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Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 20 March, 2021

Daily news will speed up the preparation for the Civil Services Examination and it also plays a crucial role to grasp the current affairs topic comprehensively. Here we have covered most of the topics related to various categories including National, International, Sports, Science and Technology, and so on.

1. 18th Annual Convocation of NIT Rourkela

Why in news?

President of India to Grace the 18th Annual Convocation of NIT Rourkela and Inaugurate Super Specialty Hospital in Rourkela Steel Plant on March 21.

Key points are:

– The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Odisha from March 20 to 22, 2021.

– In the evening of March 20, 2021, the President will reach Bhubaneswar.

– On March 21, 2021, the President will grace the 18th annual convocation of NIT Rourkela.  On the same day, he will also inaugurate a Super Specialty Hospital in the Rourkela Steel Plant.

– On March 22, 2021, the President will visit the India Oil Foundation Trust Interpretation Centre at Konark, before returning to New Delhi.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 19 March, 2021

2. Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav seminar

Why in news?

Mangalore Refinery and St Aloysius College, Mangalore jointly organised a seminar called “Striving for a Sustainable Tomorrow with Green Fuels.”  This seminar was part of the series of activities planned by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence, “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”.

Key points are:

– Speaking on occasion through an online platform, Shri Tarun Kapoor, Secretary P&NG, in his introductory speech, explained the significance of the celebration of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

– He stressed the need to ensure the energy security of the nation, along with the need to ensure a sustainable future for mankind.

– Shri M. Venkatesh Managing Director MRPL gave the introductory remarks.

– The Seminar was Moderated by MRPL’s Director Refinery Shri Sanjay Verma who introduced the topic of sustainability and stressed the need to preserve mother earth for future generations.

– The seminar ended with the Question and answer session, which was participated enthusiastically by the audience.

– Top officials of MOPNG and Oil industry leaders and officials were present through the online platform.

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3. Narendra Kumar Vyas and Naresh Kumar Chandravanshi

Why in news?

The President of India, in the exercise of the power conferred by clause (l) of Article 224 of the Constitution Of India, appointed Shri Narendra Kumar Vyas, and Shri Naresh Kumar Chandravanshi, as the Additional Judges of the Chhattisgarh High Court, for a period of two years.

Key points are:

– A notification in this regard was issued on 19 March, 2021 by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India.

About Narendra Kumar Vyas

Narendra Kumar Vyas, B.Sc., L.L.B. had enrolled as Advocate on 16.03.1996. He has over 23 years of experience.

He has practiced in Labour Court, Industrial Court, District Court, Bilaspur, Raigarh, Janjgeer-Champa, EPF Tribunal, Central Government Industrial Tribunal cum Labour Court during period 1996 to 2002 and after that has been practicing in the Chhattisgarh High Court till date.

About Naresh Kumar Chandravanshi

Naresh Kumar Chandravanshi, B.A., LL.B., joined the Judicial Service on 11.07.1990. As a Judicial Officer, he served as Additional District & Sessions Judge, Sakti, Additional Registrar, High Court of Chhattisgarh, District & Sessions Judge, Surguja, Ambikapur, Legal Advisor to Governor of Chhattisgarh and presently he is working as Principal Secretary, Law & Legislative Affairs Department, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Raipur.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 18 March, 2021

4. “Handbook on Ethics for Insolvency Professionals: Ethical and Regulatory Framework”

Why in news?

Dr. Navrang Saini, Whole Time Member, IBBI, in presence of Ms. Natalie Toms, Chief Economist and Counsellor, British High Commission, released a publication titled “Handbook on Ethics for Insolvency Professionals: Ethical and Regulatory Framework”, in a webinar organised on 19 March, 2021.

Key points are:

– The Handbook prepared by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India in association with the British High Commission is based on inputs on the best practices followed by the Insolvency Practitioners in the United Kingdom.

