Centre claims 195 fast track courts set up for speedy disposal of POCSO and
A total of 195 Fast Track Special Courts have been set up across the
country for expeditious trial and disposal of pending cases related to rape
and Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences, POCSO Act 2012.
Giving this information in the Lok Sabha, Law and Justice Minister Ravi
Shankar Prasad said, maximum 56 Fast Track Special Courts are functional in
Madhya Pradesh, followed by Gujarat and Rajasthan. He said, 34 Fast Track
Special Courts in Gujarat and 26 in Rajasthan are functional by the end of
He said, after receipt of consent from 27 States and Union Territories,
Central share of funds amounting to 99.43 crore rupees have been released in
financial year 2019-20 for setting up of 649 Fast Track Special Courts. Mr
Prasad said, government has finalized a scheme for setting up of a total of
1,023 Fast Track Special Courts across the country.
In reply to another question, the Minister said, 14th Finance Commission
has endorsed the proposal of government for setting up of 1,800 Fast Track
Courts during the period 2015-20 for dealing with specified nature of cases
related to women, children, senior citizen and other vulnerable sections of
the society. Mr Prasad said, there are 828 such Fast Track Courts
functioning in the country as on 31st December last year.
Parliamentary panel finds huge infrastructural gaps in govt. Schools
Almost half the government schools in the country do not have
electricity or playgrounds, according to a report submitted by the
parliamentary panel on education.
In its report on the 2020-2021 demand for
In the wake of the moratorium on private sector lender Yes Bank, the RBI
clarified on Sunday that deposits of customers were safe.
Allaying concerns over the banking sector health, Chief Economic Adviser
Krishnamurthy Subramanian said Indian banks were well capitalised and there
was no reason to worry. He said it was a wrong method to assess a lender’s
health based on the ratio of deposit to m-cap (market capitalisation).
“What I want to emphatically state is that the m-cap ratio is a totally
incorrect metric for assessing the safety of the banks. No banking sector
expert or banking regulator uses this measure,” Mr. Subramanian told
mediapersons at his office here.
“What banking sector experts and regulators use is what is called the
CRAR. It is important to keep this in mind that the international norms for
CRAR is 8% and Indian banks on an average have a CRAR of 14.3%.
“So, 8% is the mandated minimum norm and our banks on the average have
14.3% (CRAR). Now 14.3% versus 8% almost translates into 80% greater capital
than the international norms,” he said. He said the RBI mandated the banks
to keep CRAR at 9%. “Even compared to that, our banks have 60% more capital.
So this is something that is very important.”
Govt. plans to form 75 lakh SHG’s by 2022
The government is planning to create a total of 75 lakh Self Help Groups
by 2022 to enable more women to get a livelihood. Rural Development Minister
Narendra Singh Tomar said this while addressing a
Maldives launches inquiry into gender discrimination
Maldives Parliament today introduced a motion to launch an inquiry into
systemic gender discrimination on the occasion of International Women’s day.
Parliament’s deputy speaker Eva Abdulla presented the motion seeking to
identify policies, laws and systems that are detrimental to women.
Noting that women constitute 49 per cent of the country’s population,
the motion stated that putting an end to gender discrimination and
facilitating more opportunities for women contributes to the swifter
development of the nation.
It called for all necessary steps to ensure gender equality and
launching a parliamentary inquiry to compile a report on systemic gender
discrimination in the country and presenting the recommendations to
The motion also noted recent efforts to empower women such as the new
amendments to the decentralization act which allocated 33 percent of council
seats for women.
South Korea accuses North of test firing projectiles
North Korea has fired three projectiles, Seoul's military said , a week
after it launched what the South said appeared to be two short-range
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Report in wildlife trade reveals drop in poaching of red pandas in India
The iconic and endangered Red Panda (ailurus fulgens) has fewer hunters
because the younger generations of people across its Himalayan habitat are
losing interest in animal products, a new study by wildlife trade monitoring
network TRAFFIC has found.
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Five Indian boxers, including the seasoned trio of Vikas Krishan in 69
kilogram, Pooja Rani in 75 kg and Satish Kumar in91 kg category, yesterday
secured Tokyo Olympic berths by advancing to the semifinals of the Asian
Qualifiers with mostly commanding victories in Amman, Jordan.
Satish, Rani, Krishan, Lovlina Borgohain in 69 kg and Ashish Kumar in 75
kg became the first set of Indian boxers to qualify for quadrennial
showpiece scheduled in July-August this year.