M Karunanidhi, DMK chief and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, passes away
DMK patriarch Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, passed away on August 7, 2018 after battling a brief illness at the Kauvery hospital in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 94. He was known as a strong Indian politician who dominated Tamil Nadu's politics for six decades along with arch-rivals MG Ramachandran and Late J Jayalalithaa.
Karunanidhi served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five separate terms during the 1969–2011 period. He created a record by winning all the 13 Assembly elections he had contested since 1957.
Government appoints S Gurumurthy, Satish Marathe as part-time Directors on RBI Board
The Central Government on August 7, 2018 appointed journalist Swaminathan Gurumurthy and Sahakar Bharathi patron Satish Kashinath Marathe as part-time non-official Directors on the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) following the approval from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
With these latest appointments, the total number of government appointed directors on the RBI board comes to 10, the maximum permitted. Besides, the government also has two government officials on the board. The RBI's affairs are governed by a Central Board of Directors. The board is appointed by the Central Government in keeping with the RBI Act, 1934.
Games period to be made compulsory in schools: Sports Minister
The Union Sports Minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore announced on August 6, 2018 that a games period will be made mandatory in all schools from 2019 onwards. Along with this, the Minister said that the Ministry of Education will ensure a 50 per cent reduction in the syllabus.
The Sports Ministry is ensuring that Sports Authority of India (SI) reduces its manpower by 50 per cent by 2022 so that they can cater to sports and it has a lean body and the money is spent more on sports.
Begging in Delhi no more a criminal offence: Delhi High Court
The Delhi High Court on August 8, 2018 decriminalised begging in the national capital, stating that the provisions penalising the act were unconstitutional and deserved to be struck down. The High Court was considering two PILs seeking by Harsh Mandar and Karnika Sawhney to decriminalise begging.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar ruled that the consequences of this decision would be that the trial, under the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959 against people alleged to have committed the offence of begging, will now be liable to be struck down.
TRAI integrates DND 2.0 & MyCall mobile apps with UMANG Platform
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on August 7, 2018 integrated the TRAI Mobile Apps namely DND 2.0 and MyCall with UMANG Platform. From now onwards, the DND 2.0 and MyCall mobile apps will also be available on Umang Platform.
This integration is part of the policy initiatives of TRAI that the authority has been undertaking over the years to protect the interests of the consumers to safeguard their interests. The UMANG platform was developed by National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
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