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Daily Current Affairs : 24th July 2019 : The Hindu News Analysis

The Kartarpur Corridor and its importance

The Kartarpur Shrine is the site where Guru Nanak spent his last few years. This Corridor is the rout that the Guru and his followers traversed with ease for half a millenium untol partition resulted in India-Pakistan border cutting through it.

The Kartarpur Shrine has one of the last copies of the original Guru Granth Sahib; there are certain people who believe that it contains not only the wisdom of 10 gurus but is itself the 11th and the last Guru.

Why there is a hesitation to revive the Corridor?

  • Lack of transparency from the Pakistan's side, as military establishment's surprise backing only raised doubts on whether Pakistan has a ulterior motive in this.
  • According to India, Pakistan has been allowing separatist Khalistani groups, including those funded by groups based in U.S., Canada and the U.K., to try and influence the pilgrims.
  • One topic of specific concern is the 'Referendum 2020' plan by Sikhs for Justice group (which was banned by India) which has already held a series of public events in U.S. and the U.K. demanding world wide referendum on separate Sikh State.
  • Another issue is the possible use of the Corridor for drugs and arms movement.
  • The terror threat by Pakistani Punjab-based anti-India groups such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad is also a constant concern.

What might be the implications of revival of this corridor?

  • Although the revival of the Kartarpur Corridor would be a step toward better relations between the two neighbors but the very obvious extension  from this Corridor would be for having other faith-based 'corridors' for Hindu, Muslim and Sikh pilgrims in both India and Pakistan.
  • This would be in addition to list of 20 shrines (15 in Pakistan, 5 in India) that were negotiated under the 1974 protocol on visits to Religious States.

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed

Key Highlights of the Bill
  • There would be a provision for the Cashless treatment for the victim during the Golden Hour.
  • Minimum compensation for hit-and-run cases has been hiked in case of death from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 2 lakh, and in case of grievous injury, from Rs. 12,500 to Rs. 50,000.

  • Offences and Penalties : Maximum penalty for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has been increased from Rs.2,000 to Rs. 10,000.
  • There will also be a provision for Compulsory Insurance. The Bill requires Central Government to constitute a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, to provide compulsory insurance cover to all road users in India.

IMF cuts India's growth forecast for 2019-20 to 7%
  • The cut has been made to its previous forecast in April of 7.3% due to poor demand conditions.
  • According to IMF, India's economy is set to grow at 7% in 2019, picking up in 2020 to 7.2%.
  • The IMF has also cut its forecast for world GDP growth by 0.1 percentage point each in 2019 and 2020 to 3.2% and 3.5% respectively.
  • The growth forecast for emerging markets and developing countries has also been cut by 0.3% points in 2019 to 4.1% and 0.1% points for 2020 to 4.7%.

Andhra Pradesh Assembly passes 5 Bills for the upliftment of Women, Backward Classes

The bills so passed includes:
  1. Andhra Pradesh ( Commission for B.Cs, other than SC and STs ) Bill, 2019.
  2. Andhra Pradesh ( 50% reservation to women in Work Contracts and service Contracts given on Nomination) Bill, 2019.
  3. Andhra Pradesh ( 50% reservation to B.C., SCs, STs and Minorities in Work contracts and Service Contracts given on Nomination) Bill, 2019
  4. Andhra Pradesh ( 50% reservation to women in Nominated posts) Bill, 2019
  5. Andhra Pradesh ( 50% reservation to BCs, SCs, STs and Minorities in Nominated Posts) Bill, 2019.

Quick feeds
  • Assam NRC final publication deadline has been extended to August 31, 2019.
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