Must Read News Articles-July 4th 2019

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Soon, read SC judgements in your language

In a novel measure, the Supreme Court will translate its judgments into all vernacular languages for the benefit of the public and litigants across the length and breadth of the country.

Do not alter existing definition of rape, centre tells high court

Defending India’s gender-specific rape law under which the perpetrator of the offence can only be a ‘man’, the Centre has told the Delhi High Court that “the existing definition of rape under Section 375 (rape) should be left untouched”.

Rajya Sabha debates poll reform

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Rajya Sabha that the government would not allow the abuse of Indian data by foreign powers or foreign companies and it would bring a data protection law soon. The remark came while responding to a debate on electoral reforms in the Rajya Sabha.

27% of children with disabilities have never been to school

According to a report by UNESCO, more than one in four children with disabilities between ages 5 and 19 in India have never attended any educational institution

No plan to scrap sedition law, says govt.

The Union government has no plans to repeal sedition law as it is needed to effectively combat anti-national, secessionist and terrorist elements,

A scheme for farmers that has not reached most farmers

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan), a cash transfer programme that draws on major initiatives by two State governments, has a long way to go in terms of both its implementation and scope of coverage.

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Marginal hike in MSP for 14 kharif crops

The Centre has hiked the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy by less than 4% to ₹1,815 per quintal for the 2019-20 season.

Improper planning, lack of monitoring defeating aim of green power, says CAG

An audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on setting up small hydro projects on public-private partnership (PPP) basis said due to improper planning and inadequate monitoring, the objective of harnessing the green power with the help of private sector was largely defeated

RBI sets up panel to review CICs

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a working group to review the regulatory and supervisory framework for core investment companies (CIC).

NCCR’s plan of using ‘plastic rocks’ to grow corals in marine national park draws flak

The National Centre for Coastal Research’s (NCCR) proposal of dropping ‘melted plastic rocks or slabs’ on the seabed for growing coral reefs and address the problem of disposal of plastic waste drew flak from the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park

Wage Code Bill gets Cabinet nod

The Union Cabinet approved the Code on Wages Bill, which subsumes existing laws regarding minimum wages and other salary issues

Paramilitary forces to get Group ‘A’ benefits

The central government accorded the Organised Group A Service status to senior officers of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). The cabinet also approved extension of benefit of Non-Functional Financial Upgradation (NFFU) and Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG)

NASA tests launch-abort system for moon mission

NASA carried out a successful test of a launch-abort system for the Orion capsule designed to take U.S. astronauts to the Moon.

Budget 2019 needs to give the economy a much needed stimulus

The economy needs a stimulus and the Budget has to push for growth while ensuring fiscal responsibility

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