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SC allows pictures of CMs, Governors, Ministers in Government Advertisements

The Supreme Court has allowed publication of photographs of Governors, Chief Ministers and the Ministers of the department concerned in government advertisements.

Ruling in this regard was given by a SC bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi on pleas by Union Government and states which had sought review of the Supreme Court judgement.

This ruling of Supreme Court has modified its earlier 2015 order which only had permitted photographs of President, Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India (CJI) in the government advertisements.

Background

  • Supreme Court in its May 2015 order had issued Guidelines on Regulating Government Advertisements based on recommendations of Prof NR Madhava Menon Committee.
  • These guidelines had barred publishing photographs of politicians even State Chief Ministers and bureaucrats.
  • It also mandated that official advertisements should not carry the name of any political party, political symbol, logo or flag.
  • The intention of SC for issuing these guidelines was to disassociate politicians with government policy and achievements in order to stop development of a personality cult that would in turn be the antithesis of democratic functioning.

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India inks $35 million loan agreement with WB for MP project

India has signed loan agreement of 35 million dollars with the World Bank for Madhya Pradesh citizen access to responsive services project.

The loan has been sanctioned by the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm International Development Association (IDA).

Key facts

  • The project size is 50 million dollars, of which 35 million dollar will be financed by the World Bank and the remaining amount will be funded out of State Budget.
  • The objective of the project is to improve access and quality of public services in the state through implementation of the Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act, 2010.
  • It is expected to deliver key results in terms of improving access to services and citizen outreach, performance management, simplification of government services and strengthening the capacity of implementing agencies. The duration of the project is 5 years.

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IMD deploys Drishti for providing real time visibility information to pilots

The India Meteorology Department (IMD) has deployed indigenously developed Drishti, an instrument that will provide real time visibility information to pilots.

The instrument will help pilots in quick decision-making during critical landings and take-offs of aircraft particularly during foggy or rainy days.

Key facts

  • Drishti has been developed by the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore .
  • The system transfer the crucial visibility updates to the pilots in real time who can now use this information that will be updated every minute.
  • Drishti is a transmissometer that takes in account the real time weather parameters like humidity, wind speed, temperature conditions, etc., along the runway in order to calculate the visibility distance offered at that particular runway.
  • It is cost-effective mandatory system required at all airports as per International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

Generally due to the poor visibility, the aircraft operations would often get disturbed that affects passenger traffic during winter and monsoon seasons especially in Northern India. The first Dristi instrument was installed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi in 2015 on a trial basis.

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