ICC president to protest the governing body of ICC as he was denied from giving away the trophy to the champions in the world cup. He questioned the umpiring decisions in the Bangladesh-India match at melbourne.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Rejects Religious Freedom Bill

Asa Hutchinson Governor of Arkansas (state of US federation) Refused to sign the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) unless some serious changes are made in the bill such that it reflects federal version that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993.

How is this bill different from Federal law of US:-

  • Indiana's RFRA is different from federal act and most state RFRA’s because it allow lawsuits between private parties Which means it raises the possibility that businesses such as florists or photographers could use the law as a defence if they are sued for refusing to provide services for same-sex weddings. Asa Hutchinson told the law makers to change the bill such that it reflects federal one, which does not include the lawsuits between private parties.

Tata Sons appoints Ronen Sen, Farida Khambata as Directors- Farida Khambata is Tata Son's first woman director

  • Tata Sons, promoter of the major operating Tata companies of over USD 100 billion anounced the appointments of Farida Khambata, former member of IFC’s Management Group and former Ambassador of India to the U.S., Ronen Sen as an Independent Director on its Board along.Both Mr. Sen and Ms. Khambata will be Non-Executive Independent Directors of Tata Sons Limited

  • Ms. Khambata:-

  • Ms. Khambata is the Global Strategist of Cartica and a member of its Investment Committee

  • Before joining Cartica, she was a member of IFC’s ( International Finance Corporation )Management Group, the senior leadership team of IFC.

  • In her last position at IFC, she served as Regional Vice President in charge of all operations in East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the Global Manufacturing Cluster

  • Ronen Sen:-

  • Mr. Sen was India’s Ambassador to the United States from 2004 to 2009

Serena beats Lisicki in three,reached Miami Open semifinal

  • The seven-time Key Biscayne champion Serena williams reached the semifinals of the Miami open after beatingg Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-3 

Gulshan Rai appointed as the first cyber security chief of the country

  • The Narendra Modi government has created a cyber-security chief position under the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), to curb the growing cases of cyber crime and prevent the country from cyber threat and creat a cyber crime free enviornment. Gulshan rai has been appointed as the top official in the IT ministry. Govt is also setting National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) with a budget of Rs 1,000 crore.

  • Facts about Gulshan Rai

  • Gulshan Rai has been heading the computer emergency response team at the department of electronics and information technology (DeitY)

  • Rai has been working since 1998 in the area of evolving legal framework to address issues arising out of cyberspace

Flipkart tied-up with the 'Dabbawalas' to ensure last mile delivery

  1. Flipkart has announced its tie-up with the Dabbawalas of Mumbai for last mile delivery to customers ,

  2. Flipkart will tap on one of the finest supply chain"Dabbawalas" to reach to reach it's consumers which will help it gaining a dedicated customer base

  3. Dabbawalas have been in the profession of transporting lunch boxes with absolute precision for more than 120 years.

  4. They are a huge inspiration on how to conduct business without any paper or administrative back-up to keep the costs down

  5. As a partner to eKart, the unique community of Dabbawalas will initially collect Flipkart marketplace shipments from the delivery hubs and deliver it to customers, while picking their dabbas

Vankadarath Saritha the first woman bus driver in Delhi Transport Corporation

  1. Vankadarath Saritha has been appointd as the first woman driver of Delhi Transport Corporation.

  2. Vankadarath Saritha, 30, has been currently posted at Sarojini Nagar depot and will be put on day-time duty at a route in the central part of Delhi

  3. She was praised by Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai for accepting the challenge of driving a bus on the roads of Delhi

  4. Vankadarath Saritha hails from Nalgonda district in Telengana and was working as a private chauffeur in south Delhi when she was hired by the DTC in March

Iran nuclear talks Reaches "Historic Understanding"


