Contents:

  1. Govt. sweetens Air India offer, puts 100% stake on the table
  2. Centre, Assam govt. sign accord with Bodo groups to redraw, rename territory
  3. State legislative council

GOVT. SWEETENS AIR INDIA OFFER, PUTS 100% STAKE ON THE TABLE

Why in news?

The Union government invited bids for a 100% stake sale of Air India

(AI) and transfer of management control along with its complete share in two subsidiaries

What will a bidder get?

The buyer will get a total of 146 aircraft, 56% of which are owned by the airline

group, while the remaining are on lease

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CENTRE, ASSAM GOVT. SIGN ACCORD WITH BODO GROUPS TO REDRAW, RENAME TERRITORY

Why in news?

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Assam government and Bodo groups signed an agreement to redraw and rename the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) in Assam, currently spread over the four districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri

  • Villages dominated by Bodos that were presently outside the BTAD would be included and those with non ­Bodo population would be excluded
  • Bodos living in the hills would be granted Scheduled Hill Tribe status

STATE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

Why in news?

Andhra assembly passes resolution to abolish legislative council

Details:

  • The Legislative Council  is the upper house in those states of India that have a bicameral legislature; the lower house being the State Legislative Assembly.
  • 6 out of 28 states have a State Legislative Council – Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh

Constitutional positions

  • Article 169: Abolition or creation of Legislative Councils in States.
    • (1) Notwithstanding anything in article 168, Parliament may by law provide for the abolition of the Legislative Council of a State having such a Council or for the creation of such a Council in a State having no such Council, if the Legislative Assembly of the State passes a resolution to that effect by a majority of the total membership of the Assembly and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of the Assembly present and voting.
    • (2) Any law referred to in clause (1) shall contain such provisions for the amendment of this Constitution as may be necessary to give effect to the provisions of the law and may also contain such supplemental, incidental and consequential provisions as Parliament may deem necessary.
    • (3) No such law as aforesaid shall be deemed to be an amendment of this Constitution for the purposes of article 368.
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