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Current Affairs in Short: 26 February 2019

The Supreme Court suggested another round of mediation in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said it will pass an order on the 5 March on whether to refer the case to a court-appointed mediator. 

Feb 26, 2019 17:15 IST
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SC suggests another round of mediation in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case

• The Supreme Court suggested another round of mediation in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. 

• A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said it will pass an order on the 5 March on whether to refer the case to a court-appointed mediator. 

• The bench, also comprising, Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, said even if one percent chance of mediation exists in the matter, it should be done. 

• It asked the registry to provide translated copies of all documents within six weeks and said the main matter would be taken up for hearing after eight weeks. 

• Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

Summit between Donald Trump & Kim Jong-un to take place in Hanoi 

• Second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi. 

• During their two days of talks, the two leaders are expected to have several rounds of discussions in multiple settings, including a one-on-one meeting aimed at normalising ties and complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. 

• They are also likely to review the progress made after their first historic summit in Singapore in 2018.

• US President Donald Trump before his departure for Vietnam said he is looking forward to a highly productive second summit with North Korean leader.

NDMA to conduct national workshop on heat wave risk reduction

• The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is conducting a two-day national workshop on heat wave risk reduction on February 27-28, 2019. 

• The workshop, to be held at Nagpur, has been organised in collaboration with the Maharashtra Government.

• Heat wave has emerged as one of the major severe weather events around the globe in recent years. 

• NDMA has been closely working with vulnerable States to reduce the adverse impacts of heat wave.

FAGMIL, Himachal Pradesh Government sign MoU to establish White cement Plant Project

• The FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals India Limited (FAGMIL) signed MoU with the Himachal Pradesh Government to establish a white cement plant near village Nohra Dhar in Sirmour district, Himachal Pradesh at a project cost of approximately Rs. 605 crores. 

• It will be the 4th white cement plant in the country. 

• The installed capacity of the plant would be 0.3 million tonnes per annum and it will generate the direct employment of approximately 150 persons. 

• The plant is expected to be commenced by the year 2022. 

• It will prove to be a milestone for the development of the Sirmour District.

National Institutes of Design inaugurated at Bhopal and Jorhat 

• Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu inaugurated National Institutes of Design (NID) at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Jorhat in Assam through video conference from New Delhi. 

• Both institutes are autonomous institutions under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

• The National Design Policy 2007 had recommended setting up design institutes on the lines of NID, Ahmedabad in other parts of India to promote design programs. 

• Four new NIDs have been set up in Andhra Pradesh (Amaravati), Assam (Jorhat), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal) and Haryana (Kurukshetra) with a total outlay of Rs. 434 crore.

• Establishing new NIDs in different regions of the country will help produce highly skilled manpower in design which, in turn, will create job opportunities.

Nitin Gadkari lays foundation stone for Road Project in Phagwara 

• Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for an elevated structure and vehicular underpass (VUP) on NH-44 at Phagwara City in Kapurthala district of Punjab.

• The length of this six lane project is 2.555 Kms, and approximate cost is Rs 165 crore. 

• This project will bring safety and convenience to local road users. 

• It will also reduce road accidents and pollution by easing road congestion.

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