A Model United Nations Regional Conference is being held at Kathmandu. The event is organised by the US Embassy in partnership with the Youth Thinker’s Society
Youths from 12 South and Central Asian countries including India are participating in 5 day conference.
The basic aim of the MUN is to provide a platform to young minds to channelise energy and resources for a more prosperous and peaceful world.
The event is also providing an opportunity to youths to get familiar with the operations of UN conference and other agencies.
The conference simulate four UN committees–United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN), United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
The National capital police will be the first state police who will get ‘super cop belt,’ a specially designed belt, widely used by Police in UK, USA, Russia and para-military forces like CRPF, CISF, NSG etc
Recently, Delhi Police has flouted a tender for 10,000 belts for its officers performing ground duties.
This belt will help cops to keep things like Gun, Mobile Pouch, Security Batten, Wireless Set Pouch & ammunition pouch.
Currently a cop has to carry wireless set, pistol, and cartridge separately. During any protest or event which have large public gathering, these equipments become liability, a Delhi police official claimed.
In a case, a police constable posted in security unit of Delhi police, attached with a Member of Parliament lost his official pistol and 12 rounds. Later, he was arrested after an audit of weapons was done.
Varanasi to have an international center for research on rice varieties by the name International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) by the help of South Asia Regional Center (ISARC).
The Union Cabinet – country’s highest decision making body – on Wednesday approved setting up International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), South Asia Regional Center (ISARC) in Varanasi which will work on developing high-yielding rice varieties.
The Center will be established at existing campus of the National Seed Research and Training Center in the holy city of eastern India within six months.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) will soon be signed for setting up the Center between the country’s agriculture ministry and the IRRI, Philippines.
The ministry will provide physical space for laboratories, offices and training classes with associated infrastructure and land at the National Seed Research and Training Center (NSRTC) in Varanasi, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency.
With the President of India giving assent to the Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott Act, 2016, Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to bring a law making social boycott a crime
With the President of India giving assent to the Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016, Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to bring a law making social boycott a crime.
The movement, initiated by late Narendra Dabholkar, gained momentum after he was shot dead and the Maharashtra legislature passed the law unanimously in 2016.
Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) executive president Avinash Patil said the President has signed the law following which the state published it in the gazette.
The new law proposes action against extra-judicial bodies like jat (caste) and community panchayats, and prescribes a maximum punishment of three years in jail.
The Chhattisgarh government has decided to merge all the branches of the district central cooperative banks (DCCBs) with the state cooperative banks
The merger of DCCBs into a single entity would serve the farmers with better and efficient banking facilities.
The decision would enable small DCCB to merge into the state cooperative bank that would ensure the fiscal strength of the entity. After the merger, the working capital of the bank would increase to more than Rs 10 crore.
This would help the farmers to get more loans from the banks.
Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma launched the Livelihood Intervention and Facilitation of Entrepreneurship (Life) programme in Songsak in the East Garo Hills
Life is the “most inclusive” of all the programmes of the state government, “unlike the central schemes, which are mostly meant for the people below poverty line”.
The government, with its convergence of thoughts and actions, has been making an effort to reach out to the people with different sustainable and livelihood programmes to empower and enable the people for economic prosperity.
The main idea of Life was to ensure people migrate from urban areas to rural areas, as against the current trend, for taking up activities that revolves around agriculture, horticulture and other allied sectors.
Rajasthan has fixed minimum educational qualification for candidates interested in contesting elections for elections to village cooperative societies and various other cooperative bodies
To this effect, the Rajasthan Government amended the State Cooperative State Cooperative Societies Rules, 2003. The new rules will benefit around 10,000 cooperative and agricultural credit societies. In the long run the societies will reap the benefits as their management would be in expert hands.
The notification regarding the amendment was released on July 10.
The Maharashtra government has decided to give free medical insurance cover of up to Rs10 lakh to all sitting and former legislators and their families.
The government will have to set aside Rs9.96 crore a year to pay the insurance premiums of 335 sitting legislators and 837 former legislators — 1,172 in all. Each premium works out to Rs85,000.
Legislators were earlier covered by the government’s medical reimbursement scheme.
A committee headed by top medical officials would examine and approve medical bills submitted by legislators. The annual expenditure on such reimbursements was about Rs9crore to Rs10 crore.
Under the new scheme, six of a family, regardless of their age and medical condition, are collectively entitled to an insurance cover of up to Rs10 lakh.
If the cover is exhausted, the policy has a contingency provision of Rs10 crore for all legislators.
Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to provide women an injectable contraceptive for free.
The state’s public health department launched a programme called Antara on July 10 to offer women an injection of Medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), a birth-control hormone.
