UPSC prelims daily current affairs 2018 | Dated : 20/03/2018

LALU CONVICTED IN FOURTH SCAM CASE : UPDATED: MARCH 20, 2018 05:00 IST

Sentencing by special CBI court .

WHO IS MR. LALU ? Rashtriya Janata Dal president is Mr. Lalu Prasad

THE NEWS : He was convicted in a fourth fodder scam case by the special CBI court in Ranchi.

WHAT WERE THE SCAM CASES AGAINT HIM ? Mr Prasad is accused in a total of six fodder scam related cases — five in Jharkhand and one in Bihar.

WHAT IS HIS POSITION NOW ? He has been convicted in three cases and has been serving jail terms since December 23, 2017.

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U.S. WANTS INDIA ON BOARD TO EASE ROHINGYA CRISIS

THE WORRY : The coming monsoon that could flood a third of the main Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh.

THE REMEDY : Washington has offered to partner with New Delhi on joint efforts to assist Bangladesh.

WHO CONVEYED THIS OFFER ? The offer was made during a recent visit to the region by Ms. Curtis.

WHO IS THAT ? She is Deputy Assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump and the Director for South and Central Asia, Lisa Curtis, as well as Director for India and the Indian Ocean Basant Sanghera.

PRELIMS FACT TO NOTE : The main Kutapalong-Balukhali camp in Bangladesh, which is now the world’s single largest refugee camp, housing about 600,000 people.

CENTRE PLANS LAW ON ONLINE ‘HATE SPEECH’ : Law Commission asked to make draft

THE FIRST STEP : The Home Ministry has written to the Law Commission to prepare a draft law.

POINT TO NOTE : The provisions will deal with offensive messages sent through social media and online messaging applications.

WHY THIS POINT WAS MOOTED ? The committee headed by former Lok Sabha Secretary General T.K. Viswanathan submitted a report recommending stricter laws to curb online hate speech.

WHEN THIS PANEL WAS FORMED ? The panel was formed after Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, was scrapped by the Supreme Court in 2015.

WHAT WAS THE SECTION ABOUT ? The scrapped provision provided punishment for sending offensive messages through communication services.

three union territories — Andaman and Nicobar, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Lakshwadeep agreed to the Centre’s proposal.

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