Cabinet approves the renaming of Agartala Airport
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has approved to rename the Agartala Airport in Tripura as ‘Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, Agartala. The decision comes in the wake of the long pending demand of people of Tripura as well as the Tripura Government for paying tribute to Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore.
Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore, who ascended the throne of the erstwhile Tripura Princely State in 1923, was an enlightened and benevolent ruler. Agartala Airport was constructed in 1942 on the land donated by Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore. As a visionary ruler, who had traveled extensively across the globe, he took several steps for the all-round development of Tripura. Due to his initiative, an aerodrome at Agartala was constructed that has evolved as the second busiest airport in the North East and provides crucial air connectivity to Tripura. Hence, it is apt to rename the Agartala Airport after his name, which will be a befitting tribute to Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore.
Four species added to the critically endangered species list
The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has given its nod to include four diverse species — Northern River Terrapin (riverine turtle), Red Panda, Clouded Leopard and Arabian Sea Humpback Whale — in the recovery programme for critically endangered species. This decision will lead to targeted conservation of these species whose population is on the decline. They fall in the critically endangered to vulnerable categories as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Uttar Pradesh orders ban on plastic from July 15
This will be the third ban since 2015. On November 18, 2015, the Allahabad High Court had directed the state government to issue a notification enforcing a complete ban on the sale of polythene across the state by the end of that year.
CJI is Master of Roster, has authority to allocate cases: Supreme Court
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud gave the ruling while dismissing a plea filed by Constitutional expert and senior advocate Shanti Bhushan who filed a petition pleading to have a collegium of Supreme Court judges collectively allocating cases.
Law Commission recommends legalizing sports betting in India
The Law Commission of India, in its 276th report, has recommended legalization of regulated betting and gambling activities, while asserting that a complete ban has not been returning the desired results.
European Parliament rejects EU’s controversial copyright law
European Parliament lawmakers have rejected a highly controversial European Union copyright law proposal that has proposed by Beatles legend Paul McCartney against the creators of Wikipedia. The draft law proposed to put more responsibility on websites to check for copyright infringements and forced platforms to pay for linking to news.
Language Census 2011: Surge in Hindi and English speakers; Tribal language speakers decline
Currently, 43.63 percent of India speaks Hindi including languages such as Bhojpuri that are fighting to be accorded separate status. Between 2001 and 2011, Hindi grew at a rate of 25 percent, adding about 100 million new Hindi speakers.
ISRO conducts successful flight testing of Crew Escape System
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on July 5, 2018, conducted successful flight testing of Crew Escape System. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on July 5, 2018, conducted successful flight testing of Crew Escape System.
Animals declared as ‘legal persons’ in Uttarakhand
In a first, the Uttarakhand High Court has accorded the status of ‘legal person’ to the animals in the state. With the ruling, the entire animal kingdom in the state, including the avian and aquatic animals, will be treated as legal entities having a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.
Piyush Goyal launches the Coal Mine Surveillance & Management System and ‘Khan Prahari’ App
Khan Prahari is a tool for reporting any activity taking place related to illegal coal mining like rat-hole mining, pilferage etc. One can upload geo-tagged photographs of the incident along with textual information directly to the system.
CCEA approves a proposal to expand the scope of Higher Education Financing Agency
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal for expanding the scope of Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) by tasking it to mobilize Rs 1,00,000 crore for Revitalizing Infrastructure and Systems in Education by 2022.
Cabinet approves DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 4, 2018 approved The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2018. The use of DNA based technologies for solving crimes and to identify missing persons, is well recognised across the world.