Daily : February 7, 2018

Irish referendum on abortion reform to be held by end of May

Referendum on Abortion Reform

Question: Prime Minister of which of the following countries recently announced a referendum regarding the removal of stringent laws on abortion in the country?
(a) Norway
(b) Sweden
(c) Ireland
(d) Australia
Answer: (c) 
Related Facts:

  • In January 2018, the Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar announced a referendum regarding the removal of stringent laws on abortion in the country.
  • On January 30th, 2018, Leo Varadkar of Indian origin had convened a special meeting of Cabinet for detailed discussion regarding referendum on the eighth Amendment in the Constitution of Ireland.
  • During this referendum, voters will be asked whether they want to uphold the amendment or take it back or they want to give full authority to legislation on abortion.
  • Referendum will be held between May-June, 2018.
  • It is noteworthy that an amendment in 1983 in Irish constitution recognizes the equal rights to life of a foetus and the mother during pregnancy.
  • In this country of Roman Catholicism, there is strict restriction against abortion in comparison to entire Europe.
  • Abortion permission is granted only in rare cases when the woman’s life is in danger.

Reference:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/29/ireland-to-greenlight-referendum-on-abortion-law-reform
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/26/majority-in-ireland-in-favour-of-relaxing-abortion-laws-poll
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/29/europe/ireland-abortion-referendum-intl/index.html

Lt. Gen Anil Chauhan takes charge as DGMO of Indian ArmyLt. Gen Anil Chauhan takes charge as DGMO of Indian Army

New DGMO of the Indian Army

Question: Who amongst the following recently took charge as the new Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the Indian Army?
(a) Lt. General A.K. Bhatt
(b) Lt. General Anil Chouhan
(c) Lt. General BS Sahrawat
(d) Lt. General A.K. Singh
Answer: (b) 
Related Facts: 

  • On January 30th, 2018, Gen Anil Chouhan took charge as the new Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the Indian Army.
  • He succeeds Lt General A K Bhatt who will assume charge of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps.
  • Gen Chouhan had also served as military observer for UN peacekeeping mission in Angola.

Reference:             
https://www.thequint.com/news/india/lt-general-anil-chauhan-becomes-dgmo-of-army
http://www.ptinews.com/news/9447922_Lt–Gen-Anil-Chouhan-new-DGMO-of-Army.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/lt-gen-anil-chauhan-new-dgmo-of-army/articleshow/62713821.cms

Maharashtra BJP MP Chintaman Wanga dead

Chintaman Vanga

Question: Recently, senior BJP MP Chintaman Vanga passed away. He was member of the Lok Sabha from which of the following state?
(a) Rajasthan
(b) Madhya Pradesh
(c) Maharashtra
(d) Uttar Pradesh
Answer: (c) 
Related Facts: 

  • On January 30th, 2018, Senior BJP MP Chintaman Vanga passed away. He was 67 years old.
  • He was Lok Sabha MP from Palghar in Maharashtra.

Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/maharashtra-bjp-mp-chintaman-wanga-dead/article22593533.ece
http://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/maharashtra-lok-sabha-mp-chintaman-vanga-passes-away-at-the-age-of-63/1212384
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/palghar-bjp-lawmaker-chintaman-vanga-dies-of-heart-attack-in-delhi-1806343

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