- Supreme Court paves the way for women’s entry into Sabarimala Temple.
The Supreme Court paved the way for the entry of women of all ages into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala.
- Banning the entry of women into the shrine is gender discrimination and the practice violates the rights of Hindu women.
- It said religion is a way of life basically to link life with divinity.
- Devotees of Lord Ayyappa do not constitute a separate denomination.
- The CJI said the practice of exclusion of women of 10-50 age group cannot be regarded as essential religious practice and Kerala law denies rights to women on the ground of physiological reasons.
- Govt forms Lokpal search committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai
- The government has set up an eight-member Lokpal Search Committee under the Chairmanship of former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai.
- The panel will recommend the names for the Chairperson and Members of the Lokpal to the Lokpal Selection Committee.
- The process of Lokpal selection is going as per the guidelines laid down in the Lokpal Act.
- Ayodhya land dispute case to be heard on 29 Oct
- The Supreme Court refused to refer to a larger bench its 1994 judgment which held that a “mosque is not essential to the practice of Islam,” saying the ruling was given in the limited context of land acquisition and has no bearing in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute.
- The Supreme Court said the civil suit on Ayodhya land dispute will be heard by a newly constituted three-judge bench on 29th of October.
- The apex court declined to refer to a five-judge Constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgment that a mosque was not integral to Islam that arose during the hearing of Ayodhya land dispute.
- NIC to jointly form new data analytics center to work with govt depts
Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics
- In a joint effort between the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI), a new Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics (CEDA) will come up which will provide its services to different government departments.
- The center will work with different departments to analyze their data in the hopes of improving project performance.
- It is being set up with the sole vision of kick-starting and fast-tracking the adoption of advanced analytics and machine learning capabilities by making the Centre the locus of expertise and excellence in the field of Data Analytics.
- Model Code will come into force on a premature dissolution of assembly: EC
Model Code of Conduct
- These are the guidelines issued by the Election Commission polling day, polling booths, election manifestos, processions, and general conduct.
- These set of norms has been evolved with the consensus of political parties who have consented to abide by the principles embodied in the said code in its letter and spirit.
- The Model Code of Conduct comes into force immediately on the announcement of the election schedule by the commission for the need of ensuring free and fair elections.
- Much of it is designed to avert communal clashes and corrupt practices.
- Commerce ministry forms the high-level advisory group on new foreign trade policy
- The Commerce Ministry has constituted a 12-member high-level advisory group which would suggest ways to promote the country’s trade.
- It would look at areas including exchange rate management, the impact of trade wars and strategy to manage the consequences of unprecedented de-stabilizing conflict-oriented trade dynamics.
- The panel would also examine prevailing trade dynamics, and suggest the framework for India to engage in future international trade.
- The panel would be headed by Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) part-time member Surjit Bhalla.
- The panel would hold its first meeting in the first week of October and would submit a report to the Commerce Ministry.
- The five-year policy provides guidelines for enhancing exports with the overall objective of pushing economic growth and generating employment.
- In 2020, the Commerce Ministry will release the new policy for the next five years.
- Under the policy, the government announces steps for exporters. Currently, the government has two schemes –merchandise and services export from India scheme.
Source- Economic Times
- ADB retains India growth forecast for FY18 at 7.3%
The ADB kept its growth forecasts unchanged at 7.3% for 2018 and 7.6% for 2019 as the temporary effects of the demonetization of large bank notes and the introduction of GST abate as expected.
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
- Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established on 19 December 1966.
- Headquartered in Manila, Philippines.
- The company also maintains 31 field offices around the world to promote social and economic development in Asia.
- The bank admits the members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP, formerly the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East or ECAFE) and non-regional developed countries.
- From 31 members at its establishment, ADB now has 67 members, of which 48 are from within Asia and the Pacific and 19 outside.
- ADB is an official United Nations Observer.
Source- Economic Times
- Petroleum Minister to launch SATAT initiative to promote Compressed Bio-Gas as an alternative, green transport fuel.
Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT)
- Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will kick off an innovative initiative in New Delhi on 1st October, 2018, with PSU Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs, i.e. IOC, BPCL and HPCL).
- This significant move has the potential to boost availability of more affordable transport fuels, better use of agricultural residue, cattle dung and municipal solid waste, as well as to provide an additional revenue source to farmers.
- The initiative is aimed at providing a Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) as a developmental effort that would benefit both vehicle-users as well as farmers and entrepreneurs.
- Bio-gas is produced naturally through a process of anaerobic decomposition from waste/biomass sources like agriculture residue, cattle dung, sugarcane press mud, municipal solid waste, sewage treatment plant waste, etc.
- After purification, it is compressed and called CBG, which has pure methane content of over 95%.