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17 January 2019 Current Events Meghalaya mines: Indian Navy detects one body at 200 feet

With more than a month gone by since 15 labourers were trapped inside a rat-hole mine, one body has been spotted. Earlier today, using underwater ROV, the Indian Navy detected the body, more than 200 feet deep.

"…the body has been pulled up to the mouth of rat-hole mine and shall be extracted out of the mine under the supervision of doctors," tweeted the spokesperson of Navy. The 15 labourers have been trapped in the illegal mine since December 13.


6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Andaman & Nicobar

Earlier this morning, the Andaman & Nicobar islands were hit by an earthquake marking a 6.0 on the Richter scale. The epicentre is said to have been the Nicobar islands.

So far, there have been no reports of loss of life or property. There is no alert for tsunami so far, either, according to the Director of INCOIS.


Meghalaya mines: Indian Navy detects one body at 200 feet

With more than a month gone by since 15 labourers were trapped inside a rat-hole mine, one body has been spotted. Earlier today, using underwater ROV, the Indian Navy detected the body, more than 200 feet deep."…the body has been pulled up to the mouth of rat-hole mine and shall be extracted out of the mine under the supervision of doctors," tweeted the spokesperson of Navy. The 15 labourers have been trapped in the illegal mine since December 13.

6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Andaman & Nicobar

Earlier this morning, the Andaman & Nicobar islands were hit by an earthquake marking a 6.0 on the Richter scale. The epicentre is said to have been the Nicobar islands.So far, there have been no reports of loss of life or property. There is no alert for tsunami so far, either, according to the Director of INCOIS.

SC refuses to give more time to Meghalaya mine owners

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied any further relief to Meghalaya's mining industry. It has stated that no additional time will be given to the mine owners for transportation of already extracted coal. The decision comes in the light of 15 miners trapped in illegal rat mines in Meghalaya since about a month."The present incident shows illegal mining continues despite the ban and the state may not be supporting it but has failed to contain illegal mining," said the apex court. Mining companies have been asking for an extension for transporting ever since 2014 when mining was banned in the state.

Quota in all private institutions for higher education, starting July

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar announced yesterday that starting July, all higher education private institutions will have to make provision for reservations. This will be applicable for all sections, i.e. SCs, STs, OBCs, and EWS (economically weaker sections).Presently, some private institutions have reservations in place. However, there is no central law dictating so, only laws in particular states. Notably, central institutions will have to increase their seat numbers by 25% roughly, to accommodate the EWS category without decreasing the seats of other quota sections.

Kumbh Mela begins in Prayagraj, to continue till March 4

Lakhs of devotees have started to gather in the holy city of Prayagraj (erstwhile Allahabad) as the Kumbh Mela begins from today. The Uttar Pradesh government has made several arrangements to ensure the Mela retains its charm.About 12 crore devotees are expected to attend the Kumbh Mela, with appropriate security measures being put in place for the same.

Rao's appointment as interim CBI chief challenged in the apex court

On January 10, M Nageshwar Rao was appointed as the interim chief of CBI for a second time, following Alok Verma's ousting.Verma was removed by a panel led by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Now, an NGO Common Cause has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against Rao's second-time appointment. An appeal has been made to appoint a regular CBI director, as per the dictated procedures. Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan has taken up the NGO's petition.

Forward quota in Gujarat now

Becoming the first state of India to do so, Gujarat announced on Sunday that it would now be granting 10% reservation to poor people from the general category. According to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the quota will be in effect starting January 14.The quota, however, will not be applicable in cases where the examination/interview in question commenced before January 14.

JNU case: 10 including Umar Khalid, Kanhaiya Kumar to be charged today

The Delhi Police will be filing a charge sheet against ten people today, in connection with the JNU incident of February 2016. Of these, are student leaders like Umar Khalid, Kanhaiya Kumar. The charges put will be of sedition, given the alleged anti-national slogans used by the people involved.In February 2016, an event was organised by JNU students. It is there that many claim anti-national slogans were raised.

Babri Masjid dispute: Hearing postponed till January 29

The hearing for the case was yet again deferred after Justice Lalit opted himself out earlier today. In 1994, Justice Lalit had appeared for Kalyan Singh, the UP Chief Minister of the time, as informed to the SC bench by Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan. Following this, though no demand for the same was made by Dhavan, Justice Lalit opted out of the hearing. The SC bench, led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, also comprised of Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, NV Ramana. The hearing will now take place on January 29.