The injection is supposed to be used within a week from the day a woman’s menstrual cycle starts. Currently, the injections are available for free at public health facilities in Mumbai, Pune, Raigad, Nandurbar, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Sangli, Ratnagiri and Beed.
These injections will help in birth spacing International Events
Karnataka formed a nine-member committee to study legalities for separate State flag for Karnataka and providing it a statutory standing
The committee was constituted following representation from journalist-writer and president of Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha, Dharward, Patil Puttappa, and social worker Bheemappa Gundappa Gadada to the government.
They urged the government to design a separate flag for Kannada ‘naadu’ and accord statutory standing for that.
Bengaluru is going to host Babasaheb B.R. Ambedkar International conference on social justice from July 21 to 23.
The conference will unveil the ‘Bengaluru Declaration’ outlining specific constitutional, institutional and policy responses to concerns of equity, human rights, freedom and democracy,”
The conference on ‘Reclaiming Social Justice, Revisiting Ambedkar’ is a coming together of progressive forces committed to safeguarding the constitutional idea of India,
calling for a re-think on the social, political and economic paradigms to transform the spirit of politics, the Chief Minister said the stakehlolders should study why and how marginalised groups were being discriminated against or excluded.
Punjab approved new transport policy to streamline the issues of permits and licences across commercial and private transport vehicles
It also abolished the system of district transport officers (DTO) and restructuring the transport department.
The cabinet decided to set up a special task force of the vigilance department and the state police to crack down on all illegally plying buses.
Once the scheme is implemented, permits of 5,432 buses indulging in extension/diversion of routes and another 6,700 minibuses, besides 78 integral luxury coaches, will be cancelled and allotted afresh.
Bengal Government to celebrate Kanyashree Utsav on July 25 which is a flagship program of the state government.
The day will witness representatives from all corners of the state coming together to congratulate accomplished Kanyashrees, who will be felicitated by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself.
Students who have benefited from the Kanyashree Scheme from every district will participate in the celebratory event of this flagship scheme.
It has so far brought 40 lakh girls under its umbrella. The scheme aims at effectively empowering girls through far-sighted, holistic and all-round development, stressing on ending early marriage and opening up options for young women.
Odisha govt signs Expression of Intent (EOI) with International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to establish High-Performance Academy in Bhubaneswar.
The EOI was signed by Sports Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev and AFI president Adille Sumariwala and IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
While Union Sports Ministry will provide coaching, integrated support services and education to athletes, the State Sports and Youth Services Department will provide funds and make sure availability of necessary infrastructure and support services, including an outdoor stadium.
Maharashtra government’s Sales Tax department ‘Vikrikar Bhavan’ renamed as GST Bhavan
‘Vikrikar Bhavan’ the headquarters of Maharashtra government’s erstwhile Sales Tax department, was renamed as ‘GST Bhavan” as the new tax regime rolled out. In two years, the ‘GST Bhavan’ will be shifted to Wadala from Mazgaon.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurates computerisation of PACS and Rupay Kisan Credit cards in the state
Odisha is the first state to implement an integrated Core Banking Solution Project covering all three tiers of short term cooperative credit structure – state cooperative bank, district central cooperative banks and 2,708 primary agriculture cooperative societies.
With computerisation of PACS, farmers are now able to draw their sanctioned loans from the ATM network of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) having 2.14 lakh ATMs of all banks across the country.
Andhra Pradesh State Government Employees retirement age raised from 58 to 60 Years by Public Employment (Regulation of age of superannuation) Amendment Bill
Andhra Pradesh State Government Employees will be working until they attain 60 years as their Retirement has been raised from 58 to 60 Years. Bill to this effect was passed by AP Assembly this week.
Chief Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu, informed after moving the Andhra Pradesh Public Employment (Regulation of age of superannuation) Amendment Bill, that the government had taken into account various factors, including the increased life expectancy, for raising the retirement age.
There was a significant improvement in the average life expectancy as compared to 1984. As per the World Health Organisation, the global average life expectancy in the year 2009 was 68 while it was 65 years in India.
Delhi govt makes Aadhaar mandatory for granting subsidy on e-rickshaws with the aim “to check the problem of duplication in grant of financial assistance”.
A notice issued by the transport department this week said that the registered owners of e-rickshaws in Delhi will be considered for a subsidy of Rs30,000 only after they provide their Aadhaar card details.
It is not the first time that the Kejriwal government has made Aadhaar card mandatory for a facility. Prior to this, it had made Aadhaar compulsory for ration card holders to claim subsidised items at fair price shops. This is despite the Supreme Court’s orders against the move.
The move is aimed “to check the problem of duplication in grant of financial assistance”.