The talks between the so-called P5+1 - the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany - and Iran at Lausanne's Beau-Rivage Palace hotel (switzerland) announced a historic understanding for a long-term nuclear agreement with Iran the agreements put certain limits on Iran's nuclear programme which would severely restrict Iran’s ability to make nuclear weapons for more than a decade.The world powers and Iran now aim to draft a comprehensive nuclear agreement by 30 June

A nuclear weapons–free Iran:-

  1. Iran has agreed to cut its installed centrifuges (the machines that spin and enrich uranium) by two-thirds from about 19,000 to about 6,000, of which only 5,060 will be allowed to operate for the next 10 years. Iran also agreed not to use more advanced centrifuge models for a decade. For 15 years, it will not enrich uranium beyond a low level and will restrict its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to 300 kilograms — not enough for a single weapon

  2. Iran would also either convert its stockpile of enriched uranium to oxide or ship it overseas

positive impact on Global trade relations of Iran:-

  1. The US and Iran have been in bitter relationship since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and hostage-taking at the US embassy in Tehran this agreement will bring positive change in the relationship of the countries and open doors to oppertunities

  2. Economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States, the European Union and others have significantly restricted international commercial opportunities with Iran,but the agreement will improve global relationship with Iran

Sunita Tomar the Face of India's anti tobacco campaign dies with cancer

Sunita Tomar the face of Indias's anti tobacco campaign "Lives Bachao Size badhao" took her last breath as she lost her long battle with oral cancer caused due to chewing of tobacco. After being through pain she decided to warn other's through her own experience of long pain and suffering.Sunita replaced Mukesh in the campaign in August.Sunita, 32, was admitted to Mumbai's Tata Memorial Hospital after doctors suspected cancer relapse.

  1. just a few day back She had written to the prime minister expressing deep disappointment after a controversial statement came from BJP MP Dilip Gandhi in which he said that here was no Indian study to confirm that tobacco use leads to cancer, and had told  the Health Ministry  the notification on bigger tobacco pack warnings to keepton hold its proposal to increase the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco packets from 40 percent to 85 percent

  2. India has the highest prevalence of oral cancer globally, with 75,000 to 80,000 new cases of oral cancers being reported every year, according to a health report submitted by the Ministry of Health in consultation with National Institute of Health and Family Welfare on the ill-effects of chewing tobacco.

  3. A recent study,estimated that the total economic costs attributable to tobacco use from all diseases in India in the year 2011 amounted to a staggering Rs 1,04,500 crore - 12 percent more than the combined state and central government expenditure on health care in the same year

Sahitya Akademi Award winner Hindi poet Kailash Vajpeyi breathed his last

Kailash Vajpeyi a renowned hindi poet and Sahitya Akademi award winner passed away due to cadiac arrest at the age of 79

Facts to know about kailash Vajpeyi :-

  1. He was born in Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh in 1936

  2. Kailash got his Masters degree from Lucknow University , and completed his P.hd at the age of 24

  3. He also received the 'Vachaspati' title from Lucknow University

  4. He was a visiting professor at the University of Mexico from 1973 to 1976

  5. He had published Sankrant, his first volume of poems, in 1964

  6. he has published over 28 books, including 14 volumes of poetry.

  7. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Vyas Samman by the K.K. Birla Foundation for Prithvi Ka Krishna Paksh (The Dark Fortnight of the Earth)

  8. He was awarded Sahitya akadmi for Hava Mein Hastakshar (Signatures in the Wind) in 2009.

Famous works of Kailash Vajpeyi :-'Sufinama', 'Sankrant',Hava Mein Hastakshar

Hindi Diwas/Hindi Day-14 sep

Al-Shabab militants kill 147 at university in Kenya

  1. Heavily armed millitants stormed a university in northern Kenya on Thursday, killing 147 people, wounding dozens

  2. The Somali-based Islamic terrorist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack — the al-Qaeda-linked organization's deadliest in Kenya.

  3. When gunfire from the Kenyan security forces struck the attacker in dormitory and the died when their suicide vests detonated.

