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10- AUGUST - 2016

LODHA COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION ON BCCI REFORMS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND ILLEGAL: JUSTICE KATJU

Justice (Retired) Markandey Katju panel appointed by BCCI to advice on SC verdict on implementation of Justice Lodha committee recommendations submitted its interim report to it.

The panel in its recommendations termed Supreme Court verdict on BCCI reforms as recommended by Lodha Committee as unconstitutional and illegal.

Findings of the Panel

• It advised the Board to file a review petition before a larger bench of the Apex Court and not to meet the Committee as scheduled on 9 August 2016.

• It terms the action of the Supreme Court as the violation of principles of separation of powers as enshrined in the Indian Constitution. It is the legislature's prerogative to make laws and if judiciary starts making laws, it would set a dangerous precedent.

• It suggests, as BCCI's constitution has been prepared as per Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, both the Supreme Court and the Lodha Committee cannot forcibly change its by-laws.

• The BCCI alone can amend by-laws by passing a special resolution by two-third of majority.

However, Justice Katju agreed that there is a need for reforms in the BCCI. The Apex Court had appointed the Lodha Committee to suggest reforms in the working of BCCI.

Background

Earlier on 2 August 2016, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju as the head of a legal panel to guide the board in understanding the recommendations of the Justice RM Lodha Committee. Lodha Committee’s recommendations were approved by the apex court.

ODISHA GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES BARISTHA BUNAKAR SAHAYATA YOJANA

The Odisha government launched a special assistance scheme for elderly weavers, ‘Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana’, to mark the National Handlooms Day.

‘Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana’

• Under the scheme all weavers above the age of 60 years would get a monthly pension of 500 rupees, and those above 80 years would get 700 rupees.

• The scheme is aimed at improving the financial condition of over 8000 weavers, who have been working in this field for the last 20 years.

• The pension amounts would be directly sent to the beneficiaries bank accounts.

On the occasion, chief minister Naveen Patnaik also gave away awards to weavers' cooperative societies who have been relentlessly promoting and producing the traditional weaves of Odisha.

As per reports, Odisha a home of nearly 1.5 lakh weavers including 78% women engaged in handloom production produces handloom fabrics worth 160 crore rupees. Some handloom products of Odisha include tie and dye, Sambalpuri, Khandua, Berhampuri Pata, Saktapar sari, Maniabandha, Bomkai and others.

UNION GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES SWACHH SURVEKSHAN-2017 TO ASSESS 500 CITIES

Union Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu launched Swachh Suvekshan-2017 project to assess and rank 500 cities based on levels of sanitation and efforts made by respective urban local bodies.

It also aims to capture progress towards achieving Open Defecation Free status.

Highlights of the Swachh Survekshan-2017

• Cities will be ranked based on the reports by urban local bodies on the progress made towards construction of toilets, feedback of citizens and independent observation of sanitation levels.

• Cities with a population of one lakh and above each, heritage and tourism cities, capital cities with less than one lakh population are included in this survey.

• Quality Council of India which conducted the last Survey in 73 cities will conduct the survey in 500 cities and towns.

Swachhata App and Swachhata Helpline

• Naidu also launched a web portal Swachhata App and Swachhta Helpline 1969 to enable citizens associate more and more with Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas.

• Citizens can post photos of unhygienic places in urban areas on Swachh App and they will be informed of action taken by respective urban local bodies in specific time period.

• Using toll free Helpline Number 1969, citizens can seek information about the ways of participating in cleanliness mission and can also enquire the status of their applications for construction of toilets.

Asli Tarakki campaign

• Asli Tarakki campaign was also launched to highlight the need for construction of toilets and using them well.

• This campaign will be mounted on TV channels and in print media.

MANISH TANDON APPOINTED AS CEO OF CSS CORP.

Manish Tandon was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CSS Corp, a global Technology Support company. He will be inducted as a whole time Director of the board and as CEO.

He will succeed TG Ramesh, the current CEO who now moves onto the role of a strategic advisor role as a non-executive director on the board.

About Manish Tandon

• An IIT Kanpur alumnus and a Gold Medalist from IIM Bangalore, Manish has spent nearly two decades at Infosys building and delivering value to global clients across the IT-enabled Services value chain.

• After his early experience in software delivery and operations, Manish moved into client and business management roles.

