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  • The bill seeks compulsory registration of marriage of Non-Resident Indians within 30 days of marriage in India or abroad respectively. The bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha in February 2019 by the ministry of external affairs in the backdrop of rising cases of Indian women being abandoned by NRI husbands.
  • The bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha by former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj amid reports of Indian women falling victim in fraudulent marriages withNRIs. The bill proposes to provide for compulsory registration of marriage with an NRI partner within a period of 30 days from the date of marriage. It also seeks to amend the Passport Act, 1967 and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
  • The proposed amendment of the Passport Act, 1967 empowers the passport authority to impound or cause to be impounded or revoke a passport or travel document of an NRI, if it is brought to his notice that the NRI has not registered his marriage within a period of 30 days from the date of marriage.
  • The proposed amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 would also empower the courts for issuance of summons, warrants through the specifically designated website of the Ministry of External Affairs. It further provides for attachment of the properties, both movable and immovable, belonging to a proclaimed offender.

Centre notifies new POCSO rules making law for sexual offences against children more stringent

  • The Union government has notified the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Rules, 2020 which enables implementation of recent amendments to the Act under which provisions of punishment for child abuse has been mademore stringent.
  • Some of the significant additions in the new rules include provision of mandatory police verification of staff in schools and care homes, procedures to report sexual abuse material (pornography), imparting age-appropriate child rights education among others.
  • For crackdown on child pornography, the rules state that “any person who has received any pornographic material involving a child or any information regarding such pornographic material being stored, possessed, distributed, circulated, transmitted, facilitated, propagated or displayed, or is likely to be distributed, facilitated or transmitted in any manner shall report the contents to the special
    juvenile police unit (SJPU) or police, or the cybercrime portal”.
  • Under the rules, the state governments have been asked to formulate a child protection policy based on the principle of “zero-tolerance” to violence against children, which shall be adopted by all institutions, organisations, or any other agency working with, or coming in contact with children.
  • The central government and every state government shall provide periodic training including orientation programmes, sensitisation workshops and refresher courses to all persons, whether regular or contractual, coming in contact with the children, to sensitise them about child safety and protection and educate them regarding their responsibility under the Act.

Cabinet clears 4% DA hike for central government employees

  • The Union Cabinet approved 4 per cent increase in dearness allowances (DA) for government employees and pensioners to 21 per cent, which will benefit over 1.13 crore people. The move will come into effect retrospectively from January 1, 2020.
  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved to release an additional installment of dearness allowance (DA) to central government employees and dearness relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from January 1, 2020.
  • There will be an increase of 4 per cent over the existing rate of 17 per cent of the basic pay/pension to compensate for price rise.

Greece’s first female president sworn

  • Katerina Sakellaropoulou becomes Greece’s first woman president
  • Greece’s first female president, a former high court judge, was formally sworn in to office, nearly two months after the country’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to elect her.

Plan to see wild animals nearby in Vandalur Zoo

  • Chief Minister K. Palanisamy has announced that the New Plan will enable animals to see the wildlife animals nearer at the Vandalur Zoo.
  • In Dindigul district sirumalai kaadu is the place where endangered Devanaku is found and its life is at risk

ISRO YUVIKA 2020: List of Provisionally Selected Students for Young Scientist Programme Released

The names of the students selected provisionally for the ISRO YUVIKA 2020 or Young Scientist Programme has been announced on the Indian Space Research Organisation’s official website. 3 students from each State or Union Territory will be selected to participate in this programme covering CBSE, ICSE and State syllabus, and 5 additional seats have also been reserved for OCI candidates across the country.


  • Indian Space Research Organisation has launched a special programme for School Children called “Young Scientist Programme” “YUva VIgyani KAryakram”
  • The Program is primarily aimed at imparting basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the younger ones with the intent of arousing their interest in the emerging areas of Space activities. The program is thus aimed at creating awareness amongst the youngsters who are the future building blocks of our Nation. ISRO has chalked out this programme to “Catch them young”.

Naval officers got trained in chopers in the Gulf of Mannar

  • Naval officers got trained in chopers in the Gulf of Mannar in Ramanathapuram district.
  • The INS Garuda Air Naval Base is located at Uchippuli near Ramanathapuram
  • Every year various training will be given to the soldiers from Gulf of Mannar to Palk strait

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