The Hindu NOTES – 15th Dec, 2017(Daily News Paper Analysis)

📰 THE HINDU NEWSPAPER– DAILY  Hindu Current Affairs Analysis 15th Dec 2017


Date:- 15-Dec, 2017

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 SC clears 12 special courts to try cases against politicians {Polity}

Context

1,581 criminal cases pending against Members of Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies.

In News

  • The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the green signal for the Centre’s scheme to set up 12 fast track courts to exclusively prosecute and dispose.
  • These courts to exclusively prosecute and dispose of  of 1,581 criminal cases pending against Members of Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies within a year.
  • These 1,581 criminal cases were declared by politicians in their nominations during the 2014 general elections.
  • A Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha directed the Centre to forthwith allocate Rs. 7.8 crore to the States for setting up of the special courts.
  • The States shall, in consultation with the High Courts concerned, make the courts operational by March 1, 2018

Clubbing of cases:

  • The scheme proposes to club the cases of several politicians together and have one court hear them.

 Haryana govt. to provide free sanitary napkins to poor women {Polity}

In news:

  • The Haryana government would soon provide sanitary napkins free of cost to all women belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) category in the state.

Highlights

  • on December 1 Government announced that it would arrange free supply of sanitary napkins to girls in the schools across the State.

Noteworthy achievement:

  • With the efforts of state government and cooperation of the people, the monthly average of gender ratio has touched 937 which was around 840 before the launch of the ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ scheme.
  • Now the gender ratio in many districts was more than 900 girls over 1000 boys.

 Kalvari submarine a big step in defence preparedness, says PM Modi {INTERNAL SECURITY}

 In news:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally commissioned the first of six Scorpene diesel-electric submarines into the Navy.
  • Kalvari submarine is the Navy’s first modern conventional submarine in almost two decades since the INS Sindhushastra was procured from Russia in July 2000.

Submarines capability:

  • The Scorpene submarines can undertake different missions including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance.

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 If it’s Kashh Coin, it must be fake {Economy}

 In news:

  • The Delhi Police Crime Branch busted an inter-State gang that duped investors by selling fake digital currency (cryptocurrency).
  • The gang lured potential investors by offering 10% interest on their principal every month, and had netted nearly Rs. 50 crore.

About Kashh Coin:

  • Kashh Coin is a new Cryptocurrency created by VKS International.
  • Kashh Coin iѕ a nеw Digital Crypto-Currency that is promoted thrоugh a marketing strategy called Multi-level Marketing.

 ‘Lighthouse projects to spur digitisation’ {Economy}

In news:

  • The government and the industry have decided to carry out a number of ‘lighthouse projects’ to spur digitisation.

How does it work?

  • For eg., Google will work with publishers and advertisers to bring more regional language content online, while Bharti Airtel will be working towards bringing high speed Internet to rural India as well as building data centres in the country.

 WTO meet ends without consensus {International}

Context

  • World Trade Organisation’s highest decision-making body meeting held during December 10-13 ended without any remarkable outcomes.

In news

  • WTO’s 164 members failed to reach a consensus on substantive issues such as the food security right of developing countries and the centrality of development in multilateral trade negotiations.
  • Consensus reached: the Ministerial Conference managed to salvage a commitment from member nations to secure a deal by 2019 on banning certain forms of fisheries’ subsidies.

India’s Position

  • India, for its part, thwarted attempts by several countries, both developed and developing, to initiate binding discussions on what they called the 21st century challenges to trade — including e-commerce, investment facilitation and proposed norms for small firms.
  • This it did by refusing to budge from its position that members should first resolve outstanding issues (such as food sovereignty) of the ongoing Doha Round negotiations that began in 2001 with a ‘development agenda’ (for improving the trading prospects of developing nations), before considering ‘new issues’.

 

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