Friday, 28 September 2018

28th September 2018 | Daily Assam Current Affairs for APSC

  • The Centre has prepared a Rs 1,900 crore revival package for the Nagaon Paper Mill and the Cachar Paper Mill but a pending litigation in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has put the process on hold.
  • For the first time, a woman entrepreneur from the North East, Jesmina Zeliang, has been nominated as the president of the reception committee of the IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2018.
  • Noted Sattriya danseuse Preetilekha Choudhury has received the prestigious Kalatirtha Award instituted by the Manav Kalyan Mandal of Gujarat for her contribution towards the classical dance heritage of the country. Choudhury had earlier received another prestigious award – the Kalabushan Award of the Saptarang Cultural Festival – at Nanded in Maharashtra.
  • Declaring that adultery is not a crime, the Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a colonial-era anti-adultery law, saying it was unconstitutional, dented the individuality of women and treated them as “chattel of husbands”. The apex court’s five-judge Constitution bench was unanimous in striking down Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code dealing with the offence of adultery, holding it as manifestly arbitrary, archaic and violative of the rights to equality and equal opportunity to women. A five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra said that unequal treatment of women invites the wrath of the Constitution.
  • The Assam Legislative Assembly today passed ‘The Assam Electricity Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2018,’ even as the Congress MLAs staged a walkout alleging that the passage of the Bill would result in higher cost of electricity increasing the burden on consumers. The Bill “seeks to amend certain provisions of The Assam Electricity Duty Act, 1964 to give effect to the announcement made in Part II of the Budget Speech for the fiscal 2018-19” by the Finance Minister. Section 3 on the Act has been amended to “provide for levy of electricity duty on ad valorem basis at five per cent of value instead of specific duty of twenty paise per unit.” Besides, sub-section (4) of section 3 has also been amended to “empower the State government to enhance electricity duty in future with a upper ceiling of ten percentum of the aggregate value of energy charges and fixed charges.”


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