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Uttarakhand HC bans commercial use of elephants in state

Aug 6, 2018
The court asked the state government to ensure that “not more than 100 vehicles are permitted to enter in Sitabani, Bijrani and Dhela zones of Corbett including Kalagarh and Rajaji National Park, in a day.”

UP's Mughalsarai Junction renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction

Aug 5, 2018
The Mughalsarai station got a new name after Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik gave his assent to the proposal in June 2018 following the in-principle approval by the Union Government in 2017 to the state government’s proposal.

Sabarimala temple case: Ban on women unconstitutional, says Kerala Government

Aug 2, 2018
The Kerala government has told the Supreme Court that the custom of barring the entry of women between the age group of 10 to 50 years into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala is not permissible under the Constitution.

Startup India Yatra launched in Chhattisgarh

Aug 1, 2018
The Startup India Yatra was launched in Raipur, the capital city of Chattisgarh. The first boot camp saw a large number of students queue up to register themselves. The initiative aims to build a strong eco-system for nurturing innovation and Startups in the country that will drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities.

Delhi Government approves proposal delinking Aadhaar and social welfare benefits

Aug 1, 2018
The Delhi cabinet has approved a proposal to do away with the requirement of linking the 12-digit Aadhaar number with bank accounts to avail the benefits of welfare schemes including old age, disability and widow pensions.

Assam-NRC Draft can’t be basis of any action by any authority: SC

Aug 1, 2018
The Court passed the order following the increasing concerns about the exclusion of approximately forty lakh persons from the final draft list of NRC that was published on July 30, 2018.

Rajasthan signs MoU for first Cow Sanctuary in state

Jul 30, 2018
Facilities in the sanctuary will include hospitals and Sewan grass as fodder for the animals. The Sewan grass is considered to be among the best quality fodder for cows.

Fact Box: Assam’s National Register of Citizens' final draft

Jul 30, 2018
The Assam government has released the second and final draft of the state’s National Register of Citizens (NRC). The list incorporates names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. However, the names of 40.07 lakh people have been left out.

PM Modi launches projects worth Rs 60000 crore in Lucknow

Jul 30, 2018
Some of the projects, which were launched on the event, include setting up of fiber or establishment of IT center for internet service in Uttar Pradesh with an aim to give a new direction to the state through such digital infrastructure.

West Bengal assembly passes resolution to change state’s name to ‘Bangla’

Jul 26, 2018
The state assembly of West Bengal unanimously passed a resolution on July 26, 2018 to change the state’s name to ‘Bangla’ in all three languages – Bengali, Hindi and English. The move comes almost two years after the West Bengal assembly first passed a resolution to change the name of the State.

Kerala to launch country's first state-run all-woman hotel

Jul 26, 2018
The work on India's first public sector hotel run entirely by women for women has begun. The all-woman hotel is the first such initiative from a government institution in the country. The staff at the hotel will also be all women, starting right from the bottom rung to the managerial position.

Delhi Government launches new solar scheme to increase farmers’ income

Jul 26, 2018
Delhi cabinet has approved a scheme under which farmers in the national capital will be able to lease out a part of their agricultural land for setting up of solar panels to get additional income. The scheme will start in nine months and at least five solar companies have evinced interest.

Madras HC allows petitioners to file IT Returns without quoting Aadhaar

Jul 25, 2018
The Madras High Court on July 25, approved the plea of nine petitioners to file their Income Tax Returns (ITRs) manually without quoting Aadhaar or Aadhaar enrolment number for the assessment year 2018-19.

Odisha Government launches 'Green Mahanadi Mission'

Jul 25, 2018
The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik launched the 'Green Mahanadi Mission' on July 24. Under the mission, 2 crore saplings will be planted along the Mahanadi river and its tributaries.

Bihar Assembly passes amendments to liquor ban law to stop its misuse

Jul 24, 2018
The Bihar Assembly had passed a bill to amend some of the stringent provisions of the prohibition law in order to prevent its misuse and make the quantum of punishment proportionate to the nature of offence.

Environment Minister inaugurates advanced system of air quality ‘SAFAR’

Jul 23, 2018
Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan has unveiled a state-of-the-art Air Quality and Weather Forecast System– SAFAR in New Delhi. First of its kind in the country, the system was developed indigenously in record time by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune.

Top beverage companies launch buyback programme for PET bottles in Maharashtra

Jul 21, 2018
Top beverage companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Bisleri, have initiated a buyback programme for all PET bottles sold in Maharashtra. The companies are working with Gem Enviro to set up reverse vending machines, collection points and collection centres for PET waste bottles at several locations across the state.

“When a man can enter, a woman can also go”: SC on Sabarimala ban

Jul 19, 2018
The Supreme Court has observed that banning the entry of women in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple by the temple authorities is unconstitutional and questioned the authorities regarding the same. The bench stated that when a man can enter, a woman can also go.

Marriage doesn't imply woman’s consent to sex: Delhi High Court

Jul 18, 2018
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said that in a relationship like marriage, both man and woman have a right to say ‘no’ to physical relations.

President Ram Nath Kovind approves Assam's Anti-Witch Hunting Bill

Jul 18, 2018
It prohibits any person from identifying, calling or defaming any other person as witch by words, conducts, signs or indications. It imposes maximum imprisonment up to seven years and maximum fine up to Rs 500000 for branding someone as witch.

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