Current Affairs – August 2016

Union Cabinet approves The Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Amendment) Bill, 2016

The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval Lokayuktas (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The Bill seeks to amend Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 which provides for establishment of the Lokpal at the centre and Lokayuktas in the states for inquiring into complaints of corruption against certain public servants.

Key Facts

  • The approved amendments will amend Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.
  • These amendments will address concerns and apprehensions expressed by different categories of public servants.
  • They will also address the difficulties being faced in implementing the provision of section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.
  • These amendments are in line with one of the recommendations of the Standing Committee.

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Union Cabinet approves Agreement between the India and Croatia on Economic Cooperation

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing and ratification of an Agreement between India and Croatia on Economic Cooperation.

Decision in this regard was taken by the Union Cabinet Meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Key Facts

  • India and Croatia had signed an Agreement on trade and economic cooperation earlier in September, 1994 with an aim to promote and develop bilateral trade and economic relations.
  • The new Agreement between both countries is a step in continuity as the earlier Agreement expired in November 2009.
  • India’s bilateral trade with Croatia was US$ 152.01million (2012-13), US$ 148.86 million (2013-14) and US$ 205.04 million (2014-15). The average bilateral trade growth was 17.44% during these three years.

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