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29th January – Prelims Booster

AP Assembly adopts resolution to abolish Legislative Council

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly has adopted a statutory resolution for the abolition of the Legislative Council.

Constitutional Provisions –

  • As per Article 169, the Parliament can abolish a legislative council (where it already exists) or create it (where it does not exist) by a simple majority, that is, a majority of the members of each House present and voting, if the legislative assembly of the concerned state, by a special majority, passes a resolution to that effect.
  • Under Article 171 of the Constitution, the Legislative Council of a state shall not have more than one-third of the total strength of the State Assembly, and not less than 40 members.
  • Six States having a Legislative Council – Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka.

How are members of the Council elected?

  • 1/3rd of members are elected by members of the Assembly on proportional representation basis.
  • 1/3rd by electorates consisting of members of municipalities, district boards and other local authorities in the state.
  • 1/12th by an electorate consisting of teachers.
  • 1/12th by registered graduates.
  • The remaining members are nominated by the Governor from among those who have distinguished themselves in literature, science, art, the cooperative movement, and social service.

Anticipatory bail for two in Mysuru sedition case

A Mysuru court has granted anticipatory bail to two people in a sedition case booked by the city police.

What is ‘anticipatory bail’?

  • Section 438 of the Code clearly stipulates in the beginning statement itself that when a person has a reasonable apprehension to believe that they can be arrested on an accusation for commitment of a non-bailable offence they can move to the High Court or the Court of Sessions for grant of an “anticipatory bail”.
  • Section 438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 deals with the provisions regarding the Anticipatory Bail. The words “anticipatory bail” have not been defined in the code. The expression “anticipatory bail” is a misnomer and the order becomes operative only on arrest.

Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020

GTCI 2020 has been released recently.

About GTCI –

  • It was launched in the year 2013 to measure the ability of countries to compete for talent.
  • It is released annually by the INSEAD business school in partnership with Adecco Group and Google.
  • It relies on 70 variables such as ease of hiring, gender earnings gap and prevalence of training in firms to rate the countries.
  • India is placed at 72th rank this year. India ranks 44th in growing talent and 39th in growth opportunities.
  • Switzerland tops the list followed by the United States and Singapore.

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