SC to soon decide date for hearing review petitions on Sabarimala verdict
• The Supreme Court said on October 22, 2018 that it would be deciding the date for hearing the petitions seeking review of its Sabarimala verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups into the temple tomorrow, October 23.
• A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul considered the submissions of lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara that his petition seeking review of the constitutional bench judgment be listed for urgent hearing.
• A five-judge constitution bench headed by then CJI Dipak Misra had previously held by a ratio of 4:1 that women of all age groups should be allowed entry in Kerala's Sabarimala Temple.
Australian PM issues national apology to victims of child sex abuse
• Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a national apology to victims of child sex abuse in an address to Parliament, acknowledging that the state failed to stop, what he termed, evil dark crimes committed over decades.
• Morrison told the Parliament in a nationally televised address that acts like these are done by Australians to Australians, enemies in the midst.
• The state apology comes after a five-year Royal Commission that detailed more than 15,000 survivors' harrowing child sex abuse claims involving thousands of institutions.
• A series of institutions have already apologised for their failings, including Australian Catholic leaders who have lamented the church's history of child abuse and cover-ups
Four Himalayan peaks named after Vajpayee
• Four Himalayan peaks near Gangotri glacier have been named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
• The peaks are located at 6,557, 6,566, 6,160 and 6,100 metres on the right flank of Gangotri glacier. The information was shared by Colonel Amit Bisht, principal of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and leader of the mountain climbing team which recently scaled the newly named peaks.
• The team had hoisted the national tricolour on each of the peaks. Located near Sudarshan and Saifi peaks in Raktvan valley, the peaks have been named Atal-1, 2, 3 and 4.
• The expedition was flagged off from Dehradun on October 4 by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. The expedition was jointly conducted by NIM and the tourism department.
Odisha to form new policy to help women and farmers
• Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has asked state government officials to frame a new and innovative policy to help women and farmers become entrepreneurs.
• Patnaik gave the instruction on October 20 while he was reviewing the preparedness for the ensuing 'Make in Odisha' conclave, scheduled to begin in Bhubaneswar on November 11.
• The chief minister asked all department heads to frame a specific policy in order to encourage the entrepreneurs, both from India and abroad, to invest in the state.
• The chief minister also asked the state chief secretary to apprise him about the framing of the new investment policy at the earliest.
• According to officials, about 60 industrial delegates from several countries, including China, Germany, Japan, Italy, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates and more than 2,000 representatives from Indian companies are expected to attend the flagship biennial business event of the Odisha government.
Rs 35,000 Cr plan to electrify all Railway lines
• A Rs 35,000 crore plan has been drawn up for electrification of all railway lines across the country.
• The electric energy is cheaper and the Indian Railways has made savings worth Rs 13,500 crore per annum by using it instead of diesel on several routes.
• The railways now plans to electrify the Rameswaram-Madurai section. The cost of electrification of the 161-km stretch will be around Rs 158 crore.
• It has been decided to build a new cantilever bridge with electric traction but as it would take a long time, the railways would first go for electrification of the existing bridge.
Indian Army undertakes challenging 45-day sailing expedition
• The Indian Army has undertaken a challenging wind sailing expedition from Haldia on the east coast up to Porbandar on the west.
• The expedition, 'Round the Indian Peninsula' being organised by EME Sailing Association, Secunderabad was flagged off by Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh, Commandant, Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, from Haldia.
• The expedition is aimed at fostering spirit of adventure among the young soldiers of Indian Army and spreading awareness about Ocean pollution by collecting samples of polluted water from seas.
• The expedition team comprises 50 sailors, who represent all arms and services of the Indian Army. It is being led by Major Alok Kumar Yadav.
• They are expected to complete the expedition in about 45 days. The expedition has been undertaken for the first time in an Ocean going Bavaria Class 44 feet Sail Yacht.
• The team would touch all major parts along the Indian coast line including Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Mangaluru, Goa, and Porbandar.
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