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By admin: March 28, 2023

1. Center sets up committee to monitor tur stock

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Center sets up committee to monitor tur stock

The Department of Consumer Affairs on 27 March constituted a committee to monitor the stock of Tur (Arhar) held by importers, millers, traders, and other such entities. 

An overview of the news

  • This committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Nidhi Khare, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

  • A committee will monitor the stock of Arhar in coordination with state governments.

  • The decision was taken following reports that traders were not selling the pigeon pea stock in the market despite a good quantity of imports.

  • The Government is also closely monitoring the stock position in the domestic market to take necessary measures in case of an unexpected increase in the prices of pulses in the coming months.

  • The Government had issued an advisory to the States/UTs on August 12, 2022, to implement stock disclosure in respect of Toor under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

Hike of Toor prices 

  • According to the ministry’s data, the all-India daily average retail price of Tur was recorded at Rs 114.44 per kg on 27 March, 2023, which was 11.47 per cent higher than a year ago. 

  • The all-India daily average wholesale price of Tur was recorded at Rs 10,462.03 per quintal, which was 12.48 per cent higher than a year ago.

By admin: March 15, 2023

2. Center constitutes a committee of secretaries to expedite infrastructure projects along northern border areas

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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meeting in New Delhi on 14 March to review the progress of infrastructure projects in the northern border areas.

News Overview

  • During the meeting, Singh stressed on the need for early completion of all pending projects on top priority and taking a pan-India approach in matters of national security.

  • The government has decided to set up a committee of secretaries that will meet frequently to fast-track pending projects in the northern border areas.

  • Other ministers and officials who attended the meeting included Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav, Energy MinisterRK Singh, Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and the states of Ladakh. The governor and the lieutenant governor were also involved.

By admin: March 4, 2023

3. Supreme Court sets up expert panel to probe Adani issue

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The Supreme Court on March 2 constituted an expert panel to probe the regulatory failure on the Adani issue.

An overview of the news

  • The expert committee’s members are - former SBI chairman O P Bhatt, Justice J P Devadhar (retired), veteran banker K.V. Kamath, Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani and advocate Somasekhar Sundaresan. 

  • The committee will be headed by former Supreme Court judge A M Sapre.

  • The Supreme Court has asked the committee to submit its report to the court in a sealed cover within two months.

  • Panel will investigate any regulatory failure in dealing with the alleged breaking of rules by the Adani Group of companies.

  • The mandate of the committee will be to suggest measures to strengthen the framework, investigate the Adani dispute and suggest measures to strengthen the legal framework.

  • The Supreme Court also directed SEBI to ensure that all information is made available to the committee.

Adani-Hindenburg issue

  • In late January, Hindenburg published a report critical of the finances of the Adani group.

  • It said the major listed companies of the group had "substantial debt" which has put the entire group in a "precarious financial position".

  • Hindenburg accused the Adani-led group of "stock manipulation and accounting fraud over the course of decades".

  • Seven listed firms of the Adani group lost nearly half their market value (over USD 100 billion) following the report.

  • The combined market value of the listed Adani firms is now at US$108 billion, up from US$218 billion before the Hindenburg report.

By admin: Feb. 22, 2023

4. Cabinet approves the extension of the term of the Twenty-second Law Commission of India

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The Union Cabinet has approved the extension of the tenure of the 22nd Law Commission of India which has been extended till August 31, 2024.

22nd Law Commission

  • The Union ministry of Law and Justice constituted the 22nd Law Commission on 7 November 2022 and appointed former Karnataka High court chief justice Rituraj Awasthi as the chairperson of the Law Commission. 

  • The five member 22nd Law Commission will have a term of three years.

  • Justice BS Chauhan was the chairman of the 21st Law Commission whose term expired in August 2018.

Other members

  • Former Kerala High Court judge Justice KT Sankaran, Prof. Anand Paliwal, Prof. DP Verma, Prof.(Dr) Raka Arya and  M Karunanithi have been appointed members of the Law Commission.

Law Commission of India

  • Law commission is a non-statutory body which is set up by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice for suggesting reform in laws in India.