  4. It is the deadliest attack yet by al-Shabab

President gives his node for re-promulgating the "Land Acquisition Ordinance"

  1. The land acquisition ordinance which could not get converted in to legislation due to the opposition in the Rajya Sabha so President Pranab Mukherjee signed the ordinance re-promulgating as recommended by the union cabinet on March 31 earlier to 5th april the day the ordinance would have lapsed according to article 123 in The Constitution Of India 1949

  2. The ordinance has  nine amendments that reflects Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, that was passed in Lok Sabha sought to replace the ordinance that was promulgated in December. President prorogued 234th session of the rajya sabha.Opposition parties demanded the passage of the original land bill that was passed during the UPA regime

  3. The ordinance was although passed in the lower house in the budget session 2015 but facing hurdle hudle in the upper house (Rajya Sabha) wherethe ruling party (NDA) doesnot have majority

Flash back to "article 123 in The Constitution Of India 1949":-

  1. If at any time,when both Houses of Parliament are not in session the President feels that circumstances exist which need immediate action he can issue an ordinance

  2. An Ordinance issued under this article shall have the same force and effect as an Act of Parliament

  3. It should be passed from both the the houses of parliament within six weeks from the day both the houses are in session

K.N Tripathi Sworn in as 16th governor of Mizoram

 K.N Tripathi is the Governor of west bengal and Bihar and has been given the additional charge of Mizoram, and is the 16TH Governor of Mizoram.Congress-ruled Mizoram has seen seven governor in last eight months.Tripathi replaces Aziz Qureshi, who was sacked last week. His term would have ended in 2017

Facts about K.N Tripathi:-

Tripathi a Constitutional expert is born at Allahabad and practised law in Allahabad High Court from 1956 till 2014 except the time when he was Speaker of Uttar Pradesh three times in 1991, 1997 and 2002

Governors of States as by indian constitution article 153 :-

There shall be a Governor for each state:[Provided that nothing shall prevent the appointment of the same person as Governor for two or more states.[Article153]

Appointment of the governor [Article 153]:-

The Governor of a State shall be appointed by the President by warrant under his hand and seal. [Article :155] Term of Office of Governor:- The Governor shall hold office during the pleasure of the President. The Governor may, by writing under his hand addressed to the President, resign his office. Subject to the foregoing provisions of this article, a Governor shall hold for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office. Provided that a Governor shall, notwithstanding the expiration of his term, continue to hold office until his successor enters upon his office.

Qualification for appointment as Governor :-

No person shall be eligible for appointment as Governor unless he is a citizen of India and has completed the age of thirty-five years.

Oath or affirmation by Governor :-

A governor takes oath in the presence of the Chief Justice of the High Court exercising jurisdiction in relation to the State, or, in his absence,the senior most Judge of high court

Pedro Cateriano the new prime minister of Peru

Peru’s President Ollanta Humala appointed Pedro Cateriano as his new prime minister, days after Ana Jara was sacked for failing to control the nation’s intelligence-gathering agency.

Facts about Pedro Cateriano :-

  1. Mr. Cateriano had served as defense minister since mid-2012 before becoming the new cabinet chief and government spokesman

  2. Cateriano is a lawyer by profession and specialized in constitutional law.

  3. From 1990 to 1992 he was a member of the Peruvian parliament and served as deputy justice minister from 2001 to 2002

  4. He was appointed defense minister on 24 July 2012 to the cabinet led by Juan Jimenez

88th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan starts at Ghuman (Dist. Gurdaspur, Punjab)

Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan that started at Ghuman (Dist.Gurdaspur,Punjab),the mega event, which began on Saturday is a tribute to the memory of Baba Namdev, a saint born in Maharashtra, who spent 20 years in Ghuman. through him, the people of Maharashtra and Punjab share a unique bond.Marathi litterateurs and publishers, the Sammelan is a chance to showcase their literary heritage to readers who may not be too familiar with Marathi literature

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