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Major News and Events of 18 March 2016

What Happened on 18 March 2016


Delhi Court grants 6 months interim bail to Khalid & Anirban

Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh has granted six months interim bail to the two key JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya who were slapped with sedition charged. Delhi’s Patiala House Court has also directed both the accused to furnish Rs. 25,000 as the surety amount. Earlier, the two students had moved the sessions court seeking bail on grounds that granting bail to the co-accused union leader Kanhaiya Kumar made them eligible for receiving bail.

Gujarat Police set to get tech-savvy

Police force in Gujarat is all geared up for getting handheld devices and using mobile governance for reaching out to citizens stuck in adverse situations. Today, the Gujarat government announced the use of technology-based measures for modernising the police force, improving detection rate, acquiring people-friendly image and curbing the overall crime rate. All these steps would be implemented from the next fiscal.

Kerala- Dutch set to collaborate on Organic Milk Production

MILMA, the Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. is prepared to collaborate with the Netherlands for production of nutritious and high-quality ‘organic milk’ without the use of any synthetic feed or antibiotics as typically utilized while rearing the cattle. Around five societies in Mullankolli have been identified for implementation of this project which is scheduled to kickstart after receiving clearance from the Dutch government.

Delhi Govt. launches online facility for grant of licenses

Food & supplies minister Imran Hussain has launched the online portal of Weights & Measures department of Delhi for grant and renewable of several licenses. Developed by Delhi e-Governance Society, the portal was launched in presence of secretary, information technology and secretary, food & supplies and legal metrology in addition to Controller (LM) and some other renowned officers of the Department.

IIT professors set to offer free online lessons

In an attempt to help the poor students who aspire to join the IITs, the prestigious institute has agreed to a government proposal for offering assistance via the internet. Termed as IITPAL, the professor-aided learning would indeed play a pivotal role in breaking the tradition of coaching centres. Former IIT Bombay director Ashok Misra has been appointed as the in-charge of IITPAL portal.

ED instructs Mallya to appear before it on 2 April

Today, the Enforcement Directorate(ED) issued a second summon to businessman Vijay Mallya, asking him to appear before the firm on 2 April 2016 in order to record his statement in a money laundering case associated with Rs. 900 crore IDBI bank loan. Prior to this, the ED had asked Mallya to appear before it on 18 March and the latter had informed ED about his un-availability via an email.

Sensex to open higher, commodity stocks under scanner

With a five-month low in the US dollar, the Indian markets are expected to open higher with SGX CNX Nifty trading 0.84 per cent higher. The Asian shares are set to edge higher while the US dollar is assumed to weaken after the Federal Reserve’s stance on increasing the rates prompted by investors for rebuilding their best on the riskier assets. The Rupee has opened higher at 66.62 per dollar against yesterday’s close of 66.75.

Homosexuality not a crime, says RSS

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) has announced that homosexuality should not be considered as a criminal offence as long as it does not affect others and the sexual preferences are kept private and personal. RSS joint general secretary made the announcement in response to a question on whether homosexuality is a crime as considered under Article 377 IPC. He also stated that RSS does not discuss personal preference of sex and does not even want to discuss the matter.

IIT fee to witness three-fold hike

The IIT panel has approved a proposal for a three-fold hike in the annual fees of Institute of Technology colleges. That means, the fee would now increase from Rs. 90,000 to Rs. 3 lakh. Although the final decision needs the consent of HRD Minister Smriti Irani, there has been yet another recommendation by the Standing Committee of IIT Council(SCIC) regarding a new entrance examination that would be conducted by the National Authority of Test(NAT) scheduled to start from 2017.