Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2016

Leicester City crowned English Premier League Champion

Leicester City FC was crowned champions of the of English Premier League title for 2015-16 season without playing as nearest challenger Tottenham Hotspur FC.

They were crowned after its nearest challenger Tottenham Hotspur FC had 2-2 draw with Chelsea FC. The draw placed Tottenham at second position and was not able to surpass Leicester City FC’s seven point lead at the top of the table.

This is the first time in the Leicester City FC’s 132-year history it became the champion of the England.

About English Premier League

  • The English Premier League is professional league for men’s association football clubs.
  • It was founded in 1992 and is England’s primary football competition. It is at the top of the English football league system.
  • It is contested by 20 clubs and it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Football League.

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Former J&K Minister Romesh Sharma passes away

Former Jammu and Kashmir Minister and senior Congress leader Romesh Sharma passed away after a prolonged illness in New Delhi. He was 65.

By profession Mr. Sharma was an Ayurvedic doctor. He had joined politics in 2000 and won the state Assembly elections in 2002 from Nowshera Constituency.

He had served as MoS (Minister of State) Commerce and Industries in late Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed’s led PDP-Congress government in 2002. Later he had served as MoS PHE and Flood Irrigation Control in CM Ghulam Nabi Azad led government till 2008.

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Parliament passes Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, 2016

Parliament has passed Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016. The Bill amends the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957.

The amendment Bill was first passed in the Lok Sabha in March 2016 and later in the Rajya Sabha in May 2016.

Key facts

  • Transfer of mining leases: The Bill provides for transfer of mining leases, which have been granted through procedures other than auction and where minerals are used for captive purpose.
  • This provision will allow for merger and acquisition of companies with captive mining leases.
  • Leased area: The also bill adds the definition of leased area as the area within which mining operations can be undertaken.
  • This will also include the non-mineralised area required and approved for the activities defined under Mines Act 1952.

Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957: It regulates the mining sector in India. It also specifies the requirement for obtaining and granting leases for mining operations.

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