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  • Current Affairs 6th February 2018

    Updated : 06-Feb-2018
    Current Affairs 6th February 2018

    Current Affairs 6th February 2018 - Important Points

    • When two people get married, no one should interfere: Supreme Court stated on - 5th February 2018
    • UP Government introduces mass marriage policy to discourage dowry  on - 4th February 2018
    • Tejas aircraft flied by - US Air Force chief General David L. Goldfein
    • $370m aid  record to UN World Food Programme committed by - Sweden
    • India successfully test fires nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile on - 6th February 2018

    Current Affairs 6th February 2018 - Details

    When two people get married, no one should interfere: Supreme Court stated on - 5th February 2018

    The Supreme Court of India on February 5th, 2018 governed that 2 adults are free to get married and no 3rd person, party, parents or society or khap panchayats, have any right to harm them.
    The decision was made against the acts of honour killing by 3-judge bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and consisting of Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
    With this decision, the pinnacle court upheld the fundamental right of citizens by giving them freedom to decide about their marriage according their wish and live peacefully.
    The decision came after activist Madhu Kishwar gave information about the Supreme Court about the last murder of Ankit Saxena, a young boy who was murdered by his lover's parents on the basis of honour killing.
    Thus, the court stressed that no one has any collective right to harass any couple.
    The court also ruled that it is up to the courts to finalise legally whether a marriage is null and void or children are legitimate or illegitimate, or in the case of any property dispute, nobody else has the right to intervene.
    The pinnacle court also asked the government to propose guidelines to restrict honour killings.
    Did you know?

    • NGO Shakti Vahini headed towards the Supreme Court in 2010 looking for the instructions from the central and state governments to stop and control honour crimes by taking various measures.

    UP Government introduces mass marriage policy to discourage dowry  on - 4th February 2018

    The Uttar Pradesh CM, Yogi Adityanath on February 4th, 2018 informed that the state government has planned a mass-marriage policy for the poor girls in the state, in which financial assistance worth Rupees 35000 will be given for each wedding.
    The main objective of the policy is to discourage the dowry practice. The CM made the announcement during his talk at an event where he and Union Social Justice and Empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot dispense tricycles and other related devices to 4,115 differently disabled people.
    Besides this, the Minister declared that a rehabilitation centre will come up in Gorakhpur's BRD Hospital campus for the disabled people. He further added that the government would be giving motorised tricycles to minimum 100 disabled residents in every 80 parliamentary constituencies of the state.
    Talking on the development, Yogi Adityanath informed that the motorised tricycles and employment provisions for the differently disabled persons will be available in all 75 districts in the state. The initiative is focused to empower the differently disabled persons.
    Besides this provision, the state government has raised the reservation share for the differently disabled persons in jobs to 4% from earlier 3%. The state has also raised the monthly pension to Rupees 500 from Rupees 300.
    Union minister Gehlot informed that the Union Government would be providing a Universal Card to the differently disabled persons to facilitate them to avail benefits across the nation.

    Tejas aircraft flied by - US Air Force chief General David L. Goldfein

    The United States Air Force Chief, General David L Goldfein operated Tejas, a Made-in- India Light
    Combat Aircraft at the Indian Air Force station Jodhpur, Rajasthan. By doing this, he became 1st foreign
    military chief to operate and fly Tejas aeroplane. He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal AP Singh as a
    co-pilot during this small flight.

    Important Highlights

    • General Goldfein was on a formal visit to India to improve defence relations between the 2 countries.
    • Earlier in November 2017, Defence Minister of Singapore Ng Eng Hen had operated a Tejas fighter jet.
      LCA Tejas
    • The Mads-in- India LCA is a single seated, a single jet-engine, multirole light fighter plane. It is 4th
      generation aircraft that can fly at 1,350 kilometres/hour, with a payload volume of 4,000 kilograms.
    • It has been developed in India by the Aeronautical Development Agency and build by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
    • It has been pegged as world’s smallest and light-weighted supersonic fighter plane. It is tailless and has compound delta wing outline. It is fitted with inbuilt MultiMode Radar, Radar Warning Receiver systems.
    • The 1st squadron of LCA Tejas name given as Flying Daggers located in Sulur, Tamil Nadu was initiated in July 2016.

    $370m aid  record to UN World Food Programme committed by - Sweden

    Sweden has signed Strategic Partnership Accordance with UN for committing record $370 million  dollars to United Nations World Food Programme. The participation is for coming 4 years from 2018-2021. It is the mega contribution done by donor within a World Food Programme Strategic Partnership

    • Sweden has been the mega donor of flexible and predictable stocks to World Food Programme for
      approximate a decade.  
    • The Swedish share comes at time of record required as the world is facing worst humanitarian crisis since the time of end of World War-II with numerous large hunger emergencies happening across the earth.
    • For the 1st time in decade, the number of hungry human beings in world is rising and large number of them now live in nations affected by disputes.
    • 10 of the 13 biggest food crises on the earth are driven mainly by dispute.
      World Food Programme
    • The WEF is the food-assistance arm of the UNs.
    • It is the world’s mega humanitarian organization speaking about hunger and boosting food security. It works to assist people who cannot produce or get enough food for themselves and their families.
      It was formed in 1961 after the 1960 Food and Agricultural Organization Conference.
    • It is based in Rome, Italy and has above 80 nation offices across the world. It gives food-assistance to an approximate of 80 million people in 75 nations every year.


    India successfully test fires nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile on - 6th February 2018

    India on February 6th, 2018 successfully tested nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile as part of a trial from a test range off the Odisha coast. The missile was released as part of a regular training programme by the Indian armed forces.

    The test was taken by the Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army from Launch Pad-4 of the Integrated Test  Range at Abdul Kalam Island in Balasore, Odisha. It was 18th version of Agni-I missile trail and it reconfirms Indian Army’s readiness to launch it at a short notification. The previous trial of Agni-I ballistic missile was successfully taken out on November 22nd, 2016.
    More about Agni-I ballistic missile

    • Agni-I missile was formed by Defence Research Development Laboratory and Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad with Advanced Systems Laboratory of DRDO in coordination.
    • It ranges about 700 km long and was initiated into service in the year 2004. The missile is 15 metres long and 12 tonnes in weight. 
    • This surface-to- surface and single staged missile is accelerated by solid propellants and is loaded with sophisticated navigation system which makes sure that it reaches the objective with a high-degree of exactness and precision.
    • It is outlines to take a payload of over 1 tonne. Its strike range can be expanded by decreasing the payload.

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