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Concise Current Affairs Recap: 14 January 2016

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1-India has largest number of diaspora: United Nations  

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Image via newglobalindian.com

As per United Nations estimates, 244 million people or 3.3% of the world’s population lived in a country other than which they were born and India tops in chart. After India, Mexico has the second largest Diaspora.

2-Free Basics against net neutrality: World Bank

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image via wiki

In its ‘World Development Report’, the World Bank has added that ‘NET NEUTRALITY’ program is a threat to fundamental human rights as it attempts to control the workings of the internet, which should be open and free.

3-Union Government released Draft for the Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2015

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Image via daijiworld.com

The Union Government has released a Draft Bill, which proposes reservation benefits for transgender persons.The Draft Bill, titled The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2015, was formulated by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

4-Union Government formed Arvind Panagariya committee on Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Corridor

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image via indiatimes.com

Union Government has formed a five-member high level committee headed by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya to monitor the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Corridor. It will look into the overall operations and technical issues and financial outlay of  this project.

5-Jharkhand to set up fast track courts for trial of witchcraft-related attacks

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Representationl Image via powerfulwitchcraft.com

The Jharkhand Government has decided to set up fast track courts in five districts named Ranchi, Chaibasa, Khunti, Palamau and Simdega. As per reports, around 40 to 50 women, on an average, are branded as witches and killed in Jharkhand.

6-WHO declares Liberia ebola-free

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image via pintrest

The World Health Organisation has declared Liberia ebola-free. Liberia has been declared ebola-free twice before, but the infection has re-emerged.

7-Sikkim Becomes India’s First Organic State

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Image via greenerideal.com

Sikkim has become India’s first fully organic state by converting around 75000 hectares of agricultural land into sustainable cultivation. Organic cultivation is free of chemical pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

8-Union Cabinet approved Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana to boost the farming sector

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Image via worldnewsreport.in

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the New Crop Insurance Scheme,‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’ to boost the agricultural sector. The theme of the Scheme is One Nation – One Scheme. In this, all shortcomings and weaknesses of all previous schemes were removed and incorporated with the best features of all schemes. In this scheme, farmers will pay a uniform premium of only 2% for all Kharif crops and 1.5% for all Rabi crops.

9-Gauhati HC stays bulbul fight permission

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image via IBN

The Gauhati High Court has banned bulbul fights traditionally conducted during Assam’s harvest festival Bhogali Bihu. The head priest of the Hayagriva-Madhava temple has gone on an indefinite fast in protest.

9-Largest-ever ancient crocodile Machimosaurus Rex found in Sahara

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Image via controcampus.it

Paleontologists in Tunisia discovered a fossil of the world’s largest sea-dwelling crocodile.  It is named Machimosaurus Rex. It is believed to be over 30 feet long and weighed over three tones.

10- Sachin Tendulkar to play as Tendulkar in his own biopicSachin

Sachin Tendulkar will star in his own biopic, starting from a little-known kid in Mumbai to achieving every possible record in cricket, directed by James Erskine. Tendulkar’s movie will be produced by 200 Not Out, which bagged the rights to make the movie from World Sports Group.