At SCO, India slams Pak for using terror as state policy

India slams PakApprox Read Time: 3 min India slams Pak In News The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Heads of Government meeting was recently hosted virtually by India.The summit meeting was attended by the prime ministers of all other member-states - except India and Pakistan. India's Vice-President represented India at the meeting. Highlights of the meeting: The participants in the meeting acknowledged that the SCO is an effective platform for cooperation for strengthening multilateralism,…

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TN govt to reject eminent status for Anna university

Institutions of Eminence SchemeApprox Read Time: 3 min Institutions of Eminence Scheme In News: Tamil Nadu higher education minister declared that the Anna University in the state does not require Institute of Eminence (IoE) status as it posed a threat to the existing 69% reservation policy of the state. News Summary: Tamil Nadu higher education minister declared that the Anna University in the state does not require Institute of Eminence…

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Select committees and other parliamentary panels: role, limitations

Parliamentary CommitteesApprox Read Time: 5 min Parliamentary Committees In News: On Sunday, the government pushed through two crucial agriculture Bills in Rajya Sabha.During the passage of bills, the government rejected Opposition demands that they be referred to a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha.Proceedings were disrupted as the Opposition protested against the fact that neither Bill had been scrutinised by a parliamentary committee. Ways of Parliamentary Scrutiny: Parliament scrutinises legislative proposals (Bills) in two…

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World Ozone Day 2020: 35 Years of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

World Ozone DayApprox Read Time: 5 min World Ozone Day In News: Recently, World Ozone Day was observed on 16th September. It is celebrated to spread awareness among people about the depletion of the Ozone Layer and to search for possible solutions to preserve it.In December, 1994, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed September 16 as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.This was done to commemorate the date,…

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Send plan within a week to speed up trials of lawmakers: SC to HCs

Trials of LawmakersApprox Read Time: 4 min Trials of Lawmakers In News: The Supreme Court has asked the High Courts to submit within a week action plans to quickly complete trial proceedings in 4,442 criminal and corruption cases against sitting and former legislators.As many as 2,556 cases are pending against sitting MPs and MLAs, which include 174 cases where the maximum punishment prescribed for the offence is life sentence.The current order came…

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Frame rules for disposal of cigarette butts: NGT

Disposal of CigaretteApprox Read Time: 3 min Disposal of Cigarette In News: Following a report filed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the board to lay down guidelines pertaining to disposal of cigarette and beedi butts within three months. Cigarette Waste: Each year around 100 billion cigarettes are sold across the country.Cigarette butts are one of the most commonly littered items in urban areas and account for…

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Freeing landlocked India

Land with GovernmentApprox Read Time: 5 min Land with Government Large amount of land with the government: Government entities hold large tracts of valuable public land.Thirteen major port trusts hold 100,000 hectares of land.The Airports Authority of India holds 20,400 hectares surrounding major airports.The ministry of defence and Indian Railways have as surplus 283,000 ha and 43,000 hectares, respectively. This land is not being utilized for productive purposes: Huge amount…

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Govt. looks to spend Rs 2.35 lakh cr. more

Demands For GrantsApprox Read Time: 4 min Demands For Grants In News: The Union Finance Minister has tabled the first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for this financial year in the Lok Sabha. About: Grants made by the Parliament under extraordinary circumstances In addition to the budget that contains the ordinary estimates of income and expenditure for one financial year, various other grants are made by the Parliament under extraordinary…

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