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#MeToo movement in India: NCW asks sexual abuse survivors to lodge formal complaints

Oct 11, 2018
Almost a year after the #MeToo movement took flight in the Hollywood with the Harvey Weinstein expose, the movement has now arrived in the Bollywood, Indian film industry; and is spreading through India.

Cabinet approves merger of NCVT, NSDA to form National Council for Vocational Education & Training

Oct 10, 2018
This merger of existing regulatory institutions in the skills space will lead to improvement in quality and market relevance of skill development programs, lending credibility to vocational education and training.

Top Cabinet Approvals: 10 October 2018

Oct 10, 2018
The Union Cabinet has approved the payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days’ wages for the financial year 2017-18 for all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees. Its financial implication has been estimated to be Rs 2044.31 crore.

Nitin Gadkari to lay the foundation stone for development of Ghagra River as National Waterway

Oct 9, 2018
The waterway will stretch from Manjhighat at Ganga-Gaghra river confluence to Faizabad or Ayodhya along Gaghra River for a length of 354 km. This stretch was declared as National Waterway (NW)-40 during the year 2016, as part of Government’s renewed push to develop inland waterways sector in the country.

Government’s crop insurance scheme to cover crop loss in wild animal attacks

Oct 8, 2018
The Union Government has decided to cover damages done to crops in case of wild animal attacks under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna in select districts on an experimental basis. The scheme did not previously cover the damages.

ECI announces election schedule for legislative assemblies of Chhattisgarh, MP, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana

Oct 8, 2018
The Model Code of Conduct came into effect immediately from October 6, 2018 onwards in these five assemblies. All the provisions of the Model Code will be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State Government of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana.

Indian Railways sign two agreements with Russia

Oct 8, 2018
The Union Ministry of Railways has signed a MoU with Russia’s Ministry of Transport for the development of cooperation in transport education. The main objective of the agreement is to provide organisational and methodological support to the higher educational institutions implementing joint projects in the field of transport education in the two countries.

India, ADB sign USD 110 million loan agreement to improve rural connectivity in Madhya Pradesh

Oct 6, 2018
The tranche 2 of the project will provide continued assistance to the PMGSY by upgrading rural roads in Madhya Pradesh that will support the Government's long term goal to achieve inclusive economic growth in rural India.

Union Cabinet approves creation of smart railway stations

Oct 4, 2018
The Union Cabinet has approved the redevelopment of railway stations through simplified procedures. The development paves the way for large-scale modernisation and will ensure world-class rail infrastructure.

Top Cabinet Approvals: 4 October 2018

Oct 4, 2018
The Union Cabinet approved the implementation of Indore Metro Rail Project comprising Ring Line of length 31.55 Km from Bengali Square - Vijay Nagar - Bhawarsala - Airport - Patasia - Bengali Square. The Cabinet also approved implementation of Bhopal Metro Rail Project comprising two corridors of total length 27.87 Km.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates first assembly of International Solar Alliance

Oct 4, 2018
International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance of 121 solar resource rich countries, lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. ISA was jointly launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the then President of France, Francois Hollande on November 30, 2015 in Paris.

Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth year celebrations begin in India

Oct 2, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 15, 2018 launched the mega countrywide campaign- Swachhata hi Seva Campaign 2018. The culmination of Swachhata hi Seva Campaign and Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention marked the start of the 150th birth year celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi.

Indian Railways, Google Arts launch ‘Rail Heritage Digitisation Project’

Sep 29, 2018
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has launched the ‘Rail Heritage Digitisation Project’ of Indian Railways in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture Association. The first-of-its-kind project aims to showcase India’s rail heritage to the national and international audience in an online story-telling platform.

Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics inaugurated in Delhi

Sep 29, 2018
The Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics (CEDA) was inaugurated by Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi. The centre has been created to support government departments to unlock the hidden potential of the data that they are generating as a part of the governance processes and use it to improve the overall governance.

India, United Nations sign Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022

Sep 28, 2018
The Framework outlines the work of UN agencies in India to support the achievement of key development outcomes that have been identified in consultation with the government and are aligned to the national priorities.

Model Code will come into force on premature dissolution of state assembly: EC

Sep 28, 2018
In cases of premature dissolution of legislative assembly, the model code of conduct shall come into operation with immediate effect and continue to remain in force till completion of the election to constitute the new assembly.

Ayodhya land dispute: SC declines to revisit its 1994 judgment and refer it to larger bench

Sep 28, 2018
The Supreme Court has declined to refer the 1994 Ismail Farooqui judgment that mosques are not integral to Islam to a larger constitution bench. The decision paves the way for the apex court to hear the main Ayodhya land dispute.

Second Anniversary of Surgical Strike to be commemorated as Parakram Parv on 29 September

Sep 27, 2018
Eleven days after the Uri attack that claimed 18 soldiers, Indian Army carried out a four hour Surgical Strike on the night of September 28-29, 2016 in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, inflicting heavy casualties on terrorists along with those protecting them.

Husband is not the master of wife, says SC while striking down 158-year-old adultery law

Sep 27, 2018
The Supreme Court of India has struck down a 158-year-old penal provision in the Indian Penal Code that made adultery a criminal offence. The top court said that Adultery can be a civil wrong and a ground for divorce but it cannot be a criminal offence.

Government hikes custom duty on 19 items including ACs, refrigerators

Sep 27, 2018
The Union Government has hiked customs duties 19 items, including jet fuel, ACs and refrigerators to curb imports of non-essential goods. The government doubled the import duty on ACs, Household refrigerators and washing machines less than ten kilograms to 20 per cent.

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