Rajasthan Current Affairs January 2019

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Rajasthan Current Affairs for 
January 2019:  
103rd Constitutional Amendment Act is related to ?
A. Formation of National OBC Commision
B. Triple Talaq Bill
C. 10% reservation to General Category
D. None of above
Answer: C
Explanation: President Ram Nath Kovind on 12th September 2019 gave his assent to the Constitution amendment that provides 10% reservation to the economically backward section in the general category in government jobs and education. With the Ministry for Law and Justice issuing a notification about the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019 receiving the Presidential assent, reservation for the economically weaker among general category is now law. The Act amends Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution — ensuring Fundamental Rights to a citizen — by adding a clause that allows the State to make “special provision for the advancement of any economically weaker sections of citizens”.

Who will be conferred by Gandhi Peace Prize for 2018?
A. Akshaya Patra Foundation
B. Sulabh International
C. Yohei Sasakawa
D. Vivekananda Kendra
Answer: C
Explanation: Gandhi Peace Prize for 2018 will be conferred on Yohei Sasakawa who is Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organization for Leprosy Eradication. The award will be given to Sasakawa in recognition of his work towards eradication of the disease in India and across the world. Ekal Abhiyan Trust has been chosen for the award for year 2017 while Akshaya Patra Foundation and Sulabh International will share the award for 2016. Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari bagged the award for 2015. Vivekananda Kendra will be awarded for its contribution in rural development, education, development of natural resources.  The award carries an amount of Rs 1 Crore, a Citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.

Who was elected as the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker recently?
A. CP Joshi
B. Gulab Chand Katariya
C. Vasundhara Raje
D. Hemaram Choudhary
Answer: A

Explanation: In Rajasthan, senior leader of Congress and former Central Minister C.P Joshi was elected as Speaker of the 15th Legislative Assembly. Leader of the house, Ashok Gehlot proposed his name for the speaker which was seconded by Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot.

Six states including Rajasthan sign Renukaji Dam project agreement

Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari and six Yamuna basin states, namely Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on 11th January 2019 signed an agreement for construction of Renukaji Dam Multi-Purpose Project. The 148-meter-high Renukaji dam would come up in Himachal Pradesh’s Sirmour district at a cost of Rs 4,596.76 crore. The central government will contribute Rs 3,892.83 crore, or 90% of the cost of the irrigation and drinking water component of the project, while the rest will come from the states. 
The project is proposed to be executed by Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd. The live storage of the Renukaji Multi-Purpose Project is 0.404 million acre-foot and it would ensure supply of 23 cubic metres per second water to the basin states. The project will also generate 40 MW of power and the Delhi government has agreed to fund 90% of the cost of the power plant.  The Central government has so far released Rs 446.96 crore for this project. Among states, Delhi has released Rs 214.84 crore and Haryana, Rs 25 crore.
The important features of the project are:

  • Renukaji Dam Multi-Purpose Project is a storage project on the Giri river which is tributary of the Yamuna at Sirmour district of Himachal.
  • A 148 m-high rock-filled dam would be constructed across the river Giri.
  • The project also involves the generation of 40 MW of power during peak flow to be executed by Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (HPPCL).
  • The project would increase by the river flow about 110 per cent which will be used to meet the drinking water needs of Delhi and the other Yamuna basin states up to some extent in the lean period.
  • The share of stored water among the states will be as follows,  Haryana-47.8 per cent; Uttar Pradesh/ Uttarakhand-33.65 per cent; Himachal-3.15 per cent; Rajasthan-9.3 per cent and NCT of Delhi: 6.04 per cent.
  • The Central government will bear 90 per cent of the cost of irrigation/drinking water component, and the balance cost will be borne by the states.

Rajasthan Govt remove education criteria for Panchayat Elections

Rajasthan government has abolished the condition of a minimum educational qualification to contest local body elections in Panchayat Raj such as Sarpanch, Panch and Panchayat Samiti elections. The cabinet also decided on holding the election of mayors and chairman’s in corporations through the direct system instead of the indirect method introduced by the previous government.
As per the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Amendment Bill 2015, Candidates were:

  • Required to have passed Class X for contesting municipal elections, Class VIII for contesting panchayat polls for the post of a sarpanch, and Class X for contesting zila parishad or panchayat samiti elections.
  • Construction of toilets in their homes as mandatory for contesting polls to the panchayati raj institutions in the state.
  • Even Haryana had passed a similar law mandating minimum education qualification for those contesting in Panchayat Raj Institutions. The constitutional validity of this law of Haryana was questioned in the Supreme Court.