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Jan 2020

Jan 14, 2020

SC Constitutes 4-Member Committee For Speedy Auction Of Amrapali Properties

  • The top court also asked National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to expeditiously start work on seven stalled projects of Amrapali Group.
  •  The Supreme Court constituted a 4-member committee, including two of its forensic auditors, for speedy disposal of assets in auction of the now defunct Amrapali Group to raise funds for several stalled projects.
  • A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and U U Lalit constituted the committee comprising Rajiv Bhatia and Pawan Aggarwal (forensic auditors); court appointed receiver, senior advocate R Venkatramani who will assist state-owned MSTC to auction the assets of Amrapali Group, and D K Mishra, a chartered accountant.

Jan 13, 2020

Smriti Irani Launches Yashaswini Scheme For Women Entrepreneurship In Goa

  •  Union Minister for Women and Child Development and Textiles, Smriti Irani launched Yashaswini Scheme for Women entrepreneurship in Goa. The event was held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium at Taleigao near Panaji. 
  • Swasthya Sakhi Project and breast cancer screening initiative were also inaugurated on the occasion.
  • The Minister said that development of women is the base for the development of nation. She added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has implemented many welfare schemes for the benefit of women. Ujjawala Yojana scheme has benefited crores of women in the country, she added.
  • Under Yashaswini scheme, women self-help groups will be  given interest free loans of upto Rs Five lakh for business.
  • Adarsha Satari Mahila Mandal Guleli -Sattari, Umang Self-Help Group, Salcete, Phoenix Womens Wing Self-Help Group Valpoi -Sattari were given loans under newly launched Yashaswini scheme.

Jan 12, 2020

Transgender Persons Act Comes Into Effect

  •  The Social Justice Ministry issued a notification on January 10, 2019, notifying the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, which was passed by Parliament on November 26 and given Presidential assent on December 5, 2019.
  • The Act aims to end discrimination against transgender persons in accessing education, employment and healthcare. It also recognises the right to self-perceived gender identity and provides for certification from a District Magistrate; in case a transgender person has had a gender-change surgery, the law says they can obtain a certificate from the medical facility where they had the operation, and apply for a change in their certificate.

Jan 11, 2020

Forest Committee Approves Scheme To 'Trade' In Forests

  •  The Forest Advisory Committee, an apex body tasked with adjudicating requests by the industry to raze forest land for commercial ends, has approved a scheme that could allow "forests" to be traded as a commodity. If implemented, it allows the Forest Department to outsource one of its responsibilities of reforesting to non-government agencies.
  • In the current system, industry needs to make good the loss of forest by finding appropriate non-forest land — equal to that which would be razed. It also must pay the State Forest Department the current economic equivalent — called Net Present Value — of the forest land. It's then the Forest Department's responsibility to grow appropriate vegetation that, over time, would grow into forests.

Kerala CM Announces Wage Subsidy Scheme For New Ventures

  •  Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan unveiled a set of path-breaking initiatives that will enhance the ease of doing business in the state including a wage subsidy scheme for the first five years for new ventures getting registered from April 1, 2020.
  • Inaugurating the two-day ASCEND Kerala 2020 global investors meet, organised by the state department of industries, in Kochi, showcasing over 100 major projects before the leaders of industry.

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy Launches 'Amma Vodi' Scheme

  •  The Andhra Pradesh government launched the 'Amma Vodi' scheme. Mothers and guardians of school-going children from lower income groups will get financial assistance of Rs 15,000 annually under the scheme.
  • Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the scheme, which was a key poll promise of his party YSRCP. Amma Vodi translates to 'mother's lap' in Telugu.

Jan 10, 2020

AP Amma Vodi Scheme: Rs 15,000 For Mothers In Andhra Pradesh

  •  Andhra Pradesh (AP) Amma Vodi scheme for mothers: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched first of its kind scheme for mothers in India.
  • His government's flagship programme 'Amma Vodi' scheme is meant to support lakhs of poor and needy mothers to educate their children.Reddy further said that English will be the medium of instruction from class 1 to class 6 in all government schools from this academic year and accordingly it would be extended annually to take class 10 board education in English medium in 4 years.
  • Reddy government is also spending about Rs 360 crore to redecorate the menu of the mid day meal scheme in government schools, enhancing the quality of food with modification daily.

Jagan Launches Rs. 6,455-cr Cash Transfer Scheme

  •  Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched a direct cash transfer scheme to encourage women to send their children to school.
  • Under the scheme, Jagananna Amma Vodi, an amount of Rs. 15,000 would be directly transferred into the accounts of women enrolled for the same, as an incentive for sending their children to schools. The scheme aims to cover 42,12,186 mothers to benefit 81,72,224 school-going children, with effect from the current academic year 2019-20.
  • An amount of Rs. 6,455 crore has been allocated by the state government in the current budget. The scheme will not be applicable to school or college dropouts. Government employees and income taxpayers will also not be eligible for the scheme.

Kerala Youth Commission To Host 'Adalat' For Transgenders

  •  To encourage the transgender community to open up about various issues faced by them and for speedy grievance redressal, the Kerala State Youth Commission has scheduled a state-level "Adalat" to be held on 10 March 2019.
  • The "Adalat", exclusively for the LGBT community is being held for the first time in the state.

Cabinet approves ratification of Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement between India and F...

  •  The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for the ratification of Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement between India and France. The Agreement was signed in March, 2018 during the State Visit of the French President to India.
  • The Agreement represents a major milestone in enhancing people-to-people contacts, fostering mobility of students, academics, researchers and skilled professionals and strengthening cooperation on issues related to irregular migration and human trafficking between the two sides.
  • The Agreement is a testimony to India's rapidly expanding multi-faceted relationship with France and symbolizes the increasing trust and confidence between the two sides.

Central Govt To Set Up 1023 Fast Track Special Courts For Speedy Disposal of POCSO and Rape Cases

  • Twenty-four states and union territories have joined a scheme to set up a total of 1,023 'fast-track special courts' (FTSCs) to dispose of over 1.60 lakh cases of rape of children and women pending in various courts across the country.
  • In a statement, it said out of total 31 states and UTs, so far 24 have joined this scheme. The states are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Delhi, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, UT of Chandigarh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Cabinet Apprised Of Amendments In Motor Vehicles Act

  •  The Cabinet has been apprised of the amendments to the motor vehicles law that will ensure concurrence of state governments while formulating the National Transport Policy.
  • The new Motor Vehicles Act with stricter penalties for violation of traffic laws has come into force Pan-India from September 1, 2019.
  • "The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been apprised of information about the amendments moved to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 as passed by the Rajya Sabha.
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