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Daily Current Affairs : 28-Jan-2020

Major Topics Covered :

  1. ANDHRA PRADESH ASSEMBLY - TO ABOLISH STATE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

  2. BODO ACCORD

  3. SAGARMATHA DIALOGUE

  4. NATIONAL SECURITY ACT (NSA)

  5. STRATEGIC DISINVESTMENT- PIM

  6. WORLD BREASTFEEDING TRENDS INITIATIVE (WBTI)

  7. PADMA AWARDEES 2020

  8. RELATED-PARTY TRANSACTIONS


ANDHRA PRADESH ASSEMBLY - TO ABOLISH STATE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

Part of GS- 2 Polity and Governance


Why in news?

  • The Andhra Pradesh Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution to abolish the State Legislative Council.


Highlights:

  • Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy moved the one-line resolution in the assembly to abolish the council.

  • Speaker, Tammineni Seetharam announced that the statutory resolution was adopted with 133 members voting in favour of it.

  • He said the Assembly passed the resolution on dissolution of the Council after a wide range of discussions. Later, the Speaker adjourned the House indefinitely.

  • The resolution will now be sent to the Centre for necessary follow-up action.

  • The move came after the YSRC government failed to get two crucial bills on its plans to have three capitals cleared by the opposition TDP-dominated Upper House.


Legislative Council only for 5 states

  • Article 171 of the Constitution of India provides for the establishment of a Vidhan Parishad. The Vidhan Parishad or Legislative Council is the upper house in those states of India that have a bicameral legislature. As of 2017, Six states have a Legislative Council.

  • Karnataka

  • Uttar Pradesh

  • Maharashtra

  • Bihar

  • Telangana


Legislative Councils (Vidhan Parishad)

  • Power of abolition or creation of Legislative council lies with parliament.

  • If legislative assembly of state passes a resolution by a majority of total membership & not less than 2/3rd of the members of the assembly present & voting, Parliament may or may not approve the resolution with simple majority.

  • A resolution passed by legislative assembly of state for creation or abolition of its council is not binding on parliament.

How are members of the Council elected?

  • 1/3rd Elected by electorates consisting of members of municipalities, District boards & other local authorities in state

  • 1/3rd Elected by members of legislative assembly of state from amongst persons who are not member of assembly

  • 1/6th Nominated by governor (From fields of art, science, literature, social science & cooperative movements)

  • 1/12th Elected from graduates of 3 years, residing in that state 1/12th Elected by persons engaged in teaching for not less than 3 years in educational institutions within the state, not lower than secondary school

Strength

  • Not more than 1/3rd of legislative assembly, but cannot be less than 40.

  • Legislative council is a permanent body (term 6 years) & not subjected to dissolution.

  • After every 2 years, 1/3rd of its members retire, however, retiring members are subjected to re-election & re-nomination


Source: PIB



BODO ACCORD

Part of GS- 2 Polity and Governance


Why in news?

  • The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi hailed the historic Bodo Accord signed on 27th January, 2020, and said the Accord will lead to transformative results for the Bodo people.