UPSC Current Affairs – 2019
Latest Current Affairs 2018-2019 for UPSC IAS / Civil Services Examination. This category comprises the current affairs short notes useful primarily for UPSC preliminary examination and upsc mains as well as state civil services examinations.
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The Supreme Court has dismissed the pleas of the states of Punjab, Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar which sought implementation of their local laws regarding the selection and appointment of DGPs.
Dismissing the petition the Supreme Court held that the directions of the court on selection and appointment of DGPs were issued in larger public interest and to protect the police officials from political interference.
Directions issued by the Supreme Court in appointing DGPs
The Supreme Court had issued following directions to the states on appointing DGPs:
- The states and Union Territories are required to send names of senior police officers to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for being considered as probable candidates for the post of DGPs or police commissioners (as per applicability)
- The UPSC would then prepare a list of three most suitable candidates out of the list of names sent by states and Union Territories.
- The states are free to appoint any one of them as the police chief.
- It is mandatory for the states to send the list of senior police officers to the UPSC at least three months prior to the retirement of the incumbent.
- The UPSC would then form a committee and intimate the state concerned, which in turn will immediately appoint one of the persons from among that list.
However, the Supreme Court had granted some relaxation to the states which already had laws related to appointment of DGPs. The Supreme Court had asked those states to move a plea before it, seeking modification of the order.
States of Punjab, Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar had sought the modifications of the Supreme Court order citing their local laws.
The world’s first television channel dedicated to human rights was launched in London by the International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR).
It would be a web-based channel and would deliver human rights issues to audiences in over 20 countries across Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The broadcasts of the channel can be viewed via the netgem.tv interactive platform. The programmes are currently broadcasted in English and eventually hopes to broadcast in other languages including Farsi, Turkish, Arabic and Russian.
What the Channel aims to achieve?
The Human Rights Channel aims to deliver hidden stories ignored by mainstream media into people’s living rooms.
The Channel would focus on issues like refugees, press freedom and the incarceration of journalists, extremism, women’s rights, LGBT+ issues and the plight of the world’s stateless people.
The channel has the following programmes in the pipeline, China 30 years after the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, the positive and negative impacts of technology on women, and the human rights implications of Brexit, Britain’s departure from the European Union.
International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR)
The International Observatory of Human Rights is an independent non-profit and non-governmental organisation. IOHR partners with local and international human rights group to drive and promote positive changes and push for justice and the respect of human rights worldwide.
IOHR aims to defend the dignity of people stripped of their rights including unjustly jailed journalists, human rights defenders, refugees and victims of oppression.