Scheme to compensate victims of sexual assaults should include children: SC
The Supreme Court on July 25, 2018 ruled that the Compensation Scheme for Women Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault/Other Crimes-2018 should include child victims of sexual assault. The ruling was made by a bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta.
The Compensation Scheme for Women Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault/Other Crimes-2018 is a uniform compensation scheme for victims of sexual assault and acid attacks.
The scheme was prepared by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in consultation with the Union Government.
Delhi Government launches new solar scheme to increase farmers’ income
The state cabinet of Delhi on July 24, 2018 approved a scheme under which farmers in the national capital will be able to lease out a part of their agricultural land for setting up of solar panels to get additional income.
The scheme - 'Mukhyanmantri Kissan Aaye Badhotri Solar Yojna’ was approved at a cabinet meeting chaired by the state’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal. Under the scheme, any farmer can rent out not more than one-third of his land to a private firm to set up solar panels at a rate of Rs one lakh per annum per acre.
India celebrates 19th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas
India on July 26, 2018 celebrated the 19th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas to mark the success of ‘Operation Vijay’ and to remember the supreme sacrifice of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the 1999 India-Pakistan Kargil War.
The day is celebrated on 26 July every year to commemorate India’s victory in the 1999 Kargil War against Pakistan. The 73-day war, fought during May – July 1999, had started with the reports that intruders from Pakistan had come deep inside Indian Territory in strategic positions that overlooked the only road link between Srinagar and Leh.
Parliament passes Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill
The Parliament on July 25, 2018 passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 that seeks to prevent economic offenders from fleeing the country and evading the legal process.
The bill was passed by the upper house of the Parliament, the Rajya Sabha through a voice vote. The Lok Sabha had cleared the bill on July 19 after almost a two-hour long debate.
The bill’s implementation is expected to restore law and order, as the fugitive economic offenders would be forced to return to India to face trial for their offences.
West Bengal assembly passes resolution to change state’s name to ‘Bangla’
The state assembly of West Bengal unanimously passed a resolution on July 26, 2018 to change the state’s name to ‘Bangla’ in all three languages – Bengali, Hindi and English.
The name change will only become official when the resolution gets the approval from the Union Home Ministry.
The move comes almost two years after the West Bengal assembly first passed a resolution to change the name of the State. The state government had earlier submitted a proposal to the Centre to change the name of West Bengal to ‘Bengal’ in English and ‘Bangla’ in Bengali.
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