Top 5 Current Affairs: 20 March 2018

Investigation necessary before arresting public servant under SC/ST law: SC

The Supreme Court of India on March 20, 2018 issued major directions to prevent misuse of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 in opposition to the officers who deal with the complaints under the Act in their official capacity.

The court took note of the rampant misuse of the stringent Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Act against government servants and held that there shall be no immediate arrest on any complaint filed under the law. The ruling was made by a two-judge bench comprising Justice AK Goel and Justice U U Lalit.

Katrina Kaif appointed ambassador of International NGO 'Educate Girls'

Indian actress Katrina Kaif has been named as the new ambassador of the international award-winning non-profit organisation, Educate Girls.

Speaking on the occasion, Safeena Husain, Founder of Educate Girls said that it is a moment of immense honor for Educate Girls to have Katrina Kaif as an Ambassador. With Katrina as an advocate, the NGO hopes to unite voices and amplify conversations on the subjects of gender equity and girls' education. It also hopes to contribute to the national mission of "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao'.

Through her association with Educate Girls, Kaif attempts to bring renewed focus to girl child education and gender equality.

Jnanpith awardee Kedarnath Singh passes away

Eminent Hindi poet and Jnanpith awardee Kedarnath Singh passed away on March 19, 2018 in New Delhi following a prolonged illness. He was 84.

Kedarnath Singh was among India’s most prominent modern Hindi poets, besides being an essayist and a well-known critic.


Karnataka Government approves ‘religious minority’ status for Lingayats

The state cabinet of Karnataka on March 19, 2018 decided to recognise Lingayats as a ‘religious minority’ and include the Veerashaivas who follow Basavanna as a group within the community, approving recommendations of the HN Nagamohan Das Committee.

Now the proposal will be sent to the Union Government for the final approval. The Lingayats are considered politically powerful. Though the community constitutes 17% of the total population in Karnataka, they are dominant in close to 100 of the 224 assembly seats, mostly in North Karnataka.

SC directs Centre to frame model scheme for welfare of construction workers

The Supreme Court of India on March 19, 2018 directed the Union Government to frame a model scheme to address issues concerning the welfare of construction workers including education, health, social security and pension within six months, by September 30.

The ruling was passed by a bench of Justices comprising M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta, who stated that the construction workers do not just build infrastructure but also the nation.

The model scheme is expected to include the issues and concerns of education, health, social security, old age and disability pension and other benefits that are necessary for living a life of dignity as mandated by the Constitution of India.



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