National - 2019 July

July 31

Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved increasing the number of judges in Supreme Court from the present 31 to 34 including Chief Justice of India (CJI). In this regard it has approved bill to amend Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Act, 1956. At present, the full sanctioned strength of SC is 31 (including CJI). Once this bill gets parliamentary nod, the number of judges would go up to 34 including the CJI.

July 30

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) compliance was passed by the Parliament. Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is aimed at tightening Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) compliance and ensuring stricter action for non-compliance of the company law regulations. It aims to ensure greater accountability and better enforcement of the corporate governance norms. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) compliance brings to keep unspent money into a special account. enforcement of the corporate governance norms. In case money remains unspent for one plus three years, then the money will have to be moved to an escrow account, could even be Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

The government is keen to start inland waterways navigation and passenger transportation in the rivers of North Eastern states. Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, the public sector company WAPCOS is preparing a model Detailed Project Report (DPR) for running low-cost ferry services in the inland waterways in these states.

July 29

Indian Navy Ship LCU L-56 is the 6th ship of L. Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK IV class .Landing Craft Utility (LCU) LCU L56 was commissioned into Indian Navy at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. Landing Craft Utility is 100th warship built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata. With this it has become 1st shipyard in the country to do so. It is an amphibious ship. Its primary role is transportation and deployment of Armored Vehicles, Main Battle Tanks, Troops and Equipment from ship to shore. LCU L56 would be administered and based in Port Blair. It would be under Naval Component Commander (NAVCC) in Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC).

Odisha has finally won the much-awaited ownership right over its Rasagulla. The ownership certificate registering the sweetmeat as 'Odisha Rasagulla' under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. The certificate will be valid until 22 February 2028. Both Odisha and West Bengal have been contesting the origin of Rasagulla and West Bengal had got GI for “Banglar Rasagulla” in 2017.

July 24

In Dongka Sarpo area of West Karbi Anglong District in Assam researchers have discovered Dracaena cambodiana, a dragon tree species. This is for 1st time that a dragon tree species has been reported from India. This research which added to India’s botanical wealth has been published in Journal of Botanical Research Institute of Texas. 

July 22

An Inter-Ministerial Committee has recommended ban on the crypto-currencies. The committee was constituted by the Government of India in November 2017 to study the issues related to virtual currencies and propose specific action to be taken in this matter. The committee has also proposed that the Government keeps an open mind on official digital currency in India and imposing fines and penalties for carrying on any activities connected with it. 

July 21

The Union Government has proposed light urban rail transit system - ‘Metrolite’ & will also act as feeder system to high capacity Metro. The three-coach train will have capacity of carrying 300 passengers. The Centre would also pitch in for financial assistance to states to implement the light urban rail transit system. The 'Metrolite' system will have shelter platforms. Metrolite platforms will not have AFC gates, platform screen doors, X-ray and baggage scanner.

July 19

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has banned the manufacture, sale and distribution of Colistin and its formulations for food-producing animals, poultry, aqua farming and animal feed supplements, in a bid to preserve the drug’s efficacy in humans. According to a ministry official, the antibiotic is being used as a last resort for treatment of patients suffering from infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria. The drug is highly misused in poultry industry as a growth promoter for prophylactic purpose.

Civil Aviation Ministry announced addition of 8 more air routes under UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik), the regional air connectivity scheme. These air routes have become functional and started operations. Now, total number of operational routes are 194. UDAN scheme launched on 2016 October 21 to stimulate regional air connectivity and make air travel affordable to the public.

Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has decided to declare all lanes in all toll fee plazas on National Highways across country as dedicated 'FASTag lanes' from 1 December 2019 to ensure seamless traffic and prevent congestion at toll plazas. It is also a part of Centre’s plan to promote digital payments at toll plazas and decongest national highways.

July 9

A unique plan known as 'Plan Bee’ to keep wild elephants away from train tracks has won the ‘Best Innovation Award’ in Indian Railways for the 2018-19. This is a unique strategy adopted by Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) to save elephants. A device was subsequently designed to generate the amplified sound of honey bees audible from 700-800 metres. The first instrument was installed at a level crossing west of Guwahati on a track adjoining the Rani Reserve Forest, an elephant habitat. NFR now has 46 such devices installed at vulnerable points.

July 4

On the model of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to transform the state’s legendary and historically-significant ‘vallamkali’ (snake boat races) into a world-class sporting event, the Champions Boat League (CBL) has been conceived by tourism officials in Kerala. The snake boat, or ‘chundam vallam’ is a long canoe that can seat up to 100 rowers and can have a length between 100 and 138 feet in length. While the front portion of the boat tapers with a pointy end, the rear end can rise up to a height of 20 feet — the entire wooden structure resembling a snake with its raised hood, hence the name.

India's first Design Development Center 'Fashionova' launched in the Textile city Surat, Gujarat to promote the city in the field of the fashion design sector. The main objective of this studio is to provide a strong platform to all those who have a flair of the apparel business. 

July 3

Meghalaya state government has been directed by the Supreme Court of India to deposit Rs.100 crore fines imposed on it by National Green Tribunal (NGT) for failing to curb illegal coal mining with Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

One of the 18 zones of Indian Railways, South Central Railway (SCR), has commissioned the longest electrified tunnel in Indian Railways. The newly commissioned electrified tunnel measures 6.6 kilometers and is situated between Cherlopalli and Rapuru Railway stations in Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh. It will help the railway authorities to decongesting traffic on Vijayawada-Gudur main line.

July 2

The first ‘Aadhaar Seva Kendra’ (ASKs) by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was operationalized in Delhi and Vijayawada on a pilot basis and have set in motion UIDAI’s ambitious plan to set up 114 such centers by the end of 2019. These centers are meant to facilitate enrolment, updation and other activities. They operate in addition to thousand of centers that are currently being run by post offices and banks and even in government premises.

July 1

Union Government has launched Jal Shakti Abhiyan to create awareness on the benefits of water conservation and declining sources of water in the country. The Jal Shakti Abhiyan has been launched to make Water conservation a national priority and to make water conservation a people's movement. Under Jal Shakti Abhiyan, focus will be on water stressed districts. There are five key intervention areas under the movement including water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse, bore well recharge structures, watershed development and intensive aforestation.