Rajasthan Current Affairs Summary: August 2019
International Army Scouts Master Competition
The Indian Army team has topped in all the three stages of the International Army Scouts Master Competition held in Jaisalmer Military Station. Russia and China bagged the second and third position, respectively. Teams from Armenia, Belarus, China, Uzbekistan, Russia, Sudan, Kazakhstan are participating in the fifth edition of Army International ScoutMasters competition being held for the first time in India from 5 to 16 August.
BSF started Operation Alert in the entire western border including Rajasthan following inputs from intelligence department about the possibility of armed terrorists entering India on Independence Day coupled with the current situation in Kashmir valley and LOC. It will continue till August 21.
Films based on Raj get National Award
Two films based on the state have won National Award.
- In Best Environmental Film category ‘Machli’ – the world’s famous tiger was declared as a winner.
- Another movie ‘Turtle’ based on the water crisis in Rajasthan won award.
Biofuel Rules 2019
With an aim to usher in a bio-fuel revolution, the state government has come out with the Biofuel Rules 2019 incorporating the best practices in the world. Rajasthan is first in the country to bring out this policy after the notification of the Government of India on April 30.
Currently, 1250 crore liters of fossil fuel is being used in the state, if only 5 percent of it is replaced by biofuel, 62 crore liters of biofuel will have to be produced in the state. This is a big opportunity for the people of the state.
Rajasthan assembly passes Anti-lynching bill
The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019 was passed by the Vidhan Sabha. The bill provides for life imprisonment and a maximum fine of Rs 5 lakh to those convicted in cases of mob lynching leading to the victim’s death. After 2014, 86 per cent of mob lynching cases reported in the country happened in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan passes honour killing bill
The Rajasthan Prohibition of Interference with the Freedom of Matrimonial Alliances in the Name of Honour and Tradition Bill, 2019 punishment of death penalty or life imprisonment for murdering couples in the name of family honour. Opposition members termed the bill a blow to the culture and social fabric.
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
For the third consecutive time, Rajasthan will be felicitated for its best practices, innovations, awareness generation, community engagement and improvement in sex ratio at birth, under the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ (BBBP). Recognising state’s performance on BBBP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched pan-India expansion of BBBP in March 2018 from Jhunjhunu.
The latest reports of Health Management Information System (HMIS) of ministry of health & family welfare (MoHFW) for the time period between 2015-16 and 2018-19, reveal that SRB has shown improving trends from 923 to 931, which include urban as well as rural areas of the country. However, in the state, the SRB has increased significantly from 929 in 2015-16 to 948 in 2018-19.
The state government will ensure making Jaipur a ‘beggar-free capital’ by introducing a scheme, which will involve complete facilitation and rehabilitation package for the beggars. This will ensure skill development and alternative job opportunities for them. The Rajasthan Rehabilitation of Beggars or Indigents Act was passed in 2012 and the Act came into effect in September 2014.
Earlier, it was not there in the form of a scheme. As per the Act, just a rule was notified. But, now a scheme will be introduced and it will involve a complete facilitation and rehabilitation package for the city beggars. It will be backed by a financial outlay.
Ban on Hookah Bars in Rajasthan
The state assembly passed an amendment to the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 banning Hookah Bars across the state. The bill states that “No person shall, either on his own or on behalf of any other person, open or run any hookah bar in any place, including the eating place.”
It defined “hookah bar” as an establishment where people gather to smoke tobacco from a communal hookah or narghile which is provided individually.”
The bill subscribes punishment for running hookah bars as “Whoever contravenes the provisions be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years but which shall not be less than one year and with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees but which shall not be less than Rs 50,000,”.