Current Affairs - July 2017

National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Malaria Elimination (2017-22)

July 31, 2017

Malaria has been a major public health problem in India. At the time of independence, there were 75 million cases of malaria reported every year. To tackle the problem, government took first major step and launched the National Malaria Control Programme in 1953. Since then, the national strategy on...

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Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016

July 26, 2017

In 2015, the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), a social organisation founded by Narendra Dabholkar, had prepared a draft law on prevention of people from social boycott and submitted it to the state government. The Maharashtra Assembly unanimously approved the Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill and the bill was forwarded...

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Germany’s Network Enforcement Act

July 24, 2017

In June 2017, the German lawmakers passed a controversial “Network Enforcement Act”, colloquially called “Facebook Law” under which Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies could face fines of up to €50 million ($57 million) for failing to remove hate speech. This law mandates the social media websites / apps operating in...

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GST: Issues around Anti-profiteering Rules

July 24, 2017

The Section-171 of the GST Act, states that “any reduction in rate of tax of any goods or services, or any benefit of “input tax credit” must be passed by the firms/companies to customers”. For example, if a firm is paying Rs 500 less for procurement of an intermediate...

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The Plastic Junkyard at Henderson Island

July 22, 2017

Recently, scientists found that Henderson Island, one of the remotest islands discovered so far, was covered with an estimated 38 million pieces of trash at its coast. The major concern for the scientists was that what made the remotest and uninhabited island a plastic junkyard. Reason discovered for the...

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault

July 20, 2017

Seed bank is a type of gene bank that aims to preserve genetic diversity in the form of seeds. Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure seed bank located   on the Spitsbergen Island of Norway. It was started by Cary Flower, an American agriculturist, also known as the “father” of the Svalbard Global...

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GLOBAL CYBERSECURITY INDEX (GCI)

July 19, 2017

Cyber-security refers to specially designed codes or procedures through which the systems are protected against unauthorized access, viruses and potential hacking. It seems to be in constant mode of upgradation due to the newer challenges posed by cyber criminals. It had come under scrutiny during the recent cyber attacks...

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Nuclear Weapon Prohibition Treaty (NWPT): Contours and proposals, Issues

July 19, 2017

The Nuclear Weapon Prohibition Treaty was initiated by the United Nations in its session from June 15 to July 7, 2017. It is to act complementary to the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and is aimed at following the path laid down by Article VI (state parties must pursue negotiations...

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Pricing of Petroleum India and Issues around Uniform Tax

July 17, 2017

As the states sit down to prepare a uniform tax regarding petroleum, it is important to see what is GST and how has it affected the petroleum sector. Goods and Services Tax GST launched in the midnight hour of 31st June 2017, it is a uniform one nation one...

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Sub-nationalism: Meaning and Issues in India

July 15, 2017

The demand of a separate state flag purported by the state of Karnataka has raised the issue of subnationalism in the country. As the rhetoric of nationalism engulfs the nation, the demand of a state neither ruled by a regional party nor having a past of separatist tendencies of...

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