The Union Government has reduced the minimum annual deposit requirement for accounts under Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana from Rs 1000 to Rs 250. The minimum initial deposit to open the account has also been reduced to Rs 250.
The Supreme Court of India on July 23 ruled that there cannot be a "complete ban" on holding protests at Jantar Mantar or India Gate. The apex court stated that there cannot be a complete ban on holding protests at places like Jantar Mantar and Boat Club, near India Gate.
The Student Police Cadet (SPC) programme was launched nationally on July 21 by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The SPC programme seeks to build a bridge between the Police and the larger community through school students by inculcating values and ethics in them through classes in school and outside.
The no-confidence motion moved by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) faced a heavy defeat at the Lok Sabha on July 20. After a marathon 12-hour debate, the no-confidence, which saw support from many opposition parties including the Congress, was rejected by the majority of the house.
India and Japan held the fourth round of Maritime Affairs Dialogue in New Delhi on July 19. During the dialogue, key issues related to the Indo-Pacific region and maritime security were discussed. The meet was followed by the seventh round of the India-Japan Bilateral Consultations on Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Export Control.
The Bill introduces the offence of giving a bribe as a direct offence. However, a person who is compelled to give a bribe will not be charged with the offence, if he reports the matter to law enforcement authorities within seven days.
The Lok Sabha has passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, which aims to deter fugitive economic offenders from evading the legal process by fleeing the country and remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.
In order to implement the afforestation project in a scientific manner, Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun was assigned the project to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the basis of which the State Forest Departments would carry out their plantation activities.
The Parliament has passed the Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The bill seeks to amend the regulations governing the compensation payable for acquisition of immovable property by the Centre for defence and security purposes.
The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) amongst the BRICS Nations on the Regional Aviation Partnership Cooperation. The BRICS nations include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to grant special remission to prisoners on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Under the scheme, certain categories of prisoners including women, transgenders and physically disabled, will be set free on satisfying the given criteria.
States are directed to take disciplinary action against the concerned officials if it is found that such officials did not prevent the incident, despite having prior knowledge of it or where the incident has already occurred and officials did not promptly initiated criminal proceedings against the culprits.
The draft amendments stipulate other additional conditions for obtaining national permit that include display of the words ‘National Permit or N/P’ in the front and rear of the vehicles in bold letters.
In a historic first, US President Donald Trump held one-on-one talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland. The historic summit opened with Donald Trump promising an extraordinary relationship.
The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has constituted a 10 Member Committee to review the penal provisions in the Companies Act, 2013. The committee will be required to examine the nature of all ‘acts’ categorised as compoundable offences and recommend if any of such ‘acts’ may be re-categorised as ‘acts’, which attract civil liabilities where the company and its ‘officers in default’ are liable for a penalty.
The Supreme Court of India has stated that the social stigma and discrimination attached to the LGBTQ community would go if the criminality of consensual gay sex is done away with. The court stated this while maintaining that it would scrutinise the constitutional validity of section 377 of the IPC in detail.