Top 5 Current Affairs: 20 July 2018

Jul 20, 2018 17:30 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 20 July 2018

RBI to issue new Rs 100 denomination banknote

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on July 19, 2018 announced to shortly issue Rs 100 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, bearing signature of Dr Urjit R. Patel, Governor of Reserve Bank of India.

The new banknote bears a motif of ‘Rani Ki Vav’ on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage. The base colour of the note is Lavender. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse.

Rajya Sabha passes Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013

The Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2018 passed the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 by a voice vote. The Bill seeks to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The Bill introduces the offence of giving a bribe as a direct offence. However, a person who is compelled to give a bribe will not be charged with the offence, if he reports the matter to law enforcement authorities within seven days.

It also makes specific provisions related to giving a bribe to a public servant, and giving a bribe by a commercial organisation.

NMCG organises ‘Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan’ in five Ganga Basin States

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) organised the ‘Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan’ in five main Ganga basin states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. This week-long afforestation drive was organised during July 9 to July 15, 2018 as ‘Shubharambh Saptah’.

The State Forest Departments of these five states acted as the Nodal Agencies for the smooth and effective execution of the campaign. While, the Divisional Forest Officers (DFOs) were designated as the district level Nodal Officers and Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) at the State level for the event.

Lok Sabha passes Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill

The Lok Sabha on July 19, 2018 passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, which aims to deter fugitive economic offenders from evading the legal process by fleeing the country and remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.

The bill aims to lay down measures to deter fugitive economic offenders from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.

The bill’s implementation is expected to restore law and order, as the fugitive economic offenders would be forced to return to India to face trial for their offences.

Myanmar joins International Solar Alliance

Myanmar on July 19, 2018 joined the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA), thus, becoming the 68th signatory to the Framework Agreement of the ISA that aims for optimum utilisation of solar energy.

Myanmar Minister for International Cooperation, Kyaw Tin handed over the ISA Framework Agreement to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a bilateral meeting on this year's Delhi Dialogue.


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