Current Affairs – November, 2013

India indicates plans to develop Chah-bahar port in Iran

India conveyed its plan to Iran towards developing Chah-bahar port there that would ensure connectivity with Afghanistan and Central Asia even though the recent Iran-P5+1 interim deal has not reached a decisive point. The development of Chah-bahar port — around 80 km away from Pakistan’s Gwadar port– has been affected by the uncertainty of sanctions Read More…

Apex court asks Parliament to amend law regarding live-in relationships

The Supreme Court has asked Parliament to introduce appropriate amendments to the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, or enact a suitable legislation so that women and children born out of live-in relationships are protected, though those types of relationship might not be a relationship in the nature of a marriage. As per apex Read More…

RBI relaxes group limit for NBFCs in insurance joint ventures

RBI has decided to consider a case-to-case basis relaxation of the 50% group limit norm for NBFCs (Non-Banking Finance Companies) in the equity of insurance joint venture (JV). As per the norms of IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority), if  an insurance company wants to enhance its capital it has to do be in compliance Read More…

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Issue of sugarcane pricing aggravating

The issue of sugarcane pricing is moving towards becoming a major crisis with farmers demanding a higher price for their produce and millers reluctant to give in to their demand.  After the Centre asked the state governments to resolve the matter, the Uttar Pradesh government asked millers to begin crushing by December 4, 2013 or Read More…

Health Ministry plans to set up “Birth Waiting Homes”

The Ministry of Health and Welfare intends to set up “Birth Waiting Homes” close to healthcare centres to facilitate pregnant women in remote areas to gain access to prenatal care as their due date approaches. Under National Rural Health Mission, it also plans to hire palanquins or carts to transport pregnant women across difficult terrain Read More…