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Article 35A of the Indian Constitution: What is the controversy?

Aug 31, 2018
The Article 35A of the Indian Constitution was in news recently as the Supreme Court on August 6, 2018 adjourned the hearing on pleas challenging Constitutional validity of Article 35A pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Indian Railways, GAIL India sign MoU for use of Natural Gas in railway workshops and production units

Aug 31, 2018
This MoU is an in-principle agreement between GAIL and Indian Railways for both industrial and domestic purposes. The MoU aims to replace industrial gases like Dissolved Acetylene, LPG, BMCG and Furnace Oil, High Speed Diesel (HSD) oil with environment friendly Natural Gas.

HRD Ministry launches third edition of ‘Smart India Hackathon’

Aug 30, 2018
The third edition of world’s biggest open innovation model ‘Smart India Hackathon 2019’ was launched by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi. The SIH-2019 is expected to witness participation from over 1 lakh students from around 3000 institutions across the country.

Top Cabinet Approvals: 30 August 2018

Aug 30, 2018
The Union Cabinet has approved to release an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from July 1, 2018. This will benefit about 48.41 lakh Central Government employees and 62.03 lakh pensioners.

Union Cabinet approves Earth Sciences Ministry’s umbrella scheme ‘O-SMART’

Aug 29, 2018
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved implementation of an umbrella scheme ‘Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling and Science (O-SMART)’. The scheme will cover a total of 16 sub-projects, which will address ocean development activities such as services, technology, resources, observations and science.

Union Government, World Bank and Rajasthan sign agreement to improve power distribution in Rajasthan

Aug 29, 2018
This ‘Second Programmatic Electricity Distribution Reform Development Policy Loan’ for Rajasthan is the second in the series of two operations planned for a comprehensive turnaround of Rajasthan’s electricity distribution sector. The First Loan closed in March 2017.

JNPT, Maharashtra, MP and Ministry of Railways sign MoU for Indore-Manmad Railway Line Project

Aug 28, 2018
A Joint Venture Company will be formed between the Ministry of Shipping or its nominated entity including JNPT with equity share of 55 percent; Maharashtra or its nominated entity; Madhya Pradesh or its nominated entity; and others with equity share of 15 percent each.

CBSE to provide digital board exam documents to flood-hit Kerala students

Aug 28, 2018
In a special gesture to students from CBSE affiliated schools in Kerala, whose board exam documents such as mark sheets/ migration certificates/ pass certificates have got lost or damaged in the state’s floods, the CBSE will provide them with digital mark sheets, migration certificates and pass certificates through the ‘Parinam Manjusha’ portal/ DigiLocker.

Government signs MoU with 6 states for construction of Lakhwar Multi-Purpose Project in Uttarakhand

Aug 28, 2018
The Lakhwar project envisages construction of a 204 m high concrete dam across river Yamuna near Lohari village in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand with a live storage capacity of 330.66 MCM.

Government announces Drone Regulations 1.0 for safe commercial usage of Drones

Aug 28, 2018
As per the Drone Regulations 1.0, the airspace has been partitioned into three zones- the Red Zone in which flying is not permitted, Yellow Zone that is a controlled airspace; and the Green Zone for automatic permission.

J P Nadda launches logo of Ayushman Bharat Scheme; announces that 29 states and UTs signed MoU for implementation of scheme

Aug 28, 2018
Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna is a National Health Protection Scheme, which will provide a defined benefit coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries).

Defence Ministry clears procurement of 111 naval helicopters at cost of Rs 21000 crore

Aug 27, 2018
The Defence Acquisition Council has given its approval for the acquisition of 111 utility helicopters for Navy at an estimated cost of over Rs 21,000 crore. The Ministry also approved separate procurement proposals worth nearly Rs 25,000 crore.

Delhi-Mumbai Expressway work to begin from December 2018: Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari

Aug 26, 2018
The expressway is expected to begin from Gurugram on the Delhi outskirts and run parallel to the existing highway up to Jaipur, from where it will turn eastwards to Rajasthan's Alwar and Ratlam in western Madhya Pradesh and then move westwards to Baroda.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee launches NETA App to rate MPs, MLAs

Aug 25, 2018
'Neta - Leaders' Report Card' App, the brainchild of 27-year-old entrepreneur Pratham Mittal, is a platform where voters can review and rate their elected representatives and hold them accountable as well.

JNU to rename its Management School after Late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Aug 24, 2018
The decision came following the move undertaken by Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh to rename the upcoming capital Naya Raipur as Atal Nagar. Moreover, Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government also decided to name the proposed Bundelkhand Expressway as ‘Atal Path’.

UIDAI makes facial recognition mandatory for Aadhaar authentication

Aug 24, 2018
The Unique Identification Authority of India plans to implement the face recognition feature as an additional mode of Aadhaar authentication. The main aim is to provide an added security layer and also make the Aadhaar process more inclusive.

Ban sale of junk food on campuses: UGC directs universities

Aug 24, 2018
The UGC, in the advisory, stated that banning junk food in colleges would set new standards for healthy food habits, and subsequently, it will instill a sense of healthy eating and awareness.

Husband's relatives not to be roped in marital dispute cases, unless crime is made out: SC

Aug 23, 2018
The Supreme Court has ruled that relatives of a husband should not be roped in cases of matrimonial disputes and dowry deaths unless specific instances of their involvement in the crime is made out.

NITI Aayog launches 5 Thematic Reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan Region

Aug 23, 2018
Earlier in June 2017, the NITI Aayog had set up 5 Working Groups to prepare a roadmap for actions in 5 thematic areas that are quite significant for the Himalayas.

CJI launches e-Filing, e-Pay, and NSTEP applications to facilitate litigants and lawyers

Aug 23, 2018
The eCourts project Phase II is being implemented by the Department of Justice during 2015-19 under the guidance of eCommittee of the Supreme Court of India for Information and communication technology (ICT) enablement of all district and subordinate courts in the country.

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