News From The Nation
4 members panel to look into #MeToo cases
An announcement was made by Maneka Gandhi, the Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development, regarding the #MeToo cases on October 12, 2018. Her ministry will be setting up a panel of 4 members to look into the sexual harassment at work cases with a zero tolerance policy.
Formation of the National Council for Vocational Education & Training
The National Council for Vocational Training and the National Skill Development Agency will be merged to form the National Council for Vocational Education & Training. The announcement for this merger was made by the Union Cabinet, headed by PM Narendra Modi on October 10, 2018.
Chief Justices for 5 High Courts Named
The names for five chief justices for high courts were recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium on October 9, 2018. The Collegium is headed by the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi. The names are: Justice NH Patil for Bombay, Justice DK Gupta for Calcutta, Justice Ramesh Ranganathan for Uttarakhand, Justice AS Bopanna for Guwahati, and Justice Vijai Kumar Bist for Sikkim.
Development of National Waterway-40 Begins
The foundation stone for the work on developing the Ghagra river as National Waterway-40 was laid in Basti, Uttar Pradesh on October 9, 2018. As part of the Sagarmala Programme, the honour was done by Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Water Resources.
Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana to Cover Loss by Wild Animals
The scheme was amended to include coverage of damage to crops in wild animal attacks. This will be implemented in select areas on a trial basis. The Union Governments decision was shared by Radha Mohan Singh, the Union Minister for Agriculture.
Election Schedule for 5 Legislative Assemblies Announced
The Election Commission of India announced the election schedule for the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana on October 6, 2018.