Current Affairs – June, 2014

Latest Current Affairs June, 2014 with Current Affairs, news summary on current events of National and International importance of June, 2014 for Banking, SSC, CLAT, UPSC, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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June 25: World observes International Seafarer’s Day

June 25 was observed as International Seafarer’s Day across the world. The day is observed as an expression of thanks to the seafarers for their contribution to the economy and civil society of the world, also for risks and personal costs endured by them while being in their jobs.

International Maritime Organisation (IMO) decided in 2010 to observe June 25 as International Day of the Seafarer. The Day of the Seafarers has also been included in the list of observances by United Nations.

The day acknowledges that almost everything that we use in our daily lives has been directly or indirectly linked with sea transport. A per IMO, around 90% of the world’s goods trade is carried out through ships.

UP Govt increased retirement age of State Election Commissioner to 68 years

The Uttar Pradesh Government enhanced the retirement age of State Election Commissioner (SEC) from 65 to 68 years.

The UP government amended the UP State Election Commission (Panchayat and Local bodies) (services and conditions of services) Rules 1994 to increase the term of the SEC up to either 68 years of age or 6-year tenure. Earlier the term of SEC was of 5 years.

State Election Commissioner

73rd and 74th Amendment Act of 1992 of the Constitution of India provide for the formation of State Election Commissions.

These Amendment Act introduced Article 243K and Article 243ZA in the Constitution of India. As per these two Articles, superintendence, direction, control and preparation of electoral rolls for conducting all elections to Panchayat Raj bodies and Municipal bodies in the State are vested in a State Election Commission which comprises a State Election Commissioner to be appointed by the Governor.

The powers and functions of the SEC are similar to those vested in the Election Commission of India constituted under Article 324 of the Constitution of India in their respective field.

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