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News Digest of Employment News (29 February – 6 March 2020)

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NATIONAL

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that there will be no re-thinking on a decision on Article 370 and CAA, Citizenship (Amendment) Act, despite the pressure. Addressing a public rally in Padav area of Chandauli district PM said, his government took the decisions which were necessary in the interest of the country. Despite pressure, we stand by our decision and will remain so. On his day-long visit to his Parliamentary Constituency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 50 development projects worth more than rupees 1254 crore. He also flagged off the Kashi Mahakaal Express to link Varanasi, Ujjain, and Omkareshwar and dedicated to the nation the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Memorial Centre.
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that no one can scrap Article 371 and the government does not intend to do so. Speaking at the 34th Statehood Day Celebrations in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Shah said that in August 2019 when Article 370 was scrapped there was a rumour that 371 will also be removed.
  • Mr Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes to make the entire Northeast a problem-free region. The Minister said that Mr. Modi is the only Prime Minister who has visited the Northeastern region 30 times in the last 5 years. He said Arunachal Pradesh will play its role in fulfilling the dream of crossing the five trillion-dollar economy. On the occasion, the Home Minister laid the foundation stone for various developmental projects in the state.
  • India has said China’s objection to Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, does not stand to reason. Briefing the media in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry spokesman, Raveesh Kumar said, New Delhi’s consistent position has been that the state is an integral and inalienable part of the country. The spokesman said India is eagerly waiting for President Donald Trump’s visit. He said the visit will strengthen the global and strategic ties.
  • Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal took oath as Chief Minister of Delhi for the third time. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Kejriwal and six Cabinet Ministers at Ramlila Maidan in the national capital. Mr. Kejriwal has retained all the Cabinet Ministers who were part of his last government. They are Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai, Kailash Gehlot, Imran Hussain, and Rajendra Gautam. Later addressing the gathering, Mr. Kejriwal said, he wants to work with the Centre to make Delhi the number one city.
  • India has expressed its solidarity with Chinese people and the government of China in the fight against the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19. In a statement, Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri said, India will do everything within its means to assist the people of China in this time of difficulty. He said, the Government of India is soon providing a consignment of medical supplies to aid and assist China in tackling this outbreak. He said this is a concrete measure that will fully demonstrate the goodwill, solidarity, and friendship of the people and government of India with the Chinese people. Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry has constituted central teams of experts for the examination of villages bordering Nepal for novel coronavirus infection.
  • The Centre has reiterated its stand in the Madras High Court that the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case cannot be released without its approval. A petition by one of the convicts Ms. Nalini seeking her early release as per the State Cabinet recommendation came up for hearing last week. The Additional Solicitor General, ASG, Mr. G.Rajagopalan said the state cabinet recommendation will have zero-effect without the Centre’s consent. He also referred to the apex court order in a case filed earlier by the convicts which say the Centre’s concurrence for their release is necessary as the case was investigated by the CBI, a central agency.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has affirmed India’s commitment towards the conservation of migratory species. He said, under the COP Presidency, India will take the conservation of migratory birds to a new paradigm with active cooperation of all the Central Asian Flyway Range Countries. He was speaking after inaugurating the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar through video conferencing. The Prime Minister asserted that focused species conservation programs have shown encouraging results. He said India has achieved its target of doubling the number of tigers before the committed date of 2022.
  • The apex court has directed the Centre to grant permanent commission to all women officers in the Army who opt for it within three months. It said there will not be any bar on giving them command postings. A bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud rejected the Centre’s argument of physiological limitations and social norms for denying them a permanent commission and command postings, saying it is disturbing. The Court also observed that women officers will be eligible for command posts and that barring women in the army from such posts was irrational and against the Right to Equality. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has welcomed the Supreme Court’s judgment on permanent commission for women in the Army. Mr. Singh said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has supported the idea of the permanent commission for women and announced the change in policy in his Independence Day speech in 2018.
  • A Delhi court has issued a fresh date for execution of death warrants against four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case for 3rd of March at 6 A.M. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana issued fresh warrants against death row convicts — Mukesh Kumar Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Kumar Sharma, and Akshay Kumar. The court was hearing applications by Nirbhaya’s parents and the Delhi Government seeking fresh death warrants for the convicts.

INTERNATIONAL

  • Global terror financing watchdog FATF has decided continuation of Pakistan in the ‘Grey List’ and warned the country of stern action if it fails to check the flow of money to terror groups like the LeT and The JeM, sources said. The decision was taken at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary in Paris. The FATF decided to continue Pakistan in the ‘Grey List’. The FATF has also warned Pakistan that if it does not complete a full action plan by June, it could lead to consequences on its businesses, a source said.
  • In Sri Lanka, a parliamentary oversight committee has recommended a ban on face-covering attire including the burqa and to suspend the registration of political parties on an ethnic and religious basis. The sectoral oversight committee on National security made the suggestions in a special report presented to the Parliament offering solutions to 14 controversial issues following the Easter attacks. The report points out that currently many countries have banned the burqa and that the ISIS headquarters in Syria too banned the attire on September 5, 2019. It suggests that the police should have the authority to arrest any person who is willing to uncover their face at a public place when needed to establish identity. The report also called that all students studying in madrasas institutions should be absorbed into the normal school system within a period of three years India and Sri Lanka have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for up-gradation of infrastructure in plantation schools for estate workers of Indian origin. The MoU was signed by acting High Commissioner Mr. Vinod. K. Jacob and Secretary, Ministry of Education of Sri Lanka Mr. N.H.M. Chithrananda in Colombo.
  • The project envisages up-gradation of infrastructure of 9 plantation schools as identified by Sri Lanka under Indian grant assistance of 30 crore rupees. The government of India has been implementing several projects in the field of education, deepening India-Sri Lanka cooperation in the education sector.

SPORTS

  • India will host the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. The Women’s Committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced this in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Besides India, Chinese Taipei and Uzbekistan were the other competing candidates. But It was felt that India was best placed among the three bidders. AFC Women’s Committee Chairperson Mahfuza Akhter Kiron said India offers the best opportunities to build the event commercially as well as increasing the value. India is also committed to developing the women’s game.
  • Three Indian women wrestlers Divya Kakran, Pinki and Sarita Mor have secured gold medals winning their finals at the Asian Championships in New Delhi. Pinki edged out Mongolia’s Dulguun 2-1 in the women’s 55-kilogram summit clash to become the third Indian woman to win gold in the history of the tournament. Later, Sarita Mor eked out a 3-2 win over Battsetseg Atlantsetseg of Mongolia in the women’s 59-kilogram category to clinch another gold. Earlier, Divya Kakran became the second Indian woman to win a gold at the Asian Wrestling Championships.
  • The first-ever Khelo India University Games will take off in Odisha with a mega launch event at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Cuttack on February 22, 2020. Honorable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi will declare open the multidisciplinary sporting event through video conference. The Khelo India University Games are being launched by the Government of India in association with the Government of the State of Odisha. The Games will be held from 22 February to 1st March 2020 at Bhubaneswar. This is the largest ever competition held at the university level in India and will have about 3500 athletes from over 150 Universities across the country taking part in it. There will be a total of 17 sports namely archery, athletics, boxing, fencing, judo, swimming, weightlifting, wrestling, badminton, basketball, football, hockey, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, rugby, and kabaddi.

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