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Current Affairs 1 April 2015

The controversial bill passed by the Gujarat Assembly on 31 March 2015 which empowers law enforcing authorities to intercept and record phone calls as evidence and gives them other contentious powers. What is the name of the Bill?: Gujarat Control of Organized Crime Bill (GUJCOC)

Explanation: According to a controversial provision in the Bill, recording of phone calls intercepted by investigating agencies will be admissible in the court as evidence. The Bill also puts the onus of proving the innocence on the accused. Thus the Gujarat Control of Organized Crime Bill (GUJCOC) was earlier returned by the President of India thrice to the state government for reconsideration 2004 and 2008 by the then president AJP Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil respectively who had suggested some amendments in the provisions related to telephone interception and confession made before police officer being considered as evidence in court. The Bill is a modified version of the original 2003 Gujarat Control of Organized Crime (GUJCOC) Bill which was not cleared by the earlier NDA and UPA government for last one decade. The GUJCOC Bill was made on the lines of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

The Income Tax Department on 31 March 2015 took which extreme step against big tax defaulters?: It will published their names in newspapers

Explanation: The IT Department had, till now limited itself to posting the names of some of its biggest defaulters on its website but the department on 31 March adopted the extreme step of publishing the name of the defaulters in reputed newspapers. The step is to enhance public awareness against these entities who are acting against law. 

Current Affairs 31 March 2015

On 30 March 2015, the government is decided to bring key changes in the 'Offset policy' in the defence sector under which a company will have the option of migrating from the offset obligations to what?: 'Buy and Make'

 Explanation:  Offsets were introduced in 2005 with an objective of developing a defence industrial base in the country. However, it has failed to deliver to its full potential. Thus the new guideline will not only provide a boost to the 'Make in India' programme in the defence sector but will also bring in greater FDI as Under the new provisions, value of the FDI by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and the eligible products being manufactured in India will be counted against Offset obligations. One more reson for the changes in offset policy is that it has led to delays in critical acquisitions, they said. In some cases, negotiations and the finalisation of offset contracts have taken an equal if not longer time than that for the prime contract itself .

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Which State government has decided on 30 March 2015 to put a ban on sale, purchase and even storage of all forms of chewable tobacco including "guktha, khaini and zarda” which will come into effect from 6 April 2015?: Delhi Government

Explanation: The decision was made by the health ministry of Delhi state government which was in pursuance of series of directions from the Supreme Court to ban gutkha in the city. Till now since the ban mentioned the term "gutkha", the tobacco retailers started selling the components of gutkha (betel nut and raw tobacco) in separate pouches. So, the purpose of banning gutkha was not served. Thus with this new mandate we may see the decrease in sale of this poison product in the national capital region. 

As the news of the UPPSC paper leak spread on 30 March 2015 the U.P government was forced to take action and cancelled the first paper, a day after the leak...the rescheduled date has been fixed on May 10. From which exam centre this leak was carried out?: Adarsh Bharti Vidyalaya College centre, Lucknow

Explanation: Three youths Vishal Mehta, Gyanendra and Jay Singh - all of whom have been arrested by the STF in connection of leaking the UPPSC paper. Nearly 4.5 aspirants were anguished because of this issue and hence protests were witnessed in Allahabad with hundreds of youths gathering in front of the UP Public Service Commission damaging governmentt buses and demanding immediate removal of UPPSC Chairman. 

On 29 March 2015 the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) became the largest political party in the world with number of its registered members crossing the figure of 8.8 crore. Therefore, with this number BJP has overtaken from which party?: Communist Party of China

Explanation: The BJP claimed that as on 29 March the total number of members for China’s ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) stood at 8.6 crore while BJP’s strength stood at over 8.8 crore. BJP’s members has inceased post the wnning of central government led by Narendra Modi who launched its new membership drive from November 2014 to enroll members through mobile apps and by dialing a mobile phone number.

What was the total number of one-horned rhinos in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park as disclosed in the latest Rhino Census conducted in the month of March 2015?: 2,401

Explanation: The Rhino Census conducted by Assam’s forest department from 24 March and it concluded on 27 March 2015. The Department has counted 2,401 rhinos, thus indicated increase of 71 rhinos in the park in the past two years. In 2012 census confirmed 2,290 rhinos in the park, the special census next in 2013 confirmed that there were 2,329 rhinos in the park.

Current Affairs 30 March 2015

What is the name of the woman officer of the Indian Navy who was killed in the crash of the Naval Dornier aircraft and became the first Indian woman officer to die in the line of duty on 24 March 2015?: Lieutenant Kiran Shekhawat

Explanation: The accident took place in the evening of 24 March 2015 at south-west off the Goa coast in Arabian sea in which Lieutenant Kiran Shekhawat died in the crash of the Dornier aircraft belonging to the Indian Navy. She was commissioned into the Navy in 2010. She was training to be an Observer – an officer in charge of all sensors on board a surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. Lieutenant Shekhawat was also part of the Navy Woman Officer Contingent – the first ever all-woman officer contingent – that participated in this year’s 2015 at Republic Day Parade.

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The Finance Ministry in March 2015 launched an ambitious electronic national database of judicial orders and appeals which is in order to de-congest and streamline huge litigation in the Income Tax Department (IT Department) and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). What is the name given to this judicial repository?: National Judicial Reference System (NJRS)

Explanation:  3 year back the National Judicial Reference System (NJRS) was envisaged for the IT Department, which is one of the largest litigant among government departments. According to available data, tax demand of more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore is under dispute and litigation before various courts and appellate authorities under the direct taxes category. The facility will be maintained by the National Securities Depository Limited’s (NSDL) e-governance wing.

Which Former Prime Minister and veteran parliamentarian was conferred with the 44th Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, on 27 March 2015 by President Pranab Mukherjee, who in a departure from protocol, drove to his residence in New Delhi to give the honour?: Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Explanation: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was chosen for this prestigious honour along with Late Madan Mohan Malviya, the founder of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi. Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was India’s Prime Minister from 1998 to 2004. He is also known for taking some bold political decisions notable among them being the historic bus journey to Lahore in 1999 when he signed the landmark Lahore Declaration with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and conducting the nuclear tests in May 1998.

Posted on: 30th March 2015 Read complete Article →
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