सामयिक विषय: Law & Justice

Cabinet nod for The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017

Cabinet nod for The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017

Question: A ‘prohibited area’ around a protected monument/site spreads in …. of the site.
(a) 100 metre radius.
(b) 50 meter radius
(c) 500 metre radius
(d) 200 metre radius
Ans: (a)
Related Fact :

  • On May 17, 2017, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the introduction of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the Parliament.
  • Amendments approved to make way for certain constructions limited strictly to public works include;
  • Insertion of a new definition of “public works” in section 2 of the Act.
  • Amendment to section 20A of the Act so as to allow any Department or Office of the Central Government to carry out public works in the prohibited area after obtaining permission from the Central Government.
  • Insertion of a new clause (ea) to section 20-I of the principal Act.
  • The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958 will be amended through the Bill to allow “public works of national importance” in the prohibited areas.
  • A ‘prohibited area’ means land in the 100-metre radius around a protected site. Currently, construction is not allowed in the prohibited area except for repair and renovation works.
  • At present, as many as 3,686 monuments and sites are centrally-protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which is responsible for their maintenance.


Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016

Cabinet Approves changes to Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016

Question- On which date Union Cabinet has approved the change in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2016?
(a) March 31, 2017
(b) April 1, 2017
(c) April 2, 2017
(d) April 3, 2017
Answer- (a)
Related facts:

  • On March 31st, 2017, the Union Cabinet approved the changes in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
  • The bill provides for linking of driving license and vehicle registration with Aadhaar-based platform and proposes heavy penalties for traffic violations.
  • The Bill proposes Aadhaar-based verification for grant of online services including learner’s license without visiting transport office.
  • This would ensure the integrity of the online services and also stop creation of duplicate licenses.
  • After the bill is approved vehicle dealers will be authorized to issue vehicle numbers and register them through an all-India electronic register.


Cabinet approves amendment to ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009’

Amendment in the Free and Compulsory Child Education Rule Act, (RTE) 2009, approved

Question:- The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 ‘, effective in the country from?
(a) March 1, 2010
(b) April 1, 2010
(c) April 5, 2011
(d) April 1, 2012
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • On March 22, 2017, the Union Cabinet approved the amendment in the Free and Compulsory Child Education Rule Act, (RTE) 2009 under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • This amendment will ensure that all teachers attain the qualification prescribed by the academic authority till March 31, 2019, in position as on 31st March, 2015.
  • That is, for this type of training, four years have been extended.
  • This will enable the primary teachers employed in this service to complete their training.
  • Apart from this, it will also ensure that all the teachers of the primary level of the country have set a certain minimum standard of merit.
  • Improvement in the overall quality of teachers and teaching processes.
  • The Free and Compulsory Child Education Rights Act 2009 is effective in the country from April 1, 2010.
  • In this it is envisaged providing compulsory primary education to every child in the country of 6-14 years of age.
  • Under the amendment, under the section 23 (2) of the Act, teachers who had no minimum qualification till 31 March 2015 would have to get it till 31 March 2019.

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