Top 5 Current Affairs: 21 November 2017

Nov 21, 2017 17:30 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 21 November 2017

Shia Waqf Board submits peaceful settlement before SC in Babri Masjid land dispute

The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board on 20 November 2017 submitted a proposal for settlement before the Supreme Court over the decades-old dispute over the Ram Janmabhoomi - Babri Masjid land dispute.

Under the settlement, the board proposed that the Ram temple can be built on the Ayodhya site while a mosque can be constructed in Lucknow.

The board also suggested that in order to end the dispute, the UP Government should also cooperate and allot one acre of land to the Shia community to construct a new Masjid outside Ayodhya in Lucknow.

The final hearing in the long-standing Ram Janmabhoomi - Babri Masjid title dispute is scheduled to be held on 5 December 2017, a day before the 25th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid.

India's nominee Dalveer Bhandari re-elected to International Court of Justice

India's nominee Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the International Court of Justice on 21 November 2017.

Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.

Bhandari and Britain's Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-to-neck fight for re-election to the ICJ. However, in a dramatic turn of events Britain withdrew its candidate from the race, thus paving the way for Bhandari's re- election to the prestigious court.

Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu sign MoU under UDAY Scheme

The Union Government on 20 November 2017 signed four Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  respectively with the State of Nagaland and Union Territories (UTs) Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu under UDAY Scheme for operational improvements.

With the signing of these 4 four MoUs, a total of 27 states and 4 Union Territories have now joined the UDAY Scheme. The agreements were signed on the occasion of the second anniversary of Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY).

These four State and UTs joined the UDAY Scheme only for operational improvement and will not undergo financial restructuring under the scheme.

World Fisheries Day observed globally

The day is celebrated annually by the fishing communities through rallies, workshops, public meetings, cultural programs, dramas, exhibition, music show and demonstrations to highlight the importance of maintaining the world's fisheries.

The day aims to highlight the critical importance of water to human lives and the lives it sustains, both in and out of water.

It aims to address issues and problems resulting in the depletion of fish stocks and move towards finding solutions.

Union Health Ministry notifies amendment to Food Safety & Standards Regulations 2011

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an autonomous body under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, on 20 November 2017 notified amendment to the Food Safety & Standards (Contaminants, Toxins & Residues) Regulations, 2011.

The amendment prescribes maximum permissible limits of 37 antibiotics and 67 other veterinary drugs in meat and meat products including chicken.

Moreover, the Ministry also invited objections and suggestions from all the stakeholders including general public by 6 December 2017.

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