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Supreme Court said No to PILs on Policy decisions

Oct 23, 2010
On 19 July 2010, the Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia ruled that Supreme Court will not entertain Public Interest Litigations (PILs) related to government policy decisions.

Supreme Court: Judicial Background Compulsory for Tribunal Membership

Oct 23, 2010
Supreme Court on 11 May 2010 approved the Indian government’s decision to create the National Company Law Tribunal and the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal. A constitution bench including Chief Justice KG Balkrishnan and Justices RV Raveendran, D.K. Jain, P.Sathasivam and J.M. Panchal gave the judgment.

Supreme Court expressed concern at the Land Acquisition

Oct 23, 2010
On 19 July2010, Supreme Court expressed concern on government acquiring land by depriving landowners of their land. According to the Supreme Court this results into political extremism and insurgency which along with terrorism poses the biggest threat to the unity and sovereignty of the nation.

Supreme Court Directive for Pay Hike of Judicial Officers

Oct 23, 2010
Supreme Court of India in its judgment on 5 May 2010 directed all the states to hike the salaries of all the judicial officers with effect from 01 January 2010. A bench including chief justice K.G.Balkrishnan, Justice Deepak Verma and Justice B.S.Chauhan delivered the judgment after hearing the plea from the All India Judges Association.

Prime Minister Approved National Water Mission

Oct 23, 2010
On 28 May 2010 Prime Minister’s council Chaired by Manmohan Singh approved the national water mission. Prime Minister suggested that the water conservation should be made a people’s movement in the country.

NAC Devised New Food Policy

Oct 23, 2010
National Advisory Council (NAC) on 14th July2010 decided on a uniform universal entitlement of 35 kg of food grains at Rs 3 a kg per month, for both the APL (Above Poverty Line) and BPL (Below Poverty Line) families, in one-fourth of the country’s blocks, which are recognised as most backward in the country.

More Castes Added to the Central OBC List

Oct 23, 2010
On 22nd July 2010, the Union cabinet of India on recommendation of National Commission for backward classes, approved the inclusion of more castes and amendment to the names of the castes and communities in the Central OBC list from the states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, and the Union territory of Daman and Diu.

Lok Sabha Cleared Amendments to Foreign Trade Act

Oct 23, 2010
The Lok Sabha on 12th August 2010 approved amendments to the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulations) Act of 1992.

Indian Government to allow Increase in MBBS Seats

Oct 23, 2010
On 30th May 2010 the Union Health Ministry of Indian government announced the increase of MBBS seats in a government medical college from 150 to 250. The government took the decision to overcome the shortage of qualified doctors. The decision will come into effect from the 2011-12 academic sessions.

India: Consensus Needed for Greater Nagaland

Oct 23, 2010
Indian government on 01 June 2010, during the peace talks held at Nagaland made it clear to the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) [NSCN (IM)] that the consent of other states is required for the formation of greater Nagaland.

India, Maharashtra and Gujarat Signed MoU on River Projects.

Oct 23, 2010
On 3rd May 2010, state governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of India to make a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for inter-linking rivers between the two states under the two projects.

Government of India Planned to carry out DRDO Reforms

Oct 23, 2010
The Indian government on 13 May 2010 announced reforms in the structure of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). According to the reforms a Defence Technology Commission will be set up to govern the organisation and to hold it accountable for any delays.

Indian Government Agreed for a Standardised Format in UID Project

Oct 23, 2010
The government of India on 18 May 2010 approved a standardised format to collect demographic and biometric information. It will make easier the enrolment process for the Unique Identification (UID) project

Cabinet Secretary to get fixed Four- Year Term

Oct 23, 2010
Union Cabinet on 22nd July 2010 approved four year term for Cabinet Secretary. Under the new provision Cabinet Secretary will continue to hold his office even after he reaches the age of superannuation

Amendment Sought in Road Safety Bill

Oct 23, 2010
On 21 July 2010, Parliamentary standing committee in its report presented in Rajya Sabha sought amendment in Road Safety and Traffic Management and Board Bill. The committee recommended that the bill which aims only at national highways should be replaced with effective and comprehensive legislation which will cover entire Road network inside the country, not only the national highways.

Cabinet Approved Amendment to Arms Act

Oct 13, 2010
The Indian Union Cabinet approved the amendment of Arms Act 1959 on 15 July 2010. The Cabinet had also approved the introduction of the Arms Amendment Bill 2010 in the Parliament. The Union Cabinet approved the amendment of provisions under Section 13 of the Arms Act, 1959 which emphasized on the need to specify a period of sixty days for the purpose of police report required under sub-section (2) of section 13 of the Act.

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