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Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 comes into force

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 came into force on 1 May 2016.

In this regard, Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) had notified 69 of the total 92 sections of the Act to bring it into force from 1 May 2016.

Key provisions of Acts

  • Sets up in motion the process of making necessary operational rules and creation of institutional infrastructure for protecting the interests of consumers.
  • Promotes the growth of real estate sector in an environment of trust, confidence, credible transactions and efficient and time bound execution of projects.
  • Real Estate Regulatory Authority will be formulated within one year as per the mandate of Act. Regulatory Authorities will have to dispose of complaints in 60 days and Appellate Tribunals will be required to adjudicate cases in 60 days.
For more details: Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016


Lok Sabha passes Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016

The Lok Sabha passed the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016 to provide statutory status to the existing Regional Centre for Biotechnology in Faridabad, Haryana.

The Bill seeks to provide legislative backing to the Regional Centre and also confers upon it the status of an institution of national importance.

Key facts

  • Objectives: (i) Disseminate knowledge by providing teaching and research facilities in biotechnology and related fields, (ii) create a hub of biotechnology expertise, (iii) facilitate transfer of technology and knowledge in the SAARC region and generally Asia and (iv) Promote cooperation at the international level.
  • The Regional centre will provide masters and doctoral degrees, and post-graduate diplomas in biotechnology and related subjects.
  • It will have Board of Governors, Programme Advisory Committee, Executive Committee and Finance Committee etc as authorities responsible for its administration and functioning.


  • India had entered into an agreement in 2006 with the UNESCO regarding establishment of the Regional Centre to serve the member countries of UNESCO.
  • In this regard, the Union government through an executive order had established the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Training and Education in Faridabad, Haryana in 2009.

Note: An institution of national importance is a national level institute which imparts scientific or technical education and is empowered to grant educational degrees.


Union Government notifies new rules to revamp SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act

The Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry has notified new rules to give effect amended Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

The new rules seek to tighten provisions to ensure speedy justice to members of the SC/ST community.

Key facts

  • The new rules aims at speeding up the process of dispensation of justice, liberalise and expedite access to relief for victims of atrocities, ensuring special sensitivity in cases of offences against women.
  • It has been made mandatory for cops to file chargesheet within 60 days after a complaint is lodged.
  • For the first time, there is provision of relief for offences of rape and gang rape.
  • Requirement of medical examination for getting relief amount for non-invasive kind of offences against women has been delinked.
  • Relief in cash or in kind or both must be provided within seven days to the victims of atrocity, their family members and dependents.
  • The new rules also call for regular reviews of the scheme for the rights and entitlements of victims and witnesses in accessing justice.