Army Chief General BipinRawat has said that Indian Armed
Forces have utmost respect for human rights laws and they not only ensured
the protection of human rights of the people of the country, but also of its
Gen Rawat said, Indian armed forces are highly disciplined and
extremely secular and driving ethos for them are “Insaniyat” (humanity) and
He was addressing the interns and senior officers of the
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the topic of "Preserving Human Rights
in Times of War and Prisoners of War" in New Delhi.
Noting that counter-terrorism and anti-insurgency operations has
become very challenging and difficult, the Army chief said the armed forces took
care to identify and target only terrorists and insurgents without causing any
collateral damage to innocent people.
Gen Rawat said, a court of inquiry, with all records being
maintained, is held after every operation, in line with provisions of human
He said, another new initiative taken in October this year was
to begin recruiting women jawans in the Corps of Military Police, who would be
deployed for crowd control and frisking of women protestors in militancy-hit
areas like Kashmir and the northeast.
DeendayalAntyodayaYojana - National Urban Livelihoods
Mission (DAY-NULM) under Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will be
organising a consultative meeting at New Delhi on December 30, 2019 ; with
all States and UTs to set out the framework for ShehriSamrddhiUtsav (SSU)
The workshop will also take up the issue of skill development of
urban beneficiaries in plumbing sector apart from detailed deliberations on the
implementation of the Street Vendors’ Act.
It is also planned to distribute Systematic Progressive
Analytical Real Time Ranking (SPARK) 2018-19 awards to the winning States for
their excellent performances in implementation of DAY-NULM during the FY
In addition to providing access to wider customer base to
locally made products of SHGs, the initiative will also be useful in capacity
building of the women entrepreneurs in the skills of branding, digital marketing
and financial management.
The SSU 2019 succeeded in extending the outreach of the Mission
to the most vulnerable sections of the urban population, showcasing its
initiatives and facilitating access of Self-Help Group (SHG) members to the
other government schemes by covering over 15.60 lakh members from urban SHGs.
Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman has said that no Merchant
Discount Rate (MDR) will be applicable on transactions through
homegrownRuPay and UPI platforms beginning 1st of January next year.
Ms Sitharaman announced this in New Delhi after meeting Chiefs
of Public Sector Banks (PSBs), Chief executive of Indian Banks’ Association and
representatives of leading private sector banks to discuss banking issues.
Department of Revenue (DoR) will soon notify RuPay and UPI as
the prescribed mode of payment for digital transactions without any MDR. She
said, now all companies with a turnover of 50 crore rupees or more will be
mandated to provide the facility of payment through RuPay Debit card and UPI QR
code to their customers. All banks will also start a campaign to popularise
RuPay Debit card and UPI.
MDR is the cost paid by a merchant to a bank for accepting
payment from their customers via digital means. The merchant discount rate is
expressed in percentage of the transaction amount.
Besides, the Finance Minister also launched a common e-auction
platform to sell attached assets of defaulters for improved realisation of
The platform is equipped with property search features and
navigational links to all PSB e-auction sites. It provides a single-window
access to information on properties for e-auction as well as facility for
comparison of similar properties and also contains photographs and videos of
On December 24, 2019, CM of Delhi ArvindKejriwal introduced
a new policy to make Delhi the capital of Electric vehicles. Under the
policy, the government has planned to provide subsidies to electric
The goal of the policy is to ensure that 25% of new vehicles
registered are electric by 2024. Along with electric vehicles, the government
also has planned to construct 250 charging stations. It also includes 20% of the
parking enabled for electric vehicles.
The policy has been drafted after feedback from UNEP (United
Nations Environment Programme) experts, International Transport Council. The
draft of the policy was already made public in November 2018.
The policy is important as the vehicles have been major cause of
pollution emitting 80% of carbon monoxide, 40% of PM 2.5 and 80% of nitrogen
Electric Vehicles are constantly being promoted all over the
world as they do not emit pollution. Also, the central government has reduced
GST rates for electric vehicles.
These vehicles will help India achieve the target of reducing
green house gas emissions by 33% by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels.