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Current Affairs !!! PM Modi, Cochin International Airport honoured with UN Champions of the Earth Award 2018 The UN Environment jointly awarded PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron in the Policy Leadership category for their efforts regarding the creation of the International Solar Alliance. PM Modi was also acknowledged for his unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single use plastic in India by 2022. President clears ordinance to set up a board of eminent personalities to run MCI President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to promulgate an ordinance that seeks to establish a committee to run the Medical Council of India until Parliament passes legislation to replace the body with a new commission. India, Morocco sign MoU to enhance cooperation in MSME Sector The MoU was signed during the bilateral meeting between India and Morocco. Alka Arora, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of MSME, led the official delegation along with CMD NSIC to Morocco and held bilateral meetings with Othman El Ferdaous, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Trade and Digital Economy of Morocco The Union Cabinet has approved increasing of Government ownership in Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) and change in the existing structure with a transitional plan. The Haryana government has decided to institute Kalpana Chawla Haryana Solar Award, named after the India-born US astronaut, to encourage the participation of scientists in the solar sector. The award scheme aims to create a platform for participation of women and men scientists in the solar energy sector. The five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on September 26, 2018 upheld most of the provisions of the Aadhaar Act by 4:1 Majority while hearing the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other. Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016. Aadhaar Verdict: Supreme Court upholds constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act; allows Aadhaar-PAN Linking The five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court headed by CJI Dipak Misra upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act, 2016. The bench struck down the Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act that allows private entities to use Aadhaar for verification purpose. Union Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy 2018 At present, the world is witnessing an era of modern technological advancements in the Telecom Sector such as 5G, Internet of Things (loT), Machine to machine (M2M) communication, etc. Considering this transformation, the government felt a need to introduce a policy for the Indian Telecom Sector which can form the main pillar of Digital India by addressing emerging opportunities. Finance Minister launches Financial Inclusion Index, Jan Dhan Darshak app Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched the Financial Inclusion Index after his annual performance review meeting with the CEOs of public sector banks in New Delhi. The index will be a measure of access and usage of a basket of formal financial products and services that includes savings, remittances, credit, insurance and pension products. Supreme Court allows live streaming of court proceedings The Supreme Court of India has allowed live streaming and video recording of court proceedings across the country. The top court stated that live streaming of court proceedings will bring accountability and transparency into the judicial system and serve the public interest. Nagraj Case: No need to collect quantifiable data of backwardness to give reservation for SC/STs: SC Justice Nariman clarified that there is no requirement to collect quantifiable data of backwardness of SC/STs to provide reservation in promotions, saying it was contrary to the decision in Indira Sawhney case. Moreover, it was held that the case need not be referred for consideration of larger Bench of 7 judges. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launches web portal for MSME banking credit space The loans are undertaken without human intervention till sanction and or disbursement stage. The Portal sets a new benchmark in loan processing and reduces the turnaround time from 20-25 days to 59 minutes. Subsequent to the principle approval, the loan will be disbursed in 7-8 working days. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins Maldives Presidential Election 2018: In Detail Maldives, an island country, has been caught in a geopolitical struggle between China, India and the West. As soon as the results were declared, messages of congratulations from major countries including the United States and India among others began to pour in; however, China has not yet reacted to the outcome of the election. President Ram Nath Kovind confers National Sports Awards 2018 The Ministry received a large number of nominations for these awards this year. The nominations were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of a former Olympian, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sport Journalists, Experts and sports administrators. Health Minister J P Nadda announced that 1000 people have been benefited on the first day after the launch of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). The scheme was started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Ranchi in Jharkhand on September 23, 2018. The state of Andhra Pradesh has topped the ‘Ease of Living Index’ rankings launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. It was followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, MP awarded best-performing states in ’Ease of Living Index’ 2018 The state of Andhra Pradesh has topped the ‘Ease of Living Index’ rankings launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. It was followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. The three states were awarded best-performing states at the National Dissemination Workshop on September 24. Supreme Court constitutes committee to look into jail reforms The Supreme Court on August 27 had reserved its order on the issue of constituting a committee to deal with issues pertaining to jails and suggest reforms for prisons across the country. The bench was hearing a matter relating to inhuman conditions in 1, 382 prisons across India.
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