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Top 5 Current Affairs: 8 January 2019

The Supreme Court has reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation Director, three months after the government divested him of his powers and sent him on forced leave. The SC bench had questioned the overnight decision to send the CBI's top two officials Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana on sudden leave.

Jan 8, 2019 17:37 IST
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CBI Dispute: Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director

The Supreme Court on January 8, 2019 reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, three months after the government divested him of his powers and sent him on forced leave.

Earlier on December 6, 2018, the apex court reserved its order on the pleas filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma and NGO Common Cause, challenging the decision of the Central Government to remove Verma as the CBI chief.

Union Cabinet approves 10 per cent reservation for economically weak among upper caste

The Union Cabinet on January 7, 2019 approved a proposal for introduction of the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, extending 10 per cent quota to “the economically weaker sections in the general category who are not covered by any of the existing schemes of reservation”.

The bill is designed to amend the Constitution to extend 10 per cent reservation in direct recruitment in  government jobs and for admission in higher educational institutions to “economically weaker” sections among all castes and communities, Christians and Muslims included, who are not eligible under the existing quotas.

Lok Sabha passes DNA (Use and Application) Technology Regulation Bill

The Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019 passed the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019 by voice vote after a brief discussion.

The bill seeks to provide regulation for the use and application of DNA technology for the purpose of establishing the identity of certain category of persons including the victims, offenders, suspects, under trials, missing persons and others.

The main objective behind the enactment of the bill is to expand the application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country.

Global Aviation Summit with theme ‘Flying for All’ to be held in Mumbai

In a first, Global Aviation Summit 2019 with the theme “Flying for all” will be organised by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) in collaboration with FICCI from January 15-16, 2019 in Mumbai, India.

The global aviation industry is in a high-growth trajectory, ushering an era of rapid expansion. The International Civil Aviation Organisation has predicted a 100 percent increase in global air travel by the year 2030, creating a need for extensive efforts to bring the entire aviation ecosystem to pace.

India takes over operations of Chabahar Port

India took over the operations of a part of Chabahar Port in Iran during the Chabahar Trilateral Agreement meeting held on December 24, 2018 in Iran.

The heads of Indian, Iranian and Afghanistan delegation jointly inaugurated the office of the Indian SPV - India Ports Global Chabahar Free Zone (IPGCFZ) at Chabahar. The absolute take-over of the terminal area, cargo handling equipment and the office building was completed by December 29, 2018.

India started interacting with Iran on Chabahar Port around the year 2003; however, the major push was received in the second half of 2014, leading to the signing of an MoU between Iran and India for the development of Chabahar Port in May 2015.

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