Current Affairs in Short: 06 August 2019
Lok Sabha has passed the Supreme Court (Number of Judges), Amendment Bill, 2019 to increase the number of Supreme Court judges from the present 30 to 33 (excluding Chief Justice of India).
National Conference (22nd) on e-Governance to be held at Shillong
• The Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), in association with Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India and the State Government of Meghalaya will organize the 22nd National Conference on e-Governance (NCeG) 2019 on 8-9th August, 2019 at Shillong, Meghalaya.
• This year conference will be organized with a theme “Digital India: Success to Excellence”. The Conference would provide considerable momentum to the e-Governance initiatives in the North Eastern region.
• About 28 States and 8 Union Territories have confirmed their participation in the Conference and over 500 delegates are expected to attend it.
Pathamadai Silk Mat gets GI Tag
• Tamil Nadu’s Pathamadai mats have been granted Geographical Indication (GI) status by the trademarks and GI authorities.
• These mats are made especially for wedding ceremonies and have bride’s and groom's names as well as the wedding date woven in it.
• Outdated handicraft methods used in the making of Pattamadai mats is facing tough competition from increased domestic and international demand and supply imbalance.
Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Bill, 2019
• To increase the number of Supreme Court judges from the present 30 to 33 Supreme Court Number of Judges Amendment bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha.
• The Bill amends Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Ac, 1956. It helps to meet long standing demand of increasing strength of Supreme Court judges to resolve number of pending cases can be brought down substantially.
• The Bill to increase strength of Supreme Court judges by 10% i.e. to 33 from present 30 (excluding Chief Justice of India).
Lok Sabha passes The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019
• The bill aims to ban commercial surrogacy in India and it was passed in the house by a voice vote. Effective regulation of surrogacy, prohibit commercial surrogacy will be ensured by the Bill. It will allow ethical surrogacy only.
• The bill bans commercial surrogacy, including sale and purchase of human embryos and gametes, but allows ethical altruistic surrogacy for needy couples on fulfillment of stipulated conditions.
• Under the provisions of this bill, it has been defined as a practice in which woman gives birth to the child for intending couple with the intention to hand over the child to the intending couple after the birth.