– It aims to stimulate the highest standards of ethics and professionalism among Insolvency Professionals.

– This Handbook serves as a ready reckoner and a tool to assist the insolvency professionals and other stakeholders in the insolvency ecosystem, in imbibing and practising an ethical code of conduct.

– The Handbook details several aspects of professional ethics, including conflict of interest, independence, impartiality, objectivity and timelines, etc. in a comprehensive manner, and is expected to serve as an important knowledge product for development and percolation of standards of professional and ethical conduct for IPs enabling proactive compliances with utmost care and diligence.

– The Handbook is in line with the ground realities of the Indian insolvency ecosystem and is expected to serve as a practical guide for IPs in discharging their duties ethically and effectively.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 17 March, 2021

5. Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020

Why in news?

Recently, Rajya Sabha passed the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha in March 2020.

Key points are:

– The Bill seeks to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.

– Under the Act, a pregnancy may be terminated up to 20 weeks by a married woman in the case of failure of a contraceptive method or device. The Bill allows unmarried women to also terminate a pregnancy for this reason.

– Opinion of one registered medical practitioner (instead of two or more) for termination of pregnancy up to 20 weeks of gestation.

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– Gestation is the foetal development period from the time of conception until birth.

– Opinion of two registered medical practitioners for termination of pregnancy of 20-24 weeks of gestation.

– Opinion of the State-level medical board is essential for a pregnancy to be terminated after 24 weeks in case of substantial foetal abnormalities.

– Every state government is required to constitute a Medical Board.

– These Medical Boards will consist of the following members: (i) a gynaecologist, (ii) a paediatrician, (iii) a radiologist or sonologist, and (iv) any other number of members, as may be notified by the state government.

– It enhances the upper gestation limit from 20 to 24 weeks for special categories of women which will be defined in the amendments to the MTP Rules and would include survivors of rape, victims of incest and other vulnerable women (like differently-abled women, minors) etc.

– The “name and other particulars of a woman whose pregnancy has been terminated shall not be revealed”, except to a person authorised in any law that is currently in force.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 16 March, 2021

6. Ration cards cancellation case

Why in news?

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to respond to a plea related to the cancellation of over three-crore ration cards for not linking them to Aadhaar.

Also, the SC has sought a report on the implementation of the grievances redressal mechanism. It is contained in Sections 14, 15 and 16 of the National Food Security Act, 2013.

Key points are:

– A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court which said that such cancellations had led to starvation deaths across the country.

– Right to food, which the ration card symbolised, cannot be curbed or cancelled because of lack of Aadhaar, says the petitioner.

– The Court said the issue is concerning because the government has cancelled cards of even tribal people and the poor, solely because they could not be biometrically linked with Aadhaar.

– The Union of India casually gives an explanation that these cancelled cards were bogus. The real reason is that the technological system based on iris identification, thumbprints, non-possession of Aadhaar, non-functioning of the Internet in rural and remote areas, etc., led to large scale cancellation of ration cards, without notice to the family concerned.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 13 March, 2021

7. National Technical Textiles Mission

Why in news?

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had, in 2020, approved the setting up of a National Technical Textiles Mission at a total outlay of ₹1,480 Crore.

Key points are:

– To position the country as a global leader in technical textiles and increase the use of technical textiles in the domestic market.

– The Mission will be implemented for four years from 2020-2021 and will have four components:

– The first component will focus on research and development and innovation and will have an outlay of ₹1,000 crore. The research will be at both, fibre level and application-based in geo, agro, medical, sports and mobile textiles and the development of bio-degradable technical textiles.

– The second component will be for the promotion and development of the market for technical textiles. The Mission will aim at taking domestic market size from $40 billion to $50 billion by 2024.

– The third component will focus on export promotion so that technical textile exports from the country reach from ₹14,000 crore now to ₹20,000 crore by 2021-2022 and ensure 10% average growth every year till the Mission ends.

– The last component will be on education, training and skill development.

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