Minority Status of Aligarh Muslim University: Supreme Court refers case to 7-Judge bench
The Supreme Court on February 12, 2019 referred the petition seeking withdrawal of minority status of the Aligarh Muslim University to a seven-judge bench. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi referred the matter to the larger bench to determine the correctness of minority status of AMU and to define the parameters for granting minority status to the institution.
The AMU Act of 1981 grants AMU the minority status and Article 15 (5) of the Constitution exempts minority institutions from implementing constitutional reservations under the SC/ST category.
PM Modi presents Swachh Shakti-2019 Awards; inaugurates development projects in Haryana
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 12, 2019 gave away the Swachh Shakti awards to woman sarpanches from across the country in Swach Shakti 2019 programme during his visit to Kurukshetra, Haryana.
The Prime Minister dedicated the India’s premier institute of cancer, the ‘National Cancer Institute’ of Bhadsa, Jhajjar to the nation. The National Cancer Institute is built at the AIIMS Jhajjar campus. The 700 bed hospital has different facilities like surgical oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, anaesthesia, palliative care and nuclear medicine, besides hostel rooms for doctors and attendants of cancer patients.
Hungary to give life tax exemption to women with 4 children
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on February 10, 2019 announced new measures, under which increasing financial aid and subsidies will be provided to families that have more than three children.
The measures were announced by the Prime Minister during his "state of the nation" speech. They are meant to encourage women to have more children and to reverse Hungary's population decline. The new policies are aimed at reversing Hungary’s downward demographic trends.
India, Norway launch ‘India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative’ to combat Marine Pollution
The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change on February 11, 2019 signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to launch the ‘India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative’.
The Joint Initiative was signed by Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, Norwegian Ambassador to India and Anil Kumar Jain, Additional Secretary in the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. A Joint Task Force on Blue Economy was also established under the aegis of the MoU to promote multi-sectoral cooperation in various aspects of Blue Economy.
HRD Ministry to take immediate steps to protect Maithili language and scripts
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to take immediate steps to implement the recommendations of a committee, which it had constituted in 2018 to make a report for the promotion and protection of Maithili language and its scripts.
The committee has submitted its report to the Ministry. In the report, it has made several recommendations for the promotion and protection of the Maithili language. The report was examined in the Ministry and it has been decided to take immediate action on some of the recommendations of the committee.