CURRENT AFFAIRS - 3rd December 2018

1. Centre has prepared guidelines for setting up of crèches at workplaces
• The law is applicable to all institutions with 10 or more employees
New guidelines for crèche :-within 500 metres,open for eight to 10 hours or run accordingly,minimum space of 10 to 12 square feet per child,at least one guard,No outsiders,A crèche monitoring committee,a grievance redressal committee.
• Background study:- Maternity Benefit Act, 1961,Maternity Benefit Act, 2017.
2. India will Chair Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS)
• India will Chair Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) from 1st January 2018.
•It was handed Chairmanship by the European Union during KPCS Plenary 2018, which was held in Brussels, Belgium,
Kimberley Process:-Kimberley Process is an international certification scheme that regulates trade in rough diamonds or “Conflict Diamonds”.
Background study:-How does the Kimberley Process work?
3. About NASA’s Osiris- Rex, asteroid Bennu
• NASA’s Osiris-Rex mission is all set to reach the Bennu asteroid – a rock that may predate the solar system.
OSIRIS-Rex stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification,Security-Regolith Explorer.
OSIRIS-REx is the third mission in NASA’s New Frontiers program which previously sent the New Horizons spacecraft zooming by Pluto and the Juno spacecraft into orbit around Jupiter.
• Why was Bennu chosen?:-Proximity to Earth,size,composition. • Bennu is a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA). • Background study:-Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA),NASA.
4. Supreme Court has dismissed the review petition NJAC.
• The Supreme Court has dismissed the review petition challenging the striking down of a Constitutional Amendment that sought to give the executive a say in the appointment of top judges on grounds of delay and lack of merit.
• Background:2015, in a 4-1 majority verdict, the Supreme Court held, (NJAC) Act 2014, were unconstitutional as it would undermine the independence of the judiciary. • SELF STUDY:-NJAC (members )
5. Maharashtra government has issued a government resolution allowing citizens toinspect records in district-level offices and local bodies across the state under the Right To Information (RTI) for two hours every Monday.

IAS World, an institute for Civil Services Examination (CSE), has moved into its new spacious and well equipped premises from 26th November 2011.



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