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