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Current Affairs of 19 April 2018

Keshav Kishore, Published On:19-Apr-2018


1.    Costal Regulation Zone Rule, 2018

• Eco-tourism activities such as mangrove walks, tree huts and nature trails are now permitted in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) -1

• CRZ are such areas along the India’s 7000-km -long coastal line where tourism facilities, industrial projects, residential facilities, buildings etc. are highly regulated.

• Mostly it is the area up to 500m from the high tide line (HTL) towards the landward side.

• The rural habitations or relatively undisturbed areas close to the sea called CRZ-II, had “no development zone” up to 200m which is now reduced to 50m.

• The new rule of coastal regulation will come on the recommendation of Shailesh Nayak committee.


2.   NCMEI is entitled to give minority status to institutions

• The Apex court observed that National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) has original jurisdiction to determine which institution to be granted minority status.

• The verdict was given in accordance with the fundamental right provision under article 30 of the Constitution to all minorities, to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.

• NCMEI was established in 2004 through an ordinance which was replaced by an act in January 2005 to protect and safeguard the educational institutions.


3.   India-Sweden win-win tie up

• There was an agreement upon a Joint Action Plan (JAP) for India and Sweden.

• In this plan both countries agreed to take forward a wide range of initiatives in defence, trade and investment, counterterrorism, renewable energy, smart cities, women’s skill development, space, science and healthcare.

• There will be an innovation partnership by providing up to 50 million Swedish kronor (approx $ 59 million) to India for innovation in the field of smart cities and sustainability.


4.   Law panel is in favour of making BCCI a public body

• The Law Commission of India recommended the government to declare BCCI as a public body.

• The Commission also demanded to bring the board and all its member cricket associations under Right to Information (RTI) Act.

• The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is a 90-year old body registered under T.N. Societies Registration Act.

• Earlier, Central Information Commission (CIC) had also demanded to bring BCCI under RTI.


Source: The Hindu, PIB, Wikipedia













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