  • Its recommendations are not binding on the government.

  • The provision for the Law commission was made in the Charter act 1833 and the first Law commission was set up in 1834 under the chairmanship of Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay. 

  • The Indian Penal Code 1860 is based on the recommendation of the Macaulay commission.

  • The First Law commission in Independent India was set up in 1955 and M.C Setalvad who was also the first Attorney General of India was the chairman of the Law Commission.

By admin: Feb. 21, 2023

5. Govt forms cabinet secretary-led panel to monitor Mission Karmayogi

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Anapex panel comprising seven secretaries has been constituted under the leadership of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to oversee the implementation of the Karmayogi programme, the government's ambitious mission for training government employees.

An overview of the news

  • It is the coordination committee of the Cabinet Secretariat that will oversee Mission Karmayogi.

  • It will review the progress of the program and guide the government to train and upgrade the competencies of all civil servants to match the role.

  • A Cabinet Secretariat Coordination Unit (CSCU) was recently set up under the National Program for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB) or Mission Karmayogi.

  • The CSCU will have nominees from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat, Department of Personnel and Training Secretary, Home Secretary, Expenditure Secretary, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Secretary, Higher Education Secretary and Revenue Secretary as members.

About Mission Karmayogi Scheme

  • Mission Karmayogi Yojana was launched on 2nd September 2020.

  • This scheme is operated under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • The main objective of the Mission Karmayogi scheme is to develop the capabilities of government employees.

  • Under the Mission Karmayogi scheme, a budget of Rs 510.86 crore has been set by the government for a period of 5 years for about 46 lakh central employees.

  • For the successful operation of the scheme iGOT Karmayogi platform has also been formed through which online contact is made available.

By admin: Jan. 21, 2023

6. Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh constituted a seven-member committee to probe the allegations of sexual harassment

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A seven-member committee has been constituted by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to probe allegations of sexual harassment leveled by prominent wrestlers against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

An overview of the news

  • The Indian Olympic Association took the decision at its executive council meeting, which was attended by IOA president PT Usha and joint secretary Kalyan Choubey, besides sportspersons like Abhinav Bindra and Yogeshwar.

  • The seven-member committee constituted by the IOA includes veteran women boxer MC Mary Kom, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, archer Dola Banerjee and Indian Weightlifting Federation president Sahdev Yadav, besides two lawyers Talish Ray and Shlok Chandra and former shuttler Alaknanda Ashok.

What is the matter ?

  • 30 wrestlers of India along with Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik made many serious allegations against the President of the Wrestling Association, Brij Bhushan Singh.

  • Wrestlers have made many serious allegations against Brijbhushan like running the wrestling association in an arbitrary manner and not sending coaches with wrestlers in many competitions and threatening to protest.

  • Vinesh Phogat has accused Brij Bhushan of exploiting girls.

  • Wrestlers staged a sit-in at Delhi's Jantar Mantar for several days demanding formation of a committee to investigate the WFI president.

Wrestlers demand

  • Urges IOA to immediately set up a committee to look into complaints of sexual harassment

  • Demand to dissolve WFI.

  • Wrestlers demand sacking of WFI president

  • A new committee should be constituted in consultation with the wrestlers to look after the functioning of WFI.

By admin: Jan. 7, 2023

7. Government Formed Committee to Protect Ladakh Culture, Language & Employment

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Government Formed Committee to Protect Ladakh Culture, Language & Employment

Recently a high-powered committee has been formed to discuss measures to protect Ladakh's unique culture, language & employment in the Union Territory of Ladakh.

An overview of the news 

  • A 17 member committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai. 

  • Members of the High powered committee - Ladakh Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur, MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Chairmans of Leh and Kargil Hill councils, representatives of Apex Body Leh, Kargil Democratic Alliance and nominee officials of Home ministry.

  • The committee will discuss the preservation of culture and language in view of the geographical location and strategic importance of Ladakh.

  • Apart from this, measures related to security of land and employment for people, inclusive growth, employment generation and empowerment of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils of Leh and Kargil will also be discussed.

