14 December 2015 Current Affairs

Lok Sabha passed Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill, 2015

The Lok Sabha on 14 December 2015 passed the landmark Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill, 2015. The bill seeks to overcome difficulties encountered in the setting up of new nuclear projects and enhancement of nuclear power generation. The Bill seeks to amend the Atomic Energy Act, 1962. The Act empowers the central government to produce, develop, control, and use atomic energy. Under this act license will only be granted to entities such as a government company or a department of union government.

United Nations Human Development Report 2015

The United Nations Human Development Report 2015 was released on 14 December 2015 with the title Work for Human Development in Ethiopia. As per the report, 2 billion people lifted out of low human development in last 25 years. In the 2015 report, India with a score of 0.609 has been ranked 130 out of 188 countries in terms of Human Development Index (HDI). In the 2014 report, India was ranked 135 out of 187 countries. With better health and education outcomes and reductions in extreme poverty, 2 billion people have moved out of low human development levels in the last 25 years. 830 million people are classified as working poor who live on under 2 US dollars a day. The report stresses the key roles that work can play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It estimates that around 45 million additional health workers will be needed to meet SDG.

L Narasimha Reddy Judicial Committee on OROP

The Union Government on 14 December 2015 appointed Justice L Narasimha Reddy, retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court, to head the Judicial Committee which will look into the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for the ex-servicemen. The Committee will submit its recommendations in six months. It may give interim reports to the Government on any of the matters related to its terms of reference. The committee will look on measures for the removal of anomalies that may arise in the implementation of the OROP as notified by the Government on 7 November 2015, any other matter referred by the Union Government on implementation of the OROP or related issues. In making its recommendations, the Committee shall take into account the financial impact of its recommendations.

Gambia declares itself an ‘Islamic republic’

Republic of the Gambia a West African country has been declared as the Islamic republic by it’s President Yahya Jammeh. The decision was taken as Islam is the religion of the majority of its citizens and to break the impac of nation’s colonial past. About 90 percent of Gambia’s 1.8 million people are Muslim. It is the smallest country on mainland Africa. Banjul is the capital of Gambia. On 18 February 1965, the Gambia gained independence from the United Kingdom. The Gambia’s economy is dominated by farming, fishing, and especially tourism. About a third of the population lives below the international poverty line of USD 1.25 a day.

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