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21st March 2021 Current Affairs in Shorts: Current Affairs Today

    Daily Current Affairs Topic – 21st March 2021:

    1. IT (Intermediaries guidelines) Rules, 2011 & WhatsApp’s privacy policy
    2. Government of NCT of Delhi Act, 1991 (GNCTD Act)
    3. QUAD- 3Cs Working Group
    4. Houthis March on Yemen’s Marib
    5. Global Hunger Index (GHI)
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    IT (Intermediaries guidelines) Rules, 2011 & WhatsApp’s privacy policy

    Why in News?

    The Centre asked the Delhi High Court to stop WhatsApp’s new privacy policy from implementing. Centre counter WhatsApp’s new privacy policy by saying that it violates IT Rules 2011.

    Government concern over WhatsApp’s new privacy policy

    • The privacy policy of WhatsApp violates IT (Intermediaries guidelines) Rules, 2011.
    • WhatsApp has not clarified what type of Personal sensitive data it is collecting from users.
    • Lack of distinction between Personal data and sensitive data which WhatsApp is collecting.
    • Details regarding sharing of data with third-party services are not provided.
    • No option of withdrawing data sharing Consent Retrospectively.

    What does the IT (Intermediaries guidelines) Rules, 2011 says?

    As per the IT (Intermediaries guidelines) Rules, 2011, companies who collect, store, or deals with data must provide a privacy policy safeguard against misuse of data.

    Government of NCT of Delhi Act, 1991 (GNCTD Act)

    Why in news?

    Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 has been introduced in Lok Sabha i.e. Lower house of the Parliament to amend the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991 (GNCTD Act).

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    What’s the issue?

    1. This GNCTD Bill 2021 aims to reverse the Supreme Court Judgement of 2018.
    2. Opposition parties calling this bill “Anti-federalism”.
    3. According to GNCTD Bill 2021, all references to “government” would mean “Lt. Governor”.

    Supreme Court 2018 Judgement on Delhi Governance structure

    • Supreme courts in its judgment held that Lt. Governor does not enjoy sole discretion and every matter cannot be referred to President of India for reconsideration. It impacts the day-to-day functioning of the representative governance.
    • The elected government cannot be undermined by the appointed Lt. Governor. This disturbs the principle of separation of power.
    • According to Article 239 AA of the Constitution, Lt. Governor has the power to refer matters to President but he cannot have differences of opinion on every matter.

    QUAD- 3Cs Working Group

    C in 3Cs Working Group denotes:

    1. Covid-19 Vaccines
    2. Climate Change
    3. Critical Technology

    Quad’s ideology “Diamond of Democracies” can only succeed if it does not insist on exclusivity in India’s strategic calculations.

    Houthis March on Yemen’s Marib

    Houthis rebels are backed by Iran.

    Image showing location of Yemen's Marib

    Global Hunger Index (GHI)

    Context: India ranks 94th out of 107 countries in Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2020.

    About Global Hunger Index (GHI)

    • Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a peer-reviewed annual publication jointly published by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe.
    • It was first published in 2006 and thereafter it continued to publish annually.
    • According to GHI, 690 million people globally are undernourished, around 144 million children suffer from stunting
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    About Global Hunger Index, Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe.

    India and Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2020

    With a score of 27.2 in GHI, India’s level of hunger is marked as Serious.

    Global Hunger Index (GHI) score trend for India: image

    GHI Composition

    Global Hunger Index (GHI) Composition image

    GHI Trends for Indicator Values – India

    Global Hunger Index (GHI) Trends for Indicator values - India

    Reference: Global Hunger Index

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