The Election Commission of India (ECI) on September 11, 2018 withdrew the provision of NOTA (None of the above) option from ballot papers of the Rajya Sabha and the state’s Legislative Council polls as per the Supreme Court directive.
The ECI, through the notification, ordered the returning officers for Rajya Sabha and legislative council to ensure that there is no NOTA column displayed in the ballot paper.
The NOTA option will be available only in Lok Sabha and state’s assembly election.
HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017 comes into force: In Detail
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on September 11, 2018 issued a notification for bringing the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017 in force with effect from September 10, 2018.
The Bill was introduced by senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in 2014, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on March 22, 2017, and on April 12, 2017, it was passed by the Lok Sabha. It received the assent of the President on April 20, 2017.
The HIV/AIDS Act, 2017 safeguards the rights of people living with HIV and affected by HIV.
BARC’s Apsara Reactor recommissioned after 9 years
India’s oldest research reactor 'Apsara', which was shut down permanently in 2009 for repair, was recommissioned with a higher capacity on September 10, 2018 at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay.
The refurbished version of the reactor is named as ‘Apsara-upgraded’ (Apsara-U).This swimming pool type research reactor of higher capacity comes nearly 62 years after Apsara came into existence.
Made indigenously, the reactor uses plate type dispersion fuel elements made of Low Enriched Uranium (LEU). It will increase indigenous production or radio-isotopes for medical application by about 50 percent.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on September 11, 2018 launched the 'Rail Sahyog' web portal to provide a platform for the Corporates and Public Sector Units (PSUs) to contribute to creation of amenities at or near Railway Stations through Corporate Social Responsibility funds.
The web portal www.railsahyog.in will enable desirous companies to show their willingness on the portal by registering their requests. The requests will be processed by Railway officials.
Based on the principle of first come first serve, the requests will be shortlisted and selected applicants will be intimated to deposit the funds with Railways or with nominated agencies like RITES/RAILTEL etc.
India, Sri Lanka conduct joint naval exercise 'SLINEX 2018'
The sixth edition of ‘SLINEX 2018’, a joint naval exercise between the naval forces of India and Sri Lanka is currently underway in Trincomalee, a major port city of Sri Lanka. The bilateral exercise is being held from September 7-13, 2018.
The bilateral exercise, which was previously held once in two years, will be held as an annual event from this year onwards. Three Navy ships from each side along with around 1,000 naval personnel from both countries are participating in the joint drill.
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