Cabinet approves SC/ST reservation in assemblies for another 10
The Cabinet approved a proposal to extend reservation for
SCs and STs in the LokSabha and the State Assemblies for another 10 years.
The reservation for these categories in the LokSabha and State Assemblies
was to expire on 25th of January, 2020.
Government also approved The Central Sanskrit Universities Bill
to be introduced in the Parliament. The bill has provision for conversion of
three Sanskrit Deemed to be Universities into Central Universities.
The Cabinet also approved land monetization at PragatiMaidan to
build a five-star hotel. ITPO will undertake the mega project to redevelop
PragatiMaidan into a world class International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
It also approved The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and
Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill seeks to amend the Maintenance
and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act, 2007.
India urges countries to take action against Kashmiri cells
operated by Pakistan\
India has asked several countries to take action against
so-called Kashmir cells set up by Pakistan at its missions abroad, asserting
that they openly incite violence.
This was stated by Minister of State for External Affairs V
Muraleedharan in a written reply to a question in the LokSabha yesterday. The
Minister said the main objective of these cells/desks is to incite local
population and radicalise them through false propaganda.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah MehmoodQureshi had directed
establishing Kashmir cells in Pakistan's Foreign Office and Missions abroad.
Mr Muraleedharan said the government has urged other countries
to realise the dangers posed by these cells operating from their soil, and take
In response to another question, the Minister said India has
categorically and unequivocally rejected Pakistan's blatant misrepresentation of
facts and fabricated narratives at international fora, including at the United
The government has briefed members of the international
community on Pakistan's false propaganda, its continued aid and abetment to
cross-border terrorism against India, including in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said countries have shown understanding that matters related
to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India, are internal to India.
RBI to announce monetary policy for this fiscal
The Reserve Bank of India, RBI, will release its fifth
bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for 2019-20, today. The six-member
Monetary Policy Committee, MPC, of the RBI, led by Governor Shaktikanta Das,
will announce the credit policy for the current fiscal, a resolution passed
by the ongoing three-day MPC meet in Mumbai.
The RBI has cut interest rates on every single occasion the MPC
met since Shaktikanta Das took over as the Governor in last December.
The Reserve Bank is likely to cut the repo rate for the sixth
time in a row in this fiscal’s bi-monthly credit policy statement to support the
weak economic growth.
In the last bi-monthly monetary policy announced in October, the
RBI cut the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) for
the fifth time in a row by 25 basis points to 5.15 per cent from 5.40 per cent
with immediate effect.
The reverse repo rate under the LAF was reduced to 4.90 per
cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 5.40
Communication ministry says no known adverse impacts from
Union Minister for Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad today
informed the LokSabha that there are no known adverse impacts of the
radiation found in the Cell Phone Towers and the birds are not affected by
He said this while answering to a question posed by Shivsena
member SadashivLokhande of Shirdi constituency during the question hour today.
The Minister said that the birds in India are healthy and they
migration of birds takes place as usual. He also said that India’s cellphone
towers are 10 times more safer than world norms and the laws are stringent in
So far, a sum of 20 crore rupees have been slapped as fine on
erring operators and out of which 13 crore rupees have been collected.
Mr Prasad also said that mobile towers are inevitable for the
operation of cell phones and government has given permission to share the tower
by other operators to prevent proliferation of towers.
The Minister also admitted that in Delhi, it is difficult to get
space for mobile towers and the government is trying its best to augment the
Prime Minister NarendraModi and Maldivian President Ibrahim
Mohamed Solih jointly inaugurated four key development projects covering a
wide range of sectors through video conferencing this evening.
One of the projects includes the lighting up of Male using LED
lights. Another project is the launch of the RuPay card in Maldives.Three fish
processing plants were inaugurated and a Fast Interceptor Craft was gifted to
Prime Minister Modi said, it has been a landmark and significant
year for India-Maldives relationship. He said, NDA government's 'Neighbourhood
First' and the Maldives Government's "India First" policies have strengthened
bilateral cooperation in all sectors.
He said, the "Made in India" Fast Interceptor Craft that was
officially handed over to Coast Guard of the Maldives has been constructed in
his home state. He said, the Fast Interceptor Craft will help enhance Maldive's
maritime security, and promote the blue economy and tourism.
Mr Modi said, Indian tourist figures in Maldives have more than
doubled and India has moved from 5th to 2nd position. He said, the RuPay Payment
mechanism will further ease the travel of Indian to the Maldives. He said, both
countries are also working on building a Cancer Hospital and a Cricket Stadium
Bosnia to get full control of its airspace from today
Bosnia will take full control of its air space from Thursday
for the first time ever after its 1990s war of independence led to a period
of oversight by international peace forces.
Control over its air space was maintained by NATO-led peace
forces from 1995 until 2003 when it was transferred to neighbouring Serbia and
Croatia while Bosnia built up and modernized its own system.
Bosnia took control of air space below 10,000 meters (33,000
feet) in 2014 following a 10-year project to establish its own air navigation
management system and after the training of some 400 staff.
Serbia and Croatia retained control above 10,000 meters just as
they were doing when all three countries were republics in the old Yugoslav
It took considerable time to train flight controllers, rebuild
infrastructure and obtain necessary equipment, including radar systems, he said,
adding that BHANSA intended to further upgrade its capacities.
After taking over its air control service from Croatia and
Serbia, BHANSA’s budget would rise to 72.5 million Bosnian marka ($41 million)
in 2020 from 60 million marka this year, he added.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
CSIR’S innovative Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Test gets
The CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad on December 3, 2019, announced that
the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) cleared the Nuclear Magnetic
Resonance (NMR) Test facility at the centre.
The inspection was conducted between August 21, 2019 and August
22, 2019 with regard to Current Good Manufacturing Practices and was certified
“No Action Initiated”.
The Research institute has largest facility of NMR laboratory in
the country. It is equipped with nine NMR spectrometers. With the USFDA
clearance the research centre will gain further motivation to high quality
US is the top export destinations of India’s Pharmaceuticals. In
2018-19, the Indian pharma exports to the US were 5820 million USD. Next to US,
UK stands second with Indian pharma exports amounting to 630 million USD
(2018-19), which is merely a tenth of exports to the US. Therefore, the USFDA
certification is highly important to keep up the exports.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance is an analytical technique to
determine the purity of a sample and its molecular structure. It is used to
infer basic structure of unknown compounds. It helps to determine phase changes,
solubility, conformational exchange and diffusion.
India tops medal tally in South Asian games
At the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal, India topped the
medals tally on the fourth day with 70 medals comprising 34 gold, 23 silver
and 13 bronze. Indian athletes dominated in most of the competitions
On the fourth day of games, India clinched 28 medals including
17 gold. Athletics grabbed maximum 10 medals including 5 Gold. In Tennis, Table
Tennis, Kho-Kho, Indian men's and women's teams won gold each. In Taekwondo
India clinched six medals, including 3 Gold.
Indian women shooters brought double delight in 25 meter sports
pistol by winning team and individual events. In Badminton, 8 Indian shuttlers
entered the semi-finals in singles and doubles events assuring themselves of as