Morning Current Affairs: 16 January 2017

Jan 16, 2018 10:30 IST
Morning Current Affairs: 16 January 2017

SC forms 5-judge constitution bench headed by CJI Dipak Mishra to hear crucial cases

The Supreme Court of India on 16 January 2017 announced the composition of a 5-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Mishra to hear crucial cases.

Besides the Chief Justice, the bench would comprise Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.  Some of the cases falling in the line-up of crucial cases include challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act, 2013 apex court judgment re-criminalising gay sex between consenting adults and the contentious issue of the ban on the entry of women aged between 10 and 50 years in Kerala's Sabarimala temple.

The newly constituted bench will start hearing the cases from tomorrow.

India's exports grow by 12.36 per cent in December

India’s exports grew by 12.36 per cent in December 2017 to 27.03 billion US dollars due to the strong performance by sectors including engineering goods and petroleum products.

According to data released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the country’s exports have been on an upward path since August 2016 to December 2017 with a dip of just 1.1 per cent in October 2016. The export of engineering goods and petroleum products alone showed an increase of over 25 per cent in December 2017.

However, shipments of ready-made garments declined by 8 per cent in December and imports of crude oil and gold surged significantly by 21.12 per cent to 41.91 billion. Further, the report stated that the trade deficit or difference between imports and exports was 14.88 billion US dollar in December.

65th meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education held in New Delhi

The 65th Meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) was held under the Chairmanship of Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on 15 January 2018.

During the meeting, the HRD Minister stated that the Centre and State Governments have resolved to launch 'Operation Digital Board' and also initiate a scheme to identify 'out of school children' from September this year.

A sub-committee on 'out of school children' would be submitting its final report on 31 January. However, the panel recommended the need to have a standardised definition for 'out of school children' and that the states should conduct joint surveys to identify such children.

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