National - 2019 August

August 18

Union Minister of State for Chemical & Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya has recently announced that the India’s first ever Central Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology (CICET) will be set up in Gujarat to give boost to the chemical industry. Minister also announced that Central Government is also planning to set up Plastic Waste Management Centre in Ahmedabad. 

August 16

Geographical Indications Registry under Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has accorded Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Tirur betel leaf from Kerala, Tawlhlohpuan fabric and MizoPuanchei shawl/textile from Mizoram. GI product is recognised as originating from specific geographical origin possessing qualities or reputation related to its origin. This tag is exclusive and similar item originating from different location.

August 13

The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar launched a special patriotic song ‘Watan’. It is to mark the occasion of 73rd Independence Day 2019. The song was sung by famous Bollywood singer Javed Ali penned by lyricist Alok Shrivastav and music composed by Dhushyant. It was Produced by Doordarshan.

‘Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization for In-Situ Management of Crop Residue in the State of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh & NCT of Delhi’ was launched to tackle air pollution and to subsidize machinery required for management of crop residue in States of Punjab, Haryana, UP and NCT of Delhi. Secretary of Department of Agricultural Research and Education and Director General, ICAR Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra highlighted considerable reduction in crop residue burning incidents in 2018 through various government efforts under Central Sector Scheme (CSS).

August 3

The 16th edition of Census 2021 will be conducted in 18 languages out of the 22 scheduled languages, while Census 2011 was in 16 of the 18 scheduled languages declared at that time. It also will introduce a code directory to streamline the process. Importantly, the latest census, as per the existing plan will not collect caste data. The option of “Other” under the gender category is now “Third Gender”. It will be conducted in two phases: the house listing phase with 34parameters from April 2020 to September 2020 and the population enumeration phase with 28 parameters from February 9 2021 to February 28 2021.

August 2

Lok Sabha passed Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019.  It amends Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951 which provides for erection of a National Memorial in memory of those killed or wounded on 13th April 1919, in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar.  It also creates a Trust to manage National Memorial.

Parliament has passed Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019 that seeks to repeal certain enactments and to amend certain other enactments. It was introduced in Lok Sabha  by Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad and the bill provides for repealing 58 old and obsolete laws which have no relevance at present and makes minor amendments to two other laws.

August 1

Parliament passed Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to provide stricter punishments for child sex abuse. It amends Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012 which provides legal framework to protect children from offences such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, and pornography.

The pilot project on national food security, Government of India launched One Nation-One Ration Card scheme on pilot basis in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. One Nation One Ration Card scheme seeks to allow portability of food security benefits. Families who have food security cards can buy subsidized rice and wheat from any ration shop in these states but their ration cards should be linked with Aadhaar Number to avail this service. The pilot project is effective from 1st August 2019.