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Today’s News Updates – 5.January 2018

Iceland becomes first country to legalise equal pay iceland legalises equal pay A new law making it illegal to pay men more than women has taken effect in Iceland. The legislation makes Iceland the first country in the world to legalise equal pay between men and women. Key facts: Under the new rules, companies and government agencies employing at least 25 people will have to obtain government certification of their equal-pay policies. Those that fail to prove pay parity will face fines. The move is Continue reading →

Today’s News Updates – 4.January 2018

Bharat Biotech’s Typbar-TCV: WHO approves Indian typhoid vaccine for global use The World Health Organisation (WHO) has given its pre-qualification to Typbar Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine (TVC) developed by Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech for global use. Typbar TCV is world’s first typhoid vaccine clinically proven to be administered to children from six months of age to adults, and confers long-term protection against typhoid fever. It has been evaluated in Human Challenge Studies at Oxford University. The WHO pre-qualification enables procurement and supplies of this life-saving vaccine Continue reading →

Today’s News Updates -3.January 2018

Parliament passes NABARD (Amendment) Bill, 2017 Parliament has passed the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017 with the approval of Rajya Sabha. Lok Sabha already had passed the bill in August 2017. The Bill seeks to amend National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Act, 1981. The Act establishes NABARD for providing and regulating facilities like credit for agricultural and industrial development in the rural areas. Key Features of the Bill  The Bill allows Union Government to increase capital of Continue reading →

Today’s News Updates – 2.January 2018

Schistura Larketensis: New species of blind fish discovered inside Meghalaya cave Scientists have discovered a new species of blind fish named Schistura larketensis inside a cave in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. The fish has been named after Larket village, where the cave has been found to encourage local people to take up biodiversity conservation. Schistura larketensis has lost its sight during its living evolution in perpetual darkness inside the cave. It has also lost its pigments too while adapting to its habitat in Continue reading →

Today’s News Updates – 1.January 2018

India and Pakistan exchange list of nuclear sites for 27th consecutive year India and Pakistan have exchanged list of their nuclear installations and facilities with each other under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack gainst Nuclear installations. This is the 27th consecutive exchange of such list between two countries after first list was exchanged on 1 January 1992. Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations  It is a bilateral agreement signed between India and Pakistan that bars them from carrying out any Continue reading →

Committee recommendations to review Khadi Industries

The Central Government had constituted the following Committees to review the existing structure, functioning and performance of Khadi Village and Industries Commission(KVIC) to study the regulatory framework and to recommend any other measures considered necessary to revamp the KVIC. 1.      High Power Committee headed by late Prime Minister Shri PV Narasimha Rao 2.      Arthur Andersen Study 3.      Expert Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri. D.M. Sukthankar, former Chief Secretary Govt. of Maharashtra High Power Committee (HPC) was constituted under the Chairmanship of late Prime Minister Mr. P. V. Narasimha Rao to review the Continue reading →

National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme

The main objective of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP) is to enhance the global competitiveness of manufacturing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by intervening through following components: i)          Lean Manufacturing Competitiveness Scheme, ii)        Design Clinic Scheme, iii)     Technology & Quality Up-gradation support for MSMEs (TEQUP), iv)      Promotion of ICT in manufacturing Sector, v)        Building Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), vi)    Entrepreneurial & Management Development of SMEs through incubators, vii)  Enabling Manufacturing Sector to be Competitive through Quality Management Standards (QMS) and Quality Continue reading →

Teachers’ Absenteeism

The recruitment and service conditions, including monitoring of teachers’ attendance are primarily in the domain of State Governments and UT Administrations.The World Bank took up a research project in 2004 on teacher absenteeism in 6 countries, including India and conducted a survey in 3700 schools in 20 States.  The report, inter alia, concluded that twenty-five per cent of teachers in Government primary schools remained absent from work on any given day, and only 50% of teachers present in schools were actually engaged in teaching.  As Continue reading →

“Bharat ke Veer”

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the web portal and mobile application named “Bharat ke Veer” on the occasion of Valour Day of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) here today. The portal is an IT based platform, with an objective to enable willing donors to contribute towards the family of a braveheart who sacrificed his/her life in line of duty. The amount so donated will be credited to the account of ‘Next of Kin’ of those Central Armed Police Force/Central Para Military Force Continue reading →

11th Standing Committee meeting of Inter-State

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will chair the 11th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council here tomorrow. The meeting will discuss the recommendations of the Punchhi Commission on Centre-State Relations. The Punchhi Commission, notified in 2005, submitted its report in 2010. The recommendations of the Punchhi Commission, which are contained in seven Volumes, pertain to History of Centre-State Relations in India, Constitutional Governance and Management of Centre-State Relations, Centre-State Financial Relations and Planning, Local Self-Governments and Decentralized Governance, Internal Security, Criminal Justice and Continue reading →