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May 05, 2021: Current affairs for UPSC/State PSC

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These current affairs are written in a easy to remember format and are useful for competitive exams like - UPSC Civil Services, UPPSC, BPSC, MPPPSC, State PSCs and other competitive examinations.

Used Cooking Oil-based Biodiesel

Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas remotely flagged off the first supply of UCO (Used Cooking Oil) based Biodiesel blended Diesel under the EOI Scheme from IndianOil's Tikrikalan Terminal, Delhi.

IndianOil has also started constructing eight biodiesel plants across Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh.

Feedstock availability in biodiesel is a challenge, and leveraging UCO can be a major breakthrough that will enable us to reach the target of 5 per cent Biodiesel blending.

Read More: Biofuels

Science & Tech

SC strikes down West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act, 2017

Supreme Court struck down a law regulating and promoting real estate sector in WB holding it to be unconstitutional and repugnant to Centre's Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA).

A significant and even overwhelmingly large part of WB-HIRA (West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act, 2017) overlaps with the provisions of RERA and some of these provisions have been lifted bodily, word for word and enacted into the state's law.

It said that the State legislature has encroached upon the legislative authority of Parliament which has supremacy within the ambit of the subjects falling within the Concurrent List of the Seventh Schedule.

According to Article 254(1) of the constitution:

If any provision of a law made by the Legislature of a State is repugnant to any provision of a law made by Parliament which Parliament is competent to enact, or to any provision of an existing law with respect to one of the matters enumerated in the Concurrent List, then, subject to the provisions of clause ( 2 ), the law made by Parliament, whether passed before or after the law made by the Legislature of such State, or, as the case may be, the existing law, shall prevail and the law made by the Legislature of the State shall, to the extent of the repugnancy, be void.