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Explained: AFSPA removed from Meghalaya and few parts of Arunachal Pradesh

11 hrs ago
After witnessing 85 percent drop in the insurgency-related incidents in the northeast region, the Ministry of Home Affairs decided to remove the AFSPA from Meghalaya and some areas of Arunachal Pradesh.

Government panel suggests one-window solution for inter-country removal of children

12 hrs ago
A panel that was appointed by the Union Government has recommended one window solution in cases of inter-country removal and retention of children. The committee has recommended that the Government may establish an 'Inter-Country Parental Child Removal Disputes Resolution Authority'.

Supreme Court seeks government’s response on plea against Section 377

15 hrs ago
The Supreme Court of India has sought a response from the Central Government on pleas challenging the Indian Penal Code’s Section 377, which criminalises homosexuality. The top court had said on January 8 that it will re-examine its 2013 verdict upholding Section 377 that criminalises gay sex.

Union Ministry of Road Transport inaugurates 29th National Road Safety Week

15 hrs ago
While launching the Road Safety Week, the Ministry also highlighted that India is exploring the prospects of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Korea for introduction of Highways Information System in the country.

President promulgates Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance

1 day ago
President Ram Nath Kovind has promulgated the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, which will allow the government to confiscate properties and assets of loan defaulters who flee the nation. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on March 12, but it could not be taken up for discussion due to disruptions in the house over various issues.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu rejects impeachment notice against CJI Dipak Misra

1 day ago
Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu has rejected the impeachment notice submitted by the Opposition parties against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Naidu rejected the notice stating that the motion lacked substantial merit and that it was based on mere suspicion, conjecture or assumption rather than factual proof.

CCEA approves restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan Scheme

1 day ago
The Union Finance Minister Arun Jailtey announced the launch of new restructured scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) in his budget speech 2016-17 to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system across the nation.

President signs ordinance to provide death penalty to rapists of girls below 12 years

1 day ago
President Ram Nath Kovind has promulgated an ordinance that provides for stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years. The minimum punishment in the case of rape of girls below 16 years has been increased from 10 years to 20 years, extendable to life imprisonment.

55 percent of all new bank accounts in the world opened from India: Global Findex Report 2017

1 day ago
Despite having a relatively high account ownership, India claims a large share of the global unbanked population, after China. Over 190 million Indian adults still do not have a bank account.

Government to roll out initiative for prevention & control of viral hepatitis

3 days ago
The Union Health Ministry has decided to roll out an initiative for prevention and control of viral hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is recognised as a public health problem worldwide. India is committed to eliminating the disease by 2030.

UIDAI introduces new QR code for offline verification

Apr 19, 2018
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced a new and updated 'QR code' that will have non-sensitive details such as the name, address, photo and date of birth. The main aim behind the development is to provide an extra layer of privacy to Aadhaar.

India forms committee to reform higher defence planning

Apr 19, 2018
The Union Government has formed an integrated institutional mechanism, called the Defence Planning Committee (DPC) to reform the process of higher defence planning. The permanent body would be chaired by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

PM Modi’s visit to Sweden: India-Sweden Joint Action Plan and List of MoUs signed

Apr 18, 2018
During the visit, India and Sweden signed a ‘Joint Declaration on India-Sweden Innovation Partnership for a Sustainable Future’ and adopted a Joint Action Plan to promote bilateral cooperation.

SC stays NGT declaration of Amarnath shrine as ‘silence zone’

Apr 18, 2018
The Supreme Court of India stayed the order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) declaring Amarnath cave shrine a silence zone and prohibiting religious offerings beyond the entry point. The Amarnath Shrine Board had challenged the NGT order in the apex court, arguing that the green tribunal cannot pass orders on the Amarnath shrine.

Union Home Ministry launches e-FRRO scheme

Apr 13, 2018
e-FRRO Scheme has already been implemented as a pilot project in four Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRROs) in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.

Union Government to constitute Task Force for fast-tracking Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology

Apr 13, 2018
The Task Force will build up a strategy to accelerate the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology with implementable recommendations for Central Government, State Governments, industries and research institutions.

Supreme Court to Waqf Board: Show documents signed by Shah Jahan to prove ownership on Taj Mahal

Apr 12, 2018
The court was hearing an appeal filed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) against the waqf board’s decision to declare the Taj Mahal as its property. The ASI also maintained that there was no waqfnama.

Top Cabinet Approvals: 12 April 2018

Apr 12, 2018
The Union Cabinet approved the revision of pay and allowances of Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories with an aim to bring the pay and allowances of LGs at par with that of the Secretaries to the Union Government.

India, Morocco sign MoU to promote cooperation in mineral exploration

Apr 12, 2018
India and Morocco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote cooperation in the field of mining and geology for a period of 5 years. The main focus of the MoU would be on the development of geological infrastructure for Geoscience Maps and geochemical maps and strengthening geological research.

Government appoints panel to review CSR enforcement under Companies Act

Apr 12, 2018
Constitution of a 12-member panel to review the enforcement of CSR provisions under the Companies law as well as look at having a centralised scrutiny and prosecution mechanism to deal with violations.

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