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Supreme Court dismisses all petitions alleging irregularities in Rafale Deal

1 day ago
The Supreme Court has dismissed a group of petitions that demanded an independent probe into the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal, stating that it was satisfied with the procurement process. The court stated that the perception of individuals cannot be a ground for the Court to interfere.

Government announces to set up ‘National Medical Devices Promotion Council’ under DIPP

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The manufacturing and trade in MDI is growing steadily in double digits. However, it is largely import-driven with imports accounting for over 65 percent of the domestic market. The setting-up of the Council will spur domestic manufacturing in this sector as Indian companies and startups have stated moving towards creating innovative products.

Senior citizens should get meaningful pension: Supreme Court

2 days ago
The Supreme Court had directed that senior citizens should get a meaningful pension to live with dignity and not just the equivalent of Rs 92 at current value. The bench noted that in real terms the value of Rs 200 being given as pension to elderly people since 2007 today stands at about Rs 92.

Maintain transparency in appointments of CIC, Information Commissioners: SC to Centre, States

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The bench also directed the states to fill up vacancies in the State Information Commissions (SICs) to reduce the pendency of cases. It asked the state government to file the affidavit indicating the pendency of cases before the State Information Commission.

Employers must be considerate, sympathetic towards pregnant employees: Delhi HC

3 days ago
The Delhi High Court has directed that women should be honoured and treated with dignity at workplace and observed that employers must be considerate and sympathetic towards a pregnant employee.

Delhi HC bans online sale of medicines across India

3 days ago
The Delhi High Court has ordered a ban on the sale of online medicines by e-pharmacists across the country. The court directed both Central and state government to ensure immediate implementation of the order.

#MeToo movement: Editors Guild of India suspends MJ Akbar, Tarun Tejpal over sexual harassment allegations

3 days ago
The Guild had previously asked Akbar to withdraw the criminal defamation case filed against Priya Ramani as the Guild came out in support of the women journalists who have accused him of sexual harassment following the #MeToo drive in India.

Assam NRC: Supreme Court extends NRC claims submission deadline to December 31

3 days ago
The Assam government released the final draft of NRC on July 30, 2018. The list incorporates names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. The names of 40.07 lakh people have been left out.

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

Dec 12, 2018
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

Dec 12, 2018
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

Dec 12, 2018
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

Dec 10, 2018
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

Dec 10, 2018
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

Dec 9, 2018
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.

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