23 July 2017 Current Affairs

Raveesh Kumar to be next MEA spokesperson

Raveesh Kumar, a 1995-batch IFS officer who is currently posted in Frankfurt, Germany as Consul General of India, is understood to be the next spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs. Kumar will replace Gopal Baglay, who was appointed the joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. The IFS officer started his career at the Indian Mission in Jakarta. It was followed by a stint in Thimphu and London. During his previous tenure in Delhi, he looked after the East Asia desk.

Rijiju inaugurates RIWATCH Museum, Chimari Bridge

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has inaugurated the Research Institution of World Ancient, Traditional, Culture & Heritage (RIWATCH) Museum at Roing in Arunachal Pradesh. Later, on the sideline of his visit to Roing, Rijiju also inaugurated the 235-meter long Chimari Bridge, which would serve as a life line between the National Highway 52 of Roing-Tezu. The bridge has been constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO). According to UNESCO report there are 32 languages in Arunachal Pradesh that are on the verge of extinction and the state government is initiating programmes and policies to find out and to revive those minor and major tribal languages.

NFS Act not implemented as it should be: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ruled that the National Food Security (NFS) Act, 2013 has not been implemented properly and has been postponed by various states. Taking this into account, the court passed a slew of directions for effective implementation of provisions of the NFS Act, 2013. The ruling was made by a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and N V Ramana who directed that the secretary of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs should organize one or more meetings on or before 31 August 2017 to take stock of the implementation of the Act. It also mentioned that a law enacted by Parliament must be given its due respect and must be implemented faithfully.

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