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SC bars media, police from revealing identities of victims of rape, sexual assault

16 hrs ago
The Supreme Court has directed the print and electronic media not to reveal the identity of victims of rape and sexual assault even in a remote manner. The court said that it was "unfortunate" that such victims were being treated as "untouchable" by the society.

Chhattisgarh Election Results 2018: Congress claims majority by winning 68 seats; puts an end to Raman Singh era

16 hrs ago
Post the result declaration, Chief Minister Raman Singh of BJP resigned from his post after serving the state for 15 years. He took the responsibility for BJP’s poor performance in Chhattisgarh and refused to pass the blame on the BJP’s national leadership over the setback after 15 years of the party’s rule in the state.

Rajasthan Election Results 2018: Congress wins 99 seats; emerges single largest party in Rajasthan

18 hrs ago
Following the declaration of results, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje of the BJP tendered her resignation to the Governor Kalyan Singh, though she won from her constituency Jhalrapatan and defeated her Congress rival Manvendra Singh.

UK court orders extradition of Vijay Mallya

2 days ago
The UK court has ordered the extradition of Indian businessman and liquor baron Vijay Mallya from Britain to India to face charges of fraud filed against him. The decision follows a nine-month-long trial on an extradition warrant, which began with Mallya’s arrest in April 2017 and ended in September.

FAO Council approves India’s proposal to observe 2023 as International Year of Millets

2 days ago
Millets are highly nutritious and useful in various lifestyle diseases, enhance resilience and risk management in face of climate change especially for small and marginal farmers. Millets consists of Jowar, Bajra, Ragi and minor millets, together termed as nutri-cereals.

Government notifies four commonly used medical devices as drugs

3 days ago
The Union Government has notified four commonly used medical devices including nebulisers, blood pressure monitors, digital thermometers and glucometers as drugs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. Till recently, only 23 medical devices were monitored for quality by the nation's drug regulator.

Tourism Ministry formulates Guidelines for approval of Online Travel Aggregators

Dec 8, 2018
The Union Ministry of Tourism has formulated the guidelines for approval and re-approval of Online Travel Aggregators to ensure adequate safeguards against deficiency of service, alternate arrangements and punitive deterrence.

Ministry of Shipping approves Rs 156 crore Freight Village in Varanasi

Dec 8, 2018
A pre-feasibility study by the World Bank discovered Varanasi as a suitable site for the freight village. The city is located strategically and is a focal point in the logistics chain of Eastern Transport Corridor of India where the National Waterways-1, Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), National Highway-7 and National Highway-2 pass through.

ESIC to allow non insured persons to avail medical services from its underutilised hospitals

Dec 7, 2018
The ESI Corporation during its 176th meeting decided to allow non insured persons to avail medical services from underutilised ESIC Hospitals.The non insured persons would now be able to avail medical services from ESIC's underutilised hospitals after levying user charges at a subsidised cost of Rs 10 for OPD Consultation.

CBI Dispute: SC questions CVC on overnight removal of Alok Verma as CBI Chief; reserves its order

Dec 7, 2018
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), represented by Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, that what prompted it to take an “overnight” decision to divest Alok Verma of his powers as CBI Director without consulting the Selection Committee.

Cabinet approves Agriculture Export Policy 2018 to double farmer's income by 2022

Dec 7, 2018
The Policy will double the agricultural exports and integrate Indian farmers and agricultural products with the global value chains. Exports of agricultural products would play a crucial role in achieving the goal of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

Top Cabinet Approvals: 7 December 2018

Dec 7, 2018
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and Japan. The MoC will enable establishment and promotion of closer and long-term cooperation between India and Japan in the field of environment protection and management of natural resources on the basis of equity and mutual benefits.

Cabinet approves National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems

Dec 7, 2018
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the launching of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems. Under the mission, 15 technology innovation hubs, 6 application innovation hubs and 4 technology translation research parks will be set up.

SC approves Witness Protection Scheme 2018; directs Centre, States to enforce the scheme by 2019

Dec 6, 2018
The Bench also directed the states and union territories to set up the vulnerable witness deposition complexes within a period of one year by the end of 2019. The bench observed that there is a paramount need to have witness protection regime in a statutory form. It also emphasised on the need to create Vulnerable Witness Deposition Complexes.

WCD Ministry to formulate guidelines to ensure safety of children in hostels

Dec 5, 2018
The Ministry of Women and Child Development will soon formulate guidelines for children's hostels, prescribing the minimum standards of care that should be provided to the children. The decision comes at a time when child care institutions are not registering under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.

Railways Ministry, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum sign MoU to foster tourism in Delhi NCR

Dec 5, 2018
This collaboration will help in promoting railway heritage and also enable children to learn about national heroes, thereby making the student’s excursion more inclusive, holistic and interesting.

Prioritise trial against MP/MLAs; designate special courts: SC directs Kerala and Patna HCs

Dec 4, 2018
The bench was hearing the plea filed by advocate and BJP leader Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay to provide adequate infrastructure for setting up Special Courts to decide criminal cases against lawmakers, people’s representatives, public servants and members of the judiciary.

Government forms Rajiv Kumar Committee to look at selling of OIL, ONGC fields to private companies

Dec 4, 2018
The formation of the Committee came as a follow up of the October 12, 2018 meeting by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review domestic production profile of oil and gas and the roadmap for cutting import dependence by 10 percent by 2022.

National Commission for Women to support livelihood programmes for women in northeast

Dec 4, 2018
The National Commission for Women has decided to support northeast livelihood programmes for women, particularly for those falling under the younger age group, through skill development and specialised training.

Train 18: India's first locomotive-less train crosses 180 kmph mark during trials

Dec 3, 2018
The Train 18 will now be sent to Kota division in West Central Railways for validating its performance at its designed speed of 160 kmph, following which the Railways will be initiating the process for obtaining necessary approvals from the designated authorities for induction of Train 18 into commercial service.

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