Current Affairs

ALL News Headlines 2019 November 21ST

Rohingyas: The Supreme Court today agreed to hear after four weeks a PIL seeking identification and deportation of all illegal immigrants and infiltrators, including Bangladeshi nationals and Rohingyas. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde took note of the submission of lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay that the illegal Rohingya and Bangladeshi immigrants “were taking away bread and butter of citizens here”.

Whatsapp: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology (IT), headed by Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor, met on November 20 and started discussion with members who were being at odds over whether to take up the WhatsApp-Pegasus snooping issue. Then the matter was put to vote and the panel decided in favour of discussing the issue that involves snooping on 121 Indians.

Chandrayaan-Two-and-a-half months later, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has finally admitted publicly that the Vikram lander on Chandrayaan-2 mission made a “hard-landing” on the moon.

Pragya Singh Thakur MP-BJP Lok Sabha member Pragya Singh Thakur has been nominated to the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Defence. The Bhopal MP, who is an accused in the Malegaon blasts case, defeated former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year.

Mamata Banerjee CM-Within hours of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement in Parliament Wednesday that the NRC for Assam will be repeated whenever the exercise is conducted nationwide, Opposition-ruled states and parties spoke out against any pan-India NRC move.

US India Arms Deal-The US government has notified the US Congress its determination to sell USD 1 billion worth of naval guns to India for use against warships, anti-aircraft and shore bombardment. The proposed foreign military sale of up to 13 MK-45 5inch/62 caliber (MOD 4) naval guns and related equipment is at an estimated cost of USD 1.0210 billion, Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in its notification to the Congress.

Canada-Anita Indira Anand, the first Hindu to be a federal minister in Canada. The cabinet includes three other Indo-Canadian ministers, all Sikhs. Anand was elected to the House of Commons for the first time in the October federal elections, was named the minister of public services and procurement.

Indian citizenship-The Union home ministry on 20 November 2019 cancelled the citizenship of Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh on grounds that he had not fulfilled the stipulated norms while obtaining the Indian citizenship in 2009 when he was a German passport holder. An order to this effect was issued by Secretary, Border Management of the MHA, who is the competent authority. “Under section 10 of the Citizenship Act, 1955, Ramesh Chennamaneni ceases to be a Citizen of India,” the 13-page order said.

RBI: Four years after the Supreme Court first directed the RBI to disclose a list of India’s wilful defaulters, the central bank has finally revealed it. In response to a RTI application filed by The Wire in May 2019, the RBI has released a list of 30 major wilful defaulters. According to the Central bank’s response though, three companies belonging to fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi are amongst the 30 major wilful defaulters that the Indian banking system is currently grappling with.

Disinvestment: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on November20 approved the strategic disinvestment of the Centre’s entire stake in Bharat Petroleum (BPCL), Shipping Corp, THDC India, and NEEPCO, and most of its stake in Container Corp, while giving up management control in these companies. It also gave approval for the government to reduce stake in certain state-owned companies to below 51 per cent in some while retaining majority stake management control.

Telecom Industry: The debt-ridden telecom industry has got a two-year moratorium in making payments for past spectrum auctions. The Union Cabinet on November 20 decided to defer spectrum payments dues of the telcos for 2020-21 and 2021-22, to offer an estimated Rs 42,000-crore overall relief to Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio over the next two years.

The Code on Industrial Relations bill: The Centre on November 20 approved the Code on Industrial Relations (IR) Bill, 2019. It is considered to be the most contentious labour law amendments. The central government has withdrawn its proposal to give flexibility to big companies, in terms of manpower, to lay off workers and shut shop without seeking official consent, a government official said.

RBI: The Reserve Bank of India on November 20 superseded the board of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL) over governance concerns and defaults on payment obligations. The RBI said in a statement that it had appointed R Subramaniakumar, former managing director and chief executive of Indian Overseas Bank, as the administrator of DHFL, to run the affairs of the entity which was once controlled by the Wadhawan family.