Need for the committee

  • There has been increasing demand for the inclusion of Ladakh under the 6th Schedule.

  • Civil society groups in Ladakh have been demanding security of land, resources and employment for the last three years.

  • The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has recommended that the Union Territory of Ladakh be included in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

  • The main reason behind the demand is that more than 90% of Ladakh's population consists of tribals.

  • Communities like the Drokpa, Balti and Changpa in the Ladakh region have many distinctive cultural heritages, which need to be preserved and promoted.

Sixth Schedule of the Constitution

  • The Sixth Schedule under Article 244 of the Constitution protects the autonomy of tribal populations by creation of Autonomous Development Councils.

  • It can legislate on land, public health and agriculture.

  • Currently, ten autonomous councils exist in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.

By admin: Dec. 26, 2022

8. AVGC Task Force Report calls for National AVGC Mission with budgetary outlay

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AVGC Task Force Report calls for National AVGC Mission with budgetary outlay The Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comic (AVGC) Task Force set up by the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has submitted its report to the government. The Task force headed by Apurva Chandra, headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting was set up in April 2022.  

It also included members from State Governments of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, heads of education bodies such as All India Council of Technical Education, National Council of Educational Research and Training and representatives of industry bodies - MESC(Media and Entertainment Skills Council), FICCI(Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and CII(Confederation of Indian industries ).

The Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced in the Union Budget 2022-23 the constitution of a Task force on AVGC to identify interventions to build domestic capacity for serving our markets and the global demand.

Some of the key recommendation of the Task Force 

In a detailed report submitted to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Task Force has recommended certain measures. Some of the recommendations are as follows;

  • Government shall launch ‘Create in India’ campaign with exclusive focus on content creation, in India, For India & for World.
  • A national AVGC-XR mission to be set up for integrated promotion and growth of the AVGC sector.
  • Government shall set up a National Centre of Excellence for the sector. 
  • The Regional Centre of Excellence shall be instituted in collaboration with the State Governments to provide access to local industries and to promote local talent and content.
  •  It has been recommended by the Task Force to leverage National Education Policy to develop creative thinking with dedicated AVGC course content at school levels to build foundational skills and to create awareness about AVGC as a career choice. 
  • It has also been recommended to establish AVGC accelerators and innovation hubs in academic institutions, on the lines of Atal Tinkering Labs. 
  • A dedicated production fund shall be set up for domestic content creation from the country to promote Indian culture and heritage globally.

By admin: Dec. 23, 2022

9. CJI D Y Chandrachud constitutes a committee to conduct accessibility audit of Supreme Court premises for disabled

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The committee which was set up on 22 December 2022 will be headed by the Supreme Court Judge S Ravindra Bhat.

The Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud has set up a committee to conduct an audit of “physical and functional access” of the top court premises to make them disabled friendly.

The committee which was set up on 22 December 2022 will be headed by the Supreme Court Judge S Ravindra Bhat.

The committee will prepare a report on the accessibility audit, result of the survey of persons with disability and recommendations/proposals geared towards removing the barriers to access.

The other members of the committee include Dr Sanjay Jain, professor of National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, Shakti Mishra, librarian nominated from the apex court, V Sridhar Reddy, advocate nominated by the Supreme Court Bar Association and Nilesh Singit, independent accessibility expert nominated by the Centre for Disability Studies (NALSAR University of Law).

By admin: Dec. 17, 2022

10. M P government set up a task force to recommend regulation of online gambling and gaming

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M P government set up a task force to recommend regulation of online gambling and gaming

In an order issued on 16 December 2022 the Madhya Pradesh government has constituted a high-level task force, which will make recommendations about regulating online gambling and gaming in the state after examining the technical and legal aspects.

This task force will be headed by the state chief secretary Iqbal Singh Bains. 

The task force has been constituted to examine various judicial precedents, legal situations and technical aspects related to prevention and controlling online gambling and gaming and make recommendations to the state government.

The government took this step after a number of incidents were reported in the state where children addicted to online games were committing suicide after being scolded by parents. 

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chauhan