1. Lok Sabha Ethics Committee

Why in news: Lok Sabha Speaker referred an MP’s complaint to the House Ethics Committee, the panel is set to swing into action again.

Committee on Ethics

How it differs from the Privileges Committee?

2. India’s ambitious space goals

Why in news: Prime Minister of India has directed the Department of Space to aim at setting up ‘Bharatiya Antariksha Station’ (Indian Space Station) by 2035 and send the first Indian to the Moon by 2040.

Key details:

3. The Vizhinjam port project

Why in news: A war of words was sparked between the ruling party and Opposition party over the origin of the project.

About the Vizhinjam International Seaport Project

Need for a container transshipment port

4. Delhi excise policy case

Why in news: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) told the Supreme Court on Monday that it is contemplating adding the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as an accused in its money laundering probe linked to the Delhi government’s now-scrapped excise policy.

What was the Delhi Excise policy case?

How was Delhi’s new excise policy different from the existing policy?

What is the controversy?

How did the ED come into the picture?

What is the law under which a political party can be booked for money laundering?

About the PMLAPrevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 was enacted to fight against the criminal offence of legalizing the income/profits from an illegal source.The Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 enables the Government or the public authority to confiscate the property earned from the illegally gained proceeds.Any person who directly or indirectly:Attempts to indulge.Assists the person who is actually involved in any process is a party to the activity connected with the proceeds of crime.The Act was formulated for the following objectives:Prevent money-laundering.Combat/prevent channelising of money into illegal activities and economic crimes.Provide for the confiscation of property derived from, or involved/used in, money-laundering.Provide for matters connected and incidental to the acts of money laundering.Actions that can be initiated against persons involved in ML:Seizure/freezing of property and records and attachment of property obtained with the proceeds of crime.Any person who commits the offence of money laundering shall be punishable with –Rigorous imprisonment for a minimum term of three years and this may extend up to seven years.Fine (without any limit).

Has a political party ever been booked for money laundering?

What are the options for Election Commission if AAP is named as an accused?

5. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage verdict

Why in news: The Supreme Court decided on the same-sex marriage case, by a majority view, and held that non-heterosexual couples cannot claim an unqualified right to marry.

Key takeaways from the verdict:

Is the right to marry a fundamental right?

If not marriage, do queer couples have the right to enter into a ‘civil union’?

Can queer couples adopt children?

What has changed for queer couples?

Legal arguments for same-sex marriage

Way forward:

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