Morning Current Affairs: 18 January 2017

Jan 18, 2018 09:30 IST
Morning Current Affairs: 18 January 2017

Maharashtra cabinet approves 1% reservation for orphans in government jobs

The Maharashtra state cabinet on 17 January 2018 approved one per cent reservation for orphans in government jobs under the general category.

Speaking on the development, the state’s Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde said that it will help rehabilitate orphan children and secure their future. She stated that since their caste is not known, they cannot be included in a specific category, due to which they are deprived of educational, economic and social concessions.

Besides this, the state cabinet has approved the Maharashtra State Innovation and Startup policy, which aims to attract investment worth Rs 5000 crore. The state plans to set up 15 start-up incubators that will help in the launch of about 10,000 start-ups, generating employment opportunities for five lakh people both directly and indirectly.

Winter Olympics: North and South Korea to march under unified Korea flag

North and South Korea, in a rare move, agreed on 17 January 2018 to march together under a single unified Korean flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, which is scheduled to go underway in South Korea in February 2018.

The two warring Korean nations also agreed to field a joint women's ice hockey team in rare talks at the truce village of Panmunjom. These are the first high-level talks between the two countries in more than two years.

The meltdown in tensions between the two nations began with Nuclear-armed North Korea’s offer to send a 550 member delegation to the South for the games. The Winter games are scheduled to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from 9-25 February 2018.

Five-judge Constitution Bench Begin Hearing on Validity of Aadhaar Card

A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice Dipak Misra began the much-awaited hearing on the constitutional validity of Aadhaar card on 17 January 2018.

The landmark hearing comes five months after a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy is intrinsic to right to life and liberty and thus is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 of the Indian constitution.

However, the bench had left the question on whether Aadhaar violated the right to privacy to another five-judge bench.

During the recent hearing, the constitution bench asked whether the government does not have the right to say that it was spending crores of rupees on welfare schemes and needed to verify whether benefits reached the needy and the leakages or pilferages of resources stopped.

On the other hand, senior lawyer Shyam Divan, appearing on behalf of the petitioners, told the apex court that Aadhaar is a giant electronic mesh. The hearing would resume today.

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