Current Affairs: August 9

Rajras Current Affairs August 9                         
Amended GST Bill finally passed by Parliament

GST Perpectives
GST Perpectives

  • GST bill will form Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014
  • AIADMK members walked out, however, all other parties supported it.
  • The amendment bill will have to be ratified by Vidhan Sabha of atleast 15 States to become members.
  • What is this?
  • Well, the Constitution of India can be amended by multiple ways:
  • Some articles can be amended by only simple majority ( i.e. greater than half of strength if house)
  • Some articles need special majority to modify (greater than 2/3rd of strength of house)
  • There is 3rd type of amendment, which cannot be passed by Parliament alone. These require consent of Vidhan Sabha of half of Indian states before becoming law.
  • What are these articles: These are articles that effect or are related to federal structure of the Indian polity. Provisions include:
    • Election of President & its manner.
    • Extent of executive power of Union & States
    • Supreme Courts & High Courts
    • Distribution of legislative powers between the Union & states.
    • Any of the list in 7th Schedule
    • Representation of states in Parliament
    • Power of Parliament to amend the Constitution & procedure. i.e. Article 368 itself.

River-linking to cost Rs. Approx. 5.6-lakh crore

  • National Water Development Agency is the central agency that plans and prepares cost estimates for such projects.
  • It has so far identified 16 peninsular Rivers and 14 Himalayan Rivers that could potentially be linked to transfer water.
  • Linking of Peninsular rivers will cost approximately 1,85,000 Crores & linking of Himalayan river is going to cost 3,85,000 crores.
  • Important Links:
  • Ken-Betwa link:
    • Would partially submerge the Panna Tiger sanctuary,
    • Yet to be cleared by the National Wild Life Board
    • Will benefit drone prone areas of Bundekhand
  • The Damanganga and Pinjal rivers involving water from Gujarat and Maharashtra
    Interlinking of rivers
    Interlinking of Rivers: Source NWDA

Ponzi Scheme: JuisdisctionPyramid_scheme.svg

  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) denied any regulatory purview over ponzi schemes, and placed the responsibility of protecting investors on State governments.
  • Ponzi Scheme: is a fraud investment scheme in which the operator offers high return on investment based on new capital received rather than earning profit by using it in some legitimate activity.

Other News:

  • LucInternational Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) has awarded Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh
    (environmental activis), the Luc Hoffman award.
  • Luc Hoffman: Swiss ornithologist, conservationist and philanthropist. He co-founded World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and helped establish the Ramsar Convention for the protection of wetlands.


  • 7th India-Japan International Conference on ‘Science and Technology: Future Challenges and Solutions’, started at the University of Mysore.
  • Organized by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) through Indian JSPS Alumni Association.
  • Rio 2016 Olympics: Gymnast Dipa Karmakar created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the apparatus finals of artistic Gymnastics.
  • Odisha Government had launched Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana, a special assistance scheme for elderly weavers.
    • Scheme aims at improving the financial condition of over 8,000 weavers in the state.
  • Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will house the India’s first repository on tigers, under its new Tiger Cell.
    • The repository will consist of database on tiger conservation and population estimation, prepared with collaborated effort with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
  • Union Government launched MAA (Mothers’ Absolute Affection), a nation-wide breast-feeding program.
  • A Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has launched a website: -to curb illegal and unauthorized pooling of funds by unscrupulous firms.
  • The Gujarat high court has quashed 10 percent reservation quota for the economically backward classes (EBCs).
  • United States declared Pakistan based Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (JuA) as a ‘terror group’ by adding it to its list of global terrorists.

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