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Judge Sikri rejects offer to head Commonwealth Tribunal

Justice Sikri is set to retire in the month of

March and was recommended for the position. News outlet The Print reported that the centre had offered him the position for his vote to remove CBI Chief Alok Verma.Justice Sikri reportedly has withdrawn his consent that he had given earlier for the position because of the recently developments and reportage around it.

Right to Disconnect bill introduced in Parliament

The bill addresses the work-life balance for employees.Employees can reject calls, texts, emails or any forms of communication from their employer after work hours.The bill applies to all companies with more than 10 employees and the companies need to set up a welfare committee to ensure compliance.

Macedonia renamed as Republic of Northern Macedonia

The country’s parliament passed the resolution and got two-thirds necessary majority.The opposition parties had boycotted the parliamentary voting.Greece was strongly opposed to the older name and it accused the country of appropriating Greek culture and said the name causes confusion with the Macedonian region in Greece.

Collegium recommends two new SC Judges

The Collegium recommended Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Sanjiv Khanna.The Collegium is headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and four senior most judges of Supreme Court i.e. Justice AK Sikri, SA Bobde, NV Ramana, and Arun Mishra.

Swanky akharas, 5-star tents; Prayagraj gears up for Kumbh

Along the banks of the holy river Ganga, a 3,200 acre mini city has been set up with all the modern amenities for the Kumbh Mela. The temporary city boasts of swanky akharas, 5-star tents, high tech khoya-paya kendra and a network of CCTV artificial intelligence built in for the safety and security of pilgrims.Reports suggest that funds worth Rs 7,000 crore have been cleared to improve the infrastructure of the city. From painting walls in beautiful hues and fixing roads to over 1.22 lakh toilets for the devotees and elaborate security arrangements involving police officials and intelligence agencies, the government has not left any stone unturned to make the religious event a grand affair.

What happens if PM Theresa May loses vote on her Brexit deal?

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing likely defeat in parliament on Tuesday when she asks lawmakers to approve her Brexit deal - a decision that would trigger huge uncertainty about the future of Britain’s exit from the European Union.May has warned that rejecting her deal opens up the possibility of Brexit being stopped, or that Britain leaves disruptively without a deal. She has promised to respond quickly to any defeat.

China posts strongest export growth in seven years in 2018 despite trade war

China’s exports rose 9.9 percent in 2018, its strongest trade performance in seven years, despite growing disruptions from an escalating trade war with the United States, customs data showed.Imports increased 15.8 percent last year, resulting in a trade surplus of $351.76 billion, the country’s lowest since 2013.

“India Committed To Afghanistan Reconstruction,” says Sushma Swaraj

India on Sunday said it was committed to the economic reconstruction of Afghanistan and to promote an inclusive “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled” peace and reconciliation process in the war-torn country.“I would like to specifically point out that our region is facing serious challenges posed by terrorism. India, Central Asia and Afghanistan are societies which are tolerant and plural. The ideology of hate which the terrorists would like to spread has no place in our societies,” Ms Swaraj said while addressing the first session of the dialogue.

SC asks Centre to respond to PIL against government’s IT interception notification

The PIL was filed questioning the central government’s notification which gives 10 agencies power to intercept and monitor any computer or communication device.The Court has given the government six weeks to respond.The central government had authorised Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (for Income Tax Department), Directorate Revenue Intelligence, Central Bureau of Investigation, National Investigation Agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, Directorate of Signal Intelligence, and Delhi Police commissioner snooping powers on any communication device with authorisation from competent agencies.

PM Modi inaugurates Kollam Bypass in Kerala

PM inaugurated several developmental projects including Kollam Bypass which lies on National Highway 66. PM also unveiled a plaque launching projects under Swadesh Darshan scheme.Swadesh Drashan scheme under Ministry of Tourism aims at themes-based tourism circuits.

Chhattisgarh schools mid-day meal to include eggs to increase protein intake

The eggs can substituted with milk or other protein products for vegetarian students.The government said that samples were collected from 66 schools in 19 districts to check the nutritional value and thus the decision to include egg was reached.The circular also said that mid-day meals must also include local, seasonal fruits and whole grain rice. 

Amit Shah diagnosed with swine flu

BJP President has been admitted to AIIMS in New Delhi and is undergoing treatment for swine flu.The flu-like symptom from the H1N1 influenza strain first originated in pigs and thus named as swine flu.Amit Shah tweeted “I hope to get better with God’s grace and your wishes.” 

Centre plans to process I-T return within a day’s time

The project has been handed to Infosys and is expected to be completed in 18 months.Union Minister Piyush Goyal informed the new system will enable processing of return in a day’s time instead of 63 days.He also informed that only 0.2% of those who file returns will need to get them rectified.

Government launches two science-related channels

DD Science and India Science channels were launched with an aim to popularise science.Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan launched the DD Science channel which we be telecast from Monday to Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm, and India Science online channel at

Vigyan Prasar will manage and implement both the projects and will be supported by Department of Science and Technology.

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