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Daily Current Affairs : 18-Mar-2020

Major Topics Covered :

  1. MONKEY DEATHS IN KERALA

  2. PERMANENT COMMISSION FOR WOMEN IN NAVY

  3. MEDICAL TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020

  4. GOVERNMENT EXPLANATION OF CAA TO SUPREME COURT

  5. BLUE REVOLUTION

  6. START-UP INDIA SCHEME REGARDING ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

  7. NATIONAL ANTI-PROFITEERING AUTHORITY


MONKEY DEATHS IN KERALA

Why in news?

  • A disease is spreading among the Bonnet macaque population in Vadakkanchery, near Thrissur, in Kerala, claiming 11 animals so far.


Highlights:

  • The cause of disease needed to be investigated further.

  • Veterinary experts suspect that a sexually transmitted disease might have broken out among the monkey population. All the dead ones were found to be females in the breeding age group. Autopsy indicated that the dead animals had uterine infections.


About Bonnet Macaque –

  • IUCN status – Least Concern

  • Like other macaques, the Bonnet Macaque is very sociable. They communicate with an interesting range of gestures and facial expressions.

  • Habitat - Bonnet Macaque troops have a home range with a core area of around 120 acres (50 hectares). They are comfortable in trees and on the ground, and as well as living in many different forest types, they will use plantations and agricultural areas.

Source : Hindu and WORLDANDTRUST.ORG



PERMANENT COMMISSION FOR WOMEN IN NAVY

Why in news?

  • The Supreme court upheld the right of serving Short Service Commission (SSC) women officers of the Navy to be granted permanent commission (PC) on a par with their male counterparts.


Highlights:

  • The bench criticised the government excuses for reeking of stereotypical mindsets.

  • Women officers of all branches/cadres could be directed to serve on board ships, both during training and subsequent employment in accordance with the exigencies of service.

Source : Hindu



MEDICAL TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020

Why in news?

  • The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Bill to extend the upper limit for permitting abortions from 20 weeks to 24 under special circumstances.


Highlights:

  • The “special categories of women” include rape survivors, victims of incest, the differently abled and minors.

  • Ritesh Pandey of the BSP and Amol R. Kolhe said abortion should be considered a fundamental right of a woman.

  • Congress said unrestricted abortions should not be encouraged as “abortions are a crime against humanity”.

Source : Hindu



GOVERNMENT EXPLANATION OF CAA TO SUPREME COURT

Why in news?

  • Home Ministry told the Supreme Court that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) is a “benign” law, which does not lead to expulsion or refoulment of illegal migrants.


Highlights:

  • It relaxed the settled principles of Indian citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians persecuted in the “theocratic states” of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the Ministry said.

  • The country is divided primarily on the basis of religion with no fault of citizens in 1947 and these six persecuted minorities had been suffering historic injustice in the three countries. India represents the sole rational and logically feasible place to seek shelter for these communities.

  • The Ministry dismissed fears about the CAA facilitating a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) to expel “doubtful citizens”.

  • Section 14A of the Citizenship Act of 1955, which provides for the preparation of NRC and issuance of national identity cards, was introduced way back in 2004.

  • The section, along with the Citizenship Rules of 2003, dealt only with the “process” of registration of Indian citizens and issuance of national identity cards.

Source : Hindu