Page-71 of Socio-Economic Current Affairs, GK & News

President gives assent to the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill, 2013

President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill, 2013 which amends Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1959. What is Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1959? Section 3 of the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1959, which has been periodically amended, lists certain offices of profit under the Government ..

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Rajan Committee’s new methodology to replace ‘special category’ status for devolution of funds to States

The panel set up by the government under the chairmanship of the then Chief Economic Advisor Raghuram Rajan (now RBI governor) has suggested ending the ‘special category’ criteria for providing additional assistance to poorer states. Why did the government set up the Rajan Committee? The Union Government set up Raghuram Rajan Committee amid demands for “special ..

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Aadhaar card optional, not mandatory: Government

Informing the Supreme Court, the Centre stated that securing Aadhaar cards is optional and not mandatory. What is voluntary/mandatory issue with the Aadhaar cards? A number of pleas have been made in the apex court against decisions of some States to make Aadhaar cards mandatory for a range of activities including salary, Provident Fund disbursals ..

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Life imprisonment to China Communist Party Leader Bo Xilai

A Chinese court in east China’s Shandong province sentenced top China Communist Party leader Bo Xilai to life imprisonment uphelding the charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power against him. The court also stripped Bo of all political rights and ordered the confiscation of his property. Who is Bo Xilai and what is his case? Bo Xilai ..

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Three members of National Ganga River Basin Authority resign

Three expert members- Rajendra Singh, Ravi Chopra and Rashid Siddiqui resigned from the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) which was set up with the objective of protecting the Ganga from pollution and overuse.  The members were disquieted over the fact that the National Ganga River Basin Authority has not met since April 2012, especially ..

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