The Hindu NOTES – 14th Nov 2017(Daily News Paper Analysis)
📰 THE HINDU NEWSPAPER– DAILY Hindu Current Affairs Analysis 14th Nov 2017
Date:- 14-NOV, 2017
📰 Stone-pelting drops 90% in J&K
- Jammu and KashmirPolice chief S.P. Vaid has said that there has been a 90% dip in incidents of stone-pelting in Kashmir Valley this year as compared to the last year and credited the people of Kashmir for the improvement in the situation.
- NIA raids, he said, were not alone responsible for the change in situation in the Kashmir Valley and maintained there were multiple factors at play including demonetisation and action against top militant commanders.
- Apart from these, detention under the Public Safety Act also helped, he said.
- “Even on Friday, where it used to be normal to have 40-50 incidents of stone pelting in a day (last year), not even a single incident is taking place (this year)”, the DGP said.
📰 Municipal areas across country exempt from highway liquor ban, Supreme Court further clarifies
- The Supreme Court came out with an explanation of its July 11, 2017 order, which clarified that stretches of highways running through municipal areas were exempted from the December 2016 ban on sale of liquor within 500 metres along national and States highways.
- It said the exemption from ban applies to municipal areas across the country.
- Addressing a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, for Tamil Nadu, pointed to a query posed by the Madras High Court in this regard and its directive to the State government to approach the Supreme Court and clear the air.
- Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by an advocate, the High Court wanted to know if the exemption granted to municipal areas in the order pertained to only municipal areas in Chandigarh and none other.
- The question popped up in the High Court because the petitioner in the Supreme Court was an NGO based in Chandigarh called Arrive Safe Society.
- “The High Court says municipal areas in the Supreme Court order means only areas in Punjab and not in Chennai. The Chief Justice Bench of the High Court wants a clarification whether the exemption apllies only to Chandigarh,” Mr. Rohatgi said.
- “Well, why should the High Court think that? If our order applies for municipal areas in Chandigarh it will apply equally for municipal areas across the country,” Chief Justice Misra responded orally.
📰 Rajnath seeks insurance against bank fraud
- The Home Ministry has asked banks and e-wallet firms to publish statistics of online fraud and theft so that customers can make an “informed choice” before subscribing to the services.
- Home Minister also instructed all concerned to formalise an insurance plan for victims of bank fraud as most banks and insurance firms do not provide any cover for such frauds.
- Singh reviewed various measures, including strengthening of surveillance and legal frameworks, to deal with financial frauds using bank cards and e-wallets.
- Big data analysis by IIT-Delhi for identification of perpetrators of phone frauds to prevent duplication across e-wallets, and providing additional information through SMS or email alerts to customers from banks or e-wallet companies are some of the key measures being taken by the government.
- As per representational data available with the RBI, the value of prepaid payment instruments, which mainly include e-wallets, increased from ₹1,320 crore in November 2016 to ₹ 2,760 crore in September 2017.
- The customer alert mechanism to include names of beneficiaries of any financial transaction wherever necessary for better traceability and cross-checking on the part of the victim, publishing online statistics depicting the specific incidents, frauds of e-wallet companies and banks along with details including investigation to enable customers to make an informed choice before subscribing to e-wallet services are other initiatives being planned.
- An inter-ministerial committee on phone frauds (IMCPF) has been constituted in the Home Ministry in September last.
📰 Will lead talks on Ayodhya: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
- Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that he would travel to Ayodhya and open talks with stakeholders in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute on November 16.
- He made the announcement on the sidelines of his lecture to students of Jawaharlal Nehru University.
- The ruling BJP is non-committal on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s initiative to forge consensus.
- The Art of Living Foundation, headed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, said last week that the guru had been in touch with several imams and swamis, including Acharya Ram Das of Nirmohi Akhara.
- The Supreme Court decided to reopen the hearing based on 13 appeals filed in four civil suits against a 2010 judgment that ordered a three-way split of the territory among Nrimohi Akhara, a religious denomination; Ram Lalla Virajmaan (the deity); and the Sunni Waqf Board.
- The court will hear the case on December 5.
📰 415 killed in quake along Iran-Iraq border
- Teams of Iranian rescuers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraqborder, killing at least 415 people and injuring thousands.
- The 7.3-magnitude quake rocked a border area 30 km southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan.
- Many people would have been at home when the quake hit in Iran’s western Province of Kermanshah, about 15 km from the Iraq border, where authorities said it killed at least 407 people and injured 6,700.
- The quake also triggered landslides that hindered rescue efforts.