Current Affairs 10th August 2018

Cabinet extended PMGSY beyond the 12th five year plan period

The government approved that the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) can be continued even beyond the 12th five year plan period. PMGSY was to establish rural road connectivity. It will be connecting 38,412 habitations at an estimated cost of Rs.84,934 crore. In this, the central government would share Rs.54,900 crore and the state would share Rs.30,034 crore. According to PMGSY, 6,58,143 km road was planned to be completed. Against the target, 5,50,601 km road length was completed. Under, PMGSY-II, against the target length of 50,000 km, around 32,100 km road length has been sanctioned in 13 States. PMGSY: PMGSY was launched on December 25, 2000. The aim is to provide All-Weather road connectivity to the eligible unconnected habitations in rural areas of Country.

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RS Sharma reappointed as TRAI Chairman till September 2020

The government reappointed Ram Sewak Sharma as Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) till September 2020 when he turns 65. He was named the TRAI chief in July 2015 for a three-year period. Sharma, who recently shared his Aadhaar number on Twitter, also served as UIDAI’s Director General between 2009-2013 and even wrote the first software for UIDAI for enrolment.

Govt to provide discount of Rs. 15 per kg on pulses for poor

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) decided to provide a discount of ₹15/kg on pulses, over the wholesale market price, to States for distribution under welfare schemes like mid-day meal, Public Distribution System (PDS), and Integrated Child Development Programmes (ICDP). States and Union Territories will be offered to lift 34.88 lakh tonnes of Tur, Chana, Masoor, Moong and Urad at the discount of ₹15/kg over the prevailing wholesale market price on a first-come-first-serve basis. The Government will spend ₹5,237 crore for implementing this scheme.

Maharashtra Government announces special assistance of Rs 500 crore for OBC community

The main objective of the special assistance is to help the OBC community develop employment opportunities for the youth. OBCs constitute 52 percent of the state’s population and they get 17 percent reservation.

Rajya Sabha passed the SC and ST (PoA) Amendment Bill 2018

Rajya Sabha passed the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018. The Bill will reverse the Supreme Court order that provides the provision for the immediate arrest of the accused booked under the SC/ST law. Now the Bill rules out any provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of atrocities against people from SC and ST communities. It states that there will be no need for a preliminary enquiry to register a criminal case. An arrest under this proposed law would not be subject to any approval. An FIR will be filed based on complaints of crimes against people from Dalit and tribal communities without any questions, it entails.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address World Biofuel Day conference

World Biofuel Day is observed every year on August 10 to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a diverse gathering consisting of farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, students, government officials and legislators in New Delhi today to mark the World Biofuel Day 2018.

NSE unveiled new logo at its silver jubilee celebration

The National Stock Exchange (NSE), India’s largest equity bourse, has celebrated its silver jubilee by unveiling its new logo, which is a modern representation of a blooming marigold with red, yellow, orange, and blue hues. The celebrations were attended by former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, NITI Aayog deputy chairman Rajiv Kumar, and Delhi lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal. The NSE was inaugurated by Singh in 1994 when he was finance minister. NSE chief – Vikram Limaye

Karnataka Cabinet approved waiver of cooperative loans

The Karnataka cabinet approved to waive Rs.9,448.61 crore existing farm loans in respect of cooperative banks. The farmers can borrow up to Rs.1 lakh from cooperative banks in the first phase. It is expected to benefit around 20.38 lakh farmers. Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy said that a decision would be made regarding waiver of farm loan obtained from nationalised banks and modalities which were being worked out with the banks, in the next cabinet meeting. He also assured that all the programmes introduced in the previous budget by the then chief minister and finance minister Siddaramaiah would continue, even as he dismissed reports about cuts in allocation to schemes like ‘Shaadi Bhagya’ and ‘Mathru Poorna.’

NDA candidate Harivansh Singh elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

The BJP-led NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected the Rajya Sabha’s Deputy Chairman post, which fell vacant after the retirement of Congress’ PJ Kurien on July 1. Harivansh got 125 votes, while Congress-led UPA’s candidate BK Hariprasad got 105 votes. Harivansh Singh is a member of the Janata Dal (United), the BJP’s ally in Bihar.

Project ‘SWAYAM’ launched By HRD Ministry

‘Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds’ (SWAYAM), aims to provide one integrated platform and portal for online courses. This course covers all higher education subjects and skill sector courses. The main objective is to ensure that every student in the country has access to the best quality higher education at the affordable cost.

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu launched Mobile App Niryat Mitra

The app developed by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) is available both on Android and on IOS platforms. The app provides a wide range of information required to undertake international trade right from the policy provisions for export and import, applicable GST rate, available export incentives, tariff, preferential tariff, market access requirements – SPS and TBT measures

Karnataka State Open University gets UGC recognition

The Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) has been granted recognition by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the year 2018-2019. It has been granted permission to run courses for the 2018-19 to 2022-23 academic year. KSOU has not been granted UGC recognition till 2013-2014. This has caused a huge injustice to lakhs of students of the University. On 4th June, a Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting was held in Mysuru. University. Vice-Chancellor Prof.D. Shivalingaiah demonstrated requesting the recognition for the university. After listening to the requests the committee members directed the UGC and Joint Secretary of the Human Resource Department to give recognition to the KSOU.

Indian-American high schooler won International Geography Bee World Championship

Indian-American high school student Avi Goel won the world championship at the International Geography Bee’s junior varsity division which was held in Berlin. He won a gold medal in seven out of the 10 medal event and a silver medal in two of the events topping the overall medals table.

Lok Sabha passed The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill

Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, outlawing talaq-e-biddat. According to the Bill, talaq-e-biddat has been made a cognizable and non-bailable offence. Three provisions of the Bill: ♦Instant triple talaq is illegal ♦It imposes a jail term of up to three years and fine ♦It provides additional safeguards from the Act being misused It also provides for subsistence allowance to Muslim women and custody of minor children as may be determined by the magistrate.

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