Goaltide Daily Current Affairs 2024

Feb 05, 2024

Current Affair 1:
Kosovo’s Controversial Currency Ban Risks Renewed Ethnic Tensions



Kosovo's authorities are pressing ahead with a policy that makes the euro the only acceptable currency, even though some areas still use Serbian dinars. The EU, US and UK are worried it may increase tensions in majority-Serb municipalities.

A small background:

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, after years of strained relations between its ethnic Albanian majority and ethnic Serb minority.

It had broken away in 1999 after a bloody war of independence which ended after NATO bombing and the withdrawal of Serbian security forces.

The EU and many EU states recognise its independence but Serbia, backed by its powerful ally Russia, still refuses to do so, as do most ethnic Serbs inside Kosovo.


The potential impact of the currency policy is obvious in places such as North Mitrovica.

The dinar's usage reflects the fact that most of the population in Kosovo's four northern municipalities are Serbs. They do not recognise Kosovo's 2008 unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia, and many work in institutions which are still funded by the government in Belgrade.


That means their salaries are paid in dinars. The same applies to pensions and social benefits paid to Serbs living in Kosovo, who are in a majority in a total of 10 municipalities. The EU says it is "concerned about the consequences that this decision might have on the daily lives of Kosovo Serbs".

Current Affair 2:
Law Commission Recommends Legal Reforms to Curb Property Damage during Protests



Read this once before we discuss further:

We will see now what all laws are there:


International Obligations:

In respect of right to dissent and protest, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, become relevant and have been reproduced below: Universal Declaration of Human Rights. –

Current Affair 3:
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is an American animal rights nonprofit organization based in Norfolk, Virginia.

About PETA India:

PETA India, based in Mumbai, was launched in January 2000.

It operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way, while also educating policymakers and the public about animal abuse and promoting an understanding of the right of all animals to be treated with respect.


Current Affair 4:
Pradhan Mantri Matsya Kisan Samridhi Sah-Yojana (PM-MKSSY)


Cabinet approves “Pradhan Mantri Matsya Kisan Samridhi Sah-Yojana (PM-MKSSY)” a Central Sector Sub-scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada for the fisheries sector micro and small enterprises.

Read introduction:

Expenditure involved

The Sub-scheme will be implemented as a Central Sector Sub-scheme under the Central Sector Component of the PMMSY at an estimated outlay of Rs.6,000 crore consisting of 50% i.e. Rs.3,000 crore public finance including the World Bank and the AFD external financing, and rest 50% i.e.Rs.3,000 crore being the anticipated investment from the beneficiaries/private sector leverage.

It will be implemented for 4 (four) years from FY 2023-24 to FY 2026-27 across all the States and UTs.

Intended Beneficiaries:

  1. Fishers, Fish (Aquaculture) Farmers, Fish workers, Fish Vendors or such other person directly engaged in fisheries value chain.
  2. Micro and Small enterprises in the form of Proprietary Firms, Partnership Firms and Companies registered in India, Societies, Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs), Cooperatives, Federations, Village Level Organizations like Self Help Groups (SHGs), Fish Farmers Producer Organizations (FFPOs) and Startups engaged in fisheries and aquaculture value chains.
  3. FFPOs also include Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs).
  4. Any other beneficiaries that may be included by the Department of Fisheries, Gol as targeted beneficiaries.

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