National Sports Awards 2018 announced; Mirabai Chanu, Virat Kohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
The National Sports Awards 2018 were announced by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on September 20, 2018. Cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will jointly be conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award 2018, India’s highest sporting honour.
This year, the Ministry received a large number of nominations for these awards. The nominations were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of a former Olympian, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sport Journalists, Experts and sports administrators.
Union Government to launch India’s first National Registry of Sexual Offenders
In a first, the Union Government will release a National Registry of Sexual Offenders on September 20, 2018. With the launch, India will become the ninth country to maintain such a thorough database.
The database would mainly include key details of the convicted sexual offenders such as their names, photographs, residential address, DNA samples, fingerprints, Aadhaar numbers and Personal Account Numbers (PANs). The database will comprise more than 4.5 lakh cases and will have the profiles of first-time offenders as well as repeat offenders.
President Ram Nath Kovind signs Ordinance banning Instant Triple Talaq practice
President Ram Nath Kovind on September 19, 2018 signed the Ordinance banning the practice of Instant Triple Talaq. The ordinance was cleared by the Union Cabinet earlier on the same day itself. The ordinance makes instant triple talaq a punishable offence.
Now, the ordinance will be placed before the Parliament and the bill would still need to be passed by the Rajya Sabha as the Supreme Court had held that "re-promulgation of ordinances is a fraud on the constitution" and hence not allowed. It cannot become a "parallel source of legislation”.
Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna launched for unemployed insured persons
The Employee's State Insurance (ESI) has approved a scheme named ‘Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna’ for Insured Persons (IP) covered under the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948. The decision was taken by the ESI Corporation during its 175th meeting, which was held in New Delhi on September 18, 2018.
This scheme is a relief payable in cash directly to the bank account of insured persons in case of unemployment and while they search for a new engagement. The detailed instructions of the scheme including the eligibility conditions and application format will be issued separately.
Assam NRC: Supreme Court orders resumption of filing of claims from September 25
The Supreme Court on September 19, 2018 ordered resumption of filing of claims and objections by around 40 lakh people who were left out in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam.
A bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi amd R F Nariman said the process of filing claims and objections by the people who have been left out will commence on September 25, 2018 and will remain open for the next 60 days. As per the Draft, the total number of persons included in the list is 2,89,83,677 leaving a total of 40,70,707 as ineligible for inclusion. Out of 40,70,707 names, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and 2,48,077 names are kept on hold.
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