Supreme Court extends March 31 deadline for Aadhaar linking
The Supreme Court of India on March 13, 2018 extended the deadline of March 31 for linking of Aadhaar card to various bank accounts, mobile phones and government schemes indefinitely.
The ruling was made by a five-judge constitution bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.
It came after the apex court heard a group of pleas seeking a stay on the Union Government's decision of mandatory linking of Aadhaar with welfare schemes, as well as essential services like banking and phone.
Union Government forms Tribunal to solve Mahanadi Water Dispute
The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on March 12, 2018 constituted the Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal to solve water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
The Tribunal will determine water sharing among the basin States on the basis of the overall availability of water in the complete Mahanadi basin. It will also determine contribution of each State to the Mahanadi basin, the present utilization of water resources in each State and the potential for future development.
Union Government to institute award for best crime investigators
The Union Government has approved a proposal to institute the ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Investigation’ to promote high professional standards of crime investigation among police forces.
The award will be conferred to the best investigators of police forces of states, Union Territories and central investigating agencies. Officers from the rank of Sub-Inspector to Superintendent of Police will be eligible for the honour.
Union Government launches Tuberculosis Free India Campaign
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on March 13, 2018 launched a campaign to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025, five years ahead of the globally-set deadline.
The TB free India Campaign will take the activities under the National Strategic Plan for TB elimination forward in a mission mode. The National Strategic Plan for TB elimination is backed by funding of over 12,000 crore rupees over the next three years to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.
The target for eradicating the terminal disease in India has been set for 2025, five years ahead of the global target of 2030.
IAF’s first multilateral disaster relief exercise ‘Samvedna’ begins
The first-ever multilateral Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise of the Indian Air Force in association with South Asian Region nations began off the coast of Kerala on March 12, 2018.
The exercise named 'Samvedna' is the first composite HADR exercise in the South Asian Region. It will be held from March 12 to 17. The main objective of the exercise is to stir up all the stakeholders in synergising unified Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief efforts.