- Cabinet meet gives nod to setting up Uttarakhand Road Safety Fund.
- To ensure that tourism-related activities are being conducted according to the guidelines of the National Green Tribunal, the Uttarakhand cabinet on Wednesday decided to include an area of 1km on each side of the banks of Ganga from Rishikesh to Kaudiyala under the Haridwar-Roorkee Development Authority (HRDA). The 40km stretch passes through districts of Dehradun, Pauri and Tehri.
- The green panel in March lifted its ban on camping in Ganga allowing 25 beach camp sites to operate on the stretch. The camps were ordered to be set up 100 metres from the middle of the river to either sides.
- Guest houses and hotels will be registered with the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB). They were earlier registered under the Sarais Act, 1867.
- Uruguay – world’s first country to legally sell marijuana in pharmacies
- Uruguay became thefirst countryin the world to legally sell marijuana over the counter in pharmacies.
- The South American country had already legalized cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana in 2013 but authorization for pharmacies has not been secured until now. Marijuana dispensed in pharmacies starting in the last month.
- Pakistan PM travels to Saudi on his first official visit abroad
- Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday travelled to Saudi Arabia on a day-long visit — his first foreign trip since assuming office — to discuss bilateral ties with top Saudi leadership.
- Abbasi, 58, was sworn-in as Pakistan’s 18th Prime Minister on August 1 after the Supreme Court disqualified the incumbent Nawaz Sharif for dishonesty following the Panama papers scandal.
- Govt finalizes new cadre policy of IAS,IPS,IFOS.
- A new policy for cadre allocation has been finalised by the Central government for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other officers, aimed at ensuring “national integration” in the country’s top bureaucracy.
- Officers of all-India services—the IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service (IFS)—will have to choose cadres from a set of zones instead of states.
- The officers of the three services are at present allocated a cadre state or a set of states to work in. They may be posted on central deputation during the course of their service after fulfilling certain eligibility conditions.
- The existing 26 cadres have been divided into five zones in the new policy proposed by the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions.
- Zone-I has seven cadres—AGMUT (also known as Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories), Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana.
- Zone-II consists of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.
- Zone-III comprises Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
- Zone-IV comprises West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam-Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland.
- Zone-V will have Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
- Supreme Court declares Right to Privacy as Fundamental Right.
- The Supreme Court of India pronounced that individual privacyis a fundamental right protected by the Constitution.
- A nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar ruled that the right to privacy is intrinsic to life and liberty, thus coming under Article 21, and comes to the various fundamental freedoms in PART III of the Indian Constitution.
- With this now India has total seven fundamental rights.
- The Fundamental rights are Right to equality, Right to freedom, Right against exploitation, Right to freedom of religion, Cultural and Educational rights, and Right to constitutional remedies are the 6 fundamental rights of India.
- OBC Creamy layer limit has been increased.
- The Union Cabinet also increased the “creamy layer” ceiling for the Other Backward Classes to ₹8 lakh per annum from the existing ₹6 lakh for Central government jobs. This means that the umbrella of reservation is widened and those earning up to ₹8 lakh per annum would now get the benefits.
Sub categorization in Other backward castes
- To create ‘quota within quota’, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the setting up of a commission to examine the matter of sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The commission has been mandated to submit is report within 12 weeks from the date of appointment of the chairperson.
- The commission, to be set up under Article 340 of the Constitution, will identify the respective castes/communities/sub-castes/synonyms in the Central list and classify them into sub-categories.
- It noted that 10 States — Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry, Karnataka, Haryana, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu – had already carried out sub-categorization of OBCs.