Top 5 Current Affairs: 19 July 2017
The Apex court decided to seek legality of the right to privacy while hearing a bunch of petitions contending that the Aadhaar scheme, which requires the mandatory parting of biometric details, is a violation of the citizens' right to privacy.
Nagaland Governor on 19 July 2017 appointed new TR Zeliang as new Chief Minister of the state. Governor PB Acharya has asked Zeliang to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before on Saturday, the July 22nd. Zeliang staked claim to form the government in Nagaland with a majority support of 47 members of the Legislative Assembly.
Earlier, Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu and his MLAs did not turn up to face a floor test at a special session of the state assembly following which the House was adjourned sine die.
Supreme Court's nine-judge bench will take up its hearing on 19 July 2017 on whether Right to Privacy is a fundamental right under the Constitution.
A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, on 18 July 2017 said, a nine judge bench would examine the correctness of two earlier judgments pronounced by the Supreme Court in which it was held that right to privacy was not a fundamental right.
One verdict was delivered by a six-judge bench in 1962; the other was in 1950 and was delivered by an eight-judge and six-judge bench. The apex court said the nine judge bench will decide on the earlier rulings if they were correct interpretations of the Constitution.
The Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) has ordered that troopers injured in pre-Independence wars be given 'war injury pension' like those wounded after it, in a relief to a 94-year-old war veteran.
Seeking to end the discrimination in injury benefits to soldiers injured in pre-Independence and post-Independence wars, the Chandigarh Bench of the tribunal said they should be treated equally. Bhiwani-based 94-year-old Sowar Amar Singh of the Armoured Corps had approached the AFT with a plea that despite having been injured during World War II, he was being paid regular disability pension.
The AFT has also directed the government to identify similarly placed soldiers and release their benefits without forced litigation.
The Solar Electrification Project is an off-grid system that is ideal for remote locations. The Project has been launched at Agaween village in the Western Desert in Matrouh Governorate, close to the Libyan border. The project was inaugurated by India’s Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya and Major General Alla Fathi Abou Zeid, Governor of Matrouh.
The Maharashtra government has approved a revised policy of the 'Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree' scheme in an attempt to improve girl child ratio in the state. The revised scheme will benefit families that have a yearly income of up to Rs 7.5 lakh. The decision was taken during the cabinet meeting held in Mumbai. The 'Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree' scheme was launched by the Maharashtra government on 1 April 2016 in place of ‘Sukanya’ scheme.