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Current Affairs 04 April 2022

CONTENTS

  1. Resolution on Chandigarh
  2. UNEP report on noise pollution
  3. NFC technology for instant payments
  4. Death penalty
  5. Draft Indian Antarctic Bill
  6. Central Bureau of Investigation
  7. Look out notice

Resolution on Chandigarh


Context:

The longstanding dispute between Punjab and Haryana over Chandigarh flared up this week after the Centre notified Central Service Rules for employees in the Union Territory instead of the Punjab Service Rules. The Centre had earlier tweaked rules for appointments to the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) — recruitments can now be done from anywhere in India, instead of just Punjab and Haryana.

  • Recently, the Punjab Assembly in a special session passed a unanimous resolution reiterating the state’s claim on Chandigarh.

Relevance:

GS II- Polity and Governance

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. When and how did Chandigarh become the capital of Punjab?
  2. When was Punjab reorganised, and Chandigarh became a Union Territory?
  3. What about a separate capital for Haryana?
  4. What claims on Chandigarh were made subsequently?
  5. Resolutions in the Punjab Assembly over the years
  6. Difference between a state and union territory

Click Here To Know More: Resolution on Chandigarh


UNEP Report On Noise Pollution


Context:

A February report commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme on the environmental challenges posed by noise, wildfires and the disruption of biological rhythms of plants, animals and ecological cycles became controversial on account of the mention of a single city, Moradabad.

Relevance:

GS III- Environment and Ecology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What was the controversy?
  2. So, is Moradabad the second-noisiest city?
  3. Why are measurements of noise important?
  4. What is India doing about noise pollution?
  5. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Click Here To Know More: UNEP Report On Noise Pollution


NFC Technology For Instant Payments


Context:

Google Pay has recently launched a new feature in India, ‘Tap to pay for UPI’, in collaboration with Pine Labs. The feature makes use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

Relevance:

GS III- Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is NFC and how does it work?
  2. How will this technology work with the recently launched feature, ‘Tap to pay for UPI’?
  3. Applications of NFC technology

Click Here To Know More: NFC Technology For Instant Payments


Death Penalty


Context:

While hearing death sentence appeals since September 2021, the Supreme Court has repeatedly expressed concern over the manner in which trial courts and High Courts have carried out sentencing with very little (relevant) information.

Relevance:

GS-II: Polity and Constitution (Judiciary, Important Judgements)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is Death Penalty/Capital Punishment?
  2. Capital Punishment in India
  3. Bachan Singh vs. State of Punjab (1980) judgement on Capital Punishment
  4. How capital punishment goes against the Principle of Natural justice?
  5. Bringing up Collective conscience of society
  6. What is Collective Conscience of Society?
  7. J.S. Verma Committee and A P Shah Committee

Click Here To Know More: Death Penalty


Draft Indian Antarctic Bill


Context:

Nearly 40 years after India first signed the Antarctic Treaty, the government has brought in a draft Indian Antarctic Bill, 2020. Earth Sciences Minister tabled the draft Bill in Lok Sabha.

Relevance:

GS II- Government policies and Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is the Antarctica Bill?
  2. What is the Antarctica Treaty?
  3. What are the main provisions of the Bill?
  4. What are the prohibitions?
  5. What is the penalty system that has been introduced?

Click Here To Know More: Draft Indian Antarctic Bill


Central Bureau of Investigation


Context:

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has recently come under intense public scrutiny, according to Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana. Its actions and inactions have sparked doubts about its credibility.

  • The CJI has recommended an umbrella, independent, and autonomous investigative body in order to overhaul law enforcement agencies.

Relevance:

GS-II: Polity and Constitution, Governance

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
  2. Functions of CBI
  3. Challenges of CBI

Click Here To Know More:  Central Bureau of Investigation


Look Out Notice


Context:

Delhi High Court on Friday sought the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED’s) response on journalist Rana Ayyub’s challenge to its action of restraining her from leaving the country. Ayyub was stopped in Mumbai based on a look out circular (LOC) issued by the ED, which is investigating her in a case of alleged money laundering.

Relevance:

GS II- Polity and Governance

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is Look out notice?
  2. Who can issue an LOC?

Click Here To Know More: Look Out Notice


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