LS passes Citizenship Bill amidst Opposition outcry
- The Bill seeks to allow members of Six Communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to apply for naturalisation, but the list doesn’t include Muslims.
- They should have entered the country prior to December 31, 2014, and should have stayed for at least five years to e eligible for naturalisation.
- Residential requirement for Citizenship through naturalisation for others is 11 years.
- No mention of Muslim migrants or minorities from any other neighbour.
- Bill allows OCI cards to be cancelled if cardholder violates any law, after an opportunity to be heard.
Russia banned from Olympics
- The Russian flag and national anthem were banned from next year’s Tokyo Olympics and other major sports events for four years on Monday.
- Russia’s hosting of world championships in Olympic sports also face being stripped after the World Anti-Doping Agency executive committee approved a full slate of recommended sanctions as punishment for state authorities tampering with a Moscow laboratory database.
India up one rank in UN development index
- India ranks 129 out of 189 countries on the 2019 Human Development Index (HDI) — up one slot from the 130th position last year — according to the Human Development Report (HDR) released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
- The HDI measures average achievement in three basic dimensions of human development — life expectancy, education and per capita income.
- Norway, Switzerland and Ireland occupied the top three positions in that order. Germany is placed fourth along with Hong Kong, and Australia secured the ﬁfth rank on the global ranking.
Air quality likely to be ‘severe’ on Wednesday
- Air quality in the Capital stayed in “very poor” category on Monday and is likely to be in “severe” category in parts of the city on Wednesday, chieﬂy owing to slower winds, said government run monitoring agency System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).
- Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) on Monday was 343, down from Sunday’s 391, according to the 4 p.m. bulletin by the CPCB, which is the average of the last 24 hours.
SC asks States for report on Food Security Act
- The order came on a petition ﬁled by the mother and sister of a 11 year old Dalit girl who died of starvation in Jharkhand on August 28, 2017.
- “This death was due to the cancellation of a ration card of a poor Dalit family because the ration card was not linked to the Aadhaar card. The family had both the ration card and the Aadhaar card, but since the linkage was not done, the ration card was cancelled and the family was told to apply for a new card. This they promptly did, and yet the new card with the linkage to the Aadhaar card was not given to the family, rations were stopped from March, 2017, and an 11 year old girl in the family, Santoshi, died of starvation,” said the peti tion, represented by senior advocate Colin Gonsalves and advocate Anupradha Singh.