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Government reduces minimum annual deposit under Sukanya Samriddhi scheme

2 hrs ago
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.

Supreme Court lifts ban on protests at Jantar Mantar

6 hrs ago
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.

Government launches Student Police Cadet Programme

10 hrs ago
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.

Government defeats no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha with two-thirds majority

2 days ago
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, Japan hold 4th round of Maritime Affairs Dialogue

3 days ago
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.

Rajya Sabha passes Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013

3 days ago
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.

Lok Sabha passes Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill

3 days ago
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.

NMCG organises ‘Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan’ in five Ganga Basin States

3 days ago
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.

Rajya Sabha passes Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill

Jul 19, 2018
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.

Top Cabinet Approvals: 19 July 2018

Jul 19, 2018
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.

Union Cabinet approves proposal to grant special remission to prisoners

Jul 19, 2018
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.

LS Speaker accepts no-confidence motion against ruling government

Jul 19, 2018
The Speaker of Lok Sabha, Sumitra Mahajan has admitted a no-confidence motion moved by the opposition against the ruling government, on the opening day of the Monsoon session of Parliament.

Supreme Court passes a slew of directions to deal with Mob Lynching

Jul 18, 2018
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.

Union Government notifies amendments to Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989

Jul 18, 2018
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.

Helsinki Summit: Trump, Putin hold first one-on-one talks

Jul 17, 2018
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.

High level Inter ministerial meeting held to deliberate on issues of pollution affecting Taj Mahal

Jul 17, 2018
A Committee under the Chairpersonship of Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, C. K. Mishra will be constituted to suggest ways to deal with Air and Water pollution.

Government constitutes 10-member committee to review offences under Companies Act, 2013

Jul 16, 2018
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.

Supreme Court takes note of poor facilities in jails, asks Attorney General to assist

Jul 14, 2018
The bench asked Attorney General K K Venugopal to assist the court in the matter as making all the states and union territories (UTs) parties to the case would cause delay in passing directions.

Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launches Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018

Jul 14, 2018
The objective of SSG 2018 is to undertake a ranking of states and districts on the basis of their performance attained on key quantitative and qualitative SBM-G parameters.

Once criminality under section 377 goes, discrimination against LGBTQ will go: SC

Jul 13, 2018
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.

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