To boost industries in J&K, centre clears Rs 28,400 crore scheme

New Industrial Development Scheme for Jammu & KashmirApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: The Union Government has formulated a New Industrial Development Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir (J&K IDS, 2021) as Central Sector Scheme for the development of industries in Jammu & Kashmir.The financial outlay of the proposed scheme is Rs.28,400 crore for the scheme period 2020-21 to 2036-37. Need of the scheme: The scheme has been announced in the backdrop of the reorganization of…

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Parliamentary panel calls DNA Bill premature

DNA Technology BillApprox Read Time: 4 minutes  DNA Technology Bill In News: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology has flagged some issues with the DNA Bill. News Summary: The parliamentary standing committee on science and technology has come up with a draft report on the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019.Note: The draft report has not yet been finalised, but nonetheless useful to understand concerns about the Bill.…

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Stricter MV Act led to dip in road deaths in 8 states: Govt

Motor Vehicles Act 2019Approx Read Time: 6 minutes In News: Recently the road transport ministry has shared the details of impact of the newly introduced Motor Vehicles Act 2019 on road accidents in nine states (from where details were available) for the month of September and October 2019. News Summary: The union road transport ministry shared the details of impact of the Motor Vehicles Act 2019 on road accidents in…

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Lok Sabha clears Bill to include more tribes in ST category in Karnataka

More tribes in ST categoryApprox Read Time: 5 minutes Lok Sabha clears Bill to include more tribes in ST category in Karnataka In News: The Lok Sabha has recently passed the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to grant Scheduled Tribes status to certain communities in Karnataka. The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha during the winter session. How the Government Identifies SCs and STs in…

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FM: No extra charge on payments via RuPay, UPI from 1st January

Zero MDRApprox Read Time: 5 minutes  Zero MDR In News: (Zero MDR) To promote digital payments, the FM Nirmala Sitharaman has announced that digital transactions made using RuPay credit cards or UPI QR codes will not face additional charges for merchants or customers from the beginning of next year. Background: In the budget speech in July, the Finance Minister had listed “BHIM UPI, UPI-QR Code, Aadhaar Pay, certain Debit cards,…

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Security Concerns: Detention Centres in India

Detention Centres in IndiaApprox Read Time: 5 minutes Detention Centres in India (Goalpara) What are detention centres? The Centre has the power to deport foreign nationals staying illegally in the country under Section 3(2)(c) of The Foreigners Act, 1946.State governments have also been entrusted under Article 258(1) of the Constitution to take similar steps.In 1998, the MHA under the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government wrote a letter to all States…

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National Bytes: SC use Article 142 to allow a divorce

SC use Article 142 to allow a divorceApprox Read Time: 6 minutes SC use Article 142 to allow a divorce In News: Recently, the Supreme Court used extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to grant divorce in a case of “irretrievable breakdown of marriage”. News Summary: Neither the Hindu Marriage Act nor the Special Marriage Act provide for “irretrievable breakdown of marriage” as a ground for divorce. However,…

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Defense Bytes: Latest upgrade of BrahMos missile’s

Latest upgrade of BrahMos missile’sApprox Read Time: 6 minutes Latest upgrade of BrahMos missile’s In News: (Latest upgrade of BrahMos missile’s) Recently, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) carried out two successful tests of the latest variant of the BrahMos missile. News Summary: BrahMos is one of the most advanced weapons in India’s armoury. In the latest round, DRDO carried out two successful tests of the latest variant of…

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