The Supreme Court has made it clear that the police have no
right to detain children in conflict with law in a lockup or a jail.
A juvenile in conflict with law, if apprehended, has to be
placed immediately under the care of the special juvenile police unit or a
designated child welfare officer. The child has to be produced before the
Juvenile Justice Board (JJB).
“Once a child is produced before a JJB, bail is the rule,” a
Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose declared. If for some reason
bail is not granted, a child cannot be put behind bars.
He has to be lodged either in an observation home or in a place
of safety.The law is meant to protect children and not detain them in jail or
keep them in police custody, said the court.
The eight-page order on February 10 came after the court’s
attention was drawn by the recent media reports about “children being detained
in police custody and tortured in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh”. The order sends a
significant message to the authorities in the light of reports about children
detained in connection with the protests against the Citizenship (Amendments)
The Bench has issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh and Delhi
Commissions for Protection of Child Rights and directed them to file their
responses within three weeks.
In the first phase of the Budget session, the RajyaSabha
recorded 96% productivity with 155 members getting a chance to speak in a
largely disruption-free session with a loss of only 96 minutes in its
scheduled nine sittings.
The Upper House functioned for a total of 38 hours and 30
minutes as against the scheduled available time of 41 hours and 10 minutes.
While the House lost 5 hours and 32 minutes on February 3, 2020 due to
disruptions and forced adjournments, the members sat for 3 hours and 56 minutes
beyond the scheduled time, resulting in a net loss of one hour 36 minutes of the
Though the House was scheduled to have nine sittings, not much
business could be taken up as per the convention on the first two days, as the
House was adjourned after the address of the President to the joint session of
Parliament and after laying of budget papers on the table of the House on the
second day. On the third day, business could not be transacted due to
A total of 323 interventions, zero hour and special mentions
were made by 155 members, of whom 83 have got two or more opportunities to
participate in the proceedings.
V. Vijaysai Reddy of the YSRCP had the best participation with
nine opportunities, including a zero hour mention, special mention, 5
supplementaries, one starred question, 4 supplementaries to starred questions,
besides participation in the debates on the Motion of Thanks to the President
and the General Budget.
To achieve the goal of a $5- trillion economy, commercial
banks will need to focus on those who are still deprived of formal finance
and the country will need more than just one bank in the top 100 global
banks, said President Ram NathKovind said.
“India has become one of the largest economies in the world.
Banks have been a constant part of India’s growth saga. As India aims to become
a $5-trillion economy, the banking sector has to start preparing for the next
big leap. This mainly involves “banking with the unbanked” and “securing the
unsecured,” he said in a speech at the National Institute of Banking Management.
“Given the growing size of our economy, we should aim to have
more than just one name in the world’s top 100 banks,” he added.Last month, the
economic survey said at least eight banks were needed, which are large enough to
belong to the top 100 banks globally, for India to become a $ 5-trillion
At present, only State Bank of India is among the top 100 global
banks. He pointed out the success of the ‘PradhanMantri Jan DhanYojana’ and said
almost 35 crore bank accounts had been opened under this scheme. “This number is
larger than the population of all countries except ours and China’s,” he said.
Mr.Kovind added that banks needed to take proactive measures to
bring greater gender parity in ownership of financial assets. “As part of social
responsibility, banks can adopt certain geographical areas for increasing
financial awareness among women.” He said the proposal to hike deposit insurance
coverage from ₹1 lakh to ₹5 lakh was a positive step towards assuring savers.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Pesticides
Management Bill, 2020, which, the government claims will regulate the
business of pesticides and compensate farmers in case of losses from the use
of spurious agro chemicals.
Mr.Javadekar said farmers would also be empowered to get all
information as the data would be in open source and in all languages.
In February 2018, the Centre released a draft of the pesticides
Bill that aims to replace the existing Insecticides Act of 1968.
A key proposal in the 2018 version was to raise penalties on the
sale of prohibited or spurious pesticides to ₹50 lakh and up to five years’
imprisonment, from the current ₹2,000 and up to three years’ imprisonment. It is
unclear if these provisions have been retained in the latest version of Bill
that was cleared by the Union Cabinet.
“If there is any loss because of the spurious or low quality of
pesticides then there is a provision for compensations. If required, the
government will form a central fund which will take care of compensation,”
The Centre for Science and Environment, in 2018, had criticised
the Bill. “The existing draft provides inadequate representation to States . The
States should have a say in final decision making on pesticide, as they have the
best understanding on the agro-ecological climate, environment and soil
conditions,” it said in a statement.
UN Security Council has adopted a resolution calling for a
"lasting ceasefire" in war-torn Libya, where a fragile truce has been in
place since January.
The text, drafted by Britain, was approved by 14 votes out of
15, with Russia abstaining. The resolution affirmed the need for a lasting
ceasefire in Libya at the earliest opportunity, without pre-conditions. It also
expressed concern over the growing involvement of mercenaries in Libya.
Libya, Africa's most oil-rich nation, has been mired in chaos
since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed longtime leader
Since April 2019, the UN-recognized Government of National
Accord has fought back against an offensive by military commander KhalifaHaftar,
who is supported by Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
A ceasefire was agreed on January 12, but there are still
near-daily clashes near Tripoli and arms continue to flow into the country.
Iran's government today rejected US allegations that
Tehran's satellite programme has a military dimension, days after the failed
launch of its latest satellite.
Quoting Defence Minister Amir Hatami, State news agency IRNA
said, the subject of satellite launch vehicles and satellites is a civilian
He said, satellite can be used for defence purposes, but the
satellite launcher is a completely non-defensive subject and it is the definite
and absolute right of the Iranian nation. He added that there is no prohibition
in the world against this satellite programme.
Iran attempted on Sunday to launch a satellite dubbed as the
Zafar which means Victory in Farsi but it failed to reach orbit.Following the
launch, Washington yesterday accused Tehran of using satellites as a cover to
develop its missile programme.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, the technology involved
to launch satellites was virtually identical to the know-how for long-range
Ahead of the Conservation of Migratory Species Conference of
Parties-13 (CMS COP-13), the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate
Change has introduced a draft Visionary Perspective Plan (2020-2030) to
conserve ecosystems, habitats, avian diversity and landscapes in the
According to the draft, there are 1,317 bird species in India.
Out of these 72 are endemic, 100 are threatened, 17 are critically endangered,
63 are vulnerable and 20 are endangered. Around 270 species of avifauna fall
under “rare” category. It includes pheasants, hornbills, bustards, storks and
The birds are prone to extinction mainly due to poaching,
fragmentation of ecosystem, habitat loss and epidemics. The draft also says that
stray dog population has increased due to catastrophic decline in population of
The draft says that around 219 bird bio-diversity areas are
under severe anthropogenic pressure.
The draft also says that 2,01,503 wetlands spread across 2.25
hectares in India are under stress. This is mainly due to agricultural run-offs