• He grew the Testing business for Infosys significantly, and has operated across a range of geographies, horizontals and business verticals including Retail / CPG and Financial Services & Insurance.

• He is currently the head of Healthcare & Life Sciences, Insurance and High-Tech Manufacturing businesses at Infosys.

• He is also a Director on the board of Infosys Lodestone, Infosys Public Services and EdgeVerve.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD'S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OBSERVED WITH THEME RIGHT TO EDUCATION

9 August: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples was observed with theme Indigenous Peoples' Right to Education.

The day was founded by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 23 December 1994 with adoption of resolution 49/214 proclaiming that the International Day of the World's Indigenous People shall be observed annually on 9 August. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

Later, the UNGA established two International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples the first 1995-2004 and the second 2005-2014, with the theme of A Decade for Action and Dignity.

These decades were established with the goal of strengthening international cooperation for solving problems faced by indigenous peoples in areas such as human rights, the environment, development, education and health, economic and social development.

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The right of indigenous peoples to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Article 14 of the Declaration states that “Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.”

The right of indigenous peoples to education is also protected by a number of other international human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for ensuring equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.

Data on indigenous people

  • As per the available data, there are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries.
  • They make up less than 5 percent of the world's population, but account for 15 percent of the poorest.
  • They speak an overwhelming majority of the world's estimated 7000 languages and represent 5000 different cultures.

Educational Gap

In spite of several instruments, the right to education has not been fully realized for most indigenous peoples, and a critical education gap exists between indigenous peoples and the general population.

Available data shows consistent and persistent disparities between the indigenous and the non-indigenous population in terms of educational access, retention and achievement, in all regions of the world.

The education sector not only mirrors the historical abuses, discrimination and marginalization suffered by indigenous peoples, but also reflects their continued struggle for equality and respect for their rights as peoples and as individuals.

AUSTRALIA WINS GOLD IN FIRST-EVER OLYMPIC WOMEN'S RUGBY SEVENS CHAMPIONSHIP

Australia clinched the gold medal as the first-ever Olympic champion in the Women's Rugby Sevens category.

The Australian team defeated New Zealand by 24-17.

The bronze medal was won by Canada that defeated Britain by a score of 33-10.

Rugby Sevens at the 2016 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics marks the debut for rugby sevens at the Summer Olympics, though rugby union was last played at the 1924 Summer Olympics.

The sport debuted at the 1900 Paris games where the gold medal was won by the host nation.

It was subsequently featured at the London games in 1908, the Antwerp games in 1920 and the Paris games in 1924.

The United States is the most successful nation in Olympic rugby tournaments, having won the gold medal in both 1920 and 1924.

France has the most medals: one gold in 1900 and two silvers in 1920 and 1924.

Shortly after the 1924 games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dropped rugby union as an Olympic sport. Since then, there have been numerous attempts to bring the sport back to the Olympic programme.

In October 2009, the IOC voted at its session in Copenhagen to include the sevens version of the sport in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The event made its debut in an Olympic programme at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics.

LOK SABHA PASSES THE CONSTITUTION (122ND AMENDMENT) (GST) BILL, 2014

The Lok Sabha on 8 August 2016 passed The Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014. The bill was passed by two-third majority, with 443 members voting in its favour and none against in the final vote.

Introduced in Lok Sabha in May 2015, the Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha on 3 August 2016.

Provisions of the Bill

• The GST will have two components keeping in mind the federal structure of India: the Central GST (CGST) and the State GST (SGST).

• For goods and services that pass through several states, or imports, the Centre will levy another tax, the Integrated GST (IGST).

• Alcohol for human consumption has been kept out of the purview of GST.

• It empowers the centre to impose an additional tax of up to 1% on the inter-state supply of goods for two years or more. This tax will accrue to states from where the supply originates.

• Initially, GST will not apply to (a) petroleum crude, (b) high speed diesel, (c) motor spirit (petrol), (d) natural gas and (e) aviation turbine fuel. The GST Council will decide when GST will be levied on them.

• Tobacco and tobacco products will be subject to GST. The centre may also impose excise duty on tobacco.

• Parliament may provide for compensation to states for revenue losses arising out of the implementation of GST for up to 5 years, based on the recommendations of the GST Council.

 

 

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