SC clears way for permanent commission for women in Navy
Maintaining that women and men officers should be treated equally, the
Supreme Court today cleared permanent commission for women in the Navy and
asked the Centre to complete the modalities within three months.
A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said, there cannot be any
excuses for not granting gender equality in the armed forces and a level
playing field is needed. It said, denying permanent commission to women
officers who have served the nation would result in a serious miscarriage of
The bench, also comprising Justice Ajay Rastogi, rejected the Centre's
stand that sea sailing duties cannot be granted to SSC (Short Service
Commission) women officers in the Navy as its Russian vessels do not have
washrooms for them.
Such arguments, the court said, are contrary to the Centre's policy of
1991 and 1998 which lifted the statutory bar on the induction of women
officers in the Navy.
The bench quashed the prospective effect of the policy barring women
officers inducted before 2008 from being granted permanent commission in the
Navy. It also granted pension benefits to women officers who have retired
and were not granted permanent commission.
No meeting of SC/ST panels in majority states for 3 years
The State-level committees of 25 States and Union Territories, meant to
monitor the implementation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
(Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, had not met even once in three years —
2016, 2017 and 2018, according to information provided by the Union Social
Justice and Empowerment Ministry to Parliament on Tuesday.
Replying to a question by DMK
Finance ministry moots amendment to competition law for regulating etailers
Competition law for greater regulation of e-commerce platforms and
ensure that presence of etailers has no severe impact on local jobs.
Responding to a series of queries on this issue during the Question Hour,
Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in Rajya Sabha that the
cabinet has already looked into the amendments.
"The Competition Act Regulation Amendments will now bring in greater
regulation. The cabinet has looked into it. Thisis one of the ways we are
trying to regulate (e-commerce platforms)," she said in the Upper House. The
amendments to the law have been proposed as per the recommendation of the
Competition Law Reviewing Committee,under the chairmanship of Corporate
Affairs Ministry, she said.
On job loss, the Minister said such kind of impacts have been assessed
by the committee and "action is being taken through various amendments
suggested to the Act so that impact is not as serious."
Prior to setting up of the committee, Sitharaman said anti-trust
watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI) had made efforts to promote
self-regulation through advocacy from January this year after looking into a
complaint it had received in April last year.
However, a court order from Karnataka stopped the CCI from taking
further steps on self-regulation, she said. In its report on the complaint,
the CCI had identified several practices which were not true to the ideals
of free and fair market practices, she added.
Current month shows record FPI sales amid virus impact
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), who have been the prime drivers of
every bull run that the Indian capital market has seen till date, have been
record sellers during the current month.
Till date in March, FPIs have sold
India rejects J & K reference in China-Pak joint statement
India has rejected the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in the Joint
Statement issued by China and Pakistan after the recent visit of Pakistani
President to China.
In response to a query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh
Kumar said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. He said issues
related to it are internal matter of India.
The spokesperson said India expects other countries including China not
to comment on matters that are internal affairs and also to respect India’s
sovereignty and territorial integrity.
India strongly objected to and reiterated its concerns to both China and
Pakistan on “China Pakistan Economic Corridor”, which is in the territory of
India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947.
The spokesperson said India is opposed to any actions by other countries
to change the status quo in Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir. New Delhi
called on parties concerned to cease such actions and said such illegal
activities will never be accepted by India.
India holds talks with Saudi crown prince
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with the
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. During the conversation,
the two leaders discussed the global situation regarding the COVID-19
Mr Modi emphasised the ..............................
Chandrayaan-3 will be launched in the first half of 2021, Union Minister
Jitendra Singh said, indicating that there could be a slight delay in the
launch of the third moon mission.
In written response to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State in the
Prime Minister's Office Singh said four biological and two physical science
experiments related to microgravity will be conducted