Current Affairs – December, 2014

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K K Paul appointed as Uttarakhand Governor

Krishan Kant Paul is appointed as Uttarakhand governor for the remainder of his term. Earlier, he was governor of Meghalay and was appointed on July 8, 2013. Now he will also continue to hold additional charge of Manipur state till further orders from President.

He will replace, Aziz Qureshi who has been transferred to Meghalaya as Governor for the remainder of his term in recent reshuffle of governors. Aziz Qureshi was appointed as Governor of Uttarakhand in May 2012.

This recent reshuffle of governors was announced by official press communiqué from Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Constitutional provisions of Governor

Article 153: It says that there shall be Governor for each state. But 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 facilitated the appointment of the same person as a governor for two or more states.

Article 156: Governor is appointed by President and hold office during the pleasure of President. It should be also noted that this article also mentions tenure of Governor. In this regard it says that Governor shall hold office for the term of 5 years from date he enters upon his office.

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Unoin Government sets up committee on NATGRID

Union Government has set up a high-level committee in order to allay apprehension of data and intelligence sharing by various government agencies with the proposed real-time intelligence sharing set up National Intelligence grid (NATGRID).

  • Members: It will be headed by the Union Home Secretary. While the chiefs of all intelligence agencies and investigating units will be the members.

This committee will discuss with 22 stakeholders of NATGRID like IB, R&AW, CBI, and CBDT to remove their apprehension on breach of security and misuse of information.

It will also have discussions with state governments and chalk out strategy on how to bring synergy in data sharing, coordination and dissemination of information.

Background

The idea of NATGRID was first conceptualised by former Home Minister P Chidambaram after the Mumbai 26/11 attack and was approved by the Cabinet committee on Security during UPA regime.

National Intelligence grid (NATGRID)

This central agency aims to have an integrated intelligence grid that will link databases of several departments and ministries of the Government of India in order to collect comprehensive patterns of intelligence that can be readily accessed by multiple agencies.

Thus it will help to identify, capture and prosecute terrorists and help pre-empt terror plots.

It will provide platform to share and disseminate intelligence information among 22 government agencies like Intelligence Bureau (IB), Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Financial intelligence Unit (FIU), Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Enforcement Directorate (ED), Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) and the Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI).

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