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Daily Current Affairs : 26-Nov-2019

Major Topics Covered :

  1. COMMONWEALTH YOUTH PARLIAMENT

  2. SANGAI FESTIVAL 2019 BEGINS IN MANIPUR

  3. MAHARASHTRA BILL ON PROTECTING MEDIAPERSONS

  4. MANIPUR, J&K RECORD MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CASES UNDER UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES (PREVENTION) ACT

  5. CONSTITUTION DAY BEING CELEBRATED TODAY (26TH NOV 2019)

  6. GOVT LAUNCHES CREDIT-LINKED SUBSIDY SERVICES AWAS PORTAL

  7. JOHADS/ KHADIN

  8. BODOLAND

  9. GAMOSA



COMMONWEALTH YOUTH PARLIAMENT

Part of GS- 2 IR


Why in news?

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla addressed youngsters from India and the Commonwealth during the inaugural session of the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Delhi Assembly.


Highlights:


  • The Commonwealth Youth Parliament is an annual gathering hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

  • It brings together young people aged 18–29 from across the Commonwealth of Nations to discuss issues of democracy and governance.

  • The Commonwealth Youth Parliament rotates annually through the nine regions of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

  • It is for the first time that an Indian Legislature is hosting the Commonwealth Youth Parliament.



Source: AIR

SANGAI FESTIVAL 2019 BEGINS IN MANIPUR

Part of GS-1 A&C


Why in news?

In Manipur, week-long Manipur Sangai Festival 2019 started from 24th November, 2019. The festival is organized by the State Tourism Department and biggest festival held annually to promote tourism.


Highlights:

  • Every year the State of Manipur celebrates the “Manipur Sangai Festival” from 21st to 30th November.

  • The ‘Festival’ is named after the State animal, Sangai, the brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur.

  • It started in the year 2010.

  • Every edition of the festival showcases the tourism potential of the state in the field of Arts & Culture, Handloom, Handicrafts, Indigenous Sports, Cuisine and Music of the state etc.


Endangered (EN) — IUCN.

Endemic species found only in Manipur, India.

State animal of Manipur


Habitat:

  • Floating marshy grasslands, Phumids, of the Keibul Lamjao National Park, located in the southern parts of the Loktak Lake (largest freshwater lake in eastern India)

  • Phumdi- floating mass of entangled vegetation formed by the accumulation of organic debris and biomass with soil


Conservation

  • Schedule – I animal in wildlife (Protection) act, 1972

  • Keibul Lamjao National Park – Manipur

  • Name- sangai (sa“animal” and ngai “in awaiting”)

  • By nature, the deer, particularly the males, even when running for its life stops occasionally and looks back as if he is waiting for someone and hence the name

  • Sangai festival- annual cultural festival organised by Manipur Tourism Department



Source: AIR

MAHARASHTRA BILL ON PROTECTING MEDIAPERSONS

Part of GS-2 Polity and Governance


Why in news?

President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to a legislation passed by the Maharashtra Assembly in 2017 that makes violent attacks on media persons a non-bailable offence.


Highlights:

  • The Maharashtra Media Persons and Media Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2017, also has a provision of imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 50,000.

  • It was passed by the Assembly in 2017, but received the President’s assent in October after the Union Home Ministry scrutinised the legislation and consulted all concerned Ministries.

  • The MHA had returned the Bill to the Maharashtra government last year to seek clarification.


Additional Information:

  • Maharashtra is the first State to pass such a legislation.

  • In 2017, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an advisory to all States to ensure the “safety and security of journalists”.

  • The advisory was issued days after Bengaluru-based journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead near her home. 



Source: The Hindu

MANIPUR, J&K RECORD MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CASES UNDER UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES (PREVENTION) ACT

Part of GS-3 Security and Defence


Why in news?

More than 35% cases registered under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) were recorded in Manipur, as per the National Crime Records Data (NCRB) provided by the Home Ministry in the Rajya Sabha last week in November, 2019.


Highlights:

  • With 156 cases, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) recorded 17% of such cases, followed by Assam (133) which reported 14% of all cases registered under it in 2017 in the entire country. Uttar Pradesh (109 cases) recorded 12% and Bihar (52 cases) accounted for 5% of total cases.

  • Under the UAPA, the investigating agency can file a chargesheet in maximum 180 days after the arrests and the duration can be extended further after intimating the court. The anti-terror act has death penalty and life imprisonment as maximum punishment.