Current Affairs – August, 2020

PFRDA: Around 2 million opt for Atal Pension Yojana

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) announced that around 2 million people subscribed for Atal Pension Yojana between April 2020 and August 2020. It has brought the base of government backed pension scheme to 21 million. Highlights The PFRDA also announced that the Assets Under Management (AUM) of the National Pension Scheme is Read More…

India’s first International Women Trade Centre to be set up in Kerala

Kerala is to set up its first International Women Trade Centre in terms of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. This is first of its kind in India. Highlights The Centre will accelerate women entrepreneurship. It will provide a safe place away from home to start a business, expand and get their products marketed globally. Read More…

Centre for Science and Environment: India recycles only 1% of its demolition and construction waste

The Centre for Science and Environment recently released a report on construction waste, according to which, India recycles only 1% of its demolition and construction waste. Key Findings of the report India generates around 150 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste every year. However, the official recycling capacity is just about 1% which is Read More…

Arunachal Pradesh passes resolution to bring the state under Schedule VI of Indian Constitution

On August 28, 2020, the Arunachal Pradesh State Government passed the resolution to bring the state under Schedule VI of Indian Constitution. The State is to initiate talks soon with the Assam State Government over border issues. Schedule VI The sixth schedule of the constitution provides for the administration of tribal areas in Assam, Tripura, Read More…

Supreme Court: “States can make sub categories in reserved categories”

On August 27, 2020, a five-judge constitutional bench of Supreme Court ruled that the states can sub classify list of Scheduled Caste, Socially and Educationally Backward Classes and Scheduled Tribes to provide preferential treatment to those that are deprived within. Highlights The bench disagreed with the 2004 judgement of Supreme Court in E V Chinnaiah Read More…