President of India presents Gallantry Awards
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind presented Gallantry and Distinguished Service awards to armed forces personnel at a solemn ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. The Gallantry awards are given for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty.
Three Kirti Chakras and 17 Shaurya Chakras were conferred to armed personnel this year, among which one Kirti Chakra and five Shaurya Chakras were given posthumously.
Give social service duties to those sentenced to 6 months or 1 year imprisonment: SC
The Supreme Court advised the government on March 27, 2018 to allocate social service duties to criminals sentenced to imprisonment for six months or a year, rather than putting them in already overflowing prisons.
The suggestion came from Justice Deepak Gupta, who is part of a bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur, after the court’s amicus curiae Gaurav Agrawal submitted that 240 jails across the country are housing 150 percent more inmates than their normal capacity.
Justice Jawad Rahim appointed as acting Chairperson of NGT
The Supreme Court on March 27, 2018 appointed Justice Jawad Rahim as the acting Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
Justice Rahim is also the judicial member of the green panel. His appointment was approved by a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. He will discharge his duties until a regular appointment is made and will take part in selection process of other members of the NGT.
UP Assembly passes stringent bill to curb organised crime
The state assembly of Uttar Pradesh has passed a stringent bill to curb organised crime and deal strictly with those trying to fuel terror. The legislation had to be re-introduced in the assembly, as it could not be passed in the Legislative Council, where the ruling BJP is in minority.
The UPCOC Bill, 2017 seeks to act sternly against those using explosives or firearms or any other violent means or damaging life and property or involved in anti-national or destructive activities. It provides for punishment amounting from a minimum of three years' imprisonment to capital punishment.
Indu Bhushan appointed CEO of Ayushman Bharat mission
Indu Bhushan has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Union Government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission. Bhushan has been appointed to the post for a period of two years.
Bhushan is currently the Director General of East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines. Prior to this, he was the Director General of the Strategy and Policy Department.
The Ayushman Bharat scheme aims to target over 10 crore families belonging to poor and vulnerable population based on the 2011 Socio-Economic and Caste Census database.