UPSC PRELIMS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS | DATED : 23/2/2018

CANADA, INDIA RED-FACED OVER INVITE TO KHALISTAN ACTIVIST

WHAT HAPPENED ? A convicted terrorist was personally invited to a reception by the Canadian High Commission in Delhi. WHAT WAS CANADA’S REPLY ? The Canadian High Commission said it had “rescinded” the invitation to Jaspal Atwal. WHO IS JASPAL ATWAL ? He is an Indian-origin businessman, and former member of the banned International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF). THE CONTROVERSY : • He is responsible, along with the Babbar Khalsa, for the 1985 mid-air bombing of Air India flight 182, killing 329 persons. • Mr. Atwal was one of four men convicted for shooting Punjab Minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in 1986 during a private visit to Canada.

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CANNOT ANNUL MARRIAGE BETWEEN ADULTS: SC: The Hadiya case.


WHO IS SHE ? Ms. Hadiya, a 26-year-old homoeopathy student, had converted to Islam and then married a Muslim.

THE MOOT QUESTIONS :


“Can a court say a marriage is not genuine or whether the relationship is not genuine?

“Can a court say she [Hadiya] did not marry the right person?”


WHAT DID HIGH COURT SAY ? The Kerala High Court had annulled Ms. Hadiya’s marriage to Shafin Jahan.

THE ALLEGATION : Her father alledged that she was about to go abroad to SYRIA TO WORK AS “SEX SLAVES” IN NAME OF THIS MARRIAGE.


COURT’S DECISION ( SC ) :

  • If there was trafficking of citizens involved, the govt. had the power to stop it on the basis of credible information.

  • But in personal law, we cannot annul marriages because she did not marry the right person.

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CRPF TO GUARD INDIAN EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD : PROPOSAL BASED ON HIGH THREAT LEVELS

THE PLAN : The government is planning to send Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandos to provide security to the Indian embassy in Baghdad.

WHY ? It was being made on the request of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as threat exist in Iraq.


BIOMETRIC DATA IN STATE HUBS DESTROYED: UIDAI

The UIDAI chief said : All biometrics stored in State Resident Data Hubs have been “destroyed”.


WHERE ARE THEY STORED THEN ? The biometrics were now stored in the Aadhaar central database or the Central ID Repository.

WHY DONE SO ? The Aadhaar Act of 2016 does not allow biometrics to be stored with State-level authorities.

REASON ? This is a precaution to prevent leakages.

SC AGAINST DISCLOSURE OF IAS PRELIMS MARKS

WHAT DID SUPREME COURT SAY ? Details of marks — raw and scaled — scored in the Civil Services Exam cannot be “mechanically” disclosed under Right to Information.


WHY ? The need for transparency and accountability championed by the Right to Information Act should be balanced by the requirement of confidentiality of sensitive information.

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