1. Remarriage under the Special Marriage Act

Context: A Muslim couple in Kerala registered their marriage under the secular Special Marriage Act.

Key details:

Remarrying under the SMA:

What is the Special Marriage Act?

2. National Assessment and Accreditation Council

Context: The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is facing allegations of irregularities in the way it operates.

About NAAC:

Functions of NAAC

How is the accreditation process carried out?

Is a NAAC accreditation mandatory?

What are the irregularities?

Way forward:

Context: The UN member states agreed on a historic treaty for protecting marine life in international waters that lie outside the jurisdiction of any country.

Key details:

Significance of high seas:

Issues with the high seas:

The treaty

UNCLOSThe United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an international agreement that establishes a legal framework for all marine and maritime activities.The Convention resulted from the third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III), which took place between 1973 and 1982.UNCLOS replaced the four treaties of the 1958 Convention on the High Seas.UNCLOS came into force in 1994.The United Nations Secretariat has no direct operational role in the implementation of the Convention.A UN specialized agency, the International Maritime Organization as well as other bodies such as the International Whaling Commission and the International Seabed Authority (ISA), which was established by the Convention itself, plays an important role for implementation of the Convention.It divides marine areas into five main zones:Internal Waters,Territorial Sea,Contiguous Zone,Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)the High Seas.It is the only international convention which stipulates a framework for state jurisdiction in maritime spaces.

4.  Time zone for moon

Context: The European Space Agency said that a universal timekeeping system for the moon is needed, but that many details remain to be worked out.

Upcoming lunar missions:

Need for lunar time zone:

Methods for establishing a ‘moon time zone’:

It will be similar to the role played on Earth by the International Terrestrial Reference Frame, allowing the consistent measurement of precise distances between points across our planet.

5. Exercise Tropex-23

Context: Indian Navy’s major Operational level exercise TROPEX for the year 2023 culminated recently in the Arabian Sea.

Key details:

6. Finance Ministry brings crypto assets under Prevention of Money Laundering Act

Context: The Finance Ministry has notified transactions involving the exchange, transfer and safekeeping of crypto assets under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act (PMLA).

Key details:


What are cryptocurrencies?

Is Cryptocurrency In India Legal or Not?

Issues with cryptocurrencies in India:

Way forward:


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