Current Affairs – February, 2014

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“Water, Peace and War – Confronting the Global Water Crisis” Mr. Brahma Chellaney’s book launched

Screenshot_6The Vice President of India, Mr. M. Hamid Ansari launched a book titled “Water, Peace and War – Confronting the Global Water Crisis” authored by Mr. Brahma Chellaney.

About the “Water, Peace and War – Confronting the Global Water Crisis” book

Focus: On a wide range of research from scientific and policy fields to examine the global linkages between water and peace.
Author: Mr. Brahma Chellaney.
Founds a way on how we can secure humankind’s water future and promised to become the recognized authority on the most precious natural resources of this century.
The author sketched a bleak picture of water scarcity in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East regions that are not only struggling with unstable governments, but also rapidly growing populations.

Water stressed conditions are also appearing in developed countries, viz. Australia, Spain, and South Korea. Even the deep-water aquifers that support modern agriculture in North America are dwindling.

Euthanasia Plea issue: Apex Court refers matter to constitution bench

Screenshot_3The Supreme Court of India referred the issue of legalizing euthanasia in the country to a five-judge Constitution bench. Euthanasia is the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. Due to conflicted opinions on euthanasia, the apex court stated that the Constitution bench will go into all aspects of the issue and take a final decision on framing guidelines.

The PIL filed by NGO “Common Cause” had contended that a person whose life was ebbing out should be allowed to die, as the continuance of the life with the support system was an unnatural extension of the natural life span. The Centre had vociferously opposed the plea terming it as “suicide” which could not be allowed in the country. 

Note: Jurisdictions where euthanasia or assisted suicide is legal – the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Estonia, Albania, and the US states of Washington, Oregon and Montana.