Government notifies new POCSO rules with stringent punishments
The Centre has notified the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences
Rules, 2020 which enables implementation of recent amendments to the Act
under which provisions of punishment for child abuse has been made more
Some of the significant additions in the new rules include provision of
mandatory police verification of staff in schools and care homes, procedures
to report sexual abuse material (pornography), imparting age-appropriate
child rights education among others.
For crackdown on child pornography, the rules state that any person who
has received any pornographic material involving a child or any information
regarding such pornographic material being stored, possessed, distributed,
circulated, transmitted, facilitated, propagated or displayed, or is likely
to be distributed, facilitated or transmitted in any manner shall report the
contents to the Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU) or police, or the
The rules said, the report shall include the details of the device in
which such pornographic content was noticed and the suspected device from
which such content was received including the platform on which the content
Under the rules, the State Governments have been asked to formulate a
child protection policy based on the principle of zero-tolerance to violence
against children, which shall be adopted by all institutions, organizations,
or any other agency working with, or coming in contact with children.
Under the new rules, any institution housing children or coming in
regular contact with children, including schools, creches, sports academies
or any other facility for children must ensure a police verification and
background check on periodic basis of every staff.
Government notifies masks and sanitisers as essential commodities
Masks and hand sanitisers have been declared as essential commodities
due to their shortage in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Friday, the Centre notified an order under the Essential
The rupee made a sharp recovery after touching a record low of 74.50 a
dollar in early trade following intervention and assurance of liquidity by
the Reserve Bank of India.
The rupee opened weak at 74.39 a dollar compared with the previous close
of 74.24 and then touched the day’s low of 74.50. The previous record low
was on October 9, 2018 when the rupee closed the day at 74.39 a dollar.
On Friday, the rupee closed the day at 73.80 a dollar, up 44 paisa from
its previous close.
The turbulence in the financial market steered the central bank into
making a statement, saying it would take steps to ensure adequate liquidity
and that the situation was being monitored closely.
Markets around the globe are facing volatility due to risk aversion;
investors are holding liquidity even as COVID-19 keeps spreading. Trading
was halted in the domestic equities market after hitting their lower
circuits on Friday.
“The Reserve Bank of India is closely and continuously monitoring the
rapidly evolving global situation and will take all necessary measures to
ensure that money, debt and forex markets remain adequately liquid and
stable, and continue to function normally,” the RBI said.
On Thursday, the RBI announced that it would open a six-month dollar
sell-buy swap window to pump in liquidity in the foreign exchange market.
The central bank will conduct U.S. dollar-rupee sell-buy swaps worth $2
billion on March 16, to ‘begin with,’ in its effort to fight market
The central bank observed mismatches in the U.S. dollar liquidity had
become accentuated across the world but added that the level of foreign
exchange reserves remained at comfortable levels to meet any exigency.
Latest data released by the RBI showed the country’s foreign exchange surged
$5.69 billion to reach an all-time high of $487.23 billion in the week to
March 6 due to an increase in foreign currency assets.
Centre approves reconstruction scheme for YES bank
The Union Cabinet has approved a reconstruction scheme for Yes Bank as
proposed by the Reserve Bank of India. Giving details about the scheme after
the Cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that
SAARC leaders agree upon joint strategy to combat COVID-19
Leaders of SAARC nations today endorsed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's
proposal to chalk out a joint strategy to combat the coronavirus outbreak,
promising their complete support towards the collective effort against the
Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering said it is what we call
leadership. He said, he has no doubt that under Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's leadership the region will see the immediate and impactful outcomes.
He said, as members of this region, nations must come together in such
Mr Tshering said, smaller economies are hit harder, so SAARC nations
must coordinate. Replying to Mr Modi in a tweet, he said, with Mr Modi's
leadership, he has no doubt the nations will see the immediate and impactful
outcomes. He said, he is looking forward to the video conference.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that his country is ready
to join the discussion and share its learnings and best practices to combat
the outbreak. He called upon leaders to unite in solidarity during these
trying times and keep our citizens safe.
Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli welcomed the idea advanced by Mr
Modi, for chalking out a strong strategy by the leadership of the SAARC
nations to fight Coronavirus. Mr Oli said, his government is ready to work
closely with the SAARC Member States to protect the citizens from this
WHO claims Europe as epicenter of Pandemic
The World Health Organization said on Friday that Europe was now the
“epicentre” for the global coronavirus pandemic — and warned it was
impossible to know when the outbreak would peak.
The continent had now “more ....................................
Scientists develop new solar receiver tube technology
Scientists from ARCI-International Advanced Research Centre for Powder
Metallurgy and New Materials operating under DST (Department of Science and
Technology), Ministry of Science & Technology have developed cost effective
solar receiver tube technology.
The tubes developed absorbs solar energy and converts the heat to
required application. They provide high resistance to corrosion especially
to Indian weather conditions.
The Technology is a wet chemical process that is used to coat stainless
steel tubes that are used in industrial heat applications.
The tubes manufactured by this technology absorbs 93% of radiant energy
and 14% of emittance. Emittance is the amount of light emitted by an area of
a radiating surface.
The invention of the technology is highly important as the Indian
Industries are currently importing high end Concentrating Solar Panel
receivers for CST (concentrating solar Technologies). The technology will
help India achieve its solar energy target of 100 GW by 2022.
India-South Africa remaining matches cancelled due to COVID-19
The two remaining India-South Africa One Day Internationals in Lucknow
and Kolkata have been called off owing to the COVID-19 threat as the
country's sports calendar continued to go haywire because of the global
The Board Secretary Jay Shah