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Current Affairs !!!! Indian Railways, Google Arts launch ‘Rail Heritage Digitisation Project’ Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has launched the ‘Rail Heritage Digitisation Project’ of Indian Railways in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture Association. The first-of-its-kind project aims to showcase India’s rail heritage to the national and international audience in an online story-telling platform. Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics inaugurated in Delhi The Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics (CEDA) was inaugurated by Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi. The centre has been created to support government departments to unlock the hidden potential of the data that they are generating as a part of the governance processes and use it to improve the overall governance. Petroleum Minister to launch SATAT initiative to promote compressed biogas as alternative fuel The Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan will launch the Sustainable Alternative towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative on the penultimate day of the ongoing Swachhta Hi Seva campaign to boost availability of more affordable transport fuels. India, United Nations sign Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022 The Framework outlines the work of UN agencies in India to support the achievement of key development outcomes that have been identified in consultation with the government and are aligned to the national priorities. The Supreme Court of India on September 28, 2018 allowed the entry of women into the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala. The apex court held that women, irrespective of their age, have the right to enter the temple. The CJI held that biological or physiological reasons cannot be accepted in freedom for faith. The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the international sanctions on North Korea must remain and be vigorously enforced if diplomatic efforts at its denuclearisation are to succeed - a position facing resistance from China and Russia. Model Code will come into force on premature dissolution of state assembly: EC In cases of premature dissolution of legislative assembly, the model code of conduct shall come into operation with immediate effect and continue to remain in force till completion of the election to constitute the new assembly. Government approves constitution of High Level Advisory Group to review India’s global trade strategy Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu has approved the constitution of a High Level Advisory Group (HLAG) to make recommendations for identifying opportunities and addressing challenges in order to find a way forward for India in the contemporary global trade scenario. National Tourism Awards 2017: Ahmedabad, Mandu jointly win ‘Best Heritage City’ award The National Tourism Awards 2016-17 were presented by Union Minister for Tourism (IC), K J Alphons on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, which is being celebrated globally with the theme ‘Tourism & Digital Transformation’. NITI Aayog, UN sign Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022 NITI Aayog and United Nations have signed the Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) for 2018-2022 at an event in New Delhi. The framework outlines the development cooperation strategy between the Union Government and the United Nations country team in India. Second Anniversary of Surgical Strike: PM Modi inaugurates Parakram Parv in Jodhpur The Surgical Strike was conducted to prevent terrorists who were prepping to infiltrate and attack the Kashmir region and metros. As per reports, first-of-its-kind strike across the Pakistani border was based on specific intelligence reports. Government constitutes Lokpal Search Committee headed by Justice Ranjana Desai The members of the Search Committee are Justice Sakha Ram Singh Yadav, Ranjit Kumar, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Lalit K Panwar, Shabbirhusein S Khandwawala, A Surya Prakash and AS Kiran Kumar. Ayodhya land dispute: SC declines to revisit its 1994 judgment and refer it to larger bench The Supreme Court has declined to refer the 1994 Ismail Farooqui judgment that mosques are not integral to Islam to a larger constitution bench. The decision paves the way for the apex court to hear the main Ayodhya land dispute. Second Anniversary of Surgical Strike to be commemorated as Parakram Parv on 29 September Eleven days after the Uri attack that claimed 18 soldiers, Indian Army carried out a four hour Surgical Strike on the night of September 28-29, 2016 in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, inflicting heavy casualties on terrorists along with those protecting them. In the majority verdict, the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that the present case on Ayodhya land dispute shall be decided on its own facts and the Ismail Farooqui judgment would have no impact on it. Husband is not the master of wife, says SC while striking down 158-year-old adultery law 2 days agoThe Supreme Court of India has struck down a 158-year-old penal provision in the Indian Penal Code that made adultery a criminal offence. The top court said that Adultery can be a civil wrong and a ground for divorce but it cannot be a criminal offence.
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