21 October, 2019
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|GS-II||Two Panels set to amend the IPC|
|Rohingyas to be moved to Bhansan Char||International Relations|
|The DNA technology (Use and Applications) bill,2019|
|GS-III||Death of 2 Asiatic water buffaloes in Pobitora Wildlife sanctuary|
Two committees comprising legal luminaries have been constituted by the Home Ministry to amend various sections of the IPC.
What is the Indian Penal Code?
Need for the amendment:
Important Recommendations of Malimath Committee:
Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there.
About Bhansan Char:
Chinese and British companies are working to build this Island:
The Ministry of Science and Technology has introduces The DNA technology (Use and Applications) bill,2019.
This Bill is identical to The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018.
Provisions of the bill:
The Bill provides for the regulation of use of DNA technology for establishing the identity of certain persons. Note that the same Bill had been previously introduced in Lok Sabha in August 2018, but lapsed.
Issues associated with this bill:
Data can be misused:
Information from DNA samples can reveal not just how a person looks, or what their eye colour or skin colour is, but also more intrusive information like their allergies, or susceptibility to diseases. As a result, there is a greater risk of information from DNA analysis getting misused.
There’s also the question of whether the DNA labs accredited by the Regulatory Board are allowed to store copies of the samples they analyse. And if so, how the owners of those samples can ensure the data is safe or needs to be removed from their own indices.
It’s not clear if DNA samples collected to resolve civil disputes will also be stored in the databank (regional or national), although there is no index specific for the same. If they will be stored, then the problem cascades because the Bill also does not provide for information, consent and appeals.
Anthrax has caused death of two Asiatic water buffaloes in central Assam’s Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
Pobitora Wildlife sanctuary:
What is Anthrax ?
How animals get infected?
Domestic and wild animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, antelope, and deer can become infected when they breathe in or ingest spores in contaminated soil, plants, or water.
How people are infected?
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