Lok Sabha passes Constitution (123rd amendment) Bill
The Lok Sabha on August 2, 2018 passed the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill that seeks to provide constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).
The crucial bill was passed unanimously by the house with over two-third majority, with all 406 members present voting in favour after an almost five-hour long debate. The House passed the bill superseding the amendments by the Rajya Sabha.
During the debate on the bill, several members demanded a census to ascertain the population of other backward classes (OBCs) while some others pressed for making public the socio-economic survey of 2014.
Government launches logo, tagline for 'Geographical Indication' certified products
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu on August 2, 2018 launched the tricolour logo and a tagline for Geographical Indication (GI) certified products.
The logo has tagline 'Invaluable Treasures of Incredible India' printed below it. The winning logo was designed by Adri Chatterjee and the winning tagline was coined by Akancha Tripathi.
From now on, GI-registered goods will sport logo and tagline to make them more attractive. The GI logo will act as a certifying mark that can be used to identify all registered GIs irrespective of the categories.
SC issues directions to revamp Judicial Infrastructure
The Supreme Court on August 2, 2018 issued a slew of directions to revamp judicial infrastructure and the quality of justice administration in courts across the country.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud ruled that the strengthening of court infrastructure requires the immediate attention in the form of planning, enhanced budgeting and structured implementation.
The apex court directed that professionally qualified court managers, preferably with an MBA degree, shall be appointed in judicial districts to assist in court administration.
Blood platelets can kill 60 per cent of Malaria parasites: Study
According to a new study, the platelets found in the blood can kill up to 60 per cent of the malaria parasites circulating in the bloodstream.
The study found that platelets bind to kill parasites in patients infected with each of the major malaria parasite species which infect and kill humans -- Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae and P. knowlesi.
The study involved 376 people, with and without malaria, from Papua, Indonesia and Sabah, Malaysia.
Railway Minister approves new promotion policy for railway sportspersons
The Union Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal has approved a new policy for promotion of railway sportspersons.
Under the new policy, the railway sportspersons who have won a position or medal in the Olympics and all those sportspersons and coaches who have been awarded the Padma Shri will be promoted as officers. The railway sportspersons, who are winners of any of the awards like Arjuna/Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, would also be entitled to the promotion.
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