CBI Chief Alok Verma back in the loop; cancels transfers of loyalists

Yesterday, Alok Verma was reinstated as the CBI Chief by the Supreme Court. Within a day, Verma has already swung into action, scrapping transfer orders made by the interim chief. Verma, who was out of his office for 77 days, has scraped off all but one of the transfer directives given by M Nageswara Rao. While Alok Verma is back in office, he has been asked not to make any important policy decisions, pending a probe into the charges against him.

The fate of quota bill to be decided in the Rajya Sabha today

After getting the green light from Lok Sabha, with just three votes in opposition, the 10% quota bill will go into the Rajya Sabha today.The ruling party BJP lacks a majority in the upper house. Hence, getting the "go ahead" might turn out to be a challenge for the government. 

Alok Verma reinstated by the SC, can hold investigations

Reinstated on the condition that he cannot take any major policy decision, CBI director Alok Verma can resume his duties. If he wishes, Verma can hold investigations for ongoing cases, as well as, register new ones.CBI has no laid down, written laws about the definition of a "major policy decision", however. Moreover, it is still uncertain whether or not Alok Verma will be allowed to probe special director Asthana's case or not.

Imran Khan: India Refused Peace Talks with Pak

Imran Khan, the Pakistan Prime Minister, has pointed fingers towards India. Apparently, the latter country has not returned the gesture for the peace overtures made by Khan. The Pak PM has implied that this should not be a situation between two nations which are nuclear-armed. He also labelled it suicidal. He added that the cold war would be detrimental to both the countries. According to Khan's party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Khan did express desires to hold talks with India. India, in her defence, has stated that talks and terror don't go hand in hand.

 

 

Now quota for upper caste poor people

Today, the Union Cabinet approved a quota of 10% for the economically backward people who belong to general category. This reservation will be provided in employment and educational sector. Certain criteria like an annual income below Rs 8 lakh etc will have to be met to qualify for the reservation benefits. 

After approval from the Union Cabinet, the Parliament is expected to take the matter of constitutional amendment bill on quota tomorrow. 

Rs. 1000 crore fine imposed on the Government of Meghalaya

A fine of Rs. 1000 crore has been imposed on the Meghalaya Government by the National Green Tribunal as the government was unable to curb the illegal coal mining in the state. As per reports, the fine has to be deposited to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) within a period of two months. As per the sources, the majority of the mines in the state of Meghalaya are operating without a licence. At least 15 miners are trapped in a 370 foot deep illegal coal mine in Meghalaya since December 13, 2018.

Supreme Court defers Babri Masjid case to January 10

After listening to petitions briefly for 60 seconds, the apex court bench deferred the case hearing to January 10. The bench comprised of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul.

"Further orders will be passed by an appropriate bench on January 10 for fixing the date of hearing the matter", said the bench. There are likely to be three judges on the next bench.

Ajay Maken resigns from the post of Congress's Delhi Chief

After the party denied rumours of Maken's resignation back in September 2018, the confirmed news has come this time around. Earlier today, Ajay Maken resigned from his post, thanking the party and the party chief for the continued support.

The Union Minister had been on the post since 2015. According to information, a meeting was held between Rahul Gandhi, Ajay Maken, and the party's affairs in-charge, P C Chacko. Now, speculation has begun over the next party chief. "It is for the party high command to decide. If I am given the opportunity to serve the party, I would not say no", Shiela Dixit, the three-time Delhi CM was quoted as saying.

Bulandshahr violence: main accused arrested after a month

A month after Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was killed in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, the police has arrested the main accused in the case.Yogesh Raj, who is a member of Bajrang Dal, was on the run ever since the incident, finally tracked down and caught last night.

Sabarimala temple issue: Protester dies during clashes, several injured

After news of two women entering inside the Sabarimala temple got out, a series of clashes and protests erupted in the state of Kerala. The protests quickly turned violent, even resulting in the death of a man involved.Several right-wing groups took to the streets, blocking highways and closing down shops. The deceased was a member of the Sabarimala Karma Samithi, a right-wing organisation. According to reports, over 100 people have been injured in the clashes.

India-Pakistan exchange list of respective nuclear installations

On the 1st of January, India and Pakistan shared with each other a list of all nuclear installations and facilities, in accordance with a bilateral agreement.The Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks Against Nuclear Installations between Pakistan and India was signed on December 31, 1988, and came into force on January 27, 1991. According to the agreement, the two nations are in the pact of sharing information about respective nuclear installations with each other on the first day of January, every calendar year.




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