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Let us dive into some news from past week 

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Central Govt is in a rush to implement CAA

The Union Govt is expediting the implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 before the Lok Sabha elections. CAA makes it easier for non-Muslim migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who reached the country on and before Dec 31, 2014 to get Indian citizenship. This is expected to have 30,000 immediate beneficiaries. 

 

Earlier, a foreign national seeking citizenship needed to have lived 11 years in India to get citizenship through naturalisation. Meanwhile, the exclusion of Muslims has drawn severe criticism within India and abroad. International agencies said the Act legitimizes discrimination based on religion. There are 200 petitions pending in court against the implementation of CAA and nationwide protests have erupted against the Act. 

Will the US ban Tiktok? 

US House of Representatives passed a bill that could force ByteDance, Tiktok’s Chinese owner to sell the social media platform or face ban in USA.  Tiktok has one of the most addictive algorithms among social media platforms and is used by 170 million users in US. The Govt fears the Chinese govt could use the platform to access user data and influence American citizens  

This is not the first time a country broke down on the Chinese app. India and Nepal has banned Tiktok. Countries like Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Taiwan, the UK and EU has put varying levels of restriction on the app. EU has started a formal investigation on Tiktok and has already been fined $370m by the EU for privacy violations  

If the law is passed, ByteDance would have to either sell the company or face ban in US. 

The Bill has to be approved by the Senate and signed by President Biden to become law. There are conflicting views about the ban from both Republican and Democratic parties as election season is here. Both sections will weigh the pros and cons and the response from youngsters particularly before going ahead with the procedures. 

Plans for new population Census and economic data improvement 

The last census in India occurred in 2011, and the next one was slated for 2021 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government allocated ₹1,277.80 crore for the census in the recent interim budget 2025-25, which is a significant reduction from the previous allocation of ₹3,768 crore. However, Bloomberg reports indicate that the government is contemplating conducting a new population census post-election. The census might involve training and deploying over 300,000 government staff and is expected to span about 12 months. Additionally, proposals include reviving the business survey last conducted in 2014 and publishing the household consumption survey annually. Plans also entail establishing a uniform base year for key indicators and updating the basket of goods for inflation calculation. The business survey aims to provide insights into the economy's transition from agriculture to other sectors. 

More news from the week ...

  • Reduction in government shareholding by Banks to meet MPS norms: Five public sector lenders, including Bank of Maharashtra, IOB, and UCO Bank, are considering reducing government stake to below 75 percent to adhere to Sebi's minimum public shareholding (MPS) norms. According to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), all listed companies are required to maintain an MPS of 25 percent. 

  • Modi and Sunak's 'Early Conclusion' on FTA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his UK counterpart Rishi Sunak deliberated on the "early conclusion" of the Free Trade Agreement, which they deemed positively assessed. Negotiations between India and the UK for a free trade agreement have been ongoing since January 2022, aiming to substantially boost the existing GBP 36-billion bilateral trading partnership. 

  • Modi for Sashakt Nari: Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined in the "Sashakt Nari - Viksit Bharat" program and witnessed agricultural drone demonstrations, The Prime Minister will be distributing drones to 1,000 Namo Drone Didis and will also disburse approximately Rs 8,000 crore in bank loans to Self-Help Groups (SHGs) at a subsidized interest rate.

  • Oscars 2024: ‘Oppenheimer’ grabs seven Oscar wins, including Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, and Director. Christopher Nolan directs the epic, earning Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. their first Oscars. Emma Stone and Da'Vine Joy Randolph also take home awards for lead and supporting actress roles, respectively.

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The sinking of a bulk carrier off Yemen after a Houthi missile attack poses grave environmental risks as the ship was carrying approximately 21,000 metric tons of ammonium phosphate sulphate fertilizer in the vessel. The ship has been in the water sustaining hull damage from the missile strike on February 18 marking the most substantial incident involving a commercial ship since the group began targeting vessels in November. 

Test you knowledge !

Did you know many Western apps are banned in China too? Can you name the famous app in China with 1.2 billion users which is a replacement for Instagram? 

[A]  QQ 

[B]   WeChat  

[C]   Taobao

[D]   Tuduo  

The Chinese use WeChat as an alternative for Instagram in the country. WeChat, also known as Weixin in Chinese, is a comprehensive mobile application developed by Tencent. Launched in 2011, it has become a global phenomenon, boasting over 1 billion monthly active users by 2018. Its functionality extends beyond simple instant messaging, encompassing social media features and even mobile payments. This multi-faceted approach has positioned WeChat as the world's largest standalone mobile app. 

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