Top 5 Current Affairs: 31 July 2018

Lok Sabha passes Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018

The Lok Sabha on July 30, 2018 passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018 that proposes to enhance punishment for rape of a child. The Bill amends the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860 to increase the minimum punishment for rape of women from seven years to ten years.

The Bill seeks to replace the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on April 21, 2018 following an outcry over the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of another woman at Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

DAC approves Implementation Guidelines to ensure timely delivery of equipment to Armed Forces

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on July 30, 2018 approved the Implementation Guidelines for the ‘Strategic Partnership Model’ to ensure timely delivery of equipment to all the Armed Forces.

The Strategic Partnership Model aims to revitalise Defence Industrial Ecosystem and progressively build indigenous capabilities in the private sector to design, develop and manufacture complex weapon systems for the Armed Forces.

Parliament passes Bill for merger of subsidiary banks with SBI

The Indian Parliament on July 30, 2018 passed the State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017 that merges the subsidiary banks with the State Bank of India (SBI).

The Bill seeks to repeal the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act, 1959, the State Bank of Hyderabad Act, 1956. These Acts established the State Bank of Bikaner, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Travancore, and State Bank of Hyderabad, the subsidiaries of the SBI.

India breaks into top 100 in UN’s E-Government index

India has jumped 22 places to break into the top 100 of the United Nation’s E-Government Index 2018. India, which was ranked 118 in 2014, jumped 11 places to be ranked 96 in 2018.

The E-Government survey is released by the United Nations in every two years. The 2018 edition: 'Gearing E-Government to Support Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies' was launched on July 19, 2018. The E-Government Development Index (EGDI) is a composite index based on the weighted average of three normalised indices.

US elevates India’s status to ease export controls for high-tech product sales

The United States has eased export controls for high-technology product sales to India by elevating its status to a Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) country. The information was shared by US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on July 30, 2018.

The designation of ‘STA-1 country’ will allow India to buy more advanced and sensitive technologies from the United States, at par with that of the closest US allies and partners and ensure enduring cooperation into the future. The elevated status will also provide India with greater supply chain efficiency, both for defence and other high-tech products.


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