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Political Terms

Adjournment Motion—Usually, the Legislature transacts its business according to the given agenda, but a matter of urgent public importance can be brought before the Legislature and discussed through Adjournment Motion by interrupting its regular business. An Adjournment Motion should be supported by not less than 50 members of the House for being accepted. If accepted, it results in stopping the ongoing business of the House and discussing the matter raised in the Adjournment Motion. The basic idea behind this motion is to give an opportunity to the House to discuss a matter of urgent public importance. The matter should also be of de1ini nature and should have factual basis. The discussion on the matter takes place at 1600 hours and continues for two and half hours. At the end of discussion, voting takes place. Since voting exposes the government strength in the House, the ruling party tries not to allow the acceptance of Adjournment Motion in the House.
Annexation—It refers to an act…

Memorable points

• In order to encourage young voters to take part in the political process, government has decided to create every year as ‘National Voters’ Day’ —January 25
• The US and Russia have finalized  this nuclear arms treaty that limits the number of atomic warheads the two former Cold War foes are allowed to possess —New START
• This legendary vocalist  enthralled generations of connoisseurs with his renditions of Hindustani classical music passed away recently after a prolonged illness
—Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
• Lance Armstrong. who recovered from cancer to win the Tour de France a record seven times, has formally announced his retirement from cycling. Armstrong belongs to —US
• This music composer-director received the World Economic Forum Crystal Award for this year for his contribution to the world of art and culture and for his outreach to improve the state of the world —AR Rahman
• The controversial Girnar Ropeway Project in Gujarat got in-principle approval subject to six specific conditions…

Q. What are the Constitutional provisions with respect to ‘Untouchability’?

Q. What are the Constitutional provisions with respect to ‘Untouchability’?
Ans. Article 17 of the Constitution  declares that untouchability is abolished and its practice in any form is forbidden. It also states that the enforcement of any disability arising out of untouchability shall be an offence punishable in accordance with law. The Parliament is authorised to enact laws to enforce the provisions of Article 17. Accordingly the Parliament enacted Untouchability (Removal) Act, in 1955. In l976, this Act was extended and renamed as Civil Rights Protection Act.
The term untouchability has not been precisely defined in the Constitution or the Act, yet certain disabilities arising out of untouchability have been described as oftences which are given below—

(I) To prevent the entry of a person to public places like hospitals or educational institutions;
(ii) To prevent a person from worshiping in a public worship place;
(iii) To prevent the entry of a person to a place of public entertainme…