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Union Cabinet approves amendments in Central List of OBCs applicable to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for making suitable amendments in the Central List of OBCs (Other Backward Classes) applicable to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

This decision has been taken as per the recommendations of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).

Key Facts

  • The suitable amendments in the Central List of OBCs will be done by inclusion/deletion of castes/communities applicable to Andhra Pradesh and newly formed State of Telangana.
  • NCBC has recommended total of 35 changes in respect of Andhra Pradesh and also suggested 86 New Entries in respect of Telangana.
  • The changes will enable the persons belonging to these communities in both states to avail the benefits of reservation in Government services as well as in Central Educational Institutions.
  • Besides, these communities will also become eligible for benefit under the various welfare schemes, scholarships etc. of the Union Government.

Background

  • The Section 9 (Functions of the Commission) of the NCBC Act, 1993 empowers NCBC to examine requests for inclusion of any class of citizens as a backward class in the lists.
  • In this regard, NCBC hears complaints of over-inclusion or under-inclusion of any backward class in such lists and tenders such advice to the Union Government.
  • The NCBC Act, 1993 also stipulates that the advice of the Commission shall ordinarily be binding upon the Union Government.
  • So far based on recommendation of the NCBC a total of 2401 Entries for inclusion, including its synonyms, sub-castes, etc. in the Central List of OBCs have been notified in 24 States and 6 Union Territories.

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India’s first e-court opened at Hyderabad High Court

India’s first e-court (paperless court) was opened at High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad which is the common high court for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

It was inaugurated by Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B. Lokur who heads the e-Committee of the Supreme Court.

Key Features

  • The purpose of e-court is to ensure speedy justice for the litigants.
  • The e-Courts will ensure easy and better access to justice for public.
  • It will also provide solution for large number of pending cases in the country.
  • It will also make the work of judges, advocates and all those related with judiciary a lot more effective

Besides, SC judge also announced that India’s first Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) will be also launched in High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad. The system will integrate the courts, police stations, prosecution, forensic science laboratories and jails

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Indian Navy’s Marine Commandos’ base INS Karna commissioned

Indian Navy has commissioned INS Karna, an independent base of Marine Commandos (MARCOS) at Bheemunipatanam Naval Base, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

It was commissioned by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba at the commissioning ceremony held at Bheemunipatanam Naval Base.

The commissioning of a new base to the Special Forces of the Indian Navy will play important role to safeguard our nation’s vast maritime interests. Captain Varun Singh will be the Commanding Officer of INS Karna.

About MARCOS

  • MARCOS or the Marine Commando Force (MCF) was raised as the Indian Marine Special Force (IMSF) in February 1987 at INS Abhimanyu in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • It is capable of operating in all three dimensions viz. in air, at sea and on land. The unit has progressed in terms of manpower, equipment holding, infrastructure and other resources.
  • Since its establishment the force has been established itself as Special Operations Force of international repute.
  • MARCOS have successfully taken part in operations undertaken by the Indian Navy such as Operation Zabardast (Sri Lanka February 1993), Operation Leech (1998), Operation Tasha (1990-2009) and Operation Sagittarius (anti-piracy operations in Malacca Strait) and Operation Rahat, among others.

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