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IITs to mentor engineering colleges to improve quality of engineering education

Aug 21, 2018
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will mentor at least five engineering colleges located in its vicinity, in order to improve the quality and standard of engineering education in the country.

Madras HC orders CBSE to publicise 'no homework, no bag' rule for Class I & II

Aug 21, 2018
The Madras High Court has ordered the Central Board of Secondary Education to publicise in media that stringent action would be taken against institutes not following the board's 'no homework' rule for class 1 and 2 students.

FSSAI constitutes B Sesikeran Committee to review food labelling standards

Aug 20, 2018
The draft pitches for a colour code, proposes that the high fats such as sugar and salt, trans-fat and sodium content should be coloured as ‘red’, if the value of energy from total sugar or fat is more than 10 percent of the total energy in the 100 grams or 100 ml of the product.

Health Insurance companies to cover mental illness under medical insurance policies: IRDAI

Aug 20, 2018
The authority referred to Section 21(4) of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2O17 which states that every insurer shall make provision for medical insurance for treatment of mental illness on the same basis as is available for treatment of physical illness.

SC directs Tamil Nadu to consider reducing water level at Mullaperiyar dam by 3 ft

Aug 17, 2018
The Supreme Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to consider lowering the water level at Mullaperiyar dam to 139 feet from the current 142 feet. The directive comes considering the ‘grave’ flood situation in all the 14 districts of Kerala.

Ministry of Agriculture proposes to UNFAO to declare 2019 as ‘International Year of Millets’

Aug 17, 2018
The adoption of this proposal by the FAO with the support of its Member Nations will enable it to be moved to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for declaration of an upcoming year as International Year of Millets.

Railway Ministry launches ‘Digital Screens’ at 22 stations

Aug 16, 2018
The Union Ministry of Railways has launched ‘Digital Screens’ to spread awareness about Indian Railways Heritage. The project aims at showcasing the legacy of Indian Railways through one to two minute-long movie clips on digital LED screens at the entrance gate of railway stations and also at different comfort areas.

Supreme Court approves colour coding of vehicles as per fuel type

Aug 16, 2018
Considering the affidavit filed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta asked the government to implement the use of coloured stickers on vehicles plying in Delhi-National Capital Region by September 30, 2018.

PM Modi’s Independence Day Speech 2018 - Key Highlights

Aug 16, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of world's largest government-funded programme – ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan’. It will be launched on the birth anniversary of Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay on September 25, 2018.

Private companies need to disclose compliance under Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act: Government

Aug 14, 2018
The inclusion of the compliance under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act in the non-financial disclosures will ensure that the issues regarding sexual harassment get into the focus into Board of Directors of the companies.

Railways Ministry releases Report on Station Cleanliness; ranks Jodhpur as cleanest railway station

Aug 14, 2018
On the lines of PM Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Indian Railways too has been prioritising cleanliness, punctuality and catering services for the passengers. In past 4 years, ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Campaign’ has witnessed tremendous improvement in terms of cleanliness.

Ease of Living Index 2018 released: Pune tops; Delhi at 65

Aug 13, 2018
The Ease of Living Index is an initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to help cities assess their liveability in relation to global and national benchmarks and encourage cities to move towards an ‘outcome-based’ approach to urban planning and management.

Civil Aviation Ministry approves proposal for setting up water aerodromes

Aug 13, 2018
An entity seeking to set up a water aerodrome has to take approvals from various authorities, including the Ministries of Defence, Home, Environment and Forests, and Shipping.

Railways to give 50 per cent reservation to women in RPF recruitment

Aug 13, 2018
The Railways has decided to provide 50 per cent reservation to women in the upcoming RPF recruitment process, which will involve recruitment of around 9500-10000 RPF jawans. The recruitment process will reportedly be fully computerised.

President gives assent to bill providing constitutional validity to NCBC

Aug 12, 2018
The Constitution (123rd amendment) Bill provides for granting of constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) on par with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes.

Lok Sabha passes Arbitration and Conciliation Bill (Amendment) 2018

Aug 11, 2018
The bill seeks to amend the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, which contains provisions to deal with domestic and international arbitration, and defines the law for conducting conciliation proceedings.

Parliament passes amendment bill for speedy disposal of commercial disputes

Aug 11, 2018
Under the bill's provisions, the state governments may set up commercial appellate courts at the district level to consider appeals from commercial courts below the level of a district judge in areas where high courts do not have original jurisdiction.

Parliament passes Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018

Aug 11, 2018
The Bill allows the withdrawal of a resolution application submitted to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) under the Code. This decision can be taken with the approval of 90 percent of the committee of creditors.

Cabinet approves amendments in instant triple talaq bill, seeks approval from Rajya Sabha

Aug 10, 2018
The amendment mandates that the magistrate can decide on releasing the husband on bail only after hearing the wife. However, the offence remains non-bailable. The government has not struck down the three year jail penalty for the husband or the provision that only empowers a magistrate to release the accused on bail.

Parliament passes National Sports University Bill, 2018

Aug 10, 2018
The University will undertake research on physical education, strengthen sports training programmes, and collaborate internationally in the field of physical education, among others.

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