Don’t disburse grants to States not registering domestic workers: SC to Center
The Supreme Court (SC) on May 31, 2018 directed the Centre to not to disburse any grants to the states which have not yet registered domestic workers under the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act, 2008.
A bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and M M Shantanagoudar also directed the Secretary of the Labour Department of the Centre to furnish a report regarding the status of registration in three months. The ruling came after the apex court was told that several states have still not complied with its direction of January 11, 2018 in which it had directed the registration of domestic workers, beginning from February 2018.
Denmark bans wearing of face veils in public
Denmark's Parliament on May 31, 2018 banned the wearing of face veils (burqa and niqab) in public places, a move that will criminalise Muslim women who choose to wear the niqab or burqa.
The law forbids the wearing of full-face veils such as the niqab, balaclavas, face-covering ski masks, face masks and fake beards. It does not outlaw headscarves, turbans, traditional Jewish Kippa, protective masks, winter clothing such as scarves or costumes and motorcycle helmets. Fines will range from 1000 Danish crowns (USD 160) for a first offense to 10000 crowns for a fourth violation.
Facebook ties-up with National Women Commission to launch digital literacy programme
Social networking giant Facebook on May 31, 2018 partnered with the National Commission for Women (NCW) to launch a Digital Literacy Programme.
The Digital Literacy Programme will be launched in collaboration with the Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF). As part of the digital literacy programme, awareness training will be conducted for 60000 women in universities across major cities in Haryana, Delhi-NCR, Manipur, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu over a one-year period.
Press Council of India reconstituted
The Union Government on May 31, 2018 reconstituted the Press Council of India (PCI) for a three-year term. However, the names under medium newspaper category have not been declared yet as the matter related to it is sub-judice.
Earlier, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) had moved the Delhi High Court against the PCI’s decision to reject the nomination of Hormusji N Cama in the category of medium newspapers. Hormusji is the owner of the Mumbai Samachar weekly and a member of the INS.
PM Narendra Modi launches RuPay card, BHIM and SBI apps in Singapore
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 31, 2018 launched three Indian digital payment systems - RuPay, BHIM app and UPI by SBI at the 'Business, Innovation and Community Event' in Singapore.
With the launch, India's RuPay digital payments system was linked up with Singapore's 33-year old Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS). The move will enable RuPay users to make payments at all of NETS acceptance points across Singapore.