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Top 5 Current Affairs: 4 January 2019

The Indian Parliament on January 3, 2019 passed the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018, following the approval of the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha had already passed the Bill on July 23, 2018.

Jan 4, 2019 17:23 IST
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FSSAI notifies new food packaging norms, asks food businesses to comply with norms by July 1, 2019

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on January 3, 2019 notified the new food packaging regulations, replacing all provisions regarding the packaging requirements prescribed in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011.

While notifying the new packaging norms, the regulator asked food businesses to comply with new regulations by July 1, 2019. The new regulations bar the use of recycled plastics and newspapers to wrap food articles.

Saubhagya Scheme: Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang District achieves 100% electrification

The East Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh achieved 100 percent electrification under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya Scheme). The information was given by the Arunachal Pradesh’s Power Department on January 2, 2019.

The Pasighat Electrical division of the state has electrified 2,662 households which were earlier left out till the end of December 2017. The division has achieved the target covering a total 71 villages under the district, excluding Pangin sub-division Nari-Koyu.

HRD Ministry constitutes task force to look into suicides of JNV students


The Union Human Resource Development Ministry on December 31, 2018 constituted a task force to look into the issues of suicides of the students in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. The task force has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Psychiatrist, Dr Jitendra Nagpal.

The task force will look into the circumstances leading to the suicidal deaths of students residing in the hostels of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas residential schools. It will also suggest ways and means to arrest the trend of suicides by students.

Parliament passes Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018

The Indian Parliament on January 3, 2018 passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018 that seeks to do away with the no-detention policy in schools.

The motion to pass the bill was accepted by voice vote in the upper house of the Parliament, the Rajya Sabha. Union minister for Human Resources Development Prakash Javadekar’s motion to amend the name of the bill to reflect that it was passed in 2019 was also accepted by voice vote. The Lok Sabha had already passed the bill in July 2018.

Parliament passes National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018

The Indian Parliament on January 3, 2019 passed the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018, following the approval of the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha had already passed the Bill on July 23, 2018. The Bill seeks to amend the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Act, 1993.

The bill aims to grant retrospective recognition to Central and State institutions which had conducted teacher education courses without approval by the Council. This will ensure that the future of about 17 thousand students having degrees from such institutions is secured.

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