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Good Governance Day 2018: Nation remembers former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee; ‘Sadaiv Atal’ samadhi dedicated to nation

Dec 26, 2018
To mark the birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, his Samadhi ‘Sadaiv Atal’ was dedicated to the nation. ‘Sadaiv Atal’ reflects Vajpayee’s personality as a poet, humanist, statesman and a great leader.

Aadhaar not mandatory for admission in schools: UIDAI

Dec 26, 2018
The Unique Identification Authority of India has asserted that schools cannot make Aadhaar, the 12-digit biometric identifier a pre-condition for student admission. UIDAI warned that doing so will be against the recent order of the Supreme Court.

Defence Minister inaugurates Indian Navy's Information Fusion Centre

Dec 23, 2018
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has launched the Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region, which aims to engage with partner nations and multi-national maritime constructs to develop comprehensive maritime domain awareness and share information on vessels of interest.

Government authorises 10 central agencies to monitor any computer

Dec 22, 2018
The Union Government has authorised ten central intelligence, security and tax agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt all the data contained in any computer system. The move has set off a political storm with the opposition accusing the government of trying to create a surveillance state.

‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ field-level awareness campaign launched in three states

Dec 22, 2018
A three-state field-level campaign on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) will be organised by the Union Government from the first week of January 2019. As a part of the campaign, over 900 cultural programmes across various districts of Maharashtra, 100 programmes in Goa and 30 programmes in UT of Dadra & Nagar Haveli would be held.

SDG India Index 2018: Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu ranked as Front Runners

Dec 21, 2018
The SDG India Index acts as a bridge between these mandates, aligning the SDGs with the Prime Minister’s clarion call of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, which embodies the five Ps of the global SDG movement – People, Planet, Prosperity, Partnership and Peace.

PM Modi to release commemorative coin on Paika Rebellion; will inaugurate Lalitgiri Archaeological Museum

Dec 21, 2018
In 1817, forty years before the revolt of 1857, Buxi Jagabandhu roused his brave Paika warriors against the oppressive British Raj in Khordha and led them into battle.

States’ Startup Ranking 2018 released: Gujarat ranked Best Performer

Dec 21, 2018
Gujarat was ranked as the "Best Performer" in the States’ Start-up Ranking 2018. Gujarat allocated Rs 100 Crore budget for Startups and provided assistance to 200 projects.

Lok Sabha passes Consumer Protection Bill, 2018

Dec 20, 2018
The Lok Sabha on December 20, 2018 passed the Consumer Protection Bill 2018. The bill calls for strict punishment, including jail terms and hefty fines for misleading advertisements and food adulteration. The bill will now go in the Rajya Sabha for discussion.

Maruti Suzuki India, Ministry of Rural Development sign MoU for training rural youth under DDU-GKY

Dec 20, 2018
The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) was launched by the Union government on September 25, 2014. The Yojana was launched during the 98th birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.

NITI Aayog releases ‘Strategy for New India @75’; aims to make India a USD 5 trillion economy by 2030

Dec 20, 2018
The Strategy document aims to further improve the policy environment in which private investors and other stakeholders can contribute their fullest towards achieving the goals set out for New India 2022 and propel India towards a USD 5 trillion economy by 2030.

Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016: Lok Sabha passes Bill prohibiting commercial surrogacy

Dec 20, 2018
The intending couple must be Indian citizens and married for at least five years with at least one of them being infertile. It permits surrogacy only for couples who cannot conceive a child.

Transport Ministry asks states to accept vehicle documents, driving licence in electronic format

Dec 19, 2018
The Union transport ministry has asked states to facilitate acceptance of driving licence and other documents like vehicle registration certificates in electronic format by enforcement agencies. With this, the vehicle owners may now, not be required to carry the documents in hard formats.

India, Maldives sign four MoUs, release Joint Statement

Dec 18, 2018
India and Maldives have released a Joint Statement after warm and friendly talks between Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the former’s first official state visit to India from December 16-18, 2018.

Top Cabinet Approvals: 18 December 2018

Dec 18, 2018
The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of two new AIIMS at Madurai, Tamil Nadu and Bibinagar, Telangana. Each new AIIMS will add 100 undergraduate seats and 60 B.Sc. seats and would have 15-20 super specialty departments and around 750 hospital beds.

Supreme Court dismisses all petitions alleging irregularities in Rafale Deal

Dec 15, 2018
The Supreme Court has dismissed a group of petitions that demanded an independent probe into the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal, stating that it was satisfied with the procurement process. The court stated that the perception of individuals cannot be a ground for the Court to interfere.

Government announces to set up ‘National Medical Devices Promotion Council’ under DIPP

Dec 15, 2018
The manufacturing and trade in MDI is growing steadily in double digits. However, it is largely import-driven with imports accounting for over 65 percent of the domestic market. The setting-up of the Council will spur domestic manufacturing in this sector as Indian companies and startups have stated moving towards creating innovative products.

Senior citizens should get meaningful pension: Supreme Court

Dec 14, 2018
The Supreme Court had directed that senior citizens should get a meaningful pension to live with dignity and not just the equivalent of Rs 92 at current value. The bench noted that in real terms the value of Rs 200 being given as pension to elderly people since 2007 today stands at about Rs 92.

Maintain transparency in appointments of CIC, Information Commissioners: SC to Centre, States

Dec 14, 2018
The bench also directed the states to fill up vacancies in the State Information Commissions (SICs) to reduce the pendency of cases. It asked the state government to file the affidavit indicating the pendency of cases before the State Information Commission.

Employers must be considerate, sympathetic towards pregnant employees: Delhi HC

Dec 13, 2018
The Delhi High Court has directed that women should be honoured and treated with dignity at workplace and observed that employers must be considerate and sympathetic towards a pregnant employee.

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