The Supreme Court today upheld the constitutional validity
of the SC/ST Amendment Act, 2018 which rules out anticipatory bail in case
of atrocities against SC/STs.
Hearing a bunch of PILs, the Apex Court said, anticipatory bail
can only be granted in cases where prima facie case is not made out. A bench
headed by Justice Arun Mishra said, a preliminary inquiry is not essential
before lodging an FIR under the act nor is the approval of senior police
The SC/ST Amendment Act 2018 was brought to nullify the effect
of a Supreme Court ruling which had diluted the provisions of the stringent Act.
Earlier, on the 20th of March, 2018, taking note of rampant
misuse of the stringent SC/ST Act, the top court ruled out the immediate arrest
on any complaint filed under the law.
Violent protests had taken place across the country after the
apex court's verdict in which several persons lost their lives and many were
Addressing a curtain raiser press conference on Conference
Of the Parties, COP on the Conservation of Migratory Species in New Delhi,
Mr Javadekar said, this 13th convention will be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat
from 17th to 22nd of this month.
He said, 130 countries including 15 Foreign Ministers and 18
State Ministers from various states will participate in this convention. More
than 1,800 experts across the country and bird lovers will also attend the
Mr Javadekar said, Prime Minister NarendraModi will inaugurate
the event through video conference. He said, the conference will discuss various
aspects, challenges and opportunities to preserve the migratory species from the
Mr Javadekar said, the conference will also be an opportunity to
discuss ways and means for growing the numbers of migratory species.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has exempted banks from
maintaining cash reserve ratio (CRR) for loans to retail and micro, small
and medium enterprises for five years, if these loans are extended between
January 31 and July 31, 2020.
“An amount equivalent to the incremental credit outstanding from
the fortnight beginning January 31, 2020 and up to the fortnight ending July 31,
2020 will be eligible for deduction from NDTL (net demand and time liabilities)
for the purpose of computing the CRR for a period of five years from the date of
origination of the loan or the tenure of the loan, whichever is earlier,” the
During the monetary policy review last week, the central bank
said lenders will not have to maintain CRR for loans extended between the above
mentioned time period.
This exemption was available for incremental credit disbursed as
retail loans to automobiles, residential housing, and loans to micro, small and
medium enterprises (MSMEs).
At present, CRR is 4% of net demand and time liabilities. Banks
do not earn any interest for maintaining CRR with the RBI.
Public procurement worth Rs 40,000 crore has taken place
through the government's online marketplace GeM, Expenditure Secretary T V
Somanathan said on Monday.
Stressing that the focus of public procurement system is on
economy, rigour, fairness and transparency, he said the efficiency of
procurement makes a big difference to the fiscal discipline of government.
Towards this, the government has recently revised the general
financial rules (GFR) and procurement manuals, and made advances in the use of
technology in procurement.
The Government e-Marketplace (GeM), an online platform for
public procurement, was launched by the Commerce Ministry in August 2016 with
the objective of creating an open and transparent procurement platform for
government departments. Currently, 3.24 lakh vendors are registered on this
"We have the GeM, central procurement portal, which currently
has electronic bids of 1,00,000 tenders - including state government tenders.
And we have (Rs) 18-19 lakh crore per annum, of tendering on central public
procurement portal (CPPP)," Somanathan said while addressing the Global
Procurement Summit 2020.
Israel's National Security Adviser Meir Ben Shabbat met
Prime Minister NarendraModi yesterday and discussed the deepening
relationship between the two countries.
Besides calling on Mr Modi, he also met Defence Minister Rajnath
Singh. India and Israel share close defence ties.
Last week, addressing at an event at the DefExpo in Lucknow,
Israeli Ambassador Dr Ron Malka had said that India-Israel partnership is
steadily growing on the foundation of mutual respect, trust, values, interest,
tradition and culture.
Seeking more joint ventures, he had hoped for transforming the
cooperation from the buyer-seller relationship to a strategic partnership.
Meanwhile Israeli forces attacked Hamas positions from the air
early today after militants in the Palestinian enclave last night fired a
projectile at the Jewish state.
A statement from the Israeli Army said, aircraft and fighter
jets targeted a number of Hamas terror targets in the southern Gaza Strip.
Europe and NASA's Solar Orbiter rocketed into space Sunday
night on an unprecedented mission to capture the first pictures of the sun's
The $1.5 billion spacecraft will join NASA's Parker Solar Probe,
launched 1 1/2 years ago, in coming perilously close to the sun in order to
unveil its secrets.
While Solar Orbiter won't venture close enough to penetrate the
sun's corona, or crown-like outer atmosphere, like Parker, it will maneuver into
a unique out-of-plane orbit that will take it over both poles, never
photographed before. Together with powerful ground observatories, the
sun-staring space duo will be like an orchestra, according to Gunther Hasinger,
the European Space Agency's science director.
Solar Orbiter -a boxy 4,000-pound (1,800-kilogram) spacecraft
with spindly instrument booms and antennas will swing past Venus in December and
again next year, and then past Earth, using the planets' gravity to alter its
path. Full science operations will begin in late 2021, with the first close
solar encounter in 2022 and more every six months.
At its closest approach, Solar Orbiter will come within 26
million miles (42 million kilometers) of the sun, well within the orbit of