Article 370 Current Affairs - 2020

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Jammu Kashmir Statehood to be restored soon

On March 15, 2020, at a political delegation Home Minister Amit Shah announced that statehood of Jammu and Kashmir is to be restored.

Highlights

While resuming statehood of the state, the GoI is to release people from detention, relax curfew and restore internet. Also, an industrial policy is to be created soon for rapid industrial development of the territory. This is the first political delegation that is being held after the Abrogation of Article 370.

How is a Union Territory different from state?

The concept of Union Territory was not under the original version of the Constitution. It was added under the 7th amendment of the Constitution. Unlike states that have their own governments, Union Territories are governed directly by the Central Government.

The President of the executive head of Union Territory and Governor is the constitutional head of the state. States have autonomous powers over state subjects and union territories do not have such powers.

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad resigns

On February 24, 2020, the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad resigned over political issues.

Highlights

The 94-year old Mahathir tried to form a coalition. This move would exclude his successor Anwar Ibrahim. This led to a tussle in the party and eventually the leader resigned. However, he will act as an interim PM.

India and Mahathir

Mr Mahathir was known for his comments on India’s Abrogation of Article 370. At the United Nations General Assembly that was held in September 2019, he commented that India “invaded, occupied” Kashmir. Following this, India slowly stopped importing Palm oil from Malaysia. This hit Malaysian Palm oil market greatly.

Alternately, India is to import Palm oil from Bangladesh.

India-Malaysia

Malaysia is the 19th largest investor of India. There are more than 150,000 Indians living in Malaysia. Following Palm oil, India is to impose curbs over other imports from Malaysia such as micro-processors, telecom products, aluminium ingots, aluminum wire, etc.

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