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22nd April 2021 | UPSC Current Affairs | The Hindu Simplified.

India at 142nd rank on press freedom index

· The World Press Freedom Index, 2021, produced by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a French non­governmental organisation, has again ranked India at 142nd out of 180 countries.

· The Index ranks 180 countries and regions according to the level of freedom available to journalists.

· The Information and Broadcasting Ministry was delegated to look at the freedom of press index.


Special Task Force to monitor J&K government employees

· The J&K government constituted a Special Task Force (STF) for identifying and scrutinising the government employees who are involved in any cases related to posing threat to the security or anti-national activities.

· STF will scrutinise cases of employees suspected of activities requiring action under Article 311(2)(C) of the Constitution.

· STF will have the ADGP, (CID), J&K, as its chairman and the IGP, representatives of the Home Department; Department of Law, Justice Member and Parliamentary Affairs and the concerned department as its members.


SC paves way for ad-hoc judges in HCs

· Supreme Court activated a constitutional provision to pave way for appointment of retired HC judges as ad-hoc ones for a period of two to three years to clear backlog pendency of cases.

· Article 224A of the Constitution deals with appointment of ad-hoc judges in HCs

· “the Chief Justice of a HC for any State may at any time, with the previous consent of the President, request any person who has held the office of a Judge of that Court or of any other HC to sit and act as a Judge of the High Court for that State”.


Modi to participate in climate summit today

· A virtual event which will reflect the concerns of U.S. President Joe Biden regarding climate change.

· Nearly 40 other world leaders are participating in the summit will represent countries which are members of the Major Economies Forum

· Mr. Modi will address the summit during the Leaders’ Session 1 on Thursday and speak on “Our Collective Sprint to 2030”.


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