Current Affairs – June, 2015

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Veteran journalist Praful Bidwai passes away

Veteran journalist, author, political analyst and anti-nuclear activist Praful Bidwai passed away in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He was 64.

He died due to cardiac arrest after he had choked on his food.

About Praful Bidwai

  • Praful Bidwai was born in Nagpur, Maharashtra in 1949.
  • He was a regular contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers like Hindustan Times, Frontline, The Nation (New York), The Guardian (London), Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris), and Il Manifesto (Rome).
  • Bidwai had written number of books including the ‘1999 New Nukes: India, Pakistan and Global Nuclear Disarmament’, The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future (2012). His latest book on the crisis in the Indian Left was due to be released later in 2015.
  • He had worked as a senior editor for the Times of India. Later he became a freelance commentator, writer for publications in India and abroad.
  • Bidwai had served as a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Social Development in New Delhi, and also as a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.
  • He also had served as a member of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE), and National Book Trust (NBT).
  • Awards: He is recipent of the Sean MacBride International Peace Prize (2000) given by Geneva and London based International Peace Bureau, one of the world’s oldest peace organisations.

Maharashtra government decides to invoke MPDA,1981 against sand mafia, black marketers

Maharashtra government has decided to evoke Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act (MPDA), 1981 against those involved in black marketing of essential commodities and sand mafia.

Decision in this regard was taken by state cabinet meeting chaired by Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai. Cabinet also approved proposal to amend parent Act in order to include criminal activities related to sand mafia and black marketing.

The decision to impose MPDA was taken by government in order to tackle the menace of black marketing of essential commodities and sand mafia in state and to prevent organised attacks against revenue officials and employees by sand mafias and smugglers.

Prior to this decision, this law was only applicable against slumlords, bootleggers, drug offenders, dangerous persons and persons involved in video piracy.

In order to incorporate sand mafia and black marketers in the ambit of law, definitions of sand smuggling and sand smuggler (mafia) will be added in section 2 of the Act. Apart from this state government is also going to take action against those involved in assisting those sand mafia and smugglers.