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SC allows women to take NDA exam, raps Army for ‘gender discrimination’

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In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed women to take the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam scheduled for September 5th this year.

While passing its order, the apex court said that admissions will be subject to the final orders of the court.

The Supreme Court also came down heavily on the Indian Army for not allowing women to take part in NDA exams.

On the Indian Army’s submission that it’s a policy decision, the top court says that this policy decision is based on “gender discrimination”.

 

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Govt to make Online Grievance Redressal accessible to all: Dr Jitendra

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Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh informed the Lok Sabha today that the government has initiated the process to make Online Grievance Redressal accessible to all and for this purpose, Common Service Center (CSC) has been engaged to make CPGRAMS more inclusive and accessible to all including the differently-abled citizens.

Pertinent to mention that CPGRAMS (Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System) is an online platform available to the citizens 24×7 to lodge their grievances to the public authorities on any subject related to service delivery.

In reply to a question, the Minister stated that the Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) is a continuously evolving platform which strives to add new features as per latest available technology to make it more efficient and user-friendly for all.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed that a total of 1, 28, 74,337 grievances have been filed under CPGRAMS platforms in last 10 years of which 1, 19, 90,434 have been disposed of. Similarly, a total of 67677 appeals were filed in CPGRAMS since the introduction of the appeal facility in CPGRAMS in January 2021.
The Minister informed that CPGRAMS has been integrated with several other Grievance portals. PMO PG portal, President Secretariat PG portal, Cabinet Secretariat PG portal and Grievance portals of Department of Pension and pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises and Securities and Exchange Board of India are integrated with CPGRAMS at the backend.
CPGRAMS has also linked through the web API with Grievance Portals of the UT of Jammu & Kashmir and the States of Assam, Bihar, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
In reply to another question, Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also Incharge India Meteorological Department (IMD), stated that India Meteorological Department (IMD) is continuously working on improving operational forecasting models for various weather and climate extreme events to help farmers and others.
The Minister informed the House that the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) had launched an ambitious and well-resourced research programme on mission mode, called the Monsoon Mission. The first phase of the mission was implemented during 2012-2017 and the second phase (2017-22) is underway.
Dr Jitendra Singh further stated that India has augmented its capability of High-Performance Computing (HPC) system, which is close to 10 petaflops capacity now and it is the backbone of the monsoon research and operational services in the country. He said, India has the fourth best computing facilities in the world for weather and climate services and the Monsoon Mission has helped in the significant improvement of monsoon forecasts in all time scales, right from short-range to seasonal.
The Minister informed that India is now proud of having one of the best prediction system for generating real time forecasts and warnings in all spatial scales from a location to Block, district, meteorological subdivisions and homogeneous regions and temporal scales of a few hours (nowcast), 3 days (short range forecast), 4-7 days ((short range forecast), 4-7 days (medium range forecast) 1-4 weeks (extended range forecast) and one month to a season (long range forecast).
The reply by Dr Jitendra Singh also gave detail that IMD is issuing Impact Based Forecast (IBF) which gives details of what the weather will do rather than what the weather will be. It contains the details of impacts expected from the severe weather elements and guidelines to the general public about do’s and don’ts while getting exposed to severe weather conditions like cyclone, heat wave, thunderstorm and heavy rainfall. IMD also runs an operational Agrometeorological Advisory Services (AAS) viz Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) scheme for the benefit of farming communities in the country.

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J-K received proposals for investments worth Rs 31,000 crore: MoS Home Nityanand Rai in RS

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Union Minister for State Home Affairs Nityanand Rai on Wednesday informed Rajya Sabha in a written reply that the government of Jammu and Kashmir had reported receiving proposals for investments worth approximately Rs 31,000 crore so far, post the abrogation of Article 370.

Rai responded to a question by MP Narayan Dass Gupta who enquired whether there had been an investment of Indian or foreign capital after the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, to attract capital investments in the Union Territory.

“The government has notified the New Central Sector Scheme for Industrial Development of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) on February 19, 2021, to attract capital investments in Jammu and Kashmir. This has been supplemented by the Jammu and Kashmir Industrial Policy, Jammu and Kashmir Private Industrial Estate Development Policy and J&K Industrial Land Allotment Policy,” Rai said in the reply.
“These steps have generated a good response and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has reported receiving proposals for investments worth approximately Rs.31,000 crore so far” MoS Home Rai further informed Upper House.

The Centre has notified the New Central Sector Scheme for Industrial Development of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on February 2, 2021.

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Military chopper with CDS Bipin Rawat on board crashes in Tamil Nadu

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Military chopper

Military chopper has crashed in Tamil Nadu. Senior officials were on board. More details awaited.

According to sources, CDS Bipin Rawat, his staff and some family members were in the Mi-series chopper that crashed between Coimbatore and Sulur .

Search and rescue operations launched from nearby bases, say sources. While these are being reported by several news agencies, we are yet to get conformation on this.

 

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