Ban on SIMI upheld by Tribunal

A special tribunal has upheld the ban imposed by the Centre on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which has links with Pakistan-based terrorist outfits including Lashkar-e-Taiba and its front, Indian Mujahideen. The Home Ministry on February 3 extended the ban on SIMI by two more years.

India is the second-largest mobile phone user in world

India is the second-largest mobile phone user with over 900 million users in the world said Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in London on 03 August 2012. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announced that the mobile users in India are increased to 93.4 crore.

Hamid Ansari re-elected as India’s 14th Vice President

Hamid Ansari has been re-elected as the 14th Vice President of India.He received 490 votes in his favour.His rival, BJP nominee Jaswant Singh polled 238 voted.He became the only person after Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan to get a second term.

PSCC recommends declaration of tea as ‘national drink’

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce (PSCC) headed by BJP Rajya Sabha member Shanta Kumar has recommended declaration of tea as a ‘national drink‘.Stating this at Palampur on Friday, Kumar said the 102nd report
of the Committee on the Tea Industry had placed in both houses of the Parliament that 96 percent to 99 percent people in both Urban and Rural areas of the country consume tea and as such it has already acquired the status of a national drink.

NRHM to be expanded to towns also

The government will expand the scope of the NRHM(National Rural Health Mission) to all towns and cities, by converting it into a National Health Mission(NHM).

Mobile base Station radiation limit will be cut from September 1

The Union government has told parliament that exposure limit of radio frequency fields(base station emissions) will be brought down to one-tenth of the existing level from 1st September 2012,because they receive petitions in High Courts and Supreme Court on fears of health hazards like cancer from mobile tower radiations.RF signals produced by
base stations are caused for short and long term health effects.

Complete ban on child labour below 14 approved by Cabinet

The Union Cabinet on 28th August 2012 approved a proposal for amending the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, to ban employment of children aged up to 14 in any form of industry. It will be an offence to employ such children not only in factories or industries but also in homes or on farms, if their labour is meant to serve any commercial interest.

Supreme court upholds death sentence for Kasab

The Supreme court has upheld the death sentence for pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab in the 26/11/2008 Mumbai terror attack.

2% Reservation to Sports Persons

Youth Services and Sports – Sports Policy -Incentives to Sports Persons – Extension of Sports Reservation to Two (2%) to meritorious sports persons in direct recruitment in Government Departments / Undertaking / Grant – in – Aid Institutions at all levels – Instructions and Guidelines – Notification Orders Issued.


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