Current Affairs in Short: 30 May 2018
The Madras High Court has issued a direction to Central Board of Secondary Education to ensure that even private schools affiliated to it, follow only NCERT textbooks and not those of private publishers.
India releases Rs 33.10 crore to Nepal for 2 road projects
• India has released Rs 33.10 crore to Nepal for two road packages of Birgunj-Thori Road that are being implemented under Postal Highway Projects in Nepal with grant assistance from the Indian Government.
• The Indian Government has so far released a total of Rs 117.63 crore to the Nepal Government for the implementation of 14 packages of the Postal Highway Projects.
• Since 1950, the Government of India has been supporting infrastructure development of Nepal and has provided financial assistance for construction of various highways, roads, bridges, airports, as a part of its multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme.
Madhya Pradesh government to regularise 2, 37,000 contractual teachers
• The Madhya Pradesh state government has decided to regularise 2, 37,000 contractual teachers in the state.
• The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on May 29, 2018.
• The cabinet also decided that no contractual employee in other government departments will be retrenched.
• The cabinet also decided that the contractual staffers will be given 15 days privilege leave, 13 days casual leave and 10 days other leave in a calendar year.
Railway Minister seeks passenger cooperation over late running of trains
• The Union Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal has sought the cooperation of passengers over late running of trains, saying that the delay was caused due to track upgradation work.
• The Minister stated in a tweet that the track upgradation work was being carried out for passenger safety on mission mode.
• The Minister also posted a video, which is now being played at all railway stations, asking people to keep patience in the face of delays.
• The one-minute video is designed to tell passengers about the safety work being undertaken by the railways for people's safety.
US Capitol to host first-ever gathering of Indian-Americans
• The US Capitol will for the first time on June 7, 2018 host Indian American elected officials, leaders, philanthropists and some 80 community members running for elected offices in the November mid-term elections.
• Senator Kamala Harris from California, the first ever Indian origin to be elected to the US Senate, is scheduled to deliver a keynote address to the one-of-its-kind of gathering.
• The gathering will be organised by Indian American Impact Project. Around 200 delegates are expected to attend the day-long meeting.The meeting will feature panel discussions on how to build political power in the Indian American community.
• The current Congress has a record number of five Indian Americans, all being from the Democratic Party.
Goa celebrates statehood day
• Goa celebrated its Statehood Day on May 30, 2018. The state attained its full statehood on May 30, 1987, after which it was declared as India’s 25th state.
• Earlier, Goa along with Daman and Diu was a Union Territory for all administrative and governance considerations.
• During the statehood process, Daman and Diu were separated from Goa and they continue to be administered as a union territory.
• Since 1987, Goa has emerged as a dynamic and progressive state with a high level of socio-economic development, coupled with adequate infrastructural development in varied sectors.
Madras HC directs CBSE to ensure no school prescribes non-NCERT textbooks
• The Madras High Court on May 29, 2018 issued a direction to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to ensure that even private schools affiliated to it, follow only NCERT textbooks and not those of private publishers.
• The court passed interim orders on a writ petition filed by advocate M Purushothaman, who accused private schools of dumping too many subjects and books on children.
• Justice N. Kirubakaran, in a sharp criticism of the burden on very young school children, ordered that no school in the country, irrespective of the educational board, prescribe homework for children in Classes I & II.
UP government to go the e-Office way
• The Uttar Pradesh cabinet has decided to bring all state government offices under the e-Office system by August 15 to minimise the use of paper.
• The decision, aimed at converting government departments into less paper offices, was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on May 30.
• The e-office system is a 'product suit' developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) that helps in faster clearance of files and envisions a paper-less office.
Kerala cartoonist wins international award
• Kerala cartoonist Thomas Antony has won an international award, in the best caricature category.
• Antony, currently working as an executive artist with a Malayalam daily, is among the nine winners at the 13th edition of the World Press Cartoon awards, instituted by an organisation based in Lisbon, Portugal.
• The awards are given to the best works published in 2017 in newspapers and magazines from around the world.
• Antony was the only cartoonist selected for the prize from Asia.