UPSC PRELIMS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 2018/2019 | Dated : 19/4/2018 | The Hindu broken into 4 liners


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MAKE BCCI A PUBLIC BODY: LAW PANEL


WHAT IS BCCI ? It is the 90-year-old Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).


WHAT IS THE REQUIRED CHANGE ? It should be declared a public body.


WHY SO ? So that the board and all its member cricket associations should be brought under the Right to Information law regime.


WHO SAID THIS ? The Law Commission of India recommended to the government .


REASON FOR THIS RECOMMENDATION ? The board’s monopolistic activities, directly and indirectly, affect the fundamental rights of citizens, players, and other functionaries.

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INDIA, U.K. RESOLVE TO LOWER TRADE BARRIERS : MODI OFFERS TO DISCUSS FREE TRADE AGREEMENT


HOW ? Recently India and the U.K. decided to build on the recommendations of a joint trade review to reduce barriers.


THE IDEA : Free trade agreement based on “mutual benefit.”


WHAT HAPPENED AT LAST ? The two sides also signed a statement of shared values, emphasising support for a “global outlook and commitment to a rules-based international system.”

CHETAN BHAGAT SEALS BIG DEAL WITH AMAZON-WESTLAND


WHAT IS USUSAL ? Ordinary mortals who sign a book contract with an Indian publisher would be satisfied with an advance.


BUT WHAT HAPPENED ? Chetan Bhagat is about to sign a multi-million dollar deal with amazon.


WHAT IS HISTORIC HERE ? According to industry sources, is the highest signing amount ever given to an Indian fiction writer.


DEAL WITH WHOM ? Bhagat’s deal with Westland Publications, an Amazon-owned publishing firm.


WHAT ARE THE BOOKS ? Deal is for five books, three of which are to be novels

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NO POLLUTION-REDUCTION TARGETS IN CENTRAL PLAN :ENVIRONMENTALISTS SURPRISED BY OMISSION IN DRAFT


THE NEWS : The government has refrained from specifying pollution-reduction targets in its draft National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).


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WHAT IS NCAP ? Its is a programe formulated by government has formulated National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).


WHAT IT IS ACTUALLY ? It is a medium term national level strategy.


FOR WHAT ? To tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner.


WHAT IS ITS AIM ? The overall objective is to augment and evolve effective ambient air quality monitoring network across the country besides ensuring comprehensive management plan for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution.


WHAT IS ITS APPROACH ? The NCAP focuses on collaborative and participatory approach covering all sources of pollution and coordination between relevant Central Ministries, State Governments, local bodies and other stakeholders.


IT’S SPECIALTY : In order to ensure use of new technologies to combat the rising challenge of air pollution in India, a separate component on ‘Technology Assessment Cell’ has been envisaged under NCAP to evaluate the technologies for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution.

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