Top 5 Current Affairs: 20 July 2017

Jul 20, 2017 17:30 IST

Meet Ram Nath Kovind, the fourteenth President of India

Top Current Affairs of 20 July=

Ram Nath Kovind has been elected as the new President of India as he secured victory over opposition candidate Meira Kumar to become the 14th President of the country.

Announcing the results, Lok Sabha Secretary General and returning officer Anoop Mishra told media in New Delhi that Mr Kovind got 2930 votes valued 702044 and Meira Kumar got 1844 votes valued 367314.

Right to Privacy cannot be an absolute right: SC

The nine-bench constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar has said that the right of privacy cannot be an absolute right and the state has the power to put reasonable restrictions on the same. During the day-long hearing, the bench said, Right to Privacy is an amorphous right and not absolute. It is only a small sub-sect of liberty.

In addition to this, the bench also asked the centre and others to assist it about the contours and ambit of test on which the width and scope of the Right to Privacy will be tested and also of its infringement, if any, by the State.

Environment Ministry Approves Projects for Climate Change Adaptation in the Three States

The National Steering Committee on Climate Change on 19 July 2017 approved three Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) at a meeting in New Delhi. The DPRs were submitted by the Governments of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim for funding under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC).
The project reports seek to address the vulnerabilities arising out of climate change in the three states that are not being dealt by the ongoing schemes of the central and state governments. They especially aim to address the vulnerabilities in climate sensitive sectors of the states including agriculture, animal husbandry, water, forests and coasts.

Lok Sabha clears Indian Institute of Information Technology Public Private Partnership Bill 2017

The Indian Institute of Information Technology Public Private Partnership (IIIT-PPP) Bill 2017 passed by a voice vote in the lower house. The Bill seeks to grant statutory status to the fifteen Indian Institutes of Information Technology in Public Private Partnership and declares them as Institutions of National Importance. In addition, the Bill enables these institutions to grant degrees to their students in the academic courses conducted by them.

French Senate approves controversial anti-terror bill

The lawmakers in France’s Conservative-dominated Senate have approved controversial legislation to further strengthen France’s anti-terror laws by a majority vote. The French senators passed the draft bill by a vote of 229 to 106. The Bill will now be sent to the lower house of the National Assembly for a vote in October 2017. The new security laws, a campaign pledge of President Emmanuel Macron, would replace a state of emergency imposed after November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

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