Current Affairs in Short: 13 March 2019
Supreme Court ruled that only officers who have a minimum of six months tenure left in police service should be considered for the post of Director General of Police (DGP). A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the recommendation for post of DGP by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) should be purely on the basis of merit.
Why there is yet no mechanism to monitor assets of MPs and MLAs?: Supreme Court to Centre
• The Supreme Court asked the Central Government to explain why it has not set up a permanent mechanism to monitor the excessive growth of assets of the elected MPs and MLAs.
• In February 2018, the apex court said that the undue accretion of assets by lawmakers was a "sure indicator" of the beginning of a failing democracy. It had then asked for a permanent mechanism to monitor the undue accretion of wealth by lawmakers.
• While hearing a contempt plea filed by NGO 'Lok Prahari', the court said it was not issuing any notice but seeks a reply regarding the same within two weeks.
• The NGO has claimed that certain directions issued by the court in February 2018 have not been complied with.
• The ruling holds importance in wake of the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
Only officers left with minimum service of 6 months should be considered for DGP post: SC
• Supreme Court ruled that only officers who have a minimum of six months tenure left in police service should be considered for the post of Director General of Police (DGP).
• A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the recommendation for post of DGP by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) should be purely on the basis of merit.
• The apex court passed the verdict on a modification plea filed by former Uttar Pradesh DGP Prakash Singh alleging that the July 3, 2018 directive of the Supreme Court was being misused by state governments who were ignoring competent senior officers for appointment as DGPs.
• The apex court in July 2018 passed a slew of directions on police reforms and restrained all states and Union territories from appointing any police officer as acting DGPs to avoid favouritism and nepotism.
Election Commission asks Facebook to remove posters carrying photos of Wing Commander Abhinandan
• The Election Commission directed Facebook to remove two posters carrying Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s photograph, shared by BJP leader and Delhi legislator OP Sharma on the social media platform.
• The Commission undertook the move as a response to a complaint received through cVIGIL mobile application.
• The Commission already reminded the political parties of a 2013 advisory, through which it had asked them to desist from using photographs of defence personnel for political propaganda.
• As the Model Code of Conduct came into effect on March 10, 2018 in the wake of upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019, the commission is scrutinising every political move closely and keenly.
• The political parties, their candidates and cadres are required to abide by the Code and not indulge in any electoral offence or malpractice.
ASTROSAT observed new population of Ultraviolet Stars in the Globular Cluster NGC 2808
• Astronomers from Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai identified a new population of ultraviolet stars in the globular cluster NGC 2808 using the Indian space observatory AstroSat.
• Launched in September 2015, AstroSat is India’s dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory that observes the universe in the optical, ultraviolet, low and high energy X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
• Major astronomy Institutions and some Universities in India are participating in these observations.
• NGC 2808 Globular clusters are collections of thousands to millions of stars moving as one unit. These stars are tightly held together by the gravity of the cluster itself.
India has the 11th largest gold reserve: World Gold Council Report
• As per the latest report of the World Gold Council, India has the 11th largest gold reserve and the current gold holding is pegged at 607 tonnes.
• The top spot is occupied by US gold reserves of 8,133.5 tonnes, followed by Germany at second with 3,369.7 tonnes gold reserves.
• China and Japan have more reserves of the precious metal when compared to India. Mainland China has gold reserves of 1,864.3 tonnes and Japan has gold reserves of 765.2 tonnes.
• The World Gold Council report highlights the quantum of gold holding by the different countries.
GoDaddy becomes official sponsor of ICC World Cup 2019
• Website hosting company, GoDaddy on March 12, 2019 became the official sponsor of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2019.
• The 2019 World Cup will be held in the United Kingdom from May 30 to July 14, 2019.
• Under the partnership, GoDaddy will get visibility on ground, perimeter of the boundary, side screen, and placards during the matches.
• It will run various campaigns starting April 2019.
• GoDaddy has cricketer MS Dhoni as its brand ambassador.
India Pavilion inaugurated at London Book Fair
• Vikram Sahay, Joint Secretary at Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Sadhana Rout, Director General of Publications Division jointly inaugurated the India Pavilion at London Book Fair.
• The Fair is being held in the London Olympia from March 12 to 14, 2019.
• The India Pavilion lays special focus on 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
• It displays the digital version of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, apart from various other titles on Culture, History and Folklore of India.
• An interactive digital media experience on life and times of Mahatma Gandhi, Statue of Unity and other major achievements of India are also available at the Pavilion.